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Permaculture Thailand welcomes you to the Rak Tamachat Natural Building Course
Combining Traditional Adobe, Super Adobe Earth Bags, Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB’s) Construction Methods
The Rak Tamachat Education Team has worked hard to design our Combined Adobe Natural Building Course to bring together all the Key Disciplines of Adobe Natural Building under one Amazing Course.
Rak Tamachat believes the standard Additional Adobe Course is good introduction to Adobe Natural Building, but in order to make Natural Building with Adobe come alive and utilize the tools it teaches, we have combined all the Traditional Adobe Techniques with Modern Super Adobe to let you learn and choose which Method is best for your future Natural Home.
We are ready to teach you the skills to create the amazing and dynamic Permaculture farm of your dreams, the wealth of knowledge that Rak Tamachat gives you will allow you to start on new path with Natural Building, and the rest of your LIFE!
Check out the below list of Course Offering dates:
Please note: Rak Tamachat Courses fill up fast due to early booking and the 15 student limit per course!
2017 - NBCNatural Building Course
- January 2017, 3rd – 7th Graduated
- February 2017, 7th – 11th Graduated
- March 2017, 7th – 11th Graduated
- April 2017, 4th – 8th Graduated
- May 2017, 2nd – 6th Graduated
- June 2017, 6th – 10th Graduated
- July 2017, 4th – 8th Graduated
- August 2017, 1st – 5th Graduated
- September 2017, 5th – 9th Graduated
- October 2017, 3rd – 7th Graduated
- November 2017, 7th – 11th
- December 2017, 5th – 9th
2018 - NBCNatural Building Course
- January 2018, 10th – 14th
- February 2018, 7th – 11th
- March 2018, 7th – 11th
- April 2018, Holiday Break
- May 2018, 2nd – 6th
- June 2018, 6th – 10th
- July 2018, Holiday Break
- August 2018, 8th – 12th
- September 2018, 5th – 9th
- October 2018, Holiday Break
- November 2018, 7th – 11th
- December 2018, 5th – 9th
2019 - To Be AnnouncedNatural Building Course
- January 2018, TBA
- February 2018, TBA
- March 2018, TBA
- April 2018, TBA
- May 2018, TBA
- June 2018, TBA
- July 2018, TBA
- August 2018, TBA
- September 2018, TBA
- October 2018, TBA
- November 2018, TBA
- December 2018, TBA
What you get for this All Inclusive Price:
- Class sizes limited to 15 students (sign up soon as we fill up fast);
- Rak Tamachat 4 day Adobe Natural Building Course and certificate of completion included;
- Rak Tamachat 1 day Cultural Sites of Shikhiu Tour;
- Private Bungalow accommodation included;
- Three Communal meals per day, plus snacks, teas, coffees all included;
- Free High-speed ADSL Internet Access included;
- Access to the Rak Tamachat Reference Library included (over 60 gigs of Permaculture and Natural Building);
- The course cost includes first nights stay before the first course day and the last night after the last course day.
Registration and Deposit Process:
We ask for a 100 USD deposit to be made by Pal Pal, you can pay using other currencies and Paypal will convert the exchange rates
Terms and Conditions
Note 1: Space is limited for this unique course. Early registration is recommended. If you cancel two or more weeks before the course your deposit will be refunded, less 20% for the cost of the fees for Pay Pal. If you cancel less than the two weeks we will allow you to use the deposit for any future course less the 20% pay pal charges.
Note 2: The outstanding cost of the course less the deposit made must be paid on the first day of the course. Anyone unable to pay for the course at the farm on the first day will not be able to take part in the course. We accept payments for the balance of your course cost in cash (Thai Baht). As a second method of payment, you can pay your balance with PayPal. However, please note that if you choose to pay the balance by PayPal you will have an additional cost of 5% to cover the transaction fee, which is an additional cost applied by PayPal which Rak Tamachat has no control over. We recommend that you come to the farm with cash (Thai Baht). The easiest way is to exchange money is at the Airport. Please note that the closest ATM to the farm is in Sikhiu, a 30 minute ride with a motorbike taxi. If you arrive at the farm without money (Thai Baht) and cannot make a PayPal transfer you will have to pay for the return ride to Sikhiu which is 300 Baht each way. Also note that some banks will not allow you to withdrawal large amounts on your ATM card.
Honestly, save a little money and come to the farm with cash (Thai Baht) which you exchange at the airport. It is truly the easiest way to pay.
Videos of our Natural Building Course
Natural Building Course (NBC) Curriculum Navigator
Traditional Adobe Techniques
Learn to use Earth beneath your feet to build Beautiful, Natural and Non-toxic homes. You can build your house and stay out of debt, which shackls so many to the consumer systems.
