What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. It is about designing households and communities that are productive, sustaining and largely self reliant and have minimal impact on the environment. Permaculture Day started right here in Australia and is now a day that is celebrated all over the world. Permaculture Northern Beaches has lots of exciting things planned to celebrate the dynamic permaculture movement:

Open Houses and Gardens

Open 10 - 12 pm, 8 Bassett Street, Mona Vale, NSW. Show on map

The brief was to design a contemporary Australian beach home that was in harmony with the natural environment and incorporated sustainable features, including solar hot water, solar PV, passive and active solar space heating,  rainwater use for the whole house, natural ventilation, and low energy lighting. This house is a great example of how sustainability can be integrated into our every day lives.

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  12 - 4 pm, 25 Elanora Road, Elanora Heights, NSW. Show on Map

Permanora is a young, developing, evolving, garden designed around the principles of Permaculture. Tucked in a quiet gully in Elanora Heights on Sydney's Northern Beaches, it covers almost 1100 square meters of terraced slope which affords a number of garden 'rooms' each with its own character and function. The owner, Selena Griffith, won Pittwater Council’s 2011 award for Sustainability in Landscaping for this garden.

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Workshops and Tutorials

Permaculture Northern Beaches has organised a range of interesting workshops and tutorials, all held at our friends at New Leaf Nursery, 224 Powderworks Road, Ingleside between 1 pm - 5 pm.

1:00 pm:  Welcome

1:15 pm:  Soap making demonstration with tutorials continuing through the afternoon

1:30 pm:  Native bees, including construction of a bee hotel for your garden

2:15 pm:  Permaculture - wanting to know the basics and more, your questions answered

3:00 pm:  Composting

4:00 pm:  Sustainable building with hempcrete

5:00 pm:  Wrap up


After Party

The Grand Finale of the day will take place at The Lounge which was designed by Jamie Durie. Join the party and celebrate International Permaculture Day with Special Guest Costa Georgiadis. Meet old friends and make new ones, celebrations with Live Music from Distant Sons start at 6 pm. Play an instrument? Bring it along and join in with the Jam Session! Don't forget to bring your drinks and a plate of food to share and find out what it's like to be part of the Permaculture Northern Beaches Community. For our youngest guests, dress up in the theme of the Great Barrier Reef. Think Nemo, the little mermaid and the likes! From 6 pm, The Loft, Cromer Community Centre, 150 Fisher Road (North), Cromer
 lucky door prize, courtesy of HempGallery to be won on the night



IPD Raffle

7 great prizes to be won, donated generously by our supporters. The draw will be at our meeting on May 22nd at the Tramshed.  Get your tickets at all of our venues on the day:

1st Prize: 1 day workshop of your choice at the Permaculture Sydney Institute http://www.permaculturesydneyinstitute.org

2nd Prize: 1 day soap making course - courtesy of Remington and Emmett  and http://www.sydneysoapmaking.com

3rd Prize:  Long handled and short handled Cyclone spades - courtesy of Pittwater Council

4th Prize: Worm farm - courtesy of Warringah Council

5th Prize:  A drink bottle and selection of seeds

6th Prize: Felco Swiss secateurs - courtesy of Pittwater Council

7th Prize: A large herb pot - courtesy of New Leaf Nursery http://www.newleafnursery.com.au

Find out more about International Permaculture Day including national and international events on http://www.permacultureday.org