Come and join us for one of our courses.

 

Our gardening courses have been designed to give you top tips and a heap of knowledge to get your garden looking amazing this year. Click the boxes below to find out more details on each course and remember to book in quick as places are limited.

Workshops @ The Falls Retreat

Our workshops are designed for both amateurs and the experienced gardener looking for some great tips for your garden or even foodies wanting to experience the paddock to plate ethos of The Falls Retreat.  Run by our gardening guru, Nicki Murray-Orr, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gardening! Each course is fun and offers an interactive workshop in the garden followed by an informal meal in our rustic Bistro barn. 

What’s included:

Morning tea on arrival – giving everyone a chance to have a chat and get to know each other

Interactive session in the garden

Light lunch - gourmet wood fired pizzas and salads shared in our rustic barn. Includes glass of house wine, house beer or home made soda

What to bring:

Gum boots or suitable footwear

Raincoat in case of inclement weather

Sense of humour....

 

BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL

Maximum of 20 people.

 

 

Introduction to Edible Gardening

$75 per person

Ideal for beginner gardeners needing inspiration and advice

This course is aimed at keen gardeners who have not yet started or are at the early stages of planning their veggie garden. Nikki looks at the pros and cons of raised beds compared to regular garden beds. She discusses the important elements of garden design, including aspect and location, layout, paths, water source and composting. She will also share the basics of her bio-intensive gardening methods and highlight the essentials of soil health, crop rotation and companion plating to get you started.

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09:30 - 12:30

YOUR DAY

 

9.30 arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provide by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 11am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn to hear Nicki’s advise on getting started and her tips and techniques for growing nutrient dense healthy veggies.

11am – 11.30am Head into the Falls Retreat kitchen veggie gardens to see first hand the elements of good garden design, companion planting and crop rotation and learn how these can be applied at home

11.30am  – Back to the Bistro Barn for a delicious pizza sharing lunch which includes salads using produce harvested from the gardens and a drink to accompany your meal.

Nicki joins for you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own garden.

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL

 

Friday 9th February 2018

Friday 9th March 2018

Friday 13th April 2018

Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE

Growing Healthy Veggies

$75 PER PERSON

Grow your own amazing crop of healthy organic veggies from seed this season.

In this workshop Nicki teaches the fundamentals of propagation so that you can raise your own fruit and veggies from seed or cuttings. Focusing on what can be planted at this time of year, she gives her usual invaluable tips and techniques including planting by the moon, potting on and seasonality.

This is a fun and interactive workshop where you get hands on experience in the glasshouse, learning how to get your own seedlings started from scratch to ensure your veggie garden is bursting at the seams this season. 

09:30 - 12:30

YOUR DAY

 

9.30am arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provide by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 11am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn to hear Nicki’s advice on how to grow seedlings. She will cover all the fundamentals of propagation, including ideas for growing under cover if you don’t have a glasshouse. She will teach you how to grow nutrient dense healthy veggies from seed with tips on planting by the moon, how to handle seedlings, hardening off and seasonality.

11am – 11.30am Head into the Falls Retreat glass house for an interactive session – here you get to see behind the scenes and have a hands on experience with planting seedlings.

11.30am  –Lunch which consists of delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh salads using produce harvested from the gardens, plus a drink to accompany your meal. Nicki joins for you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own garden.

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL

 

Friday 2nd February 2018

Friday 2nd March 2018

Friday 6th April 2018

Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE

Composting and worm farming.

$75 per person

Reduce food and garden waste by starting your own compost and worm farm.

Aimed at complete beginners or those needing a refresher, Nicki will take you through the fundamentals of how we can use our food and garden waste for maximum output from a compost or worm farm. Covering all areas from why we use them, the pros and cons of different types, recommendations on what works best and the key elements of a creating and maintaining a healthy worm farm or compost.

9:30 - 12:30

Your Day

 

9.30am arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provide by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 10.30am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn to hear Nicki’s advice on creating and maintaining the ideal compost and worm farm. She will cover the basic essentials of where to site and what types work best, her recipe for creating and maintaining a healthy compost and worm farm and how their output can be used throughout the garden to grown nutrient dense health veggies

11am – 11.30am Head into the Falls Retreat kitchen veggie gardens for an interactive session looking at our compost and worm farm and discussing how these principals can be applied at home

11.30am  – Back to the Bistro Barn for a delicious pizza sharing lunch which includes salads using produce harvested from the gardens and a drink to accompany your meal.

