Workshops on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

In addition to our Permaculture Design Course, we offer an exciting range of smaller sustainable living workshops, often on Saturdays.

Get passionate about establishing your own nutritious food garden, using sustainable building products, saving money, developing new skills and discovering old ones. New workshops are frequently being added, so keep an eye on our offering by ‘Liking’ us on Facebook or signing up to our monthly eNews.

Apart from our regular workshop offering, we also offer the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Series of workshops. These workshops are stand-alone modules offered from the currently running Permaculture Design Certificate. If you don’t have the time (or money) to complete a full PDC, these workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the skills of a permaculture designer at your own pace. You will be buddied up with a PDC student and become a part of our learning community.

Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Current Workshop Program

Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday: Earth Arts Activities - with Bob Mud

More on these activities…

Also check out Bob’s Earth Arts workshops for school groups with Hands on Art

 

Saturday 21st February

9am – 4pm: Bangalow Palm Sheath Baskets  -with Weva Deva

Discover the beauty, strength and flexibility of the Bangalow Palm Sheath for basketry. This very easy basket making technique is perfect for the beginner weaver.

Bangalow Palm Sheath, when soaked, becomes pliable and easy to shape into a plethora of creative forms.

Both beautiful and useful, this table basket or sculptural piece is a great addition to any abundant kitchen, home or garden. Warning – this technique is heaps of fun!!

Cost:  $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 21st February

9am – 12pm: Creative Papermaking - with Lesa Hepburn

Learn the process of preparing recycled paper for hand papermaking. This 3 hour workshop will cover making pulp, pulling sheets of paper & drying your paper.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) with $20 materials fee

Note: materials fee of $20 / $15 concession payable on the day of the workshop.

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Saturday 28th February

9am – 4pm  Natural Dyeing with Plants with Linda Parmenter

Learn the basics of dyeing with plants to create beautiful textile pieces while minimizing the impact on the environment.  Natural dyes have been extracted from flowers, leaves, bark and seeds throughout the centuries, and this workshop will cover some of the common techniques for unlocking the myriad of hues that are contained within these materials.

The workshop will introduce participants to some of the familiar garden plants and Australian natives that can be used, and to the use of mordants to fix the dye to silk, wool or cotton fibres.  Using basic shibori (resist) techniques and ‘eco-printing’  to create beautiful marks on the fabric, participants will patch these pieces together to create a beautiful piece of textile art that can used as a wall hanging, framed picture, or used as a component for dressmaking or other textile/fibre art projects.

Fabric and plant materials will be supplied.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 7th March

9am – 4pm:  Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist with Jayne Azzopardi

Have you noticed medicinal herbs growing in your local environment and wanted to know more about them and how to use them?!

This workshop is an in-depth exploration of five local, sustainable and medicinal ‘plant allies’ growing in your environment.

Alongside the medicinal properties of the plants we will cover the vital subject of wild crafting ethics, protocol and stewardship. You will also learn how to conduct qualitative research on these plants. Guaranteed to leave you inspired and dripping in biophilia (love for life and living systems) and with a wealth of practical skills to boot!

Topics Covered For Each Herb

  • Plant History

  • Harvesting & Drying Techniqueherbal medicine

  • Spirit Of The Plant & Right Relationship

  • Energetic Considerations

  • Mechanism Of Action And Key Constituents

  • Current Research & Therapeutic Uses

  • Creating Culinary Or Medicinal

  • Preparations

  • Safe Application Of These Preparations.

Cost:  $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Wednesday 11th March

2pm – 5pm:  Fermented Herbal Sodas and Honey Mead with Jayne Azzopardi

 An Afternoon of Bubbling Brews and Herbal Effervescence.

Would you like to explore fun filled, ways to make the medicine go down? Look no further! In this workshop we will uncover ancient herbal brews and practices to bring into hearth and home. It may even get a little magical!

We will make a variety of Herbal Sodas for all dietary needs & unveil ancient secrets of Honey Mead.

We will discuss the medicinal nature and therapeutic application of each ferment. You will taste tongue tantalizing, beverages and discuss the appropriate application of each for specific health conditions.

Cost:  $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 14th March

9am – 4pm:  Lantern Making with Nancy Brown

Learn how to make a magical light display during this full day workshop. We will sculpt lanterns using rattan, cane and paper and then explore different techniques to highlight designs on the lanterns.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 28th March

9am – 12pm: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening – with Ko Oishi

Tune into Spring time and further develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for spring planting. We will also help you to build the productivity of your soil as well as how to best manage this precious resource and protect your crops from pests and disease through crop rotation, companion planting and more…

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 if booked with Establishing & Maintaining Veg Gardens

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Saturday 28th March

1pm – 4pmEstablishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens – with Ko Oishi

A hands on workshop on the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden. Learn the art of planting, growing, and maintaining your own home vegetable patch.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 if booked with Establishing & Maintaining Veg Gardens

