0428 278 630 - Ed | 0421 666 982 - Ray bookings@thevillagecontinuum.com.au
Plant Alchemy*

Come on a wild herb walk! Learn how to identify, harvest and dry herbs. In this workshop participants will develop their organoleptic (sensory) understanding of plants. All plants have certain qualities which give them their specific medicinal properties, participants will learn how to identify basic herbal actions. We will try a variety of infusions, and learn about basic herbal preparations.

BIO: Lily of the Herbs has a background in native plant propagation and permaculture. She has always grown and foraged for her food, and now travels around teaching workshops on herbalism and basket weaving in a tiny house which she built. She is currently studying a degree in Western Herbal Medicine.

Transformational Crystal Grid Creation Ceremony*

Have you ever felt the vibration of a crystal? Or seen the power of intention creating magic in your daily life?
In a Crystal Grid creation ceremony we combine the collective vibrational energy of hundreds of crystals, stones, feathers and bones, with the power of ceremony and intention to create a beautiful piece of healing art. At the end of it’s creation we will use our voices and our hearts to activate the crystal grid. At this moment the grid will begin to gather the energy of it’s surroundings, transform it as it flows through the grid and emit healing energy in the form of a terroidal flow, similar to the magnetic field of planet Earth.
This potent energy emitter will send healing vibrations outwards that can be felt over a great distance. This is an experience you can enjoy for yourself and also share loving intentions and healing for others.
BIO: Serra Manawey has been working as an energy healer and ceremonial facilitator since early 2016. Her passion for helping others to connect with the energy field and heal themselves using energy and vibration has led her to work with Crystals, Reiki, Sound, Massage and Ceremony.
Serra initially spent her time mastering healing with Crystals, Reiki and Transformational Crystal Grids. Feeling grounded in these offerings, she has since expanded to working with Sound as a healing tool and facilitates ceremonies to help others open their voices and connect with Mother Earth.
She is very excited to connect and share these journeys with you at The Village Continuum 2018.

 

Sound Healing*

This workshop is an opportunity for you to rest and receive.
With a Transformational Crystal Grid as the centre piece, participants will lie down and enter a deep subconscious state as they are taken on a journey of healing and discovery with the use of Sound.
With a group of sound healers, working together in harmony, we will take you on a journey into yourself and into the magic of the world around you.
The sound bath will include the use of singing bowls, flutes, drums, tingshaws, clapping sticks, rattles, crystal bowls and voice.
There will be a guided drum journey as a part of this sound experience, as well as deep restful meditation and exciting body shaking sound.
Upon waking from this experience participants will feel rejuvenated and enlightened, as well as receiving deep insights into themselves, the beings in their lives and the world around them. Aho.
Serra Manawey has been working as an energy healer and ceremonial facilitator since early 2016. Her passion for helping others to connect with the energy field and heal themselves using energy and vibration has led her to work with Crystals, Reiki, Sound, Massage and Ceremony.
Serra initially spent her time mastering healing with Crystals, Reiki and Transformational Crystal Grids. Feeling grounded in these offerings, she has since expanded to working with Sound as a healing tool and facilitates ceremonies to help others open their voices and connect with Mother Earth.
She is very excited to connect and share these journeys with you at The Village Continuum 2018.
Music 'Treebrother'

Beautiful, heart-opening spiritfolk original music. 

Treebrother takes this life and wraps it up into a nest of words, weaving the magic of our spiritual reality throughout, crafting lyrical melodies that will touch you to the very core of who you can be. Music to grow into all you can be with!

 

Heart Space for Women

This workshop is for women to foster their heart connection. It is also about healing women’s relationship to the masculine. For women to open their hearts in the presence of other woman can be an act of courage and vulnerability and is always a moment of grace. Women often feel safe with other women, which is a gift. This is a chance to address how we relate to the masculine and to bring love and care of the heart to strengthen women’s capacity to remain open hearted yet with healthy boundaries. As a female facilitator holding a loving, peaceful, honouring space, women will speak in turn in a circle, speaking messages to the masculine; for healing, for celebration, for reconnection, to be witnessed and heard. Women will then engage in self love practices that nourish the heart through partner discussion, light back massage in partners, a painting activity using ochre and meditation. The session will culminate in a ritual to honour the males in these women’s lives, and to be witnessed as women speaking to the masculine. Women will also receive back messages from the feminine to nourish their individual strengths and gifts.

BIO: I am a social worker, community development practitioner and arts worker. I have run workshops for 17 years for women, men, youth and children. I currently run workshops for refugee and culturally diverse young people on family violence awareness and have specialized in family grief for 5 years. I am a single mother of two incredible children who teach me to be a better human moment to moment. I am soulfully inspired and grateful for every opportunity to build connection between human kind and strength the value of bringing heart and soul to our material, mind-based world.

