Ancestral Fire - BYO Knife*
“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, Jermaine Parker.
24 years old and been making friction fire for 4 years. With a passion for sharing and learning new skills. He has surrounded himself with ancient ways, from basket weaving, bow hunting, hide tanning, leather crafting, spoon carving, shelter building, gathering of wild edibles, and friction fire all the way from Queensland through to Tasmania.
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 at Hollyburton Farm, more than you have in the usual suburbia. This will allow for more freestyle and fun. Bring your own bow. If you don’t have one, you are welcome to make your own with me in October21st/22nd in Trentham. 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/
Working with foraged fibres and sitting in circle, we will create beautiful, rustic baskets by hand. The coiling technique is suitable for both beginners and experienced makers. Sitting with others to weave can bring times filled with energetic chatter and laughter and at others the most comfortable silence of being together with work in our hands. As we weave ourselves into our baskets, it can sometimes feel that in fact, our baskets are weaving us.
Please bring a wool needle along if you’d like to incorporate coloured threads and grasses if you feel called to forage.
Coal-Burn Spoon Making (BYO Knife)
Coal-burning is a traditional method used to create beautiful spoons, bowls and other items using coals from the fire, as well as whittling and carving with a knife. The technique is simple, fun and meditative. Like most earth skills, you will find hours fly by absorbed in the task, and the company of other crafters. As well as going home with a beautiful handmade spoon (perfect for a gift), you will learn a valuable survival skill, and much improved woodworking and knife skills. Requirements: Knife (3 inch blade or similar for whittling wood)
Claire Dunn is a journalist, rewilding facilitator, barefoot explorer, and author of the best selling My Year With Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild. http://www.naturesapprentice.com.au/
Ostii Ananda is a yoga teacher and bodyworker with years of exploration into connection practices. He is co-founder of ‘Pulse’ – a venue in Brunswick dedicated to dance and embodiment events. Ostii is also a ‘conscious technologist’ – offering technology coaching and support for businesses with purpose.
Dance ya heart out*
Elky and Anna (open floor teacher in training) are both committed dancers, singers & music lovers.
Drumming - BYO Hand Drums
Come and join us around the fire after dinner…Saturday night for an informal session of drumming. Let’s make music together! Requirements: BYO hand drums.
Earth School Kids*
Edile Forest Gardening
This workshop aims to be a gateway and glimpse into the possibilities of edible forest gardening. We will talk about the fundamental principles of forest gardening before heading out to the field for some experiential learning.
A core aspect of edible forest gardening is using local species to create ecosystem mimicking gardens. By starting with species selected for and managed by indigenous peoples we create habitats that are ideally adapted to the local environment. From this starting point we can add our preferred species to provide the five ‘F’s – Food, Fibre, Fun, Farmaceuticals and Fodder.
Following a childhood spent roaming the bush as a field biology assistant, Liam Oakwood went into Environmental Sciences to gain further understanding of the planet we live on. A search to find ways of acting on this knowledge culminated in the discovery of a food forest on the banks of the Merri Creek. A tribe of friendly garden creatures soon assembled, weaving and growing together. The inspiration of living in a food forest propelled Liam through a journey of knowledge that lead to a ten day intensive workshop on forest garden design. With this knowledge in hand, Liam seeks to propagate it across the lands.
Join our hosts, the Scott family as they take you on a tour around their certified organic farm. The tour will cover eggs, animals, land management, milking goats and multi layered farming.
The Soctts are dedicated to sustainable agriculture and living with respect to the land, caring for their animals and being examples of the way farming can be. Situated on 440 acres in the foothills of the stunning Macedon Ranges, Hollyburton Farm is home to Rob, Colita, Madelaine, Hailey, Arthur, goats, sheep, chickens and pigs.
Yes. The answer to your question is yes! You can create a durable and beautiful leather from fish skins. Usually a waste product from fishing/ seafood & restaurant industries you will learn the ancient art of fish leather tanning and take home your very own skins and the knowledge of how to practice on your own + naturally dye your fish leather (Lotta Rahme’s Traditional Tanning and Fish Leather books with detailed recipes will be available to buy – $45 each or $80 for a pair).
