Matakana Modular Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2022

Event Organiser: 
Resilient Living (Trish Allen & Guenther Andraschko)

Do you yearn for a life of simple abundance where land is regenerated, communities are connected and future resources protected? Are you wanting to hone the skills that will allow you and your family/community to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle? Are you keen to learn more about how to live lightly on this planet and be more self-sufficient?

Make a change and be a change-maker by earning an internationally recognised Permaculture Design Certificate with experienced permaculture tutors, Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko who are hosting the annual modular PDC course in Matakana.

Permaculture is a framework for design that can be applied to every aspect of your life. Embedded in the ethics of “earth care, people care and fair share”, permaculture encourages deeper connections with the land, within communities and with our own values thereby growing our personal and collective resilience, especially during times of uncertainty.

The PDC course takes place over 7 months with 12 full days of course time – 9 Saturdays + 3 Sundays from April to October 2022.

The course content covers the following topics:
- Permaculture ethics, principles and design
- Deep Ecology & Inner Resilience
- Sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates
- Site analysis and building climate resilience
- Large- and small-scale permaculture design - urban and rural
- Earth building & design
- Soil & ecosystem health
- Water management & harvesting
- Renewable energy systems & appropriate technology
- Food forests
- Organic garden design
- Forestry
- Integrating animals
- Social structures and economics

In addition to the theory sessions, Practical Permaculture Workshops are also offered, of which 3 are included in the course fee. These practical workshops cover a range of hands-on permaculture skills such as organic gardening and seed saving, earth building, fruit tree pruning and grafting, composting and plant propagation, preserving & fermentation, mushroom log preparation, and more!

Check out the full course scope and schedule and outline of all practical workshops.

Trish and Guenther will host students at various locations around Matakana as well as at Rainbow Valley Farm. The course also includes inspiring field visits to permaculture sites in the area.

Course costs:
Full payment: $1495 (paid prior to course starting)
Payment Plan: $1795 ($595 deposit + 3 payments of $400)
additional practical workshops are $90 when attending the full PDC.

If you are not attending the full certified PDC, individual theory or practical workshops can be attended at @ $155 each or $130 for three or more (payable in advance). Anyone is welcome to attend (subject to availability).

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About the tutors:

Trish Allen is a Permaculture NZ affiliated teacher and holds a Diploma in Permaculture. She has over 30 years’ experience as a permaculture practitioner including establishing the award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm with her late husband Joe Polaischer. The farm demonstrated permaculture in action and inspired thousands. Trish has now moved on and established a village-scale model of permaculture and shares her knowledge by teaching permaculture-related courses and workshops. She is also co-founder of Mahurangi Wastebusters which aims to divert waste from landfill and promotes a circular economy.

Guenther Andraschko is a Permaculture NZ affiliated teacher. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, earth builder, permaculture and landscape designer. With over 25 years’ experience in designing and creating unique outdoor environments utilising permaculture principles, Guenther brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience and enjoys supporting other to realise their own permaculture projects and aspirations.

Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 09:00 to Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 17:00
Location / Venue: 

Matakana Valley Road, Matakana 0985

$1495 once off or $1795 payment plan
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