Worm farm demonstration

~ Education sows the seeds of our shared future. ~

RECAP is an umbrella organisation with a guiding emphasis on education for sustainability and community resilience, most specifically on permaculture education. We have two mutually supportive approaches to education. First, we offer presentations and workshops, at times in collaboration with other groups. Second, within the geographic region of Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley, we offer a range of practical projects that have education and consciousness-raising aims built into the project design. Although Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley serve as our home base, local site for educational projects, and formal membership area, people who live elsewhere are quite welcome to come and participate in any of our workshops or projects, and we have at times been able to travel to offer presentations or workshops elsewhere. Anyone anywhere may subscribe to our email mailing list by sending a request to

This page summarises some of our past and planned workshops and presentations. Our project-based education is discussed elsewhere on the site.

Scholarships. RECAP offers individual scholarships to external courses when we think that doing so will lead to widely-shared learning and increased local capacity. Read more here.

Scheduled workshops. We're always working to schedule into the future. The following isn't everything we have planned, but it does indicate those workshops that are more fully confirmed. Make sure to also check the listings under our permaculture design course. Other workshops are:

  • Drought-proofing landscapes a November evening with Nelson Lebo, PNCC
  • Herb Spiral Workshop, Sunday, 8 November, from 1-4 pm
  • Earth-building practical, tentatively scheduled for Saturday 21 February 2016 with a wet weather postponement of 28 February 2016; additional contingencies apply
  • Composting/soil-building workshop sometime in March
  • Edible Weeds Lecture and Social Evening, with Julia Sich, Friday 29 April 2016, around 7 pm
  • Edible Weeds Workshop with Julia Sich, Saturday 30 April 2016, 10-1
  • and more to come!

Workshops. RECAP offers a wide range of workshops that offer participants a range of high quality information, practical demonstrations, and direct experience with aspects of permaculture applied both at the home level and, in keeping with the Transition Towns movement, at the community level. Some examples are:

Lectures and presentations. RECAP volunteers are often willing to travel to make presentations based on our projects and on the general educational principles those projects demonstrate. We have offered invited presentations on a range of topics to the Whanganui permaculture hui, the Manawatu Harvest Festival (mulitple years), Transition Feilding, Sustainable Rangitikei, Otaki Transition Towns, The Signs of Change National e-Conference on Transitions to Sustainability, and the Australasian Permaculture Conference.

Informal education, such as our pizza and movie nights. These are advertised only on our mailing lists (and, in some cases, only to members when a private venue with limited space is in use). Email with your name and residential address to join our mailing list!