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Discover a more sustainable way of life with our range of Permaculture Courses and events for all ages. 

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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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Natural Building Workshop – Earthbag, Bottle Building and Rendering Workshop

October 1 - October 3

Over this long weekend you will be building an outdoor garden circular bench seat and bottle wall. You will be constructing the bench seat from earthbags and render then constructing the back wall of the bench seat with bottles and render. It’s a creative project that involves a range of different natural building skills and learning.

Earthworks and Water Workshop

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

This workshop will help you understand, design and implement earthworks on your property (large or small) to set up your system well from its foundations, getting the structure and framework right. It will prepare you for future scenarios such as drought; floods; food shortages; and climate change.

Natural Health and Healing from your Garden

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With Pat Collins, make your own natural organic first aid kit from natures finest plants - weeds. Turn your weeds into effective valuable lotions and medicinal potions. Walk away with hundreds of dollars of products and save money. Know your weeds and understand their virtues for medicine; food and nutrition; skin care, soils and landscape.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

October 29 - October 30

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 Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

November 19

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.

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

January 9, 2023 - January 23, 2023

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.

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News from the Winter PDC 2022

The July PDC Course happened to intersect with our big flood. Some students got trapped in (for the two weeks) and some got trapped out, and so we had no choice but to run the course with ten of us here at Bandusia. We had no power from day one. So, no hot water, no...

Floods, floods and yet more floods!

Our beautiful valley was hit very hard by our last flood in July with the highest flood levels since 1949. In some spots, the highest ever on record. It has knocked our community very hard. No one has been unaffected, and we are all still in shock and disbelief about what has happened here. Losses have been immense. Homes, possessions, animals, paddocks, fences, riverbanks and landscape, either gone, buried or destroyed.

What’s new? Our bush tucker food forest.

We’ve been creating a new food forest on the farm of a different kind. This one is a bush tucker food forest consisting entirely of  native edible species. It is situated in zone 3 of the property as it requires less maintenance than a zone 2 fruit and nut tree food...

Natural Health & Healing from your garden workshop

This amazing workshop with Pat Collins filled out fast and for those of you that missed out. Don’t despair,  the next one is Oct 23rd. Here’s some scenes from the event:   Stage one: Identifying, sourcing and gathering the weeds.Hunting and gathering the weeds....

The Mandala Market Garden

The mandala garden continues to develop and flourish, with emphasis now on its production with  the construction phase complete. Sunflowers are beaming from one of the gardens along with beans and squash producing bountiful quantities. Potatoes are standing proud and...

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.