Permaculture Design, PD.


The Field Lies Open to the Intellect



“Revitalizing Sustainable Living”



“We already know “How To” build and inhabit Sustainable Systems.

Every essential problem is solved, but in the everyday lives of people, this is hardly apparent.

The wage-slave, peasant, landlord and industrialist alike are deprived of the leisure and the life spirit that is possible in a cooperative society which applies its knowledge.

Both wardens and prisoners are equally captive in the society in which we live”

Bill Mollison


Permaculture’s Foundations as a Design Science

Open Universities


From the beginning, the determination of Permaculture Institutes has been to concentrate on going to the people, not locking themselves away in fixed Institutions, unavailable to people who live in remote locations, in poverty, or who are now “illiterate” in terms of major languages (although very literate verbally, and a mine of knowledge).

Thus, teachers have given courses in very remote and sometimes dangerous areas, and will always continue to do so. These certificated courses allow students to achieve Applied Diplomas of Permaculture Design following on two or more years of activity.

Rak Tamachat, in partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Institute, set up the Institute as an open ‘University’, and gives these certificate courses and accredited Permaculture Design Diploma in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, IWA 2, Quality Management Systems, as pertaining to Higher Education Requirements.

Here, you may look over the Standard which all S.A.I. Institutes operate in accordance with:

Permaculture-Dessign-Diploma-ISO-International-Standards-Organization  The International Standards Organization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.


Our wish is for every person to have access to a Certificated Permaculture Design Course, to know how to design sustainable houses, villages, economies, and land use systems.

To eventually achieve a widespread education in Permaculture, we must always concentrate on “letting teachers loose” in their own cultures, using their own languages, and teaching their own people.

However, while this work continues, the Sustainable Agriculture Institute operates as an Open University delivering knowledge of Permaculture Design and Sustainable Living to as wide an audience as possible with Permaculture Design Courses, Natural Building Courses, and Higher Level Permaculture Design Diplomas.

Educational Quality Assurance


Permaculture-Design-Diploma-Educational-Quality-Assrance  Rak Tamachat Permaculture Research and Education Institute (Rak Tamachat) has partnered with the Sustainable Education Institute (S.A.I.) to allow for the distribution of the Permaculture Design Curriculum through the S.A.I. Learning Managment Systems (LMS).

The LMS assures that the Permaculture Design Curriculum is delivered in accordance with all International Standards for Quality Management Systems, as pertaining to Higher Education Requirements.

The S.A.I. LMS controls the Permaculture Design Learning Journey through rigorous adherence to the following:


1. Pedagogical Plan – seeks to embody a learning design, articulating it in a hierarchical structure that incorporates degrees of abstraction suitable for supporting reflection, communication, and reuse.

2. Taxonomy Plan – sets a specific organizational structure for the delivery of online Permaculture Design Curriculum; in short, it controls the curriculum management through the use of the Learning Managment Systems, LMS.

3. Curriculum Management Plan – S.A.I. provides support in the development of curriculum guides that are of high quality, well aligned, provide an adequate cognitive challenge, and articulated vertically with antecedent and subsequent learnings.

4. Quality Assurance Certification – The Quality Assurance Management Systems for application of Higher Education Requirements, as adopted and implemented by e-campus Education LMS, meets the requirements as outlined by ISO for the Standardization of Educational practices across international borders.

Permaculture and Sustainability


What is the traditional definition of “Sustainability?”

Sustainability is most often defined as:

meeting the legitimate needs of the present generation without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their needs as well.”

This “shallow” sustainability usually focuses on making our current systems more sustainable; that is, reforming our agricultural, transportation, and energy systems by increasing efficiency and substituting non-sustainable materials and energy with more sustainable alternatives.

Permaculture Design goes beyond this simple definition by focusing on the root problem, not a quick fix solution. In Permaculture Design “The Problem is the Solution“.

