We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and would love to hear from you. Rak on.
Permaculture Thailand welcomes you to the Rak Tamachat Combined Discipline Permaculture Course
The Rak Tamachat Education Team has worked hard to design our Combined Discipline Course to bring together all the Key Disciplines of Permaculture under one Amazing Course.
You will get the following individual Courses in this amazing combined course, saving you both time and money.
Rak Tamachat believes the standard 72 hrs PDC is a good introduction to Permaculture, but in order to make Permaculture come alive and utilize the tools it teaches. We have combined our Natural Building Course with our PDC and with the added bonus Training Modules on:
Tea Making, Mushrooms, Permaponics and the making of Homemade products (Tofu, Soap, Tooth Paste, Cheese).
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 Permaculture, and the rest of your LIFE!
Bonus Training Modules
The art of Tea Making
You will learn all the techniques to make all natural organic teas. The art of tea making as handed down through family generations. You will be able to make your own teas and bring a truly special gift home for your family and friends. Learning to make fresh teas will give you a life long skill!
Beau believes that the future of the world rest on developing more nutritious foods, Ajarn Pack Dee is a renowned Thai mushroom grower, consultant and Teacher. Rak Tamachat is truly lucky to host his mushroom school. You will learn all the steps to grow your own mushrooms at home for food or as a business! Mushroom to the rescue!
At Rak we believe in growing the most nutritious food we can with the least amount of work. We derive all of our fertilizers on site and with our amazing Permaponics growing systems developed by Beau, we can grow all of our salad greens organically. Come learn how you can build your own Permapocis systems at your home for food or a small business.
Homemade Tofu Making
Our communal Kitchen is a truly wonderful place to hangout. Ajarn Lin is always making up amazingly delicious and nutritious creations and always willing to teach. Her homemade tofu is easy to make and the best part is that we all get to eat it! She allow has a huge bean spotter, bean sprouts with stir fry veggies from the garden and fresh homemade tofu for dinner…….
Homemade Soap Making
Making your own homemade products is a big part of what Permaculture is all about. At Rak Tamachat strive to make as many products as we can. We know that they are free of harmful chemicals and it saves us a lot of money. Plus our homemade products like soap are better for us and the Environment. We make all our soaps, Your can to!!
Homemade Cheese Making
Homemade cheese making from local cows milk the same morning is a blessing, it goes great with our meals, is easy to make, is preserved easy if we would not eat it all. It also goes great on our veggie bean burger night and PIZZA night in our wood fired pizza oven. Life is easy when you know how to make things yourself, they also taste better!
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!
2017Combined PDC + NBC
- January 2017, 3rd – 19th Graduated
- February 2017, 7th – 23rd Graduated
- March 2017, 7th – 23rd Graduated
- April 2017, 4th – 20th Graduated
- May 2017, 2nd – 18th Graduated
- June 2017, 6th – 22nd Graduated
- July 2017, 4th – 20th Graduated
- August 2017, 1st – 17th Graduated
- September 2017, 5th – 21st Graduated
- October 2017, 3rd – 19th Graduated
- November 2017, 7th – 23rd
- December 2017, 5th – 21st
2018Combined PDC + NBC
- January 2018, 10th – 23rd
- February 2018, 7th – 20th
- March 2018, 7th – 20th
- April 2018, Holiday Break
- May 2018, 2nd – 15th
- June 2018, 6th – 19th
- July 2018, Holiday Break
- August 2018, 8th – 21st
- September 2018, 5th – 18th
- October 2018, Holiday Break
- November 2018, 7th – 20th
- December 2018, 5th – 18th
2019Combined PDC + NBC
- January 2019, TBA
- February 2019, TBA
- March 2019, TBA
- April 2019, TBA
- May 2019, TBA
- June 2019, TBA
- July 2019, TBA
- August 2019, TBA
- September 2019, TBA
- October 2019, TBA
- November 2019, TBA
- December 2019,TBA
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 Permaculture Skills, sit in on a 2nd PDC 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
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;
- Rak Tamachat Natural Building Design Course and certificate of completion included;
- 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);
- 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
***** Please note that Rak Tamachat limits it’s participants to 15 students per course so securing your spot EARLY is recommend ******
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.
