Learn practical skills and how to live sustainably by attending these half-day or full-day workshops, usually on Saturdays. Workshop topics range from bee-keeping to making cheese to basket weaving to growing vegetables seasonally.
Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
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Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Recycling at Home with Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms are incredible consumers and recyclers of plant-based wastes. Materials such as straw, cane mulch, paper, cardboard, coffee grounds, grains, and even clothing can be broken down by Oyster Mushrooms into useable garden compost/inoculants, with the added bonus of growing your own gourmet mushrooms!
This hands-on experience in preparing your own grow kits and mushroom spawn containers is easy to understand, inviting, and enjoyable.
We will learn the lifecycle of ‘wood loving’ fungi, basic hygiene, methods of growing, and the potential uses at home.
The aim of this workshop is to have you leave with the confidence to start using Oyster Mushrooms as an extension to your home garden and recycling. Each attendee will go home with their own containers of mushroom spawn to expand at home, and a ‘fruiting container’ that will grow clusters of beautiful gourmet mushrooms. Detailed instructions and the information delivered on the day is provided digitally to each workshop attendee after the event.
Please bring with you some small recyclable plastic containers (1-2L yoghurt containers or similar are ideal) for us to use in our workshop. And don’t forget hat, sunscreen, and water!!
Be prepared for a wonderful half-day of learning and creativity with mushrooms!
Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card Holder + Eventbrite Fee
Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 9:00 am – Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 4:00 pm (AEST)
Introduction to Permaculture
Come to explore an overview of permaculture through the eyes of the ethics and design principles. This course tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimize environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world.
Join us for two days to learn the basics of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
You will learn the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.
This course will cover:
℘ What is Permaculture?
℘ Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles
℘ Soil Basics
℘ Composting for beginners
℘ Food Production (forest gardens and garden farming)
℘ Basic Design Framework
℘ Integrated Animal Systems
℘ Social Permaculture
Limited numbers to maximize the outcomes of this dynamic 2-day course.
What you get…
℘ Access to awesome online resources to match the on-ground learning.
℘ Practical examples of permaculture in action
℘ Design and gardening strategies to apply in both your inner & physical landscape.
Tea and coffee, will be provided.
Cost: $250/$200 Health Care Card Holder + Eventbrite Fee
August 2019 Permaculture Design Course
at Northey Street City Farm
Saturdays, 3rd of August to the 16th of November
Saturday, 10th August 2019 at 9:00 am – Sunday, 11th August 2019 at 5:30 pm (AEST)
Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning with Robin Clayfield
Two Full Days – Saturday: 9am – 7.15pm & Sunday 9am – 5.30pm.
This creative group leadership, teacher training and facilitation workshop is an interactive and fun opportunity to glean and explore many processes, tools and ideas for leading, teaching or facilitating groups. Robin offers her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Methodology, based on 27 years of training Permaculture and other teachers, as a basis for healthy, successful and empowering groups. The weekend will give participants an embodied experience of these methods in action while building confidence, skills and a huge toolbox of diverse and useful processes.
Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer who’s lived at Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage in SE Queensland, Australia since its inception. Over 35 years of living and evolving Permaculture has seen her become an international educator, group facilitator and author specialising in creative, interactive facilitation, group leadership, Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture and social change. Her legendary book ‘You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too’ has sold over 5000 copies and ‘The Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively’ that she co-authored is used in over 75 countries and supports Permaculture teachers to make learning fun, empowering and memorable. Robin has developed her own learning methodology which embeds Permaculture at its foundation and has created many educational card games, community governance and decision making resource kits, learning resources and facilitation support tools to equip educators and group leaders globally.
Cost: $250/ $200 Concession Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee
Saturday, 17 August 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Wild Child Gardens: Design for Backyard Nature Play with Tamsin Scott
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: $100/$85 Concession Health Care Card Holder
Saturday, 24 August 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
For The Love Of Bees – Beginner Beekeeping Course with Lachlan Cranitch
A full day of hands on learning and beekeeping theory covering all you need to know to get started with beekeeping.
We will cover what to look for in hive health, types of hives, hive location, bee behaviour and how to respond to pests and diseases. Then suit up and get inside the hives at Northey St City Farm to do a live hive inspection.
Following a demonstration you will get the opportunity to practice building, wiring, putting foundation on a frame and extracting honey from some full frames.
Lachy is a passionate and experienced amateur beekeeper. He views responsible beekeeping as a form of animal husbandry and will introduce the main considerations of ethical beekeeping. His teaching style is careful not to prescribe to any particular dogma of beekeeping but to give a broad spectrum of approaches and considerations, giving you the information to feel confident as you embark on your own beekeeping journey. Suitable for the bee curious, the bee admirer and those ready to get some hives.
It is hoped you will walk out of this workshop with an informed responsibility as a beginner beekeeper and renewed sense of respect and awe for these magnificent creatures.
Please being a clean jar to take some honey home.
Cost: $100/ $85 Concession Health Care Card Holder
Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Make your own Smudge Stick and Ceremonial Feather Fan
Smudging as a purification ceremony or ritual has been a common practice among many cultures throughout the ages for cleansing and healing.
Our mind, body and spirit respond well to devotional spaces. When you create or take part in a ritual or ceremony, something as simple as lighting a candle for yourself or someone else, you allow healing to take place.
Creating a sacred space at home with simple altars, where you place meaningful items like a candle, crystals, stones, driftwood, incense or sentimental pictures, allow a space to soften the psyche.
Smudging is often done before a ceremony, a special gathering or personally to clear energy from a space, items or person.
In this workshop you will make your own smudge stick from a range of herbs appropriate for smoking and a ceremonial feather fan.
All materials will be provided but please feel free to bring your own herbs, feathers or special symbols to use in the creation of these ceremonial tools.
