Sustainable Living
Short Courses & Workshops

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

Permaculture Design Certificate Courses 

We offer several permaculture design options.
  1. Full 10 week Golden Bay Sustainable Living Course.
  2. Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate Course - 16 days
  3. Permaculture Design for Sustainable Land Use - 10 days 
  4. Permaculture Design Foundations - one day 
2. Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This course covers the standard 2-week international Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum spread over 9 weeks with classes held 1 -3 days a week. It is ideal for people who cannot take two - three weeks off work and/or who don't want to pay for accommodation. This course is great for locals to Golden Bay or folks travelling on a working holiday visa who need to work or anyone who wants a PDC at a lower than average cost. It is taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project.
Register early to secure a spot on this popular course lead by one of NZ's most senior permaculture educators. 

Dates: September to be announced.

Cost: To be confirmed but around $1250 gst inclusive includes lunch 

3. 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 or the Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate 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.  


By the end, you will be able to create a full permaculture design for your land. To deepen your knowledge, we recommend taking GroWise Organic Growing Certificate as well or signing up for the full Golden Bay International Permaculture Design Certificate.  


  • 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. 

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. 

Tutor: Sol Morgan

Check back for September date and prices.

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 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

Check back for September dates and pricing.

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 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 Design Challenge you will complete with a group of students. 

Tutor: TBA

Check back for September dates and pricing. 


One Day Sustainable Living Workshops

Permaculture Designs Foundations  

Learn the foundational principles of permaculture design and their application. 

Perfect for dipping your toe into permaculture to see if you want to do a certificate course or for learning how to apply principles to your life. 


March 11th $65 +gst includes lunch

Tutor: Robina McCurdy

"The Answer Lies In The Soil": Soil Health and Preparation

An informative, practical workshop looking at:
1. how soil functions
2. how to feed and maintain your soil for healthy plant growth and optimal animal health.
Includes a field trip to Mark Manson's dairy farm and a soil assessment practical demonstration.


March 26th $65 +gst includes lunch
Tutors: Sol Morgan & Ross Wright

Organic Food Forests & Orchards

Learn to design and plant your own organic, self-sustaining, food forest.


April 7th $65 +gst includes lunch

Tutors: Sol Morgan & Robina McCurdy