For example, this type of sustainability would aim to correct our transportation crisis by creating more efficient cars which use alternative fuels.

Permaculture Design recognizes that there is a difference between doing things right and doing the right thing. Basic sustainability focuses on doing things right, on the means we use to accomplish an end.

Permaculture Design addresses the ends themselves.

The Permaculture Design Diploma Curriculum teaches that the correct approach to say the “Transportation Problem” would focus on the creation of higher quality of life. This would put the focus on the solution of creating lifestyles where people are able to meet their needs close to where they live so that the need for automobile transportation is greatly reduced.

The development of Sustainable businesses, societies, and communities is dependent upon those entities being comprised of highly developed individuals.

Such development means doing more with less. It means creating a higher quality of life while consuming fewer resources. Sustainability is about creating a thriving world in which we lead rich, productive, and fulfilling lives — without depleting the environment or ourselves.

To fully meet our responsibility to current and future generations, we must connect with our own inner nature and take action.

Permacultue Design Diploma & Environmetal Science


What is Environmental Science?

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, physical geography (geodesy), and atmospheric science) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

Environmental studies incorporate more of the social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions, and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering focuses on design and technology for improving environmental quality in every aspect.


What can I do with a Permaculture Design Diploma in Environmental Science?

An environmental science degree equips you with essential skills and practical experience that could lead to a career in the environment sector or a range of other occupations.

Job Options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental education officer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Marine biologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Recycling officer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Waste management officer
  • Water quality scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Environmental health practitioner
  • Landscape architect
  • Town planner
  • Toxicologist
  • Transport planner

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Who is the Permaculture Design Diploma Intended For?


Recent Permaculture Design Course Graduates

The Permaculture Diploma Program is perfect for Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Graduates who would like to take a “Deep Dive” into the world of Permaculture Design to help foster a possible career path in Environmental Science. You will learn what it takes to be a Professional Permaculture Consultant with Advanced Permaculture Design, including all the professional level documentation, and Permaculture Master Planning Techniques to support your Environmental Science Carrer path.


Practicing Permaculturist

You may have taken your Permaculture Design Course and headed straight into building your Permaculture Paradise. Now you are looking to expand your basic knowledge of Permaculture Design by learning more Advanced Permaculture Design. This could be just to make you a more well-rounded and Certified Professional Permaculturist, or you may have aspirations to take your Permaculture Practice to the next level by trying your hand at Permaculture Consulting, Teaching or working in the Environmental Science Field.


Permaculture Consultants

If you are a Practicing Permaculture Consultant, you can refresh your knowledge of Advanced Permaculture Design by learning the Permaculture Consulting Techniques as practiced by the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Consultancy. You will be able to compare your processes and pick up many new tips and tricks to help make your Permaculture Consultancy more profitable and better able to serve your clients and the environment at large.

Curriculum – Permaculture Design Diploma 


Requirements for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, Dip. Perm. Des.

To graduate with a Diploma in Permaculture Design, students must successfully complete:

  • All general requirements for the Permaculture Design Diploma including completion of all Coursework, Master Plans, Thesis.

Diploma Coursework

  1. Permaculture Design Course
  2. Natural Building Course
  3. Advanced Permaculture Design (Consulting) Course
  4. Ecovillage Design Course
  5. Permaculture Design Thesis

Core Permaculture Diploma Curriculum


Eco-village Design Course (EDC)


Permaculture Design Thesis



The following fields have been the basis of Diplomate Work, and form an indication of the areas that can be covered by Permaculture Diploma students for applied or theoretical degrees. Applied degrees are weighted to field projects; academic degrees are weighted towards research.

  • Required 5 Master Plans submitted and approved by S.A.I. from the following topics.
  • Required 1 Thesis submitted and approved by S.A.I. from the following topics.


1) Education: This includes special education, education via electronic media, or the development of educational aids.

