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Permaculture Design Course

Every year we run two Permaculture Design Certificate courses. A Spring one which begins in September and an Autumn one which begins in February. These are intensive twelve day courses covering the curriculum recognized by the International Permaculture Research Institute, plus much more….

Tutors: Dan Palmer, Bob Corker & Kay Baxter
Location: Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Date: 31 August –  September 12 , 2014
Price: $1700
(Price includes all meals and camping)

We are on the cusp of major changes as the slow decline in cheap oil impacts on our growth based globalised economy. Already the effects are starting to bite in some countries. Our challenge over the coming decade will be to create new systems that are not so reliant on fossil fuels and the economics of growth. The challenge is one of redesign of our economy and our ecology. This redesign is far more necesary and a far  greater job than personal initiatives, although these too are vital. Permaculture is a comprehensive ecological design system that addresses the ‘why, how and what’ and empowers individuals and communities to start this redesign now. Come and learn  the ‘tools’ you will need to engage in the coming change, from a team who are committed to being the change we wish to see in the world. Get the positive feel of what your future could become.

Every year we run two Permaculture Design Certificate courses. A Spring one which begins in September and an Autumn one which begins in February. These are intensive twelve day courses covering the curriculum recognised by theInternational Permaculture Research Institute, plus much more. It will give you a solid practical foundation in permaculture design leaving you with the core knowledge required to continue learning, the confidence to start designing and the understanding that permaculture is real, practical, with lots of opportunity for livelihoods. Above that, our PDCs also:

  • Create design teams that take it out to the world
  • Are personally a wonderful & significant experience
  • Gives participants a strong experience of living permaculture
  • Links in with Kotare Village members and happenings
  • Feeds people well and in accordance with what is being taught
  • Is a course accredited by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI)
  • Results in lasting bonds between group members (assisted with technology email groups after the course)

Time will be spent on theory, practising design work and a wide range of practical activites, highlighting key techniques (Biointensive gardening, earth-building, waste recycling, appropriate technology, food processing and preservation).

You will live simply in community, and in a close relationship with our environment. Past students comments at the end of our courses always stress that it is this experience they find transforming.  You can read additional student feedback on our courses here.

We believe that Permaculture Design is one of the best tools available for those who wish to take responsibility for the need to become more self-reliant as our globalised economy faces peak oil (and lots of other peaks).  Not just for individual or family self-reliance, but more particularly for communities and Bio-regions. The context within which we teach this course will be our belief that in the coming years we urgently need to develop parallel economies that will have the resilience to cope with the likely power-down that our mainstream economy is faced with.

Over the last 30 years Kay and Bob have developed a comprehensive understanding and range of skills associated with family self-reliance, particularly food growing, building and appropriate technology.  They are increasingly focusing on the bigger picture as to how do we address self-reliance within communities and bio-regions.   We are serious about creating 
futures without being plugged into the globalised economy.

The course starts with a thorough understanding of the Permaculture model of design, (the first two days).   From day three you will begin developing and practicing; observation, analysis and design within a permaculture framework (in the real world), and getting feedback and support from our team of experienced tutors and practicing designers. The structure of most days will be theory in the morning, followed by practical demonstrations, and design practice in the afternoon, followed by more design practice or research after dinner then discussions or DVD’s later.

In addition those who are serious about completing a diploma, and/or engaging in design as a vocation (both in NZ or overseas), and/or creating self-employment, using their new design skills, will be supported to set in place a mentor program for supporting their future work. If you feel like you need more information about the course, please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss it further.

This course is a prerequisite for our internship programs.

All food will be locally sourced, organic, nutrient dense, traditional and delicious.  It will be prepared following the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

The Permaculture Design Course gives each of us the tools to design our dream, and the inspiration to bring it into our, and others, lives in a practical way.


“Having the chance to ‘live’ permaculture for two weeks with like-minded people, participating in real and practical sessions, learning from mentors with an amazing depth of knowledge and experience, and eating wonderful nutrient dense food every day made this PDC a truly special experience for me”

“The connection and ‘togetherness’ of the class was greater than I expected. The amazing teachings of Bob and Kay were a big inspiration and tehir passion for permaculture and nutrition really transmits their energy towards students.”

“Being able to go outside and practice what we’d learnt in the classroom, this kind of teaching is rare and unique. Being right in the midst of what permaculture is about and experiencing it first hand was what made this two weeks”

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