Permaculture Design Course – Feb/March 2017

‘Permaculture’ is an integrated landuse design methodology based on ecological principles, with practical application from sustainable household to eco-nation to global restoration.

Earthcare’s next residential PDC will run in 21 Feb – 12 March 2017, at Tui Community in Golden Bay, New Zealand. This is our annual residential course and extremely popular.







This course covers the standard two week international Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, over this extended 19-day period, taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project. Upon completion, a Permaculture Design Certificate will be issued by The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa.

Robina McCurdy

Robina McCurdy

This course offers more than a normal PDC: It expands on the usual 14-days format, extending over 19 days. The additional 5 days allow us to provide you with a broader experience including more community building, hands-on skill-building activities, mini-design exercises, and visits to inspirational properties which demonstrate Permaculture in practice.

The course is designed to develop a supportive learning community. This includes Deep Ecology experiences to sustain our passion for the healing of the world.

The tutors of this course have extensive experience in this field and have worked in a wide range of countries and conditions. Their teaching style caters for a variety of learning modalities, is inspiring, interactive, dynamic and fun. Main tutor of this course will be Robina McCurdy who brings extensive practical and educational experience to this course. She will be supported by Courtney Brooke, Andrew StephensonInna Alex and others.

Wainui Bay

Wainui Bay

The venue is Tui Community, an over 32 year old, 35 member, rural, intentional community governed by a Charitable Trust.  It is situated on 150 acres of land, has an established orchard, gardens, wilderness areas, many creatively designed buildings and a thriving community business.

We will be based at Tui’s Outdoor Events Treefield, situated in beautiful Wainui Bay, adjoining the Abel Tasman National Park. Facilities are built close to nature and rustic. Accommodation is camping-style in your own tent or communal sleeping structures.


The Course Programme broadly covers:

–  permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation,
–  organic growing methods (vege gardens, herbs, fruit),
RobinaTeachPDC–  rural land management (orchards, pastures, trees, water systems),
–  integrated animal systems,
–  water harvesting & storage, grey-water & ‘waste’ recycling,
–  ecological building,
–  renewable energy systems,
–  suburban-scale design.

For further detail on the structure of the course, click here.


Registrations will be on a “first come”-basis upon application and will open 15 September 2016. Applications are open to NZ and overseas participants. The course is usually fully booked by the beginning of January, so we advise you register and secure your spot early on to avoid disappointment.

Cost:  NZ$ 2200/2050/1900

The cost includes registration, tuition, field trips, course materials, vegetarian food, and 19 nights camping accommodation (own tent/van or communal canvassed space).

Prices are based on a sliding scale according to income & financial means. The sliding scale of 3 price levels (above) is a method of enabling those less able (eg students, lower income earners) to get a significantly discounted rate, whilst providing the opportunity for those more able to pay full fee. Participants choose themselves which cost bracket they feel appropriate for them to pay.

There are scholarship opportunities available for this course. Please inquire.

Early booking discounts of $100/50 apply for spaces booked by Nov 4th/Dec 9th.

For more info, please contact: earthcarenz(at)

PDC Course Fees


Here’s what a few of our previous PDC participants had to say about the course:

SLATERKate 25-02-2015-SUNFLOWER“An informative, interesting and fun experience that will change the way you see the world.” (Caroline, Auckland)

“Having the opportunity to learn from a range of incredibly knowledgable permaculture leaders in a supportive and fun environment has been an invaluable experience.” (Rachel, Auckland)

“I am now confident that I can look at a piece of land, connect with it and see the possibilities of successful permaculture. The course was beyond expectation.” (Fran, Auckland)

“The most beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring course I’ve ever done, that has changed the way I view myself on this land.” (Sarah, Melbourne)