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.
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- Teaching Permaculture Teachers – 05 – 10 April 2021
- Buzzed about Bees – the art of balanced bee keeping – 17 & 18 April 2021
- Worm Farming and Composting at Home with Brian Donaldson – 24 April 2021
- Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps – 24 April 2021
- Cultivating Curiosity Through Nature Journaling – 15 May 2021
- Beyond PDC: Implementation & Management – 12 June 2021 (8 Saturdays)
05 – 10 Apr 2021, 8.30 – 6pm each day
Teaching Permaculture Teachers
*Please note, there is no camping onsite and no food provided for this course.
This six-day course is offered as a pre-event to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC) in Brisbane .
Permaculture as a curriculum has been a significant success in education on a global scale. Few curricula can claim such broad adoption of the essential elements and features of it as an educational proposal as permaculture does.
The success of permaculture as a course of study can be attributed to the teachers who have taught the students moving exponentially. Teaching permaculture and learning and translating it into effective practice.
This course is offered to share a particular approach with the next generations of teachers. The course was developed from my conviction that teachers could demonstrate the best in adult learning, teaching, understanding and methodology. And produce excellent teachers who will create excellent permaculturists. Teachers would need to develop the capacity within their students to think within the discipline. There are layers of knowledge and behaviour.
I have explored a diversity of strategies always focused on the learner and Care of People to offer a considered choice of methods effective in giving students confidence and competence to be excellent teachers of future permaculturists.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO…
- Design a course, either short or long
- Develop clear course outcomes
- Adopt appropriate body behaviour
- Design practical learning resources and use teaching aids effectively
- Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
- Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience
- Deliver clear explanations and concepts
- Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
All participants are required to hold a recognised PDC. They are also required to attend 100% of the course. The certificate is recognised globally, and this course curriculum has been taught in eight European countries as well as Kashmir, India, and others.
VENUE & CLASS SCHEDULE
This course is being held at Northey Street City Farm. Please note, there is no onsite accommodation or food provided
This course runs from 8:30 – 6pm each day.
Rosemary Morrow is a well-known, respected permaculture teacher and practitioner who is also very down to earth. For almost 40 years she has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Rosemary has a special commitment to the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
In between her overseas work Rosemary has developed several of her own properties in the Blue Mountains. Using permaculture principles the properties have become models for sustainable living.
Rosemary is the author of ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ and ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture’ (supplied to all students) and is also a co-founder with Lis Bastian of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.
Brenna Quinlan is a permaculture educator and illustrator. She regularly teaches PDCs with Melliodora (with David Holmgren) and Milkwood and is a regular guest teacher on Retrosuburbia Train the Trainers course and in the past, a series of Rucache permaculture courses in Argentina and Brazil. In 2018 Brenna co-taught the Permaculture Teacher Training course and a CERES Train the Trainers course with Rosemary Morrow, and is currently working with permaculture band Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Resource Smart Schools Victoria in bringing permaculture education to schools. As an illustrator, Brenna’s work can be seen in David Holmgren’s 2018 book Retrosuburbia, as well as the Milkwood Book, Farming Democracy, and Delvin Solkinson’s permaculture educational resources.
Michael Wardle is the adult education coordinator at Northey Street City Farm. 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 7 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, Nick Ritar and many others .
Cost: $800 plus Eventbrite booking fee
17 & 18 April 2021, 9am – 4pm
Buzzed about bees – the art of balanced beekeeping
Have you ever wanted to produce honey from bees in your own backyard?
Join Luke Morris, an experienced beekeeper, for a fascinating and rewarding weekend as he covers the intricate world of bees and their behaviour, basic knowledge and equipment needed for you to get started, as well as an overview of the tasks required to manage a hive safely and successfully.
During the 2-day workshop, we will cover:
- Native and European bees
- Beekeeping history
- The equipment needed and how to use it properly
- Incorporating bees into your system
- How to interact and care for the bees
- Legal requirements
- Bee and hive lifecycles
- Pest, disease and biosecurity
Cost: $250/$200 Healthcare Card Holder plus Eventbrite booking fee
Are you sick of putting food and garden waste into landfill? You may want to learn how to generate a beneficial soil conditioner for your garden from your waste.
Worm Farming & Composting reduces household waste and helps gardens to thrive.
This course will be of interest to keen gardeners, who want to recycle their waste into a beneficial soil conditioner containing plant available nutrients and several naturally occurring plant rooting & growth hormones.
Join commercial worm farmer Brian Donaldson in this half day workshop, as he shares his practical knowledge, tips and tricks for setting up your own safe and efficient worm farm and compost heap at home, and shows you how to avoid some of the common mistakes people make.
This Workshop Includes:
- All students receive a printed Student’s Handbook including over 40 pages of information.
- Included is a tour of the composting & worm farming facilities at Northey Street.
- Brian teaches how to make several worm farm types with materials you may already have at home, or be able to gain for free from the waste stream and how to avoid common mistakes with them.
- We will also briefly study making aerated castings tea and easier liquid applications such as non-aerated castings tea, castings water extracts and weed teas (anaerobic teas).
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus Eventbrite booking fee
24 April 2021, 9am – 12 noon
Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps
Learn how to make your own beeswax wraps.
Bees Wax Wraps support a plastic free environment. They are a great substitute for cling wrap, perfect for keeping food fresh in your fridge, lunch boxes and picnic baskets. In this workshop you will make at least four sizes of wraps for storing/covering/wrapping fruit, veg, herbs, nuts, sandwiches, bread, crackers and fermented foods for your lunchbox, fridge or pantry.
Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own cotton material to cut into shape for a beeswax wrap.
A perfect present for a loved one! A lovely sustainable gift.
15 May 2021, 9am – 12 noon
Cultivating Curiosity Through Nature Journaling
Nature journaling is a way of connecting with the natural world, cultivating curiosity, asking questions, observing closely and capturing all this on paper using words, pictures and numbers.
In this workshop we will begin to look at nature through a lens of curiosity and wonder. We will explore the gardens and surrounding nature and use a variety of methods and materials to create a vibrant journal page. The workshop will explore different ways of adding words (poetry, prose, observations, labels, lists), pictures (sketches, diagrams, cartoons and maps) and numbers (counts, measurements, estimations) to develop a deep understanding of nature and the world around us. We will learn skills to be able to create a nature journaling habit in our daily lives.
When we let ourselves begin to see nature with new eyes, the world becomes an infinite source of fascination and joy.
$60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus Eventbrite booking fee
12 June 2021, 9am – 4pm
Beyond PDC: Implementation & Management
Have you completed a PDC and not sure where to go? Or what to do with implementing your design?
Beyond PDC: Implementation and Maintenance are fundamental for anyone who has or plans to have property. This program is designed specifically for PDC graduates who are starting out with their property or smallholding development and are looking for practical guidance on implementation. Whether your goal is food, homesteading or enjoyment, this course offers the open, honest path to creating your own pleasing, productive and sustainable landscape.
Suitable for those interested in small holdings of all shapes and sizes, this course gives you down to earth, practical advice to help you achieve a long-term sense of abundance on the land. The program provides you with the practical tools to know exactly WHAT to do WHEN, and HOW.
This class is divided between classroom and time exploring properties. You will leave this course with a competent working knowledge of how to begin the journey to implement and maintain your permaculture life.
This course runs on 8 Saturdays from 12 June to 31 July 2021.
Cost: $800/$700 Healthcare Card Holder plus Eventbrite booking 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.