Archery - BYO Bow
Most of us have shot a bow at some time in our lives. Get back into it! We will explore different traditions and shooting styles, explore different targets and more ways of having fun with archery. We will explore the instinctive shooting method and you will gain some basic understanding on how to use your bow in more than one way. There is lots of space, more than you have in the usual suburbia. This will allow for more fun. Bring your own bow. If you don’t have one, you are welcome to make your own with me in December in Trentham, 7th-8th. Please check my website www.narrativeyoga.com.au for more information, workshop dates and locations.
Lars Richter has been working with Peter Yencken, co-founder of The Village Continuum and experienced traditional bowyer and craftsman from 2013-2015. Lars has taught bow making and other traditional skills to both children and adults in Australia since 2014 and has facilitated longbow making workshops for hundreds of people around Australia and overseas. He invites you to read the blog about his story of how he got into archery here… http://narrativeyoga.com.au/into-the-wood/
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the ancient craft of twined basketry. You will learn how to harvest leaves, vines and grasses for weaving, how to prepare them and what traditional techniques to use.
At the end of the day you will take home your own handwoven beautiful and functional basket/work of art.
Interwoven in this workshop are the principles and ethics of permaculture.
Adrienne Kneebone has lived, created and taught fibre art for the last 19 years. She has created remote Indigenous community-building fibre initiatives which have travelled to Indonesia, China, and back home to Federation Square. Her passion for making extends to her love of igniting creative fire in her students. She currently teaches Basketry at Ceres Environment Park, Box Hill TAFE and her home studio located in the Yarra Valley as well as various school incursions and national festivals.
Connecting with your Soul Purpose
In this workshop participants will explore their Soul Purpose. After briefly discussing what it means to live life on purpose and the benefits it brings to your experience of life and what can get in the way, we’ll delve into the Japanese concept of Ikigai, which means ‘Reason for Being’. This concept provides a framework for connecting with the four elements that make it possible to live your entire life in ameaningful way: doing what you love, doing what the world needs, doing what you’re good at, and finding ways to monetize that so it can sustain you living your ideal lifestyle, whatever that may be. We’ll do an exercise in which participants start to get an idea of what these things are for themselves. We’ll also do a visualisation/guided meditation that will help them connect them with what really matters to them at their core, without hiding behind the mask we often put on in society. We’ll also briefly discuss what gets in the way for people when they try to design their life of purpose and live it, and those interested in doing more of this work will be invited to connect with me for a follow up webinar/workshop/1:1 work.
Participants will walk away with a deeper sense of connection to who they are at Soul Level and what matters to them, and a starting point from which to begin (or deepen) the journey to aligning their life with their Soul Purpose.
Bio: An Sneyers is a mindset coach and soul educator of Empowered Education for Life. She helps people re-connect with who they really are at Soul level and build their best life around this through online education programs and 1:1 support. Themes that show up in her work include healing self-sabotaging behaviours, reconnecting with your True Self so you can finally take off that heavy mask, boundary setting, reconnecting with your own needs and igniting and expanding a deep love for yourself, others and the world.
Conscious Ceramics: understanding clay
Conscious Ceramics: understanding clay
In the workshop we will explore how to source and understand wild clay bodies. We will delve into how to locate and process clay for craft and building purposes, and how to do so consciously and sustainably in relationship to the land.
We will also explore the key basic hand building techniques for creating functional and decorative forms with wild clays. I will also provide information on the different kinds of firing and how to test clays in a kiln or pit firing.
Emma is a ceramicist and kiln technician who focuses their work on the use of wild sourced clays. I run workshops throughout Melbourne and at festivals around Australia in conscious ceramics, deep ecology and rewilding.
‘elegantly wasted’ comes from a true tale of rock n roll excess, contradictions, wasted dayz, endless inspiration, a DIY ethos, and search for harmony. Each necklace is absolutely a oneofakind creation, put together from antique pendants, precious stones, seeds, and other treasures I’ve sourced on my travels around the world – from the jungles of Chiang Rai, forest floors of the Philippines, mountains of Nepal, or local flea market. At this years The Village Continuum you can choose one of my pieces or bring your own and we’ll customise it into a one off necklace that will be a true expression of your individuality.
