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Permaculture Sydney Institute is Sydney’s leading Permaculture and sustainable learning centre.  It provides cutting edge permaculture courses, workshops, inspirational experiences and quality information and training.

Permaculture Sydney Institute engages only experienced, professional and accredited educators and specialists in their field and is committed to high standards of training and outcomes.

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Cheese Making Workshop

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For lovers of cheese and “the good life”, increasing self-reliance and energy efficiency. This workshop will help you to transform milk into some of the most delicious soft cheeses of the world. It will enable you to learn and value traditional cheese making skills; reduce waste, food miles and cost and produce an impressive display of fresh home made cheeses of which you can truly be proud.

Cider and Wine Making Workshop

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will help you to transform fruit into delicious wines and ciders. It will enable you to become a traditional home brewer; save money reduce waste and food miles; become more self-reliant and energy efficient; and have an impressive display of wines and ciders at your fingertips to be proud of or even perhaps to sell for income.

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

January 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

February 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own permaculture home garden.

Permaculture Gardening Weekend

March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on October 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

For those that want a taste of permaculture, a country weekend getaway and a wanting to implement permaculture at home, school or community garden.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical with some time in the garden to learn about plant propagation, composting and other gardening skills

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a Permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of Permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own Permaculture home garden.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

May 3, 2020

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own permaculture home garden.

Balcony Garden Workshop

May 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating indefinitely

Picture your balcony like a hanging garden of Babylon, overflowing with herbs, veggies and flowers? Imagine picking your own herbs, micro greens, salad, herbal tea, potatoes maybe even mushrooms. No space is too small and every balcony can grow something, This workshop shares with you many strategies you can use to create your ideal balcony garden, ensuring you can use the smallest of spaces to its full potential, in its most efficient and effective way to create maximum abundance

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 6, 2020 - July 18, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating indefinitely

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

August 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own permaculture home garden.

Food Forest Maintenance Workshop

Food Forest Workshop

September 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop will help you understand the value of food forests and the holistic, integral role they play in eco-systems. Learn about the importance of food forests; design and construction considerations; how food forests work; how to manage and maintain them organically across the seasons to maximize productivity and diversity. Food forests can be small or large and ensure local food production and food security on a local level.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

September 26, 2020 - September 27, 2020

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a Permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of Permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own Permaculture home garden.

Permaculture Gardening Weekend

October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

For those that want a taste of permaculture, a country weekend getaway and a wanting to implement permaculture at home, school or community garden.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical with some time in the garden to learn about plant propagation, composting and other gardening skills

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

October 24, 2020
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An event every 195 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 24, 2020

This course shows you how to design, construct and manage a permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn about the basic concepts of permaculture as well as its design principles, systems, techniques and strategies and everything you need to know to create and enjoy your own permaculture home garden.

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Farmer of the month: Jane Blacker – St Albans Nut Company

Jane Blacker farms and manages one of Australia’s largest organic Pecan nut farms. Right here in our valley.  Although a petite women in stature, Jane is certainly not small by nature or in what she has set up and achieved. Jane and her husband Warwick have...

News from the JULY PDC Course

Well another round of amazing PDC students were produced here at Permaculture Sydney Institute who without a doubt will go on to achieve great things. It was a small but very productive group this winter. Each have big ambitions of teaching, working abroad, developing...

Farmer of the month: Nick Shaw

This month’s farmer of the Valley of St Albans is Nick Shaw. Nick is a Horticulturalist and is passionate about plants. He teaches horticulture at Ryde College of TAFE where he teaches about plants so much of his life is about just that - plants.  Nick was inspired to...

10 Reasons I love Mandala Gardens

You don’t have to have a mandala garden to have a permaculture garden or be a permie. One chooses to have one. There are many garden design options sometimes the site will determine, the climate or the designer. I’ve chosen a mandala garden design and here are 10 good...

10 good reasons why you should do a Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

A good PDC Course can be a life changing experience. It changes you, your thinking and lifestyle and it assists you with information and skills to construct a sustainable property (wherever your are) and live your dream. It can save you lots of money, time, heartbreak...

Permaculture Courses for City and Country

Introduction to Permaculture

Learn about the basic concepts of Permaculture and how to design, construct and manage a Permaculture home garden that is productive, ‘eco-friendly’, organic, healthy and low maintenance. Learn at a time, pace and location that suits you.

Permaculture Design Certificate

The very best teachers come together to provide the ultimate Permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

Seasonal Workshop Series

Exciting and inspiring workshops that cover all areas of Sustainable Living. From Earthworks, to Preserving Your Harvest, Heritage Fruit Trees and Food Forests. There is something for everybody!

Urban Permaculture

Learn skills to become more sustainable in an urban environment. From vertical gardening to cheese making, from street planting to creating an edible oasis on your balcony… we have courses to suit every situation, whether you be on a quarter acre block or in an apartment.