Josh has been collaborating with Lotta Rahme (Sweden), author and tanner who, for over the last 30 years has been studying and working with the art of traditional tanning. Most of her knowledge has been acquired directly from various cultures across the planet including Inuit, Native American, Sami and Ainu women. Since returning home to Australia, Josh has been facilitating workshops with a focus on using waste and non-synthetic materials to produce durable, ethical and natural leather products to move away from the current harmful industries and to further awaken the joyous spirit of matching our nature with nature. For more information you can check out The Bush Tannery on Facebook or email email@example.com
Herbalism and Bushfood *
Come meet some plants, some native, some naturalized, and learn how to make medicine from them! This practical workshop will teach you how to grow and look after your own herbs. Which ones to find in the wild, and how to identify them correctly. Participants will learn how to harvest, dry and make a tincture and a balm. We will also discuss basic herbal actions and constituents.
Lily is a self taught permaculturist and herbalist, who hopes to connect people to one another and to their environment through practical open source skill sharing. She has always grown her own food and medicine and has an intuitive relationship with plants. After working at a native plant nursery for the last year running workshops on plant propagation, botanical art and herbalism, she is now studying formally for the first time, a degree in Western Herbal Medicine.
Introduction to traditional tanning*
This year Josh will be introducing the 3 main types of traditional tanning methods that can be practiced at home with little to no prerequisite knowledge. Using only organic and earth friendly ingredients, Josh will speak about how to preserve a furskin i.e. rabbit, fox, Kangaroo, Sheepskin, how to make buckskin (synonymous with First Nations/ Native American Indian leathers) using either brains, or oil/ eggs/ soap and bark tanning which uses tree bark to make vegetable tanned leather. In this workshop you will come away with a basic understanding of the 3 main types of tanning and perhaps an opportunity to sign up to a workshop depending on availability at the time. Children welcome with a parent or guardian as there will be some sharp tools on display to explain the techniques involved in each process (If you are really wanting to try out tanning, the fish tanning workshop is a great way to introduce yourself and or your child to this incredible ancient practice). ***All skins are either from genuine waste sources (e.g. Sushi restaraunts, culling programs), or conscious farms and practices that treat their animals with respect and are as local as possible. Also, some tools and leather items will be available for sale at the market tent over the weekend.
While Josh spends most of his time collecting dead animals/ skins, brewing up tanning and natural dye solutions, leather-crafting, juggling community life and putting sticks closer together, he also loves to explore and rediscover non-synthetic/ low tech ways of building. After a few months of swagging it in the bush with a lean-to shelter made from bush poles onsite, ropemaking naturally tied in. Learning to use the whole tree and a testament to the truth of no such thing as waste! A very important and basic bushcraft skill for anyone on their journey.
Kids' Tent - Nature Connection Wander and Games
Come and share your natural curiosity with us. Wander through the trees, learn new games, practice sneaking skills to get a closer look at animals, listen for the language of the birds, follow tracks, discover more about the plants, birds and creatures that share this place with us.
Mel Turnbull is a nature connection mentor who works mostly with kids, through her business Firekeepers. She is a former nurse who now prefers to heal via connection and community. She’s an ardent food grower, happy forager, soulful singer, bubbly fermenter, nutrient dense food aficionado and circus kid.
Kombucha kitchen - fermented tea*
Come explore the delicious world of fermented tea, or kombucha with home herbalist Sarah Cowell. We’ll look at what kombucha and a ‘scoby’ is, some of the health benefits and how easy it is to make you own at home. We will taste a plain and a naturally flavoured ‘booch’ and discover ways to create delicious natural flavours in secondary ferments with fruits and herbs. This is a demonstration class with tastings. Bring a lidded jar in case we have spare scoby for you to take home to make your own kombucha.
Sarah Cowell has a deep love for and connection with plants. Her life is steeped in tea, woven with herbs and moved by Mystery. If not pottering with her plants or soaking in the sky, by day she is Creatrix in the kitchen – making kombucha, herbal medicine or whatever calls – and by night she explores the world of poetry, dreams, soul and the inner realms. And is starting to learn the guitar. Dancing, singing and being in nature are also things she loves but doesn’t make nearly enough time for.
