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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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Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

March 2 @ 9:00 am - March 3 @ 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.

Introduction to Permaculture Design – 5 Days | 10 Modules

March 2 @ 9:00 am - March 6 @ 5:00 pm

This 5 Day 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. It is appropriate for people with balcony or small space gardens, school or community gardens, suburban gardens or large acreage properties.

Colours of Nature – Natural Dye Workshop

March 9 @ 9:00 am - March 10 @ 5:00 pm

Come explore the natural environment around our neighborhood, join us as we learn to identify and harvest different local plants, flowers and berries, explore their dyeing properties. Discover new and traditional methods to extract and to create different shades and colours. Using our kitchen waste, vegetable fruit scraps and peels to create zero waste natural pigments into environmentally friendly fashion. Find out how to prepare the textiles and create the recipes for dyeing.

Beekeeping Workshop

Beekeeping for Beginners

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This introductory one day workshop will walk you through the information you need to ensure you are a responsible bee keeping, demystifying what can appear to be a complex and challenging art. Whether you are an urban garden or broadacre farmer, a practicing beekeeper or a total beginner, you will definitely benefit from this workshop. The workshop includes both theory and practical sessions. Participants will get hands on experience opening and handling a hive.

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AQUAPONICS MASTER CLASS

April 1 @ 8:30 am - April 4 @ 4:00 pm

This workshop will teach you the essentials of Aquaponics such as designing a system best suited to you, learning to grow plants, fish care and plumbing. The basics of Aquaponics can be quite simple, and if practiced, following a few simple principles, excellent growing conditions for both fish and plants are achieved and you will be able to grow clean, nutrient dense produce and fish at home.

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

April 6 - April 7

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 4

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.

Preserving Workshop

Preserving Workshop

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This workshop will help you transform your harvest into tasty jams, pickles, bottles of fruit, dried produce, and vinegar and accompaniments that will get you right through the year across the seasons and those “hungry gaps” when there’s not much in the garden. It will enable you to have an impressive display of food at your fingertips, keep a well-stocked pantry to be proud of, use surplus harvests, prevent waste or even develop an income from your produce.

Healthy Fermenting Foods Workshop

June 23 @ 9:00 am

For those that want to get healthy, preserve your garden surplus the most nutritious way and live a more self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to go home and make your own healthy fermented foods and drinks. It will be fun packed, informative, hands on and very practical. You will discover how simple it is and how you can integrate into your daily life. Don’t miss it!

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 8 @ 8:00 am - July 20 @ 5:00 pm
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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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Cheese Making Workshop

July 27 @ 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

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.

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PSI in Pictures

PSI IN PICTURES 2018 marks the end of 7 years since PSI began. We have achieved much in that time but have so much more planned for the future. Take a look below to see how far we have come and where we are headed. Thank you for being part of our...

News from our recent Wicking-Pot Garden Workshop

The wicking-pot garden workshop attracted a range of people - locals, a Sydney restaurateur, the local school,  and others concerned about water wise low maintenance gardening. Everyone got to make their own systems to walk away with at the end of the day ready to...

Another year over and what have we done?

It was the year we celebrated 40 years of permaculture (since permaculture one) and in honour of this we ramped up our delivery of Permaculture whilst continuing our usual activities and services. In a nutshell we: EDUCATION: Delivered extra permaculture...

A Visit from Guangdong Farmers

Organic farmers from Guangdong province of China visited us here at PSI this week to learn about Permaculture and see it in practice here. Most had never heard of Permaculture so the visit was a real eye opener.  There were loads of questions and interest about...

From the Aquaponics system – Our trout harvest, what a treat!

Well these are the ones that didn’t get away! And I’m so pleased we now have 12 rainbow trout in the freezer – one for each month of the year! They are great tasting and really good for you too! Here is our neighbour Heath who helped with the harvest. An experienced...

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.