• Permaculture Crash Course

    Permaculture Crash Course

    Details  What's it all about?
  • Funky eco accommodation

    Funky eco accommodation

    Details  Relax in nature
  • Foragescaping

    Foragescaping

    Details  Gardening with the seasons
  • Outdoor bath

    Outdoor bath

    Details  Soak under the stars

Permaculture Crash Course

 

$490

2 nights accommodation

6 hours of personalised flexible, practical instruction


 

Personalised experience

Personalised experience

  • One-on-one activities and education focusing on the topics that interest you most
  • Explore the established and diverse forest gardens
  • Wander the terraces, visit the stream and witness the water harvesting and irrigation features
  • Encounter an assortment of animals and see how they fit into the system
  • Sample fruit and vegetables direct from the food forest
  • Access our collection of educational books and videos
Food and accommodation

Food and accommodation


  • Provide your own food, prepare your own meals
  • Make use of Cheviot's local supermarket options Cheviot 4 Square and Harris Meats (25 minute drive)
  • Enjoy supplementary fresh fruit and seasonal herbs and vegetables from the forest garden
Need a reason? Here are a few...

Need a reason? Here are a few...

We want your experience and memories of blockhill to be positive and educational.
  • Experience and learn new, useful and exciting things. A self reliant lifestyle means confidently performing a wide range of tasks. Get involved in daily activities
  • Discover joy and value in living simply and lightly. Feel the freedom of low cost, low impact living in harmony with the rhythm of the seasons.
  • Reconnect with the natural world. Recognise patterns in nature and draw off of those when designing.
  • Turn problems into solutions. Limitations feed creativity and lead to unexpected and beautiful outcomes.
  • Comfortable and funky accommodation
  • Educational experiences and dedicated learning activities such as flax weaving and plant identification
Free time

Free time

  • Continue to explore the forest garden at your own pace if you wish
  • Plenty of time for relaxing, reading, hobbies
  • Visit nearby beaches and other destinations

Eco cabin tiny house accommodation

A peaceful retreat surrounded by organic (permaculture) gardens and native bush. Relax in the hammocks during the sunny days or soak in the fire-bath under the night sky. A cosy cottage on a rainy day with beautiful private views looking out over the beech trees.
The Eco Cabin is a studio style single room which includes a mezzanine loft bed (queen mattress) with an additional fold-out futon bed downstairs. There is easy access to an outdoor composting toilet and fire-heated/solar-heated shower, as well as a fire-heated/solar-heated outdoor bath.

Cooking facilities include a wood fired cooktop and oven. There is also a toaster, double hotplate and toaster oven for your convenience. The cabin has running water, mini fridge and kitchen bench for preparing meals.

Enjoy the private deck overlooking the native bush, ideal for bird-watching and relaxation.
  • Suitable for up to 2 guests.
  • Not suitable for young children
  • No wifi (minimal cellpone and data coverage)
  • No smoking anywhere on the premises
Your hosts and mentors Olmec and Melisa

Your hosts and mentors Olmec and Melisa

Details  

At Blockhill life is relaxed, simple, and a departure from the fast paced urban modern lifestyle.

Since 2009 we have worked to transform the land into a lush and abundant eco-system of plants and animals with a deep connection to nature and the rhythms of the seasons.

We have been sharing our knowledge and experience with hundreds of people over the years and offer you this opportunity to have a unique and memorable experience while learning something new.

Spend your time learning about topics that interest you most

We do up to 3 hours per day of educational activities

 

Permaculture key concepts

Permaculture key concepts

Details  This core topic will give you an overview of permaculture as a design system, covering fundamental aspects:
  • Philosophy, ethics and principals
  • Systems and objective orientated design
  • Landscape sector analysis and zone layout
  • Function stacking, patterns, edge
Plant propagation and care

Plant propagation and care

  • Starting annual and perennial plants from seed
  • Propagating / cloning plants from cuttings or by grafting
  • Growing in pots, open ground
  • Pruning and shaping
1 and a half hours
$60.00
Alternative / low technology

Alternative / low technology

Details  
  • Solar photovoltaic electric systems
  • Various solar water heating technologies
  • Wood fired cooking
Duration  1 hour
Price  $40.00

Learn to use a scythe

This workshop covers the details of using and caring for a traditional Austrian scythe. These tools are ideal for keeping smaller areas of grass under control. You will learn about:
  • Safety
  • Correct setup for your body
  • Posture, motion and technique for effective use
  • Different blades for different jobs
  • Sharpening and repairing
1 and a half hours
  scythe  education 
$60.00

Create a simple flax basket

Learn how to weave a traditional Maori square basket. Made from natural flax fibre grown at blockhill, this simple pattern can be used to create baskets of various sizes.
Identify, harvest and prepare flax leaves before weaving a small basket to take away.
1 hour
$40.00

Water wise land shaping and rain harvesting strategies

  • Tour the numerous terraces, swales and water other catchment systems and learn how they intercept, redirect and retain water in the landscape
  • Witness how swales and raised beds can be deployed in a food forest setting and how they benefit chickens, ducks and pigs
  • Discuss and demonstrate various tools and techniques
  • Rainwater harvesting, tanks, piping and pumps
  • Utilising grey water and run-off with trees and gardens
  • Digital presentation and discussion covering key concepts and strategies in bad weather
2 hours
  swale  water  education 
$80.00
Learn to graft fruit trees (seasonal)

Learn to graft fruit trees (seasonal)

Grow your knowledge of fruit tree cloning through the ancient art of grafting. Learn by seeing and doing with hands on examples and one on one tuition and explanation. We will cover:
  • Collecting and storing grafting (scion) wood from desired trees
  • Understanding and propagating rootstocks
  • Grafting tools and techniques
  • View many examples of grafted trees of various types, complexity and age
2 hours
  July   August   September  
$80.00
Effective fire making

Effective fire making

Details  Master the art of starting and utilising fire, essential for cooking, heating water and much more.
  • Locate, identify and create suitable kindling
  • Work safely with axe and saw
  • Build and light different types of fires
Duration  1 hour
Price  $40.00