Whanganui Permaculture Weekend is a grass roots, dirt-under-your-fingernails, no nonsense event for anyone serious about realistic solutions for a troubled world. This is one place that Whanganui punches above it’s weight – with some of the best permaculturists and educators in the nation.
The 5th annual event features at least four workshops by Whanganui locals who are the top of their field in New Zealand. Yet despite this expertise all the programmes are offered at affordable rates – most likely the best value weekend of learning anywhere in the country.
And we’re doing our best to make the event child-friendly this year, with a number of great workshops focused on children, including Rope Making and Rourou Making, Outdoor Classrooms, and an up-close-with-farm-animals BBQ on Saturday night.
See schedule below.
Saturday, 9th Sept.
9-12 Tools for a Resilient Household: broad forks, solar ovens, rocket stoves, stirrup hoes, permaculture books, permaculture calendars. REBS Stall, River Market, Taupo Quay
9:30-11:00 Tour of wetland restoration and hillsides post slips. Mount St. Joseph. 14 Hillside Terrace. Noelene Landrigan
11-1 Rope Making and Rourou Making, Tracey Young, River Market near i-site. Donation
11:30 – 12:30 UCOL courses: Bee Keeping and Organic Gardening. Richard Pedley, Jake Schultz. UCOL Complex main entrance, Taupo Quay. Free
1:30-3:30 Suburban Permaculture Property Tour. 106 Matai St. Phil Holden. By Donation.
2-3 Backyard Chickens. Kaitiaki Farm, 223 No. 2 Line. Cyd Welsh & Nelson Lebo $10
3-4 DIY Chicken Tractors Kits. Flat packs for sale – $70
4-5 pm Hot Composting for Serious Gardeners. Kaitiaki Farm, 223 No. 2 Line. Nelson Lebo. Free
5:30-7:00 pm Shared Meal BBQ. Kaitiaki Farm, 223 No. 2 Line.
Overnight accommodation available. (See Below.)
Sunday, 10th Sept.
9:30 – 12:30 Kaitiaki Farm Tour. 223 No. 2 Line. Nelson Lebo. $25
1-4 Fruit Tree and Vine Care. 126 Springvale Road. Murray Jones. $20
1:30-3:30 Outdoor Classrooms for Children. Kaitiaki Farm, 223 No. 2 Line. Dani Lebo. By Donation
2-4 Seed Swap. Whanganui Seed Savers. Quaker Meeting House, Wicksteed St. By Donation
3:30 – 5:00 Tree Planting. Kaitiaki Farm, 223 No. 2 Line. Free
B&B Packages include accommodation, dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and admission to all workshops.
Studio: Couple/family with en suite. $190.
Private room/shared bathroom: $170/couple or $95 per person.
Valley Shelter Sleepout: $85 (Single)
Camping: $75 per person.