Online Permaculture Design & Sustainability Courses


The Sustainable Agriculture Institute (S.A.I.) and the Rak Tamachat Permaculture and Natural Building Education Institute (Rak) have joined forces to bring Sustainable Education to a new world audience. The World famous Rak Tamachat Sustainability Courses, are now offered to a wider audience to allow for Sustainability to empower the ever-growing Permanent Culture Movement. Join the Revolution Today!


The Online Permaculture Design Course teaches the power of Sustainable Living


The integration of the SAI Learning Management System (LMS) and the Rak Tamachat Curriculum is destined to become a Game Changer in how Permaculture Design, Natural Building, and Sustainability will Educate Our Future!

A Game-changing Permaculture Partnership  

S.A.I. and Rak Tamachat both believe the best way to spread the word of Permaculture is to allow people to learn more about the Power of Sustainability.

We have worked hard to be able to give away a Free Online Permaculture Design Course Introduction. The Free iPDC is comprised of the first two Chapters of the “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” used in the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. 

We feel that by offering the Free Online Permaculture Design Course Introduction and the Concepts and Themes used in Permaculture Design for free, we will be able to help spread the concept of Permaculture Design to a larger audience.

If you like what Permaculture Design is all about and believe it can help the world, then you can look into taking our full online Permaculture Design Course PDC, and getting your Permaculture Designer Certification and becoming a Professional Permaculturist.

We hope that you will find your passion and a calling with Permaculture Design, and make the steps to change your life to one of Sustainability and Peace with Nature.


Sign Up Now to begin your Free Online PDC Introduction. We’ve offered over 6 hours of free Permaculture Design Content over 17 lessons all FREE!!!


We are nearly finished building the Online PDC Course!  14 Modules with 3 Bonus Modules. Sign up to receive a notification of the launch  date for this amazing course!


Online Permaculture Design Course

S.A.I. is proud to offer the Rak Tamachat Online Permaculture Design Course (oPDC) in an amazing online format. The online Permaculture Design Course has all the components of a physical PDC, but can be taken in the convenience of one’s home in their time schedule. The ability for a Permaculture Student to access the Permaculture Design Curriculum at their leisure opens the field of Permaculture Design and Sustainable Education to an ever wider audience and helps to bring the message of Permanent Agriculture and Cultural Systems to a larger field of students.

The online platform (eCampus) is powered by the S.A.I. Learning Management System (LMS) and conforms to ISO 9001:2008, IWA 2, Quality Management Systems, as pertaining to Higher Education Requirements. We are also proud to offer a Free Permaculture Design Course Introduction to help spread the word of Permaculture.

Why Take The Course


Beau Wickboldt

Beau is one of the Leading Permaculture Design Educators in the world today. He works to spread Sustainable Education throughout the world. Beau climbed the corporate ladder until he found Permaculture Design (his Passion) and decided to take his Permaculture Design Knowledge and put it to work by teaching others. Retiring as a Technical Services Manager, he takes an engineering approach to Permaculture and Natural Building. He works to show how we can break down what may seem like complex Permaculture Design subjects to smaller parts, and then use them to build our Permaculture Systems. He brings the Systems-Based Thinking back to Permaculture Design and believes in teaching Permaculture “By the Book” as taught by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison. Beau believes that everyone can be a Master Permaculturist and he makes learning easy by explaining complex subjects in simple language. As Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Beau has made his Passion the learning of Permaculture Design and Sharing it with the world in a simple, but yet profound, way.

Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Institute Campus

The Rak Tamachat Education Permaculture Design Institute was designed from scratch to be a Permaculture and Natural Building Education Center. A Permaculture Master Plan was commissioned to assure that the Permaculture Design campus would have all of the facilities and education areas necessary to provide a world-class educational experience. The Permaculture Campus is located in an idyllic rural farming area, three hours from the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. The location adds to the authenticity of the Permaculture Design Institute in providing not only a showcase for international students but also the local Thai farming community. The Permaculture Campus boasts over 3,000 square meters under roof, which allows for ample space for all the activities a student needs in order to learn Hands-on Permaculture. From the Communal Sala to the Amazing Permaculture Design Lecture Classroom and Tranquil Bungalows, all aspects of the Permaculture farm have been well designed and constructed out of Natural Materials. The Permaculture Campus is a showcase for the Natural Building Techniques taught on the Institute’s Natural Building Courses. The international standard of construction makes the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Farm more of a “Permasort“, but that is what a great Permaculture Master Planning and 10 plus years of fun work can achieve!


Learning Management System (eCampus)

The S.A.I. Learning Management System (LMS), known as the eCampus, allows for our Permaculture Students to have an immersive learning experience, with a guided educational journey facilitated by our custom-built platform. The platform affords the S.A.I. students with a world-class portal to learn all about Sustainability.

Learning: because S.A.I. uses it to deliver education courses to our students.

Management: because it helps S.A.I. organize our courses (create them, change them, assign them to students, grade them, etc).

System: last but not least, is just a fancy word that translates to “software“. An LMS is a computer program.

Just like Word helps you write documents and Gmail helps you manage your emails, an LMS is a software program that helps S.A.I. create, manage and deliver eLearning courses.

Online Permaculture Design Course Components – Lectures

The Online Permaculture Design Lecture Series, as presented by world-renowned Permaculture Design Educator Beau Wickboldt.

Beau is the founder and lead educator at the Rak Tamchat Permaculture and Natural Building Education Institute.  Beau has a gift for bringing complex subjects to life with simple, easy to understand language, that allows for non-technical learners the ability to grasp the complex nature of Permaculture Design, as taught by the co-founder of Permaculture Bill Mollison in Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual.

The Designers’ Manual has been the basis for the Permaculture Designer Certification Course for over 40 years. Beau guides you through the Theory of Permaculture Design chapter by chapter and then works to show how to develop Permaculture Design Strategies and the Implementation of Design Strategies on your site. 


Module 01 – Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is grounded by Three Core EthicsEarth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Also introduced are the guiding Permaculture Design Principles which open the exploration of Permaculture as a Design Science.


Module 02 – Concepts & Themes in Permaculture Design

Permaculture as a Design Science is expanded upon through the introduction of  Design Concepts and Design Themes. We learn the theory behind Permaculture Design and how to create Concepts and build Themes in our Master Plans.


Module 03 – Methods of Permaculture Design

The Concepts and Themes of our Permaculture Designs are implemented by the Methods of Permaculture Design. We learn to use the Permaculture Design Tool Set to create and integrate our Permaculture Design Systems.


Module 04 – Pattern Understanding in Permaculture

As Permaculturists, we know that Nature is our true teacher and that we must look to her guidance to see how Energy Flows. We learn that, by developing our Pattern Eye, we can unlock the Secrets of Nature. Nature holds all the keys to our future!


Module 05 – Climatic Factors in Permaculture

The understanding of the Global Factors driving our climate and the changes in our climate, in the macro and micro, teaches us as Permaculturists to creatively respond to the changes happening in our Designer Built Environments.


Module 06 – Trees & Their Energy Transactions – Food Forest

Learn to Plan, Design and Implement a perennial food growing system based on the succession and stability of a natural forest. You will learn how trees transact energy and all of the tools to start making Sustainable Food Production a reality.


Module 07 – Permaculture Water Systems

We learn how the Gloabl Water Cycle sustains life and how we can design and build Sustainable Water Systems to both harness and clean water. Water is life and in Permaculture Design we work with water to Produce Life.


Module 08 – Soil Science – The Soil Food Web 

The soil is the basis for all life. We learn to Work with the Soil to build interactions and help facilitate the conditions for life to flourish. In Permaculture, we Farm the Soil and both Healthy & Nutritious fruits and vegetables are the result.


