The Rak Tamachat Community
Rak Tamachat welcomes you to the Permaculture Design Course Thailand, Asia (PDC)
The Rak Tamachat Permaculture Education Team has worked hard to design our Permaculture Design Course Thailand, Asia – bringing together all the Key Disciplines of Permaculture under one Amazing Course.
Rak Tamachat believes the standard 72 hrs PDC is a good introduction to Permaculture, but in order to make Permaculture Design come alive and utilize all the tools it teaches, we have added bonus Training Modules on Mushrooms, Permaponics and making of Homemade products (Tea Roasting,Tofu Making, Soap Making, Cheese Making).
We are ready to teach you the skills to create the amazing and dynamic Permaculture Farm of your dreams, the wealth of knowledge that the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Research Institute gives you will allow you to start on a new path with Permaculture, and the rest of your LIFE!
So if you think you’re ready to take the Permaculture Design Challenge and learn some new life skills we are here to teach you all you need to know to start Thriving!
Permaculture is about learning to see the world through Natures’ Eyes, Rak Tamachat means “Love and Protect Nature” in Thai and we will show you how to see the world in a new amazing light free of fear. Once you have seen the world through the Permaculture lens you can’t go back to see it any other way but with Beauty!
Bonus Training Modules
The art of Tea Making
Homemade Tofu Making
Homemade Soap Making
Homemade Cheese Making
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!
2019 - PDCPermaculture Design Course
- January 2019: Enrollment Closed
- 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
2020 - PDCPermaculture Design Course
- January 2020, 12th – 21st
- February 2020, 9th – 18th
- March 2020, 8th – 17th
- April 2020, 12th – 21st
- May 2020, 10th – 19th
- June 2020, 7th – 16th
- July 2020, 5th – 14th
- August 2020, 9th – 18th
- September 2020, 6th – 15th
- October 2020, 11th – 20th
- November 2020, 8th – 17th
- December 2020, 6th – 15th
2021 - To Be AnnouncedPermaculture Design Course
- January 2021, 10th – 19th
- February 2021, 7th – 16th
- March 2021, 7th – 16th
- April 2021, 11th – 20th
- May 2021, 9th – 18th
- June 2021, 6th – 15th
- July 2021, 11th – 20th
- August 2021, 8th – 17th
- September 2021, 12th – 21st
- October 2021, 10th – 19th
- November 2021, 7th – 16th
- December 2021, 5th – 14th
What you get for this All Inclusive Price:
- Class sizes limited to 15 students (sign up soon as we fill up fast);
- Rak Tamachat 72 hrs Permaculture Design Course and certificate of completion included;
- Rak Tamachat 1 day Cultural Sites of Shikhiu Tour;
- Bonus Training Modules – Mushroom School with Ajarn Pack Dee, Permapomics with Beau Wickboldt and Natural Products with Lin Wickboldt (Tofu, Soaps, Cheese, Natural Tooth Powder and Sprots);
- 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.
The Rak Tamachat “Pay it Forward” Program
As a graduate student of Rak Tamachat, you will become a member of the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Intentional Community.
As such, you will receive the right to return to sit in on a 2nd Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at 1/2 Price or return at a later date to see your works thriving with our Permaculture Residency Program.
We love when our old friends return to help out! It’s like seeing long lost friends, and with Permaculture and Natural Home Building, it’s all about our relationships with people and nature.
Check Out Agatha’s Testimonial of 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. 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.
Master Planning with Registered Engineer Beau Wickboldt
Organic Gardening and Thai Cooking with Lin Wickboldt
Natural Building with Ajarn Pee Chan
Mushroom School with Ajarn Pack Dee
Explore the key features of the Rak Tamachat – Permaculture Thailand Experience!!!
Small Scale intensive and Broad Scale Transitional Agricultural Systems
Experiential Learning - Getting your hands dirty!
Thai Cultural Integration Activities
You have to Love the Natural Building Facilities at
Your Private 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
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Curriculum and Schedule
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Rak Tamachat is committed to returning the “DESIGN Element“ to the Permaculture Design Course.
Through engaged participatory design exercises we teach our students the skills they need to be able to create a fully integrated Permaculture Master Plan with all the design elements they will need for their own property or one of their clients.
You will leave Rak Tamachat, with your own fully developed Master Plan Design Portfolio that walks you through step by step exercises and self reflection activities that will allow you to develop an Integrated Permaculture Master Plan.
During the course, we will touch on every major topic in the Permaculture Designers Manual as well as new Permaculture ideas, strategies, and techniques that have emerged over the last 40 years.
Permaculture is an ever expanding field of knowledge and our Educators work hard to bring the latest Permaculture Design Techniques to all our courses.
Course Arrival Day
The course is held over 10 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.
The below outlines how the Rak Tamachat PDC is structured:
Course Departure Day
Departure is between 8:00 and 11:00 am the morning after the last day of the course.
Or you could also stay and be a Permaculturist in Residence, as Part of the PAY IT FORWARD Program.
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Curriculum Navigator
Ethics and Design Principles
Patterns in Nature
Ecology and Organics
Soil Food Web
Eathworks and Water Harvesting
Learn to use Technology to repair and rebuilt the environment. We have the tools to correct the damage we have done to the planet. With Appropriately used Technologies we can change the future.
Food Forest Design
Integrated Animal Husbantry
Alternative Global Nation
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?
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. We are not in this for the money, we do it to support our growing community and PAY IT FORWARD.
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 field trip to show you what the Thai Culture is all about.
Does the Education Center provide students with a curriculum and schedule?
At Rak Tamachat we provide students with a detailed PDC Course Syllabus, Master Plan Design Portfolio and Permaculture Tool Box.
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 have a database with a plethora of Permaculture Materials – books, documentaries, podcasts, articles, pictures, research papers etc. 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.
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. 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
Our Students matter to us so we strive to offer lasting support. 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 students of Rak Tamachat are a member of our community and may audit any future 72-hour certification courses for free (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 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.