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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

March 2013

Responsible Backyard Beekeeping

March 9, 2013 - March 10, 2013
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295

This will be a fun packed hands-on weekend with bee experts learning all about how to manage bees in the simplest, most efficient, safest and productive way. You will get the information, skills and confidence to deal with all the important basics and key things to look out for and do if and when needed. You will be able to go home and start beekeeping successfully or improve your beekeeping techniques you currently employ. This is a rare workshop opportunity not to miss.

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April 2013

Stone Carving PART A

April 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135
Stone Carving Workshop

This first stone carving workshop is an introductory one for beginners. It will provide you with the basic information and practice of working with stone. It includes theory and practical hands on experience.

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May 2013

International Permaculture Day – Farm Field Open Day

May 5, 2013
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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FREE
Farm Feild Open Day

Featuring mini workshops, talks, tours and demonstrations in dry stone walling; fermenting; bamboo construction; timber milling; blacksmith; and more

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Holistic Farm Management Training

May 31, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 1, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$450

This course consists of 8 two-day sessions, 3 to 4 weeks apart. The first session will be held on May 31st and June 1st, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3.30pm on both days. Course fee includes over $200 worth of materials, including 600 page text book, hand book, manual and all lunches and teas – great value. This course without the subsidy costs $4 500 – it is available for an amazing 10% of its cost whilst this Government subsidy is in place.

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June 2013

“Social Permaculture – Working Together for Change” Workshop with Robin Clayfield

June 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 9, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295

Robin Clayfield has pioneered Social Permaculture around the world and brings her passion for creating deep change through effective, dynamic group work and co-operation between groups. Join this unique and creative exploration and experience of Social Permaculture and Dynamic Group Culture in this inaugural weekend adventure

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“Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning” Workshop

June 10, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 13, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$545

Become a more dynamic, engaging, effective and relaxed teacher, presenter, facilitator or group leader. Learn in a practical, hands-on, interactive and fun learning environment that models how easy and memorable learning can be.

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July 2013

DIY Sustainable Water & Waste Systems

July 27, 2013
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call Penny on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

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DIY Sustainable Energy Systems

July 28, 2013
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call Penny on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

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August 2013

Wild Weaving Workshop – 2 days

August 3, 2013 @ 9:00 am - August 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$365

From bush floor to finished project you’ll get a broad know-how of this easy intuitive weaving technique, from material selection, shape-structuring, decoration and fiber preservation. At the end of the day you’ll take home finished wild vessels.

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December 2013

Stone Carving Workshops – Part 1 & 2

December 8, 2013
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

These stone carving workshops will provide you with the theory and practical skills of stone carving. During the workshops you will be learning the art and skills of stone carving and working with rock. After the workshop you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and science of stone carving as well as the skills and techniques to go home and continue this creative and fulfilling activity, so you too can create your own long lasting structures, art, or house and garden features.

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February 2014

The Love Feast Retreat with Robin Clayfield

February 14, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - February 16, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$795

An amazing Valentine Weekend Retreat experience awaits. This unique and powerful workshop, designed and led by Robin Clayfield is an invitation to anyone who seeks to deepen relationships, to dive deeper into creating and strengthening the foundations for a loving, enduring, joyous relationship. it is ideal if embarking on a new relationship or for revitalising any long term relationships. Combined with this amazing workshop is luxury accommodation and food to enrich all of your senses.

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May 2014

Permaculture in Aid and Development

May 17, 2014 @ 9:00 am - May 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295

A weekend experience looking at how Permaculture can be applied to overseas aid work and to communities in need There will also be films and discussion in the evening for those that want more. This is a whole weekend experience with the trainers not just a come and go workshop.

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Sustainable Tree Management Workshop

May 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am - May 25, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$275

When we inherit trees on our property or would like to plant them we need to know how to manage them responsibly and sustainably but many of us do not know how to do this correctly. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do this. Permaculture offers us unique principles, techniques and solutions for both sustainable farm forestry and natural forest management and enables us to see trees and forests from a broader perhaps entirely new perspective.

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June 2014

Food Forest Workshop

June 14, 2014 @ 9:00 am - June 15, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295
Maintaining your Food Forest

Learn about the importance of food forests; design and construction considerations; how food forests work; how to manage and maintain them organically across the seasons to maximize productivity and diversity. Food forests can be small or large and ensure local food production and food security on a local level.

