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Learn new skills. Conservation and environmental sustainability courses for all.

Our diverse range of programmes help you to live more sustainably in your home, your garden, restore the local environment, reduce waste and more. Feel great while learning with others and helping our natural world.

Our courses are practical, innovative and inspirational. We offer a diverse range of topics to help people with their environmental challenges. Some are free, some are not. Bookings are essential to secure your spot.

soap making course for begginers auckland
Soap Making
Washing yourself with Pure Beautiful home-made soap is amazing and you feel the difference on your skin. Want to know how? This beginner's Soap Making is the place to start. Learn how to safely make luxurious, organic coconut soap with ease.
pip to peel
Pip to Peel Workshop
We are so happy the course is full, contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
Hand milled soap workshop auckland
Hand Milled Soap Workshop
We are so happy the course is full, contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list. The safest and most fun way to make soap.
free composting workshop auckland
Free Composting Courses
Home composting courses about worm farming, bokashi buckets & composting. These courses are brought to you by the Compost Collective – a collaboration between Kaipātiki Project Environment Centre and EcoMatters Environment Trust – with funding by the Auckland Council.
Potato peel kumara meal workshop part of ecofest north 2020
Potato Peel & Kumara Meal Workshop
Don’t put your peelings in the compost when Julie can show you how to turn them into absolutely delicious meals. Tried and true recipes to delight your taste buds, feed the family and are good for you. Registrations close on 6 March.
Edible Seed Saving Workshop
Learn how to save seeds of your favourite edibles and the steps required to create your own localized seed bank. Find out which plant species are reliable for seed saving, how to determine the ripeness of seed, and how to collect and process your seeds.
Winter gardening workshop part of ecofest north 2020
Winter Gardening Workshop
Learn how to achieve ‘the best you can get’ from your garden by building healthy soil and growing plants to enhance nutrition levels. Soil fertility, crop rotation and edible selection for winter will be covered.
Ways with weeds workshop part of EcoFest 2020
Ways with Weeds Workshop
In this workshop, you will become familiar with a selection of edible weeds and find out about noxious weeds and how to manage them successfully. Edible weeds are superfoods and will enhance your health, come along to identify our seasonal weeds and enjoy a shot of ‘wild weed’ smoothie.
Design your Seasonal Calendar Workshop
In viewing various examples of seasonal calendars, we start to see patterns which we can then choose to follow or formulise our own. Our gardens teach us to be adaptable, and a calendar provides us with prompts to be better prepared and avoid crop losses.
Caring for your fruit tree workshop Auckland
Caring for your Fruit Trees Workshop
During observation of the trees in our established orchard, guidance will be given on how to prune figs, apples, pears, plums and peaches. Learn how to recognise fruiting wood and choose shapes that enhance the trees natural fruiting habits. Pruning techniques, tree training and guilds will be covered.
Plant Nursery Workshop Part of Ecofest North 2020
Setting Up Backyard Nursery Workshop
Setting up a small nursery? This workshop covers topics relating to back yard nurseries for small projects, private use nurseries and private landowners.
Plant Propagation
Plant Propagation Workshop
Learn how to grow plants from seed, root division and cuttings. Best timing for these practices will be covered, plant species suited to the season, and how to care for your transplants once in the garden.
Building Diversity: Plant an Insectory
Building Diversity: Plant an Insectory Workshop
To maximise fruit production from your edible trees and plants, an insectory is a beneficial addition to your garden or orchard space. Consider implementing it as a separate garden, in a guild below fruit trees, or as a border to your edible garden beds.
Soft Cheese Making Workshop
Soft Cheese Making Workshop
Cheese making is a satisfying kitchen past-time. Join Julie in this class where she will show you in just 2 hours how making your own cheese can transform how you manage your kitchen, incorporating cheese-making into your life and making an economical fresh product for a healthier diet.
Fermented foods workshop
Fermented Foods Workshop
Learn the ancient art of making Sauerkraut, a nutrient-rich food packed with minerals and probiotics with our food specialist, Julie Craig who will show you the process for Improving your Immunity and Gut Health and reducing inflammation in your body.
