Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate while working on a premier permaculture demonstration farm in New Zealand.
Our work study internship programme is unique in the world of permaculture education in that it combines best practice teaching and learning with best practice regenerative land management.
The programme balances content, process and reflection, while nurturing systems thinking skills. It’s about developing a way of thinking that recognizes the connections between diverse elements on the farm and how they interact in four dimensions (over time), along with the hands-on skills required to work effectively with cultivated ecologies.
Kaitiaki Farm is an exemplar permaculture property that is blessed with a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions. The 5.1 hectare (13 acre) property is located 4 km outside of Whanganui with a population of 43,000.
Along with holistic land management we also embrace appropriate technology, renewable energy and human-scale solutions.
Many of our interns come with low or no rural skills. Motivation, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic are the most important elements for success at Kaitiaki.
We spend a lot of time teaching and talking. This slows down our work but makes the internship what it is – an endless series of ‘teachable moments’. It is also the best way to earn a PDC. This type of learning experience is extremely rare anywhere in the world and would not come from a book or standard PDC course. That said, we have a huge library of great books and lots of connections locally and nationwide of practicing permaculturists.
Interns work three-ish full-ish days and two half days per week, with two days off.
Kaitiaki Farm Work Study PDC Internship
The ECO School
Whanganui, New Zealand
Fees: Contact us
Time: 10-week minimum stay
Next intake: April, 2017
Tuition includes a copy of An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture and a copy of the annual Permaculture Calendar
Inquiries: theecoschool at gmail dot com