Mark and Nicky

Mark is founder and fellow director with his wife Nicky, of Qi Health and Yoga, a successful yoga and natural therapy business on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. They have been involved in the project for several years with Nicky previously assisting our Project Director and serving for 12 months on the NEV Board. Both from villages in the UK, living and …

Narara Kitchen Dinner Tuesday Night: Gratitude. Community. Life.

With this post we introduce a new-ish member of the Ecovillage. Dini is going to guest post various events from the village starting with this regular event we have at the village – shared dinners. Many thanks Dini! Narara kitchen dinners have been running for some time. Each one continues to be a hands-on example of making every moment count – …

Village day Feb 24th

Saturday 24 February, 1-4pm Our new format Village Day went off with a bang in January, with lots of activities to allow our 60 visitors to experience life at Narara Ecovillage. From 1pm our guests could choose to visit the tool library, have knives and tools sharpened by Rob and learn some bicycle maintenance skills with Mike.  Many people enjoyed a site tour with Lincoln and …

Know More about Owls!

Know More about Powerful Owls on the Central Coast! Have you heard night-time hooting in your area? It may be a Powerful Owl, a spectacular and seriously large Australian owl, that is also now a threatened species. The Central Coast of NSW is privileged to be home to a number of these wonderful birds. Dr. Beth Mott, Coordinator of the …

Village Day in January

The Village kicked off the year with a new format for the monthly Open Days. Renamed to Village Days we are inviting you to join us for ‘a day at the village’ – we’d love you to join in the fun and comaraderie of a group of people working and playing together. During the year as we start to build …

Wildlife at the village

A very healthy-looking Echidna was spotted late afternoon last week. Said Richard Cassels: “This was the first I have seen here after living for 5 years. It was digging into an ant’s nest, on the track to the creek bridge, before curling up into a ball and burying its vulnerable parts, in fear of me and pooch Bentley. The mobile phone …

Construction of outdoor kitchen

To accommodate our many outdoor activities in the Farm Square area, we are building an outdoor kitchen (led by Majella Lloyd, co-founder of the Natural Building Group) from recycled materials, not only for the convenience of a practical, usable space in the northern area of our site, but this project is a hybrid experimental foray into ancient natural building techniques …

Open Day is now Village Day! 27th Jan 2017

Saturday 27th Jan, 1-4pm Our exciting new format Village Day is designed to allow visitors more involvement and opportunities to engage with our community activities which will change from month to month. Village Day organizer, Jeni O’Connor says: “As our Ecovillage is moving to the next stage of development, with the imminent growth of houses and infrastructure, we felt it was important to …

The Natural natural builder

By Richard Cassels A pair of Magpie-larks have just completed this fine mud nest in a Pecan tree below the Fisheries Building. The source of their building materials is the dry mud at the base of the nearby detention basin. (The barrenness of the detention basin’s bottom is due to a flock of about 50 Maned Wood Ducks having eaten …

Dini, Pablo and their children Noah, Gael and India.

Narara’s second semi-Argentinean Martinez-family are India (18 months), Gael (4),Noah (6), Dini and Pablo. NEV felt like “having found our tribe again – finally a people who not only believe, but also wanna show and live a life that’s not detrimental and draining, neither on our Earth, nor on our people”. Before joining Narara, they spent three years sailing the Med on their Moody 425 (more on their …

Sammie and Ellie

Sammie and Ellie are originally from the UK and always loved the idea of living in a small village but never thought they would find village life in Australia. One day, they randomly came across the Narara Evovillage website and saw that there was an Open Day that weekend. “It sounded like an interesting day out so we went to …

Steve and Liz

Liz is an educator, a healer, a communicator and dances Argentine Tango. Steve is an engineer, an energy enthusiast, a chorister and a bushie.  