Heart Space for Men

This workshop is for men to foster their heart connection. For men to open their hearts in the presence of a woman can be an act of courage and vulnerability and is always a moment of grace. As a female facilitator holding a loving, peaceful, honouring space, men will speak in turn in a circle, speaking messages to the feminine; for healing, for celebration, for reconnection, to be witnessed and heard. My presence is an opportunity for men to be seen and honoured, which can be a rare healing experience. Men will then engage in self love practices that nourish the heart through partner discussion, light back massage in partners, a painting activity using ochre and meditation. The session will culminate in a ritual to honour the females in these mens lives, and to be witnessed as men courageously giving love. Men will also recieve back messages from the feminine to nourish their individual strengths and gifts.

BIO: I am a social worker, community development practitioner and arts worker. I have run workshops for 17 years for women, men, youth and children. I currently run workshops for refugee and culturally diverse young people on family violence awareness and have specialized in family grief for 5 years. I am a single mother of two incredible children who teach me to be a better human moment to moment. I am soulfully inspired and grateful for every opportunity to build connection between human kind and strength the value of bringing heart and soul to our material, mind-based world.

Archery - BYO Bow

TVC - ArcheryMost 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/

Yoga

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

 

 

 

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.

elegantly wasted

 ‘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.  

Link to Richard’s instagram:
 

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
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.
Basket Weaving
TVC - Basket Weaving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Knitting

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.

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.

Subjects covered:
– 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.

 

 

 

Menstrual Cycle Awareness Workshop*

Would you love to feel in yourself the utter rightness and power of being a women? To discover your own natural rhythm and get to understand yourself more fully? And that the journey to realising the fullness of this rhythm and power lies within getting to know your Menstrual Cycle?

Come and join me, Sian, for a workshop on Menstrual Cycle Awareness. We will explore the meaning of cycles in our bodies and in nature, the Inner Seasons of our Menstrual Cycle and most importantly how to practically bring this into your life so you can access the gifts and insights inherent in your bodies cyclical rhythm.

Although this workshop will be focused on the experience of women, it will be open to all genders, as I feel that this new story of the Menstrual Cycle is crucial for us all to understand and participate in as undoubtedly we ALL have women in our lives!

BIO: Hello, my name is Sian. I live in the beautiful Otways in Victoria. During my time, I study herbalism, grow my own food and work casually in the area. Over the past 4 years I have been on a journey of discovering what it means to be a woman and with that, the ‘hidden’ powers that lie within the Menstrual Cycle. From a story of general burden to my life, is now a powerful inner guide to knowing myself, my own needs, my capacities, my passions and much more to come. I feel passionate about sharing my journey to hopefully empower other women ( and men!) to better understand the menstrual cycle, embrace its inner wisdom and learn ways to cooperate with its natural flow. I feel excited about where the future may take us if women and men felt more connected and in tune with the feminine way!

Blacksmithing*

TVC - Blacksmithing Tools

Blacksmithing is a great way to turn scrap metal into beautiful, functional objects.
In this workshop you will learn how to make simple forged tools using traditional methods.
Jeremy will demonstrate the basic techniques of drawing out, bending and finishing with linseed oil.
Bio:
Jeremy Yau learnt the art of blacksmithing while travelling throughout Australia, trading his labour in exchange for experience. He was mentored by Bruce Teakle in Mount Glorious, near Brisbane. Jeremy has designed and built his own forge from recycled materials. He holds certificates in horticulture and welding, and is currently living with the neo-peasant collective Artist as Family in central Victoria.
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.

Herbalism from the Kitchen Table

TVC - HerbalismThis 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.

 

Bio: Marie-Louise is a midwife, a practitioner of Ancestral Healing, a gardener, and a lover of life.  I have facilitated this workshop 3 years ago at the Village Continuum.  I run Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy Workshops, Autumn Woman (about menopause) Midwifery Student Support Circles and Ancestral Lineage Healing sessions.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leather Craft*

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

Making fire by friction: hand-drill*

“A fire will warm you three ways. Gathering the material, Making it, Sitting beside it.”

-Anonymous –

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

Moon Rise Mothers *
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
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.
Natural Rope Making by hand *

Bush Rope 

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

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*
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!

 

Mel Turnbull grew up on Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri country, in a place otherwise known as Melbourne. Growing up with plenty of siblings and regularly camping and exploring the outdoors with other families, Mel feels comfortable among a tribe. Mel has been working with kids for over 20 years and mentoring people in nature connection since 2010. Mel runs Firekeepers, a not-for-profit organisation delivering nature connection programs and camps in and around Melbourne. Through their nature clubs, workshops and camps, Firekeepers works to deepen connection with Earth, Ancestors, Ourselves, Community and the More-than-human, offering these strings of connection forward to future generations. 
Permaculture: How to Feed a Village*
Permaculture: How to Feed a Village
This workshop is tailored to beginners and those who are seasoned in Permaculture but could do with a refresher, or would like to ask some specific questions.
It would be incredible to move towards living more permanently as a tribal community, honing our crafts while caring for the land and each other. But, how can we do this practically? How can we feed the Village we want to create?
Join The Perma Pixie as she explores the concept of Permaculture and how it can assist in efficient lifestyle and garden methods that may assist us on the path to community-resilience. Focusing on simple and practical solutions, The Perma Pixie aims to empower people to reclaim food and medicine and re-establish functional communities through education.
Learn techniques and strategies that can be applied to your own home gardens, and explore ideas on market gardening, urban farming and community systems.