Super Adobe Earth Bag
Learn how to make Stabilized Earth and to utilize the earth bag/tube technique to make structural building or domes. Stabilized earth is a good choice for building in areas with, earthquakes, typhoons, floods, etc.
Compressed Earth Blocks CEB's
Learn how to make Compressed Earth Blocks using a small village scale system. It allows for a standardized brick to be made. This new natural building system makes the process of constructing a house easy.
Poured In Place Earth
Poured in place is the adaptation of non appropriate cement construction technologies and utilizing the standardized form-work system to allow Natural Builders to make structural columns and walls.
Plastering with Adobe
Learning to use your hands and small trowels to apply a protective coating to your adobe and super adobe walls. Learn how to get the smooth finish and color you want. Three coats to a smooth finish. Working clay with your hands is meditation.
Straw Bale Techniques
Learn how to install and coat this versatile building block. Affording an insulation value of R60 it is a great way to make fast and super insulated homes. A building technique of the past making headway to the future.
The Rak Tamachat “Pay it Forward” Program
As a graduate student of Rak Tamachat you will become a member of the Rak Tamachat Community.
As such, you will receive the right to stay after your course at no cost. You can then have the opportunity to participate in our community living, practice your new Natural Building Skills, sit in on a 2nd NBC or return at a latter date to see you works thriving, also at no cost.
We feel that after you become friends with someone you can not charge them for visiting you, we love when old friends return to help out!
Agatha’s Testimonial on her “Pay it Forward” Experience
Rak Tamachat Student Testimonials
Meet the Rak Tamachat Education Team
Our Educators are professionals in their fields and fully certified to run Permaculture design and Natural Building courses in an engaging and informative manner.
Rak Tamachat also has Permaculture Educators on our Educator Internship Program that bring a wide experience to the course as Facilitators and Co-teachers.
All of our Permaculture Educator Interns have their PDC’s and been practicing Permaculture for a few years and have the desire to put what they have learn to use at Rak Tamachat and also share it with our students.
This is what makes Permaculture such a strong and inspiring movement and Rak Tamachat a special Permaculture Education Center.
Rak Tamachat is a also extremely lucky to have our local Thai Educators who share their vast knowledge of Tropical Plants, building and the overall Thai Lifestyle.
Natural Building with Registered Engineer Beau Wickboldt
Beau is the Rak Tamachat Resident Engineer and Natural Builder, he is also the founder of Rak Tamachat were he lives full time with his Thai family.
Beau’s knows that ultimately family is why we do Permaculture. He believes we can work to make the world the better place we want, and that Permaculture offers all the tools you need to make the life we want.
He has a passion for all things Permaculture and works hard everyday to share his life style with others.
After answering everyone’s questions he can be found teaching, sharing, mentoring or working on the Natural Building site. He has a fetish for planting trees, over 12,000 so far at Rak.
He is fondly refereed to as the Head Hippie in Charge 🙂 Sharing is caring and Beau Loves to share a beer and discuss the world, after a good day of work on the Natural building site!
Natural Building with Ajarn Pee Chan
We are lucky to have Ajarn (Thai for Teacher) Pee Chan on the Rak Team. He is the most well rounded Permaculturist we have.
He can truly do it all! From being a machine in the Garden to leading the building of our wonderful Natural Buildings.
And all the while having the best smile and attitude.
Sneaking off to have some authentic Thai cooking, learning to harvest your own food, process free range poultry and season it with local herbs and cooking it over a fire you made yourself.
Learning from a True Thai Farmer is what learning in Thailand is all about!
Thai’s still have not lost the knowledge to build their own homes with their hands.
Come and learn what makes Thai Natural Building so popular from one of the best Natural Builders around.
Course Arrival Day
The course is held over 4 days. The arrival day is not counted as a course teaching day. Most of our students arrive after lunch on the arrival day. This allow them to check-in and complete registration. Get settled into their Bungalow. Take a shower or swim in the pond and be refreshed for dinner.
Please note that the first day of the course begins on day one at 8:00 AM.
Please do not arrive any latter than 6:00 pm on the arrival day as dinner is served at 7:00 pm.
Check out our Directions Page to see how easy it easy to get to Rak Tamachat.
Course Daily Schedule and Curriculum
At Rak Tamachat we take our Education Center Experience seriously, as such we have a detailed course schedule and curriculum. While learn to build is a skill, having fun doing it is an Art Form. We make work into play and you will leave wondering why work is described as hard!
Course Departure Day
Departure is between 8:00 and 11:00 am. Or you could also stay and take part in our Permaculture Design Course PDC.
It’s a great addition to a Natural Building Course, you can learn more about our Combined Natural Building and PDC and even save some money booking together.
Explore the key features of the Rak Tamachat – Permaculture Thailand Experience!!!