Emily

Emily grew up in Sydney, has 2 adult children, and is now retired from nursing. She is very interested in living in a community with like minded people who want to live in harmony with each other and with the earth in a sustainable, healing way. She was inspired by a visit to “Findhorn” (community in Nth Scotland) where she …

Geoff

Geoff has a master’s degree in food technology and worked in the food technology, biotechnology and medical technology and in the last 30 years almost, in information technology. In the last 10 years of that, in the building industry itself. Contributing much of his time to the village, Geoff was the first convener of the Narara Eco Living Network, the …

Joy

Joy has been looking for a community for years. On entering the gates at the village for the first time she fell in love and has been a passionate supporter of the project. Joy is the Site Admin Officer and also runs a small business doing raw food and dehydrator classes. The love of food led to wanting to be …

Majella, Matt and their children Sinaed & Michael

Majella and Matt live in Sydney. Majella works doing family daycare and in a café on weekends. She is also studying to be a teacher. Matt works in plumbing sales and does extra plumbing work outside of his job. They look forward to making the move out of the city with their family and not having a Sydney mortgage. 10 …

Samantha and Brett and their children Flynn and Arwen

Samantha is an office/accounts worker and a passionate stay at home mum and Brett is an architectural draftsman. The couple were drawn to the property by its beautiful natural landscape and the idea of their family living sustainably. They are excited by the thought that their children will be healthier and happier growing up learning about and loving nature in the village. …

John, Samantha and their son, Taran

John is our Project Director with a background in engineering and brings a rich knowledge of sustainable community as former Director of the Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland. Samantha is a sustainability consultant and meditation teacher. She puts time into the Web/IT team as well as the Governance team. “We were aware of the project for many years and offered support and …

Lyndall and Dave

Lyndall is our passionate project founder and Director. Originally from Sydney, Lyndall comes from a background in accounting and teaching. Dave is a consultant in renewable energy. He is involved in the project development team. They raised their 3 (now adult) children on a sheep property at Cooma. One thing that has excited Lyndall about the Ecovillage is that she …

Narara Ecovillage’s John Talbott to speak at housing forum

Narara Ecovillage’s John Talbott to speak at housing forum – 1st Nov Our project director John Talbott will share our experiences and challenges attempting to create affordable and sustainable housing options at Narara Ecovillage, at an upcoming forum in Newcastle. See Community Forum on Housing Cooperatives for more details and tickets.    

Ecovillage receives grant to rejuvenate Visitors Centre

Originally posted on Coast Community News DECEMBER 2, 2017 Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, has announced funding to rejuvenate the Visitors Centre at Narara Ecovillage. The $18,750 funding will be delivered through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Ms Wicks made the announcement during a visit to the Narara Ecovillage on Tuesday, November 28. “This is fantastic news for …

First Development Approval Applications lodged

–Elizabeth Crichton  It has finally happened! Exciting news! The first two Development Applications have been lodged with council! Yes, Tuesday Deb & Dan, and Libby successfully submitted their DAs with the help of JT and Art…thanks to you both! There were a couple of minor glitches but those hurdles were quickly crossed and there we were paying our lodgement fees and it was done!!

Natural Building Group talk on Findhorn

-Linda, Dan, Majella Last Friday evening’s talk by our Project Director, John Talbott (known as JT as owing to a surfeit of John’s in our community), was warmly welcomed by over 30 members and friends. JT, a registered Professional Engineer, has dedicated much of his life to developing viable practical solutions for sustainable living. He was destined to be part of Narara Ecovillage when …

2017 End of Year Celebrations

End of year celebrations – Joy Mozzi What a weekend to finish another year as part of our village and community. Three days of intense fun, socialising, eating, dancing, meeting time, laughing, working bees, the list goes on. Friday night – JT gave a talk to about 40 of us about his experiences building at Findhorn. Saturday morning – working bees chipping …

Bushfire Mitigation at the Village

At the last Land Team meeting, Tony Hester appraised the group about the threat of Bushfire to our village. Tony said: ‘Of all the risks, bushfire remains the number 1 threat to this property.’ He added: ‘Under the section 88b instrument, the Co-op and all private land owners have an ongoing obligation to maintain the whole of stage 1 as …

