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 - 17 days
  3. Permaculture Design for Sustainable Land Use - 12.5 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: Tuesday 9th March 9am - 5pm          

            Wednesday 10th March 9am - 3.30pm  

            Thursday 11th March 9am - 5pm                      

            Wednesday 17th March 9am - 3pm          

            Tuesday 25th March 9am - 5pm

            Tuesday 30th March 9am - 5pm

            Wednesday 31st March 9am - 3.30pm       

            Wednesday 7th April 9am - 3.30pm        

            Thursday 8th April 9am - 5pm

            Friday 9th April 9am - 12.30pm              

            Tuesday 13th April 9am - 5pm 

            Wednesday 14th April 9am - 5pm             

            Thursday 15th April 9am - 5pm 

            Friday 16th April 9am - 5pm                              

            Monday 19th April 9am - 12.30pm 

            Thursday 29th April 9am - 5pm

            Wednesday 5th May 1.30pm - 3.30pm                           

            Friday 7th May 9am - 12.30pm

            Monday 10th May 9am - 12.30pm         


Cost: $1450 gst inclusive includes lunch on full days

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 days of the course and completing a Main Design exercise. This exercise is completed during the course.

Dates: Tuesday 9th March 9am - 5pm

           Wednesday 10th March 9am - 3.30pm

          Thursday 11th March 9am - 5pm      

            Wednesday 17th March 9am - 3pm     

            Thursday 25th March 9am - 5pm          

            Tuesday 30th March 9am - 3pm

            Wednesday 31st March 9am - 3.30pm

            Wednesday 7th April 9am - 3.30pm 

            Thursday 8th April 9am - 5pm

            Friday 9th April 9am - 12.30pm

            Tuesday 13th April 9am - 5pm

            Wednesday 14th April 9am - 5pm             

            Thursday 15th April 9am - 5pm 

            Friday 16th April 9am - 5pm



Cost: $995 gst inclusive includes lunch on full days

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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. 

Tutor: Sol Morgan

Dates: Thursday 11th March 1.30pm - 5pm        Fri 12th March 1.30pm - 5pm

           Tuesday 16th March 1.30pm - 5pm         Wed 17th March 8.45am - 3pm

           Friday 19th March 1.30pm - 5pm            Mon 22nd March 8.45am -3pm

           Tuesday 23rd March 8.45am - 5pm         Wed 24th March 8.45am - 3pm

           Thurs 25th March 8.45am - 5pm             Fri 26th March 1.30pm - 3pm

           Mon 29th March 8.45am - 12.30pm       Tues 30th March 3.30pm - 5pm

           Tuesday 6th April 8.45am - 12.30pm       Wed 7th April 1.30pm - 3pm

           Tuesday 20th April 8.45am - 12.30pm     Thurs 22nd April 8.45am - 5pm

           Thursday 23 April 9:00 am - 10:30 am     


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

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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

Dates: Thursday 18th March 8.45am - 5pm

           Thursday 1st April 8.45 am - 5pm

           Thursday 6th May 8.45am - 5pm

Cost: $225 includes lunch & gst

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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

  • and more...

Tutor: Rita Scholten

Dates: Monday 15th March 1.30pm - 5pm

          Wednesday 21st April 1.30pm - 3pm    

          Tuesday 27th April 8.45am - 5pm - lunch

          Tuesday 28th April 8.45am - 5pm - lunch

          Friday 30th April 1.30pm - 3pm

          Tuesday 4th May 8.45am - 5pm - Lunch

          Wednesday 5th May 8.45am - 12.30pm

          Friday 9th April 1.30pm - 3pm

$495  includes lunch on full days and gst. 


One Day Sustainable Living Workshops
All one day workshops 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

Tuesday March 9th 

Tutor: Robina McCurdy

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.

Thursday  March 25th 
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. 


Wednesday March 31st 

Tutors: Sol Morgan & Robina McCurdy