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Rural Skills Series – Introduction to Farm Animals

June 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

Detailed information on this workshop will be available soon.
To register your interest call PSI on 9888 2575 or email info@permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

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August 2014

Rural Skills Series – Making an Income from your Property

August 2, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

For those interested in making their rural property financially sustainable this workshop will help you understand the numerous ways to ensure you can generate an income from your property and sustain your dream into the future. Its critical to make sure your property is financially sustainable into the future and not draining your resources, this workshop will show you how.

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September 2014

Mandala Garden Construction Workshop

September 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$275

For those that want to learn how to construct their own functional organic kitchen garden bed. The Mandala Garden is a multi functional 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.

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Outdoor Mushroom Workshop – Part 1

September 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$160 – $295.
Mushrooms

This two-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to cultivate and grow your own mushrooms. During this workshop we will explore the cultivation methods of many different species of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. It will include methods of growing the well-known Shiitake mushroom through to installing a King Stropharia Garden Giant mushroom patch will be covered in detail.

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Outdoor Mushroom Workshop – Part 2

September 28, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$160 – $295.
Mushrooms

This two-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to cultivate and grow your own mushrooms. During this workshop we will explore the cultivation methods of many different species of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. It will include methods of growing the well-known Shiitake mushroom through to installing a King Stropharia Garden Giant mushroom patch will be covered in detail.

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February 2015

Organic Kitchen Garden Workshop – Autumn & Winter

February 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

For people interested in producing abundant autumn harvests of organic, fresh, healthy, living, fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the season. ave a productive and diverse kitchen garden throughout Autumn, then this workshop is for you. This workshop will show you what to plant for this season; how to maintain your garden and all sorts of Autumn activities that will set you up for not only this season but for the others to follow.

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March 2015

Responsible Backyard Beekeeping for Beekeepers

March 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 8, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295
Beekeeping Workshop

This workshop will cover practical and theoretical information about responsible backyard beekeeping including the importance of this activity; how to make and maintain your bee hives for maximum productivity and efficiency as well as how to integrate them into your permaculture system.

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Biochar: the new Black Gold Workshop **SPECIAL**

March 22, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$75

This workshop will explain the properties and many benefits of biochar, and how to use it as a soil amendment. It will also have a hands-on demonstration of how to build and operate your own simple biochar maker that produces high quality biochar without smoke. Whether you live in the city or in the country, you can make biochar yourself and turn woody waste into black gold.

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April 2015

Rural Skills Series – Selecting your Rural Property

April 18, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

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

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Rural Skills Series – Developing & Making an Income from your Property

April 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

Developing your rural property - for those embarking on their tree change and wanting to develop their property the right way, There are many things to consider and a good plan, observation and a few hours of thought can often save many hours of effort in mistakes and changes. It is best to get it right the first time round – do it once and not have to undo or redo again later.

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May 2015

Mushroom Growing Workshop – Outdoor Gourmets. A One-Day Intensive Workshop

May 31, 2015
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
$250
Mushrooms

Join Will Borowski from Forest Fungi for this full day of hands-on learning where he will demystify the process of how you can grow your own edible, gourmet mushrooms. You’ll walk away with the skills, confidence and knowledge of how to cultivate and grow delicious organic oyster, shiitake, enoki, shimeji (and more) in your own home, plus a whole new network of fellow fungi enthusiasts! Each Participant will take home generous resources and notes to start growing.

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July 2015

Rural Skills Series – Farm Fencing for Women

July 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
$145

Whether you just want a boundary fence, a fence to keep in your animals, or fence across waterways, this workshop will provide you with a complete range of information for your fencing needs and the skills to build your own and or supervise someone else. We welcome both women and men on the workshop and specifically encourage women to give it a go and further enhance their abilities and confidence.

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Art, Nature and Permaculture Design Intensive Workshop

July 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

During this workshop you will explore all the amazing ways Art can influence design and empower you to explore your concepts. From Patterns through to details we will explore various media, learn their limitations, skills required and find different media that enables you to convey ideas. Even if you think you have no artistic flair, you will be encouraged to explore your ideas and build your creative realm. With April's unique combination of a deep knowledge of permaculture and passionate artistic background you can build the skills to create inspiring, beautiful and memorable designs.

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August 2015

Earthworks & Water Workshop

August 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am - August 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$275
Earthworks

Urban or broadacre, this workshop will give you the theory and practical earthworks examples and options such as how to construct pathways, roads, swales, terraces, earthbeams, keyline, diversion drains, retaining walls, culverts, sediment traps and much more.

