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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/

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.

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.

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:
 

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

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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!

 

Playfighting

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.

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.

 

 

 

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
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.
Weaving Your Dreams

Weaving Your Dreams is a workshop for young and old to create their own Dream Catchers – a tool and/or talisman that can be traced back to the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe. The Ojibwa people started the phenomenon and over time, dream catchers became adopted by other tribes, cultures and even Nations.

It is an opportunity to weave in your story and own medicine. I will provide wool and trinkets to adorn the talisman, and we will use branches for the base.

TO MAKE IT MORE PERSONAL BRING YOUR OWN:
Beads, wool (from grandma and an ancestral link), doolies (also from grandma or your mother/aunt etc), beads, pendants, feathers, old necklaces, crystals with holes in them, and whatever else you’d like to add with string or copper wire.

No experience necessary and is perfect for all ages.

BIO: Mara Dower is an alchemy weaver, transformational life coach, Shamanic Womancraft and Midwife, Agent for the Plant and a chameleon of many things. Mother Earth as well as her body and Inner Being are her teachers. Mara loves weaving our own magic into a talisman that we can use then with a daily practice.

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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.
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!

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 
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)

* 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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