Project Description


Robina McCurdy is the founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (, a Charitable Trust dedicated to sustainability education. She also pioneered the 32 year-old Tui Land Trust in Golden Bay (, a residential farm community where she has her home. Robina works as a community development facilitator, permaculture educator, organic garden designer and nature connection guide, with more than 30 years of experience behind her. She has taught and applied her powerful participatory processes for collective decision-making and action, to households, neighbourhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages and bioregions, throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand as well as in 15 countries internationally. She has produced a range of practical teaching resources, including a Treecrp Species Compendium, a Home Garden Coaching guide and a Community Facility manual called “Grouding Vision: Empowering Culture”. In 2012 Robina initiated “The Localising Food Project” (, through which she is becoming a recognised documentary producer.

“Embracing the Global Family encompassing humankind within our hearts, minds, souls and actions, to activate a sustainable culture world-wide.” 



Courtney is co-presenter with Robina McCurdy in Sacred Spaces and Permaculture Workshop, and a support-presenter in all other workshops offered by Robina during the weekend.

Courtney Brooke is a coordinator and educator with Earthcare Education Aotearoa [1] in New Zealand & School of Integrated Living (S.O.I.L) [2] in the United States where she co-organizes, coordinates and tutors on Permaculture Design Courses. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Anthropology of Human Food Systems. Courtney Brooke is best known by her passion for dynamic group facilitation, for her undying love of the holistic management process, and for studying the language of eco-literacy to decipher the dynamic book of natural patterns to use in system design, development and maintenance straight from the blueprints of the landscape.

Courtney has been an experiential educator for seven years; teaching dynamic, nature-based curriculum to youth of all ages, young adults and adults. Though she has taught at a range of venues including nature centres, elementary schools, adventure camps, and, of course, right off the land, her main focus in education these days is around Permaculture & Regenerative System Design. At the moment, she is in pursuit of her Professional Diploma in Permaculture Education with Permaculture Institute North America (P.I.N.A) [3].

Session 1:  Permaculture:  an ecological design system for productive landscapes and thriving social systems

An insight into how to work in harmony with nature to produce an abundance of food in a landscape of beauty.  Discover how to integrate elements such as organic vegetable gardens, fruit trees, herbs, flowers and small animal systems within our home environments – with a myriad of social benefits.


Session 2:  ‘Creating Sustainable Human Habitats:  Land-based Communities, Co-housing & Ecovillages’

We  ‘visit’ a diversity of communities around the world, and address some critical ‘how to’s  eg how to build community from where you are right now, how to gather together the right people, how to gather sufficient resources to start, how to avoid typical pitfalls. This presentation is a distillation of Robina’s experiences, observations and analysis from 20 years as a community development consultant, and 32 years as a resident in a successful land-based community.


Session 3:  Local Food & Seed Sovereignty – Short Film

A short film, find out about grass-roots attempts to counteract the serious decline in seed varieties and the rapid rise of corporate control over our food and seeds.  Learn how permaculture and community development methods applied to bioregional food resilience, can recharge local economies. Short film clips produced by the Localising Food Project, serve as supportive evidence for this. Examples of collaboration include  local trademarks, value-added products, heirloom seed banks and public food forests.


Session 4:  Creating your Own Sacred Landscape Spaces

By connecting with the spirit of place, working with earth-energy fields, and applying permaculture methodology together with our creative ingenuity and practical know-how, we are able to design personal sacred spaces to enrich our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual wellbeing, as well as beneficially influencing the surrounding area.