INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING
This five-day course gives you a day introduction to all our key aspects to our longer eleven-week course, covering natural building, permaculture principles, personal sustainability, sustainable eating, and organic growing. As well as our very knowledgeable tutors who guide the eleven-week course, we also incorporate many guest speakers with specialities on all aspects of sustainable living. The theory in the course, is supported by some field trips to local examples of sustainable living and practices.
DAY 1: NATURAL BUILDING
Go on a journey with tutor, Rita Scholten as she expertly guides you through the process of using natural materials for building structures learning the difference between a sick vs healthy home, how to choose materials for your climate and an introduction to simple off-grid systems. The afternoon includes the practical experience of making your own mud bricks, followed by a field trip to a local example of natural building in a residential home.
DAY 2: PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES
Robina McCurdy is a leading light in world permaculture. In her expert hands, you will get an introduction and understanding to "What is permaculture?" Robina will give you an overview of this systems approach and application which is considered one of the smartest design system available for the productive sustainability of households, land and neighbourhoods and rural landscapes. Afternoon field trip to see Permaculture Principles practically applied on a local property.
DAY 3: PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY / INNER PERMACULTURE
Possibility Management Trainer Tristan Girdwood offers a day of exploration of your inner Permaculture landscape. The aliveness of your projects and relationships is rooted in the foundational assumptions and beliefs that you embody, which are often invisible to you 'from the inside'. During the day you will have the opportunity to discover and unravel these invisible foundations. Come prepared to enter a dynamic practising space to empower you to become an ‘Inner Permaculture Designer’.
DAY 4: SUSTAINABLE EATING AND FOOD PREPARATION
Kerryn Easterbrook will guide you in taking the steps to become conscious consumers and making sustainable food choices. After an introduction to fermented foods, you will have a hands-on experience making sourdough and buckwheat bread, sauerkraut, wild grown pesto’s, plant-based milks, and feijoa chutney.
DAY 5: ORGANIC GROWING, COMPOSTING AND FERTILISERS.
Sol Morgan, is an experienced gardener and educator, and Course cofounder of the Sustainable Living Centre. Sol will give you an introduction principles and practices of generating healthy soil, producing healthy plants and animals. You will learn how to grow food that not only nurtures your whole being but also helps repair and heal the earth we live on and are responsible for. As well as experiencing the gardens of the Sustainable Living Centre, we will also go on a field trip to a practical example of an organic garden growing collective.
Dates: 17 - 21 April
Hours: 9 – 5pm
Lunch, Morning Tea,
Afternoon Tea provided.