Matakana Modular Permaculture Design Certificate

Permaculture Design

Join experienced teachers, Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko as well as specialist guest tutors, for the internationally recognised certified modular PDC course which takes place over 8 months with 13 full days of course time – 10 Saturdays + 3 Sundays from July 2020 to Feb 2021.

The course content covers the following topics:
- Permaculture ethics, principles and design
- 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
- Ecological 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

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now full, but we encourage interested participants to email us to express interest so as to motivate the opening of an additional modular PDC programme.

Hands-on practical permaculture workshops are charged separately for anyone who would like to attend. These include:
- Composting and plant propogation
- Mushroom logs, pruning and grafting
- Deep Ecology
- Permaculture Properties Tour
- Gardening through the seasons and seed saving
- Animal Integration and processing
- Preserving & Fermentation
- Ecological Building and Appropriate Technology

Additional practical sessions (above the 3 inclusive) are optional and charged separately and in addition to the PDC course at $85 each or block of three at $180. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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.

For bookings & enquiries please contact:

For full course schedule (and enrolment form) follow the link:

About the tutors:
Trish Allen is a Permaculture NZ affiliated teacher. 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.

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, July 18, 2020 - 09:00
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 09:00
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 09:00
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 09:00
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 17:00
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 17:00
Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 17:00
Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 09:00 to Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 17:00
Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 09:00
Location / Venue: 

Rainbow Valley Farm, 588 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana 0985

$1495 (full upfront) or $1795 with payment plan
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