International Permaculture Design Course With Geoff Lawton In NZ

International Permaculture Design Course with Geoff Lawton, Rikirangi Gage, Kay Baxter, Bob Corker and Others.

International Permaculture Design Course
Whitianga Marae, Whitianga, Eastern Bay of Plenty, NZ
5th – 19th July, 2008
Tutors: Geoff Lawton, Rikirangi Gage, Kay Baxter, Bob Corker and Others.
Fee: $1200 inc gst (includes Maori accommodation and food)

An intensive two week course covering the principles of natural design in agriculture, horticulture, land use, housing, community development with an emphasis on Maori perspectives. It gives a thorough understanding of how we can respect and work with the old ways within a modern setting, including:

• Exploring new ecological and economic models
• Facilitating self help, self determination and community directed problem solving
• Applying ecological design principles to your life, land use, business and community
• Creating low cost comfortable housing
• Exploring new initiatives in the development of Maori land
• Exploring appropriate development and technology options
• Alternatives to “globalisation”

All aspects of the food will illustrate core issues of “sustainability”.
Our food will be mainly:

• Locally sourced
• Organic
• Unrefined
• Nutrient dense
• Traditional

For more information on the core philosophy on foods you can check out

This course is to be held on a Maori within the tribal territory of Te Whanau a Apanui, and accordingly the course will be immersed within tribal processes and protocols. Further information can be sent to course participants on enrolment if you feel you need extra information or guidance.

Kay Baxter and Bob Corker found the Permaculture course they did (1984) was a life changing experience for both of them, and this has been the case for many others all over the world. It still inspires them to create their visions.

Geoff is one of the best Permaculture teachers in the world and is involved in many international development projects including working with the United Nations.

“The world is as we dream it, as we create it. We need to change the
dream, to dream an earth-honouring dream.” Shuar Indians – Equador

Permaculture Design gives us the tools to achieve this dream.

Students are welcome to help setting up the teaching and living spaces before the course starts. This will be from the 1st July and you will receive free accommodation and food for these four days.

For more information contact: [email protected] or phone (07)3252719
Please send enrolment forms to: ACE Co-ordinator, Te Runanga o te Whanau, State
Highway 35, R.D.3 Te Kaha, Opotiki 3199
Course fees should be made payable to: Te Runanga o Te Whanau. Direct credit or other payment methods can be arranged by emailing the ACE Co-ordinator at [email protected]

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Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation. In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Geoff's official website is Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.

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