Trainings & Workshops

Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)

Permaculture Design Training

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Permaculture Design Course
(Modular)
MATAKANA, AUCKLAND

April to October 2022

Held over 7 months: 9 Saturdays , + 3 Sundays (12 full days of course time).

This certified Permaculture Design Course is internationally recognised.

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Permaculture Design Course
(18-day intensive)
SOUTH ISLAND

February/March 2022

Held in Golden Bay over 18 days, this is an intensive block course.

This certified Permacultre Design Course is internationally recognised.

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Practical Workshops

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Gardening & Seed Saving
Sunday 3rd April 2022
Matakana

In this workshop we will cover the basics of growing your own organic veges in three simple steps:  Prepare, Plant, Nourish.   Everything you need to know to build confidence in your growing skills, including soil fertility, crop rotation and companion planting.  We’ll also cover saving our own seeds  – collecting, processing and storing.

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Permaculture Properties Tour
Sunday 1st May 2022
Matakana

Become inspired by how others have applied the principles of permaculture design to create resilient homes and abundant gardens and orchards. We will visit a range of permaculture properties in the Matakana area.

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Deep Ecology &
Inner Resilience

Sunday 29th May 2022
Matakana

Drawing on the work of well-known environmentalists Joanna Macy, John Seed and Arne Naess, this workshop is designed to empower you to act on behalf of Earth with clarity and direction. Incorporating experiential practices that help us experience firsthand that we are larger, stronger, deeper and more creative than we have been brought up to believe, this is a powerful workshop experience with like-minded participants.

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Pruning & Grafting trees
Sunday 26th June 2022
Matakana

You'll learn the best way to prune various types of fruit trees including: apple, feijoa, pear and oranges to ensure healthy trees and optimal fruiting.

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Growing Mushrooms
Sunday 24th July 2022
Matakana

Learn how to grow different mushroom species at home - including Shitake, Oyster and King Stropharia. We'll cover  various growing mediums including how to innoculate logs plus heaps of growing tips. 

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Fermentation workshop
Sunday 21st August 2022
Matakana

Learn how to make classic sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass and other veggie ferments. Get your head around the magic of SCOBYs for Kombucha, grains for Kefir, mothers for vinegar and take some starters home. You'll also learn how to make simple, tasty, traditional raw cheeses.

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Compost & Plant Propagation
Sunday 18th September 2022
Matakana

We'll explore different composting methods including hot composting and how to  inoculate with beneficial anaerobic microbes to ensure the development of fungal networks and sequestration of carbon. Discover how to grow plants from seed, root division and cuttings.  Learn the best timing for these practices plus plant species suited to each season, and how to care for your transplants once in your garden.

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Ecological Building Techniques
Sunday 16th October 2022
Matakana

A hands-on exploration into two           eco-buillding techniques:
Earth-building for houses, outdoor studios, sheds and garden walls.
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Light earth (straw & clay mix) for insulation in timber-framed buildings.

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