Permaculture Design Process for Master Planning


At Rak Tamachat Permaculture and Natural Building Institute, we teach the Permaculture Design Process for Master Planning, based on the work of Bill Mollison in his landmark work Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual in our Permaculture Design Courses (PDC’s). We feel that the Permaculture Designer’s Manual gives a very detailed explanation of the theories of sustainability and natural ecosystems, but lacks in the formality of a specific design process.

Rak Tamchat has worked to layout a Permaculture Design Process that can be taught to our students and then used by them on their Permaculture Master Plans.

The Permaculture Design Process gives the Permaculture Designer a roadmap to follow which allows for an organized approach to Permaculture Design. We are aware that there is never a perfect model for any process and we are open to the idea of continual improvement of our Permaculture Design Process. You are welcome to adopt and adapt our Design Process Model and make any changes as you may see fit to help in your Permaculture Master Planning Design Process.

Rak On!

Beau Wickboldt

Founder Rak Tamachat


Permaculturist’s Toolkit


What is the Permaculturist’s Toolkit? The Toolkit is the Rak Tamachat analogy for where we store the information, skillsets, or technologies that a Permaculture Designer can draw on when designing a Permaculture Master Plan.

We can look at it in this way:

“if we needed to hire a plumber and called one up and he arrived at our house and then asked to borrow a wrench we would find that funny as he is assumed to be a plumber selling his professional services. Well if we are supposed to be a professional practicing Permaculturist where are your tools? We need info, skills, and tech to have the tools and resources to make Professional Permaculture Master Plans.”

The below links work to break the “dauntingly large toolbox” that Permaculture Design draws from into sections with specific Design Disciplines that the Permaculture Designer can then draw upon when working on Permaculture Designs and Permaculture Master Plans.

These are the same processes used by the Rak Tamachat Permaculture and Natural Building Institute in our Permaculture Design Consultancy. The process has been adopted form Permaculture: A Designers Manual.


Permaculture Design

Master Planning Process


Please follow the links below to navigate the Permaculture Consultancy Processes:

Section 1 – The Basis of Permaculture Design

In Permaculture, we as Designers work to utilize different design disciplines and bring them under what could be described as the Permaculture Umbrella. In the Permaculture Master Plan, we list out all the different areas of knowledge that we draw upon as Permaculture Designers to pay homage to the vast collection of work that has preceded our own.

Section 2 – Ten (10) Steps of the Permaculture Client Contact Process

The 10 steps of the Permaculture Client Contact Process outlines the process used by the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Consultancy and shows our students the correct process flow when construction their Permaculture Master Plan. The Client Contact Process is of great importance to assure both the lands and clients needs are met in a sustainable manner.

Section 3 – Five (5) Steps of Permaculture Project Management Process

In the Project Managment Section, we will learn what is Project Management in Permaculture Design? But, more specifically, we will take a detailed look at what makes a Master Plan? In a Permaculture Master Plan, we make projects that are temporary endeavors which are normally undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. 

Section 4 – Permaculture Project Management Knowledge Areas

All business management is concerned with the above processes and areas. But Permaculture Project Management brings a unique focus shaped by Lifestyle Goals, Resources and the Schedule and Budget of each project. The value of the Permaculture focus is proved by the rapid, worldwide growth of Permaculture as a Design Discipline and the economic success of the farms imploying Permaculture Design Techniques.