Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 2022 CANCELLED


Covid announcement

Sadly, because of the Covid situation, we are cancelling all of our workshops until further notice.  If you are already booked in to any of our workshops then someone will be in touch.

Please check out our online workshops

Dates: 6th to 18th February 2022

Tutors:        Kay Baxter, Bob Corker & Stephen Andersen-Clay 
Location:    Koanga Institute, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Price: $2185 

Early bird price of $1985 available until Sunday 12th December 2021






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12 Days that will change your life!

Taking a Permaculture Design Course is the best tool available for those who wish to take responsibility for the need to become more resilient and self-reliant.  Not just for individual or family self-reliance, but more particularly for communities and bio-regions.  The context within which we teach this course will be around our belief that in the coming years we will urgently need to develop parallel economies that will have the resilience to cope with the likely power-down that our mainstream economy is faced with.

Permaculture is a comprehensive ecological design system that addresses the “why, how and what” and empowers both individuals and communities to empower change.  Come and learn the “tools” you will need to engage in the coming change, from a team who are committed to being the change we wish to see in the world.

Every year we run a Summer Permaculture Design Certificate course which is held in February. These are intensive twelve day courses covering the curriculum recognised by the International Permaculture Research Institute, plus much more including:

  • the latest on nutrition (Weston A. Price Foundation and epigenetics)
  • the Pattern Language work of Christopher Alexander
  • the entrepreneurial approach of Joel Salatin, and the Savory Institute
  • the latest on regenerative agriculture
  • the latest in the world-wide movement of developing cooperatives and reclaiming our commons

You will receive a  solid practical foundation in the permaculture design process  including:

  • the confidence and experience to start designing straight away
  • a strong framework to continue improving your knowledge and skill base
  • the understanding that permaculture has lots of opportunity for creating livelihoods
  • a life changing personal experience
  • a strong experience of living within an existing permaculture community
  • Networks into new opportunities both in NZ and overseas

Time will be spent on theory, practicing design work and a wide range of practical activities, highlighting key strategies  (Bio-intensive gardening, waste recycling, appropriate technology, food processing and preservation, small animal management).

You will live simply in community, and in a close relationship with our current permaculture ways.  Past students comments at the end of our courses always stress that it is this experience they find most transforming.  You can read student feedback on our courses below.

The welcome will commence at 4:30pm on Sunday, so please arrive any time from 3:00pm onwards, allowing you time to set up your tent/sleeping space and get settled.

The plan for Sunday is:
4:30pm            Welcome
5:00pm            Tea and walk facilities together
6:00pm            Dinner
7:00pm            Introduction circle

The course starts with a thorough understanding of the Permaculture model of design, (the first two days).   From day three you will begin practicing; observation, analysis and design within a permaculture framework (in the real world), and getting feedback and support from our team of experienced tutors and practicing designers.

In addition those who are serious about completing a diploma, and/or engaging in design as a vocation (both in NZ or overseas), and/or creating self-employment, using their new design skills, will be supported to set in place a mentor program for supporting their future work. If you feel like you need more information about the course, please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss it further please email [email protected].

The Permaculture Design Course gives each of us the tools to design our dream, and the inspiration to bring it into our, and others, lives in a practical way.

Meals Included Here at Koanga we are very aware of how important food is to eco-systems, people, cultures, communities and ultimately our health. 

All food served on our courses is:

  • Locally Sourced
  • Organic
  • Unrefined
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Traditional
  • Prepared following Weston A. Price principles 

We will not be catering for food preference or intolerance. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us with your queries [email protected] so we can further discuss.

Camping Facilities Included We have set this workshop up so you are able to camp onsite and use our facilities. You’re also welcome to stay somewhere in Wairoa at your own cost, if you prefer. If you are coming from far away and wish to arrive the night before and leave the day after the workshop you will need to let us know. Usually people arrange their own food and their own cooking facilities during this time.

About Koanga: The Koanga Institute, the Permaculture Research Institute of Wairoa New Zealand, is well known internationally for producing highly competent and knowledgeable students and teachers. For your benefit, we run multiple courses, offer an extensive searchable knowledge-base, publish high quality books and instruction manuals, have internships, apprenticeships and multiple other learning opportunities in organic living, Permaculture, Thorny Croft animals, appropriate technology and alternative building methods.

The workshops, apprenticeships and internships are for anyone interested in living sustainably, designing their own lives and empowering change in their communities. Koanga Institutes range of leading edge courses impart knowledge and practical skills that will empower you to be more self-reliant and resilient in supporting your family and your local community. These include learning about growing highly mineralized microbially active soil, the basis for nutrient dense food (beyond organic) and holistic health, preparing and acquiring nutrient dense food, many other workshops

Please note: The course will be confirmed four weeks before it begins. If circumstances prevent the PDC from going ahead, enrolment fees will be refunded in full.

Payment Options: We can offer an option for you to pay off the course in installments; providing that the course has been paid for in full no later than 2 weeks before the start date. To ask further questions, secure your place or organise payment options please e-mail [email protected].

Cancellation Policy: Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than four weeks notice will be given an 85% refund, however cancellations after this time can only be refunded 50% of the course fee. Cancellations with less than 48 hours, no refund can be given.

What others are saying about Koanga Institutes PDC:

“Having the chance to ‘live’ permaculture for two weeks with like-minded people, participating in real and practical sessions, learning from mentors with an amazing depth of knowledge and experience, and eating wonderful nutrient dense food every day made this PDC a truly special experience for me”

“The connection and ‘togetherness’ of the class was greater than I expected. The amazing teachings of Bob and Kay were a big inspiration and their passion for permaculture and nutrition really transmits their energy towards students.”

“Being able to go outside and practice what we’d learnt in the classroom, this kind of teaching is rare and unique. Being right in the midst of what permaculture is about and experiencing it first hand was what made this two weeks”

“Thanks a lot for all the information, inspiration and the sharing of stories from your journey. A long list in my head and a lot of what I learned really resonated with me. The course was well balanced in terms of permaculture, nutrient dense food and biointensive gardening. A truly holistic experience. Again, many thanks.”- Jenny 

“The course was so exciting for me on many different levels, I learned so much more than I ever anticipated.  The permaculture teaching was beautifully woven along with a strong Weston A Price approach to food, and Kay’s very specific knowledge on gardening techniques to grow nutritious food we all need. It was an amazing holistic blend of wisdom, knowledge, spiritual, emotional and practical components.   It gave me a vision for a future that I’m excited about!”- Aroha KJ

“The Koanga Institute permaculture design course; It’s the wakeup call we all need to stimulate our awareness of living sustainably on our world. Before I took the PDC with Kay and Bob (and the rest of the team), I was very much a lost and confused soul. I knew our farming practices in NZ were all wrong, and fruit and veg in the shops were lifeless, but I didn’t know where to concentrate my energy.”- EM

“Through this course I was introduced to all the in’s and out’s of permaculture with its intertwining principles, strategies and techniques. Given Kay and Bob’s experience and enthusiasm for the course content, I learnt more than I ever thought possible, and have walked away with a clear mind and a dream to fulfill.…and the food was amazing! You won’t want to leave. I recommend this course to anyone who cares about the Earth we are passing on to the future generations.- Helen

“This course was more than I thought a permaculture course would be. It was not just learning what is permaculture all about, from ethics to techniques, it was the possibility to see and learn how Kay, Bob and their family are living a sustainable and self sufficient way. I really enjoyed the alternation between theoretical and practical sessions, the competent teachings, the relaxed atmosphere, the gorgeous food. I’m looking forward to digging deeper into permaculture in the future.” -Thomas

More feedback on a PDC here