LivinginPeace Project Permaculture Design Course

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Permaculture Design Course in Karamea
(September 30 to October 14, 2012)

The course will cover theory and practice in Permaculture and will be held on a developing permaculture farm in sunny Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Course Outline:

The PDC held at The Living Peace Project/Rongo Backpackers & Gallery from September 30 to October 14, 2012 will be slightly different to most other PDC’s. The full theoretical curriculum will be presented, but we will also be expanding the classroom out into the surrounding environment and conducting practical workshops so that students will go home with all the theoretical information, but also with confidence, ability and skills to put their course material into practice.

Practical aspects of the course will include:

  • Two 18-day compost piles will be built one of which will be complete by the end of the PDC.
  • Students will partake in building a rocket stove as a practical demonstration of efficient combustion.
  • Demonstration of the action of nitrifying bacteria and their essential role in soil biology, grey-water systems and aquaculture/aquaponics.
  • Examining the process of extracting essential oils.
  • Establish gardens and plant trees as well as examining the decomposing process in a natural forest system.
  • Vist permaculture farms in the Karamea region.
  • Vist old-growth forest systems in the Karamea region.
  • Completing a permaculture design for local client as practice for consultancy.

The students will also receive the diversity of 3 teachers all of whom are very experienced and knowledgeable in specific areas. Specialty subject teachers ensure the students receive the most critical information throughout the 72-hour programme.

On completion of the PDC, students may choose to stay on to experience life on a working permaculture farm: (Accommodation at the discounted rates as listed below)

Teachers’ Profiles

Tim Barker

Tim Barker’s Biography:

Aussie born, trained as a diesel fitter, began my Permaculture journey after reading Permaculture One by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1981, still reading and learning. Ran an adventure tourism business in far North Queensland for 8 years, also contracted to the EPA as a guide for environmental impact studies on the cape York Peninsular, and in conjunction with Tourism Queensland and Aboriginal communities set up and ran turtle conservation camps as a test case for indigenous eco-tourism based business. Former treasurer of the Albatross bay catchment management group and served as environmental contracts administrator for a large contractor based in Far North Queensland. Received my PDC through Permaculture visions, and completed an internship at The Permaculture Research Institute under Geoff Lawton. Was invited back to the PRI as a MR Fix It and teacher. Favourite pastime; thinking, appropriate low tech and aquaponics. Age: 48

Dave Tailby

Dave Tailby’s Biography:
LivinginPeace Project Farm Manager, Dave was formerly a qualified builder and did his PDC with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia Zaytuna Farm in 2010 and joined the LivinginPeace Project as the Farm Manager in March 2012. He has taken charge of the farm development and is creating a permaculture exhibition farm to help others learn about the principles of permaculture. Dave is a great people-person and loves to share his knowledge of permaculture and building.
Age: 49

Paul Murray

Paul Murray’s Biography:
Paul is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project.
He did his PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton at Melbourne University in 2009.
Grew up on a grazing property on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Degree in Agricultural Science (horticulture) from University of South Australia (Rosweworthy).
Grad Dip Arts (Journalism) University of Southern Queenland (Toowoomba).
Age: 46

Course fee structure:

Course Fee: NZ$1,350 per person

Meals: $20 per person per day
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) (Morning and Afternoon Tea supplied)

Transport: Transport supplied by Karamea Connections (

Accommodation Options:

Rongo Backpackers & Gallery
Camping/Van/Tent $15 p.p. per day
Dormitory $20 p.p. per day
Twin Room $30 p.p. per day
Private Room $50 p.p. per day
Karamea Farm Baches
Self-contained unit
(single occupancy)
$60 per day
Self-contained unit
(two people)
$75 per day

*** 25% deposit required on booking the course.
Full payment to be made by commencement of the PDC.

*** Please e-mail Paul Murray: for Bank Account Details or
send a cheque made out to Iltamara Ltd to:

Rongo Backpackers & Gallery
130 Waverley Street
P.O. Box 54
Karamea 7864

Cancellation Policy:

Up until September 30, 2012: Full refund of deposit and course fee
Between September 30 and October 7: 50% refund of deposit and course fee
After October 7: No refund of deposit of course fee

The LivinginPeace Permaculture Design Course is sponsored by:
Karamea Farm Baches LogoKaramea Farm Baches
Rongo Backpackers LogoRongo Backpackers & Gallery
Karamea Connections LogoMovement of the People

About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.
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