Residential Permaculture Course — MARCH 2019

We have facilitated and tutored two week (live-in) residential courses since 2013.  The next course is from 1 to 15 March 2019, facilitated by Toru Educational Trust ( ), which will be held partly at our place and partly at Waihoanga Centre ( ) beside the Otaki River.

A summary of what the course covers is:

  • Introduction to permaculture principles and ethics
  • Guidelines and strategies for healthy and sustainable living.
  • Connection to nature and place.
  • Observation and recognising nature’s patterns and ecosystems.
  • Design methods and presentation.
  • Nourishing body, mind and spirit.
  • Introduction to biodynamics and astronomy
  • Introduction to Maori food politics & Hua Parakore: a kaupapa Maori approach to growing.
  • Food – Home gardening: from living soil to nourishing food.
  • Water – essence of life.
  • Building – Natural building & Appropriate technologies.
  • Cultural transformation and natural economics.
  • Creating resilient and healthy communities.
  • Design methods and presentation

The course is a recognised permaculture design certificate course by PiNZ, the New Zealand permaculture organisation.

We facilitate these course for all learning styles, as open creative learning. The course includes a variety of design exercises, practical activities, field trips, group and project work, as well as presentations and DVDs.

For information and registration please go to:

The cost per person is $1800. This includes accommodation, delicious meals throughout the programme, and the tuition fee which includes contributor honorarium, pdf manual, personal project mentorship and internationally recognised PDC certificate.

A $500 deposit confirms your place on the course. Full payment must be made before the course start date. Payment can be made to “Toru Education” Kiwibank account: 38-9018-0332936-00.

If finance prevents your participation, please contact Doris Zurr at the above website to discuss payment plans and scholarship options. Partial scholarships are granted, based on availability, to those who do not have the financial capacity to pay the full fee and who are committed to applying the kaupapa of the PDC to the benefit of more than just themselves. Scholarship application must be made by 1st of October outlining your motivation for attending.

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