2) Media: Many students are developing information systems based on a film, photo libraries, print or electronic systems, and some have succeeded as journalists. Authors producing a significant thesis or finding in any area of research indicated here may submit for a degree.

3) Site Development: This indicates work on a farm or village over a long period, working to develop a Permaculture system or community facility or project.

4) Site Design: People acting as consultants to a variety of projects, rural and urban, may submit for applied degrees. Planners and consultants for projects in Permaculture.

5) Community Services: For those devoting their time, often with great hardship, to populations in poverty, fourth world (tribal peoples), disadvantaged or aged groups, and to people in urban and rural poverty.

6) Finance and Busines: Developing and promoting local employment, non-monetary exchange, cash recycling in a community, cooperative endeavors, models of development, and cost-benefit analyses of real projects, accounted financially, socially, and environmentally.

7) Technical Development: People developing technical systems in transport, energy, processing systems, recycling, conservation systems or efficient appliances.

8) Resource Development: Making supporting resources available via land banks, plant or seed resources, livestock development, contract services and other essential support systems.

9) Architecture and Building: Completion of projects demonstrating low cost and energy-efficient housing and special purpose buildings, or the construction of villages and suburbs.

10) Research: A broad category, covering all Permaculture-related areas; a blend of the practical and theoretical is ideal.

Academic Schedule – Permaculture Design Diploma 


Note: Enrollment for the 2020 Diploma Course will open November 2019, if you have any questions please Contact Us.

The Permaculture Design Diploma Program is a continuously running open enrolment program. There are two pathways to attaining your Certification as a Professional Permaculturist.

1. Onsite (Rak Tamachat Campus) Learning Pathway – Practical Pathway

The On-campus pathway is an accelerated learning pathway designed to give the full Advanced Permaculture Design Diploma in a period of six months. The students will engage in full time leaning while living at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute. The Program starts with the Rak Tamachat Combined Course, the Combined Course Schedules can be found here.

2. Distance Learning Pathway – Theoretical Pathway

The Distance Learning Pathway is a flexible learning schedule which allows the student to progress at their own pace (part-time). The program is run for a period of 2 Years which allows for ample time for the Students to complete the required coursework and final projects.

Schedule of Course Deliverables

Both the Practical and Theoretical Pathways end in the Permaculture Design Diploma Students receiving their Certification as a Professional Permaculturist. The pathways have a set of specific Deliverables that must be completed in order for graduation. Permaculture-Design-Degree-Diploma-Program-Scedule-Thailand-Asia

Course Deliverables

  1. Permaculture Design Course – Completion of Course Works and Acceptance of Permaculture Master Plan
  2. Natural Building Course – Completion of Course Works and Acceptance of Natural Building Master Plan
  3. Advanced Permaculture Design Course (Consulting) – Completion of Course Works and Acceptance of 2 Permaculture Master Plans
  4. Master Planning Course – Completion of Course Works and Acceptance of 4 Permaculture Master Plans
  5. Permaculture Thesis – Acceptance of Permaculture Thesis.

Please Note: All Permaculture Master Plans and Permaculture Thesis can be in relation to any of the Fields as outlined in Permaculture Design Diploma Curriculum outlined in this document. The Natural Building Master Plan must be on item 9) Architecture and Building.

Academic Rules – Permaculure Design Diploma


Calculating Credit Hours Earned for Associate Degree in Permaculture Design


Credit Hours – Courses taken in college are measured in terms of credit hours. An Associate in Science Degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours which can be put towards particular Bachelor of Science Degrees. An Associate Degree (or associate’s degree) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study. In order to receive an Associate Degree in Permaculture Design, the student must complete 60 Credit Hours. 1 Credit Hour is equal to 15 Contact Hours at 50-minute intervals. 60 Credit Hours is equal to 900 Contact Hours.

Colleges may Award Students a Credit for any of the Following Reasons:


1) Experiencing one hour of class attendance or faculty instruction per week, for 15 weeks, in a course that requires two hours of additional work for every one hour of class attendance and/or instruction.

