Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Conference and film night # 55

Well the Local Lives Global Matters Conference was certainly an enormous feat to pull off with so many challenging speakers, workshops and panels. It certainly gave the activists a huge challenge and boost to our commitment to creating an existence that we aspire to rather than one we accept unconsciously or with bad will
Manish Jain  provoked my questioning further in an area that challenges the basic and most accepted tenet of our existence - 'education'
This film,  'Schooling the World', is a vital tool for re examining schooling from an historical perspective to current day iterations. It is a must see. View the trailer here

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Local Lives - Global Matters a conference for future's sake

If you haven't heard about this conference already, just a hop, step and a jump to Castlemaine, go to the website and check out the amazing range of speakers from our local area and over the ocean blue, make your choice and register now. This is an amazing and unique opportunity to both be informed by  keynote speakers including Helena Norberg-Hodge, Manish Jain, Raphael Souchier, Camila Morena and Rob Hopkins as well as our own David Holmgren.
There will be workshops, panels, site visits, dinners, films and music to really nurture us towards a thriving local community.
Don't miss out! This is a really worthwhile conference supported by HRN.
Maureen and I will be presenting on Saturday at 4:15pm.
Spread the word whatever way you can, like the facebook page. Hope to see you there!

The cost is not great but if you're really stretched volunteering is an option
"If you have a skill or some spare time to offer, we will find a use for it. If you work for 3 hours you get a day pass to all sessions except Plenary Sessions (with the international guests). After that it’s negotiable." See the website, or ask Kaz, Volunteer co-ordinator
 0439 550 904

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

'Tis the Season to be Blooming

Let's celebrate the equinox together at a creative dinner on the day, Wednesday 23rd September at the Daylesford Town hall.

 Don your spring attire, prepare your best vegetarian dish from what's available in the garden now or from your preserved stocks and come on down at 7.30pm with a song, a dance, a poem, a short story or just good cheer. Reserve your place at the table here

Image via The Dragon

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the direction east – the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day. Spring is also associated with the color green, the sound of shouting, the wood element, the climate of wind, things sprouting, 
your eyes, your liver, your anger, patience and altruism – and a green dragon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Working bee at Captain's Creek farm

Spring has sprung and it is time to prepare your garden beds and get your seed in trays. Let's go and give farmer Rod a hand to put his seed in trays on Saturday September 12th at 11am for about and hour and a half. If it is a day like today we could sit around afterwards and share a picnic. Come prepared.
Bring the kids and we can have a fun time and learn a bit more about the farm and where the veggie boxes come from.
Book here for car pooling and to let us know you are coming

Introduction to “Sufficiency Economy”

Samuel Alexander from the Simplicty Collective has a new book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever. This is the companion volume to Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, published earlier this year.
The paperback of Sufficiency Economy is available here. For those unable to pay or who would like an electronic version, the pdf is available on a ‘pay what you want’ basis here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Last Friday a goodly number of people came to the film and this is what the filmmaker said afterwards

"Thanks to everyone with whom I spent some time during my recent visit to Daylesford. The Q+A at the screening on Friday was one of the most vibrant I have attended and I really enjoyed meeting and yarning with you all. I felt such a strong sense of community on that rainy winter's evening, which was only strengthened on Saturday when I joined the community gardeners to plan...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dadirri - Deep Listening film this Friday

Good communication is the secret to relating to each other well and now is the time to start/continue the quest for better ways of doing this. With energy descent and greater need to power down let us continue on our community strengthening endeavours. This film will inspire. Bring your neighbours and/ or visiting friends. Tell your friends.
A really worthwhile film and as a bonus you get to meet and talk to the filmmaker, Helen Iles.
Put it in your diary and be at the Town Hall at 7.30pm Friday July 17th

                                             Pre pay for $6 or $10 at the door

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Deep Listening / Dadirri - A Documentary For Our Time

Friday July 17th , 7.30 at the Daylesford Town Hall
Yes, This film has been a while in the organising but it is really happening this time, and meet and discuss with the film maker/ director, Helen Iles (of Living In The Future .org), so be  sure to let your mates know about the film... send this poster around to help us get the word out about this once off opportunity. Helen, from Wales has been living in Australia with her partner, a medical researcher for just over a year and is coming back from the Northern Territory soon where she has been further documenting one of the aboriginal communities/people there and will be heading back to the UK in the near future so this is truly a rare opportunity. Book now for the early bird ticket

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunday June 21st,come join us as we mark the longest night of the year with a celebration of the first steps towards spring.
Put on your thinking caps and create a delicious dish to share from what you have in the garden, your preserves or the vegie box and bring it wrapped up in a blanket, ready to serve. Please make it vegetarian so it is easier to share.
Bring a candle for the welcoming of the light ritual.

Bookings are essential to secure your place at the table and any offerings of solstice music will be accepted with gratitude and delight.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Winter Solstice Community Dinner

June 21st, 7pm ...mark the date on your calendar 

It's 8 degrees outside at 1.30 in the afternoon on the first day of June, in three hours it will be starting to get dark ...and in three weeks we will be at the darkest time of the year; the winter solstice again.

But hey, from then on, the days will start to get longer, ever so slowly at first and then rapidly as we near the September equinox, so we are going to celebrate the solstice. Come out of hibernation and join with us on June 21st at the town hall at 7pm for a warm community dinner together.

The challenge is to bring as much as you can from your own gardens or pantries....and cook up a storm! More about the food guidelines and an event poster coming soon.