Welcome to the FAQ page for The Village Continuum (TVC) – a vibrant meeting place of ancient & contemporary skills for living lightly, belonging to tribe earth, being nourished & loving life! Find answers to your questions below and contact us if we can be of further assistance.
What is TVC About?
The Village Continuum celebrates through sharing ancient, traditional and contemporary crafts and skills to counteract the mass-produced factory-made products and conflicting ways of communicating and moving through life that are so prevalent.
While we honour the important, valuable and wondrous role technology can play in our lives, we recognise that making things by hand, communicating authentically and respectfully with one another and the natural world, moving with awareness through our everyday life, and nourishing ourselves with natural whole foods, can bring a simplicity and enjoyment to our otherwise full lives this day. We believe the two are not mutually exclusive, but that each can complement the other.
Many of the traditional crafts and skills that were once essential to the lifeblood of a village have mostly being forgotten. We wish to make available traditional and contemporary skills in a village setting, that makes the learning and the using relevant to our modern life.
The decision to take part in the festival and workshops is ultimately yours, as is the responsibility for whatever results come from that decision. Some workshops involve the use of body movement, sharp tools and/or use of fire or hot objects, and facilitators will do their best to make all participants aware of the inherent dangers of their particular workshop and relevant safety guidelines, however you (or you for your child) are responsible for using your own judgement and common sense when doing anything. If you (or your child) don’t feel ready/strong enough/whatever for something, then you don’t have to do it. We aren’t going to force you to do anything. We will also hold no judgement either way if you choose not to do something. If you (or your child) do attempt something and suffer injury at the festival, we will of course do everything we can to help. In the end we are in a natural and often unpredictable environment….if you want a safety cocoon it might be best to stay home.
While we believe in taking full personal responsibility for our actions, all participants will be asked to sign a waiver on entry to the festival.
Tickets and Refunds
Camping tickets are on sale until 24 October 2016. Day passes are available at the gate.
Tickets are non-refundable. If you have purchased a ticket and can’t attend the festival, you can change the name the ticket is booked under. Name changes for bookings will only be accepted until 2 days before the festival (Thursday 27th October 2016). You are responsible for notifying us of name changes via firstname.lastname@example.org. Name changes without notification will not be accepted.
Can’t get away for 3 days? Day passes are also available. They can be bought prior to the festival or at the gate.
Day passes include workshops, three delicious meals, chai and kids’ activities on the given day. Please note that day passes do not include overnight camping either prior or following the day of festival attendance.
Driving to Hollyburton
Directions to “Hollyburton Park”, 1677 Lancefield Rd, Bolinda, 3432, Victoria, Australia. Your GPS will lie to you! It will tell you that Hollyburton is across some train tracks. Don’t believe it! Look for the TVC sign outside the property.
If you’re coming from Melbourne, come past Tullamarine Airport through Bulla towards Sunbury. A few km before you get to Sunbury take the Lancefield turnoff to the right at the big roundabout and come up the road 16.77km. Come past the Clarkefield turnoff and over the Bolinda bridge then past the crossroad to Riddells Creek and the second huge sign on your left welcoming you to the Macedon Ranges. It’s the one with the blue “Woodend 30km” sign underneath.
Public Transport to Hollyburton
To get to Hollyburton by public transport you will need to catch a coach to Clarkefield Railway Station (there are coaches replacing trains for parts of October and November). Send us an email (email@example.com) with your arrival time and number of people and we will collect you from the train station.
Gates are open from 5.30pm – 9.30pm on Friday 28 October 2016 unless you are arriving early to assist with set up. Enough time to finish work early and head to the festival, grabbing a bite to eat on the way or around the campfire when you arrive. First catered meal is breakfast on Saturday morning and the festival kicks off at 6.30am Saturday.
Gate opens at 6.30am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for day ticket holders and campers arriving on Saturday morning.
Look out for TVC signs and enter through the main driveway. Please drive slowly along the 2km driveway (max speed 5km/h) until you reach registration. At this point you’ll be given your map, timetable and instructions on where to camp. Note that you aren’t required to bring printed tickets – we may ask for proof of ID to confirm your booking, but TVC does not use printed tickets.
What should I bring?
- Your own cup, bowl, plate and cutlery and something to carry them in
- A chair or cushion to sit on for meals and workshops
- A yoga mat if you wish to do yoga…
- Tent and bedding (if camping) or bedding if you have booked tiny house accommodation
- Loose comfortable, working clothes to feel comfortable attending the workshops of your choice
- Warm clothes for the evening
- A towel/swimming gear for swimming
- Shawl or blanket
- Instruments/performance items for open mic if you want to perform, or drums for drumming around the fire.
- Extra snacks/fresh fruit for between meals
Please label all your belonging clearly with your name so if they get lost, you an find them again!
Cash machine – Are there EFTPOS/ ATM Facilities on site?
We’ll be taking photos during the festival. If you don’t want photos of you or your children to appear on our website or social media pages, let the volunteers at the gate know when you arrive. They’ll take a photo of you and we’ll make sure you’re not included.