Our curriculum included a variety of short courses delivered by inspiring practitioners from around New Zealand. Topics included, leadership and facilitation, movement, biography, and permaculture design.
During the programme participants all designed and completed six week internships. This allowed participants to tailor learning experiences to their individual interests, to grow their networks and experience new lifestyles, initiatives and work environments. It also supported them to give back to people and communities across Aotearoa. Internships were varied with participants spreading out across the country working with sustainable communities, social enterprises, curative education, a homelessness project, willow weaving and more!
Participants directly applied their skills and knowledge designing an end of programme hui, inviting the wider community to come and experience what OA was all about. The “OA Shindig” was a beautiful celebration. To check out some photos of the event visit our FB page.
Participants were each given time during the year to spend on personal projects, deepening passions and interests. At the end of the year participants each gave a presentation sharing their work, process and insights with one another.
Community meetings were an integral part of our weekly rhythm. They brought together participants and programme coordinators to reflect on the week. The purpose of community meeting was to maximise participants’ learning by providing space to reflect and share insights. It was also an opportunity to check in with one another on a deeper level and facilitate community wellbeing.
Attendance at weekly house meetings were also a requirement for everyone on campus: participants, coordinators and flatmates. The purpose of the House Meeting was to address any concerns regarding the practicalities of living together and to allocate cleaning and house beautification tasks for the week.
During the year we often hosted public lectures. These gave our wider community the opportunity to enter our classroom and learn from our visiting contributors.