As part of the celebrations for our 25 year anniversary in 2019, we are excited to announce the Permaculture Noosa Festival.

Sunday 9 June, from 10 am to 4 pm
Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens
26 Emerald Street, Cooroy

Featuring …

speakers . workshops . demonstrations . displays
guided garden tours . information stalls . plant sales
workshops and activities for children

free admission

there is something for everyone, whether you are new to
permaculture or experienced, or just curious to find out what it’s all about

this is a plastic free event – it would be helpful to bring your own coffee cups, water bottles (we will have a refill station) and carry bags  .  all compostable waste will be returned to our community garden as rich organic compost


Speakers Tent
10.00 am Jason Davies, Permaculture Consultant
(30 mins) What is Permaculture and how do I get started?
This talk is an absolute must if you are just beginning your permaculture journey, or if you are curious to find out what it’s all about.
10.45 am Leonie Shanahan, Founder of Edible School Gardens
(30 mins) Growing food for good health
Create healthy soils in your backyard with permaculture, and grow nutrient rich food for your health and vitality.  Leonie will outline 7 essential steps to growing organic vegetables.
11.30 am Morag Gamble, Permaculture Education Institute
(30 mins) What’s the best way to learn permaculture?
Join Morag for a fascinating exploration of inspiring community permaculture education programs being offered for both children and adults around the world. Morag has recently returned from teaching and filming tours in the United Kingdom, Spain and Africa.
12.15 pm Official Welcome and Guest Speakers (Speakers Tent)
(60 mins) Welcome from the President, Permaculture Noosa
Fred Palin,  Elder from the Kabi Kabi people
George Hoad, President, Gardening Clubs of Australia
Tony Wellington, Mayor, Noosa Shire Council
Sandy Bolton, State Member for Noosa
Geoff Lawton, Founder of Permaculture Noosa
Tree Planting Ceremony
2.30 pm Robyn Bowman, Mary Valley Bees
(30 mins) Gardening for bees – honey, stingless and solitary
Robyn will explain how to set up your garden to attract all types of bees to provide honey for your table and enhance pollination and food production.
Workshop Tent
10.00 am The Living Classroom Project
(45 mins) Children’s Workshop – Seed for Change!
Join Dan, Aaron and Vanessa for this hands-on workshop which will appeal to children of all ages from 2 years …

From Bliss Balls to Seed Bombs, an explosion of goodness for our tummies and our soil.
In this workshop we will be creating delicious nutritious bliss balls to enjoy. Full of delicious seeds and wholefood ingredients, your kids will love how easy it is to make this fun and healthy treat. And join us on the mat to make our very cool little seed bombs, set to explode with life once they land in your garden bed. The seed bombs will be a ball of nutrient packed compost teaming with life and food for the garden. Inside we will place the little seeds of a plant just waiting to come to life and grow to feed you and your family. Take the seed bombs home and start growing a Living Classroom at your house. “Healthy seeds for us and seeding the earth back to health”

11.00 am Heidi Merika, Apothecary and Naturopathy
(45 mins) Making herbal tinctures and glycetracts
Learn how to turn the fresh herbs and weeds growing in your garden into useful medicines that can be kept for years. Heidi will be exploring simple techniques to make herbal tinctures, glycetracts and vinegars.
1.30 pm Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Research Institute
(60 mins) Creating a Permaculture garden using available resources
No matter what type of site you have, you can create a flourishing permaculture garden without spending large amounts of money on earthworks, and trucking in topsoil. In this workshop Geoff will show how you can turn your challenges into opportunities. Bring along questions about your own site – there will be plenty of opportunities for Geoff to offer advice from his vast knowledge and experience.
3.00 pm The Living Classroom Project
(45 mins) Children’s Workshop – Seed for Change!
Dan, Aaron and Vanessa will repeat this fun hands-on workshop, making Bliss Balls and Seed Bombs, an explosion of goodness for our tummies and our soil.


Guided garden tours

  • we will run 3 tours during the day, guided by experienced Permaculture Noosa members
  • discover different ways you can grow healthy food in your own home—whether you live on acreage, a small suburban block, or an apartment with a tiny balcony—and find out how you can do it all on a shoestring budget!

Harvest Swap

From 10 am to 12 noon, Leonie Orton from Harvest Swap—Sunshine Coast will be running a special Harvest Swap for our Festival. Bring along your excess homegrown produce (fruit, veggies, herbs, seedlings, eggs, honey, worm juice, etc) and homemade goods (preserves, baked goods, handmade items, etc); place them on the table and you will be able to take home a similar quantity of produce from other contributors.

Scarecrow Competition

Local schools have been invited to submit entries for our scarecrow competition to be judged at the Festival. The winning school will receive a visit from the Living Classroom Project team, which will include a cooking and garden demonstration, fun activities and a brief consultation, if the school wishes – thank you Living Classroom team!

Stall holders

  • Permaculture Noosa
  • Permaculture Noosa Seed Savers and Propagation
  • Boss Australia (Dr Grow)
  • Cubby Shaker
  • Noosa Biosphere
  • Spare Harvest
  • Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens
  • Country Noosa
  • The Living Classroom Project
  • Lisa Delanoue – chickens

Food and beverage stalls

  • Dhom’s Kitchen – Thai food
  • Falafel Baraka – Middle Eastern street food
  • The Good Food Truck – vegan and vegetarian
  • Permaculture Noosa organic sausage sizzle
  • My Little Red Wagon – coffee and tea
  • Juice Caboose – juices and smoothies
  • Water refill station


Media Release

Permaculture! Sounds familiar… but what exactly is it?

For 25 years Permaculture Noosa members have been creating abundant, sustainable, food producing havens in the Noosa Hinterland and now you’re invited to see, taste and hear their stories.

Permaculture Noosa Festival on Sunday 9 June, 2019 at the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens offers fun, food and loads of information and demonstrations appealing to absolute beginners as well long time ‘Permies’.

Permaculture’s philosophy is to work with nature, not against it, harmoniously integrating landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other needs in a sustainable way.

President of Permaculture Noosa, Latha Matters, is excited by the increasing number of young families who are committing to growing their own food and embracing a permaculture lifestyle.

“Families are finding the permaculture principles appeal to their lifestyle and they’re seeking information from our local permaculture pioneers such Geoff Lawton, Morag Gamble, Tom Kendall and others, who are globally recognised permaculture experts.”

Permaculture Noosa’s first Festival really aims to provide something for everyone. Learn about Composting, Bees, Soil Composition, Plant Propagation, Living Classrooms and much more.”

Informative local nurseries, garden suppliers and Permaculture Noosa volunteers, will show you the latest and answer your questions.

Fun, interactive kids’ activities will challenge and entertain all ages.

And if that’s not enough … the appetising and inventive food trucks will create an appreciation for gourmet wholesome food unlike any you’ve tasted before.

Noosa Hinterland’s best kept secret will be revealed at the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens, 26 Emerald Street, Cooroy on Sunday 9 June from 10am – 4pm.

For further information contact:
Latha Matters
President, Permaculture Noosa
E:  [email protected]