Designing Sacred Spaces – April 28th and 29th

Collective Know-How, the newly formed education enterprise of the Narara Ecovillage, invites you to participate in this learning experience on sacred space design in permaculture. This event is facilitated by acclaimed permaculture teacher Robina McCurdy, founder of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (New Zealand). Robina is one of NZ’s permaculture pioneers, has been engaged as an educator and a designer of productive landscapes and sanctuary spaces at a global scale for the past 25 years.



You have the option to attend a 2-hour introductory talk on Saturday 28th April (10 am to 12pm) or a 2-day workshop from Saturday 28th (10 am to 5.30 pm) to Sunday 29th April (9.30 am to 5.30 pm).

The Introductory talk costs $20 per person (or $10 for NEV or NELN members) and includes entry to the Village Day which opens at 1 pm.

The 2-day Workshop costs $155 per person ($135 for NEV or NELN members), and includes the Introductory Talk.

In this workshop on sacred spaces, you will learn how to:

  • Design harmonic spaces for personal relaxation, balancing, tranquillity, recharging, inspiration and aesthetic delight
  • Create restorative zones for nature to thrive
  • Observe the landscape, patterns and history of place
  • Connect and integrate separate land-space areas generating energy flows which enable optimum function as a whole entity.

During the 2-day workshop, Robina will help us identify a number of quiet, reflective spaces at the Narara Ecovillage to be created for the enjoyment of members and the community. This workshop is particularly important in the year when the physical landscape of the Village will be transformed by the building of sustainable homes. Robina is already well-known for her inspiring permaculture training at the Village in 2016 and it is a delight to welcome her back.


Workshop places: maximum of 30 participants. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Location: Visitors Centre, Narara Ecovillage, 25 Research Road, Narara NSW 2250. See map and transport information HERE

Arrival time: on Saturday 28th please arrive at the Visitors Centre by no later than 9.45 am for the Introductory talk starting at 10.00 am.

What to bring: please bring your own lunches and water bottle. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

What to wear: clothes suitable for outdoor activities on a rural property. Please wear enclosed shoes (no thongs or sandals). Bring a hat and sun protection.

Accommodation: If you register for the workshop, please indicate on the online registration form if you require overnight accommodation. If you do, we will email you information about potential accommodation available in the local area. Accommodation cost will be extra (not included in registration fee).

Registration fee:

  • Option 1: Introductory Talk, Saturday 28 April, 10 am to 12 pm, $20 per person ($10 pp for NEV or NELN members). This fee also includes entry to the Village Open Day on the same Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Option 2: Workshop (includes Introductory talk), Saturday 28 April, 10 am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 April, 9 am to 5.30 pm, $155 per person ($135 pp for NEV or NELN members)

N.B. NELN members: you need to be up-to-date with your NELN membership to receive this discount!

Payment: please register and pay online before Saturday 28 April. Cash or credit card payment on the day may not be possible.

For further information, please contact:

This workshop is organised by Collective Know-How and run under the auspices of the Narara Eco Living Network .