2) Performing the equivalent amount of work over a different period of time.

3) Demonstrating evidence of achievement, represented in intended learning outcomes, that is equal to an amount of work that is equivalent to experiencing one hour of class attendance or faculty instruction per week, for 15 weeks, etc.

Item three above allows for Online Universities Award Accreditation in terms of evidence of achievement, learning outcomes, assessment of prior learning and student work, instead of time.

To learn more details about University Credit Programs download from the New America Foundation and Education Sector.


Fee Structure – Permaculture Design Diploma Program 


The Permaculture Design Diploma can be taken in 2 Learning Pathways ways which have different Fee Structures.


Option 1 – Distance Learning  2 years Theoretical Learning Pathway

Course Fees: 2,300 USD Total Cost for Diploma of Permaculture Design (Discount of 100 USD)

  1. oPDC – Permaculture Design Course – 700 USD
  2. oNBC – Natural Building Course – 350 USD
  3. oPCC – Permaculture Consultants Course – 500 USD
  4. oEDC – Eco-village Design Course – 250 USD
  5. oPTT – Permaculture Teachers Training – 250 USD
  6. oPDT – Permaculture Design Thesis – 250 USD


Diploma of Permaculture Design

Total Cost = 2,300 USD


Option 2 – On-campus 6 Month Practical Learning Pathway

A + B – C = Total Cost 

(A) Course Fees: 2,300 USD (Total Cost for Diploma of Permaculture Design)

  1. oPDC – Permaculture Design Course – 700 USD
  2. oNBC – Natural Building Course – 350 USD
  3. oPCC – Permaculture Consultants Course – 500 USD
  4. oEDC – Eco-village Design Course – 250 USD
  5. oPTT – Permaculture Teachers Training – 250 USD
  6. oPDT – Permaculture Design Thesis – 250 USD

(B) Room and Board: 1,800 USD (All-Inclusive)

  1. Private Bungalow at 10 USD per day = 300 per month x’s 6 months = 1,800 USD

(C) Less Green Jobs Program: (1,000 USD)

  1. (250 USD) x’s 6 Months = (5,000 USD)


Diploma of Permaculture Design

Total Cost: A + B – C = 2,600 USD


Option 3 – Combined Permaculture Design Diploma + Masters Degree

Total Cost = On-campus Diploma + Oncampus Masters

3,750 USD – On-campus Diploma of Permaculture Design (6months on-campus)

2,800 USDOn-campus Permaculture Design Master Degree (6 months on-campus)


Combined Diploma and Master Degree Program (1 Year On-campus)

 6,550 USD

Financial Aid – Permaculture Design Diploma 


In order to make sure that Permaculture can be more acceptable to all, we have devised a Finacial Aid Scheme to allow for students to get financial discounts on their course for sharing the Permaculture Experience with their Friends.

In order to get the Finacial Aid discounts you only need to click the below links and share with your friends about your Permaculture Design Diploma Learning Journey.

Once you share you will receive by email a discount code which can be applied to the course cost giving you a 10% Off of the total Diploma Course Price.

Scholarships – Permaculture Design Diploma



Beau, here the founder of Rak Tamachat.

I just wanted to share with you my Passion for sharing Permaculture Knowledge with the world. To that effect, I want to offer you an Amazing Opportunity to receive varying levels of Scholarships for the hard work that I hope you will do in your Local Community.

I want to share one of my fondest memories of my youth. I was made to perform community service by my Catholic High School. I choose to go to the local St Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen and Volunteer my time. While at first,t I did it to fulfill my quota of assigned hours. I soon learned that I liked helping others and cooking too! I keep helping out the Food Bank for years and still deeply value what I learned there.

I want to help you by allowing you the opportunity to help others!  I hope other than the Financial Aid the scholarship will afford you it will allow you to help your local Community and hopefully full your lifelong passion for community aid.

