20 Nov

Guenther imparts 30-years of earth building experience as he guides you through an adobe in-situ build which is a cement stabilised mudbrick, a great malleable material, ideally used for garden walls or where walls are exposed to the elements. Local owner-builder, James Andrews will join as a...

30 Oct

Learn how to make classic sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass and other veggie ferments with Trish Allen and Marianna Van Ginkel. Get your head around the magic of SCOBYs for Kombucha, grains for Kefir, mothers for vinegar and take some starters home. Learn how to make simple, tasty, traditional...

02 Oct

Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko will explore different composting methods and hone in on hot composting. We will compile a heap from accumulated materials and inoculate it with beneficial anaerobic microbes to ensure the development of fungal networks and sequestration of carbon. We will...

11 Sep

In this workshop, Trish Allen will cover the basics of growing your own organic veges in 3 simple steps: Prepare, Plant, Nourish. Everything you need to know to build confidence in your growing skills, including soil fertility, crop rotation and companion planting. We’ll also cover saving our...

21 Aug

Discover the joys of growing your own mushrooms in a host of mediums. Learn which mediums and substrates work best, and how to improvise to ensure you have an abundant supply of fresh organic mushrooms! On the day you will be inoculating your very own log with shiitake or oyster mushrooms to...

31 Jul

Join Guenther Andraschko and Avril Hamlin for this interactive workshop based on Joanna Macy's "The Work That Reconnects" which aims to re-establish our connection to our own true nature, to each other and the earth in the interconnected web of life.

Taking you through a spiral of...

Permakai pdc

Internationally recognised PDC, see our website for more details

25 Jun

This PDC will change the way you see things and give you philosophical and practical tools to build a resilient future. You will learn the “what”, the “why”, and importantly the “how” of Permaculture. We adopt a hands-on approach so you gain the confidence to implement what you learn in practice...

09 Apr

Join Guenther Andraschko for a series of Ecological Building Workshops and get your hands in the clay! Participants will engage in building a composting toilet with an earth roof, using the light earth method, which uses clay and straw to infill a timber frame.

Guenther is an experience...

09 Jul

We are delighted to be re-launching our 2022 Matakana PDC, which was postponed due to covid.

The course will now take place over 7 months with 12 full days of course time – 9 Saturdays + 3 Sundays from July to December 2022. It will be hosted in various locations around Matakana.


APW - Living Locally in the Auckland Bioregion

APW - Living Locally in the Auckland Bioregion

“The question Where are we? has a deep, sustaining ring to it. It is a simple question with a deceptively complex answer.”
- Robert Thayer

This workshop asks participants to explore what it means to live locally in the Auckland bioregion. Through a series of discussions and design...

06 Nov 2021


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