Fermentation, Microbiome and Gut Health

Only 4 spaces left!

Date: Saturday, 14th September 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm

Price: $90 (lunch and afternoon tea included)

Location: KoruKai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula

When signing up you automatically agree to the Terms and Conditions (see below).


  • Brand: KoruKai Natural Herbal Products

$ 90.00


Fermentation is an ancient technique that is getting lost through the industrialisation of food. It is an important technique to preserve vegetables but it is so much more.

With the vast use of antibiotics and the chemicals in our food, even tiny traces of Roundup, destroy the balance in our intestine and bad bacteria take hold. The reestablishing of healthy bacteria is very difficult and can take months and even years.

The main by-product of fermented vegetables is lactic acid. It not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine. A win-win situation!

This is an informative workshop for anyone interested in healthy food. No cooking skills are required. You will walk away with some easy recipes that you can implement in your own kitchen using basic equipment.

Learn also why it is necessary to activate grain, nuts and seeds and learn a few techniques that will transform how you cook your food at home to provide nourishment for the whole family and prevent diseases.  


  • Our complex microbiome
  • Kefir - fermented milk
  • Ways how to use kefir everyday
  • Art of fermenting vegetables
  • Making a vegetable ferment
  • Activating grain, nuts and preparing legumes
  • Making activated pancakes and scones

What you will get:

  • Fermentation Booklet with 29 pages of information and recipes
  • 500g (approx.) of vegetable ferment to take home
  • 50% off a starter pack of milk kefir grains
  • Up to 50% off fermentation equipment (jars, glass weights, airlocks, wooden pounder)
  • Nutritious and delicious lunch with a selection of handcrafted goodies from the farm and some baked goods for afternoon tea.

More information on the benefits of fermented vegetables: here

More information on the benefits of activating grain, seeds and nuts: here

Tutor: Cornelia Holten

With a background in teaching and a Masters Degree in Montessori Education, Cornelia is well equipped to present her knowledge in a fun and informative way.

A Certificate in Organic Horticulture, an Apprenticeship in Herbal Medicine and living on a farm in Pigeon Bay equip her with a lot of knowledge and experience with growing food and living a healthy life. Together with her husband Kai, who is the bee-keeper, mushroom-grower and permaculturist in the family, they raise their two children on a block with 15 acres. They grow all their vegetables, raise animals and run their herb farm business KoruKai Herb Farm.

Fermentation Workshop Teacher says Stinging Nettle Weed a "True Superfood" (press article)

Terms and Conditions

  • A spot is reserved as soon as the full payment is received.
  • There are maximum numbers for each workshop and you will be placed on a waiting list once the workshop is full. You will be updated via email if a space becomes available. Full refund is given for amount paid if no space is granted.
  • The workshop will start on time. Please make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the workshop. You are welcome to come up to 20 minutes before the workshop and have a wander around our garden and property.
  • Please calculate enough time to get to our property. We are a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch in Pigeon Bay (details per email). If you arrive late please respect the running of the workshop.
  • Cancellation policy:
    • full refund is given if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the workshop
    • 50% refund is given if cancellation is made 13-3 days before the workshop
    • no refund is given if cancellation is made within 2 days of the workshop
    • full refund is given if KoruKai is cancelling the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances
    • minimum number of attendees for the workshop to go ahead is 10. If the minimum number is not reached two days before the workshop, the workshop is cancelled per email notification and any payment made will be refunded
    • full refund is given if attendee cannot make the postponement date in case of rain on the actual workshop day (just applies to workshops with postponement date stated)
Ingredientsinformation and practical knowledge

Fermentation workshop

The day was inspiring and a lot of fun, with many good things to learn about making healthy food - everything starting with creating good soil to ways to prepare living and nutritious fermented food! Really enjoyed meeting Cornelia and her family and the other workshop participants - what an interesting bunch of people! The lunch was truly wonderful too.


    Excellent workshop

    This workshop is a must do for anyone interested in nutrition and how fermented goods can improve your gut’s health. Cornelia will also explain why it is important to activate seeds & grains, and how to make simple and tasty recipes at home. Everything is well organised and I especially enjoyed the hands-on part, when we get to prepare our own sauerkraut. Not to mention the delightful lunch and afternoon tea with a great selection of homemade goods :)


      Fermentation Course

      Excellent workshop. I found Cornelia very professional and inspirational.
      Will definitely recommend her.


        Great day out

        Cornelia is very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed the workshop, it was very well run and Cornelia and her husband Kai are a great team. Thank you for sharing your home and your skills with us.


          Fermentation workshop

          What a helpful inspiring workshop.I have learnt so much and look forward to making my first kefir brew.The lunch was amazing such quality food .Thankyou see you again on another workshop.


            Thoroughly recommend the workshop!

            I have just made my first fermented veges at home. I did kimchi, substituting swede for daikon radish, and beetroot and carrot from my garden. I have almost finished those I made at the workshop and loved them. Also getting much better at the kefir milk and cheese. Thanks for the information. Thoroughly recommend the workshop if you are like me and like to see as well as read what to do..


              I love fermentation!

              What a fantastic workshop! Cornelia is a great facilitator. With her warm nature and her wealth of knowledge about food I have come away so inspired to make changes to the way I eat. Highly recommend this workshop! Learnt so much, met lovely people and ate such fresh and delicious food ...Thank you Cornelia and whanau

                Write your review!

                Write a review

                You May Also Like

                2 other products in the same category: