Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Wild Fennel this Sunday 10am - 12pm

In the spirit of emergence and group magic, Zoe and Catie from Wild Fennel, invite you to Melliodora for a non-facilitated, open space gathering where all is welcome and anything could sprout.

Sunday October 8
10am - 12pm
Grandmother Pear Tree at Melliodora
16 Fourteenth Street

๐ŸŒฟ Show off your favourite herb books

๐ŸŒฟ Share recommendations + resources

๐ŸŒฟ Tell a herb story 

๐ŸŒฟ Impart medicinal smarts

๐ŸŒฟ Swap herb growing, harvesting + preparation advice

๐ŸŒฟ Ask questions

๐ŸŒฟ Draw or journal

๐ŸŒฟ Chat gently about a health challenge, triumph or learning

๐ŸŒฟ Catch + release herbal recipes

It’s all about what’s alive and exciting for you in the world of herbs right now.

๐Ÿšฒ Getting here

๐Ÿ‘ฃ Please park cars at the Hepburn Primary School

๐Ÿ‘ฃ Walk down Fourteenth Street and take the first left onto a gravel laneway

๐Ÿ‘ฃ There will be signs!

๐Ÿ‘ฃ Keep walking along the laneway till it becomes a grassy path

๐Ÿ‘ฃ Follow that for 30 meters or so...

by then you'll see us to your right gathered around a big old pear tree. 

Hope to see you Sunday!

For more info, please visit the Wild Fennel FB group.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

๐ŸŒฟ Wild Fennel this weekend ๐ŸŒฟ

Last month's mystery herb tasting was such a good time that we're doing it again!

Please join us this coming Sunday morn for a sensory exploration of a local herb, using your eyes, nose, tastebuds, ears, intuition and spidey senses to attune to the medicine in your teacup.

Sunday September 3rd
10am - 12pm
76 Main Road Hepburn

BYO mug, notepad, pen + optional soft thing to sit on.

There's limited parking on site so best to grab a spot on Main Road or Sixth or Seventh Street. 

Photo: Catie Payne
Photo: Catie Payne

Friday, May 19, 2023

Wild Fennel - going to seed

Hi everybody,

Just a quick post to let you know that Wild Fennel will be taking a break in May, back for goodly wintry things on Saturday June 24 - details to come.

Now is the time to harvest your wild fennel seeds, so when you're out and about, do make sure to take a bag or jar to harvest from your favourite plant, while being careful no to pick the deadly look alike hemlock seeds.

Wild Fennel seeds
Wild fennel seeds

If you're not sure of the difference between wild fennel and hemlock, best do your research before harvesting. 

Wishing you all a wild month! Look forward to seeing you all in June.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

April Wild Fennel ๐ŸŒฟ

Wild Fennel is a free monthly gathering that’s all about herbs.

Zoe and Catie

Held by two local herbalists, Catie Payne and Zoe Kay, Wild Fennel offers simple, seasonal wisdom for making plant medicine part of your everyday.

Our next circle will be held on:

Saturday April 29
Radius Gallery, 76 Main Road, Hepburn
10am to 12 noon

(Please note: this is a disruption to our regular schedule of Wild Fennel being held on the fourth Saturday of every month.)

Big shout out to Kim and Morgan at Radius for generously hosting us! ๐Ÿ™

Join us for a celebration of humble, powerful & plentiful Dandelion, including identification tips and delicious medicinal recipes.

BYO teacup + plant stories.

Wild Fennel is free to attend and is open to everyone.

๐ŸŒฟ Visit Wild Fennel on FB:

Thursday, March 16, 2023

March Wild Fennel


Please join us for a special autumn equinox edition of Wild Fennel: 

Saturday March 25
10am - 12pm
6 Tierneys Lane Daylesford, beautiful Djaara Country

During the session, Zลe and Catie will discuss Seasonal Herbalism and the Cool Weather Medicine Calendar, sharing their favourite locally-forageable autumn and winter remedies with a heart wisdom spin. 

What to bring: a notepad and pen, a mug and your curliest herbal questions. 

Zลe and Catie
Zลe and Catie

We look forward to gathering with you on Saturday March 25.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Where else you can find Wild Fennel

We have a FB group, where we meet online to share links, remedies and herbally insights.