75 acres of Perennial Permaculture , we have planted over 10,000 trees for food and timber making Rak Tamachat a true Garden of Eden.
The Education Center was designed to provide our students with world class standards so as to make their learning with us a truly remarkable experience.
Small Scale intensive and Broad Scale Transitional Agricultural Systems
Rak Tamachat is proud to have a fully integrated Permaculture Master Plan that we use as a guide for what we teach in our course. We don’t just teach but live out our teachings everyday on our site.
Experiential Learning - Getting your hands dirty!
Experiential Hands on Learning is the best way to make sure you learn any given skill and it’s more FUN!
We love cooking and eating the food we raised together, it is what Permaculture is all about. Harvest, Save seed, plant it, cook it, compost it! Life’s Easy.
Thai Cultural Integration Activities
Don’t come all the way to Thailand to take your PDC and miss out on the wonderful Thai Culture, they don’t call it the land of smiles for nothing!!!
You have to Love the Natural Building facilities at Rak Tamachat
The Teak Bungalows
The Natural Toilets & Showers
The Communal Sala at Rak Tamachat
Lin’s Communal Kitchen
The Natural Building Classroom
The Rak Tamachat Gardens and Food Forest
How I Can Apply Permaculture to My Life?
Our course is designed and focused on teaching the skills necessary for you to make a Professional Permaculture Master Plans which you could go onto market in your own Permaculture Consulting business or start your Permaculture projects and communities. Upon completing the course with Rak Tamachat, you will receive a Certified Permaculture Certificate, Permaculture Master Planner Certificate and your Super Adobe Natural Builder Certificate along with your Mushroom Cultivators Certificate. The PDC certificate entitles you to use the word Permaculture in your future endeavors and pursue your Permaculture Career. Anyone who has taken a PDC with Rak Tamachat can go on to teach a course and pass on the knowledge of Permaculture (though it is strongly recommended that you get several years of hands-on experience first). After completing your Combined Discipline Course, If you want to gain some serious skills and experience, Rak Tamachat offers a Permaculturist in Residence Program.
Continuing Support Following Graduation
Students who complete a course with Rak Tamachat are invited to become part of Rak Tamachat’s growing network of graduates. There are three ways we work to support our students:
1. Graduates may audit any future 72-hour certification courses at half price (provided space is available). Our objective is to support our students for as long as they need it or want it, and to encourage them to support each other.
2. Graduates of a Rak Tamachat course will receive a 10% discount on any additional (different) courses with Rak Tamachat.
3. Graduates may email to request instructions or advice on any of their future projects from our instructors. We are always here to help our students.
What should I bring?
What can you do to prepare for the course?
This course is intended for:
1) The beginner – who may have just heard about Permaculture for the first time, as well as for;
2) Those with some experience, who may be practicing Permaculture already, but are interested in learning the theoretical framework behind it. You are not expected to have any specific knowledge or skills upon arrival. We encourage you to dive into our Pre Course Info Pack.
We do think it is helpful to start thinking about ecological systems, and Permaculture design in advance. Read! Find a book about design, organic gardening, integrated systems, ecology, solution- based exploration of our world’s problems, etc.
Any of these subjects will provide you with some context prior to the lessons of the course. Or, if you have a specific piece of property or ecological area that you are primarily interested in applying Permaculture principals to, sit and observe it, map it, read about it, and talk to others who are working in similar environments. Then, bring that information with you to the course.
We may be able to use it for a design project.
Your Course – A Life Changing Decision!
Before you make a life changing decision about where and who to take your course with please read the following list of:
“What you should consider when choosing a course”
Make sure you know what you’re going to get for your hard-earned money. An informed choice is always the best choice.
Permaculture teaches the Principles of Good Design and doing your homework. Researching the facts is what Good Design and Good Permaculture is all about.
Start right on your Permaculture path by selecting the best course for you!
Who are the lead educators for the course, whats thier experience with Permaculture and how are they supported?
We feel this way of teaching helps to provide a more well rounded diverse course and allows our course graduates to gain teaching experience while being mentored by an experienced lead teacher.
How does the Education Center Facilitate their courses?
Creating and maintaining a welcoming and loving environment with trust is where the Rak Tamachat Resident Interns really shine.
The Resident Interns are the Rak that rolls the Education Center wheels.
We really could not do it without them and achieve the high level Rak Tamachat strives for.
What is the classroom like and maximum class size?
It has fully reclined bamboo seating with Thai cushions so you can lay back and relax while learning. The classroom is laid out in stadium seating perspective and can fit a maximum of 18 students luxuriously.
We feel 15 students is the upper limit for providing a good student teacher ratio and delivering a student centered approach to learning. We have to also allow for places for our returning students on the “Pay It Forward Program“.
