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Permaculture Design Course

‘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 annual residential PDC will next from 10-28 February 2023. 
Our venue is Tui Community in Golden Bay, New Zealand.
This course covers the standard 2-week international Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, over an extended 18-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.

By expanding on the usual 14-days format and extending over 18 days this course offers you more than a normal PDC: The additional 4 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 a series of Deep Ecology experiences in the Work that Reconnects to uncover and sustain our passion for the healing of the world.

The tutors have extensive experience in their fields 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 and Guenther Andraschko who bring extensive practical and educational experience to this course.

I felt immediately safe when I arrive at this course and met the team. I recognised the empathy and experience in running a course over 18 days and felt secure in a new environment.” (Sue, Tui PDC 2021)

I absolutely loved Robina and Günther’s unique styles and their ability to keep us all connected and engaged.” (Kate, Tui PDC 2021)

Robina McCurdy

Wainui Bay
The venue is Tui Community, an almost 40-year old, 30 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.

Wainui Bay NZ

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.

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

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.

NZ$ 2390/2190/1990 
The cost includes registration, tuition, field trips, course materials, vegetarian food, and 18 nights camping accommodation (own tent/van).

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 enquire.

Early booking discounts of $100/50 apply for spaces booked by Nov 4th/Dec 2nd.
There is a non-refundable deposit of NZ$350 to hold your space on the course. We prefer you paying the deposit (and the remaining balance later on) via direct credit into our NZ bank account. However, also is the possibility to pay by credit card via paypal. There is no charge to pay your deposit this way, but paying remaining balances this way occurs a %age fee which is added into the total.

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

“An informative, interesting and fun experience that will change the way you see the world.” (Caroline, Auckland)

“A very transformative experience that didn’t only expand my knowledge base, but gifted me an opportunity to connect with like-minded souls, open up, and reconnect with a sense of purpose and direction.” (Abha, Tui PDC 2021)

“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)

“This course provides you with an extensive introduction to the design principles of permaculture in an invigorating and nurturing environment. You will have your understanding about the world challenged and will leave after 18 days renewed and empowered to make effective change to the world.” (Sue 2021)

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