Permaculture in a nutshell

Only inhouse workshops available at the moment. If your company or institution would like to hold one, please get in touch for availability and prices.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to Permaculture Design in a practical way. It will give you a taste of Permaculture which you can follow up with a full Permaculture Design Certificate course later should you wish.

Workshop format

The workshop kicks off by introducing the ethics and design principles of Permaculture. Once the design processes is outlined you will split into small groups and under the guidance of a qualified Permaculture designer you will work on developing a design of your own. If  you dont have anything in mind you can help someone else develop their idea.

You will be guided through exploring goals and objectives, identifying zones and sectors, micro-climates, and so on, to arrive at a draft design. Along the way you will be exposed to the different design aspects of water management, energy storage, sustainability and resilience, food forest design, and more.

The outdoor practical activities will include an overview of soil composition, compost, perennial and annual crop planning, seed sowing and transplanting, the importance of crop rotation, cover crops, inter-cropping, and companion planting.

This is a practical workshop with and a mix of mini-lectures, classroom activities and outdoor exercises.


Date: 28th May 2023.
Location: Permakai, 81B Morley Road, Waiuku


Earlybird, until 1st May:      $125
From 1st May onwards:      $150
Couples when registering at the same time: $250
(all prices include of GST)

Note: This workshop will give you a 10% discount on our Permaculture Design Certificate course should you wish to take your Permaculture journey further.

“The title described the day exactly. The information was presented in a logical, sequential way. I liked hearing the background/history as to how and why the system was developed. Rory has a great depth of knowledge, and he is passionate about sharing this. Every segment of this day opened my mind to new possibilities on my property.” – Waiuku local

Shared lunch

Complimentary tea and coffee are provided. BYO lunch to share.

Work in groups

Class exercise