Gold Coast Permaculture Workshops, March 2012

Mental Health First Aid Course

There will be a mental heath first aid course run over two Saturdays on 10 and 31 March from 10am — 4pm on 10 March, and 10am — 3pm on Saturday 31 March. It is sponsored by Gold Coast Permaculture and will be held at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus G27 – Room 1.14.

Some reasons why people need MHFA:

  • Mental Health problems are common
  • There is a stigma associated with mental health problems
  • Many people do not recognize mental health problems
  • Professional help is not always available
  • Many people do not know how to help

Crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal behaviours
  • Acute stress/trauma reaction
  • Panic attacks
  • Acute psychotic behaviour

Mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. It will provide the participant with a high level of competency in recognising and/or managing mental health issues.

This is a certificated course being run by Dr Jeanne McConachie from Griffith University and will result in a Mental Health First Aid Certificate for participants. There is no actual charge for this normally $175 course but participants are requested to donate $20 or more which will go to a charity that is supported by Griffith University Honours College students. Dr McConachie heads up the Honours College organisation within Griffith University.

Lunch is not provided but it is suggested that participants can order in pizza as a group.

Bookings are essential. No booking means no participation. Places are limited to 15. This is an excellent course and a must for all those involved in organisations and/or dealing with the public.

A “get ready for autumn and winter” workshop

This is huge value packed workshop to be held on March 17 from 9 — 12 noon at Gold Coast Permaculture 270 Ferry Rd Southport. This will take you step by step through composting, seed raising, planting and a hands on garden bed building exercise (lots of it) using diverted waste streams and materials you can access in your local area.

You get great take home reference material and a one off opportunity to see how we build our beds at 270 Ferry Road.

Our system is an easy way to grow fresh organic veg at home.

Cost is $25 for the morning workshop.

Good shoes, a hat, sunscreen, smiles and lots of enthusiasm are recommended.

Build Your Own Top Bar Bee Hive Workshop

Warre hive – we will be building one
or two as well as at least
one Horizontal TBH

Another huge value packed workshop — a must for aspiring bee-keepers, or just for interest.

We are fortunate to have the technical assistance and expertise of Albert Peterson and Rotaract Southport to run this "How to Build a Top Bar Hive" workshop. It will be held on Saturday 17 March from 1:00pm on site at 270 Ferry Rd Southport.

This workshop will proceed for approximately 2–3 hours and have a nominal fee of $20. All proceeds will go to Rotaract to support the great work they do in the community. Gold Coast Permaculture staff will be available to answer any "bee" type questions.

This will be a great fun afternoon and you will probably also be able to get involved in the actual building work if you are competent in that area.

Numbers will be limited to 15–20 people.

For some background on TBH both Warre and horizontal, please visit

Bookings for all workshops are essential. Please book by emailing permaculturegc (at)

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshops.


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