We also have a newsletter. It's an unobtrusive thing that'll let you know about upcoming circles with a healthy dose of herbal whimsy. Here's the sign up link ๐Ÿ‘‰

Monday, February 6, 2023

Wild Fennel: Hepburn Herbal Circle

And we are back! And super excited to be offering free herbal medicine sessions to those looking to deepen their connection to our plant kin.

Please join us for our first session of the year of Wild Fennel: Hepburn Herbal Circle.

Saturday February 25, 2023
10am - 12pm
6 Tierneys Lane Daylesford
Djaara Country

Wild Fennel will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Our session facilitators are:

Catie writes, draws, grows and goats at Melliodora. She is a former naturopath and herbalist with a perennial interest in weeds.

Zรตe is a herbalist with a deep reverence for the earth's wisdom. Zรตe is often found wandering in the forest, and wild crafting in honour of the seasons, to create plant remedies, as well as tending to a garden of food as medicine. Zรตe is Passionate about sharing the empowerment that comes with having a relationship to plants that heal, as well as an attunement to one's body and a stronger sense of belonging to the earth.

Wild Fennel is free to attend and open to everyone. There is no need to RSVP, just rock up.

Friday, January 20, 2023

2023 Terra Nullius Breakfast

Dear friends of Djaara Mother Country,

The annual Terra Nullius Breakfast is on again this year, January 26 outside the Daylesford Town Hall, at 76 Vincent St, Daylesford from 9am-11am.

Please join together to listen to Country and to First People, acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty, stand with the grief that still stems from the legal fiction terra nullius, and celebrate Indigenous survival, connection to Country, First People lifeways and cultural renewal.

Please bring a plate, cutlery, mug, thermos and a breakfast dish to share on the communal table. If you don’t have the capacity to bring anything to share please come and share what can be brought.

You are most welcome to bring friends, family and neighbours, and if hot please join us for a swim and picnic at the L-shaped jetty at Lake Daylesford afterwards.

Here is the video from last year’s gathering featuring Djaara woman Bec Phillips:

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Community citrus grove planting day


Greetings friends,

Please join us on Saturday September 3 at the community garden beside the library for a morning of citrus tree planting. 

Please feel free to bring a citrus tree to plant on the day, or if you can't join the working bee but would like to donate a tree, please feel free to donate to the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners account at Wombat Hill Nursery (28 Raglan St, Daylesford, ph: 5348 1439). Or if you have sourced a tree yourself and would like to drop it off before September 3, please drop it off to Meg and Patrick's at 6 Tierneys Lane, Daylesford.

If you are going to join us - yay! Please also bring if you can, a shovel, a bag of matured compost or horse poo, weed-free mulch, a thermos of tea, snacks to share.

A big shout out to Fe Porter for instigating the project.

Sending big juicy health-giving, Vitamin C laden love,

The Daylesford Community Food Gardeners ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

Friday, April 15, 2022

Beekeeping Naturally with Adrian Iodice

Hi everyone,

Please join us this coming Tuesday April 19 for our first Apis event of the year. Apis is our local natural beekeeping group, established to encourage backyard beekeeping in the Hepburn Shire.

Please join us for a delicious organic dinner and a talk with Adrian Iodice from Beekeeping Naturally. Adrian believes that beekeeping is primarily about the health of the bees. And that changing the culture of beekeeping is about shifting people's mindsets from honey production towards a more holistic and harmonious approach that works with the bees for the health of the entire ecosystem.

Adrian lives on a farm in the southern NSW Bega valley with his wife and three children, where they are creating a bee sanctuary and education centre as a living model of natural beekeeping. He will be visiting Hepburn for a few days only, and we are so rapt he has agreed to come and give a talk while he's here in Djaara Country:

Tuesday April 19
6pm - 7.30pm
Melliodora, 16 Fourteenth Street Hepburn 
(Please park at the Hepburn Primary School and walk down) 
Entry is $5 for dinner and talk

No need to RSVP, just rock up.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Futuresteading event: new times

Due to the popularity of this event, Jade has kindly offered to do two sittings so we can accommodate more people, but still not have a crowded room in compliance with covid restrictions. Thanks Jade!

The first sitting is Thursday August 19 from 6pm - 7.30pm.

The second sitting is Thursday August 19 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Tickets are free. Everyone is welcome. Bookings essential here.