LivinginPeace Project Permaculture Design Course 2013

(May 14 to May 28, 2013)

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 May 14 to May 28, 2013 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:

  • A 21-day compost pile will be built and tended throughout the PDC.
  • Students will partake in practical permaculture demonstrations and activities.
  • A workshop on aquaculture/aquaponics.
  • An excursion to True Blue Organics to see the process of extracting essential oils.
  • Establish gardens and plant trees as well as examining the decomposing process in a natural forest system.
  • Visit permaculture farms in the Karamea region.
  • Visit old-growth forest systems in the Karamea region.
  • On completion of the PDC each graduate will receive a LivinginPeace Project Permaculture Design Course certificate

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)

LivinginPeace Project PDC Certificate

LivinginPeace Project PDC Certificate

Course Fee Structure:

Course Fee: NZ$1,200 per person

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

Transport: Transport supplied by Karamea Connections

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

*** Please e-mail us 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 May 1, 2013: Full refund of deposit and course fee
Between May 1 and May 14: 50% refund of deposit and course fee
After May 14: No refund of deposit of course fee

Accommodation Options:

Rongo Backpackers and Gallery Sticker
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
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Karamea Farm Baches
Self-contained unit
(single occupancy)
$60 per day
Self-contained unit
(two people)
$75 per day

Tour of Old-Growth Forest in Karamea

Karamea Connections Oparara Basin Tour
Karmea Connections: Movement of the People

Flock of Sheep on Farm
 Living in Peace Project Permaculture Farm

Hot Composting 101

PDC Lecturer Dave Tailby with PDC Students Luc Gregoire and Anneliese McNaughton

PDC Lecturer Dave Tailby with PDC Students Luc Gregoire and Anneliese McNaughton

On Contour: Plotting a Swale

The Economics of Permaculture with LivinginPeace Project Founder Paul Murray

Teachers’ Profiles

Tim Barker

Tim Barker

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

Living In Peace 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 Living In Peace 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: 50

Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Paul is the founder of the Living In Peace 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: 47

Permaculture Farm Development

Farm Tour with Moo and Rusty

Wwoofers 2011

Potluck Dinner at Rongo

View of the Farm

Dinner at Rongo Backpackers

Peace Garden at Rongo

View of Mount Stormy, Karamea

LivinginPeace Project Permaculture Farm Manager Dave Tailby Shares his Knowledge

Aerial View of Karamea

Rongo Backpackers Gallery Aerial View

Big Rimu Tree in Karamea

Aquaculture Lecturer Annalise Runarson

PDC TESTIMONIAL by 2012 Students Anneliese McNaughton and Luc Gregoire

We had been wwoofing for The LivinginPeace Project for four months. It was a really good time and an awesome experience.

We were offered the chance to do the PDC with the LivinginPeace Project for the end of October 2012. We receive a huge amount of theoretical and practical information. The lecturers, LivinginPeace Project Farm Manager Dave Tailby and Founder Paul Murray, covered what is usually done in PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, but also added their personal experiences, which was a real bonus.

Dave shared his knowledge about composting, practical design, landscaping-earthwork, working with animals (ducks, sheep, chickens) and Paul concentrated on Collective project around permaculture and the financial and legal possibilities of these projects with ecotowns, trusts, other ways of banking and fundraising.

They also included other guest speakers from around the community and throughout New Zealand.We visited Peter Curreen who has a long established permaculture farm in Karamea. We also recieved a presentation by Annalise Runarsson about aquaculture and the possibilities of growing food in conjunction withraising fish.

The LivinginPeace Project farm fits very well for a PDC. There is a big veggie garden, a food forest, sheep, chickens, ducks, some awesome people around to share their experiences and some very good food for the students in the garden. The LivinginPeace Project is a very good example of a collective project built around permaculture principles. This PDC has changed our way of thinking, of looking at things, we warmly recommend everybody to do their PDC there.

Dave’s Golden Permaculture Rule

Design Time

The PDC Graduates with LivinginPeace Project Permaculture Farm Manager Dave Tailby

Dave discusses Permaculture with thesis student Juliann Bertone

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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