Friday, January 29, 2016

ABC Stay & Defend advice

Great to see some sensible information on the ABC. Remember HRN has lots more relevant useful information here and that HRN has tools for you to borrow for fire prep work, see here

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mini-Online Course on Connecting to Your Purpose

Have you seen this 'Story of Stuff' challenge ? Join me in doing it, sure to be thought provoking, inspirational and fun, Maureen

Mini-Online Course on Connecting to Your Purpose

What’s your purpose?
In the chaos of the day-to-day, it’s easy to lose sight of what motivates you to make the world a better place.
It's a new year, and a great time to get centered and reconnect with your sense of purpose. What's your deepest passion? What helps you come alive?
Starting January 25th, we are offering a special one-week January Changemaker Challenge, focused exclusively on helping you connect with your purpose as a Changemaker. 
Frederick Buechner describes purpose as, "the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” It’s a beautiful reminder that we all play different roles in creating a better world, and that the process of doing that work can itself be joyful and fulfilling.
Complete with videos from Annie, hands-on interactive online exercises and some additional tips for practicing what you've learned, this short course will take only 1-2 hours to complete. It's free, and you can go through the content at your own pace.
By the end of the course, you will have developed a purpose statement that will help get you started making positive change in your community and in the world in 2016. We'll compile and share some of our favorite purpose statements with you, and check-in on your progress in a few months! 
The Changemaker Challenge will run from Monday, January 25th through Sunday, January 31st.
All you need is an internet connection, about an hour or two over the course of the week, and a desire to make the world a better place!
Wishing you a purposeful 2016,
Natalie Nava, Story of Stuff <>

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

COP21 Paris

Well this summit is looking more like a cop out according to Transition Towns' Rob Hopkins. It is a very sobering read.

It seems that focussing on what we can do in our lives locally is the way to get the changes we dream of and at the same time get a goodly way in changing the corporations and the governments that do their bidding.
We hope you have had a good year in your transitioning endeavours, one small step at a time and have enjoyed doing it.
Veggie boxes will be starting in January but we will have some veg by the kilo before then. Email us if you are interested.

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