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February Connect and Learn

22 February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table

A Practical Introduction to Permaculture Ethics and Principles

Facilitated by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Monday 22 February 2021

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Level 3, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba

6.30pm to 8.30pm

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Bookings are Essential

To ensure COVID-safe physical distancing can be maintained, there will be a maximum of 36 people able to attend this event.  Please book your place at Eventbrite.

If this event is fully booked we’ll offer a wait list.  So if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.

6.15 pm – Connect – Doors Open

Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table. Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 7.45 pm after the LEARN session.

6.30 pm – Learn – A Practical Introduction to Permaculture Ethics and Values

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Are you intrigued by the Permaculture Ethics and Principles and want to know a little more about how they can be used in practical ways at home and in our community (and not just in our gardens)?

Perhaps you’ve been motivated by the many new challenges of 2020-21 to find practical solutions and fresh possibilities to enhance well-being (for ourselves, our families, our communities and our planet).

Debbie will lead us to consider the 3 Permaculture Ethics (Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share) that form the foundations of the permaculture design system and guide our everyday actions and ethical decision-making.

She will integrate practical activities, discussions, story-telling and case examples as we learn about David Holmgren’s 12 Permaculture Design Principles and how these can be used to create individual and collective resilience in our lives.

You will leave with some ideas and actions you can apply in your own unique situation, and perhaps feeling challenged and inspired to learn more.

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie is an engaging speaker and dedicated lifelong learner with more than 40 years experience as a specialist teacher, facilitator, university lecturer, learning and development manager, and mentor.

She has a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience, and has completed several Permaculture Design Certificates (PDCs), Permaculture Teacher Training, RetroSuburbia Facilitator Accreditation, and an Advanced Permaculture Design Process Course with David Holmgren and Dan Palmer.

Debbie feels blessed to live with her husband on a peaceful 5 acres in the Lockyer Valley near Toowoomba. She has been proactively integrating permaculture ethics and principles for almost 20 years and lives consciously interconnected with nature and community.

Debbie works as a specialist literacy teacher at her home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning, where she also presents workshops and mentors others. When she has time Debbie writes a Nurtured Life Blog to inspire others to live a Nurtured Life.

7.45 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table

A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan options).

Sharing of produce opens at 7.45 pm to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.


Free off-street parking is available under the library (enter from Victoria Street).


The venue has access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers as needed. Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).

We hope we see you there!


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
  • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
  • Non-Members – $10 per person
  • Children attending with parents – Free

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Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member.  If you pay now your annual membership will be valid for all of 2021http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/


During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe.  This includes:

  • Maximum of 36 people at this event.  Bookings are essential.  Book here
  • Surfaces will be sanitised regularly.
  • Physical distancing will be maintained.
  • Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because you are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently been overseas or in a hot spot area.

Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.

Share Table

Do you have surplus?

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Level 3, Toowoomba City Library
155 Herries and Victoria Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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