The Permaculture design concept is an abundant, integrated and practical method of developing the external ecosystem. Yoga is the inner ecology of living consciously, spiritually, and harmoniously in the world. Both concepts complement each other and blend together to develop a sustainable lifestyle within one’s inner self and the outer environment.

This course is the standard residential International Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project. Yoga, deep relaxation and meditation sessions will be woven into the daily schedule bringing you a unique course combining inner ecology (yoga) with the outer ecology (Permaculture).

This 19 day course includes practical skill building activities, mini-design exercises, and visits to inspirational properties that demonstrate Permaculture in practice. It takes place in an intentional eco yoga community and incorporates the exploration of Deep Ecology, the connection to nature and element themed yoga practices aimed at enhancing personal sustainability that extends out into the wider community.

Upon completion, a Permaculture Design Certificate will be issued by The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa.

The Permaculture Course Program broadly covers:

• Permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation
• Organic growing methods (vegie gardens, herbs, fruit)
• Rural land management (orchards, pastures, trees, water systems)
• Integrated animal systems
• Water harvesting & storage, grey-water & ‘waste’ recycling,
• Ecological building
• Renewable energy systems
• Suburban-scale design.

The Yoga Program includes:

• Hatha Yoga
• Chanting
• Yoga Nidra- deep relaxation for inner sustainability
• Guided meditation
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic Fire Ceremony to honour the elements)
• Times of silence

Course Location:
Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in a spectacular natural environment, near the Abel Tasman National Park in Golden Bay. Permaculture design certificate courses were among the first offerings at Anahata with the permaculture concepts being integral to its development. Anahata runs on solar power, has four different examples of straw bale and earth buildings, an extensive natural waste water system, organic gardens and orchards. As a work in progress, all who come contribute to the continuing development of this sacred space, whilst learning valuable life skills for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society as a whole.

Program Tutors:

Robina McCurdy is the founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, co-founder of Tui Land Trust & Community in Golden Bay, NZ and pioneer of the S.E.E.D (Schools Environmental Education & Development) programme in South Africa and Brazil and has been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years. To hear more about the course and her personal connection to Permaculture read our latest interview with Robina.

Annaliese Hordern is a passionate Permaculture educator and designer, who holds a degree in Environmental Resource Management, a Diploma in Permaculture and sits on the Board of Permaculture Australia. She is an educator at Permaculture College Australia, teaching on PDC’s, advanced Permaculture courses and is a regular guest speaker and workshop facilitator at community events and festivals. She is also a steward member of Gaiacraft. Spending much of her life learning about medicinal, edible and useful plants, this passion led Annaliese to the Peruvian Amazon where she now is involved with conservation of much valued plant medicines and Indigenous culture. Recently she has been specialising her skills in plant propagation with the Green Harvest Nursery, a Permaculture business in Australia, specialising in heirloom true seeds, gardening products and rare edible plants of cultural significance.

Registrations will be on a “first come” basis upon application. Applications are now open to NZ and overseas participants.


Full Price - NZ$ 2,350 (shared accommodation)
Full Camping Price - NZ$ 2,200
Super Earlybird discount if booked and paid before 29 July 2017 - less $250 - apply coupon SEBPERM250
Earlybird discount if booked and paid before 28 Aug 2017 - less $150 - apply coupon EBPERM150

Limited private accommodation available (extra charge).
The cost includes registration, tuition, field trips, course materials, vegetarian food, accommodation, yoga classes & practices.

Arrival and Registration: 9-10am Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Complimentary pick up: Tuesday 26th Sept - 5.45pm Takaka I-site
Complimentary drop off: Sunday 15th Oct - 11am back to Takaka I-site
A discounted rate of $50 applies for the night before the retreat begins (Tuesday 26th Sept)

Enquiries and Enrolment: Anahata Yoga Retreat
Phone: 03) 525 9887