Module 09 – Earth Works and Earth Resources 

We learn to Use the Earth to solve the problems of agriculture by stopping erosion, de-compacting soils and starting Perennial Food Systems. We learn to make dams, ponds, micro garden swales, broad-scale swales and chinampas.


Module 10 – The Humid Tropics Climate

We learn how the Humid Tropics climate works, and how we can utilize Design Strategies and Implementation Techniques to build our Organic Growing Systems and Natural Built Homes to mitigate the effects of the tropics.


Module 11 – Dry Land Climate Strategies 

We learn to combat a Lack of Precipitation, by the developing Water Harvesting Strategies to capture water in our soils and catchments. We learn how to make Water Conservation Gardens and build Natural Homes for Dry / Hot Climates.


Module 12 – Humid Cool to Cold Climates 

We learn about the Temperate Climates, and how to combat issues such as frost, snow, and cold winds. We learn to use Wind Breaks, Green Houses and Poly Tunnels to help mitigate the Chilling Effects of the cold on our growing systems.


Module 13 – Aquaculture & Permaponics

We learn to understand, design and construct Aquaponic Landscapes. Water growing systems are superior in supporting life than land based systems and with Permaponics, we lean to harness water for our soil based growing systems.


Module 14 – The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

We learn how the future depends on everyone coming together to Make a Change. Building stronger communities and sharing more is the way. We learn how to have the tools, technologies, and policies to Make the World a Better Place.


BONUS Module 15 – Animal Husbandry

Learn how Holistic Management returns animals to their natural place. We look to how Nature manages animals, to see that the way of the future is not in a cage. Integrating animals back into Natural Systems returns ethics to farming.


BONUS Module 16 – Food Forest & Forest Garden Design

Beau guides you step by step through the Food Forest or Forest Garden Design Process. The Design Process will allow you to make sure that your trees are spaced in accordance with access, light, slope, spacing, etc…

Online Permaculture Design Course Components – Practicals

While Beau is a gifted Permaculture Design Lecturer, his real talent is in the Research, Development, Design, and Construction of Permaculture Design Systems. The Permaculture Design Systems at Rak Tamachat make it one of the premier Permaculture Design Education and Research Institutes in the world.

The Rak Tamachat Online Permaculture Design Course – Practical Series is what really makes the Rak online Permaculture Design Course stand out! You will get a first-person viewpoint of all the Permaculture Design in Hands-on Practicals which will guide you through the running of the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Farm.

Beau uses the Permaculture Design Systems to move the Permaculture Design Classroom outdoors. This shows you how the Permaculture Design Theories and Permaculture Design Strategies discussed in the Lecture Series are implemented on a real operating Permaculture Farm. The Rak Permaculture Design Practicals are what sets the Rak Tamachat Online Permaculture Design Course apart.

Learn the power of Permaculture with Hands-on Teaching in an Experiential Learning Environment.


Module 01 - Making Compost

Compost is the Foundation of Organic Farming. Learn how to make your own Compost with the resources you have at hand. The step by step Compost Making Process will allow you to make all the Nuutrient rich organic fertilization you garden will need. Compost forms the Basis of our Permaculture Lifestyle!

Module 02 - Vermiculture

The soil is our Life, without good soils we will have pour quality foods. Worms are one of the most important aspects of the "Soil Food Web". Learn all the Secrects of Farming with Worms (VermIculutre). Learn the Step by Step Process from starting your worm farm, feeding, harvesting, upvaluing by creating niche products, etc....

Module 03 - Making Designer Soil

Permaculturists know that all life starts in the Soil. We learn how to make Designer Soils by learning how the "Soil Food Web" works and then building the perfect balance of soils additives to make world-class organic Soil. Our plants love the correct proportions of Nutrients, Structures, and Effective Microorganisms.