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Anti-Avairy Workshop – DIY Orchard Enclosure

August 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am - August 9, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$275

This workshop will show you how to make your on Anti-Aviary system to protect your fruit tree orchards, backyards, veggie gardens and food forests. The workshop covers the theory and practice of design options, materials selection, costs, tips and techniques of construction and ongoing maintenance details. Learn by constructing an Anti-Aviary on-site at the Institute over a weekend with others and get the vital hands-on skills and experience to be able to go home and do-it-yourself.

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Sheep Workshop for meat, dairy, wool and mowing

August 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am - August 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1 – $250
Keeping Sheep Workshop

So you’ve decided on Sheep for your property. But what do you do next? How should you prepare for and look after them? What do they need, what do you need to do to keep them? What are the right breeds for your farm or property? This two-day workshop will provide you with a complete range of information you need to farm sheep. It is designed to give the participants an understanding of what they should know if they want to run a small flock on their land and what their responsibilities are.

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September 2015

Spring/Summer Kitchen Garden Workshop

September 5, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$135

This Spring & Summer Kitchen Garden Workshop is a special one. It will cover a range of kitchen garden information for spring plus there will be plenty of hands on experience too.

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October 2015

Rural Skills Series – Managing Beef & Dairy Cattle

October 17, 2015 @ 9:00 am - October 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145 – $250

This is the perfect workshop for anyone wishing to raise cattle and care and manage them in a humanly and sustainably. There will be practical hands on experiences with cows such as handling and moving; milking; injecting; and many more. The workshop includes a visit to an operational farm in the area to see cattle yards; watering systems; different types of fencing including permanent and electric fencing; and cattle husbandry in practice.

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April 2016

Dry-Stone Wall Building Workshop

April 16, 2016
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An event every 168 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 1, 2016

Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145
drystone wall building 2

This one-day workshop will provide you with the theory and practical skills of dry-stone wall construction. During the workshop you will be building a dry-stone terraced vegetable garden. After the workshop you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and science of dry-stone wall construction as well as the skills and techniques to go home and build your own.

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Stone Carving Part A

April 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every 168 days that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until October 3, 2016

Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

These stone carving workshops will provide you with the theory and practical skills of stone carving. During the workshops you will be learning the art and skills of stone carving and working with rock. After the workshop you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and science of stone carving as well as the skills and techniques to go home and continue this creative and fulfilling activity, so you too can create your own long lasting structures, art, or house and garden features. Each participant will be able to take home their own project they have created on the day.

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May 2016

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

May 1, 2016
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An event every 196 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until May 1, 2016

Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1 – $595

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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September 2016

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

September 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - September 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every 84 days that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until December 5, 2016

Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1 – $595

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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October 2016

Stone Carving Workshop – Part B (Advanced)

October 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145
Stone carving workshop

For those that want to retain the traditional skills, history and art of working with stone and create uniquely beautiful items from natural rock for the home, garden and community

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February 2017

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

February 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - February 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1 – $595

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 2017

Bamboo Building Workshop

March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - March 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1 – $295.
Bamboo Construction Workshop

This workshop is for those who appreciate bamboo and all its beauty, bounty and abundance; its strength and structural ability; its flexibility to bend and not break; its multi-functionality and usefulness; and its sustainability. It’s for those who wish to design and build bamboo structures for their home, farm or community and become more self-reliant, energy efficient and sustainable.

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April 2017

Sandbag Dome Building Workshop

April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - April 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$2 – $295.

This workshop is for those who are interested in alternative sustainable low cost shelters and structures. Sand if often abundant in our surroundings and used in bags makes an excellent construction material that is cheap, sound proof, well insulated, and energy efficient.

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July 2017

Crafternoon

July 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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FREE

Crafternoons are an opportunity to get together to learn, share, play, relax, create, learn, teach and grow. Bring a creative project of your choosing or work with the theme of the day.

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Make your own Solar Oven Workshop

July 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
$145 – $150
Solar Oven Workshop

This workshop is a hands-on fun practical workshop that will give you a better understanding of how solar energy works, an appreciation of solar cooking, how a solar oven works, An awareness of emerging solar technologies, skills and knowledge for building your own, fun cooking with a range of highly efficient and alternative cooking systems – solar, rocket stoves, gasifiers, and solar kettle.

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August 2017

Rural Skills Series – Welding for Women

August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

As part of our rural skills series we are delighted to offer this unique Welding for Women workshop.
Welding is an essential skill for people living in rural locations who want to be self-reliant and save themselves potential costs. By the end of the day you will walk away with a repertoire of skills to enable you to perform general maintenance, repair and restore metal around your property, on the farm or just simply to allow you to get creative with metal.