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
Beau is 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 🙂
Organic Gardening and Thai Cooking with Lin Wickboldt
Lin is the beautiful wife of Beau, she is the better half of Rak Tamachat. Her passion for growing organic nutritious foods and using the fresh ingredients from the garden to make delicious fusion Thai and western cuisine is a true blessing to the students and residents of Rak Tamachat. Lin loves teaching Thai homesteading skills such as tofu, soaps, etc…… She enjoys sharing all the aspects of the Thai culture and teaching the Thai Style of gardening and cooking. Come learn all about Permaculture and how to grow, cook and live as well.
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!
Mushroom School with Ajarn Pack Dee
Rak Tamachat is proud to host Ajarn Pack Dee who is renowned as a leading Thai teacher of the art of propagating mushrooms. You will be taught all the steps to grow your own mushrooms at home. Ajarn Pack Dee is a leader in the techniques used to grow mushrooms with low energy input at home which is a big problem with the commercial growing industry. Being able to grow food from fungi and understand its function in the Soil Food Web makes us all a more well rounded Permaculturist. With the growing population of the world, mushrooms are one of the growing super foods slated to feed the world! Come learn how!
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
We love to share our cultures with each other and to that end we have many cultural exchanges throughout the course.
You have to Love the Natural Building facilities at Rak Tamachat
Your stay during the course will be an amazing time, you will not only learn from top notch teachers, but also have the added benefit of living in what some people have called a “Permisort“, Natural Building with love is what makes it all possible!
The Teak Bungalows
The Natural Toilets & Showers
The Communal Sala at Rak Tamachat
Lin’s Communal Kitchen
The Permaculture Classroom
Course Arrival Day
The course is held over 17 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.
Combined Permaculture Design + Natural Building Course
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.
The below outline is how our course at Rak Tamachat is structured.
Natural Building: Four-in-one Adobe Construction Methods Course
Rak Tamachat is committed to teaching Natural Building with real world practical building and construction skills. Through engaged participatory exercises we teach our students the skills they need to be able to build all the elements of a complete home.
During the course, we will touch on every major topic in the typical house building process from ideas, strategies, and techniques for the successful construction of a home.
Natural Building is an ever expanding field of knowledge and our Educators work hard to bring the latest Natural Building Techniques to all our courses.
Check out the Natural Building Experience Navigator to get a more in depth look.
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
The basis of Permaculture as a Design Science is rooted in the core Ethics and Design Principles, they guide our design and our life. Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share.
Patterns in Nature
We know that nature is our true teacher as Permaculterist, and that we must look to her guidance to see how energy flows, by developing our Pattern Eye we can unlock the secrets of Nature. Nature holds all the keys to our future.
Permaculture is based in a Design Process that Methods and Themes. We know that through detailed Analysis and Observations we can hear what Nature is teaching us. The Ethics and Design Principles guide us throughout allowing for the discover of our design.
Ecology and Organics
The natural world give us everything we need to live. The more we learn of its gifts the easier our existence with become. Learn to work with nature rather than against it is Permaculture. When we lose our ego we can become eco.
Soil Food Web
The soil is the basis for all life. We work with the soil to build interactions and help facilitate the conditions for life to flourish. We feed the soil and nutritious fruits and vegetables are the results.
Learning to propagate our own plants with confidence is one of the cornerstones of sustainability. We teach all the techniques you will need to grow anything! Saving Seed, Seedlings, Cuttings, Layering, Suckering, Grafting.
Eathworks and Water Harvesting
Use the earth to solve the problems of agriculture, stop erosion, build soils, start perennial food systems. Learn to make natural swimming pools, ponds, micro garden swales, broad-scale swales, chinampas.
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
Learn to plan, design and implement a perennial food growing system based on the succession and stability of a natural forest. We have all of the tools to start making sustainable food production a reality with Food Forest.
Integrated Animal Husbantry
Learn how through Holistic Management we can return the animals to their natural place in the world. We need to look to how nature manages her animals to see that the way of the future is not in a cage.
Alternative Global Nation
The future of the world depends on everyone coming together to make a change. Building stronger communities and sharing more is the way. Take it back!
Learning the art of Master Planning gives you the power to enact change at your own level thus showing others what is possible and empowering the changes we want to see. Learn how to grow your own food, build your own house and have Freedom.
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.
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 their 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.
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?
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 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.