Toru Education provides experiential learning opportunities that nurture people, planet and spirit. Our vision is for healthy grounded individuals contributing to resilient communities.

The founding intention is described in here

Founding Trustees Gary Williams, Doris Zuur and Lucy Carver (left to right) signing the Toru Deed on the 29th September 2016.

We are delighted to introduce our new Toru Trustees here

Toru Trustees Gary Williams, Keith Townsend, Hella Coenen, Doris Zuur, Emma Matthews

Dec 2018

Currently the main activity of the Toru Education Trust is to provide a variety of practical offline courses in the region of Horowhenua and Kapiti and Masterton, supporting healthy and wholesome livelihoods.

The Toru Newsletters bring you the updated info about courses and events. 

Toru is a private education provider and receives no public subsidies. The Trustees are deeply concerned about making it accessible to all and wish that financial hardship is no barrier for any of the courses. They have established the Toru Trust Scholarship as a growing seed from a small grant and welcome donations to make it grow. Potential course participants can apply to this scholarship and are asked to describe their motivation for the course, financial situation and how they intend to apply the learnings of the course beyond themselves, into the wider community. 

The individual courses are run independently from each other, each with its own balanced budget.   Toru Trust is the umbrella organisation and is managed voluntarily as a not-for-profit organisation by the Trustees. 

Toru courses alumnae and the wider community network are all warmly invited to donate to Toru Education Trust, either

-  to the general Toru fund, supporting the management of the Trust, 

-  to the general scholarship fund, or

- to create a named scholarship, named after yourself or your business (over $500),

to make Toru courses accessible to all. 

The vision for the future is to run Toru courses based on a gift economy model, in a 'paying forward' type fashion, embracing the permaculture ethics of 'fair share' and generosity; making the courses accessible and paying the freelancing tutors fairly, all at the very same time. 




Toru Education is a registered not-for-profit Charitable Trust with tax exempt status (Registration number CC53773). 

Toru Education Trust

If you wish to donate to us click the button below, this will take you to our donations page where an amount can be chosen.