THE COURSE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO:
• sustain themselves and their communities by growing and processing their own food
• share these practical life skills with others
• live co-operatively in an intentional community
• make a difference by contributing to the creation of a sustainable world
• expand their horizons and enrich their lives.COURSE DESCRIPTION
This is a ‘hands-on’ internship style course where participants primarily learn through doing.
Learning will be interactive and tailored to individual learning styles. Each day includes
some classroom tutoring, outdoor practical activities, self-directed study and community
living skills. The main teachers are Riverside Community members, complemented by local
guest tutors.The core curriculum
• Our living earth, Gaia — the big picture
• Soil — this miraculous source of life
• Vegetable and fruit production and processing — from tilth to table
• Permaculture design and implementation — working within the cycles of nature. Additional course activities
• Basic natural building and related technologies
• Community living
• Effective communication
• Deepening our connection with nature
• Introduction to traditional Maori approaches to the land
• Bio-regional sustainabilityAdditional crafting skills
According to their interests, participants will have the opportunity to learn additional skills offered by Riverside residents (for example creative woodwork, weaving with natural materials,
healthy cooking, cheese making) as well as being able to participate in local activities (for
example yoga classes, Transition Towns groups). The standard permaculture (sustainable landuse design) curriculum is integrated into the internship. An internationally recognised
certificate will be issued upon completion.A typical day
The programme and its daily rhythms are built around the cultural and seasonal calendars of
spring and early summer.
Morning — theoretical and practical skills:
learning and working in the gardens.
Afternoon — own research/study, crafting or
culinary skills, other practical sessions, planting.COURSE VENUE
This residential course will be held at Riverside — NZ’s oldest intentional community — which was founded in 1942 by WWII conscientious objectors. It is situated on 200 ha of land in the beautiful Moutere Valley, remains agriculturally based, and continues its dedication to social justice and peace. The community is primarily supported by a dairy farm and livestock, a café and through selling horticultural products. Riverside’s Community and Cultural Centre is an attractive venue which is also used by the wider community. The Centre includes a modern
commercial kitchen. Participants will be accommodated in their own rooms within the hostel facility, and will cater for themselves using seasonal food produced on the land.
For more information on Riverside, visit:http://www.riverside.org.nzBIOGRAPHIES OF MAIN TUTORS
Philip is a holistic thinker who has lived at Riverside for 30 years. He has many land-based skills to share, including building with earth and timber, and has expertise in plumbing and water supply. He helped build and maintain the Community’s bio-gas producing sewage treatment plant. Philip initiated and then managed Riverside’s BioGro certified orchards and berry-fruit gardens from 1989-1996. He is currently developing new gardens, and his vision for these includes vegetable growing, field crops, a plant nursery, and a large range of fruiting trees and bushes. Philip is motivated by a deep sense of ‘Gaia’ — and an ever– developing awareness of ‘deep ecology’.
Verena is originally from Germany, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1981. She has
lived in communities for over 30 years, including Riverside. Verena has been a gardener for 20
years and also specialises in food processing of all kinds. She has a particular interest in
democratic education, and is a co-founder of Mountain Valley alternative primary school. She
has also organised numerous festivals, concerts, and educational workshops.
Robina McCurdy (main permaculture tutor)
Robina is a co-founder and resident of Tui Land Trust community, and is founder/trustee of the Institute for Earthcare Education Aotearoa. For 25 years she has worked nationally and internationally in community development, permaculture design and tutoring, organic growing, the development of environmental education resources and the creation of participatory processes for decision-making and collective action. Robina currently works as the Victory Community Garden co-ordinator and organic growing trainer for the Nelson area.COURSE DETAILS
Number of Participants: 8
Course length: 12 weeks
New Zealand participants: $280 per week
Overseas participants: $350 per week
Includes: accommodation, food, Internet access, educational materials, comprehensive
library, tuition (practical hands-on and theoretical).
• The fee includes a part work exchange component.
• For equalisation reasons, the fee is lower for NZ residents than for overseas participants.
Enquiries and registrations of interest to:
Sylvia Bauer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone 64 3 526 7890
Cell 27 426 7803
• include name, age, sex, nationality, physical limitations and special needs.
• state your motivation for doing this course and how you envision applying what you learn after completing it.
• describe your experience and any qualifications in: organic growing, permaculture design, building, forestry, animal management, community organisation, community living, or other
relevant experience. Soon after receiving your registration of interest we will contact you for an interview, and if accepted for the programme, a deposit of $350 is required two weeks later to hold your place. The final payment is due on final registration date. As there are only eight places available, early registration is encouraged.
Final Registration Date: Friday 21 Aug 2009
Course Runs 21 September — 13 December 2009
This pilot programme is being hosted and developed by Riverside Community Trust Board,
in conjunction with the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa. A similar programme is planned to take place at Tui Community in Golden Bay in autumn, 2010. Contact Inna: email@example.com