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 and Permaculture Design to a new world audience. The World famous Rak Tamachat Sustainability & Permaculture Design Courses, are now offered to a wider audience to allow for Sustainability to empower the ever-growing Permanent Culture Movement. Join the Revolution Today!


Online Permaculture Design Course teaching the power of Sustainable Living


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

Ethics & Principles

SAI is rooted in the Permaculture Design Ethics and Principles: People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share. It takes a strong moral compass and dedication to change the world one PDC at a time.

Learning Methodology

SAI´s complete online Permaculture Design Course training system, based on leading online teaching practices. SAI Bridges the Gap between online learning and practical application.

Courses Curriculum

SAI maintains core Curriculum structure for each of our courses based on the leading subject matter authorities and Utilizes Cutting-edge Technology to bring knowledge transfer to life.

Don´t follow the herd

Learn to create the lifestyle you desire. Permaculture teaches you the Path to Self-sustainability, by growing your own food, building your own natural house, inspiring others, and much more.

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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 , 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.

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Get your First Permaculture Lesson for free!

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The 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 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.

SAI, strives to bring the life-changing knowledge of Sustainability to a wider audience through our online Sustainability Courses. To this effect, we formed a partnership with one of the leading Permaculture Education Centers in the world, Rak Tamachat.

All graduate students of the online Permaculture Design Course will have the opportunity to take a physical Permaculture Design Course at Rak Tamachat for 1/2 price as a graduate of the online Permaculture Design Course.

This allows the amazing opportunity for PCI´s students to go and learn Practical Hands-on Experiential Permaculture Design Course in idyllic Thailand, Asia.

This is a 325 USD value making the cost of the online Permaculture Design Course all that more affordable for everyone.

SAI’s a Proud Member of the Permaculture Design Revolution. As they say, Permaculture is just Revolution Disguised as Gardening! We’re making the world we want a reality.

That’s right is you don’t think you got the best online Permaculture Design Course in the market, just let us know within 30 days and we will give you a full refund. No questions asked.

SAI operates on the principles of the Permaculture Ethics and as such we choose to operate as a not for profit business. Care for the Plant, Care for the People and FAIR SHARE!

The SAI Currlium Managment System is founded on the assurance principles as outlined by the International Standard Organizations Guides for Higher Education Institutions.

How to Register?


Decided to take the Permaculture Challange and get Certified as a Professional Designer? Registration for our course could not be any easier, just click on any Registration button on the page and you will be guided through the simple sign up process.

Need Any Assistance?


At SAI Sustainable Education and Permaculture Design are our Passions and we are always happy to answers any questions you may have concerning any of our Sustainability or Permaculture Design Courses.

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The Online Permaculture Design Course Components

All the Components of an Onsite Permaculture Design Course


The Permaculture Lecture Series comprises all the Lectures in the standard Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Course. We worked to Digitize the Course and delivery the learning experience to you through the Learning Managment Systems allowing for online students the same valuable Permaculture Design Knowledge taught on physical courses at the Rak Tamchat Campus. You can now learn all about Permaculture Design and Sustainability from the comfort of your own home.


Only the SAI online Permaculture Design Course comes with a Permaculture in Practice Practical Series which give you the complete Physical Permaculture Design Course Experience afforded to the Rak Tamachat physical students. You will love being able to see all the Permaculture Practicals performed in a First-person Experience. You will feel just like you were their and Beau is teaching you directly. You will learn all the tools you need to be a Professional Permaculturist and master organic gardener.

Master Planning Series

Permaculture is a Design Science and a Professional Permaculture Designer and Permaculturist should be trained to make Permaculture Master Plans. Beau’s engineering background really comes to bear when he guides you through the Step by Step Design Process to make a Professional Permaculture Master Plan. Learn Design Theory, Strategies, Implementation, Tips, and Tricks to make a world class Permaculture Master Plan. Permaculture Design has never been easier.

