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Wild side of sustainability

?????????????????????During the coldest months of August people in the Central Highlands of Victoria celebrate a month long festival of words every year. Words in Winter is ” a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.” Hepburn Relocalisation Network will stage Yarns on the wild side of sustainability on Sunday August 3rd. Local speakers will spin their yarns about their experience in the pursuit of more reasonable living. More details of the afternoon program are on our events page.

Taking the stage amongst local sustainability bunch to discuss the wildside is David Holmgren,  hot on the heels of his national tour with Nicole Foss. In Sci fi Hepburn David will discuss scenarios. Are they imaginary or real?

It is a free event, and should be a cracker afternoon at the Rex Arcade lounge.

Talking about the Rex on August 3rd, our resident nonagenarian poet Venie Holmgren will also be taking the stage in the morning. She will be performing her stuff  in “Poetry morning”. A must-see performance as well.

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‘Survive and Thrive’ Foss and Holmgren to tour

Strategies for a changing economy, survive and thrive –

We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future. Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been on in our era of growth imperative. Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.

The first challenges are being presented by the on-going global financial crisis, which is far closer to its beginning than it end, and by the geopolitics of energy. Events in Europe, particularly in Cyprus, Detroit and latterly the Ukraine, represent a major wake up call that financial crisis is about to resume in earnest and that energy issues are moving towards criticality in many places. We must anticipate and navigate a period of rapid economic contraction and increasing risk of resource conflict, punctuated by the emergence of geopolitical wildcards.

Building Resilience in an Era of Limits to Growth

Nicole Foss will explore the links between the converging pressures facing us – economic contraction, peak energy and geopolitical stress. She will outline her latest thoughts on the implications for our everyday lives and share practical solutions she has observed recently from around the world.

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Permaculture Surfing the Property Bubble Dumpers

Drawing from 30 years of permaculture teaching, designing and demonstrating rural and urban agriculture food production systems for sustainable living, Transition activism and personal example, David Holmgren will outline practical strategies to help households and communities survive, thrive and contribute to a better world.

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Permaculutre co-founder and the author of  Future Scenarios, David Holmgren toured the country with Richard Heinberg in 2006 informing the public of the threats of imminent peak oil and the permaculture responses. Eight years on, more people have installed insulation and solar, started growing food, raising chooks, and buying from local producers.

Also eight years on, the peak of conventional oil is already in the rear view mirror and the first stage of the second Great Depression is pulling apart economies and nations around the world. The mining boom has allowed Australia to dodge the worst, but the signs are not good. Government plans for austerity highlight the need for households and communities to increase their self reliance.

david_holmgren_talking_2013David’s updated presentation uses permaculture design principles to interpret the signs and show how getting out of debt, downsizing and rebooting our dormant household and community non-monetary economies are the best hedges that ordinary citizens can make. The idea that these household and community economies could achieve unprecedented growth rates if the monetary economy takes a serious dive is a good news story you won’t hear from mainstream media.  The shift of metaphor from ‘retrofitting’ to ‘surfing’ suggests a stronger role for positive risk taking behaviour change without the need for expensive changes to the built environment that few will be able to afford.  Returning to Aussie St, David shows how the permaculture makeover and behaviour change is progressing through the Second Great Depression.  Aussie St is not only surviving but thriving through the “dumpers” that property bubble collapse, climate chaos and geopolitical energy shocks have unleashed on the lucky country.  An endearing, amusing and gutsy story of hope for in-situ adaptation by the majority of Australians living in our towns and suburbs.

On this tour David Holmgren is joined by Nicole Foss, leading system analyst, who explains how the deflationary dynamics that always follow finance and property bubbles, will rapidly impact individuals, families and communities, while the longer acting forces of Peak Oil and Climate Change will determine and limit the nature of any economic recovery. Nicole will paint a comprehensive picture of where we stand today globally, how our human operating system functions, how and why it is acutely vulnerable, and what we must do about the predicament in which we find ourselves. The focus will be financial, social, and geopolitical, reflecting the priority of impacts likely to be felt in the relatively short term. The critical factors for change will be highlighted, with an outline of the possibilities that exist within the scope of the emerging reality. We must plan to restructure our societies from the bottom up, so that both the transition period and our eventually recovery from the coming upheaval, can rest on a solid foundation. That foundation requires the resurgence of resilient communities and the development of true human capacity.

nicole_foss_portrait_2014Her succinct and riveting presentation sets the scene for the positive permaculture strategies. More than just an affirmation of what many are already doing, Foss’s systemic perspective is a wake up call for those concerned about environmental and social issues to understand how their own exposure to financial collapse will determine whether they can shape a better future for themselves, their children and their communities.

The two will inform Australians how it’s possible, although not inevitable, to weather the coming storms with grace, rebuild community solidarity and provide a bulwark against the worst expressions of fear, blame and xenophobia, that naturally arise in times of hardship.  Most importantly, it will highlight how a small but significant minority following a path of enlightened self interest, and informed by permaculture design principles, may have a more powerful and positive influence than mass movements demanding their rights from weak and ineffective governments.

