4 Day Introduction to Permaculture Design Course


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Learn how to grow more food for less effort, develop productive and resilient homes, gardens and communities, and find local solutions to our global social and environmental problems.

Join us on this four day course covering permaculture ethics and principles, site design, house design, soil, organic gardening, water in the landscape, community and alternative economics, with practical sessions on composting, no-dig gardens, and site design.

Includes full tour and discussion of all our systems including off-grid home, compost toilets, small scale ‘urban-style’ food gardens, broader scale foodscaping including food forest and agroforestry systems, swales, ponds, chooks and and holistic small scale cattle management.

This is what previous participants have said:

Loved it, well done! Fun and educational as well as inspiring.”

I’ve used the practical info to install gardens at home and made much more use of mulch from the garden. The kids are really into it too.”

Jo was a fantastic tutor. No question was left unanswered. Great work Jo!

Very enlightening! Jo and Aaron are such an asset to have in the Hawke’s Bay community promoting and living environmental care and sustainability. Thanks heaps.

What you get:

  • 28 hours small group tuition
  • Theory and practical sessions
  • Site visits
  • Extensive library of permaculture resources
  • Detailed handouts
  • Organic morning and afternoon tea
  • Discounts on our plants – perfect for your new permaculture planting schemes!

When: Friday  – Monday  inclusive, 9am – 5pm 

Where: Classroom based at Poukawa School with site visits and practicals at Kahikatea Farm less than 5 minutes away. Poukawa is in Hawke’s Bay, 20 minutes south of Hastings or 20 minutes north of Waipawa.

Babysitting:  available for 4-10 year olds @$60 day on site. Email us for further details.

Cost Options – Please select the correct option when you add course to your shopping cart:

Earlybird rate – bookings before June 15th

$490 – $550 sliding scale – pay according to how you value the course or what you can afford

Couples rate:  $850 (2 people learning together).

Bookings after June 15th:

$580 per person

$900 couples

Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel a course or workshop place more than 2 weeks before the start date we will give you a full refund minus a $10 admin fee. If you cancel your place within 2 weeks of the start date no refunds will be given but a course place may be taken up in the future on the same or other course or workshop, or you may transfer the place to a friend. We reserve the right to cancel a course if there are not enough registrations or for other reasons. A full refund will of course be given.

If you need local accommodation whilst you attend a course or workshop, check out accommodation-options-near-Kahikatea-Farm

Additional information

Choose Amount - see end of course/tour description for how to choose the correct rate

490.00, 500, 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 580, 850 couples rate, 900