Toru Trail event in May at Mikimiki Road, Masterton

Experiencing Diversity and Regeneration at New Forest. 


Hella welcomed us at the gate, on the spot where she and her partner Joep stood 15 years ago, looking at bare paddocks, seeing the potential and following their intuition. We walked through the rosehip plantation and along the 12 year old coppiced gum trees in the shelter belt to the old scout hall which was the one original building already there when Hella and Jeop arrived. It is a perfect place for this type of community gathering.

Toru Trail event in April in Paekākāriki

Introduction to Permaculture design process (and ethics/principles) to design your garden and personal life.


Timing is everything!  I am lucky to count both Doris and her daughter Silvia as good friends: I was enjoying a lovely meal with Silvia and said ‘Is your mom planning on doing a permaculture day soon?’ Silvia said she didn’t know, but within 24 hours Doris had sent the invitation for April!  I always enjoy the drive up from Welly and was greeted by Bob, Doris and 15 participants for the first Toru Trail event. 

The Story of Rejuvenating Toru Education


We wish to provide a bit of context to our ‘newcomers’ of where Toru Education has come from, and how we went on it to rekindle its format:

The mission of Toru Education is ‘to provide experiential learning opportunities that nurture people, planet and spirit’. 

The name Toru (three) connects and grounds us to the three permaculture ethics of 
people care, earth care, fair share. It also connects us to the threefold teaching style of engaging hands, heart and head. For Toru, education is:

Living it!

I am deeply committed to co-creating the space for 20 people living together for 15 days and supporting the growth of a caring and resilient community where teaching and learning from each other seamlessly occur. It is also called a Permaculture Course! It is difficult to describe what actually happens in that time. Yes, we have a diverse and rich programme and yes we are a team of skilled and experienced teachers at two beautiful venues (first at the Hanawera farm and then the Waihoanga centre, both in Otaki).

Toru Education? Who are you?

This archetypal human question applies to an organisation as much as to an individual. Your given name doesn’t help towards solving this riddle.

Toru Education is just over one year old. It was called into life by founding Trustees Gary Williams, Lucy Carver and myself on the 29th September 2016 with a mission of “Toru Education is to provide experiential education opportunities that nurture people, planet and spirit”.