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Sandbag Dome Building Workshop

August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$99 – $245
Sandbag Building Workshop

Over the weekend you will learn how to make a sandbag dome structure that will be used as a home for noisy turkeys. The dome is almost completed however you will learn about the design and construction of it from scratch - from footings to completion. The structure should be completed by the end of the day ready for rendering the following day Sunday 13th. The project demonstrates an array of techniques used in earthbag construction and provides participants with the knowledge and skills of earthbag building confidently and to be able to build their own structures.

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Renders & Rendering Workshop

August 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
$99
Rendering Workshop

The workshop is a great opportunity to learn about alternative building techniques with like-minded people. The workshop caters for all level of skill and age groups and no prior experience is required. This practical hands-on workshop will cover the practical aspects of rendering. It covers all the important basics you need to know.

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Sustainable Backyard Poultry Workshop

August 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

This workshop is about helping you to keep your poultry so they are sustainable in all senses of the word. Meeting the needs of the chicken is especially important in being able to achieve this and to be able to design appropriate housing; provide nutritious food; ensure good health all in a cost effective and sustainable way that makes them productive, low maintenance and healthy.

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Poultry Breeding Workshop

August 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

This workshop will help you understand what you need to do to achieve best breeding practice for healthy poultry chickens, turkeys, guinea fowls. It will help you understand the needs of the chicken, providing it with a happy fulfilling life, as well as the breeding cycles an managing incubators and those first weeks of life – so important for the lifetime health and success of your breeding. This is a fun packed practical day with Meg Miller.

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November 2017

Make your own Solar Oven Workshop

November 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145 – $150
Solar Oven Workshop

This workshop is a hands-on fun practical workshop that will give you a better understanding of how solar energy works, an appreciation of solar cooking, how a solar oven works, An awareness of emerging solar technologies, skills and knowledge for building your own, fun cooking with a range of highly efficient and alternative cooking systems – solar, rocket stoves, gasifiers, and solar kettle.

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Wild Tiles and Wicked Mosaics Workshop

November 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

This is a very hands-on practical workshop. As a group project, you will be constructing a shallow pond for wildlife and poultry. You will leave the day with not only your own project but also with the skills, confidence and inspiration to make many more at home.

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January 2018

Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

January 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1,695

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

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March 2018

Beekeeping Workshop

Introduction to Beekeeping

March 3, 2018 @ 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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This introductory one day workshop will walk you through the information you need to ensure you are a responsible bee keeping, demystifying what can appear to be a complex and challenging art. Whether you are an urban garden or broadacre farmer, a practicing beekeeper or a total beginner, you will definitely benefit from this workshop. The workshop includes both theory and practical sessions. Participants will get hands on experience opening and handling a hive.

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Native Beekeeping and Beehive Making Workshop

March 25, 2018 @ 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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$145
Australian native bee Amagilla on a cinnamon basil flower

This will be a fun packed hands-on weekend with bee experts learning all about how to manage native bees in the simplest, most efficient and productive way. You will get the information, skills and confidence to deal with all the important basics and key things to look out for and do if and when needed. You will be able to go home and start native beekeeping successfully or improve the beekeeping techniques you currently employ. You will take home your own hive ready to go.

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April 2018

Pruning

Fruit Tree Workshop

April 21, 2018 @ 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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Pete the Permie from Telopea Mountain Permaculture Nursery will be presenting this amazing workshop on fruit trees. Pete a long time fruit tree specialist will be talking and demonstration the basics about caring for your fruit trees including, pruning, propagation, budding and grafting, fertilization, species selection, root stocks, covering systems and a whole lot more. Some biodynamic techniques are also covered, winter V’s summer pruning.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical and extensive class notes and fruit tree booklet are also included. 

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June 2018

Introduction to Permaculture Design – 5 Days | 10 Modules

June 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$595

This 5 Day 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. It is appropriate for people with balcony or small space gardens, school or community gardens, suburban gardens or large acreage properties.

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December 2018

DIY Wicking Pots & Vertical Garden Workshop

December 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$145

This workshop will show you how to make your on vertical “polypipe” garden for your vegetables and herbs. Part A of the workshop (9am to 1pm) covers the introduction of the polypipe system. PART B of the workshop (1.30 to 5pm) is for those that want to make their own Poly-pipe system on-site, under instruction from the trainer.

