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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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Beekeeping Workshop

Beekeeping for Beginners

May 9 @ 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.

Geodesic Dome Workshop

May 22 @ 8:00 am - May 23 @ 5:00 pm

About this workshop This workshop will provide both theory about Geodesic Domes and practical hands on experience with them. You will learn about: the history of geodesic domes the theory of how they work and function the specifications of their construction details the benefits to you and the environment with this sustainable building technique and lots more. You will construct a 5 meter “Outback Dome” at the Permaculture Sydney Institute Farm for a greenhouse from the foundations to completion, thus…

Winter Permabee – The Food Forest

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Winter Permabee (first Sunday in June) is spent in the food forest, zone 2 at Bandusia Country Retreat. This day involves maintenance of the food forest including repair of swales, animal system maintenance,  pruning of fruit trees, chop and drop of legumes, possibly some planting, mulching swales and paths and general routine maintenance. Volunteers will get a good feel for food forest design, systems and management from this experience. They will also learn about different plant and animal species,…

Permaculture Gardening Weekend

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 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

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 5 - July 17

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.

PDC Graduates Get Together Celebration Weekend

August 14 @ 8:00 am - August 15 @ 5:00 pm

Permaculture Sydney Institute is calling all PDC graduates to a “Celebration Party and Get Together” to celebrate 40 years of Permaculture. And what better way is there to celebrate an anniversary birthday than to have a party! The get together weekend will be held at Bandusia Country Retreat in March where graduates will be able to relax, refresh, regroup, recalibrate, refocus and revitalize all around the theme of Permaculture.

Spring Permabee – Kitchen Garden Bandusia Country Retreat

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Spring Permabee (the first Sunday in Sept) is focussed on the kitchen gardens in zone 1 of Bandusia Country Retreat. This area is Bandusia’s kitchen garden and supplies food for the students and visitors throughout the year. It includes a kitchen garden, a herb garden, aquaponics system, a bush tucker garden, a quail system and more. The day’s tasks include weeding the gardens, propagation, fertilising, mulching, planting, composting, quail management, aquaponics maintenance, wicking beds and generally cleaning and tidying…

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

September 25 @ 9:00 am - September 26 @ 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

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - October 10 @ 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

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

October 30 - October 31

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 13

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 Permabee – Market Garden PSI Farm

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Summer permabee (the first Sunday in December) is spent on the PSI Farm in the Mandala Garden which is PSI’s commercial (zone 1) market garden that adjoins Bandusia Retreat. The mandala garden supplies local community food boxes and food to Bandusia. The day’s tasks involve weeding, fertilising, mulching, composting, propagating, planting and more. Participants will learn about an integrated eco-food system of plants and animals. Specifically, they will learn about plant & integrated animal species, organic weed management, composting,…

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Gardens PSI designed, constructed and maintained over the last 10 years

Over the past ten years, PSI has designed, constructed and now maintains 27 specific gardens at our PSI Farm and Bandusia country retreat. The gardens are based on permaculture principles and are all organic, using animal or fish fertilisers only and with no...

Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) Seasonal Permabees – Labour, learn and laugh together

About the PSI Permabees PSI holds four Permabees (Permaculture working bees) a year - the first Sunday of each new season. Permabees bring people together who have a curiosity or interest in Permaculture. No experience or formal training in permaculture is necessary....

Eco-structures built at Permaculture Sydney Institute

Over the last 10 years PSI has been creating a permaculture demonstration site at Bandusia Country Retreat and the adjacent PSI Farm. The power of a demonstration site we believe is the best way to share and influence knowledge about ecologically sustainable...

Permaculture Strategies for Fire Prevention & Preparedness.

There are many things we can do to design for fire as many examples in these recent and other fires have shown us.

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...

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.