I now live full time in the Rak Tamachat Intentional Community and I still love when I can cook for others, especially when I can go into our Permaculture Garden and Harvest Nutritious foods.

I call the Scholarship the “World Changers Scholarship” as I want to Pay it Forward for the push that I got into helping and putting others needs before mine. I want to give this special gift to you. It is worth more then the monetary value the scholarship holds as you will treasure the experiences for the rest of your life. I believe that Permaculture and Volunteerism have the power to change the world. Take the World Changes Challenge!


How to receive the World Changer Scholarship

You only need to volunteer your time in order to receive cash rebates on your Permaculture Diploma Course.


Cash Rebate Level

  1. 20 Hours Served – 10% off Course Fees
  2. 40 Hours Served – 20% off Course Fees


How to Claim Rebates

  • You will need to download the below PDF letter to your chooses volunteer organization and have it signed by the Volunteer Director of the Organization.
  • Once you have your hours signed off, take a picture of you and the Director in the front of the Organization.
  • Submit the signed letter and your picture to S.A.I. for review and Approval and you will receive your discount code by email which you can use to discount your Course Fees.

It that easy, give of yourself to your local community and save money on your studies, I wish we could give more but as we operate as a non-profit we can not do more and cover our operating expenses.

Want to get your Permaculture Design Diploma Course for Free, check out the Job Opportunity with Rak Tamachat below.


Your First Job Placement in Sustainability


Want to Work with Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute?

Here at Rak Tamachat, we are all about our Communal Mission to spreading the world of Sustainability through Permaculture and Natural Building Education.

We know the value of our training and always want to be the first one to employ our Graduates of Permaculture Design.

To that effect as we operate as a Non-profit, we have devised the below scheme for Offsetting your Course Fees for working with Rak Tamachat after you have Graduated. This amazing opportunity is open to both the on-campus and distance learners Permaculture Design Diploma Programs.

Upon your Graduation, you can choose to Work with Rak Tamachat in one of our Managerial Positions we will extend you a contract for 3 months and pay you a Living Wage for your work. This is effectively the Rak Tamachat Internship Program.

You will gain Practical Managerial Work Experience at a real Permaculture Education Institute and Intentional Community.

As the cost for the Course Fees is 1,950 USD we can offer employment for 3 months at 500 USD per month totaling a return of 1,500 USD. The remaining 450 USD will be allocated to your Room and Board for the 3 months of service. As Rak Tamachat is an All Inclusive Community you should be able to return home with the majority of your salary.

Upon Completion of your contract, Rak Tamachat will extend to you a Reference Letter to aid in your future employment. A win-win for both you and Rak Tamachat, you gain real-world experience and your first job, we gain your help!

Open Admissions – Permaculture Design Diploma


The Sustainable Agriculture Institute, S.A.I. operates as an open university and has an open-door academic policy, with minimal or no entry requirements. S.A.I.employs specific teaching methods, such as openly supported learning or distance education.

You can learn more about S.A.I.’s Open Educational Philosophies below:

  1. Future of Online Education Manifesto
  2. Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals
  3. Code of Ethics

How to Apply

You can apply for the Permaculture Design Diploma Program by clicking the link below, you will be taken to an online form which you may fill out and submit for review and acceptance by S.A.I.

Enrollment for the 2020 Diploma Course will open in November 2019, if you have any questions please Contact Us.


Not Convinced? Why Not Take Our Free Permaculture Design Course Introduction!


We love being able to offer to the world something that’s Truly Free!

The Sustainable Agriculture Institute and Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute have offered to the world two complete Chapters of the Permaculture: A Designers Manual as taught on our Physical Permaculture Design Courses for Free in the Online Permaculture Design Course Introduction.

Also feel free to share this amazing opportunity with those who may not be able to take a PDC due to poor circumstances. We think everyone has the right to know about Permaculture!