We feel this allows the teacher and all the students to get the valuable face time together needed to transfer knowledge and maintain a more personal teacher student relationship so essential in learning.
What accommodation is provided in the course price?
Rak Tamachat’s courses included a stay in one of our Teak Bungalows. Our bungalows are situated in a beautiful forest garden setting, on the edge of a pond, nestled under bamboo stands bordering our fruit orchard.
In the tropics hygiene is important. We have designed full functional, “Bali Style” open air toilets and showers.
There are Bird’s of Paradise right in the shower!!
On Rak Tamachat’s Tree of Life you can see one of the key Permaculture Principles on is integrate not segregate.
When you come to stay at Rak Tamachat you will live in the same bungalows that our Residents stay in as well.
You can choose to upgrade to a private bungalow should you wish or stay in one of our or your own tent.
Does the course include field trips?
We take an amazing cultural fields trip to show you what the Thai Culture is all about.
Does the Education Center provide students with a curriculum and schedule?
What teaching styles do the Educators employ to facilitate learning?
Our Main Classroom and Outdoor Hands on Practical Classrooms are equipped to give the best education possible in an relaxed environment.
We are never short on space, tools, or equipment and our founder prides himself on his large “toolbox“.
Without tools design is just a dream. Rak Tamachat makes dreams a reality!
Does the Education Center have or utilize a Permaculture Master Plan?
The plan allows us to plan for and reflect on what we hold to be the corner stones of what is necessary for the farm to be a healthy environment for us to live, provide for the lifestyle we need to flourish and allow for the return on our work to keep us economically viable.
The Master Plan is a living document and as such is constantly referred to, revised, updated, and added to as we learn and grow with the integrated farming operations here at Rak Tamachat.
We hope by putting our work out to the world for their review and use that we are “Paying Forward” the help that we received.
Feel free to copy whatever can help you in your farming endeavors, nothing would make us more happy than to help another farmer succeed in Permaculture and Sustainable Integrated Farming. Check out our Master Plan Here
What materials are provided to the students before, during and after the course?
As they say, a plumber without tools is juts a fat man with a large crack bent over your sink; and a Permaculturist without tools is just a Tool.
You will be given access to copy to your hard-drive our complete “Rak Tamachat Tool Box” located on Rak Tamachat’s server.
This will give you all the information and further study materials for your “budding” Permaculture career.
What is the farm / Education Center like for the hands on practical sessions and does the course actually have practicals?
We are lucky to have the ecological and physical infrastructure of a well designed training site allowing us to demonstrate and participate in the principles taught in all our courses.
We’re able to take first hand knowledge and experience and apply it to project based practicals that fit within a real Vision and Permaculture Master Plan.
At Rak Tamachat you will participate and co-evolve in projects that contribute to the overall development of Rak Tamachat’s Living Organic Permacultutre Master Plan.
We don’t like demonstrations for the sake of demonstrations.
We value resources and practice profitable Permaculture by re-investing our yields.
We value your labor and make it count towards something real.
Does your Permaculture Education Center allow you to copy their Permaculture Database?
We reccomend bringing a portable hard disk with at least a Terabyte if you want it all.
We want to share with you and give you all the resources so you can continue learning after graduating from Rak Tamachat.
Are fruit snacks / coffee inclusive in the course cost?
We also have a Rak Mart (Rak means Love in Thai), which we sell non communal items you may not be able to live without – mosquito repellent, natural shampoo and soaps, Thai snacks, etc……
Will there be internet access?
We have full and reliably fast (ADSL) free wifi capabilities in our communal Sala.
You can skype home anytime you want. We don’t mind.
Does the Education Center cater to dietary needs?
We have Raw-food, vegetarian, vegans and gluten-intolerant people as guests all the time; we strive to accommodate food sensitivities, however you should inform us about your dietary needs and we may advise that you bring specialty snacks as we live far away from any major cities and we may not have access to certain food items.
Are there areas that provide for a diverse social atmosphere?
We work hard to create a variety of areas to relax, socialize, swim, meditate, do yoga, exercise, go for a walk, enjoy a sunset or hang out with the locals.
We also understand that personal space and privacy is important at times and therefore we have placed throughout the property bamboo huts to allow you a place to get away and be on your own.
Did we mention we have 75 acres to wander around?
Is their a holistic lifestyle?
We appreciate diversity and regularly have interns that practice yoga, meditation, song and dance, drumming, guitar, tarot cards, voodoo, community check ins and open empathetic discussion.
In short Rak Tamachat is designed and built for people to practice their own personal pathways towards a holistic lifestyle withing a supportive community without undue external social pressures.
If you want to learn to live free without judgement, we would love to welcome you into our community.