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Rural Skills Series – Selecting your Rural Property

April 18, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


“Setting you up for Life”- For those interested in making that tree change and following their dreams

About the workshop
So you dream about life in the country, buying that land and making the tree change.
You glance at properties for sale but perhaps know little about farming or country living. Buying that property is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, so it’s critical to purchase the best you can. There is no such thing as a perfect property and there are always compromises to be made.  But isn’t it best to be as informed as possible before embarking on your dream?   There are many pitfalls and complexities in selecting land, and important issues to consider before you start your search.  You will save time, energy, stress and even emotional heartbreak if you get the right property.  This workshop aims to ensure you have the right information to help you reach for your dream.

Workshop Outcomes
This workshop will provide you with a comprehensive overview and checklist of all the things you need to consider before selecting your rural property, it offers an invaluable insight into rural living and provides  guidance as to the potential issues you may encounter when planning and preparing your tree change,  preventing some of the problems and pitfalls you could otherwise experience. It will help you narrow down and get a closer picture of what you are looking for. This must have workshop will arm you with the  information you need to save you time, energy, money and possibly emotional heartbreak. With the information you acquire from this workshop you will have what you need to go forth and pursue your dreams with knowledge, confidence and inspiration.

Workshop Program
The 1 day workshop will cover practical and theoretical information. In particular participants will be provided with;

    • An overview of legal considerations for rural properties, the legalities of land ownership
    • A framework to help you clarify your needs for what you want to do on your land
    • A look at functions and uses of the land
    • A complete checklist of considerations when buying rural properties
    • How to define the ideal location for you
    • Process for selecting and purchasing your property
    • Resource/tool list and where to find it
    • A realistic look at rural life – the good, the bad and the ugly, guidance on the issues you can encounter
    • An overview of the skills and attributes required for rural living and how to acquire them
    • Next steps for you

About the Trainers
Sherri McMahon and Ingrid Cullen

Sherri and Ingrid Photo

Sherri and Ingrid are farmers in the historic valley of St Albans. They manage their own farm business “She-Ing Farm” from which they make a livelihood and sustain themselves financially. Since purchasing their rural property in 1997, Sherri and Ingrid have subsequently regenerated the land from scratch turning it from a sandy, degenerated unproductive site to a highly productive, diverse, and sustainable property. Sherri and Ingrid built their own house, and have self developed their property into an excellent demonstration site for a productive working farm. They grow their own produce; sell produce; farm and slaughter their own livestock (including cattle, sheep and poultry); log and mill their own timber; and farm in a humane and sustainable way. They also have a successful farm maintenance business. “The Girls” as they are known in the valley are highly respected in their community with active roles  in the Rural Fire Brigade, the St Albans Common Trust and a range of other community activities. They are both extremely capable and highly skilled rural women who have extensive and in depth knowledge of all aspects of rural property management and who provide excellent leadership examples of sustainable, self-reliant and resilient living. The girls are passionate to extend and improve their property using a range of principles and techniques drawn from permaculture, organic and sustainable farming practices.   They are also passionate to share the knowledge they have gained to help others find and develop sustainable farm practices.

Sherri McMahon
Sherri provides a no nonsense insight into the workings of a rural property and will help all participants understand what they need to know to run a successful rural property in a sustainable way. Sherri has a certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture from the Hunter Institute as well a several other awards and agricultural training certificates. Sherri grew up on her family’s traditional 1500 acre mixed production farm, running 200 sheep, cattle and crops in the Snowy Mountains area and was very much part of the farm team.    She left the family farm to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Canberra University, and after graduation joined the Federal Police as a photographer, rising to become a senior investigator.  She then travelled extensively through her work, including heading the Vulnerable Persons Unit in the UN peace-keeping mission in East Timor in 2001. She was an Australian champion in athletics and power lifting.

Ingrid Cullen
Ingrid has organic gardening genes in her DNA. She comes from a family of organic gardeners and farmers from Lorne in Northern NSW and her enormous repertoire of rural skills and knowledge are largely a product of her upbringing on the family’s diverse 100 acre farm. Ingrid went on to a Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts and has a Certificate 2 and 3 in Agriculture as well as accreditation in the area of fitness, wellness, and massage. She too was a serial competitor and Australian champion in power lifting and rowing.  For many years Ingrid worked as a personal fitness and wellness trainer in community gyms and not for profit organizations. She specialised in working with people with HIV-AIDS and was awarded the World AIDS Day award for her work.

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



April 18, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 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


Pictures of properties; advertisements; property information; ideas of what you might want, where and why; notepad and pen; camera; safe walking shoes; hat; personal drinking water.
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Workshop, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, course materials and a beautiful setting to learn in !