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Permaculture Design Certificate

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13 day intensive residential course. This Course fulfils the standard requirements of the international permaculture curriculum.

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living and land use; it is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies to provide food, shelter, energy & for other needs in a sustainable way.  

Permaculture is built upon an ethic of caring for the earth & working with nature. Trish Allen and Daniel Tohill are outstanding and award winning  permaculture teachers and leaders.

Students have the chance to get fully immersed in the permaculture way of thinking and acting and invited to bring details of their own or potential sites.

Te Moata is the perfect place for a winter 14-day residential Permaculture course. Off the grid, rustic comfortable accommodation, warm fires, delicious vegetarian food, inspiring teachers and a fun cohort of students of all ages.

The gardens and orchard are designed by previous PDCs. The programme includes a fun day trip to fantastic permaculture properties in the area, and a day off to enjoy Hot Water beach and Cathedral Cove.

The course will:
- Give you a good understanding of the ethics, principles and patterns of permaculture design
- Cover sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates
- Convey a general understanding of a wide range of common strategies and techniques
- Explore the implications of social change towards ecological sustainability
- Assist each student to access resources required to actively take the course philosophy and methodology into their future life.

About the tutors:
Trish Allen: Trish and her late husband Joe Polasicher founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm, Matakana in 1988 on permaculture principles and ethics. The farm inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish has now moved on and established a village-scale model of permaculture and shares her knowledge by teaching permaculture-related courses and workshops.

Daniel Tohill:
Daniel has worked for over 20 years as a landscape designer and environmental consultant with a propensity toward ecological designs that have won him awards for his innovative and artful work. His work has taken him all over the country and occasionally abroad in the last 20 years doing over 1000 small and large landscape designs in rural and urban areas plus a diverse range of specialist projects.

Accommodation and all meals included.
Scholarships available. Please apply.

For more info email Jessie or 07 868 8798

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