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March 2019

Introduction to Permaculture Design – 5 Days | 10 Modules

March 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$595

This 5 Day 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. It is appropriate for people with balcony or small space gardens, school or community gardens, suburban gardens or large acreage properties.

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Colours of Nature – Natural Dye Workshop

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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Come explore the natural environment around our neighborhood, join us as we learn to identify and harvest different local plants, flowers and berries, explore their dyeing properties. Discover new and traditional methods to extract and to create different shades and colours. Using our kitchen waste, vegetable fruit scraps and peels to create zero waste natural pigments into environmentally friendly fashion. Find out how to prepare the textiles and create the recipes for dyeing.

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July 2019

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$1,695

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

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October 2019

Sustainable Backyard Poultry Workshop @ Bandusia

October 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$175

This workshop is about helping you to keep your poultry so they are sustainable in all senses of the word. Meeting the needs of the chicken is especially important in being able to achieve this and to be able to design appropriate housing; provide nutritious food; ensure good health all in a cost effective and sustainable way that makes them productive, low maintenance and healthy.

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December 2019

Cheese Making Workshop – CANCELLED DUE TO FIRES

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$175.00
cheesemaking

For lovers of cheese and “the good life”, increasing self-reliance and energy efficiency. This workshop will help you to transform milk into some of the most delicious soft cheeses of the world. It will enable you to learn and value traditional cheese making skills; reduce waste, food miles and cost and produce an impressive display of fresh home made cheeses of which you can truly be proud.

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Cider and Wine Making Workshop – Cancelled due to fires

December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$175

This workshop will help you to transform fruit into delicious wines and ciders. It will enable you to become a traditional home brewer; save money reduce waste and food miles; become more self-reliant and energy efficient; and have an impressive display of wines and ciders at your fingertips to be proud of or even perhaps to sell for income.

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January 2020

Summer Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

January 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

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May 2020

Permaculture Gardening Weekend

May 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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For those that want a taste of permaculture, a country weekend getaway and a wanting to implement permaculture at home, school or community garden.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical with some time in the garden to learn about plant propagation, composting and other gardening skills

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June 2020

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Modules 5-10 @ Bandusia

June 6, 2020 - June 8, 2020
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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July 2020

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 6, 2020 - July 18, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating indefinitely

Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

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September 2020

Food Forest Workshop

September 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$295
Food Forest Maintenance Workshop

This workshop will help you understand the value of food forests and the holistic, integral role they play in eco-systems. Learn about the importance of food forests; design and construction considerations; how food forests work; how to manage and maintain them organically across the seasons to maximize productivity and diversity. Food forests can be small or large and ensure local food production and food security on a local level.

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February 2021

Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture-Module 1-4 @ Bandusia

February 27 @ 9:00 am - February 28 @ 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 2021

Autumn Permabee – Pecan nut Paddocks

March 7 @ 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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Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 5-8 @ Bandusia

March 27 - March 28
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 2021

Introduction to Permaculture Design – Module 9-10 @ Bandusia

April 17
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 2021

Winter Permabee – The Food Forest

June 6 @ 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 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 animal species,…

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Permaculture Gardening Weekend

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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For those that want a taste of permaculture, a country weekend getaway and a wanting to implement permaculture at home, school or community garden.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical with some time in the garden to learn about plant propagation, composting and other gardening skills

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July 2021

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC)

July 12 - July 24
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)is the ultimate permaculture course experience. Covering the Permaculture Designers Manual it brings together ancient and modern wisdoms, science and the arts and many practical design principles and techniques for living a totally sustainable lifestyle.

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August 2021

PDC Graduates Get Together Celebration Weekend

August 14 @ 8:00 am - August 15 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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Permaculture Sydney Institute is calling all PDC graduates to a “Celebration Party and Get Together” to celebrate 40 years of Permaculture. And what better way is there to celebrate an anniversary birthday than to have a party! The get together weekend will be held at Bandusia Country Retreat in March where graduates will be able to relax, refresh, regroup, recalibrate, refocus and revitalize all around the theme of Permaculture.

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September 2021

Spring Permabee – Kitchen Garden Bandusia Country Retreat

September 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 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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Permaculture Gardening Weekend

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - September 12 @ 5:00 pm
Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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$595

For those that want a taste of permaculture, a country weekend getaway and a wanting to implement permaculture at home, school or community garden.  The workshop is both theoretical and practical with some time in the garden to learn about plant propagation, composting and other gardening skills

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