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Welcome to EarthDiverse!

We are an Adult & Community Education (ACE) provider and not-for-profit social enterprise offering a wide range of Diversity Education courses in both the social and natural sciences. We provide programmes designed to mitigate racism, discrimination and environmental degradation through courses, seminars, activities and events that aspire to strengthen social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand society. Though we cater to our little patch of Planet 3 here in Aotearoa New Zealand, our courses are open, affordable and accessible to anyone, anywhere and we welcome learners and qualified instructors from around the globe.

We currently offer over 140 different courses on a rotating basis, with new courses introduced each Term. Four times per year (following New Zealand’s School term system) we offer about 40 different courses in the broad categories of Language, Culture and Nature. We’ll continue to work hard to deliver new and interesting courses that help enrich our minds and raise our spirits!

2022 TERM SCHEDULE:

  • Term 1: Monday 14 February through Friday 8 April 2022
  • Term 2: Monday 9 May through Friday 1 July 2022
  • Term 3: Monday 1 August through Friday 23 September 2022
  • Term 4: Monday 17 October through Friday 9 December 2022

2023 TERM SCHEDULE:

  • Term 1: Monday 13 February through Friday 7 April 2023
  • Term 2: Monday 1 May through Friday 23 June 2023
  • Term 3: Monday 24 July through Friday 15 September 2023
  • Term 4: Monday 16 October through Friday 8 December 2023

NOTE: It’s never too late to sign up for an EarthDiverse course. If a Term has already begun and you’ve missed a few sessions, no worries! You can always catch up by watching the weekly video-recorded live class sessions, reviewing any posted class notes, or examining a PDF of any Powerpoint/Keynote presentations given during the class. We’ll also be introducing learn-at-your-own-pace prerecorded video classes in the near future, so stay tuned for courses available anytime!

COSTS: Please note that all of our prices are in New Zealand dollars and anyone, anywhere in the world can register for our courses at the New Zealand dollar price regardless of your location.

2022 October School Holiday Courses & Workshops

(1-16 October 2022):

Here’s what’s coming up for the School Holidays:

  • ART111: “Let’s Make a Puppet! A Creative 3-hour Workshop for Kids”, with Ifat Vayner, Puppeteer. Saturday 1 October 2022, 11:00am-2:00pm. Loco the Taco is coming to explore the kitchen with all the creative tools he’s got! We will create a muppet (mouth puppet) and learn how to move the puppets in short scenes. No previous art experience necessary. All materials included. For kid’s aged 8-14 years only. This course is offered as an in-person workshop only.  Bring a packed lunch.
  • School Holiday Programme for Kids: Run Your Own Op Shop! Monday 10 October 20222, 9:00am-3:00pm. Encourage your kids to gather up all those things that they no longer use and join the Kids Op-Shop project at EarthDiverse. Kids attend a workshop about upcycling and entrepreneurship! Workshop and Table for $15.00. All proceeds are yours.
  • ART106: “Bunting Creation With Words: a creative school holiday workshop for kids.” Thursday 13 October 2022, 10:00am-2:00pm with Pepa Torre. Buntings are a welcoming item used in any kind of celebration. They are a simple craft that can be reused on countless occasions *if you treat them with love and respect). They can be very effective decorations for birthday parties, traditional celebrations, and any other event. They are especially good to make a statement: mood, beliefs, surprise or you may just choose to use them to celebrate your language. In this workshop we invite people from all ages to sit together and create decorative words together (kids 8 years and younger need to be supervised by an adult). Buntings are not hard to make, you just need to make some choices and spend some fun time creating. They are not difficult but, where would you buy a buying that says “Welcome” in Arabic or “KIA KAHA” in Korean? We invite you to come and spend some time with family or friends getting your hands dirty and making something unique that you can enjoy for years to come. Materials will be provided but, by all means, feel free to bring cardboard, your own glue gun or a special crafty item of your choice if you want to work faster with your own tools.

2022 Term 4 (17 October – 9 December) Courses:

Our Term 4 courses begin the week starting Monday 17 October 2022. Please check each course page for details for each course.

We’re currently updating our Term 4 course list and will continue to add more courses over the coming weeks as we prepare for the start of Term 4 on 17 October 2022.

Please note that it’s never too late to join a course after it’s started. Once you’re registered you have access to all of the class notes and video recordings, as these are posted on the course page so that you can catch up or use these to review lessons.  Contact us via our Contacts page if your interested or simply register for the course.

2023 School Holiday Courses & Workshops

(9 January – 17 February 2023):

We have a few courses and workshops planned to help get your New Year started of right, and to help you with your New Year’s resolutions! Here’s what we’ve got planned so far:

  • A Brief History of the Ukraine, with Dr Alexander Maxwell, PhD, Victoria University of Wellington (begins Friday 13 January, 3:00-4:30pm NZ time) (see the course page for equivalent time zones)
  • school holiday kids art and puppet workshops (stay tuned!)

2023 Term 1 Courses

(13 February – 7 April 2023):

Our 2023 Term 1 courses began the week starting Monday 13 February 2023. we’ll begin adding our planned Term 1 courses once our 2022 Term 4 schedule begins in mid-October 2022).

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