LIVE & LEARN THE FUTURE
Develop your own sustainable living project & be empowered to make a difference in the world through your profession and chosen way of life.
Sustainable Living Course
Our 10 week ‘Sustainable Living Course’ offers a compelling menu of hands-on, experiential learning modules covering seven core areas plus your personal research project. Course participants will enjoy super dynamic healthy organic lunches, lots of fun, some of the best learning needed to survive and thrive in the 21st Century and all the support you need personally in getting your best visitor experience in beautiful magical Golden Bay.
The course covers:
Organic Food Growing
Alternative Building and Lifestyle
Personal Research Project
Meet The Tutors: Sol Morgan, John Massey, Laurence Boomert, Robina McCurdy, Graeme Scott, Kerryn Easterbrook, Iris Huebler
Why We Are Offering This Course
In this age of climate change, rampant pollution and so many unsustainable practices we humans need to learn to overcome, The Golden Bay Community Gardens & Sustainable Living Centre team has expanded our commitment to land-based environmental education. With this course we seek to share the huge knowledge and skill base contained within our beautiful community of Golden Bay on all things sustainable with students from across New Zealand and from around the world.
GBSLC vs a Traditional Permaculture Course
Designed for people who want the knowledge, skills & experience to make a difference as sustainability change agents, the main distinction between a traditional permaculture design course and our sustainable living course is the personal project. Over ten weeks, participants work with the guidance of a mentor in our community to develop a project or research an idea. Maybe you want to start a composting business, a market garden or community market? Maybe you have a building project, or have ideas around healthy food? You may pick a project of your choice that fits within the parameters and intents of the course.
Best Value Permaculture Design Course
GBSLC is the best value course of its kind that we have been able to find and we've had a good look around. We found six month courses that meet one weekend a month, three week intensives, and short 1-4 day workshops that focus on one small piece of one of our core areas. These range in price from $600NZ to $3000NZ, the latter being for a three week permaculture design course. ($3000 did include food and accommodation but was less than 1/3 the length of ours.)
So we feel confident telling you that if you want in depth learning about sustainable practices and the knowledge to develop your own amazing project, there is nothing comparable to GBSLC. Developing your project alone makes this course a valuable investment in your future success.
Our goal is for all of you to leave with a renewed sense of hope and a focused direction for your lives.
Learn in paradise with some of the world's leading local experts through interactive tutorials, hands on practical work, and field trips. You will visit some of the wealth of living examples of sustainable practices within Golden Bay like a 30 year old intentional community and a famous local music & restaurant venue that embodies sustainable practices. You will hear the stories of conscious, local businesses and experience first hand how they work, be a part of our Harvest Festival, Living Wood Fair and much more.
About Golden Bay
Golden Bay has been identified by our spokesperson for Primary Industries, Hon Damien O'Connor, as the perfect place to be THE sustainable region of New Zealand. In truth we have incredible people, resources, and projects already happening, but we are far from there yet. You will be part of and witness to an on-going adventure to make our region reach its full potential as an example to the country and the world. The Sustainable Living Course itself is part of that journey. Come and join us and be part of our history.
24 Waitapu Road, Takaka, New Zealand