Part of this workshop will include smudging participants and all items used in the creation of your Smudge Stick and Ceremonial Feather Fan.
These items would also make wonderful sustainable gifts for a loved one!
Desi Achilleos has worked as a community artist for over 20 years. She currently works at Northey Street City Farm and completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2017.
She has a passion for healing ceremonies, natural fiber art and creating art in community settings.
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee
Friday, 20 September 2019 at 5:30 pm – Sunday, 22 September 2019 at 4:00 pm (AEST)
Holistic Decision Making with Dan Palmer
Savour Soil Permaculture | 55 Hayes Street | Laidley, Queensland 4341 | Australia
What is this workshop about, exactly? Holistic Decision Making (HDM) is a whole-oriented approach to clarifying and then reliably actualising what is supremely important to you, especially when life gets complex and difficult.
The main phases of its practice are:
· articulating clear intent
· tuning in to what is going on and where things are really at
· deciding and acting accordingly
· seeking and using feedback to stay on the path forward
In doing so, life and life projects start to feel less like that things that are happening to you (or dragging you along for the ride) into things that you are intentionally doing or living. At the same time, you start shedding the parts of your life that are not authentic or don’t really belong and both strengthening and adding those that do. Once you get a taste for it, it is hard to turn back.
If life feels like you have too many commitments pulling you in too many different directions, this workshop will help.
If you have a vague uneasy feeling that you may not be fully living out your purpose, this workshop will help.
If you are struggling with any kind of tensions in working or professional relationships, this workshop will help.
If you are starting any kind of new venture, business or project, then this workshop will definitely, 100% help!
HDM helps you get honest and clear about what really brings you alive, and then helps you honour this such that feeling fully alive and clear on what you are doing with your life becomes normal.
Holistic decision making can be applied to yourself, your family, any business or project you are part of. We apply it to all of these things and more. The practice of learning HDM has two parts:
You will likely leave this workshop hungry to go back into your life and make decisions having seen how they are the only steering wheel you get in this life to move toward what most brings you and your projects alive.
In this workshop you will not only hear about this approach. You will practice it, repeatedly, with much friendly feedback. You will explore and articulate what matters most in the various aspects of your life. You will improve your focus and clarity of purpose as well as learn how to steer directly into the space you most deeply want to be in, and stay there.
Though appropriate for anyone working in any decision-making context, in this workshop, held at a working farm, we both invite and will be sure to cater to small farmers feeling like they’d like a better system for driving their enterprise forward with better decision making.
This workshop will cover:
· The entire approach clearly explained using examples from the facilitator’s lives, games and practical exercises.
· Creating what we call a ‘context’ for yourself, your family or an organisation/business you are part of that capture’s deepest intentions, mission and desires along with what must be done and nurtured to achieve them.
· Using that context to filter decisions and take actions based on their relevance to this context.
· Seeking and using feedback to actualise, maintain, and evolve your context.
Camping available (Bring your own tent and gear ).
Catering provided (Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Teas, Lunch and Dinner)
Cost: $300/$250 health care card
Limited numbers: 15
Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Inviting Nature to Dinner. A workshop on how to grow food and support wildlife.
Something drastic is happening to nature. Insect and bird numbers are decreasing dramatically world wide and frogs, mammals and plants are going extinct before our eyes. To grow our food we have cleared native habitat, brought in exotic plants and animals, spread chemical fertilisers and toxic pesticides across the land and changed the climate by burning fossil fuels. Nature’s creatures, big and small, are dying as a result of our actions.
Let’s choose a new track. Let’s get practical and local and make our gardens and small scale agriculture places that support wildlife, including insects, in mutual benefit, while growing our food. To do this we need to know which local native plants support which wildlife and how they do so.
This one-day workshop will explore the fascinating field of garden ecology and discuss options and strategies for growing food in ways that include local native plants and support wildlife.
For food growing to be truly sustainable, it has to allow room for nature, wild plants and wild creatures and all their interactions, to co-exist with our gardens and small farms. This workshop will help participants grow food in a way that achieves this.
Cost: $100/$85 Healthcare card
Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Retrosuburbia Unleashed with Michael Wardle & Gavin Hardy
Come join Michael Wardle and Gavin Hardy as we explore practical strategies and real world examples in wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use and have a more satisfying, fulfilling life.
These and other themes from David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future will be explored in this full day workshop.
Northey Street City farm for the last 25 years have been teaching and showing examples of how these strategies can be applied in an urban environment.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss various aspects of the book and undertake activities and exercises to help them assess their current situation and plan for the future.
Learn practical and positive solutions for retrofitting our homes, gardens and households and to build resilient, regenerative and abundant homes and communities.
Gavin Hardy is a multi-award winning registered landscape architect, community teacher and master gardener and is the owner of Gavin Hardy Designs. He is one of Northey Street City Farm’s ‘pioneers’, designing, teaching and garden-farming in this remarkable place since 1996. During his career Gavin has designed and collaborated on community gardens and edible landscapes throughout Brisbane and beyond. He is also a qualified engineer and accomplished permaculturist having trained with the late Bill Mollison, and more recently David Holmgren, Robin Clayfield and Robina McCurdy.
Michael Wardle is the adult education coordinator at Northey Street City Farm and he is a father of 4, has worked in schools and the community and is a permaculture educator, designer and consultant for Savour Soil Permaculture. He moved from larger acreage to a more suburban block 6 years ago and has been applying the permaculture design process to his life and new property and has trained with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Dave Jacke and Dan Palmer”
Cost: $100/$85 Healthcare Card + Eventbrite fee
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 7 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 7 days of a workshop. If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:
- Receive a refund
- 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 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.