Forest Garden Design


September 27 to 29, 2020

Tutor:           Ben Callander and Murray Neverman
Location:    Koanga Institute, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, NZ
Date:             Sun 27th – Tues 29th September, 2020
Time:            9am – 4pm daily

Price:           $380

Full price $380

Early bird discount price of $342 available until 30th August

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Learn how to design your own forest garden, based on the principles of nature and the patterns of natural forests and how to apply this to your own specific context, conditions and goals. Learn how to produce fruit, meat, eggs, perennial vegetables, medicine, fibre, posts, timber and more in a way that works with nature and regenerates the environment.

Ben and Murray will give you an understanding of what forest gardens are, how to design them to work, to be productive and to have the potential for growing abundance for you. You will learn how to choose and integrate plants using guilds, understand root-stocks, calculate nutrient needs and how to provide for them, and how to find more information, learning about more plants, their needs, uses and place in your forest garden.

You will end up with a step by step process for putting this all together.

You will undertake a small project of designing a forest garden during the workshop, and will have the opportunity to go through the process with support from the teachers, giving you the confidence to go home and design your own straight away.

This workshop is a combination of theory and practical.  You will get to practice everything yourself, and go home inspired and equipped ready to go! This workshop can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop or can be combined with Forest Garden Management to form the Forest Garden Intensive

The welcome will commence at 4:30pm on Sunday, so please arrive any time from 3:00pm onwards, allowing you time to set up your tent/sleeping space and get settled.

The plan for Sunday is:
4:30pm            Welcome
5:00pm            Tea and walk facilities together
6:00pm            Dinner
7:00pm            Introduction circle

Meals Included

Here at Koanga we are very aware of how important food is to eco-systems, people, cultures, communities and ultimately our health. 

All food served on our courses is:

  • Locally Sourced
  • Organic
  • Unrefined
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Traditional
  • Prepared following Weston A. Price principles 

We will not be catering for food preference or intolerance. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us with your queries [email protected] so we can further discuss.

Camping Facilities Included We have set this workshop up so you are able to camp onsite and use our facilities. You’re also welcome to stay somewhere in Wairoa at your own cost, if you prefer. If you are coming from far away and wish to arrive the night before and leave the day after the workshop you will need to let us know. Usually people arrange their own food and their own cooking facilities during this time. If you wish to join our meals outside of what the course provides the cost is $10 per meal and once again you will need to let us know in advance by contacting [email protected]

About Koanga: The Koanga Institute, the Permaculture Research Institute of Wairoa New Zealand, is well known internationally for producing highly competent and knowledgeable students and teachers. For your benefit, we run multiple courses, offer an extensive searchable knowledge-base, publish high quality books and instruction manuals, have internships, apprenticeships and multiple other learning opportunities in organic living, Permaculture, Thorny Croft animals, appropriate technology and alternative building methods.

The workshops, apprenticeships and internships are for anyone interested in living sustainably, designing their own lives and empowering change in their communities. Koanga Institutes range of leading edge courses impart knowledge and practical skills that will empower you to be more self-reliant and resilient in supporting your family and your local community. These include learning about growing highly mineralized microbially active soil, the basis for nutrient dense food (beyond organic) and holistic health, preparing and acquiring nutrient dense food, many other workshops.

Please note: The Workshop will be confirmed two weeks before it begins. If circumstances prevent the Workshop from going ahead, enrolment fees will be refunded in full.

Payment Options: We can offer an option for you to pay off the Workshop in instalments; providing that the workshop has been paid for in full no later than 2 weeks before the start date. To ask further questions, secure your place or organise payment options please e-mail [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than two weeks notice will be given an 85% refund, however cancellations after this time can only be refunded 50% of the course fee. Cancellations with less than 48 hours, no refund can be given.


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