Welcome to the Rak Tamachat Permaculture, Natural Building and Living Community
Rak Tamachat is made up of a group of international people who have come together to work to change their lives and the lives of others by choosing to follow a different path than the one laid out by the consumer economic driven global economy.
We currently have 12 residents living on the farm together full time and a constant stream of Guests, Interns and Students forming our larger community. We wish to live our lives in a more natural way, closer to nature and respecting life.
We feel the Thai Culture is close to the way we see the optimal lifestyle revolving around raising our own food in peace. We strive everyday to build the environment we need to keep our lives at a basic level through providing for our food, shelter, medicine and clothing. Once our base has been established we can then work to help others to learn the techniques, ideas and practices we use to make our desired lifestyle possible.
We know through our combined hard work we can share in the bounty that nature was designed to provide for its people. We take care of nature and rest assured that we will thus in turn be taken care of.
You can learn more about the residents of Rak Tamachat below and what made them choose to find Rak Tamachat, what makes them stay and how they are working to make the world a better place.
Meet the Educators
The farm is a wonderful place to see the transition from a commercial corn and rice farm to a Permaculture farm practicing Integrated farming with holistic animal systems. This allows for the perfect backdrop to host educational courses on Natural Living and Sustainability. The resident Educators make the education center come to life and guide the development of the community and the transition of the Permaculture systems on the farm. We could not do the amazing work we are without them.
Permaculture Certified Educators:
Our Educators are professionals in their fields and fully certified to run a Permaculture design course in an engaging and informative manner.
Beau Wickboldt & Family
Beau is the founder of Rak Tamachat and brings his professional engineering carrier experiences to bare to teach Permaculture Design Principles based on established engineering practices.
Beau engages his students with practical real world experience to show that the Principles and ethics of Permaculture can be used to create a sustainable farming system and create an environment to facilitate natural living for a family.
Beau has designed Rak Tamachat based on these principles and uses it to visually demonstrate what is taught in the Premaculture Designers Manual.
Beau believes that the best way to learn a topic is to get your hands dirty doing it. Rak Tamachat uses hands on teaching aids to get our students to learn more quickly and in a more natural way based on this belief.
The farm is owned by the Nakaew Family, it is comprised of Maa and Paw, their children and spouses and grandchildren. As the local custom in Thailand is to have a matriarchal family, Ma is the big boss. Ma and Paw have a daughter Phawarin (Lin) who is married to Beau.
They have three boys and all live together in the main house. The oldest boys are twins and are named Drie and Vier, they were born in Nov 2011. The youngest boy is Joey and was born in Aug 2013.
There is always lots of activity in the Nakaew household with three young boys running around, lots of fun to see kids growing up naturally on a farm.
Thai Farm Hands
The farm is quite large with 75 acres and is still transitioning from the broad-scale rice and corn farming to the organic Permaculture based Integrated farming and holistic animal systems. The Farm staff (our extended Thai Family) are Dtun, Pong and Chan and Chan wife Yao who helps out Lin and Ma with raising of the boys.
The farm staff are always working on some aspect of keeping the farm running and are always happy to have a helping hand or share their knowledge. Find out what their up to and go lend a hand, learn some Thai, you will be glad you did.
Some of our long-term volunteers really got involved and learned allot about the Thai culture and themselves, Ben Summerlin decided to work alongside the Thai workers and help them, he ate all his meals with them, he learned a wide variety of practical skills, learned to speak fluent Thai over a period of one year and matured into a very outstanding young man.
He went to one extreme and was rewarded, we hope to allow the freedom for everyone to come and find their own niche.