Education at Wilderland

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.

Hands-on Learning

In addition to our year-round educational volunteering program, Wilderland hosts regular educational groups for specific purposes. If you’d like to bring your students to Wilderland, either for a day’s field trip, extended stay or semester-long program, please 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!  


The following film was created by some of our volunteers in 2018 to promote a second Permaculture Design Certificate:



Grand Valley State University 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 below: