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Permaculture Sydney North creates empowered, resilient and sustainable communities by teaching people skills in permaculture and self sufficiency.  We run a range of practical, hand-on workshops and courses, and we bring in guest speakers on a range of topics close to our hearts. Our education is fun and a great way to connect with a like-minded community.  Many events are free for members, and our paid courses are affordably priced. 

Upcoming events

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 25 Sep 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
    • 1

    Learn to design your own food oasis through this 6-month program. Our PSN volunteers will open up their gardens and work closely with you to help you put together a design for your own suburban property – regardless how big or small.

    When

    Week 1: Saturday 10th April; 9am - 1pm

    Week 2: Saturday 17th April; 9am - 1pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Week 3: Saturday 18th September; 9am - 1pm

    Week 4: Saturday 25th September; 9am - 1pm



    Cost

    Members:         $110

    Non-members:  $130 (includes 1-year membership of PSN)

    Price includes a copy of our text book ‘An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary Morrow




    Locations

    Each session will be held at a different permaculture garden and details will be forwarded after enrolment.


    What you will learn
    Week 1 & 2
    : During the first two weeks you’ll learn how to analyse a suburban property using a permaculture approach to identify and map not just the space but the various elements and influences that need to be considered. Each participant will finish these two workshops with a detailed map of your own property as a basis for your permaculture design.


    Between the first and final sessions, you'll have opportunities to attend a range of PSN workshops on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals & structures. These will provide you with some of the key knowledge when planning what goes into your own design.


    Week 3 & 4: In the final two weeks you’ll create permaculture design for your own suburban space and a plan for implementing the changes.


    Registration

    To register go to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4216136


    Contact

    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at education@permaculturenorth.org.au



    • 14 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 31 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    Register

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    Mens and Womens styles available in various colours.


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    For multiple T-shirts please complete additional registrations. Each registration is for one T-shirt.

    Orders close on 31st May.

    Assuming minimum order requirements are met, a bulk order will be placed with the supplier as soon as practical after 31st May and everyone has paid in full.

    This will enable us to distribute the T-shirts at the July meeting or by other arrangements avoiding delivery charges if possible.

    • 15 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 05 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Mount Colah, Pennant Hills and Denistone
    • 0
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    Overview

    This course is designed to help participants identify how to live a more sustainable life using permaculture principles. It will cover things you can do in the home, garden, and community to reduce your footprint and increase your wellbeing.


    Dates

    15 May - 5 June 2021
    Saturday mornings 9.00am to 12.00pm

    Cost

    Members: $50
    Non-members: $70 (includes 1-year membership with PSN)

    Objectives

    By the end of the course you will have:
    • developed an awareness of how the permaculture principles and ethics can be applied
    • gained a greater understanding of how to get more involved in PSN or other sustainable community activities.
    • identified adjustments to your current lifestyle

    Curriculum

    The course is loosely based on David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia: The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

    You will

    • visit 4 different working permaculture gardens and hear from the owners of the garden about their set up
    • identify practical ways you can live more sustainably
    • participate in hands on activities such as preserving and seed saving

    To Register

    Please visit www.permaculturenorth.org.au or go directly to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4213923 to reserve your place

    Contact

    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at
    education@permaculturenorth.org.au


    • 17 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Lindfield Seniors Community Hall, 259 Pacific Hwy
    Register

    Grow Your Own Mushrooms with MycoReality


    Learn everything you need to know about growing your own mushrooms from Alicia Dudek, the founding fungi fanatic at MycoReality, a mycelium inspired conversations firm.

    This talk will focus on the bucket method of mushroom growing and go into detail on home grower start-up considerations.

    About Alicia:

    Alicia works with people all across the spectrum of fungi fanatics.  From learning how to grow oyster mushrooms in your own backyard, to envisioning a future where every object we produce has fungi in its lifecycle, she is keen on transforming our way of life into a true MYCOREALITY.

    Her passion for mushrooms is a part of her heritage and upbringing, and throughout her life she has collected knowledge from a great number of teachers, and good ole' uncle google. She is here to share her story and synthesis of how we as humanity can collaborate more closely with fungi for our mutual benefit.

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    Please be aware that due to COVID restrictions:

    • Numbers are limited and you MUST register online to attend in person.
    • We will not be serving supper, but we will serve tea and coffee. bring any snacks you need.

    If you can't make it to Lindfield, we will be live-streaming the panel via Zoom!

    Joining the Zoom Meeting:

    • For computers or tablets, click the link or paste it into your browser: https://zoom.us/j/94472558299

    Meeting ID: 944 7255 8299

    • To dial in by phone call (audio only): +61 2 8015 6011 Australia

    If you have any problems, check your email box or the event on the website in case something changes.


    • 18 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 846 The Bucketts Way, Stroud Road NSW 2415
    • 1
    Register

    Come join us for a tour of the Limestone Permaculture Farm.

    Tuesday the 18th May from 1pm until 3:30pm.

    https://www.limestonepermaculture.com/

    Tickets are $22.50 for PSN members which includes a light afternoon tea. (This is half price as PSN will be subsidising the tix that are normally $45 for permaculture groups).

    Payment details (changed since my initial event announcement email at 5:44pm on 17/3/21): Please pay PSN directly by following the information provided when registering or via the email/invoice that you are sent after registering.

    The farm is a two hour drive north of Hornsby. Members will car pool. Please let me know if you can drive others up there or if you need a lift.

    Some people might stay overnight in the area. There is apparently a good camp spot at a place called Riverwood Downs. The photos on the Google look great!

    Any questions, ask me: jessaddison@yahoo.com or 0403 444 655.

    Thanks

    Jess



    • 22 May 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Denistone
    • 2
    Register


    With the extreme water events getting more common as the climate changes, our gardens need to be able to survive both drought and deluge. Learn about waterwise gardening: how to build water holding structures such as swales, rain/bog gardens or wicking beds as well as see the ways of increasing water holding capacity of the soil.

    This workshop will be held in a large garden where you can see examples of wicking beds, swales and a banana pit.


    • 29 May 2021
    • 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Mangrove Mountain
    • 0
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    JAKE CASSAR BUSHCRAFT

    1 DAY PLANT BASED SURVIVAL COURSE

    SATURDAY 29TH MAY - 10.45am to 4.00pm

    MANGROVE MOUNTAIN

    Jake Cassar Bushcraft (JCB) presents Australia's only 'Plant-based Survival Crash Course' - A One Day course suited to anyone wishing to learn more about medicinal and edible wild plants in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

    JCB acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders past, present and emerging. JCB strives to interact with the land and all its inhabitants with the utmost respect.

    This is a 5 hour Crash Course with plenty of information for everyone to help them to get started on their journey of sustainable foraging and bushcraft skills.

    NOTE: Be sure to bring a notepad and pen, as you will need to take LOTS of notes to keep up with the volume of information you receive.

    Being a Crash Course, the idea is to cram as much info re edible and medicinal plants into a short time frame. So be prepared for A LOT of info.
     
    Held at Ironbark Bushcamp in the picturesque rural town of Mangrove Mountain (approx 60 minutes from Sydney). We can car pool for the event.

    ThIs course is only suitable for ages 16+. Sorry no kids

    It's worth noting that this is in a fairly remote area where there is no electricity, no amenities (pit toilets) and very limited phone reception. 

    The cost of the course is being subsidised by Permaculture Sydney North and is for Members only.

    *** About Jake Cassar ***

    Jake has been described as an encyclopedia of bush knowledge, earning this reputation by spending months at a time living in the bush and subsiding largely from only what he can hunt, catch and gather.

    Jake has worked with Aboriginal groups across Australia, former military trackers, and also did a week of training with American tracking legend, Tom Brown junior.

    With over 25 years of experience doing survival missions into remote areas, Jake is considered by many to be one of Australia's foremost authorities on edible and medicinal wild plants.

    As a conservationist, tracker and bushcraft teacher, Jake has featured on the History Chanel, BBC Radio (International) SBS (The Feed), ABC, Triple J Radio, National Indigenous Television, the Today Show on Chanel 9 and many more.

    A political activist and award winning conservationist known for significant environmental wins including creating new #NationalParks on the #CentralCoast and protecting other large areas of bushland, Jake's personal stories are sure to captivate and inspire.

    Jake is raw, upbeat, authentic (albeit a bit rough around the edges) and will take you on a journey of discovery that is GUARANTEED to change the way you look at the Aussie bush forever!

    For our love of this ancient land!

    "We all have a role to play in creating a safe and sustainable future for our children. Indeed it is our ultimate responsibility." Jake Cassar

    • 13 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Lindfield
    • 4
    Register

    Ku-ring-gai  Local Group - Event for Everyone 

    Sunday June 13th  2021

    Adventures in Cooking Phase 2

    Last meeting we  enjoyed foods typically cooked  in different countries and cultures.  This time is a bit more challenging because we will all  bring food cooked with at least some aboriginal food materials or flavours.  This will probably require some research by all of us.  Those of you who will have been on Jake Cassar’s excursion will have a head start here.

    The Harvest Seeds and Native Plants nursery in Terry Hills has quite a good range of plants that were used by the First Nations people, and when I was there, there was a lady who knew quite a lot about it.

    There will be no presenter - just everybody sharing what they know or have found out and made or invented. 

    So register if you are interested in participating.

    www.permaculturenorth.org.au



    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Lindfield
    • 0
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    RANDOM BASKET WEAVING

    SATURDAY 19TH JUNE 10am - 4pm

    Join us for an exciting day as Sally Blackwell teaches us how to weave baskets using natural ingredients found in your garden.

