This is the third workshop of the Auckland Permaculture Workshop (APW) Permaculture Design Certificate programme.
Permaculture Design Course - Modular
This is the second workshop of the Auckland Permaculture Workshop (APW) Permaculture Design Certificate programme.
This is the first workshop of the Auckland Permaculture Worshop (APW) Permaculture Design Certificate programme. In this workshop APW introduces permaculture as a philosophy, ecological design methodology and grass roots community movement. This inspiring and challenging workshop provides the philosophical and theoretical framework for the remaining eleven workshops offered by APW. Participants will learn about the historical, cultural, and ecological dimensions of permaculture through open dialogue and examples of a wide range of innovative design solutions from around the world.
11. Urban Living
Over 80% of the developed world’s population lives in cities that are dependent upon the countryside for water, food, building materials, power etc, and to absorb all the waste. With energy descent and resource depletion impacting on our economy, we look at more appropriate and sustainable ways of living in cities. We cover the challenges of living in the city, the opportunities for suburban retrofitting, co-housing and urban farming, adapting apartment living and reducing your ecological footprint, building urban eco-communities, and urban layout and development.
9. Energy & Appropriate Technology
Our way of life is based on finite, non-renewing resources. We will look at the importance of energy, and the nature of energy sources, flows and processes, and the implications of an energy descent. Then look at more appropriate technologies, and how to become more self reliant and energy efficient. This will include the methods of science and its application, energy use analyses, conservation, demand reduction and the use of renewable resources and local energy alternatives.
10. Shelter & the Built Environment
7. Home Gardens of Trees & Small Animals
The most productive home gardens are an integrated mix of food trees, shrubs, herbs, and small animals. We cover the basics of backyard food production, from the design and layout of an orchard, to the use and care of small animals. This includes the selection of species for climate and site characteristics, the layout and spacing of trees, planting, propagation, maintaining soil fertility and plant health. Also the importance of small animals in pollination, manuring and recycling within the orchard, and the management of these animals.
5. Water & Water Harvesting
We will look at the nature and mysteries of water, while taking a practical approach to understanding the role and importance of water to life, with a maori perspective on water and wild foods. This will include identifying the sources and cycles of water, water quality, purification and treatment techniques, storage, harvesting, use and conservation, and aquaculture.
6. Climate & Landscape
3 & 4. Soil Life & Food Gardens
In this two day workshop we will show you different approaches to designing a Permaculture garden, depending on site and size. You will have the opportunity to get your hands dirty learning about the nature of soils, soil preparations, composting techniques, soil testing, and the relationship between soil microbes, plants and animals. The second day will cover garden layout, design, preparation, the different types of gardens, plant health, weed management and seed propagation.
1. Philosophy & Design
2. Observation, Patterns & Applications
A two day workshop on a just, healthy and sustainable way of living. Covers the ethics and principles of permaculture, the challenges of our time and place, ecological design, site analysis, and the use of design processes. The skills of observation and the recognition of natural patterns are included. There are brief discussions and demonstrations of a wide range of applications and examples of permaculture in practice, based around the elements of Earth, Fire, Air & Water.
Due to its unique geographical and climatic features the Auckland bioregion is one of the few places in the world where you can grow deciduous, citrus, sub-tropical and Mediterranean orchards in the same place. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of designing and establishing an orchard or food forest for a range of sites and contexts, from inhibited urban spaces through to lifestyle blocks. Learning from an expert in the field, participants will be taught about the practical management required for plant health and productivity.