Narara Ecovillage granted first community-owned water licence in NSW

NARARA, NSW – In a first for a community enterprise in NSW, the Narara Ecovillage Co-operative (NEV) announced today that it has secured permission to operate its own fully integrated water system. Granted by NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin on the recommendation of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the licences allow NEV to provide residents …

Making Scarecrows at November 2016 Open Day

At our November 2016 Open Day, we researched straw and other natural building materials. So what better time for the kids to figure out how to make scarecrows from a big straw bale? Oh, and then there were PUPPIES. Here are a few snapshots from the day: Thank you to all you kids for coming along. It’s probably fair to …

Huff ‘n’ Puff Strawbale Workshop #160

Over the October Labour day long weekend, Vanessa and I (along with kids and grandparents) visited Ganmain to attend the Huff ‘n’ Puff #160 strawbale workshop. You can find out more from their website below. http://glassford.com.au/main/ Can’t wait to build our own strawbale house at Narara in the coming months!! – John

Civil Construction 3rd Sept 2016

Quote for the week “One minute you look and think ‘well that’s never going to happen’ and then a couple of hours later with really BIG equipment the landscape changes before your eyes.” – Joy

The Narara hills are alive….

…with the sound of microbats 24 August 2016 New Wildlife Refuges An Environmental Survey by ecologist Robert Payne revealed a remarkable feature of the ecology of the Narara Ecovilage: the site is home to no less than 13 species of insectivorous microbat (and one Flying Fox / “Macrobat” species). In preparation for site works, members have already installed microbat roosting …

Let’s go power flowering!

22 August 2016 This Open Day on Sunday 28 August the kids activities are going to be all about spring blossoms, native seed bombs, and of course planting the Permaculture way. With all sorts of seeds, bulbs, and blooming flowers in our big garden bed. And lead by our Permaculture practitioner John Seed. When? Sunday, 28 August from 10:30 AM …

An ecovillage emerging from the rubble

18 August 2016 Hang in there: we are truly going to be the world-class demonstration Ecovillage we have been talking about. Walkways in landscaped gullies, meandering pathways through our common gardens, a diversity of unique housing styles, edible fruit trees and climbing vines, quiet spaces by the dam and over the creek, and so much more. Look past the mountains …

Our first crop

This is NEV’s first crop planted this week! It is special grass called Gahnia which is to be transplanted when we start landscaping in 6 months or so why pay for plants when you can grow them!

Little Kids Play Area – The Making of a village

Narara is a great place for kids to play and explore all day. And for a long time, we’ve been playing with the idea to have a space for our youngest Nararians to enjoy it, too. So in June 2016 we started to create it. Follow the the natural play area as it takes shapes –  picture by picture: The …

Habitat for Wildlife

“Microbats are widespread throughout the Central Coast and are known to occur throughout residential areas – a good species to make a box for if you live in suburbia like me. Of the 16 threatened Microbat species in NSW 10 have been recorded on the Central Coast. We would like to monitor the wildlife boxes, it’s a good idea to …

Open Day – 25th June 1.15pm

The Open Day is free for members of the Narara Eco Living Network, for members of the NEV Co- operative, and for voucher holders. For others the cost is $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family. 1:15pm                     Gates open 1:30 – 2:45pm      Registration and small group guided tours of …

Open Day – 29th May 10.15am

Don’t forget to put this in the calendar. Gates open at 10:15am. And at 2:15 pm, the talk this month from our friends at Narara Eco Living Network is “Hemp, Wonder Plant” and “Earthship Homes”: 2 talks you won’t want to miss. Full details here. 10.30-11.00 a.m.  Registration, tea/coffee etc. 11.00 a.m.              Presentation and Q and …

Designing your Sustainable Home – workshop

Rating by a previous participant: “ Graham is an excellent presenter and this is a VERY interesting course”. The workshop, “Principles of Energy-efficient Homes, and introduction to Narara  Ecovillage Building Standards”, will be held on Saturday May 21 2016, 9 am -1:30 pm, atthe Visitor Centre, Narara Ecovillage, 25 Research Road, Narara. Sustainability Architect Graham Hunt will introduce the principles of …

30th April Open day and dinner.