    "I am a firm believer that everything has an inherent value and should not be wasted. I have been experimenting with natural fibres, grasses, vines, recycled materials and other materials found in my local environment to turn what might have been wasted into something that is useful and pleasing to the eye, hence my logo - waste not fibre. Each piece is unique, drawing from whatever comes to hand that sparks my imagination."
    – Sally Blackwell

    You will learn how to use vines, twigs, leaves and seed pods to create a beautiful basket. All materials will be supplied.  A creative activity that requires no experience.  We will also discuss what types of natural fibres are best for random weaving and how to harvest and store them.

    You will learn how to use vines, twigs, leaves and seed pods to create a beautiful basket. All materials will be supplied.  This is a creative activity that requires no experience.  We will also discuss what types of natural fibres are best for random weaving and how toharvest and store them. You can see her work on her website.

    All materials will be provided by Sally but if you have something that you particularly want to use from your garden, please bring it along and we can experiment with it.

    This is an all day workshop.
    • 26 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Denistone
    • 10
    Register


    Keeping animals in the backyard benefits you and your soil. They provide good quality food (eggs and meat), supply manures to fertilise soil, can be employed to clean garden beds or noxious weeds and are fun to watch and be around!

    Learn about the basics of small-scale animal husbandry in an urban setting. We will talk about poultry (quails, chickens and ducks), small furry animals (guinea pigs, rabbits and goats) and a bit about bees, too. You will hear about animals’ needs, maintenance and the cost of keeping them.

    And on the day you will see chickens and rabbits in action!

    • 17 Jul 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 19 Feb 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
    • 7
    Register

    Learn to design your own food oasis through this 6-month program. Our PSN volunteers will open up their gardens and work closely with you to help you put together a design for your own suburban property – regardless how big or small.

    When

    Workshop 1: Saturday 17th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 2: Saturday 24th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Workshop 3: Saturday 12th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 4: Saturday 19th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm



    Cost

    Members:         $110

    Non-members:  $130 (includes 1-year membership of PSN)

    Price includes a copy of our text book ‘An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary Morrow




    Locations

    Each session will be held at a different permaculture garden and details will be forwarded after enrolment.


    What you will learn
    Week 1 & 2
    : During the first two weeks you’ll learn how to analyse a suburban property using a permaculture approach to identify and map not just the space but the various elements and influences that need to be considered. Each participant will finish these two workshops with a detailed map of your own property as a basis for your permaculture design.


    Between the first and final sessions, you'll have opportunities to attend a range of PSN workshops on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals & structures. These will provide you with some of the key knowledge when planning what goes into your own design.


    Week 3 & 4: In the final two weeks you’ll create permaculture design for your own suburban space and a plan for implementing the changes.


    Registration

    To register go to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4240340


    Contact

    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at education@permaculturenorth.org.au



    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Ryde
    • 1
    Register

    Cocozil - PuriChole Recipe | Punjabi Chana Masala | VegeCravingsMy Dhal | Cookstr.com

    INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING

    SATURDAY JULY 17 - 11.30am to 2.00pm


    Join the Living Skills Team for an exciting workshop where we will learn about Indian Vegetarian Cooking and we will all eat lunch together consuming the scrumptious food we has cooked.

    Kusum will be talking about the Indian spices used. We will be making two dishes, Chole (chickpeas) and Dhal (split peas). We will also be making Puris, a delicious bread to eat them with.  We will learn how to mix the dough, roll it out into circles (or creative shapes), and cook them.

    Bring your appetite, rolling pin is you wish, and a desert snack to share with the group afterwards.

    Tea and coffee provided.

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • East Lindfield
    • 6
    Register



    SOAPS, SHAMPOOS & WASHING GEL

    WORKSHOP with PAT COLLINS

    Saturday 21st August  10am - 4pm

    Pat Collins is running this workshop on soaps, shampoos and washing gell. Pat has been teaching for over 23 years and has more than 20 years of practice as a herbalist. She has written a number of books, including some on weeds and their uses.

    In this workshop you will learn how to make your own soaps from a basic recipe.  You will learn how to create a large variety of soaps using various herbs, clays, natural colours, base oils, honey, essential oils and milk.

    We will look at the ingredients in commercial bath products and learn how they affect our health.  We will create our own shampoo, hair conditioner and lots more.  You will make:

           *   Six soaps

           *   Nettle hair conditioner

           *   Shampoo

           *   Washing Gel

           *   Soap balls

           *   Liquid soap

           *  Castille soap

          

    The workshop is being held at a large hall and will easily accommodate the 20 members with the social distancing rules that apply. 

    This is an all day workshop running from 10am till 4pm. The cost is being subsidised by Permaculture Sydney North and is for members only. Only members who have registered and paid will be allowed in to attend the workshop as numbers are strictly limited to 20.

    • 28 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • A lower north shore reserve
    • 4
    Register


    Join us for a guided native plant walk in a local Lower North Shore reserve.

    • 19 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Longueville
    • 0
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