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Bandusia Country Retreat

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1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
(02) 4568 2036

‘Bandusia’ is a luxury country retreat and Permaculture Education Centre nestled in a beautiful valley in the country. At only a 2 hours drive out of Sydney, it is perfect for a day trip or a weekend mini-break. Workshop participants wishing to stay over the weekend will receive special rates that includes breakfast and accommodation.

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Bandisua Country Retreat Permaculture Education Centre

February 2023

Earthworks and Water Workshop

February 11 @ 9:00 am - February 12 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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This workshop will help you understand, design and implement earthworks on your property (large or small) to set up your system well from its foundations, getting the structure and framework right. It will prepare you for future scenarios such as drought; floods; food shortages; and climate change.

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Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

February 25 @ 9:00 am - February 26 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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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.

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March 2023

Autumn Permabee – Pecan nut Paddocks

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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FREE!

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…

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Espalier

Espalier & Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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This one-day workshop will give you both the theory and practical hands-on experience of how to make your own Espaliers and how to manage and maintain them organically for maximum productivity, easy access, and control of pests and diseases.

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Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

March 25 - March 26
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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Introduction to Permaculture

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.

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April 2023

Natural Building – Earth Flooring, Rendering and finishing touches Workshop

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 2 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$345

Over this weekend you will be making a rammed earth floor for a room and rendering a small straw bale chicken house. You will be constructing an earth floor.

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Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

April 29
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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Introduction to Permaculture

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.

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June 2023

Winter Permabee – The Food Forest

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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FREE!

Winter Permabee 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…

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September 2023

Spring Permabee – Kitchen Garden Bandusia Country Retreat

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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FREE!

The Spring Permabee (the first Sunday in Sept) is focussed on the kitchen gardens in zone 1 of Bandusia Country Retreat. This area is Bandusia’s kitchen garden and supplies food for the students and visitors throughout the year. It includes a kitchen garden, a herb garden, aquaponics system, a bush tucker garden, a quail system and more. The day’s tasks include weeding the gardens, propagation, fertilising, mulching, planting, composting, quail management, aquaponics maintenance, wicking beds and generally cleaning and tidying…

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