Here at Koanga Institute we are learning to live simply and in a regenerative way in Aotearoa. We are very aware of how important food is to eco-systems, people, cultures, communities and ultimately our health. The education we provide is our way of actively sharing the knowledge and skills that we are accumulating.

Empower Yourself with the practical skills to turn your dreams of self-reliance into your reality. We use the Permaculture design process to design and teach solutions for all aspects of our lives and environment. Our guided tours, workshops, permaculture design courses, internships and apprenticeships are all great ways to create your lifestyle or career path in a regenerative way. 

We’re committed to:

  • Inspiring and supporting regenerative living in New Zealand through education

  • Empowering home gardeners to develop efficient gardening skills, build top-soil and improve their health through enjoying their own quality, nutrient dense produce

All workshop prices include meals and tent sites with basic facilities.

 Apart from our ‘away’ workshops held each winter (Hamilton this year) all of our workshops, design courses etc are held here at Kotare Village, a fledgling Permaculture Village based on a Community Land Trust model. We are 6 years into this project now, and after creating the invisible infrastructures of legal shapes, financial shapes, water and internet infrastructure and we are beginning to move forward with permanent buildings over the next year, exciting times. All our students comments on how great they found it to be living in this village and experiencing the life and times of it, and how much that became an important part of their experience here.

We have organised our workshops in such a way that they can be undertaken together as a 4 week Growing Soil, Food and Health Internship or can be undertaken as component parts either as a week of study or in some cases 2 or 3 day workshops.

The following workshops make up the Growing Soil, Food and Health Internship:

Reclaim Your Health Week 18th to 22nd Sept

Food Security Week 25th to 29th Sept  (Comprises Biointensive Gardening 25th to 27th September and Growing Nutrient Dense Food 28th to 29th September)

Tree Week 2nd to 6th October  (Comprises Forest Garden Design 2nd to 4th October and Propagation 5th- 6th October)

Regenerative Urban Farming week 9th to 13th October

We recognise that circumstances differ which is why we offer these component parts of the Internship as separate courses. However we also believe that, done together as the Growing Soil, Food and Health Internship, especially if the Koanga Permaculture Design Course is also undertaken to begin with, can be an especially powerful experience. Participants of the Growing Soil, Food and Health Internship will then also have the opportunity to apply for a practical internship here as well.

We offer these workshops in this way to offer the opportunity to learn the skills needed to make the paradigm shift that is required to find regenerative ways to earn a living, and to take care of our health, our communities and our ecosystems. Our Permaculture Design courses are also part of this process.

We find that young people often come and do the entire set of workshops on their gap year or after having done a degree that left them feeling confused about their next steps or future paths. They are also often done by people simply wanting a change of direction and to get the specific knowledge required to support them in the area they are looking to work in.

We do know that these workshops can be profoundly life changing and are internationally recognized as being leading edge and state of the art in these fields. Our teachers are all ‘walking their talk’ and are inspiring teachers, and Kotare Village is a very special, peaceful space to make a big personal journey.

Please do not hesitate to phone, e-mail or arrange to skype with us if you would like to ask questions or know more about the Internship.

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