Permaculture Internship Asia


Permaculture Internships


Rak Tamachat Permaculture Research and Education Institute

Asia, Thailand

A Lifechanging Permacultural Educational Experience is Awaiting You:
Permaculture Thailand is proud to offer one of the Best Permaculture Internships in the world. We have worked hard to make sure we provide all our Interns’ needs to assure that their Internship is a Life Changing Experience.

We know that this once in a lifetime experience will help to shape the world by allowing for the Power of Sustainable Education the ability to take hold and grow in our Budding Permaculturist!

Explore the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Internship Experience

Organic Gardening

Food is Life, and we love spending time caring for our garden, we like to think of our Permaculture Garden as Beyond Organic as we add no Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides – synthetically or organically made!

Food Forestry

Permaculture is all about the interblending of Perennial and Annual Agriculture, and the Permaculture Food Forest is the perfect place to learn how to find the right balance of Sun, Nutrients, Water, Maintenance, Pruning, Harvesting, Labor, etc. Saving Labor gives more Free Time!

Thai Cooking

Living in an Intentional Community requires helping out with the Cooking, but that is a pleasing at Rak Tamachat where Khun Lin, our Resident Thai Chef, teaches everyone the Art of Thai Cooking.

Seed Saving

Seeds are Life, without them we cannot continue to grow our own food. At Rak Tamachat, we know that Saving Seeds, for us and the larger World Community we share our Seeds with, is one of the most Important Missions we have! If we lose our Seeds, we know we cannot fight! Save Seeds to Save Lives!

Animal Husbandry

Holistic Animal Husbandry is one of the Permaculture Systems that helps cycle the nutrients at Rak Tamachat. Animals have a special place in the Permaculture Farms, as they help us to take non-editable biomass – that would otherwise be a waster – and turn it into an input for them. And we get their manure for our gardens!


We love making our own products at Rak Tamachat, ranging from Cheeses, Soaps, Tofu, Wines, Jams, Dehydrating, Kimchi, Bread, Teas, etc. Homesteading skills help us to live a more frugal life, by reducing our consumption we reduce our need to earn! Learning to take care of yourself and your family with Homesteading skills leads to Freedom!


Rak Tamachat is the Home of Permaponics, as we coined the term with our Extensive Permaponic Systems. We are always pushing the edge with Aquaculture and Growing Food in Healthy Soil, and the Research in Permaponics is helping to change the way Nutritious Foods are Grown. Nutrition starts in the Soil, then Plants Grown in Good Soil, then Healthy Animals that have eaten the Plants!

Natural Building

Our Intentional Community is the product of many loving hands, we use the materials beneath our feet to build our Natural Buildings. We teach others that they too can build their own homes without the need for mortgages. Natural Building is one of the Cornerstones of the Permaculture Lifestyle!


Permaculture and Natural Building Education is the Passion that drives Rak Tamachat. We are working daily to spread the message of Permaculture. “Permaculture is Revolution disguised as Gardening”, and Rak Tamachat wants to Revolutionize Sustainable Living!


We choose to live in Intentional Community because we know our Communal Actions can help to make a difference. We choose to share our Knowledge of Permaculture and Sustainability to make Positive Changes which help the Ecology of our Mother Gaia.


We love growing and Teaching Mushrooms, and our Interns help us assure we can keep the Mushroom Course up to Rak’s Standards. Don’t worry about not knowing about Mushrooms, when you leave Rak you will be an Expert. Mushrooms have the potential to be one of the emerging food sources needed to feed our expanding world!


One thing we love after a good day’s work in our Gardens is to relax. Working for our food and shelter is needed, but we also need time with friends, family, or alone. We love to de-stress around the fire circle, swimming in the pond, doing Yoga, exercise in the Gym or doing Meditation in the garden!

Why does Rak Tamachat Run a Permaculture Internship Program?


At Rak Tamachat, we are lucky to have the Guidance” of our Founders: Lin and Beau Wickboldt. They want to share their passion for Permaculture and Natural Living, as well as their home, with a large Intentional Community of Permaculturists, Students and Volunteers year round.

They found their places in the world by “Sharing the Empowering Knowledge of Permaculture and Natural Building“.

The learned that the world does not offer people enough opportunities to really immerse themselves in Permaculture Studies.

They wish that the Rak Tamachat Institute can become a place of Sanctuary where Dedicated Learners come to live in a Permaculture Intentional Community and learn the empowering “Life Skills” of Permaculture and Natural Building.

They believe that Permaculture is a Lifestyle Choice which allows people to ease into Intentional Community Living. Thus, allowing for Permaculture Internship Opportunities was a logical service for Rak Tamachat to provide.

Who’s Eligible for the Permaculture Internship?


The Permaculture Internship is for all Graduates of the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design and Natural Building Courses. Rak is also open to other PDC graduates of other Institutes, offering half-price PDC courses to graduates of other institutions. You can Contact Us for more info. We want to grant an opportunity for Continued Learning by providing an exchange which helps both the Permaculture Student and the Institute. We work to offer first class PDC’s and NBC’s but, first and foremost, we want our students to learn as much as they desire.

