Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course Logistics & FAQ

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September 2020
September 2020

Sol, Lydie, Valentina, Ed, Clint, Taki

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Fall 2019
Fall 2019

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The 11 week Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course will change your life forever. 
There is no other course like this in the world that we know of.  
So if you a
re ready to design your sustainable life, click apply
and we'll see you on the course.

$3550 - $3850 + gst
Maximum 18 students

 

Spring 2022 Dates:  September 19th - December 2nd. 
 

Tutors: Sol Morgan, Robina McCurdy, Zahra Lightway, Kerryn Easterbrook, Tristan Girdwood, Rita Scholten.  Click here to meet your tutors.

Location: Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand, at the top of the South Island. 

Dates & Payment Details

September 2022
Dates: September 19th - December 2nd 2022
Early Bird by July 10th, 2022 $3550 + gst NZ/AU residents

Full Price: $3850 + gst (15%) 

Deposit: 10% non-refundable due upon registration. 
 
After registration you may pay in full or make monthly payments. All payments completed by one month from course start date.

March 2023
Dates: March 13th - May 27th
Early Bird Registration by December 2nd, 2022  
$3550 + gst 

Regular price $3850 + gst

Deposit: 10% non-refundable due upon registration. 

After registration you may pay in full or make monthly payments. All payments completed by one month from course start date.

Frequently Ask Questions

What Is The Course Schedule?
Sustainable Living classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:45 am -12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch. On Wednesday classes are half days sometimes in the mornig and sometimes in the afteroon.  Field trips may make the day longer at times. 

How Much Time Will Be Required Outside of Course Time?
You should plan to work on your personal project during the week at your discretion including meeting with your mentor.  Starting September 2021, Wednesday afternoons will be time off to take care of business, relax or do research and work on your project. In the last week, 2-3 days will be provided to work full time on your project and presentations are held at the end of that week. 
Weekends are your own except for main design weekend and then there is no requirement that you put in extra time although that is recommended if you want to get the most out of the course.

 
What Food Is Included? 

We provide morning and afternoon tea and lunch on most days.  Days lunch is not included: Some Wednesdays and days students are working on personal projects as well as days off. 

Is Accommodation Provided? 
Cost of accommodation is not included in your course fees.  We do offer some inexpensive, basic accommodation at the Centre ranging from $85/week to $150/week.  Options are to pitch a tent, park up a van, rent our very modest little caravan, rent a sleepout or share a sleeping space upstairs in our Earthouse.  We are going to be adding more accommodation options as time goes by.  Please contact us for details. 
We can also assist you in finding other accommodation in the area by providing a list of people who are interested in renting to students. There are many options from private rooms in a family home to backpackers (hostel), to B & B, to camping in local campsites  You should allow between $85 and $180/week for accommodation. We highly recommend you join "Golden Bay Community Noticeboard" on Facebook and "Takaka Buy, Rent, Sell." 

 
What Do I Need To Bring To The Course?

It is our goal to make our course as sustainable as possible.  For that reason, 80% or more of the course materials will  be available digitally stored in Google Drive.  Therefore, you will definitely need your own laptop or other device to be able to access the course materials and the course calendar which is also stored online. If this is not possible, we may be able to print you a set of materials, but often materials are uploaded the day of the teaching module. The cost of printing will be the responsibility of the student. 

When Should I Plan To Arrive and Leave?
We have two events at the beginning and end of the course that you might want to attend even though they aren't officially part of the course.
Sunday Social: There will be a pot luck social mixer with students and tutors the Sunday evening before the course starts. 
End of Course Celebration: At the end of each course, we book out The Outpost for Saturday night and students, tutors, partners and children of tutors and students are invited to come out and celebrate with music and games, beach walks and climbs up to the magical cave. Everyone brings food to share. Fun is had by all. The cost for this is not included in course fees and is just the cost of renting the place divided by the number of participants. Usually this is between $25 and $35/person. 


How Do I Get To Golden Bay?   
The nearest large airport is Nelson & there is a shuttle available from the airport Golden Bay Coachlines. Your final destination is Takaka. 
Participants flying in from overseas - fly into Christchurch or Auckland then connect through to Nelson. You can also fly directly from Wellington to Golden Bay via Golden Bay Airlines.


What Is The Weather Like? 
You will be in Golden Bay for Fall/Autumn or Spring/Summer arguably the best times of year to be here.  Generally days stay warm enough for swimming in local rivers and at the beach from December through April.  Mornings and evenings can be cooler.  Early Spring weather is somewhat erratic and can feel like summer one day and like winter the next. So be prepared for anything. You can also expect some rainy days. For the most part though, days are warm and sunny, sometimes even hot. 

Will I Have Time To Connect With the Golden Bay Community?
Experiential tours of Golden Bay sustainable businesses, craft shops, bee-keeping, alternative buildings, organic farms and other attractions are included in the course.  On your days off and Wednesday afternoons. you will have the wonders of Golden Bay, a natural paradise of beaches, untouched bush, the Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi Parks, clear rivers, and much more to explore at your leisure.