Master Planning Review

Teacher Interaction is one of the greatest benefits of a physical Permaculture Design Course. You don’t need to worry as you will receive a Personal Permaculture Master Plan Design Review and a One (1) hour video conference call with Beau himself. An online Permaculture Design Course should have all the components of an onsite PDC. Beau will discuss with you in detail you Permaculture Master Plan and how you can Make Improvements and Revisions based on his years of Teaching and Consulting Experience.

Free Bonuses – Only Available with the Online Permaculture Design Course, a 300 USD Value


The online Mushroom Cultivation Course (MCC) teaches how to grow mushrooms at a home scale or for the 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 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.

Online Permaculture Design Course


650 USD

Permaculture Designer Certification

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The Worlds Most Comprehensive Online Permaculture Design Course

Parting with Money for Education is not Easy – What Do You Get for Your Money?


Beau Wickboldt – Professional Permaculture Designer and Educator

Beau is one of the Leading Permaculture Design Educators in the world today. He works to spread Sustainable Education throughout the world. He 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 Systems-Based Thinking 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.

 – Learning Management System

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 Permaculture Design educational journey facilitated by our custom-built platform. The e-Campus platform affords the S.A.I. students with a world-class portal to learn all about Sustainability and Permaculture Design.

Learning: because S.A.I. uses it to deliver Sustainability and Permaculture Design education courses to our students.

Management: because it helps S.A.I. organize our Sustainability Courses (create them, change them, assign them, 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 Sustaibiltuy Courses.


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 necessary to provide a world-class Permaculture Design 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 SM under roof, which allows for ample space for all the Permaculture 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 fun work can achieve!

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The Online Education Facilitation Tool Kit

“Making Learning Fun Again”


We believe that both the Natural World and the Technological World must Coexist and Collaborate. In order for us to rise, thrive and manifest a better and more balanced Life, we as Human beings must create the word we want.

Guided by modern educational methodologies and supported by the Knowledge of Permaculture Pioneers and the most well-recognized environmentalist bring us the future of open education.

SAI proudly presents you, the first Learning Management System in the world Specifically Designed for Sustainable Learning.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Lecture Series

You will learn all the knowledge on the physical Permaculture Design Course synthesized through more than 35 hours of Permaculture Design Lecture Videos.

Practical Series

You will learn the knowledge of the Practical Permaculture with more than 10 hours of video with Beau demonstrating the techniques of Permaculture in Practice.

Free Bonus Modules!

  1. Animal Husbandry
  2. Food Forest Design

Reference Libraries

  1. Permaculture A: Designer’s Manual
  2. Permaculture Basis of Design
  3. Online Business Start-up
  4. Student Master Plans

Advanced Learning Tools

Downloadable Lecture Slides

You can download all the Permaculture Lectures PowerPoint Slides so you can always have reference to your Permaculture Design Course.

Video Transcripts

You can download full transcripts of all video narratives so you can have the correct spelling of everything discussed. Easy research aid.

Video Subtitles

All the course videos have subtitles allowing easy watching for non-native English speakers. Just turn on an off on the video player!

Course Notes Taking Feature

Our LMS gives you the ability to take notes on each lesson while learning and save or print them at the end of your course with ease!

Flexible Learning Environment

One Year of Course Access

You can start your course at any time and have one year to complete your course and submit your Permaculture Master Plan.

Learning Managment

The Learning Managment System allows the online student to navigate the online Permaculture Design Curriculum with ease.

Online Student Support

Online Chat Box feature allowing easy ability to ask questions concerning the students Permaculture Design learning journey.

Master Plan Review

One hour video conference call to discuss your Permaculture Master Plan Design Review with a real Permaculture Educator.

World Class Reliability

ISO Compliant

Educational Quality Assurance International Standards Organizations – ISO 9001:2008, IWA 2, Higher Education Quality Management Systems.

Professional Educators

You will be learning from Beau Wickboldt who is ranked as one of the world leading Permaculture Educators and Design Consultants.

Designer Certification

Full Permaculture Designer Certification complete with a dual certificate from Rak Tamachat & the Sustainable Agriculture Institute.

