penny-portraitPermaculture Sydney Institute’s mission is to see permaculture and sustainable living grow and as many people as possible develop their own permaculture properties. Our educational workshops and courses equip you with the skills and knowledge to make your permaculture dream a reality wherever you live: in urban or rural setting, in homes, schools, workplaces, streets, and communities.

It’s been a phenomenally busy year at Permaculture Sydney Institute.  Our courses and workshops have been none stop.  We aim to encompass the permaculture ethics of ‘Earth-care’, ‘People-care’ and ‘Fair-share’ in all our courses and ensure we cover topics crossing Zones 0 – 5, from fermenting to “taking a walk on the wild side”.

This year we have run a successful series of Introduction to Permaculture Courses and 2 Permaculture Design Certificate courses along with a myriad of fun and lively weekend workshops including; our organic kitchen garden series; preserving; fermenting; food forest; farm forestry; beekeeping; DIY Vertical Garden; bamboo growing and building; earthworks; dry stone wall construction, stone carving; cider, perry & wine making; wild weaving; heritage fruit trees and seed saving.

Next year, to meet demand, we aim to offer many of these again and are currently working on a host of additional fresh new courses PSI will continue to surprise you with more as the year unfolds with wonderful with Australian based trainers committed to sharing their valuable local knowledge with you.

We remained committed to the Permaculture display at the Royal Agricultural Easter Show in April and PSI continued to support International Permaculture Day and International Seed Freedom Week financially and by hosting events for each. We look forward to repeats and more in 2014.

A special thanks to everyone who has supported PSI in 2013. Lauren, our web manager and graphic designer who has created and maintained an outstanding website; Michelle and Duncan our interns, who have helped in so many ways; Geoffrey, for administrative support; Peter, Karen, Michelle, and Kathleen, the PSI caterers who have prepared amazing and delicious meals.  A big thank you to Bandusia Country Retreat especially Wolfgang and to Doug & Sue Taylor and Karonga School for allowing PSI to use their beautiful venues for education. Our local community of St Albans has helped and supported us and we are so grateful and honored to be with such great people.

All of us here at PSI would also like to thank our most extraordinary trainers and presenters throughout 2013. We pride ourselves in having top quality permaculture presenters and trainers such as David Holmgren; Janet Millington; John Champagne; Nicholas Crook; Pat Collins; Aaron Sorenson; Dan Deighton; Peter Brecknock; Peter and Silvia Allen; Richard Brassil; Anthony Andrist; as well as our international specialist trainers and experts in their fields including Doug Sommerville DPI – Beekeeping; and Philip Baker – Stone Masonry.

And finally, most importantly, PSI would also like to especially thank you, the members, for attending the workshops and enabling PSI to continue providing our services.

I hope you have enjoyed your workshops with us and your weekends away if you stayed at Bandusia. I really look forward to attending more with you next year and with your support we can make 2014 even more successful in achieving our self-reliant sustainable lifestyle.

All the best for a productive and fabulous Xmas and New Year,

Penny Pyett
Director PSI