Kombucha workshop
Kombucha Workshop
Activate your gut to absorb more nutrients with this refreshing and fizzing delight. An informative workshop to improve your health and enrich your life. Learning the art of successfully keeping a healthy Kombucha Scoby is the beginning of a life transforming attitude towards a healthy gut.
Kimchi Workshop
Kimchi Workshop
Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. In this course, we will cover the basic science behind making kimchi, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself.
Laundry Product Making Workshop
Laundry Products
Julie has developed and researched non-toxic products for you to safely use in your home. Take a break, enjoy the coffee and take in all of Julie's expertise to keep your home chemical-free.
Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream
Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream Workshop
Learn how to make Fresh, Allergy Free and Non-Toxic Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream. This is a hands-on class that will leave you feeling very nurtured and satisfied.
Natives Seed Harvesting Workshop Astelia grandis (Swamp Astelia)
Natives Seed Harvesting Workshop
This workshop covers a comprehensive process of seed sourcing incorporating seed collection, harvest tikanga, eco-sourcing, seed banking, processing, record keeping, production planning, direct seeding, rules around collection from public land, hygiene and rāhui. It also covers masking and localizing harvest calendars.
Plants propagation
Plant Propagation Workshop Part 1
Propagation focused workshop, sowing seed, division, cuttings, and propagation environments. Records keeping, treatments methods trouble shooting difficult species. Media timing temperatures watering requirements, common propagation aliments. Best practice potting on when, why and how. Recommended for nursery volunteers and enthusiasts.
Nursery volunteers
Nursery Volunteers Workshop
This workshop covers nursery volunteering, nursery requirements, pest management, propagation seeds vs cuttings/ division, potting media, watering, seed collection, processing treatments storage and more. Recommended for nursery volunteers and enthusiasts. Thank you to Auckland Council Biosecurity for supporting this workshop!
Plants propagation
Plant Propagation Workshop Part 2
Continuation of Plant Propagation Part 1, this workshop continues to cover topics about sowing seed, division, cuttings, and propagation environments, records keeping, treatments methods trouble shooting difficult species, media timing temperatures watering requirements, common propagation aliments, best practice potting on when, why and how to.
Runnig a plant nursery this event a part of EcoFest North 2020
Running a Plant Nursery Workshop
Running a nursery? Learn about nursery infrastructure, irrigation, pest management, H&S planning, volunteers production schedules, keeping records, suppliers, managing supply consistency, general nursery plant health, potting on stages, and pros and cons of containers. Recommended for people planning to set up or running a small nursery.
Awhitu Landcare Nursery Workshop
Awhitu Landcare Nursery Workshop
Topics will be covered: community nursery basics, eco- sourcing, seed collection, record management, plant propagation, nursery know-how. Health and well-being for nurseries and volunteers. hands-on workshop.

Bookings are essential with payment prior to the course commencing. Course registration closes 24 hours before the course starts, or once the course is full. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We cannot accept walk-ins on the day for our courses. 

Refund Policy: If you cancel a course booking five (5) days before the start of the course, we will give you a full refund. If you cancel a course booking between five (5) days and one (1) day before the start of a course, we will give you a 50% refund. If you cancel your booking on the day of the course, you are not entitled to a refund. Contact office@kaipatiki.org.nz to cancel a course.

Cancellations: Kaipātiki Project reserves the right to cancel any course at any time. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible before we cancel a course. If we cancel a course, you will receive a full refund.

Practical, innovative and inspirational courses

You’ll literally get your hands dirty, while learning about conservation or sustainable living. People increasingly want to live more sustainably and we make it easy by offering a variety of courses. To book, simply click on a course of your choice and pay online. Some courses may be free.


Want to apply your learning? Try volunteering with us

Join our volunteering family to get up close with nature. From bush restoration, weeding and trapping to growing and planting, many hands make light work. We’ve got volunteering opportunities for businesses, individuals and families, schools and youth groups, community groups.