If you have not completed your Permaculture Design Course, you can sign up for our PDC here:

PDC Sign Up!

What is included in this Permaculture Internship?

Once the Rak Tamachat Students have completed the PDC and NBC, they can move into the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Internship, which offsets their Interning through Rak Tamachat’s Green Job Program.


Rak Tamachat is in Partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Institute which provides online Permaculture Design Courses and well as Natural Building and Sustainability Courses. As a partner, we can offer you the Rak Tamachat oPCC which will allow you to continue your Permaculture Learning in more depth while Interning with Rak Tamachat during your Permaculture Internship. The Permaculture Design Internship is conceived to enable you to achieve 1/2 of the credit hours for your Permaculture Design Diploma during your stay with Rak Tamachat. Once you complete the Permaculture Design Course, you become an Intern for the next 2 months, allowing you the time to complete your Natural Building Course as well as your online Permaculture Consultancy Courses. You will also be shown everything it takes to run Rak Tamachat as an Intentional Permaculture Community and Education Institute. After completing their Permaculture Internships, some of our Interns choose to stay at Rak Tamachat for another three months and complete their Permaculture Design Diploma. You also have the opportunity to get a Green Job, a paying position on which we work for a living wage (Wage Subsidies) as we operate the Institute as a non-profit Permaculture Institute. 

Courses Included in Permaculture Internship

Please Note: All Courses listed below come with a Certificate of Completion

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!

When is the Permaculture Internship Running?


Other than the possibility of a Free Permaculture Internship is the fact the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Internship starts every month with the start of our Permaculture Design Course. You will take the PDC and immediately move into your Permaculture Internship and then the Permaculture Design Diploma or Permaculture In Residency Program if you desire and fit in with the Community.


2019 Course Dates for Respective Internship Positions

Please Note: Rak Tamachat only accepts max two Permaculture Internships per month, so sign up soon as place fills fast!


  • January 2019, 13th – 22nd
  • February 2019, 10th – 19th
  • March 2019, 10th – 19th
  • April 2019, 14th – 23rd
  • May 2019, 12th – 21st
  • June 2019, 9th – 18th
  • July 2019, 8th – 17th
  • August 2019, 11th – 20th
  • September 2019, 8th – 17th
  • October 2019, 6th – 15th
  • November 2019, 10th – 19th
  • December 2019, 8th – 17th

What is expected of me in the Permaculture Internship?


The Rak Tamachat Internship Program offers full experiential immersion in Permaculture and Natural Building, with hands-on farming and Permaculture Community Living.

As a participant in the Permaculture Internship, you will directly Represent a Permaculture Educational Institute, Farm and Intentional Community centered around education, united in service, and dedicated to the restoration of human and environmental health.

We are interested in hard-working, self-motivated / starters, organized, flexible individuals with a strong desire to serve the land, the Permaculture Community and themselves. We ask that Permaculture Interns arrive ready and willing to participate in all aspects of the farm and Permaculture Community life.

Our Permaculture mission is to empower individuals with the tools and understanding of Permaculture which will allow them to become inspired and activated leaders for positive change.

While there is no guarantee on what you will take away from this Permaculture Experience, we recognize that those most actively engaged in participation receive the greatest returns.

What we do expect of a Permaculturalist – As a graduate student of Permaculture Design, you are expected to uphold the Ethical Intentions of Permaculture. We need to remember that Permaculture is first and foremost a Sustainable Design Science that gives up the tools to make a positive change in the world’s degraded environments. You will be looked up to as a Graduate Student and Intern, and as such are expected to help guide new students in their Permaculture Journey. We, as a Permaculture Community, are all here to help each other further our learnings of the world.


If you cannot say YES to the below, please don’t apply:

  • I want to learn more about how to change my life with Permaculture.
  • I will work to make the changes I want to see a reality.
  • I will be dedicated to my task and “Be on Time“.
  • I will take responsibility for myself and my duties.
  • I can live without Drugs in my life to help make a change.

If you are ready to get stuck in and learn REAL Permaculture Skills, and are a Doer – not a Talker, then we are the place for you!

Why such a Hard Line above?

We want to make sure we are getting what we like to call the “Cream of the Crop“.

If you think you have what it takes to make a change, then, by all means, take the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Challenge and apply below.


Why Choose the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Internship?


Rak Tamachat is ranked as one of the Foremost Permaculture Research and Education Institutes, Intentional Ecovillage Community and Broad-Scale Permaculture Farms in the World. We take Our Permaculture Practice Seriously!

Our Permaculture Community is comprised of 13 full-time Residents, and hosts Sustainable Education Courses on a Monthly Basis, making us one of the rare Full-Time Permaculture Institutes.

