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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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Vertical Gardening Workshop

Wicking Pot and Worm Farm Garden Workshop

December 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will show you how to make your on vertical “polypipe” garden for your vegetables and herbs. Part A of the workshop (9am to 1pm) covers the introduction of the polypipe system. PART B of the workshop (1.30 to 5pm) is for those that want to make their own poly-pipe system on-site, under instruction from the trainer.

Beekeeping Workshop

Beekeeping for Beginners

December 19 @ 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.

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

January 3, 2022 - January 15, 2022

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.

Natural Health and Healing from your Garden

February 6, 2022 @ 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-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

February 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - February 27, 2022 @ 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.

Autumn Permabee – Pecan nut Paddocks

March 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Autumn Permabee ( first Sunday in March) is focussed on the Bandusia’s Pecan Paddocks on the riverbank in zone 3.  The pecan nuts are sold to food co-ops and private buyers and is one of Bandusia’s income streams. The day’s tasks include harvesting the pecan nuts, cleaning the ground for collection of nuts, possibly some mowing, managing understory trees and paddock and weed management. Volunteers will learn about Pecan nut tree harvesting and processing and the care and management…

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

March 26, 2022 - March 27, 2022

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.

Geodesic Dome Workshop

April 2, 2022 @ 8:00 am - April 3, 2022 @ 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…

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

April 9, 2022

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.

Winter Permabee – The Food Forest

June 5, 2022 @ 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,…

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 4, 2022 - July 16, 2022

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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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.