This permaculture design certificate will be run over 12 weekends throughout 2013. Each module beginning at 9am. & finishing at 5pm.

The modules will be held at a variety of sites throughout theWaikato, enabling the participants to view different levels of permaculture in practice. 

Participants who want to complete the certificate must do the first module at the beginning of the course but can complete the certificate over 2 years and attend modules in other regions. It is also possible to partake in chosen modules as a part time participant without receiving the certificate.

Module fee:  

$100 / module for beneficiaries, part time workers & those completing the certificate.

$120 / module for  participation in chosen modules without completing the certificate.

1. Philosophy and Design         Hamilton     February 16th.

Introduction to the ethics & principles of permaculture.Explore realistic priorities for reducing your ecological footprint and designing abundance into your life.

 Design advice is provided to assist you to develop a concept plan for your site, or project that you chose to work at.

2. Human Sphere       Ngaruawahia             March 9th.

Cultural values, assumptions and perceptions.

Indigenous resource concepts, kaitiakitanga and Maori metaphysics.

Social permaculture.

Radical citizenship and social ecology, designing for personal and social transformation.

Cooperative decision making, legal structures and ownership. Conflict resolution.

3. Climate and Water       Hamilton       April 6th.

Global and local weather patterns; climate change. Atmospheric conditions, types of climates and weather.Micro climates – shelter, shade, suntraps, harnessing the wind.

Urban weather patterns (acid rain, urban heat sink, wind patterns & tall buildings).

Air quality, pollution & re-vitalisation.

Introduction to the hydrological cycle.

Water conservation, devices and technology.

Water harvesting and storage (rain water, dams, and swales).Water quality and quantity, purifying and treatment techniques.

4.Landscape and Site Assessment        Raglan            May 11th.       

Observation and interactions with nature and the landscape.  Natures reoccurring patterns.

Techniques for observation; measuring and recording landforms; sectors and aspects.

Gathering information of natural conditions, cultural features and requirements.

Water sheds; water catchments and dams Landscape management.

5. Built Environments  Zone 0          Raglan            June 8th.

Principles of building biology and ecology; Orientation and layout for site and surroundings.

Building design – (warmth & ambience, insulation, passive & active systems, storage, heat pumps, sound, light & electromagnetism).

 Building materials and construction (local earth, straw, timber, embodied energy & toxicity, finishing’s).

 Reuse & recycling – compost toilets, grey water systems, water harvesting & storage

6.Healthy soils and Fertile gardening Zone 1   Hamilton  July 6th.

Nature of soils and soil structure; soil testing  

 Soil health and fertilisers. Composting & revitalisation aids

Tools & maintenance

Zone 1, ecological functions & characteristics. Gardening layout & design- considering the energy flows. Garden preparation double dig or no-dig.  Mulching. ,  Plant & soil health;

companion & rotation planting. Pests &  predators.    Hand in design brief.

7. Small animals and orchard Zone 2      Raglan       August 10th.

Selecting trees/vines/berries/crops etc. for climate and site. Layout for needs in relation to facilities, guilds & diversity.

Planting and propagation; management for productivity and plant health. Integration with small animals (bees, poultry, pigs).
Ecology of plants and animals. Management and care of small animals.

Water requirements, swales & irrigation.

8.Large Animals and Forestry Zones 3-5    A rural site     September 14th.

Animals and soil care – shelter and shade, grazing, herbal ley, fodder crops.    

Water Management

Foresteffects and services.

Plantations – For food, alley cropping,

 non-food, timber, firewood etc.

Natural ecosystems – restoration, pest management.      Rongoa

9.Community Resilience               Hamilton           October 5th.

Possible natural disasters for our bioregion, pest infestation, social-crime, war and revolution.

Recognising risks and hazards. Coping with dramatic and immediate change.

Job loss and financial collapse, alternative financial systems.

Food foraging and natural medicine sources.

Transition towns.

 10. Energy and Technology      Ruapuke         November 2nd.

Nature and types of energy.

Energy analysis, efficiency and life-cycle of energy.

Examples of appropriate technologies (high tech & low tech solutions).

Transport & energy alternatives. 

Energy storage; site specific and community based systems.

The 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle & repair.

11.Urban Design & Living    Hamilton              November 23rd.

Healthy and sustainable living in cities. & towns.

Community culture; education and values.

Suburban retrofit to reduce your ecological footprint.  Engaging in local communities and councils.

Layout and integration of urban systems; public spaces, transport & circulation, housing, energy supplies & distribution, urban waste cycles, urban food production, storm water, waste water & potable water management.

 12.Design  Project Presentations       Hamilton        December 7th.

  • The design project can be completed individually or in groups.
  • It should be completed in a minimum of 20 hours per person per project.
  • Tutors will be available for feedback throughout the process.
  • Projects can be on subject matter the student is interested in, so long it demonstrates the application of sustainable design principles introduced in the first module. This may take the form of a landscape design for an individual dwelling, a retrofit of a house, work with a community group, setting up a local alternative economic model, etc.
  • It is intended that projects be undertaken in parallel to the course so that designs are built on by progressive learning throughout the course.
  • Submit a project brief at module 6
  • At thre end of the course, students will be required to do a 15 minute presentation of their project to the tutors and colleagues.
  • Presentations should demonstrate how the design was conceived (design process), the project (final design) and a brief outline on implementation and/ or management.
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