The Regenerative Practitioner Series Aotearoa

nau mai, haere mai, piki mai


Enrollment for the 2020 Aotearoa cohort of The Regenerative Practitioner Series is now closed.
If you are interested in being added to the waiting list to be informed when the 2021 cohort opens for enrollment, please click here. 


Ko te tangata matariki he tangata ahunga nui
The regenerative human is an awakened being of abundance          

-Whakatauki (proverb) by Isaac Bishara

Regenesis Institute of Regenerative Practice with co-hosts Cabal, Aro Hemp Aotearoa, and First Principle Aotearoa, supported by Living Future Aotearoa New Zealand, warmly invite you to join us for Aotearoa New Zealand’s fifth The Regenerative Practitioner™ series.

This ground-breaking programme is for business leaders, cultural leaders, design, development, and planning professionals, researchers, artists, healers, facilitators, community activists, creative entrepreneurs, sustainability managers, permaculturists, community organisers and more.

The partnership with Regenesis to develop a local community of regenerative practice was co-founded by Cabal and Living Future Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland has hosted a TRP series every year since 2016, and the growing community of practitioners is now over 90 members. We welcome you to become part of this.

What is regenerative practice?

Regenerative development works to align human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet, reversing ecosystem degradation while growing community wellbeing. As a practice, regenerative development is based on the premise that we cannot make the outer transformations required to create a truly sustainable world without making inner transformations in how we think, how we work, and who we are.

The Regenerative Practitioner is a distance-learning seminar series for practitioners interested in integrating regenerative development into their practice. The series introduces and explores proprietary regenerative development concepts and frameworks that have been developed and extensively field tested by Regenesis over the last two decades.

How does the series work?

The series consists of ten online videoconference sessions culminating in a three-day, in-person waananga (intensive workshop). The videoconference sessions include preparatory reading assignments and exercises. The sessions themselves combine live instruction with open group dialogue and one-on-one “fishbowl” time, where a single participant works with our instructors to explore a project they are actually working on as a way of bringing the frameworks to life for the entire group.

The sessions are recorded and made available for download, so you can catch up if you miss a session. 

The intensive takes place at Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Auckland, with meals and accommodations provided. For each cohort the series is limited to 20 participants, so that everyone has the option to engage around his or her work. Participants are organized into study cohorts that are encouraged to work on course assignments together as a group. Each study cohort receives two coaching sessions with Regenesis instructors.  

This is amazing and inspiring work that is immediately useful and life-changing on multiple levels. I am deeply grateful for this work coming into my life and into the world.

Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann

I feel privileged to be part of this cross-disciplinary community of practice, and am excited about how the teachings will impact our work at ME Family Services, as well as the collective impact regenerative practitioners can have on the wider world.

Justine Skilling

Is this course right for me?

We encourage potential participants to self-select around whether or not this course is a good fit for you. To help with this, you might ask yourself whether some or all of these statements apply to you:

  • You often see bigger potential than is being realized on the projects you’re involved in but haven’t found a way to help your collaborators and/or clients see and align with that potential.
  • You know that sustainability will never accomplish its aims if we can’t change the way we think and work, but you’re not sure how to achieve this.
  • Your work is important and meaningful to you, but you still feel the drive to learn and develop along a path so that your work and the essence of “who you are” become further and further integrated.
  • You have a track record of accomplishment, and yet you continually see possibilities beyond the level that you are currently able to realize.

If so, you may be a good candidate for the series. If you are considering enrolling in an open course but unsure as to whether the course is right for you, you may request a call with a faculty member to mutually assess whether it’s a fit.

What material does the series cover?

The series is structured around a systemic framework that has been drawn from and tested through decades of working on regenerative development projects in communities all over the world. The framework integrates four core elements that enable regenerative thinking and working across the nested systems in which we work. The learning outcomes of the series are as follows:

  • Greater ability to assess design and development practices for their regenerative potential
  • A deeper understanding of how regenerative development unfolds at the project and community level;
  • Greater ability to define how a regenerative approach would apply to various sectors and fields of practice relevant to your work;
  • Increased capacity to manage complexity as a means to deliver greater value to clients and stakeholders;
  • Strategies for growing a successful regenerative practice; and
  • The support of a local learning community of peers and colleagues who share your commitment to creating profoundly innovative work in service to a healthier community and world.

For more information about the content covered in the series, you may download the course syllabus.


Schedule for 2020 Aotearoa Series

The schedule for the 2020 Aotearoa series is as follows:

  • MeetUp: Friday, Feb 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 am Auckland local time, at an Auckland location TBA (or via videoconference for those not local to the Auckland area)
  • Videoconference Orientation: Friday, Feb 28 from 9:00 – 11:00 am Auckland local time
  • Videoconference Sessions: Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00 am Auckland local time: March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
  • Waananga (Intensive): May 28-31, Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Auckland. We meet Thursday 28th, 2pm Powhiri (welcome), and stay together on the marae all day Friday – Sunday (finishing 3 pm).
  • Final Videoconference Session: Friday, June 12 from 9:00 – 11:00 am Auckland local time.

Investment/Tuition Fees

Tuition for the New Zealand cohort is $3900 NZD (no gst charged) including meals and accommodation during the intensive. This fee does not include your personal travel expenses.

You may pay in full or via a six-month payment plan. You will pay a reservation fee of NZ $100 to secure your place in line.

We are able to offer a limited number of subsidies to practitioners and organisations who require financial support. Subsidy applications are accepted as part of the reservation process described below. All subsidy applications must be received by November 29, 2019.

Reservation Process – Deposit Required

We have a waiting list for the 2020 Aotearoa TRP series which requires us to carefully plan for how many cohorts we can accommodate. To reserve your place in line, you’ll need to fill out a form and pay a reservation deposit of NZ $100 no later than December 13. We will notify you in mid-December whether your space has been confirmed. If confirmed, you will be billed for the remaining tuition. If we are unable to confirm a space, your deposit will be refunded in full.

Update, 4 February 2020: We are currently at capacity with two full cohorts confirmed. Those who would like to be added to the wait list should submit their reservation form as soon as possible. 

For questions please contact our registrar.


  • Reservation deadline: December 13, 2019
  • Subsidy applications due: November 29, 2019
  • Cohorts confirmed: mid-December 2019
  • Tuition billed: January 20, 2020
  • Series begins: February 21, 2020

Photographs from top: TRP 2018 cohort at Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island; Rainbow from Piritahi Marae (photo by Sarah Rickards); Mamaku fern (photo by Laura Forest Photography).

Illustrations by Ian Durneen.