Workshops on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

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

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

For workshop summary and bookings CLICK HERE

A great gift idea is a Sustainable Workshop Gift Voucher. Head to our ethical gifts page here


img_3043 Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2017,
8am-12pm
Permaculture Basics Summer School : Organic Herbs & Vegies – with Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck

 In this practical course, experienced teachers Carmel Harris & Adrian Holbeck will help you understand & enrich your soil with compost, worms & tonics. Choose no-dig herbs & vegies for healthy, year-round harvests. The summer series highlights local annual & perennial plants.

Week 1: Soil life, hot compost, plant families, legumes as soil food, seed propagation

Week 2: Soil structure, pH testing, nutrients, fertilisers & tonics, build a no-dig garden

Week 3: Crop rotation, seed saving, seasonal planting, cuttings propagation

Week 4: Plant ailments & organic cures, good & bad bugs, Integrated Pest Management

Cost: $200/$170 Health Care Card Holder  + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 18th of February December 2016
9am – 4pm: Native Stingless Bees – with Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, 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. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive. Please let Tim know if you think you have a suitable colony to use for this demonstration. It will be transferred by an experienced bee keeper and you get to take home the hive at the end.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder  + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 25th of February 2017
9am – 4pm: Growing and Cooking Bush Foods  – with Dick Copeman

Bushfoods are native Australian plants that produce edible fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves or roots and were important foods for the indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation. There are many that grow well in the SE QLD area and that can make a nutritious and tasty addition to our local cuisine.

In this workshop, we will harvest and cook bushfoods that are in season, including Bunya nuts, lilli pilli, round lime and native tamarind, to prepare a bushfood lunch to eat together. We will look at the many bushfood plants growing at Northey Street City Farm and learn how to recognise them and how to grow and care for them. We will also propagate some bushfood plants and learn how how best to place them in our gardens.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 25th of February 2017
9am – 4pm: Wild Child Gardens: Design for Backyard Nature Play – with Tamsin Scott

Discover how to re-wild your front or backyard to inspire endless opportunities for imaginative play in the outdoors! Using nature’s gifts of plants, sand, mud, rock and wood, design a playful wonderland on your own doorstep. Nature Play – it’s the best alternative to screen-time!

This hands on, practical and lively workshop provides expert guidance on how to transform your garden for natural play that will keep the kids happy for hours on end – and for relatively little cost. The morning session will set the scene – learn about nature play principles, the design process, explore what types of spaces and materials ignite creative play, reflect on your own childhood and tune in to your children’s play needs. The afternoon session will bring all we have learnt into a design hub to develop our beautiful new wild child garden visions! These may be written descriptions, sketches, ‘mudmaps’ or a garden plan ready to bring to fruition.

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in turning their garden (or part of it) into a wonderful natural play space for children – no prior design skills are needed. Please bring plans of your garden if you have them and/or photographs (either printed or on your device). Older children who are interested in participating are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 4th March 2017
9am – 4pm: Power Plants for Everyday Well-being  – with Annaliese Hordern

Power Plants for Everyday Wellbeing Folk herbal medicine was traditionally a part of daily life. Today we are enjoying a resurgent interest in herbs and power plants for their diverse cultural benefits such as happiness, energy, relaxation and general wellbeing. We also want more out of life, to think clearer & smarter for our work, to prevent dis~ease, to experience greater euphoria and to really enjoy ourselves with others. In this time together we will go on an exploration journey as Annaliese presents her experience with a selection of power plants, illuminating their traditional uses and how to identify and propagate some of them. Samples will be available to test and try many of these Power Plants you will want to bring into your contemporary world to live an extraordinary life. Some of the plants participants will learn about include damiana, blue lilly, guayusa, gotu kola, ashwagandha, stevia and mug wort.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 11th March 2017
9am – 12pm: Weeds – Friends or Foe? – with Dick Copeman

If the weeds in your garden are getting you down and you spend time weeding your garden that you would rather spend doing other things, then this workshop may well save your sanity and many hours each year.