Our next open day is first after the Narara Ecoburbia Festival put on by our lovely sister organisation – Narara Eco Living Network. Did you go? We’d love to hear all about it? Got some photo’s…we’d love to see them. No matter what come along to this open day and take in the amazing Autumn surrounds and maybe pick up …

Open day April 2nd

We skipped an open day March thanks to Easter so we are looking forward to seeing many people at the next open day on the 2nd April. 2nd of April is a Saturday so the times are: Please wear closed shoes for the tours around the site.  1.15 – Gates open 1.30 – Registration – there is a $10 fee …

Open day – 27th Feb + Modular Homes.

Dont forget to put this in the calendar. Gates open at 1:15pm. And at 4:30 pm the talk this month from our friends at the Narara EcoLiving Network is “Modular Homes: the sustainable homes of the future?”. A presentation by Built Smart Modular Homes of Lisarow. An introduction to modular homes, their advantages, and how to work with a modular …

Open day 31st Jan + Birds of Narara

Originally posted on the Narara Ecoliving. Richard Cassels, bird enthusiast, archaeologist and ecovillage member, has enjoyed birds around the world, excavated extinct ones and been recording the living birds of Narara on a weekly basis for the last 2 ½ years. He will talk about “ Living Dinosaurs: The Birds of Narara, and what they are up to” at 2.15 …

2016 Open days announced.

The open days are great on 2 fronts. It allows people to come and visit the Narara Ecovillage, have a tour of the site and hear about the history of the project mostly from the founder Lyndal Parris. After the village tours / talks the Narara Ecovillage Network host a topical talk on the month. We’ve seen sustainability officers from …

Next open day on Sat 28th Nov.

Our next open day is coming up! Saturday 28th of November. Come along to hear a presentation on the history of the project, a guided tour around the land, some light refreshments then stick around for our monthly talk from Mark Donohoe on “Sustainable Environments and Optimal Health.” Dr Mark Donohoe is one of Australia’s most experienced and best known …

Many hands make light work.

At the village we have at least 2 working bee’s a month. With so much land to maintain, council requirements for use and to get ready for building there’s always something to do. The major working bee’s normally tackle the hard work. The type of work is determined by our Site Management team and could involve: Chainsaw work from any of members that …

The Project – Oct 2015

The Project – October 2015 Organisation – the People We have a Project Director; a Construction Project Manager for Stage 1 infrastructure and the Bower Cluster; a Community Architect who liaised with the firm Hill Thalis to produce our Masterplan and about 20 other consultants. We have a Project Team, a Community Development Team, a Land Team, Buildings & Infrastructure Team …

Our trial Sunday open day.

We trialled a different format today and for those that came along we’d love to hear your feedback. What did we do differently? Well for one we held the Narara Eco Village open day on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday. We brought the start time forward to 11am and ran the project presentation first. I think this last …

October open day on Sunday 25th.

Some folk have told us that Saturday’s can be tough to get to our open day! So this October we’ll hold the open day on Sunday. Sunday 25 October Open Day tours and our Network Talk of the Month 10.30 a.m. Registration, tea and sandwiches. 11 a.m. Presentation on Narara Ecovillage Project, followed by questions. 12 p.m. Site tours. 1 …

Project updates are on their way.

We’ve heard feedback from many folk that we need to get more information on this site. Particularly in relation to the project status but also things we are seeing with other Ecovillages around the world! As we start to pull together the content we’d love to hear what you’d like to see. Comment below and see what we can do! …