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Three weekends of practical permaculture

Project: Bellbunya Sustainable Community

Posted by Karyn Maher about 12 years ago

Intro to Permaculture Growing Roots Building a cob-oven and sourdough bread April 20 - May 6

THREE weekends of permaculture living!

Introduction to Permaculture: Friday to Sunday April 20-22

Friday 20th at 7 pm to Sunday 22nd at 5 pm
Spend a weekend at Bellbunya Community and immerse yourself in learning about growing your own food the permaculture way. You'll be introduced to the basics of permaculture theory, see permaculture in practice and can ask all your questions of experienced permaculturists Bunya and Tim.

Bunya Halasz has 15 years experience as a Permaculture Designer, Market Gardener and Landscaper. He has worked as an Environmental Educator since the completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Science degree in 2004 – including 5 years as a tutor and course convenor in a range of Permaculture Design Courses and Accredited Permaculture Training Programmes at Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane. Along with colleagues, Bunya has developed the Yoga/Permaculture/Art Retreat Series “Growing Roots” (see next weekend at Bellbunya).

Tim Lang is a consultant offering Permaculture design, implementation and education services. After several years working as a horticulturist in the nursery and landscape industry Tim got involved in Permaculture in the early 1990s. He has experience in natural area management, farm forestry, organic gardening and community development.  Tim has learned his Permaculture skills and applied his knowledge in various climatic zones in many rural and urban contexts both in Australia and abroad and is an Accredited Permaculture Trainer.

When: from 7 pm Friday (earlier dinner) to 5 pm Sunday

Where: Bellbunya

Cost: $330 includes tuition plus 2 nights twin share accommodation and vegetarian meals

Contact: Joan 07 547 0181 or [email protected]


Growing Roots Retreat ~ permaculture, yoga & weaving: Friday to Sunday April 27-29

Friday 27th at 10 am to Sunday 29th at 3 pm
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Come to Bellbunya for a nourishing weekend of Interconnectedness. In this Autumn retreat we will focus on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening, getting our hands dirty building a no-dig garden, explore edible weeds in the landscape and incorporate them in a sub-tropical cooking workshop.  We'll use coconut leaf to make garden hats and Cats Claw to make baskets. 


The Facilitators - Growing Roots is co-created by a team of trained Oki-Do Yoga Instructors and Shiatsu Practitioners who have a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Bunya Halasz works as an ecologist and Permaculture Practitioner. Will Bulmer is an Intern Psycologist and Deep Ecology Facilitator. Anaheke Metua facilitates Weaving and Environmental Art Projects. 


We are honoured on this weekend to have the guidance of Gavin and Kaori Leeman from the Bellbunya Community. Their interest and expertise lies in Yoga and Aikido movements. therapeutic yoga, macrobiotics, herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Both Kaori and Gavin have studied and practiced in both Australia and Japan.

When: 10 am Friday to 3 pm Sunday

Where: Bellbunya 

Cost: $250 plus donation for facilitators 

Contact: Bunya 0415 147 999      [email protected]      www.growingroots.com.au


Build Your Own Cob Oven and Bake Your Own Sourdough Bread: Saturday to Sunday May 5-6

Saturday 5th from 10 am to Sunday 6th at 4pm

A hands-on weekend workshop to show you how to build your own cob (earth) oven as well as the ancient skill of sourdough (yeast-free) bread baking. You'll take away your own sourdough bread starter along with a wealth of knowledge gained from having done it yourself with skilled guidance from experienced practitioners.
Linda McKee has been building with Cob for almost 20 years , having been taught by Ianto Evans from Oregon's Cob Cottage Company. Through workshops, she has  have constructed around 70 cob ovens at many Community garden sites & private homes around SE Qld & Northern NSW. For the past 18 years she has taught Permaculture  at various Community gardens in Brisbane, and for 5 years, managed Edible Landscapes Permaculture Nursery at Northey Street City Farm.
Peggy Bollmann is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and experienced cook and sourdough bread maker. Early on in her training as a health practitioner, Peggy was introduced to the old saying: "with healthy food, medicine is of no need, without healthy food, medicine is of no use". This has naturally led her to combine health education and food eduction, aiming to both inspire people about healthy eating as well as teaching them hands-on kitchen skills required to produce yummy meals while leading busy lives.

When: 10 am Saturday to 4 pm Sunday + extra night option

Where: Bellbunya

Cost: $290 includes tuition, sourdough starter plus 1 night twin share accommodation and vegetarian meals or $330 if you would like to stay on an extra night after the workshop, incl. dinner and breakfast

Contact: Peggy 07 5447 0181   or [email protected]




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