About Kat Szuminska

designer, educator, gardener, activist, creative problem solver katoombastreetpermaculture.com, mattandkat.com, openaustraliafoundation.org, bluemountainscommunitygardens.org

Permaculture in Action

Kat Szuminska:

Friday Morning Gardening sessions at the community gardens are even better with Rob. Join us for convivial seasonal gardening and a shared lunch.

Originally posted on Permaculture Blue Mountains:

Permaculture Blue Mountains are creating Permaculture in Action every week at the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens, Harold Hodgson Park, North Katoomba.

Each session will be creative, social, practical and intellectual.  We will start at the centre of operations and gradually work our way out, with the hope of creating a vibrant, dynamic, resilient and inclusive hub for the community.

All are welcome to attend these volunteer sessions. All we ask is that you are responsible for your self-care and are mindful to care for the Earth and for other people.

When and where:

Every Friday from 10:30am – 1:00pm.
Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens
Harold Hodgson Park, North Katoomba.

What to bring:

Your own skills and experience, personal protection equipment such as gardening gloves, hat and other sun protection, eye protection, gardening boots, a bottle of water and a beanie/jacket if wet. Optional: A notebook and pen, some food to share.


Rob Lawrence
Mob: 0428 541…

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Women’s Self Defense Class: 25th May


Women’s self defense defense class: from the nun and warrior priest lines more than 1100 years old

One off Class 25th May with Morag Kaigo-Sha, Caretaker for the Vajra Lineage will be sharing within this Community Circle. ALL WELCOME

Call Morag on 0401 829 335 or find out more

Seriously, backyard farming returns Sunday First February: talking bees


Holidays are nearly over and we backyard farmers will meet again to learn something about bees.

Beekeeping for all
Introduction into beekeeping with Alain Sunday, 1st of February 2-4pm
Alain is a very experienced beekeeper with both Langstroth and Warre hives. He currently cares for 27 hives ans sells honey in the mountains. After some introduction there will be a question and answer session.
There will be honey for sale too.
Come along to Harold Hodgson Park, 10 Victoria Street, Katoomba, we usually share an afternoon tea, contributions are welcome.

Sunday the first of February at 2pm.
More about this event at http://seriouslybackyardfarming.weebly.com/
See you all!


Friday January 16th: Free Workshop: Learn to Identify Native Bees

Bee Symposium Invite - Jan

Bee Aware of Your Native Bees project finishes with a terrific opportunity to learn to identify native bees.

There will be an ID session held at each of the project sites next week.
This is the final site-related activity conducted during the project. If you can’t make it to the date at the Community Gardens there are alternative sessions around the mountains and Western Sydney region.

Sessions are as follows;

Mamre House, 181 Orchard Hills, 9am on Tuesday the 13th of January.

Australiana Pioneer Village, Rose Street, Wilberforce, 10am Wednesday 14th
of January.

Eskbank House, Cnr. Inch Street & Bennett Street, Lithgow, 9am on Thursday
the 15th of January.

Blue Mountains Organic Community Garden, Harold Hodgson Park, 10 Victoria
Street, Katoomba, 9am on Friday the 16th of January.

(Please note that there may not be toilet facilities as volunteers on site here are on holiday!).

John Irving Park Community Garden, 4 Jordan Street, Rosehill, 10am on
Saturday the 17th of January.

All are welcome, there is no fee. Please bring your cameras and a clean jar to catch some bugs. Site managers will need to ensure the ID kits are available for the day (including the pre frozen ice packs).

but wait … there’s more!
 Wednesday the 18th of February, 2015: Australian Native Bee Symposium

As part of the Bee Aware of Your Native Bees project, the University of Western Sydney and Bees Business will be holding an Australian Native Bee Symposium. This is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and will be hosted at the UWS Hawkesbury campus on Wednesday the 18th of February, 2015. This event is free.

Check out the Bee Aware of Your Native Bees Symposium – presentations

To book your place at the symposium please use this form to contact the UWS Office of
Sustainability at You should get confirmation of
your booking within a couple of days.

You can find all the information on the project activities at UWS Bee Aware

Upcoming Events: Sunday 14th December

Come celebrate summer and the delight of sharing gifts you craft yourself

Join Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens, Permaculture, Transition groups

Bring some food to share for lunch. While you’re here, try your hand at random weaving a basket with willow we’ll harvest on site. You can also have a go at making kombucha drinks or even learn how to make a power tower (and why you might want one) for your garden.

Bring lunch to share, along with your excess fruit, seeds, cuttings, plants, tibicos, scobys, sourdough starters, herbs, recipes, preserves to swap and/or share!

If you know how to make a simple gift from natural or recycled materials, or just want to hang out for a Seasonal Celebration: come along to the Gardens on Victoria St Katoomba – All are Welcome. Sunday Dec 14th 11am until 2pm.

Not feeling that crafty, or have a heap of gifts to organise? If you love our carved china teacups and handmade serving dishes, bring some cash along for a rare opportunity to Sian’s Seasonal Sale of gorgeous ceramics either side of our session. Designed, thrown carved and painted at her studio. Open 10am-4pm Sunday December 14th.