Humanity stands on the edge of a precipice, and where we go from here is in our own hands. There is both considerable danger, and the opportunity to address constructively what is arguably the most challenging situation in human history.

 

Survive and Thrive with Nicole Foss and David Holmgren
(for the details of each event and booking, please click the link.)

 

June 27 Sydney

June 29  Narara Ecovillage (9am)
June 29 (Sun) Newcastle (3pm)

June 30 (Mon) “Crash or crash through” workshop (Holmgren) at Hunter TAFE in Newcastle

Building resilience in an era of limits to growth” workshop (Foss) at Hunter TAFE in Newcastle
Building resilience, with Nicole Foss in Port Stephens (Foss)

July 3 (Thu) “Crash or crash through” workshop at Bellbunya (9am)
July 3 (Thu) Sunshine Coast (6.00pm)

July 4 (Fri) Brisbane (6pm)
July 6 (Sun) Fremantle (10am)
July 8 (Tue) “Crash or crash through” workshop in Fremantle (Holmgren)
July 13 (Sun) “Crash or crash through” workshop (Holmgren) at Creative Collective in Lara near Geelong
July 11 (Fri) Daylesford (7pm)
July 15 (Tue) Melbourne (7pm)
July 19 (Sat) Hobart (Holmgren) (6.30pm)

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Permaculture and Festivals

picAs we reported earlier, David Holmgren will give a presentation at Rainbow Serpent Festival over the Australia Day weekend in January 2014. He will discuss the very apt subject on  “Permaculture and Festivals; fringe delusion and degeneration or action at the edge?” reflecting on his own experiences in both.

Permaculture and music festivals have been prominent expressions of the counterculture in Australia over the last three decades. What can young people salvage from that history as they find their way in a mad world, fix the mess and enjoying the trip?  Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren paints the big picture with amazing stories of festivals where permaculture was first in action, knock on impacts around the world and the opportunities amongst the crap of the unfolding Brown Tech future.

Do not miss the chance to hear his talk at Rainbow 2014.

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Bill Gammage to talk in Daylesford

resized_9781742377483_224_297_FitSquareBill Gammage, the veteran historian and author of the ground breaking book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, will give a talk at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday Nov 29. Bill Gammage is adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.

In this multi-award winning book, Bill refutes the common notion that pre-1788 Aboriginal people had no system of land management, on the contrary he shows that the people who lived here then had developed, over many generations, a complex, elaborate system of management to ensure the survival of their culture.

He suggests that time spent maintaining the landscape was a cultural obligation of great import. There’s an exhibition of works by colonial artist Thomas Clark at the Hamilton Art Gallery, a room full of 1850-60’s views of the western district ……wide open spaces, clear of stumps. Clark and other artists of the day had no agenda to paint anything other than what they saw. Where are the trees, now so plentiful?

Gammage uses written accounts by explorers and historians, and early landscape views (sketches, paintings, etc) to explain how Aborigines created an ideal landscape for obtaining the variety of food items they needed in their diet, and kept the countryside clear of dense vegetation (and thus dangerous fires).

The indigenous Australians were more efficient than Europeans, Bill asserts, in getting food, shelter and other needs from the land, mostly by the use of fire and manipulation of the life-cycles of food plants.

Once the fire-based land management systems was removed with the arrival of Europeans, the continent became overgrown and thus more fire prone (made worse, as well, by the climate changing to a much drier one). With The Biggest Estate on Earth, Bill  has updated the history of Australia, and our way of seeing our land.  If his conclusions will be debated, they speak directly to contemporary concerns with land and land care. The central premise of The Biggest Estate on Earth is that before white settlement, the continent had been looked after by  mindful and meticulous caretakers.

The talk is organised by the Hepburn Relocalisation Network. Do not miss this rare opportunity.

Entry $10/$8 pre booked  $15/$12 at the door

More on our events page.

Here is Bill Gammage talking about the book.

Review on the Wheeler Centre website.

(The recording of his talk, introduced by HRN’s Su Dennett is available here.)

 

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2 great reasons 2 go Rainbow Serpent 2014

mastheads_artgalleryaPlanning to get away for the Australia Day weekend next year? Thought about  going to Lexton near Ballarat  for the 2014 Rainbow Serpent Festival?

The Age  summed it up  as “an alternative lifestyle festival” where the punters “come for the electronic music, healing workshops and mind-bending art”. Being a big fan of the ambient electro dub house music, one worker at Melliodora is more than keen to check out the Orb who will headline the stage. The rest of the lineup of musicians and DJs is good too. But, no, they are not  the only reasons we are looking forward to attending this world renowned festival held in a small local town (pop.200) in central Victoria.

One of the reasons is that David will give a presentation in the “Lifestyle Village”,  a “space for the Rainbow Serpent family to come together in a time of celebration and community”.  At the time of writing we don’t know when he will appear, or what he is going to talk about,  but we will let you know as more details come in hand.