Taj Scicluna
The Perma Pixie
Bio
The Perma Pixie intends on creating a fertile and abundant world, where the Earth’s resources are distributed fairly and with care and responsibility. She aims to facilitate a fusion of Ancient Wisdom with Modern Times,

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.

Through Passionate Permaculture Education and Regenerative Environmental Services such as Permaculture Design and the creation of diverse ornamental Edible and Medicinal  Gardens, The Perma Pixie aims to nurture diversity and protect ecology through harbouring healthy and resilient communities and ecosystems. 
Primitive Pottery*

Come and get acquainted with clay, feel its grounding quality and the satisfaction of hand building a beautiful vessel. We will learn how to sculpt traditional pinch pots and will fire the pieces using the ancient pit firing method. Materials will be provided. Bring your passion to connect with your hands and we will explore and create together.

Maggie is a Steiner teacher in training and a lover of arts and crafting. She is passionate about playing with clay as a meditative process in which to deeper connection with the body, the quiet whispers of the soul and the earth.

 

 

 

 

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 topic of trapping could fill several volumes but Al will present you with the basic information needed to become an effective trapper using only materials you can find and a knife or saw. You will learn some basic tracking and animal sign identification for trap placement. You will be shown small snares suitable for capturing rabbits and mice, to nets for birds, all the way up to large counter-weight operated traps capable of lifting a 45kg animal into the air.
You will then have a time of your own with a wire saw and as much cord as you like to make your own trap in a controlled environment and have them professionally assessed for effectiveness.
  
Spoon Making (BYO Knife)*

Workshop bio

There is something truly exhilarating about adventuring into the hidden wonders of wood.  There is another thing that is warm and grounding about making a thing of beauty that you can use. There is also a special feeling that comes from sitting together and creating. This workshop is aiming to encapsulate these 3 things and transform them magically into hand carved wooden spoons. All Tools and Timber will be provided so just bring your own enthusiasm and we will create spoons together.

Personal Bio

George is a Yoga Teacher, Musician and Spoon Carver. His love of growth is reflected in a deeply rooted desire to help bring about positive change in the world. George’s teaching style is warm and enthusisatic. George has seen the tangible results of combining Yogic embodiment, spirituality and the arts and crafts. The effects have transformed his relationship to life. Through his own experiences and working closely with students, George has a particular insight into, and empathy for, the unique challenges that we face as we learn. He sees this as an asset as we are all students meandering though the world in our own ways.

The White Serpent King - story telling w Simeon*

Story telling is the original workshop formula. Stories have grown out of our relationship to the living earth. We have been speaking and listening to story since we first began to imagine, and these old stories , these ancestor stories, as I have come to know them have an uncanny way of commenting on the present. The White Serpant King is an old tale from Scandinavia, It has wended its way around  Europe and into Russia and Asia, told around firesides and feasting halls, stretching back perhaps ten thousand years Stories when told in the old way are alive to themselves, great mutatable beasts from the deep past , alive to the listener , alive to the ear and the imagination. And in these days where a lot of us have seemingly outsourced our imaginations to Warner Brothers and HBO and social media of all types, perhaps now is the time to hunker in by the glow of the fireside and let our imaginations free once more. This old tale speaks of the language of the forest,It speaks of our abandoned shadow, that simply refuses to go away, it speaks of the call and perhaps how to heed it .It speaks of deep cunning and bravery and the willingness of our hero to meet there own destiny.

So come along with a listening ear and a willingness to journey and explore and let us together see where the White Serpant King would take us.

Biography

Farmer, Miller, Baker a Mapmaker and Pathfinder and sometimes Storyteller. Maybe the word maverick, best describes me. I am a Wilderness guide and lover of wild places. I live in the hills of Strathbogie in North East Victoria, Husband, lover, father of two teenagers. Hopefully awake to the mysterious and the profane and absurd curve balls that life loves to throw.The White Serpent King story telling (Simeon)

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!

Bio

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 hours
First 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 TVC _ RobRob 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.

Creating Your Morning Rituals*

What is your morning like? You get up, get dress, and rush your breaky without thinking and go on with your day? Or you are struggling to leave your bed in the morning and feeling drained? What would it feels like to wake up every single day as if it is going to be the best day of your life?

 

My name is Christopher. And I will be running a workshop at The Village Continuum to share my new found passion of creating a productive and creative flow to begin your day. I would share the 6 activities I have been doing to significantly enhance our performance, productivity, and mindfulness.

Photographer and Videographer. And only recently a firm believer of the law of attraction. That is why I am very conscious of the thoughts and emotion I carry. I love the life I have now and dreaming the future life I will have soon!

 

* 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.

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