PDC Courses at Rainbow Valley Farm, New Zealand

Two Permaculture Design Courses will be held on Rainbow Valley Farm this summer. This is the original 72 hour design course – graduates will be awarded a certificate from Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Institute in Australia.

This is an intensive 14-day course where students have the chance to get fully immersed in the permaculture way of thinking and acting while studying on a working permaculture farm. The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and alternative economic structures. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites.


6—21 February 2009: Lead Tutor: Darren Doherty
Darren is an Australian who has been teaching permaculture for 14 years in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Argentina, Spain and Vietnam. He is an experienced and sought after designer with more than 1,200 designs to his name. Co-tutors: Trish Allen, Graeme North, Sabine Drueckler, Wolfgang Hiepe.

27 March-10 April: Lead Facilitator: Trish Allen
Trish and her late husband Joe founded Rainbow Valley Farm in 1988 and set about putting the ethics and principals of permaculture into action. They achieved this with great success and have enthusiastically shared their knowledge and skills with others ever since. Trish now steps up to carry on this tradition with her team. Co-tutors: Joanna Pearsall, Bryan Innes, Graeme North, Sabine Drueckler, Wolfgang Hiepe.

Price $1,500 (includes simple accommodation & meals). Bookings essential, $500 deposit required.

Bookings and enquiries: [email protected]

588 Matakana Valley Road, R.D. 5,
Warkworth, New Zealand
Tel. +64 9 422 7432



Trish Allen

32 years ago my late husband, Joe Polaischer, and I co-founded Rainbow Valley Farm, an organic farm and permaculture education centre near the village of Matakana in the north of New Zealand. Over those years we ran farm tours and permaculture-related courses including PDCs. Joe died suddenly in 2008, and I moved on from the farm to the village. Rainbow Valley Farm is now being run by a family who are continuing the work Joe and I started. Joe and I discovered permaculture in the early 1980s and were totally inspired by the concept. It made sense to us and we were keen to put it into action. After doing PDCs, we bought 50 acres of run-down farmland and established Rainbow Valley Farm (see above) where we created an abundant permaculture paradise. Since leaving the farm in November 2010 I have made a new home for myself in the village and created a mini permaculture paradise with 50 fruit trees around my small eco-house. I am also teaching PDCs and other permaculture related courses and my new passion is waste minimisation. I co-founded Mahurangi Wastebusters in 2017 and our mission is to reduce waste to landfill and recover resources for the benefit of our community.

One Comment

  1. Hi guys. This sounds like an amazing opportunity. I live in Australia and am seeking to do a permaculture course abroad. New Zealand really strikes up an interest! I was exposed to permaculture and its principles back in 2010, and since then have had an interest towards it. I have a degree in Environmental Science and would love to gain some more experience in the permaculture field. I’ve also recently went to Mike Reynolds conference in Sydney which was mind-blowing! I would like to know if you will be hosting any more courses after April 2012? If so, put me on the list, and I hope to see you there soon!
    Peace and much love X

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