Nate pumping water Kho Kay

JANUARY 19-26, 2017

Hosted at Pun Pun Center in Mae Taeng, North of Chiang Mai

Course is taught in English language

(Periodic translation in Thai available)

For the last 8 years Aqueous Solutions has been working to develop low-tech water systems using locally available materials that are capable of providing water supply storage and treatment. One main focus of their work has been to develop a technique for making high quality bio-char that can be used to remove agricultural and industrial contamination found in surface and ground water.

This 8-day workshop will provide you with practical information on how you can access store and improve water quality on your land or in a small community. We will build a small water filter system together in order for participants to obtain hands on experience with each step of the process. We will also take a look at the systems Pun Pun is currently using to gain access to irrigation and drinking water.

Topics included in this course are:

  • Basics of accessing groundwater (open hand-dug wells and bore hole wells)
  • Water storage systems including:
    • Pond placement
    • Building and sealing storage tanks
  • Spring catchment gravity flow water systems
  • Solar and grid-tie pump systems
  • Gasifier construction for bio-char production
  • Assembly and installation of gravel, sand and biochar drinking water filters

It is an opportunity to learn through doing where participants will learn the techniques we use while actively applying them to projects at the farm in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. It is also a chance to live with other like-minded Thai and international folks and get a taste of community living on the farm.

last years workshop at Phrao


General Schedule

Morning and afternoon sessions will be held with an extended break after lunch in the hot part of the day.

The Project

The course will be held on our center, which is an organic farm, seed center, and sustainable living learning center in Mae Taeng. We started the farm in 2003 and work to create a seed center to preserve our food biodiversity, grow food organically for ourselves in community and for those who come to stay with us, and host trainings and workshops on ways to convert to more self-reliant, sustainable ways of living.

Teaching team

Aqueous Solutions co-founder, Nate Reents. For more information on Aqueous Solutions work and Nate’s bio, see www.aqsolutions.org. Co-taught with Jon Jandai from Pun Pun Farm.

Living situation

We will provide accommodation in one of Pun Pun’s earthen or bamboo guesthouses. A thin futon mat, blanket, sheet, pillow, and mosquito net will be provided.  Accommodation is single rooms, shared rooms and dorms.  All accommodation is in close proximity to each other.  Outdoor toilets and cool or solar hot showers are close to the guesthouses.

All meals will be shared and eaten in the communal kitchen.  Vegetarian and fish options will be available and we will try to use the most organic vegetables as possible from the farm.  Food will be simple Thai food with brown rice.  We try to use as much of our own produce and other seasonally available produce as possible so we tend to focus on a primarily vegetable and whole grain diet with added protein from eggs, fish, or tofu.

Community living:

Evening activities and exchanges will also be included. A large aspect of the course also includes the experience of living in community with other participants as well as entering the community of members living at Pun Pun. We have found this element to be a major contributor in the experience of the course for participants.  Our intention is to create a space where people can be open about their concerns and work to create an experience for everyone’s needs.


8,000 baht/person.  This fee includes pick-up and drop-off in Chiang Mai on the first an last day of the course, all food during the course, accommodation and instruction.

Community living aspect

Each course will have approximately 10-20 participants.  We like participants to immerse themselves with the Pun Pun community as much as possible and to help to experience more of our philosophy on self-reliant living.

We have children at the farm and share our meals and community space together so be aware that there is a general level of activity and noise in public spaces.  We ask all participants to refrain from any illegal drug use at Pun Pun or excessive drinking.


1) Email your participant survey to Peggy Reents at peggy.reents@gmail.com. (see below for details).

2) Once you have sent your participant survey and have been confirmed, a 4,000 baht non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot. Please understand we cannot hold your spot until we receive your deposit.

We ask you transfer this to our Thai account of which we will send you the details.  The remaining fee will be due on the first day of the course in Thai baht or if you chose you may transfer the whole amount beforehand.

For more information on course content

Contact nreents@gmail.com

To register

Contact peggy.reents@gmail.com

Pun Pun Participant Survey:

Please write us a short letter introducing yourself. Please include where you’re from and a bit on why you want to join the course, what you are hoping to get out of it and how you hope to use it later. This will help us to prepare the program for your needs.

Please also include any special dietary needs causing for any adjustments from the food offered as specified above. Please wait for acceptance before making travel arrangements.

Please send your letter to Peggy Reents at peggy.reents@gmail.com

women making biochar