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

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
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    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.


    Workshop 1: Saturday 12th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 2: Saturday 19th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Workshop 3: Saturday 20th August 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 4: Saturday 27th August 2022; 9:30am - 3pm


    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


    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.


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


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

    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Normanhurst
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    Learn to build IBC wicking beds and set up a fruit tree espalier

    We are heading to new member Vanessa's garden in Normanhurst to help her set up IBC wicking beds and espalier fruit trees.

    IBCs are industrial-grade containers used for transporting various materials. With a bit of know-how, they can be recycled into self-watering garden beds.

    We'll also be learning about the ancient technique of espalier which enables you to grow fruit using minimal space.

    During the day we will: 

    • Turn Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) into wicking beds
    • Set up a frame to espalier fruit trees
    • Transplant Vanessa's existing fruit trees into their new position
    • Talk about methods and techniques to espalier fruit trees
    • Share ideas, ask and answer questions and generally have a good time!

    This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on experience in building these types of garden structures.

    What to bring: Gloves, water, something to share for morning tea.

    What to wear: Sturdy closed-in shoes, a hat.

    Lunch will be provided.

    As spaces are limited, please let us know if you change your mind and cannot attend so someone else can take your place.

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wahroonga
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    Goat Milk Soap

    Saturday August 20,  2.00pm to 4.00pm


    Here is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make all-natural handmade soap with no chemicals or preservatives.

    GOAT MILK SOAP is naturally high in saturated and unsaturated fat and creates a soap that is creamy, gentle, and nourishing. We will be using a base of olive and coconut oils and include other ingredients and lye, with goat milk for a beautiful, smooth, luxurious texture. You will also learn the technique of mixing herb infusions in your soap and adding different oils that you might have available in your house. You will learn about 'saponification' and 'lyeless' soap.

    We will also make SHAMPOO BARS which are plastic package free.They help to reduce the industry’s problem with over-packaging so they are much better for the environment. The bars are more concentrated than traditional liquid shampoos, so you can use less per application and they will last longer.

    There is a curing time of 4-6 weeks before the soap you make is ready for use. You will take home a sample of the soap and the shampoo bar and notes to remind you of the quantities you have used.

    As we will work with strong lye and hot oil, for safety reasons the workshop is limited to 10 participants. Please do not bring children to the workshop.

    All attendees must be fully vaccinated.

    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Lindfield
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    THE BATTLE of the BUGS and other unwelcome creatures

    Lindfield. August 21  2022  2.00pm 

    Fruit fly, possums, caterpillars, cockatoos, rats  -They all want their share of what we grow, and leave very little for us. So what do we do, without resorting to dangerous poisons?

    There are good preventative measures, and there insects that work for us to combat the destructive ones.  I don't have all the answers, but you may have some ideas, skills, solutions  to share.

    So come to my place on Sunday August 21st . We will have a short information session, -bad bugs, good bugs - and follow with a discussion about pests in general where we can learn from each other. We will have a walk around my garden too if you like.

    Bring something tasty for afternoon tea, and lots of questions and good ideas.

    Please register 

    Di Evans 0408253490, devans91eton@hotmail.com 

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Castle Cove