Intro to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Intro to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or ‘Tapping’. Due to its simplicity and effectiveness for a wide range of uses, tapping has become a worldwide phenomenon. It is used for personal growth, trauma relief, everyday happiness, chronic pain and illness, food cravings and even phobias!
Adam will take you through this simple yet effective self-help technique. You’ll get to experience using it and have it in your tool-box for future use.
In 2012, Adam founded ‘Choose To Change’, where he offers 1-1 coaching, healing workshops and transformative events. Along the way he has worked with thousands of people through events, meditations, EFT and Healing Trainings, drum journeys and more.
Additionally, Adam facilitates ‘STEM For Humanity’ engineering based school programs, captures beauty as a photographer, and helps people appreciate and connect to the land as a tour guide. In his spare time, Adam loves woodworking, upcycling and sustainability.
Herbalism from the Kitchen Table
This workshop is to begin a connection with plants from an animism perspective, which means the relating with plants as sentient beings that can communicate with us and tell us what they can do. It is a taste of a way of connecting with a knowledge that our ancestors knew well.
It will include a drum journey with a plant, and then some way of making a tincture, a vinegar depending on the availability of plants.
This workshop will ignite your passion for knitting and creating beautiful and practical accessories from yarn.
You will get everything you need to finish your first basic project. Yarns and knitting needles are included. You will confidently knit the two basic stitches knit and purl and know how to start your project with a cast on of the needed stitches and to finish it with casting off your needles. With a bit of time invested afterwards in your project you could leave the village continuum with your first finished scarf.
BIO: Liz Wagenknecht is passionate about creating beautiful knitted items form organic or vegan yarns.
She has been knitting since she was little, but her passion for sharing her skills has recently been ignited by her daughter learning to knit.
She has been teaching small groups of mum’s how to knit basic items such as arm warmers, finger-less gloves, hats and scarfs.
non ordinary states of consciousness
A group discussion on non ordinary states of consciousness and the challenging awakening experiences that can emerge as a result of playing with psychotropic substances. This experiential workshop will give a practical framework for navigating the realm of spiritual awakening. A two hour workshop facilitated by Amorenda Bridgeland and Fiona Henrich, this workshop is both exploratory and experiential.
Fiona Henrich is a Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years exploration in consciousness both academically and experientially. A Jungian Honours grad under the mentoring of prolific writer and academic David Tacey, she brings a wealth of knowledge from her research and personal experiences with Spiritual Emergence and Plant Medicine.
Amorenda Bridgland had a kundalini awakening experience in 2010 that opened the gates to an exploration of higher consciousness. A psychedelic explorer from way back, she brings an embodied understanding of her journey with medicinal substance use and tantric philosophy.
Playfighting is friendly playful wrestling. My experience of playfighting is a deep sense of reconnection with primal instincts- and a sense of liberation and wild freedom. It is also hilarious!
Open to all people, skills and abilities. Playfighting not about “winning” but rather about having fun and learning about our own bodies and eachother. The session will include lots of laughter and wild playful sharing of energy in a safe and friendly way.
BIO: Shanti (aka Daniel) is a qi gong and meditation teacher based in Byron Bay. Daniel has been teaching workshops on qi gong, meditation and spiritual practice for over 10 years. He is also passionate about dance and movement practice and has been running playfighting workshops for 3 years.
Shanti is also the author of the book ‘The Peaceful Place’ which is available on Amazon.
Positive Neuroplasticity Training
This workshop provides participants with basic principles of how to practice PNT (Positive Neuroplasticity Training). It is just a basic introduction but there is enough time to understand the basic principles and develop an ongoing practice.
– What is Applied Mindfulness
– What is PNT
– How to practice PNT on daily basis
Participants will take part in informative/sharing circles, breakout groups and individual reflection modules.
The workshop will have breaks for mindful walking.Participants are invited to bring something like a cushion or a yoga mat to sit on.
BIO: Michael has been involved in lifestyle education, health & wellness promotion, training, and organisational development since the mid-Eighties. With close to 20 years of management experience in four continents, he brings to the table a well-refined cross-cultural mentoring capacity and a managerial acumen amassed in both not-for-profit and business contexts. He has extensive experience in Mindfulness practices and delivers insightful and engaging training seminars and group-work through nondenominational science-based methodologies.
