Sustainable Living Short Courses
& Day Workshops

Learn alongside our full time Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course students. 
Spaces limited. First come. First served.

Click here for information on our full workshop offerings.

Permaculture Design Certificate Courses 

We offer several permaculture design options.
  1. Full Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course.
  2. Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate Course
  3. Permaculture Design Foundations - one day 
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Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This course is perfect for Golden Bay locals who would like to get their PDC without the added costs of accommodation - making this the best deal PDC on the planet. 
This course covers the standard 2-week International Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum spread over 10 weeks with classes held 1 -3 days a week. It is ideal for people who cannot take 2-3 weeks off work. Taught by the best tutors in NZ in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project, you need to register early to secure a spot on this popular course.

More about Permaculture Design.... 

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Tutor: Annelie Stephenson & Robina McCurdy

Cost:  $1450 includes lunch on full days and gst. 

Check back in January for dates for Autumn

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GroWise Organic Growing Certificate Course


Following the principles of healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy animals you’ll learn how to grow food that not only nurtures your Being but also helps heal the earth we live on. 


The organic growing module is brought to you by Sol Morgan, an experienced gardener and educator, husband and father, and course co-founder. 

Topics covered include organic principles & garden design, soil health and soil assessment, bed preparation and planting, plant knowledge, propagation and seed saving, pests and diseases and beneficial insects, fruit growing and propagation, tree planting and commercial horticulture.


By the end you will have deepened your awareness of how to work with natural ecosystems to create diverse, productive, healthy ecosystems.  Learn more...

Tutor: Sol Morgan

Cost:  $895 includes lunch on full days and gst. 

Check back in January for dates for Autumn

Sustainable Eating: Food Harvesting, Preserving & Preparation
From the garden to the table you will learn why food is our sustenance, our medicine and our fuel and how best we can work with the good food nature gives us.



  • the difference between raw food & cooked food for the body & health

  • different eating styles with meat, vegetarianism, veganism, their benefits and issues

  • skills in harvesting, prepping & cooking simple meals

  • the role of herbs in cooking and their benefits

  • how to measure and identify nutrient dense food

  • practical hands on food preserving

  • how to eat sustainably. 

Go on field trips to visit local restaurants, take part in the "The Great Debate" & explore sustainable food service businesses. See live presentations on preserving food in tasty forms like chutney, then make your own and create healthy sweet treats. 

Tutor: Kerryn Easterbrook

Cost: $225 includes lunch & gst

Check back in January for dates for Autumn

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Golden Bay Natural Building Course

Learn essential natural homebuilding techniques for dynamic house design.

From composting toilets, grey water systems, clean local energy systems to micro homes, eco architecture non toxic and affordable building and eco farming lifestyles. It's all in here. Highlights: 

  • how does building design fit into our environment

  • the value of practical and simple buildings

  • how to evaluate and find local materials for building

  • the use of sound building materials that are local, non-toxic & ecological

  • the use of alternative power systems: solar, wind, water

  • various styles of building - tiny homes, eco home

  • to be aware of building regulations and the thinking required work in or around them

  • how to deal with and build waste water and sewage systems

Learn more...

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Tutor: Rita Scholten

$495  includes lunch on full days and gst. 

Check back in January for Autumn dates.

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One Day Sustainable Living Workshops
All one day workshops are part of the 11 week Sustainable Living Course. They are from 8:45 to 5:00 and cost $80 incl gst + lunch

Permaculture Design Foundations  

Have you been curious about permaculture but want to know more before committing to a whole course? This one day workshop is a great introduction that highlights permaculture principles and how they can be applied to your land and your life

Check back in January for dates.

Tutor: Annelie Stephenson

Soil Foundations: Soil Health and Preparation

The food you grow is only as healthy as the soil you grow it in. Modern agribusiness has forgotten this principle as its chemical approach kills the soil microbiome. Learn how to revitalize and prepare your soil for growing the healthiest, most nutrient dense food possible. Ideal for beginning and intermediate gardeners.  Includes field trip and practical soil assessment.

Check back in January for dates.

Tutors: Sol Morgan & Ross Wright

Foundations of Organic Food Forests & Orchards

Food forests are three dimensional designs, with life extending in all directions - up, down, and out. They are beautiful and rich with healthy, delicious food. Learn the basics of creating your own food forest to eat from for the rest of your life. 


Check back in January for dates.

Tutors: Sol Morgan & Annelie Stephenson

Compost Is Hot

This full day workshop features local organic growing legend, Sol Morgan teaching you everything you need to know about gathering materials and making a hot compost, & different composting systems - worm farms, bokashi and compost toilets.

Special guest tutor, Elliot Cleland will then take you on a microscope journey into biological mediums and composting tea - the most amazing growth exploder. 

Check back in January for dates. 

Tutors: Sol Morgan & Elliot Cleland