Sustainable Living Individual Course Modules

Learn Permaculture Design, Organic Growing, Natural Building & Sustainable Eating alongside our full time Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course students. 
Spaces limited. Register now for the September 2022 Courses!

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Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate Course


This course is perfect for 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.

Learn more about Permaculture Design

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Tutor: Robina McCurdy

Cost: $1450 includes lunch on full days. 

Dates: Most Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays with classes between 9am - 5pm, with most theory days ending at 3.30pm.


There will be the odd class on a Monday or Tuesday due to the Main Design component of the course. Please email us for the full calendar.

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 about Organic Growing

Tutor: Sol Morgan

Cost: $895 includes lunch on full days.


Dates: Every Tuesday from 19th September - 25th November, starting at 9am and finishing between 3.30pm - 5pm. Occasional classes on Fridays. Please get in touch with us for the full calendar.

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. 

Watch our video about Sustainable Eating

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This course will take you on field trips to visit local restaurants and 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


  1. Monday 26th September, 1.30pm - 5pm

  2. Wednesday 29th September, 1.30pm - 5pm

  3. Wednesday 12th October, 1.30pm - 5pm

  4. Thursday 3rd November, 1.30pm - 5pm

  5. Monday 28th November, 9am - 5pm

Natural Building

This module combines theory, field trips and 4-days of hands-on building. We also learn about the high toxicity of modern building techniques and offer sustainable building alternatives. Experience working with cob, light earth and loose straw, building beautiful bottle walls and plastering techniques. With your guest tutors you will explore alternative energy and sustainable grey water systems.


Learn more about Natural Building

Tutor: Rita Scholten

$450 includes lunch. 5 1/2 full days.


Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Monday 21st November, 9am - 5pm

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