In earlier years, Michael worked as a therapist and a trainer in clinics and centres in Australia, UK, the US and Canada. Later, he undertook senior managerial roles in international businesses and charities. In his last full-time role, as a manager for the East West Learning Centre in Singapore, he focused on designing platforms to deliver an integrated Mind-Body approach to leadership education. Last year he oversaw the TeamUp program – a unique coaching journey designed to counter stress and build resilience in charities. In Australia, he runs his own coaching practice based on Mindfulness-based Leadership and Positive Neuroplasticity to work with individuals, organisations and Startups. He is a member of the core faculty of the School of Life in Melbourne and the development team for the new Ripple Affect Institute.
Besides a variety of certificates and diplomas in holistic therapies, Michael holds a Master’s degree in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is a passionate and skillful coach trained by Rick Hanson to teach PNT and he has been an associate of the Asian leadership Institute for close to 20 years.
Qi gong and nature Connection
Qi gong consists of simple flowing movements similar to Tai Chi that are easy to practice. It is a powerful ancient Chinese technique that is well known to for its health and healing benefits. Qi gong is also deeply relaxing and helps cultivate self-awareness, awakening us more fully to the present moment here and now. And its fun to practice too! Shanti will be sharing a Radiant Heart Qi Gong style taught to him by a zen master in San Francisco, with a focus on nature connection. All welcome. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
BIO: Shanti (aka Daniel) is a qi gong and meditation teacher based in Byron Bay. Daniel has been teaching workshops on qi gong, meditation and spiritual practice for over 10 years.
Shanti is also the author of the book ‘The Peaceful Place’ which is available on Amazon.
Self defence and grappling workshop (Adults)
Ray Chen is a Fitness and Wellness Coach specialising in Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ). He will be running a self defence and grappling workshop for adults and for kids (separately). The workshop will cover the fundamental movements and core principles of BJJ.
Self defence and grappling workshop for Kids
Nebular Pead will be offering sound healing with The Sacred Language of Light Activations. This is done through the use of my own voice, a Shamanic drum and rattle.
Therapeutic Sound Journey
Whole Energy Body Balance Workshop
Unlock your body and set your life free with Whole Energy Body Balance. This body is your home. This workshop will help you come home and fully inhabit your body. We will play with somatic embodiment of awareness, neuro-fascial release self-bodywork, movement, energy connection and dance. Become more of yourself and learn everyday tools to maintain greater awareness, health, vitality and suppleness in your body.
Lars teaches a dynamic style of Hatha Yoga adapted from the Sakti Krama Vikasaka flowing Yoga techniques used by the warrior class in ancient India . It is suitable for all levels and benefits all the nerves that extend to the internal organs, limbs and extremities promoting great health, well-being and strong muscles that function gracefully.
The movements have been carefully arranged to bring harmony to the body and mind. Great attention is given to the ancient Hatha Yoga science of inception of Prana with inhalation of breath and release of contraction, negativity and tension with exhalation of breath.
The combination of Yoga and Martial arts techniques has a strong and pleasant effect on your whole being, “upgrading” your nervous system, strengthen your hormonal functions and aligning your posture.
Lars Richter has been studying Yoga, Qi-Gong and similar energy work practices since 1996. He has been teaching Yoga and Meditation in Germany since 2001 and running workshops overseas since living in Australia. He holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling, is a certified life coach and marma massage practitioner and has extensive knowledge and experience in wholesome living on many levels. www.narrativeyoga.com.au
Making fire by friction: hand-drill*
“A fire will warm you three ways. Gathering the material, Making it, Sitting beside it.”
Reconnect to the ways of our ancestors.
Learn to make fire!
Before matches, before lighters, before electric heaters, there were humans making fire with nothing but their hands and some sticks.
You can too!
The secret is knowledge.
This workshop will introduce you to primitive fire lighting skills and knowledge of the hand drill method through a practical experience. Learn how to create tinder bundles, spindles, and base boards, all out of natural materials found in our environment. At the end of this workshop you will leave having learnt the skills of how and where to harvest your own natural materials from nature, and how to turn the simple sticks harvested into fire creating tools!
Taught by Mel and Steph BYO knife
* Please note that the workshops marked with “*” are from previous years at The Village Continuum. Workshops will be confirmed as early as possible. We always have a colourful variety of workshops.