Your opportunity to shape permaculture on the Northern Beaches


Your opportunity to shape permaculture on the Northern Beaches

Each year the team of volunteers that organise all of our PNB events are elected. This year our election date is Monday December 14th.  Anyone over 18 years can apply for one of the existing roles on the committee which can also be job shared. In addition to permaculture skills we need people who are adept in administration and organising skills. If you've been thinking about volunteering, now is a great time to contribute and help shape permaculture on the Northern Beaches.


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PNB August What's ON

Your monthly e-Newsletter from Permaculture Northern Beaches - August 2016

We bring a variety of at least three activities each month to the permaculture community on the Northern Beaches. This month is no exception with a permatour and permabee next weekend; followed by some inspiration from design in nature with our sacred geometry workshop with archcitect Joanne Gilles; and then our annual indoor Eco-market, and monthly education evening at Warriewood on the diversity of hemp from building materials to textiles to household products.

Have a question or wanting to follow some great postings then check out our Permaculture Northern Beaches Community Organization Facebook page. We are all volunteers and having a great permaculture community is part of why we are all involved. Volunteering is always appreciated and you have the opportunity to learn a lot. You can follow the link to our website online at the end of this message or email:  

Elle Sheather for the PNB Committee


PNB What's on August2016:

Garden tour and permabee
AUG 14
Sacred Geometry Workshop with Architect Joanne Gilles
AUG 25
The Diversity of Hemp + Eco Market

Coming Up:

SEP 22
Permaculture Design in Your Home - Cecilia Macaulay
OCT 29-30
Introduction to Permaculture course - early bird special ends Sept 20

Garden Tour and permabee/working bee

Sunday August 7, 2016
10am at Elanora Heights

If you’re new to permaculture don’t miss this amazing garden - every plant is either edible or medicinal, an impressive aquaponics set up, roaming chickens, beautiful  rock formations and caves. Followed by raised beds permabee (working bee/workshop).

Cost $5 for non-members, free for members and those helping out in the garden. Bookings:

Sacred geometry workshop with architect Joanne Gilles

Sunday, August 14, 2016
2:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue:  Collaroy Swim Club upstairs at Collaroy Life Saving Club, 1056 Pittwater Rd. entrance beach side at Collaroy Beach.

The study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and nature's mathematical principles at work. Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry. Learn how you can also bring this into your own garden and home design.

The study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work therein. Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry; for example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape; honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other forms in nature are considered to be further proof of the natural significance of geometric forms. In permaculture we take many of our design principles from nature's forms.

Geometric ratios were often employed in the design of ancient Indian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture.  Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantra.Many of the sacred geometry principles of the human body and of ancient architecture were drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. 

Jo Gilles from Archisoul architects will lead a workshop on sacred geometry and how to bring this into your own home and garden. Smaller group work will be part of the workshop also.

Cost: $25, $20 members, concessions available. Bookings essential please contact:


Diversity of Hemp & Eco Market

Thursday, August 25, 2016
7:15pm – 9:00pm

Banksia Room, Nelson Heather Centre (map)
5 Jacksons Road, Warriewood

Join us for a night delving into the diversity of the Hemp plant, gaining valuable information of the many uses the Hemp plant has to offer now and into the future. We are pleased to announce two experienced and knowledgeable speakers: 
Kirstie Wulf from Shelter Building Design,  has won a National Building Designers Australia award for her CULBURRA Beach home and will be speaking about the many functions of Hemp as a building material. She will share key lessons learned in building with Hemp. Beatrice Rankin owner of Hemp Gallery and at the fore-front of the Hemp industry in Australia will share her in-depth knowledge of the diverse use of Hemp in the low-environmental-impact manufacturing of textiles, hair, body, skin care, soap and nutritional products. Quality products made in Australia by Australian owned businesses. Come and get your Hemp questions answered!

INDOOR ECO MARKET The August meeting will also feature our annual indoor market featuring  Eco, ethical and environmentally responsible stall holders - including hemp clothing soap and skin care products. Grab a mid-year Eco gift or to brighten up your winter. 

Doors open at 7:15pm, entry by donation, all welcome!



Learn how to design permaculture in your home from the inside out - with Cecilia Macaulay.“I’d like to is the world’s most unlikely Permaculturist, Cecilia Macaulay. Every time I open a magazine, there she is. One day she will put permaculture on the cover of Time Magazine” Bill Mollison.

For events for the months ahead:

Join Permaculture Northern Beaches Community Organization FaceBook page and share the events we have listed there.

Yours Ecologically,

Interested in volunteering or want to know more?

Click Contact us (form on our website) or email
Permaculture Northern Beaches · PO Box 1145 · Chatswood, NSW 2067 · Australia


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2016 Photo comp results

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries in the 2016 Permaculture photo comp. We had some amazing and beautiful photos submitted, which show all sorts of ways permaculture can be applied or appreciated.  The most popular and eligible entries were:

1.  "Boris and Doris", by Mel Chiew

2. "Edge Effect", by Margaret Mossakowska


3. "Raised beds" by Brenda Debenham


An honorable mention to "Donkey" by Nicky Robins 

Congratulations to the people above; a PNB committee member will be in contact soon regarding prizes. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos, your entries may continue to be on display on the PNB site. 


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Member Survey


Member Survey

Here's an opportunity to provide feedback on PNB events this year, and let the organising committee know what you'd like to see more of next year.


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