The River Valley Permaculture Design Certificate Course

With tutors Robina McCurdy and Guenther Andraschko

16th–31st October 2021 at River Valley Lodge

*Unfortunately due to the recent covid lockdown we have made the decision to cancel this course.  We will hopefully be running some shorter courses throughout the Summer so watch this space *

This training is a 16-day intensive residential (live in) course based at River Valley Lodge.

Whether you own a farm, a lifestyle block, a suburban section, or are simply hoping to gain the skills required for when you do have your own, then this course is for you.

This is a certificate course, so you will gain an internationally-recognised Permaculture Design Certificate qualification upon successful completion.

  • Early Bird Course Fee – $2750 up until the 30th June 2021
  • Standard Course Fee – $2850 from 1st July up until the 16th September 2021
  • Late Course Fee – $3100 from the 17th September until the 6th October 2021

Registrations close on the 6th October 2021.


Course Dates:

The course starts after lunch on the 16th October 2021 and finishes after lunch on 31st October 2021.


What is Permaculture?

In the public perception, permaculture is most often associated with gardening.  While growing food sustainably is most definitely a part of permaculture, permaculture design is so much more.

This excerpt from Permaculture New Zealand explains it well:

“Permaculture is an approach to design firmly grounded in Ecology. It was developed to help us meetour need for air, water, food, fuel, comfort, and community while regenerating the earth’s lifesupport systems. It is built on the understanding that it is not enough to simply reduce the harm weare doing to the ecosystems we live in-we need to actively rebuild ecological integrity into allaspects of human life.” – sus

What does the Permaculture Design Certificate Course cover?

Our Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) covers the international Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum and is taught in an integrated hands-on way. Learning modalities include theoretical teaching, observation exercises, practical sessions, design exercises, powerpoints and DVDs. The course covers the following topics:

  • Permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation
  • Organic growing methods (vegetable gardens, herbs, fruit, edible landscapes)
  • Site and climate analysis
  • Land management (soils, orchards, pastures, trees, water systems)
  • Integrated animal systems
  • Water harvesting & storage. Grey water & ‘waste’ recycling
  • Ecological building
  • Renewable energy systems and appropriate technology
  • Permaculture design for rural and suburban-large and small scale
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Who is this course suitable for?

Anyone who wishes to gain the skills required to intentionally design their property, buildings, infrastructure, and maybe even their life to ensure it is sustainable and regenerative will derive benefit from this course.

Whether you own a farm, a lifestyle block, a suburban section, or are simply hoping to gain the skills required for when you do have your own, then this course is for you. Don’t let age be a barrier, as nowadays there is an increasing demand and participation for places on our trainings from older people.

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The lead tutors for this course are very experienced and well-known permaculture teachers- Robina McCurdy and Guenther Andraschko. They have extensive experience in their fields and have workedin a wide range of countries and climatic conditions. Their teaching caters for a variety of learning styles and is inspiring, interactive, dynamic and fun.

Guenther Andraschko

Guenther is a Permaculture NZ-affiliated teacher. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, earthbuilder, permaculture and landscape designer and consultant with a particular passion for lifestyle properties. 

With over 25 years of experience designing and creating unique outdoor environments utilising permaculture ethics and principles, Guenther brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience and enjoys supporting others to realise their own permaculture projects and aspirations

Robina McCurdy

Robina has been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design, and tutoring globally for the past 25 years. She is the founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, co-founder of Tui Land Trust & Community in Golden Bay, N.Z. and pioneer of the S.E.E.D (Schools Environmental Education & Development) program in South Africa and Brazil. 

Robina has developed a range of environmental education resources and participatory processes for collective decision-making and action–most notably ‘Grounding Vision, Empowering Culture’, a community facilitation manual, and ‘Grow It!’, a Home Garden coaching series.  Robina has taught & applied her powerful community-building methods with households, neighbourhoods, schools, farms, eco villages & bioregions in Aotearoa/New Zealand and many countries overseas.

Over the past few years, she worked as the designer & co-ordinator of the Victory Community Health Gardens in Nelson and a permaculture educator with Project Lyttelton’s ‘Harbour Basin Food Resilience’ project in Christchurch. Since spring 2012, she has spent most of her time in a voluntary capacity, creating, directing, and managing Earthcare’s ‘Localising Food’ project

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