During this workshop you’ll create and take home your very own pouch using vegetable tanned, kangaroo skin. You’ll learn the difference between hides and skins and how to sew your leather by hand using traditional tools and techniques.
Indrani Perera has extensive leather working experience and has worked with cow, deer and kangaroo leathers. Some of her projects include armour, jewellery, arrow quivers, journals, bags and shoes. Indrani says, “I’m passionate about combining natural materials and traditional craft techniques to make fabulous, functional items.” www.indraniperera.com
Moon Rise Mothers *
This is a sacred circle for people who are at any stage of the motherhood journey; women who have birthed, mothers-to-be, grandmothers, trans-women who parent, bereaved parents, women who want to explore “mother”. We will share in discussion, painting and movement, exploring how we relate to the figure of “mother”, cultivating self-awareness and opening new possibilities for re-claiming and re-writing the mother narrative. It is a time to honour ourselves in the role of mother in solidarity with others. This support is essential to fuel the self-love and wellness required to sustain us in this journey of motherhood.
I am Aisha, a single mother of 2. I am passionate about parenting as a legitimate spiritual path and self-growth journey. I am passionate about the power generated by women coming together. I have worked as a community development worker since 2000, working with children, youth, women, families and parents, in group work and individual case-work. I currently work with the issue of perinatal grief through community programs and events. I’m also trained in Steiner early childhood development, having held parent/child circles in both Sydney and Melbourne. Since 1994, I’ve been a performer and film/theatre maker and artist.
Mowing with a Scythe*
Speedy will teach you to use a European Style scythe to mow lawn, grass for hay or clearing weeds. Learn how to set up a scythe to suit your body for maximum ergonomic efficiency and which type of blade to chose for different types of vegetation. This workshop will also cover peening blades (sharpening) with hammer and anvil, honing with whetstone, maintaining and repairing blades. Blades, snaths (handles) , and all accessories will be available for sale at the workshop. For prices and a bit more info, visit scythesaustralia.com.au
Natural Building; The Power of Mud*
Let us show you the power of mud, the power of self-empowerment. As we share with you our dance of life with imagery of our hand built cob cottage and a discussion about natural building, the philosophy of building with earthen materials and how you can get involved.
This will be followed by a mud dance, to get you stomping in cob, which you will use to sculpt and build a little pixie cottage at the foot of a tree.
Michelle & Nick are natural builders aspiring to create a world in which we live in harmony with Mother Nature and her cycles. Specializing in cob, a raw earth building material consisting of clay, sand, straw and water. Having built a cottage of their own and participated in many other building projects, they are passionate about sharing their skills and empowering people to be able to sculpt a home for themselves, to teach them how to truly appreciate our earth and show them that a home is more than a material object. It is your cradle in the universe, a sacred space full to the brim with life!
Natural Rope Making by hand *
Learn how to make two different types of rope using only your hands, some wool/animal fibre, a stick, a bit of water and soap. The first method you will learn is how to hand felt and full a rope from sheep’s wool. This method is suitable for children to learn, in fact they love doing this. The second method involves spinning sheep/alpaca wool on a stick then crocheting it into a rope. The spinning and crocheting can be done on foraged sticks that you whittle or there will be sticks and crochet hooks available for you to use.
Zephlyn Neilsen is a bush dwelling, nature loving, textile artist and stone age craftsperson. She has had many incarnations but has settled in the wilds of the upper Yarra Valley and teaches Textiles, works as an Arts Therapist and Intuitive Reader/Healer/Astrologer. Creativity that involves raw materials and a minimum of technology are her favourites, such as felting, natural dyeing, spinning, crocheting and printmaking. She is currently working on creating a co-op run wool processing facility so local wool crafters can buy local wool processed in Australia vs China.
Nature Awareness Games*
Open your awareness, open your curiosity. What is there to discover about the more than human world around you? What does your body already know? Learn about the multi sensory super powers that you already poses and how to tune them in. This all ages nature awareness games session will open your awareness to deepen your ability for nature connection … and it’s guaranteed to be fun!
