What's On

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

    • 02 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Marsfield

    Seed Saving for the spring!

    2–4pm Sunday 2nd October


    PSN's Spring Planning seed saver event is here!

    In October, PSN Seed Savers will be planting seeds for the mid-to-late summer, putting them in the greenhouse to give them a head start, and packing up seeds for the winter.

    If you have any interest in learning what seeds to sow at this time of year or how to save seeds for next year, please come along! If you have any seeds from your winter crops to be processed and saved for next year, bring them along, too!

    All members are welcome, no matter their experience level. It's a social afternoon, and a good chance to meet other seed-passionate PSN members!

    Seed Savers events are moved around the different local group areas during the year, so that everyone has an opportunity to attend one in their local area.

    This month's event will be at Peter Pezzolesi's house in Marsfield. The address will be provided upon registration.

    Bring any seeds you have for saving and storing, and a plate to share!

    Queries to Pete at ppezzolesi@gmail.com

    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM
    • Woy Woy
    • 12


    Visit a working mushroom farm in Woy Woy

    Tuesday 11th October 10.30.am

    Margins Mushrooms is a family  owned business producing White, Swiss Brown and Oyster mushrooms in an old factory at Woy Woy

    They offer informative tours of the factory, but only on week days, as on weekends they sell at local markets. The tours are about one and a half hours and cost $20 per person. -this includes a bag of fresh mushrooms.

    They also sell large bags of mushroom compost, 

    I have tentatively booked a tour for PSN for Tuesday 11th October at 10 30 am.

    The minimum number for a tour is 15, so we would need definite bookings as soon as possible and  at least a week before.  Their website https://marginsmushrooms.com.au

    Woy-Woy is about an hour’s drive from Lindfield so we would try to organize car pooling.

    A picnic lunch afterwards would be pleasant in a lookout on the way home, so bring a light picnic lunch.

    Optional extra

    While in the area those of us who want could join us in visiting the

    Bulgandry Aboriginal Art Site 

    A ten-minute walk from Woy Woy road (which is on the way home) Bulgandry Aboriginal art site has well-preserved carvings from Guringai People. 

    “Walk along the relaxing footpath in the bush and view some of the clearest and sharpest Aboriginal engravings on the Central Coast”.  There  is more info at  https://www.icentralcoast.com/bulgandry.html

    Please Register- money to be refunded if we don’t get the numbers.

    Please let me know if I can assist car pooling by letting other participants know your contact number.

    DI Evans - devans91eton@gmail.com  0408253490

    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • North Wahroonga
    • 6

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    Saturday 22nd October 2pm to 4pm

    North Wahroonga

    Christmas is just around the corner....

    Come and join the Living Skills Team and learn how to make your own soy wax candles in lidded glass jars as well as soy melts for oil burners.  They are 100% natural and make wonderful presents, if you can bear to give them away.

    It is surprisingly easy and affordable to make your own soy candles at home and you get the added bonus of being able to add your own fragrance.

    Maryanne, an experienced Candle maker, will talk us through all the steps needed to make our own candles, from selecting the wax, type of wicks needed for different waxes, how to secure the wicks in the jars to ways of melting the wax.  We will then make our own candles.

    There will also be a selection of fragrances for you to choose from.

    Once you have learnt the technique, you will never need to buy candles.  You can make candles in your own signature containers, decorated perhaps.  You can even re-use old candle jars to make new candles and use your own choice of fragrance.

    All materials are supplied and you get to take home 2 candles and "soy melts" made from the leftover soy wax.

    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Multiple gardens in the Sydney North Shore area

    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.


    23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov & 13 Nov 2022
    Sunday mornings 9am - midday


    Members: $50
    Non-members: $75 (includes 1-year individual membership of PSN)*

    *If you would like to join with a different membership (e.g. family or 5-year) then you can join via our website and then register as a member


    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


    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


    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at 


    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Naremburn
    Join waitlist

    Do you have coffee plants and wonder how you can process those ripe coffee beans and eventually make a cup of your own home brew?

    Or are you just curious to learn how coffee beans are processed at home without the use of commercial gadgets?

    If you answer yes to the above questions, this event is made for you!

    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Various local gardens
    • 3

    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.

    In this module we’ll help you consolidate your learning and apply it to your own garden design. We’ll look at how to map out your ideas, incorporating permaculture features, overcoming design challenges and how to plan and implement the changes.

    Please note, this is module 2 of the program. You will need to have completed module 1 before attending this module. If you are new to permaculture then we recommend a 3-to-6-month gap between modules to attend other workshops and events to learn more about permaculture approaches on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals and structures.

    Workshop 3: Saturday 5th November 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

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




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

    What you will learn
    Module 1
    : During the first module 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. Note: you will need to complete this prior to attending module 2, registration for this is done separately.

    Between modules: After completing module 1, 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. We’ll also provide you advice on further resources for self-study. Note: You will need to register for each of these workshops separately.

    Module 2: In the final two workshops we’ll help you consolidate your learning and apply it to your own garden design. We’ll look at how to map out your ideas, incorporating permaculture features, overcoming design challenges and how to plan and implement the changes.


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

    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 7


    Saturday 19th November 2pm - 4pm

    Mt Colah

    Join the Living Skills team in another exciting workshop in the spirit of

    re-purpose, re-cycle, re-use , re-pair.

    Do you have a pile of old cards, calendar pictures or unused scrapbooking materials too good to be thrown out? Do you keep good paper shopping bags or the odd empty box with a random logo that, if covered, could be re-gifted? Bring them along and build yourself a stash of ready to go gift bags and boxes for every occasion. 

    This will also be an opportunity to swap and share materials as well as ideas for reusing them. Some tools will be provided but if you can, bring a pair of scissors, craft knife and a glue stick with you. Bringing your own is optional. Please, avoid shopping for anything. 

    Katerina's garden is a lovely and relaxing permaculture garden and is a calm place to relax with good company while making something useful. Please bring a plate of yummy snacks to share with the group.

    Please note that the registration fee of $5.00 is non-refundable, due to administration costs, unless the event has to be cancelled by PSN.

    • 26 Nov 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Lane Cove North
    • 5