Shin-rin yoku (Forest Bathing) – a multi-sensory forest therapy walk with Mayu Kataoka 
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Shin-rin yoku (Forest Bathing) – a multi-sensory forest therapy walk with Mayu Kataoka 

The freshness and quiet of a Sunday morning, together with a glorious all-blue sky, were the perfect setting for this unusual and restorative walk.  Mayu, a practitioner of shin-rin yoku, led us through a walk in Lane Cove National Park, bedside the gently flowing river and among mighty trees and coastal bush. Seven of us…

SIGHTS OF SPRING

SIGHTS OF SPRING

Walking in the local streets and lanes is full of interest as Spring gets plants growing! The lushness of beauty of different types of grass or tree are sheer pleasure to the eye.  Even weeds, like the tall plantain with bobbing flower heads, or the circular flat, lobe-leaved  dandelion bring a pause to one’s step,…

WHAT CAN I DO?
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WHAT CAN I DO?

Can one person make a difference?  Or do we wait for someone else to do it! This is a question that is asked at our Market stall, round dinner tables, in class-rooms…..everywhere, in these  urgent times. What’s that quote from the Dalai Lama … something like, “If you ever think you’re too small to make…

CARVING THE PUMPKIN

CARVING THE PUMPKIN

August is a season of mellow fruitfulness  At my home garden there’s been a lovely specimen of butternut pumpkin growing for months.  It’s been tucked away from most eyes, next to a lemon tree growing in a pot and supported on the vine, by sitting on the ground. The day finally came when neighbours –…

Secret Science of Soil

Secret Science of Soil

Based on The Secret Science of Soil event co-hosted by Steve Batley and Kit Shepherd. Steve studied landscape architecture at Uni; worked in that field for 20 years then he studied Permaculture under Fiona Campbell and Russ Grayson (Sydney elders in the Permaculture network, now living in Tasmania). For the past 15 years he’s been…

The ‘Collage’  Phenomenon: Climate Fresk, Water Puzzle, Circular Economy Collage

The ‘Collage’ Phenomenon: Climate Fresk, Water Puzzle, Circular Economy Collage

There’s an exciting innovation in climate and sustainability education, that is beginning to grow in Australia. Originating in France, the event goes by names like Climate Fresk*, Water Puzzle, Circular Economy Fresk. They are a gamified form of learning dense material.  The originator is a French professor who was concerned that in his university courses…

Precious Water

Precious Water

Based on WATER PUZZLE event with Transition Bondi 3.3.22  Where does our water come from? Table of Content Where does our water come from?Where does it go after we ‘use’ it?Why are we running out of water?What is our water footprint?What to do? Introduction “Water is the source of life on earth. It is also the…

Our hour with Veena Sahajwalla: Embracing the Circular Economy

Our hour with Veena Sahajwalla: Embracing the Circular Economy

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Reform The queen of recycling materials was our guest in February.  Veena Sahajwalla graced us with her generous and lively presence and painted pictures of what is possible in the realm of using waste as a resource.  From local modular factories to rural and community micro facilities…. We learned…