How To Build A Swale When You’ve Got No Soil

In 1956 someone built a path.  Not a lot of thought needed to go into the path. People trod this path every day back and forth people as they walked to the letterbox, to friends houses, to school, to uni, to work, to orchestra, to the buses, to the city, to the beach, and sometimes to the rest of the world. But the path had a dark side. It also worked very well to harvest water and direct it straight to the house.  So, finally, we built a new path that is happily compacted and maintained by the foot-traffic and …

Gifts For A Better World

Cut, twist, attach, tie, thread, trim, weave and sew some amazing gifts from upcycled materials (eg. silk ties and doillies into purses, necklaces or dream-catchers, add beautiful natural objects. There will be a choice of creations to tackle: new-wave dream catchers, woven structures or woven necklaces using old lace, silk ties or doillies. Join us in another creative installment in our Wacky Wednesday Workshops series, join us in the permaculture studio garden and prepare for the festive season. $30 bring your bits and pieces and create something new and funky. Tutor: Shane LadyMoon & a special guest. See more gift …

Weaving The Living Tipi – Wed 9th Dec 12Noon until 2:00

NEWS: for our next weaving and living fence workshop we will build a tipi from scatch by building the tipi on the great woven base for the Tipi, cut Bamboo (Old Hamii) poles, and start growing plants to weave into the tipi. Discuss solar passive design for placement of ventilation, little windows and a round door. Demonstrate pleaching and how the living plants can be trained as they grow onto the tipi. Demonstrate best plants for coastal warm temperate permaculture gardens and how to manage water needs, pest and disease. This is no ordinary TIPI, it will become a living, …

Ferrocement Steps with Lace and Wild Tiles

Our Ferrocement creations are made very simply. We use whatever materials we already have on hand, we buy only a bag of Cement, and combine this with reclaimed gravel, left over pieces of wire mesh a bit of old lace and some broken tiles or ceramics. We use old bricks and dirty gravel as the aggregate as the tint. Making cement is as easier than cooking, all you have to do is make sure you mix it well. It bake slowly as you add pretty impressions or embedded broken tiles. We tap the tiles into place with the end of …

Weave Living Fences and Structures

NEWS: for our next weaving/living fence workshop we will build on the great woven base for the Tipi, cut Bamboo (Old Hamii) poles, and started growing plants to weave into the tipi. This is no ordinary TIPI, it will become a living, solar passive playhouse for children and meditative souls, and a great structure for growing vines in and around and a good little windbreak and frost protection. Grow a living TIPI! Next workshop DATE: Wed Dec 9th Noon til 2pm – Weaving the Living Tipi WHAT YOU GET – fun, weaving practice with living and fresh plant material, knowledge …