The Year that was 2016

Each year goes faster than the last and this one is no exception. It’s often like a whirlwind of activity here with many things on the go at once. This year saw a big improvement of the Bandusia site with new structures, earthworks, gardens, and animal systems. We have upped our food production, animal production water capacity, accommodation and facilities to make Bandusia more sustainable efficient and productive. All this whilst continuing to provide quality workshops and courses, ongoing maintenance and management of PSI and Bandusia. It’s been a great effort by so many people. Our wonderful workshop presenters; Lauren our Graphic Designer; Peter and Karen our Chefs; Geoffrey our admin and treasurer; neighbors and friends who provide lots of practical support and assistance and lastly but not least Robert our farm manager who without we could not cope. I offer you all much heartfelt gratitude and thanks for being all that you are and making it all happen. I love you all and appreciate everything you do.

Happy Xmas 2016 from us all here at Permaculture Sydney Institute.


In this photo are Bob Coe; Peter Slavisberg welding trainer; Peter Pezzolesi our amazing chef; Natalie and Michelle our neighbours and new recruits to PSI and myself. Hope this next year is most wonderful for you.



2017 The coming Year

Next year will be an important milestone for us. We plan to complete our infrastructure projects at Bandusia and launch some new projects, courses, activities and adventures. Our focus from May will be on the PSI Farm many of you will know as Pumpkin Farm.

The United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

It recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.

Bandusia and PSI really fit in with the aims and spirit of the United Nations Act. Bandusia continues to be a place where people come to rest and regenerate so is a great place for a sustainable holiday break in 2017. As well as continuing to make Bandusia and the Farm more sustainable PSI will be increasing its international WWOOF in-take. We along with our other continuing workshops we will be providing a special range of workshops on sustainable buildings and structures with visitors learning to dome style buildings from sandbags and bamboo.