Sustainable Living Workshops

We are pleased to offer these short courses or workshops series from the Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course.


You will be learning alongside our full time students who come from all over New Zealand and offshore.
For Organic Growing and Food Harvesting, Preserving & Preparation courses you can pick individual days. 
This option is not available for Permaculture Design for Sustainable Landuse nor for Alternative Building.


Spaces are very limited. First come first served. 

Meet Your Tutor

Permaculture Design For Sustainable Landuse
Get a Permaculture Landuse Design Certificate issued by
Earthcare Education Aoteroa & the Golden Bay Sustainable Living Centre. This is not the same as a full International Permaculture Design certificate which you can get by taking the full Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course.  


This landuse focused permaculture course addresses the whole systems approach and application of the smartest design system available for land and neighbourhood based sustainability.  


  • the principles of permaculture design and how to implement them

  • the economics of looking after the house/place/Earth

  • climate & how to work in different micro climates or how to affect them

  • relevant principles of geology & topography

  • how to design a property taking into consideration the needs of the clients & care of the Earth

  • where to site different major elements ex. house, sheds, driveway

  • and more...

You receive your certificate by attending all 10 days of the course and completing a Main Design exercise. This exercise is completed during the course. 

Tutor: Robina McCurdy

Setpember 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th 

October 16th

November 7th, 8th 

Course Fee: $775+gst

Lunch included

8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Tutor: Sol Morgan

September 26th

October 18th 

Organic Growing

Learn the A-Z of why heathy soil = healthy plants = healthy animals and healthy people.  Highlights:

  • the difference between conventional and organic growing

  • soil preparation methods eg. forking, mech, tilling, no dig, double dig

  • the role of weeds and how to make friends with weeds

  • organic weed and pest control
  • how to sow and propagate seedlings

  • the role of soil in growing plants & how to feed soil

  • how to make quality compost/vermicaste organic weed & pest control

  • making and using organic fertilizers

  • seed saving, harvesting and eating 

  • and more...

Tutor: Sol Morgan

September 26th, 27th

October 1st, 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 30th

November 1st, 4th, 14th  

Cost $660 +gst 

Or $80/day +gst based on availability. 

Lunch included.

Each day is available as separate workshops.

See our calendar for details. 

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Food Harvesting, Preserving & Preparation
It's Food Challenge Week! Pop Up Cafe is the name of the game! 


October 7th -11th is Food Challenge Week @ the Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course. Join a group of international students for real life learning in sustainable business & food preparation. Learn to write a business plan with our Sustainable Business tutor, Thalea Tane, design a menu using local, organic, in season ingredients, & market a pop up cafe! 

The food challenge is the framework for this week long course which is so much more. 

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

  • how to eat sustainably. 

Go on field trips to visit local restaurants and explore sustainable food service businesses. See live presentations on preserving food in tasty forms like chutney and create healthy sweet treats. 

Tutor: Kerryn Easterbrook

October 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Cost: $325+gst 

Or $80/day+gst based on availability. 

Lunch included. 

October 8th, 9th,10th available as one day workshops. 

See our calendar for details. 


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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 buildng - 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

  • and more...

  • This course ends with a Building Challenge you will complete with a group of students. 

Tutor: Graeme Scott

September 23rd, 24th.

October 14th, 15th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th

Cost $660 +gst 

Lunch included.