Scott - Whangarei NZ Forest Garden Workshop 22 . November . 2017
Thank you for the info-packed forest garden weekend. I learned more in that couple days than months of private study and reading. The concept of Forest Gardening had never occurred to me nor the terracing of our hillside. Now the ideas are incorporated into our little homestead like they have been there all the time. Thanks again for making our time so productive.
Allison - Whangarei NZ Mushroom Course 10. November . 2017
What a great mushroom course. It was so practical. I had read so much about mushroom growing in the past but nothing had ever clicked and it always seemed just a little too complicated. Your course explained the concept so simply and the practical approach really taught me how to start production in the way that I learn best - hand on. The best part was getting our own mushroom starter kit to take home. Every flush of Oyster mushrooms we stand amazed at the volume before we twist them off to share with friends. I imagine we sound so smart while we explain how we grow our own mushrooms. In the end I always recommend your course so everyone knows where the information really came from.
Scott - Whangarei, NZ Biochar and Biogas Workshop 22 . Oct . 2017
Thanks for the biochar course. We just bought a cast iron bathtub from the dump and are gettin gready to start our own production for our little homestead. The course was really time productive and getting moments to ask Klaus about how to incoperate the ideas into our plot was well worth the effort of the class.
Brodie - Canada 21 . October . 2017
An amazing place to spend time!
I had an incredible time here on this beautiful piece of land with a wonderful family. It is very obvious that the "permadynamics" setup that they run here works very well to support themselves, as well as a market stall in whangarei. There is much to learn for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge in the area of using permaculture and biodynamics techniques to organically grow an abundance of fruits, vegetables, meats, and everything in between. This is also an excellent place to for anyone who wants to eat healthy, delicious food with good company. The friendly goats and horses are a bonus for animal lovers! I hope to come back someday!
Toula - Utah U.S.A 18 . July . 2017
Permacuture and family magic at it's finest
My time with Klaus, Vanessa, and Frida was unforgettable. What this family has created is truly spectacular and permaculture at it's finest. From goats to forest gardens, to wildlife and humans, everything here is connected and has a purpose. Something you will learn and appreciate at Mamaki. I was fortunate to be here at a time with many chances to learn from Klaus and his teaching magic whether it was a biochar class, forest gardening, composting, or just touring the property. Vanessa is a cooking wizard and somehow makes something delicious out of anything. Thanks for all the nutrition talks and especially the art talks! Frida was the welcoming magic to the farm and I enjoyed working with and learning from you. Can't wait to see those gardens grow!! Many thanks and much love!
Isabelle - Tennessee U.S.A 27. November. 2016
My favorite experience in NZ !
I could see myself staying much longer then I did! It was beautiful. I felt that Vanessa, Frida, Matt and Klaus knew a lot about life and the things that really matter. Klaus's story is amazing! I see his love in his work and the regenerative agroforestry was simply an inspiration to live around. I loved being around them and the community they live in. It was a wonderful experience. I learned more about permaculture and sustainable living which is exactly what I wanted. I want to adapt a lot of the ways they live to my life as well :) Thank you! I hope life will bring me back.
Maximilian - San Francisco 7th . May . 2016
The most friendly and grounded people I've had the pleasure to meet! Work is demanding and plenty, but with much purpose, fun, beauty, and coffee or swimming breaks. Very welcoming community, felt so at home. Sad to leave! Very diverse farm that's perfect for someone interested in delving into small scale farming. Food forestry, vegetable gardening/marketing, raising animals, growing mushrooms, food preservation, and biogas production can all be experienced here. Amazing diversity in the food forest! Excellent fishing nearby. Will miss you all!
Sibylla and Tom - Sweden 22 October 2015
"Living the sustainable dream"
Klaus, Vanessa, Frida, Josh and Matt are a lovely family with a lot of knowledge. If you are truly into sustainable living, this is the place to learn Fantastic food on a fantastic farm! Enjoy!
Andrew - Colorado U.S.A 6 . May . 2015
"What Farming is all about!!"
Their home encompasses so many aspects of sustainability and they both have a broad range of knowledge dealing with permaculture, organics, healthy living and so much more. If you learn best by doing and your interested in seeing how a farm REALLY works then you should do your best to visit Matapouri. There is some hard work to be done but you will be given ample opportunities to explore near by beaches and have time to yourself. The other members of the communities are friendly and very welcoming. Bert and Kath were especially inviting and they also have so much info and experiences to share. Thanks again!
Matthew - U.S.A 20 . February . 2015
Best place to learn in NZ! I had the distinct pleasure of learning from Klaus, Vanessa, Josh, Matt and Frida, and it was by far my greatest experience in farming. They are all incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of sustainable living, from permaculture principles, biodynamics, and forest gardening to simply minimizing our impact on the earth. The Mamaki community is a wonderful environment, as you get to engage with many different people and experience different farming operations. You couldn't possibly ask for better food either...everyone in the family is an excellent cook or brewer or fermenter or cheese maker. I'm so impressed, full of knowledge, full of passion!
Luke - Bristol U.K 13 . June . 2015
"A true farm."
The stay I had at PermaDynamics was my last, longest and by far the best experience I had during my stay in NZ. Mamaki is a unique place with opportunities to meet a lot of other interesting people of all ages. The food is fantastic, fresh and healthy, once you've tried home grown bananas you never want to go back, also the homegrown mushrooms were fantastic and all the other home grown food for that matter. Vanessa and Josh are great cooks and fresh fish and wild meat were often on the menu. If you want a true farming experience this is where I would recommend. You really can learn a lot by asking questions as this is a very unique place which takes organic principles and permaculture etc further. Klaus and Josh are both very knowledgable (Klaus being a permaculture teacher.) The family really is lovely and always made me feel very welcome and at ease, the conversation was also great, often interesting and stimulating. I really felt a part of the family. If you can I would suggest a longer stay as only then can you experience a wider range of work and recreation here. If you want to experience a truly wholesome life with a high level of self sufficiency this is the place for you. If you can you give Klaus, Frida, Josh, Matt and Vanessa a hand you should, you won't regret it!