Learning

Education at Wilderland

On top of our fantastic year-round educational volunteering program, Wilderland hosts regular educational groups for specific purposes, having hosted a biennial academic partnership with Grand-Valley State University from Michigan, USA for the last 6 years. Wilderland has hosted summer internships as well as a Permaculture Design Course in 2016.

Wilderland is a collectively managed, organic farm with extensive orchards, gardens and beehives, providing students with hands-on experience that is impossible to impart in the class-room environment. Learning is interactive and practical.

If you’d like to bring your students to Wilderland, either for a day’s field trip, extended stay or semester-long program, contact us. We can work together to develop a program of workshops and activities that suits your needs.

Permaculture Design

ln late 2016 Wilderland hosted a group of 13 fantastic students while they completed a two week PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate). The certificate was taught by two of New Zealand’s top Permaculturalists Daniel Tohill & Trish Allen.

During an immersive 2 weeks of study they covered landscape design, permaculture principles, earth building, climate models, soil health & fertilisers, passive solar design, orchard design & management and energy descent.

The course culminated with the students working together to create a fantastic addition to our natural clay pizza oven!

Wilderland will again be hosting a PDC in 2018 with Trish & Daniel, so stay tuned for updates!

We are interested in hosting more educational groups so if you are interested in taking advantage of our fantastic space, please contact us for more information.

GVSU Partnership

Wilderland has regularly hosted students from Heather Van Wormer’s Anthropology programme at Grand Valley State University in Michigan USA.
In 2012 they made a three minute film which explores the students experiences at Wilderland, and how those experiences impacted the way they see the world and their place in it. You can watch it here.