Nicki joins for you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own compost or worm farm.

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

Friday 26th January 2018

Friday 23rd February 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE

Educating the Experienced Gardener

$75 per person

Learn about bio-intensive gardening methods to get the most of your veggie garden this season.

 Aimed at more experienced gardeners, Nicki goes into detail about the importance of soil nutrition and her bio-intensive planting methods. She will discuss the techniques, fertilisers and tools we recommend to get your garden really productive this season.

Soil Nutrition

9:30 - 12:30

Your Day

 

9.30am arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provided by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 11am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn to hear Nicki’s expert advice, She will share her tips on soil nutrition and the importance of getting this right to produce dense healthy veggies from seed. She will also discuss planting by the moon and exlain how her bio-intensive planting methods work.

11am – 11.30am Head into the Falls Retreat veggie garden for an interactive session where Nicki will demonstrate the use of her forkster to achieve the perfect soil and give a guided tour of the garden to answer specific questions

11.30am  –Lunch which consists of delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh salads using produce harvested from the gardens, plus a drink to accompany your meal. Nicki joins for you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own garden.

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

Friday 16th February 2018

Friday 16th March 2018

Friday 20th April 2018

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE

The Full Monty

$120 PER PERSON

Our most comprehensive workshop covering all the fundamentals of growing nutrient dense healthy veggies.

Nurture your passion for gardening on this one day course with our resident gardener, Nicki Murray-Orr. Nicki will teach you will teach you a comprehensive range of skills and techniques to get the most out of your veggie gardens. She covers the basics of soil health, planting from seed, pest management, crop rotation and composting and worms farms, leaving you brimming with inspiration and practical knowledge.

Nutrient dense vegetables

09:30 - 15:00

YOUR DAY

 

9.30am arrival. Start the day by meeting Nicki and our other attendees and share introductions over a tea or coffee with tasty treats provided by The Falls Retreat kitchen

10am – 11am Gather around in the rustic Bistro Barn for the first workshop session which will cover soil health and planting from seed.

11am – 11.30am Head over to the Falls Retreat glass house for an interactive session – here you get to see behind the scenes and have a hands on experience with planting seedlings.

11.30am  – 1pm Lunch consisting of delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh salads using produce harvested from the gardens, plus a drink to accompany your meal. Nicki joins for you for lunch so this is your opportunity to pick her brains and ask questions which apply to your own garden.

1pm –2pm Nicki will cover her workshop notes on composting and worm farms, pest management and crop rotation.

2-3pm Head into the Falls Retreat kitchen veggie gardens to visit our compost and worm farm. See first hand the elements of good garden design, companion planting and crop rotation and learn how these can be applied at home. 

Timing is approximate and course content may be subject to change.

BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL

 

Saturday 3rd February 2018

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Saturday 7th April 2018

Want to stay overnight? Why not book some of our stunning accomodation and experience the Falls Retreat HERE.

We are located in the Karangahake Gorge, find us HERE

Experience "Gather" at The Falls Retreat

 

Are you a foodie, a gardener or someone interested in paddock to plate ethos - then this experience is for you.

We are offering you the chance to experience a personal tour of the veggie gardens with the opportunity to gather ingredients and learn how we use a variety of fresh seasonal produce harvested from our gardens. 

The experience is only available throughout Spring so come and enjoy the full experience including morning tea on arrival, followed by a delicious 2 course lunch in the rustic bistro barn, including a home made soda (alternative drink can be purchased on request). 

Don't miss out on this opportunity - bookings essential.

Details: 

Start time 10.30am  - available Fridays & Saturdays through Spring 2017.

Price per person $110

Introductions and morning tea (loose leaf tea or rocket coffee with slice)

Personal garden tour

Lunch includes delicious entrees followed by main choice of pork, beef, fish or vegetarian. Dessert optional.

Bookings/prepayment essential