Module 04 - Liquid Fertilizer

Once we have learned how to make the correct Soil Stucture we need to add in Organic Fertilizers. Permaculturists know that to assure the correct Nutrients are in the food we grow they must be in the Soil. We learn how to use Anarobic Composting / Fermentation to make concentrated Nutrient Rich Organic Liquid Fertilizers.

Module 05 - Plant Propagation

Learning how to properly propogate your plants and trees opens the world of Permaculture to you. In this Series you will learn the five Plant Propogations Techniques used by Profeesional Permaculturist. You will Learn how to: Save-Seeds, Suckering, Rhizome Seperation, Air Laying, and Grafting.

Module 06 - Swales & Levels

Permaculturist draw on a wide array of Skills and one of the strongest is Earthworking. When we start a Permaculture Design after assesing the sites Access we plan the Water Flows with Earthworkss using an A-frame and Site Level. Permaculture uses Earthworks to: "Slow it Down","Spread it Out", "Sink it In".

Online Permaculture Design Course Components – Master Planning

The Online Permaculture Design Course – Master Planning Design Process as taught by Beau on the Rak Tamachat PDC is the same as used in the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Consultancy. You will learn to design like a real Permaculture Consultant.

While it takes years of experience to become a Permaculture Design Consultant, you will get first-hand knowledge and experience, learning from one of the best Permaculture Educators and Consultants in the Permaculture Design Business.

Beau will guide you through the 15 steps of the Permaculture Master Planning Design Process which will allow you to make your very own world-class Permaculture Master Plan for your site!

As Beau says “A Permaculture Dream without a Master Plan is just a Wish” – Learn how to make your Dreams come true by learning the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Process.


Online Sustainability Courses Coming Soon


The online Mushroom Cultivation Course (MCC) teaches how to grow mushrooms at a home scale or for commercial market.  The course teaches each step in the Mushroom Cultivation Process in detail, but as always in an easy to follow format guided by Beau. The Complex World of Fungi comes to life, and will give you the skills to make healthy food for your family or the Farmers Market!


The online Natural Building Course (NBC) teaches you all about the Natural Building and showcases 5 Natural Building Techniques. You will learn each of the following Natural Building Disciplines: Traditional Adobe, Super Adobe Earth Bag, Compressed Earth Blocks, Adobe Plastering, and Stucco Plastering. Learn how to build the Natural and Sustainable Home of your Dreams!


The Rak Tamachat Permaculture Consulting Course teaches how to run a Professional Permaculture Design Company. The course is based on the Permaculture Design Process developed by Beau Wickboldt and utilized at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Consultancy and is meant for individuals that want to take they’re understanding of Permaculture to a Professional Level.


The Rak Tamachat Permaponics Applications Course is based on the Research and Development of the Permaponics Concept. You will learn how Permaponics utilizes the power of Aquaculture with the symbiosis integration of the Soil Food Web to create a 100% Organic and Mineralized growing environment assuring your foods are healthy and mineralized.

To Learn More

Rak Tamachat is a Permaculture and Natural Building Education Institute, located in idyllic Thailand. Rak’s mission is to spread the Ideologies of Sustainable Living; by showing how to live a Simple Natural Lifestyle in touch with and respecting nature.

Rak Tamachat means “Love Natural” in the Thai Language. Rak Tamachat is a proving ground for the concept of Permaculture Design and Natural Building, demonstrating that anyone in any climate can turn their environment into an abundant and thriving Permaculture Designed beacon of hope.

The concept of Permaculture as a Design Science is proven by the amazing transformation of Rak Tamachat Farm, from a bankrupt / soil depleted mono-culture corn farm into a “Permadise” where the planting of over 16.000 Trees has transformed it into a true Permanent Agriculture Food Jungle!

The world only needs more places like Rak Tamachat Permaculture Farm to show that we can make a difference. If you would like to see the future of Permanent Agricultural Systems and how to bring the world into a Permanent Culture, please take the opportunity to explore more about Rak Tamachat, Permaculture Thailand, Asia!