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Mandala Garden Construction Workshop

September 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


For people who want smart functional organic kitchen garden design 

About the workshop
Growing a successful productive organic kitchen garden doesn’t just come down to the plants, soil and water, success also comes down to design. The Mandala Garden is one such garden design suitable for growing an array of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers in a small space.  The design has many advantages; it saves space, increases access, and reduces maintenance, water and energy. In a nutshell, it makes gardening easier. The design consolidates your organic kitchen garden making it easy to maintain and protect. Mandala Gardens are also aesthetically beautiful and provide a feature for your front garden or backyard.  If you have some flat space and want a beautiful and successful kitchen garden then you can have one too.

Workshop Outcomes
This workshop takes you through the whole process of producing a mandala garden from design through construction to planting out your veggies.  You will learn all about mandala gardens, how to design them, manage them, suitable planting options, pond and path construction, keyhole construction, edging options and more. Alongside the initial construction you will also learn about companion planting and guilds, seasonal planting, production rates, micro climates, no dig gardening and more.  This workshop is over 2 days and provides both theory and practical components, you will walk away knowing exactly how to build and maintain a highly productive Mandala Garden.

About the trainer
Penny Pyett BA (UNSW), Cert. Welfare Work (St George TAFE), Dip Hort Science (Ryde TAFE), PDC (Permaculture Institute).

penny-portraitPenny Pyett is the director of the Permaculture Sydney Institute, an institute she is currently developing with others as a Permaculture Education and Demonstration Centre on 55 acres in St Albans on the outskirts of Sydney. Penny has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, horticulture, community development, management and business. Over the last ten years Penny has been teaching  permaculture and horticulture courses for community organisations and at various colleges for TAFE NSW including  Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture Design Certificate and Gardening for people with disabilities courses. Through TAFE outreach she also teaches Permaculture design courses for school and community garden groups, facilitating groups with the design and development of their own school or community garden.

In 2002 Penny completed her PDC with Bill Mollison and since then has played a leading management role with Permaculture Sydney North (the leading group of Permaculturalists in the Sydney bioregion) on the management committee and as President (2005-09). She was one of the key initiators and the national coordinator of National Permaculture Day and convener for the National Permaculture Convergence APC9 in 2010.

In 1999 Penny designed and developed her own urban permaculture garden at Ryde, which has won numerous awards and acknowledgment for best sustainable eco-garden and edible landscapes.

A community development worker for many years, for both local government and the community services sector, Penny has worked with many individuals and community groups in developing programs and services for their communities as well as neighborhood precinct committees. She has provided facilitative training for community groups, schools and organisations for over 20 years.

As the sometime owner of successful secondhand businesses, Penny likes to reduce waste and re-use second-hand materials in landscape design that is functional and aesthetic.

As well as quality permaculture and sustainability education, the Permaculture Sydney Institute (PSI) also offers permaculture consultation, design and community development and group facilitation services.

Workshop Program
The workshop includes both theory and hands on practical experience. You will be involved in constructing a real Mandala from start to finish. The workshop will cover both the theroy and hands on practical sessions throughout the weekend, you will experience first hand the step by step process.

  • What is a Mandala Garden?
  • Variations on the design
  • Benefits and functions
  • How to make a pond for your garden
  • Pathways, keyholes and edges
  • Materials for construction and where to source
  • Compost making
  • No dig gardening
  • The soil
  • The plants, – for summer & winter & where to place them
  • Companion planting and guilds for the mandala garden
  • Fertilizing
  • Managing and maintaining through the seasons
  • Building the Mandala bed garden, reinforcing the theory and the process of construction

Part LETS accepted. 10% discount for PSI members (if attended a PSI workshop in the last 12 months)  


September 7, 2014
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


Gardening gloves • Work boots • Work clothes • Hat • sunscreen • Water bottle • Camera • Note book and pen
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Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, course materials and a beautiful setting to learn in !