Courses and workshops

Why these workshops?

Sustainability, Food Sovereignty and Resilience are currently important concepts in the field of sustainable development. Each one of these concepts is often used as a core principle to drive a practice or initiative. But what exactly do they mean? And why are they becoming buzzwords? The explanation could be found in their three different meanings: sustainability is about viability; food sovereignty is about autonomy; and resilience is about capacity to face risks and adversities.
Resilience has been getting more attention lately. It is important because it helps us cope with changing conditions and emerge stronger after difficult times. Resilient individuals, communities, businesses, and cities can withstand the shocks of a volatile world – from pandemics to climate change, and so on.

Resilience is not about being invulnerable or unbreakable but about having the courage to go on when things get difficult. It is the ability to adapt in order to cope with life’s challenges. Being resilient means that you can trust yourself when everything seems against you and know that you will not give up until you achieve your goals.

To bring you up to speed on what it means to be resilient, and give you tools to improve your resilience capability we have developed a series of courses, workshops and education days.

Currently available

Permakai Permaculture Design Certificate 

Permaculture is a system of design principles and practices that can be applied to any type of land - urban, rural, or wild. It’s an ethical as well as practical approach to land management that focuses on meeting human needs while simultaneously preserving the natural world around us.
A Permaculture Design Certificate course is perfect for anyone who wants to gain new skills and knowledge in sustainable and resilient living. It offers you the chance to get hands-on with experts, learn new techniques, and network with like minded people.

Our PDC runs once a month for 12 months. Its held on our farm and gives you the opportunity to see and experience permaculture in every season. A great mix of classroom theory and on the farm practical work means you will not only know what to do but have the confidence to do it.

This PDC fulfills the requirements of the international permaculture curriculum and upon satisfactory completion you will receive a certificate recognised by PiNZ and internationally.

Permaculture in a nutshell

In this workshop, you will learn about the ethics and principles of Permaculture. You will have the opportunity to design your own Permaculture project so bring your needs and your ideas and you will take away a basic design based upon permaculture design principles.

This is a great way to learn about sustainable living practices and experience Permaculture in action.

Permakai Programme an on-farm series of 12 modules spread over as many months as you want.

The programme is flexible and free. You come to work with us on the farm as often as you like and in return we provide you with sufficient skills, practice with different tools, and understanding of techniques to grow your own food. If you want we can also help you set up your own market garden enterprise – see Permagrow for more details.

Pruning workshop

We hold this workshop in the winter and again in the summer.

If you would like to be kept informed of our next workshop please Contact us

Land survey practice, an essential skill for a Permaculture designer.
Survey practice - an essential designer skill

Becoming certified organic

  • Why become certified
  • How to complete your PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PLAN
    • The basic information about you and your property
    • Property history, your overall vision and your year-on-year management practices
    • Describing the activities of the current year
  • How to handle the audit
  • Post audit activities

Watch the presentation

Under development are:

Composting systems

  • Hot composting
  • Worm farm
  • Bokashi

Introduction to bio-dynamics

We are happy to tailor any or all of these to your specific requirements. If you have anything you, or your family, or club, or organisation require then please contact us