The Gaia Aid Organisation


The Gaia Aid Organisation








PERMACULTURE-SCHOOL,     Christoff Schneider

"Sharing the art and science how to live in harmony with nature"


As a permaculture school we are internationally active. This testifies to our comprehensive expertise in the field of permaculture. In particular businesses, architects, NGOs and public sector representatives benefit from our planning and consulting services in the following areas:

          circular economy

          efficient resource management

          recycling economy and composting

          autonomous settlement generation

About Permaculture

Permaculture goes far beyond biological gardening or ecological agriculture.

Permaculture aims at planning and creating sustainable living spaces and ways of living.

To this end all natural cycles are harmonized with each other as best as possible.

Regenerative resources play a key role. Permaculture offers solutions that are future-proof and economically sound.

In our PRI-certified courses participants learn about the important pillars of  sustainable living spaces in theory and praxis.

We consult with regard to a sustainable, future-oriented way of living and resilience.


We accompany  international projects regarding economic and ecological land planning. The goal-oriented and efficient use of available resources is directly connected with the natural and individual prerequisites. Since we are intimately familiar with the specifics of national and climatic conditions, we can work on solutions that integrate the interests of various stakeholders. Do you have questions concerning our projects? We are delighted to be giving you more information in a personal conversation.  

Permaculture Design Course - internationally recognized and certified by the Permaculture Research Institute

This course provides a comprehensive overview of permaculture and its design principles. Starting with the historical background of the permaculture movement, the course then moves on to ethical and moral questions surrounding permaculture as well as current ecological and economic challenges. Several dimensions of sustainability and an understanding of the ecological footprint sum up the course.

Course topics:

          Basic principles of sustainable settlement planning and design; Gaia - Planet earth as a living organism

          energy and entropy

          diversity and yield

          circular flows

          storage and conservation

          Applied planning

          general and practical design reflections

          planning of sectors and zoning with regard to harmonious flows of energy

          succession, plant guilds, mixed cropping

          care and maintenance

          Pattern language of nature and indigenous people

          flows of energy in landscapes

          adopting natural patterns in permaculture design

          The significance of trees

          impact on soils, water, climate and the biosphere

          the foundation of forest gardens and edible forests

          agroforestry systems


          quality, cycle and storage of water

          precipitation and evaporation

          building dams and ponds, natural ponds and biotopes

          grey and black water

          biogas plants


          soil development and erosion

          composition, build-up, classification and regeneration of soils

          soil life (the edaphon)

          composting and fertilizing

          Earthen resources and planning of earth works

          earth works, earth resources and ethics

          planning and scheduling

          measuring, slope assessment and safety

          scarps and terraces


          Permaculture in cold, moderate, tropical and dry climates

          climate specifics

          soil improvement

          housing design, settlement planning

          ecological building materials

          house, fruit  and forest gardens

          food processing and storage

          integrated husbandry

          Strategies for the future - An outlook

          portrayal of alternative political systems, NGOs etc.

          instruction of basics of an alternative world population based on self-responsibility, regional organizationand commonweal economy

          alternative currencies and financial systems

          ethical investments, support people and areas in distress