PDC Course Programme
The Course Programme broadly covers:
– permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation,
– organic growing methods (vege gardens, herbs, fruit),
– 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.
Days on the PDC are usually pretty full, with up to 5 sessions per day, and the course programme offers a variety of learning modalities covering large amounts of content. Learning modalities include: theoretical teaching, observation exercises, practical sessions, design exercises, field visits, slideshows/DVDs. Three deep ecology evenings support our learning to integrate into our personal life journeys.
Bring your openness to different interactive learning modalities and stamina to take in the vast amount of learning on offer…
A usual day might look like this:
6.30am Morning Wellbeing (optional)
8-8.30am Mahi Groups (handy help with daily jobs)
8.30-9am Morning Circle
9-10.30am Session 1
10.30-11am Morning Tea
11-12.30 Session 2
2.30-4pm Session 3
4-4.30pm Afternoon Tea
4.30-6pm Session 4
7-8.30pm Session 5
We have set aside two afternoons for practical hands-on learning (gardening and building) as well as two afternoons for on-site learning at two residences on Tui Community. Further, we will spend one full day out in Golden Bay visiting four different examples of permaculture put to practice. The course concludes with a four-day design exercise in small teams culminating in a public presentation.
Free time is usually sparse during the course. We recommend using the lunch break as well as evenings to unwind.
We will have a few evenings off as well as two mornings and one full day to allow for integration of new knowledge and relaxation.
Mother Nature is glorious in Golden Bay, so many options for communing with Her...