Money Back Guarantee

A full 30 Days Money back guarantee, if you’re not fully satisfied with our Design Course, just let us know and we will refund you in full.

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Classroom Lectures – Online Permaculture Design Course Components

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 the Permaculture Design Strategies on your site. 

The Culmination of your online Permaculture Design Course will be the completion of your very own Permaculture Master Plan Design. Beau will guide you along the step by step Permaculture Design Process to teach you all the Permaculture Design Theory and Strategies to make your Permaculture Dreams a reality.


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 

Learn about the Temperate Climates, and how to combat issues such as frost, snow, and cold winds. 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

Learn how the future depends on everyone coming together to Make a Change. Building stronger communities; sharing more is the way. Learn how to use 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…

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Hands On Practicals – Online Permaculture Design Course Components

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, the Foundation of Organic Farming. Learn to make Compost with the resources you have at hand. The Step by Step Compost Making Process allows you to make Nutrient-rich organic fertilization, your garden needs. Compost forms the Basis of our Permaculture Lifestyle! Feed the Soil and Feed Yourself!


Module 02 – Vermiculture

The Soil is 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 Secrets 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 – Designer Soil

Permaculturists know that all life starts in the Soil. Learn 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

Learn how to make the Correct Soil Structure we add in Organic Fertilizers. Permaculturists know that to assure the Correct Nutrients are in the food we grow they must be in the Soil. Learn how to use Anaerobic Composting / Fermentation to make concentrated Nutrient Rich Organic Liquid Fertilizers.


Module 05 – Plant Propagation

Learning how to properly propagate your plants and trees opens the World of Permaculture to you and your family. In this Series, you will learn the Five Plant Propagation Techniques used by Professional Permaculturist. Learn how to: Save-Seeds, Suckering, Rhizome Separation, Air Laying, and Grafting.


Module 06 – Swales & Levels

Permaculture draws on a wide array of Skills; one of the strongest is Earthworking. When we start a Permaculture Design after assessing the Sites Access we plan the Water Flows with Earthworks using an A-frame and Site Level. Permaculture uses Earthworks to: “Slow it Down, Spread it Out, Sink it In“.

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Module 07 – Rak’s Garden Tour

Learn about Organically Grown Vegetables that flourish in the Rak Tamchat Permaculture Gardens. The garden supports the Thai Cooking that’s one of the highlights of Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Courses. Fresh vegetables straight from the garden Without Chemical Inputs is a blessing.

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Module 08 – Homesteading

Learn about the basis of a Permaculture Lifestyle by learning how to practice Homesteading Skills in the Kitchen with Khun Lin. You will learn how to make Tofu, Roast Teas, Make Cheese, Hard and Liquid Soaps, Homemade Toothpaste. Homesteading in the Permaculture Kitchen is both frugal and fun!

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Professional Permaculture Designer Certification

Permaculture Designer Certification Certificate Awards

As a graduate of the online Permaculture Design Course, you will be awarded a full Permaculture Designer Certification as bestowed upon the graduates of the Rak Tamachat on-campus course as the online Permaculture Design Course contains all the components that the on-campus students are taught. You can learn all the Design Theory, Design Science, Design Strategies and Implementation Strategies all from the convenience of your home and get a fully certified and recognized Professional Permaculture Designers Certification.

Becoming a professional Permaculture Designer is a life-changing experience and we are proud to be the choice of many of the leading Permaculturist entering the Permaculture Design market, whether it be designing their own farms, working to learn to be a Permaculture Design Educator or a Permaculture Design Consultant.

You can never stop learning about Permaculture the journey will take you to places you have never imagined. Learn more about SAI’s Permaculture Design Diploma Programs and Masters of Sustainability in Permaculture Design Here.


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Want to Win a Free Onsite PDC in Thailand?

By signing up to the Free Online PDC you’re entered in the draw to win an Onsite PDC here in the heart of Permaculture Thailand. You may choose any course in 2018 or 2019. Can’t go your self? Gift your prize to a friend or family member.

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!