[Sdpg] PERMACULTURE & ORGANICS SKILLBUILDING IMMERSION Tui Community, Golden Bay, Aotearoa/New Zealand Sun 24 SEPT - Sat 4 NOV 2006
Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson
lakinroe at silcom.com
Mon May 22 06:37:36 PDT 2006
PERMACULTURE & ORGANICS SKILLBUILDING IMMERSION
- an internship style course at Tui Community, Golden Bay, Aotearoa/New
6 WEEKS: Sun 24 SEPT - Sat 4 NOV 2006
This is a very practical hands-on course where participants put directly
into practice in-situ on Tui land what they learn theoretically. Teaching
style is interactive, energizing and fun. It is a balance of head, heart
and hands! The main tutors are Tui Community residents, Robina McCurdy and
Huckleberry Leonard. For their backgrounds, check out their
website: www.greenworld-earthcare.org >From time to time, other residents
of Tui Community and Golden Bay may also tutor in their specialized fields.
The course includes covering the standard international two week
Permaculture Design curriculum, spread in an integrated way over the full
duration, culminating in a main design project, applied near the
residential area. A permaculture Design Certificate (from Earthcare
Education Aotearoa) will be issued. For newcomers to Permaculture, this is
a very grounding way to learn it 'in your bodies'. For participants
already holding the Permaculture Design Certificate, this will be an
excellent refresher, with the possibility of also doing a little tutoring.
During the course, participants will be given guidance in the designing of
their own properties/a property of their choice, and will be given research
to do in this respect, in advance of the course.
Course programme broadly covers:
- organic growing (emphasis on vegetables),
- rural land management (eg orchards, pastures, trees),
- permaculture design & implementation
- intentional community integrated land-use (this community being one
of the models amongst many)
- personal & community development/empowerment,
- bioregional wildcrafting, outdoor adventuring & nature connection.
The home-base for this residential course is in the Tui Treefield - a
separate cultural & education area in a land-based community operated by a
Charitable Trust. The Treefield is a purpose-created outdoor events field,
with kitchen-dining room area, shower-toilet facilities, two gathering
centres/classroom spaces, plus some tipi, dome & caravan accommodations.
Internet access will be provided, and there is an excellent library of
relevant books available. To find out more about Tui Community and Tui
Trust, visit: www.tuitust.org.nz
It is planned for the first two weeks of the course to happen elsewhere
than Tui, with the first few days in a retreat type situation to begin
building our learning community and establish the basis of learning,
followed by a tour of Permaculture and organic properties in the top of the
Whilst on Tui, the course will operate Monday to Friday, and every
alternate Saturday morning. The rhythm of each day would be shaped
somewhat as follows:
Early Morning: Community-building time & introduction to theme of the day
Mornings: Outdoor hands-on learning
Early Afternoon: Own time/self study
Mid Afternoon: Indoor tutored session on the theme of morning's practical
Some Evenings: relevant slideshows, videos, cultural experiences.
Number of Participants: 8 - 12, full time.
Cost: Aiming to be affordable. Course is still being budgeted.
This is the first course of its kind on Tui, and so is somewhat of a pilot
for us. However, the organiser has had substantial experience through
running the year long course 'PLANET Organic', in Golden Bay in 2002 and
2003, and is applying the learnings from that to create this new programme.
We plan to run this course twice a year, and possibly to increase its
duration. For further information, contact Robina
McCurdy: robina at win.co.nz Phone 03 5258399
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