We can assure you will learn the Permaculture course topics listed above plus the addition of the following Permaculture Skills :

Permaculture Internship Permaculture Design Schedule

Cost of the Permaculture Internship Program


The Rak Tamachat Permaculture Internship is designed (as all good Permaculture Ideas) to be a minimal cash investment endeavor. We want to be able to offer our Internship at minimum cost but have to assure that we do not lose money. We know that your valuable help as an Intern with the Permaculture Community is worth more than we could pay for.

We can offer to repay your help by returning your online course fees through our Green Job Program.

We calculate the green job rate based on the average Thai worker’s salary, which is 10 USD for 8-hours worked per day.

Since we ask our interns to help us for only 4 hours each day, 6 days a week, we’ll give you back 30 USD per week for your contribution – the same salary we would give a Thai person for the same amount of hours worked – as per the calculations below:

5 USD per day x’s 6 days = 30 USD per week

Or 4.30 USD per day for a 7-days week (30 USD / 7 days = 4.30 USD)


The Cost of Courses:

700 USD – oMPMC – online Master Planning Mastery Course (Plus all the questions you can ask Beau!)

           Total Cost – 700 USD  

Monies to be Returned via Green Jobs Program:

4.30 USD x’s 90 days = 387 USD

           Total Returned – 387 USD  

Food and Board Pricing Schedules:

  1. Food and Communal Overheads – 10 USD per day for 76 days = 760 USD (90 days program – 14 days physical courses =76 days)
  2. Private Bungalow (Single Occupant) – 10 USD per day for 76 days = 760 USD (90 days program – 14 days physical courses =76 days)
  3. Private Bungalow (Shared Occupancy) – 10 USD per day for 76 days = 760 USD / 2 persons = 380 USD per Person


If you have any questions concerning the cost of the Permaculture Internship, you can always Contact Us to discuss.

We always try our best to operate in a Full Transparency in accordance with the Ethics of Permaculture and our Non-Profit Stance.


Cost Summary


Option 1 – 3-Months Internship with Private Bungalow Accommodation 

A + B – CTotal Cost

(A) Course Fees: 1,750 USD (Total Cost for Permaculture Internship)

  1. PDC – Permaculture Design Course – 700 USD
  2. NBC – Natural Building Course – 350 USD
  3. oMPMC – online Master Planning Mastery Course – 700 USD

(B) Room and Board: 1,520 USD (All-Inclusive)

Private Bungalow, Food and Communal Overheads at 20 USD per day x’s 76 days = 1,520 USD

(C) Less Green Jobs Program: 387 USD

4.30 USD x’s 90 days = 387 USD

Permaculture Design Internship

Total Cost = 2,883 USD


Option 2 – 3-Months Internship with Shared Bungalow Accommodation 

A + B – CTotal Cost

(A) Course Fees: 1,750 USD (Total Cost for Permaculture Internship)

  1. PDC – Permaculture Design Course – 700 USD
  2. NBC – Natural Building Course – 350 USD
  3. oMPMC – online Master Planning Mastery Course – 700 USD

(B) Room and Board: 1,140 USD (All-Inclusive Shared Bungalow Occupancy)

  1. Food and Communal Overheads – 10 USD x’s 76 Days – 760 USD
  2. Shared Bungalow – 5 USD x’s 76 Days – 380 USD

(C) Less Green Jobs Program: 387 USD

4.30 USD x’s 90 days = 387 USD

Permaculture Design Internship

Total Cost = 2,503 USD



Permaculture Internship Schedule Details

The Permaculture Internship will begin once the Permaculture Design Course has been completed. The new Permaculturalist Intern will become part of the Rak Tamachat Intentional Community Family, and in the mornings will work with the other Community Members on the various Permaculture Projects around the farm.

We all work together to make Rak Great, no one gets all the bad jobs! Well, maybe Beau…

The afternoons are allocated time for Permaculture Interns to work online on their Advanced Permaculture Design Course Works. The schedule section of this document outlines the schedule of deliverables for the Permaculture Internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I be Sleeping while on my Permaculture Internship?

Our beautiful bungalows are located adjacent to a large pond and they are surrounded by a heavy planting of a variety of native trees which is the beginning of a Thai jungle forest restoration project.

They are constructed from 50-year-old reclaimed teak wood from traditional Thai houses. The sad popularity of concrete construction in Thailand is creating an aftermarket for the old teak wood.  Teak is remarkable in its durability as it is naturally rot, fungi and insect resistant. These resistances do decrease as the wood ages but with care to minimize the exposure of the wood to those forces we can expect it to last another 50 years.

All of the bungalows have a balcony. The bungalows feel good to be inside. It’s like being hugged by the forest.  They come equipped with two twin mattresses and mosquito nets. They all have fans and power outlets for charging electronics.

A Bali-inspired Bathroom with showers is situated at the Northern end of Bungalow Row.  It has a black water septic that is connected to a grey water reed bed. It is a great example of a natural water treatment system.

Accommodation Pricings:

  1. Private Bungalow (Single Occupant) – 10 USD per day for 76 days = 760 USD
  2. Private Bungalow (Couple Occupancy) – 10 USD per day for 76 days = 760 USD / 2 persons = 380 USD per Person


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