Permaculture: How to Feed a Village
weaving the awareness of the past with the knowledge at present to form a synergy that will benefit future generations.
This is where functionality meets alchemy, a marriage of the mystical and practicality, an awareness of the internal and external landscapes which can exist in harmony.
revolutionise energy systems*
Unravelling the mystery and deliberate paradigms of today’s energy crisis. With focus on real, practical solutions for modern energy needs centred around intelligent design and versatility. Using off the shelf technology to revolutionise energy systems and hack electronics to satisfy off-grid living needs. This topic is one that is dreaded and feared by some due to its seemingly complex nature, however with helpful hints and small steps we can minimise the stress associated with building such systems.
Snares, Traps, Triggers & Tripwires - A lazy Hunters Guide*
Survival and preparedness instructor Aleziah “Al” Spiers BM presents the ancient practice of setting traps and snares for catching small to medium game.
The Art of Tracking*
Tracking goes beyond recognizing when, who or what made a certain impression on the ground…yes, those physical signs are the origins of science and humanity as we know it…and we will be begin our path with those. But that’s only the beginning! Like a stone splashing in a quiet pond… everything around us, and inside us, is an instrument played by the landscape. By asking lots of questions about our surroundings, you will be able to not only have a wonderful time solving mysteries (in nature or the CBD), but also raise your awareness to levels that hopefully will make you more connected with the Earth and your love ones…. And who knows, some day even save their lives!
Marcos Nino-Ruiz is passionate about survival skills, disaster preparedness and the connections between science, technology and nature. First with the Army as peacekeeper, and then as a field biologist, came to experience the heart of the Amazon Jungle and many other cool places around the Earth. Finally when he came to Australia to get a PhD in Engineering (Climate Change), he understood “not all who wander are lost”! He found the best pointers with the team at Nature Philosophy Australia and Tom Brown’s Tracker School. He have been listening and traveling with them for many years, raising more questions to search for many more years to come.
The Meeting Place Labyrinth*
The Workshop. 2 hoursFirst we will explore a brief history of Labyrinths and the difference between them and mazes which is a common misconception among most people. Next we will look at all the different and amazing designs that are possible and their purposes. We will together mark out The Meeting Place Labyrinth and then create and construct the design using natural materials harvested from the property. Finally it will be time to join for a guided walk of the sacred Labyrinth pathway where we can explore our past and future journeys.About Mark Healy.
I have made hundreds of Labyrinths. During this process I express myself fully as a Horticulturalist, Landscaper, Builder, Group Facilitator and Artist. My passion for designing and creating Labyrinths started over 20 years ago. Since that time I have trained wand ith three world leaders in Labyrinth facilitation and building: Dr Lauren Artress ,Robert Ferre and Lisa Moriarty. I have also led many retreats where the labyrinth becomes the centre of the ritual space and is used for ceremony. My love of the sacred is expressed fully at these times. My expertise is in guiding groups of individuals to experience the Labyrinth’s powers of transformation enabling people to find for themselves their true nature and purpose. I share my love of Labyrinths with many community groups including Schools, Mens Gatherings, The Joining Gathering, Community Garden Projects, Art Exhibitions, Botanical Gardens and the last three years at Woodford Folk Festival.
Tiny House Basics*
An introduction to building your own tiny house. All you need to know to get started! The tiny house movement is growing in Australia. This is based on affordability and the need to down size and make life simple. Studio trucks have also been used as offices, teenage pads, granny flats, spare bedrooms, love shacks and weekenders. http://www.hollyburton.com.au/?q=studio-trucks Rob Scott trained as an architect at Melbourne Uni in the 80’s, but loves more creative projects. Over the last few years has been building studio trucks; rooms on the back of trucks. These trucks are great extra spaces and you don’t need council approval, just drive and park out the back, plug in an extension cord and wallah you have a beautiful room. Visit Studio Trucks to see Rob’s fabulous handiwork.
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
* Please note that only the workshops marked with “*” are confirmed for The Village Continuum 2017. Workshops will be confirmed as early as possible. We always had a colourful variety of workshops in the previous years.