Friday, February 18, 2011

Don't miss Michael Reynolds in Daylesford!

Hey, Michael Reynolds workshop preparation is proving to be lots of fun, creating a wave of enthusiasm amongst lots of people beyond HRN, SHAre and the Council for future prospects of what we might create at the tip, the source of much wealth for building. Will it turn into a passive solar lunch room for Jenny.....?
And, Mike should be a real font of info both about the ins and outs of his particular way of designing and building for self sufficiency using discarded industrial materials (hence the workshop at the tip) as well as the regulation quagmire that our Council is looking at lightening up - do I hear you making skeptical noises?? Well, we at HRN are pretty excited about the steps forward in the Council and for the first time are working closely with this Council. Times they are a changing at last.
Oh, and if you book for the talk on Thursday evening, that will help us to know how many to cater for  at supper time.
Put a note in your calendars for next film night - Thursday, March 10th when we will be showing
The Oiling of America
  Robert Pekin the creator of Food Connect in Brisbane will be in Daylesford to tell us all about his 1000 box CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) in March.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Loads to do, see and learn

Don't forget our film night this Thursday 10th February, 7:30pm. We'll be showing Garbage Warrior, at the Town Hall. A great preview before Michael Reynolds comes to town. We're hoping to also show a short film from Peter Cowman of Living Architecture, who is also running some workshops in the area. His open house last Sunday was very interesting, he has a different perspective on "Shelter Making" that is very valuable.

Meanwhile, an important message from Hepburn Wind:

Australia’s clean energy future is being questioned by the Federal Senate’s inquiry into the ‘Social and economic impact of rural wind farms‘. Without a strong display of community support, it is possible that we won’t see any more projects like the Hepburn Community Wind Farm built in Australia. Put in your submission here to support wind farms in Australia.

And a message from Ian Lillington about some more upcoming learning opportunities:

There are four exciting opportunities coming up soon for anyone involved in transition, sustainability, food systems, community gardens etc.  Brief details follow - please share them around as bookings close soon.
Robin Clayfield Queensland-based trainer with over 25 years experience - making a rare visit to Vic to run:
1.  "Dynamic Groups" 4 Day Intensive Course to be held in Melbourne from 1st to 4th March at C.E.R.E.S. in Brunswick. This course is for people involved in Permaculture, City Farms and Community Gardens, Transition Towns and similar. It is open to all though it's great if we all have similar interests for maximum benefit.

2.  "Creative Community Governance and Decision Making" Day, also at C.E.R.E.S. on Tuesday, 8th of March. This is for anyone involved in Community organisations or groups where making decisions and having discussion could be more energising, fun, creative and/or productive.

Information about Robin's Dynamic Groups Courses and the CCG & DM Day can be found on let Virginia know on
 if you are interested. Some of us from Hepburn are going down so let us know if you want to join us (Robin is highly recommended)
PLUS - with a range of highly skilled and experienced Victorian trainers; and tours to private permaculture properties:
3.  Castlemaine Permaculture Design Course - low cost, high quality. 16 Wednesdays over term 1 and term 2, with State government subsidy making this the cheapest PDC anywhere. [Get it while it lasts!] Run by the Castlemaine Community House. Bookings on 5472 4842.
4.  Diploma of Permaculture - the highest level of accredited training in permaculture in Australia, starts soon at Eltham College. Some subsidised places available. Details at or email

And if you're based a little further afield in the northerly direction from Hepburn (over Castlemaine way), check out the Growing Abundance project - to share fruit trees and harvesting work, to learn about production and preservation of your local food, and to find out where to get food around the Mount Alexander Shire. Well worth a look. We're working on some similar things over this way in the Hepburn Shire, let us know by email or phone 5348 3636 if you're interested in helping us out.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Building, building and more building - workshops galore and a film night too

Michael Reynolds of Garbage Warrior and Earthship fame is soon to join us here in sunny (and occasionally somewhat rainy) Daylesford. SHARE are organising 2 events on 24th February (details below), with a little bit of help from us and others, and in anticipation of this we are showing the film Garbage Warrior again.

We will show Garbage Warrior on Thursday 10th February, 7:30pm at the Town Hall. Please come along and join us, and be inspired to attend Michael's public talk and/or workshop on February 24th. Also, our new Sustainability Co-ordinator at the Hepburn Shire, Jill Berry will discuss suggestions/ideas for projects for which her department could apply for funding in the forthcoming council budget. Get your thinking caps on and let's discuss your ideas just before we view the film. Short and sweet.

And also on the theme of building...

Peter Cowman is running a number of events in the near future in the Castlemaine and Daylesford areas, with an Open House on the topic of "Architecture and the Meaning of Life," this Sunday 6th February, 2-4:30pm. The updated venue is the Ray Bradbury room, Frederick Street (behind the market building) in Castlemaine. And this one is just a gold coin donation too! See the Living Architecture Centre site for all the details.

And out the other way from Daylesford town...

The Satyananda Yoga Ashram in Rocklyn is running a Yoga and Earth Building Render Workshop from 17th to 21st February. See the flier here.

Michael Reynolds event details:

Principles, Permits, Planning, Practicalities
Michael Reynolds is a world expert in Zero Carbon building and build Biotecture.  He will be presenting and demonstrating how to use build making use of local recycled materials and deal with building and planning regulations.  The workshop is aimed at Local and State Government decision makers, builders, engineers, owner builders, planners and architects.  This workshop is supported by the MAV.  See Michael’s film the Garbage Warrior and website for his disaster recovery work in Haiti.  
Booking Essential, Limited Spaces.  
Cost: $65 - $75  
Enquiries and Booking:, Tel 03 5309 2664,

Michael Reynolds, internationally acclaimed Garbage Warrior will present on Earthship Biotecture and The Art of Zero Carbon Living.  Michael is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker on building from local recycled materials, influencing policy and disaster recovery. See Michael’s film the Garbage Warrior and website for his disaster recovery work in Haiti.  Booking preferred, we need to plan for this popular event.  
Cost: $10 - $15. 
Enquiries and Booking:, Tel 03 5309 2664