Also sending a strong message of permaculture at the festival along with David, is the uke troubadour Charlie Mgee,  back home from his globe trotting in the northern hemisphere for six months of this year. The trip culminated in his appearance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in July. He will hit the stage at around 4.30pm on Jan 25. Be there and ready for the mighty Vegman in action.

So, here are two (three?) good reasons to spend your January long weekend in Lexton. The festival tickets are apparently selling fast, so book early, and avoid disappointment.

Rainbow Serpent Festival website

 

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Can permaculture help the global majority conserve rainforests?

Ceres-Presentation-flyer-September-2013-150-pixels-David Holmgren is to share the talk stage with John Seed in the fund raising evening for the Chikukwa project in Zimbabwe. The forum is entitled “Can permaculture help the global majority conserve rainforests?” and will be held at Melbourne’s CERES.

An evening to inform, inspire and to encourage discussion about the connection between the deforestation of the earth’s rainforests, unsustainable agriculture, and the global majority, and the part permaculture can play to protect our rainforests and ensure food security for the human population.  This is an evening benefit  for the Zimbabwe Chikukwa Project and includes a short film about how 22 years of permaculture has led  a community of 7000 Zimbabwe villagers from malnutrition and hunger to abundance.

Also appearing on the stage for the fundraiser presented by the Earthsoulscience Co-op Ltd. is John Seed, the veteran activist who has been working for the protection of the world’s forests since 1979. His presentation will be eye opening.
The fundraising evening for Chikukwa presented by the Earthsoulscience Co-op Ltd. kicks off at 7.30pm at CERES on September 25. See more details in our events page.

Bookings essential,  http://www.trybooking.com/DICD.

Enquiries: Anna Kumashov 0403995152.

 

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Novel times, novel ecosystems

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Annual Spring in the Bendigo Bush festival kicks off its 15th season on Aug 25. Over five weeks, the festival hosts workshops, walks, bike rides and events celebrating the region’s rich history and environment characterised by its ‘amazing’ box-ironbark forests.

As a part of a discussion of the state we are in,  David Holmgren will talk about the emergence of “novel ecosystems” in the bush, in our “novel times”, on the evening of September 10.

This evening follows on from events such as the Biophilia Blitz yesterday, Threatened Species and Environmental Change –our guided walk through the Whipstick with Terri Williams and Bendigo Tafe Conservation and Land Management students, our afternoon with landscape artist John Wolseley, and Sunday’s talk on the importance of observing and recording local species by Geoff Park .

All welcome, but registration essential.

More details about David’s talk is on our Events page.

The full program of “Spring in the Bendigo Bush” is found here. For further enquiry about this event, please contact springinthebendigobush@gmail.com.

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David to talk on Monet’s Garden, Aug 9

Monet's

Claude MONET
French 1840–1926
Waterlilies (Nymphéas) (1916–19)
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Gift of Michel Monet, 1966 (inv. 5164)
© Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, © Bridgeman-Giraudon / Presse

The National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition of the French impressionist Claude Monet’s iconic garden at Giverny continues till September 8. The exhibition itself is quite extraordinary but what is outstanding is its “Friday Nights at Monet’s Garden” program. Every friday evening, the guests are treated with “pop-up” talks, great food, drinks and live music.

David Holmgren is invited to give a talk on permaculture, gardening and Monet on Aug 9. Have a date with Monet and David. The whole night’s program starts at 5.30pm.

 

6.30pm   
Pop-up Talk“The spell of Japan was upon them”: Japonisme, Impressionists and the Decorative Arts
Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator Decorative Arts
Exhibition Space, Ground Level

6.30–8.30pm  
DJ Set: Vince Peach 
The Great Hall, Ground Level

7pm 
NGV MembersThe making of Monet – In motion
Jemma Altmeier, Senior Coordinator, Media and Public Affairs
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level

7.30pm
Permaculture: Beyond Sustainability

David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept

8.30–9.30pm
Headline Music ActHalfway
The Great Hall, Ground Level

 

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Holmgren to open United Natures at CERES

un-logo-worldy-new-for-print-small-PNGDavid Holmgren will open the premier screening of Peter Charles Downey’s new full length, full strength documentary film, United Natures at Melbourne’s CERES on June 13.  Along with David, the film features great international cast such as Dr. Vandana Shiva, Starhawk, Father Bob Maguire, Polly Higgins, Dr. Helen Caldicott, John Seed, Cormac Cullinan, Michael Reynolds and many others.

Get down to CERES to see the film. David and Peter will be joined with John Seed for a Q&A session after the screening.

(a trailer under the scroll) Continue Reading →

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Dave Jacke in Daylesford

A renowned permaculture pioneer from the US is to give a talk in Daylesford.

Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, has taken the Forest Garden concept beyond its tropical origins and shown it can be adapted to temperate climates.

This talk is a unique opportunity for everyone interested in ecological solutions and especially permaculture practitioners.

When: 7pm, Wednesday March 13
Where: Senior Citizens Room (behind Town Hall) in Daylesford
Cost: $10 per person
Contact: hrn@internode.on.net or 5348 3636
Bookings essential and can be made on line here

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