You will learn how to identify common weeds and how they can help you identify problems with the soil and water in your garden and play a role in improving your soil. You will learn how to prevent them taking over, how to use them, how to manage them safely without using poisons and how to live with them.

Cost: $50/$30 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 11th March 2017
1pm – 4pm: Cultivating Your Group Ecology – with Erin Young

Functional groups are the key to getting things done. By understanding the types of ‘characters’ commonly appearing in groups and organisations, and the patterns of energy shaping group interactions, we’re able to utilise the gifts and balance the challenges. This empowers a group to be more effective, transparent and equivalent in achieving their goals, and ultimately achieve a deep functionality so that visions and ideas can actualise to make a difference in this world. This workshop provides an experiential and interactive insight to understanding the personalities in groups and organisations, how to utilise their strengths, support their challenges, and help them get what they need to be empowered and effective in collectively achieving the group’s dreams and visions.

Cost: $50/$35 Health Care Card Holder  + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 18th March 2017
9pm – 4pm: Crochet for beginners – with Ronni Martin

Learn the basic skills of making useful and beautiful crocheted items using new or recycled yarns. You will learn the three basic stitches used in most crochet patterns and how to read patterns. You will be given a ball of wool and a crochet hook which you can take home to finish the piece you start in this 3 hour workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring along old woolen jumpers to unravel and reuse, or a ball of wool in their favourite colour!

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 25th March and Sunday the 26th Of March 2017
9pm – 4pm: Intro to Permaculture Weekend Course
with Morag Gamble

Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Gather great ideas for designing your permaculture oasis.

Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community.

Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing.

The topics covered in the introduction to permaculture weekend are:

  • What is Permaculture
  • Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles
  • Permaculture for Urban and Suburban areas
  • Garden planning with Permaculture Zones and Sectors
  • Designing your permaculture system
  • Permaculture in the home
  • Building the soil fertility naturally
  • Creating a no-dig garden
  • Establishing a low-maintenance permaculture garden
  • How to create abundance in your edible garden
  • Propagating herbs, perennials and subtropical plants
  • Introduction to seed saving
  • Creating an urban food forest
  • Permaculture in the community

Cost: $200/$170 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 1st April 2017
9pm – 4pm: Effective Collective with Sociocracy – with Erin Young

Achieving our dreams and visions for a world that cares for earth, people, spirit and fair share of abundance and resources requires dynamic and effective organisation.  This form of organisation is designed with transparency, effectiveness and equal-value, governed by a resilience resembling nature’s inherently sophisticated feedback loops, and provides connection, trust and fulfillment.

Sociocracy is a social technology for the governance and facilitation of these groups and organisations. Based on circle process, the methodology allows a clarity of group purpose on macro and micro levels, bringing together all elements of the system through a balanced “power-with” autonomy.    Founded on the both/and approach, Sociocracy allows for both flat-structure at the appropriate level and a hierarchy of focus. Each person is invited to become a leader in their domain of influence, collaboratively deciding on operational policy in semi-autonomous self-organising groups in order to achieve the organisational mission.

This workshop provides participants with an interactive introduction of this transformative governance methodology.  Explore the parallels and application of permaculture principles and ethics through Sociocracy’s agile approach for facilitating effective whole-systems organisation.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


originalSaturday 24th April 2017
9am – 4pm: Native Stingless Bees – with Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, 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. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive. Please let Tim know if you think you have a suitable colony to use for this demonstration. It will be transferred by an experienced bee keeper and you get to take home the hive at the end.

Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder  + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here


 

Workshop cancellations:

We understand that sometimes circumstances change and participants may not be able to attend a course or workshop that has been paid for.

For workshops (half day, full day and weekend) we require a minimum of 3 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 3 days of a workshop.

If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:

  • Receive a refund, less a processing fee of $10 per person.
  • Opt for a credit for another workshop, to be used within 12 months of the initial workshop.

Cancellations of workshops by Northey Street City Farm:

  • Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) may cancel or change a class at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, lack of participation, inclement weather or facilitator availability.
  • Registrants can opt for a full refund, or can use the credit for a future workshop, to be used within 12 months of the date of the initial workshop or course.

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