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Saturday 4th April

9am – 4pm: Harvest Baskets  -  with Weva Deva

Come and join in this WEAVING CIRCLE: a very relaxing and satisfying skill- sharing workshop, celebrating the abundance of the harvest of the Summer season. In this workshop we will learn to make a harvest basket full of strength and beauty using only natural dyed and found fibres.  We will discuss other relevant topics such as:

  • Plant identification

  • Sustainable harvesting techniques

  • Fibre preparation and storage techniques

  • Cultural importance

  • Therapuetic value of cultural / creative arts

  • Environmental education

  • Womens empowerment through the arts

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) plus additional materials cost payable on the day: $10pp

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Saturday 18th April

9am – 12pm: Wholistic Miso Making – with Ko Oishi

Come and learn the ancient art of fermenting miso! The precursor to Miso is thought to have originated 2300 years ago during the era of “Yayoi” in Japan, which also coincides with the popularisation of rice paddies . However, it took another 1600 years for this ferment to be perfected. During this workshop, we will be making white miso based on soy and sprouted brown rice. I will also demonstrate that anyone can make miso at home without sophisticated technology or equipment.

In essence, the workshop will involve:

  • A taste test of pre-made miso

  • Appreciation of different miso recipes

  • How to start “rice-koji”, a precursor to a number of Japanese Ferments such as: soy sauce, miso and sweet rice wine

  • How to process soy

  • Health benefits of miso

  • Methods of storage

  • Maintenance during storage

  • And finally, how to enjoy it after months of temptation

Participants will also get to take the finished product at the end of the session. There will be “Koji” culture available for purchase during the workshop.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 2nd May

9am – 4pm: Native Bee Keeping- with Tim Heard

This workshop alternates between slide presentations and a practical session to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more.

In the practical session, we will open hive and observe the amazing structures within. We will divide the hive into two halves showing the process of colony propagation. We will also extract honey from a hive.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday  August 15th 

9am – 4pm: Rustic “bread” Baskets Weaving Circle  - with Weva Deva

This beautiful rustic bread basket will bring back that “country” warmth to any home and heart. In this workshop you will learn how to weave an assortment of VINES and GRASSES into a large woven basket useful for holding bread, fruits, veg etc . We will explore the characteristics, how to grow, harvest and prepare the fibre plants available to us in our local area that are useful for basket weaving.

Using the prepared fibres that will be supplied, come and enjoy the art of weaving in a creative and supportive setting and just imagine your handmade basket overflowing with homemade bread.YUM..

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) plus additional materials cost payable on the day: $10pp

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Later in 2015

9am – 4pm: Introduction to Bush Permaculture - with Bunya Halasz & Em Maltby

Immerse yourself into Permaculture with this unique offering – great for those who love the garden and the bush.

Spread over 2 consecutive weekends, this 4-day workshop will explore the shared goals of permaculture and bush regeneration: land repair based on natural succession. We will spend the first weekend at Northey St City Farm learning the key principles and concepts of permaculture design, with practical activities including building a no-dig garden, composting, and practice designs.

The next weekend we’ll drive to Paradise One near Coorabell, Northern NSW and return to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. Paradise One is an Eco-Resort and former banana plantation which is now being restored (including large scale, non-chemical removal of camphor laurel) into a system that provides organic food and a place to gather and celebrate for people; habitat for native flora and fauna; and an array of ecosystem services that support the local water catchment and surrounding farms. Here we will learn more about succession and land restoration through bush regeneration activities; food forest management and permaculture design on a larger scale. The workshop will conclude on Sunday afternoon at Paradise One at approximately 4.30pm.

 No previous experience is required for this workshop and it is a great way to familiarise yourself with permaculture and bush regeneration practices. After the workshop you may decide to go further with your permaculture studies by doing the Permaculture Design Course . Discounts apply for those who continue with a PDC at Northey Street.

First Weekend – On-site at Northey St City Farm. Accommodation & Food not included.

Second Weekend – Paradise One, Coorabell, via Mullumbimby. Accommodation – camping (dorm or private room extra) & food included.

This new program will go ahead with a minimum of 8 participants, let us know you are interested by emailing education@nscf.org.au

Cost: $460 / $370 Concession,  $410 Early Bird

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Workshop Cost: 

Half-day workshops: $50 / $35 for Healthcare Card holders
Full-day workshops: $85 / $65 for Healthcare Card holders

Other workshops: varies, please refer to specific workshop page.

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Places are limited in most courses and workshops, so get in quick!   If a session is full prior to payment, you will be quickly and happily refunded.

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Phone: (07) 3857 8775 (10am-4pm, Tue-Fri)

Fax: (07) 3857 8108

Email: info@nscf.org.au

Post: 16 Victoria St, Windsor QLD 4030

EFT: BSB 313-140; Account # 120 459 54; Name: Northey Street City Farm

Bookings for PDC require payment of a deposit of $300 ($240 conc.) There is a discount for payment in full by one month prior to course commencement.

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