Student Testimonials

Valentina Strano, Italy, 34 years old


The Golden Bay Sustainable Livng  course has been so important to me!

I have been looking into studying permaculture for long time, but I was never satisfied with the courses offered out there.


When I find out about this course having not just permaculture but also alternative building, organic gardening, food prep & preservation, personal wellness and personal project I thought: this is the course I have been looking for!


Ten weeks seemed like a long period of time at the beginning, but looking back I can see how amazing it has been to have a new routine for these weeks. The whole experience has been very inspiring and enriching.


The tutors are incredible humans happy to share their huge knowledge. The other students you meet in class are like minded and I am so grateful for the real strong connections I made.


The surrounding is hard to beat, Golden Bay is stunning, it has a great variety of hikes and activities to offer and Takaka is a little town with a fantastic & alive community. Most of the days are spent in the Sustainable Living Centre, days are dynamic and food is delicious!


The personal project you get to prepare and present I would say is the cherry on top of the cake. I am very happy with my decision to attend this course and with the knowledge I got and in my opinion the whole program helps bringing a positive change not only in student’s lives but in student’s families and communities. You get to take home a whole lot of informations, new ways of thinking and practical informations on how to live more in tune with our planet.


Methods of learning are dynamic. The whole class room is filled with positive vibes. Each student did bring something to the course. The whole time here is about learning, but also lots of fun and laughter :)

It has been a real incredible journey to see how far we have come as a small “family” of individuals that got here to learn some skills and got out with so much more.

What stoked me amongst other things is that we all presented a very unique personal project by the end of the course and each one of us had really incorporated the learnings gained in the 10 weeks. Despite all students different backgrounds, all our personal projects had in common the the goal of a better way of living, more sustainable and that could bring a positive change on our daily life.