Calendar

As government guidelines allow, we would like to welcome visitors to our Ecovillage again. Some events will continue to be held online, however this month, we will offer site tours with limited numbers for our Open Day as well as Personal Tours by appointment. See details below.

Please consult this page or Facebook for updates, or feel free to reach out:   02 4328-1588 or info@nararaecovillage.com

Best wishes for staying healthy over the next while,
the Narara Ecovillage Community.

Sep
25
Fri
A Taste of Sociocracy
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
A Taste of Sociocracy @ Visitors Centre or ZOOM

7 pm for 7.30 pm start if in person; 7.30 by Zoom

This event is being held both face-to-face and online, so you can attend wherever you are. Scroll down for more info.   Get your tickets here

Overview

How do you get your family, business team or, in our case, 180 people to make decisions, resolve conflicts and feel that they have been heard?

The Narara Ecovillage is using Sociocracy. This is a decision-making and governance system that:

  • Is inclusive, transparent and equitable, including all voices
  • Promotes a better use of resources, and coordination of activities
  • Leads to care, respect and cooperation
  • Ensures results of decisions are reviewed to determine their ongoing usefulness.

This system has relevance for communities, businesses, non-profits, families and more.

Come and have a ‘taste’ of this methodology in a presentation by Lyndall Parris.

“The Narara Ecovillage is going from strength to strength, year by year – and it is wonderful to witness their journey. They are definitely at the forefront of Sociocracy in practice in Australia.” Gina Price, Australia’s leading Sociocratic Consultant.

Gina Price and Lyndall Parris co-presented the Narara Ecovillage experience at the inaugural international on-line Sociocracy Conference earlier last year.

Location

You may attend this event either:

*In Person (7.00 pm start): Visitor Centre, Narara Ecovillage; please register for this fee-paying event below, or

*Via Zoom (7.30 pm start): please register for this free event below (donation optional)

Program

  • 7 pm: Welcome (drinks and nibbles) – for those attending in person
  • 7.30 pm: ‘A Taste of Sociocracy’ presentation – for those attending in person or via Zoom
  • 9 pm: Home to bed!

Tickets    Get your tickets here 

Attending in person: discount tickets available for Narara Eco Living Network members – select “Ticket Type” when registering.

(Narara Eco Living Network at http://neln.org.au/; join network ($20 p.a.) at http://neln.org.au/join-us/application-form/)

Attending via Zoom: free (donation optional) 

Payment: online by credit card. 

The in person event is restricted to 18 participants maximum due to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Please do not attend this event if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have recently been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms. Please bring a mask.

Collection and use of personal information is subject to our Privacy Policy available on our website http://nararaecovillage.com/privacy/

Workshops organised by Collective Know-How (education group), Narara Ecovillage.

 

Oct
2
Fri
Natural Building Workshop
Oct 2 – Oct 6 all-day
Natural Building Workshop

Join our 5-day natural building workshop at Narara Ecovillage, led by building designer Will Eastlake, and help finish Linda’s hobbit inspired art studio (1st DA approved earthbag structure in NSW) that’s creating such a buzz! This underground creation will feature a green roof, earthen floor and classic round door and windows. Stairs carpentered from local timber and branches leads from the mezzanine sleeping nook to the lower level earth floor workshop space.

Will, of Integrated Biotecture, designed the 3-part dwelling. The sculptural studio will be attached to an octagon strawbale house through the earthship inspired greenhouse,

You’ll learn about mud floors, wattle & daub and light straw wall-creation and rendering alongside like-minded people who like you appreciate the magic, beauty and benefits of natural building.

Morning tea and a delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch is provided (let us know your dietary preferences). There will be opportunities to tour the village and learn about other natural and sustainable dwellings that have been already been completed. Bring own gloves and safety glasses if possible, water bottle, sunscreen and hat.

Come and join the fun over the October long weekend, get down and dirty in the fresh air, and contribute your energy to a landmark building at Narara Ecovillage. Register for 5 days @$120 or a daily rate @$25. Camping is available at the ecovillage as well as other local accommodation options, by request.

Contact host Linda: naturalbuilding4u@gmail.com to register or for further information.

Linda first discovered strawbale natural building while wwoofing in the UK. Since then she has attended natural building workshops in England, Spain and Australia. With communications and design qualifications, more recently art & sculpture, Linda has organised many events and workshops, including the first ever at the village – Will and Kenney’s cob pizza oven building workshop in 2013!

Oct
10
Sat
Into the Trees Ecovillage Playtime
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Into the Trees Ecovillage Playtime @ Narara Ecovillage

These sessions are ideal for children and their families who are interested in spending time in nature exploring the many trees around the ecovillage.

Emilie and Frankie together with their friends will show you some amazing trees to watch, feel, smell, hide, forage, climb, swing and just be.

Smaller kids will stay more with their parents while bigger kids can explore further with the other kids.

Afterwards, we’ll have a picnic at the Mulberry Tree Patch. Please feel free to bring lunch or a snack and a drink.

Gumboots and flat shoes good for running and climbing will come in handy.

Contribution of $10 for the family – by pre-booking in these pandemic times:
https://events.humanitix.com/into-the-trees-ecovillage-playtime

Oct
18
Sun
Family Bike Ride
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet outside the Visitors Centre.

Oct
22
Thu
Tiny Tots Village Tours
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny Tots Village Tours @ Narara Ecovillage

These morning village tours are aimed at parents with small children.

They are slow paced and offer a chance to explore some special locations at our Ecovillage including our chickens, vegetable growing areas and native fauna.

We encourage people to bring their own morning tea, and there is an opportunity to enjoy picnic lunch after the tour if you have brought it.

We also have a coffee cart on site where you can purchase breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks.

The cost is $20/family with children under 5 years old. Additional guests over 5 years are $8 each.

Oct
31
Sat
Community and Sustainability in 10 global Ecovillages
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

John Shiel has visited ecovillages around the world and will describe how these communities formed, and how some were successful in developing their sustainability. He will show how establishing a sustainable community in an urban area contributes to the village’s success and can lead to lower overall ecological impact. 

He will discuss the importance of:

  • Connected Communities living locally
  • Local currency
  • Local food growing
  • Houses and infrastructure that:
    • Power themselves
    • Have low or negative embodied energy
  • Low energy transport
  • Zero Waste

John Shiel is a member of Narara Ecovillage Co-operative and the Principal of EnviroSustain, Built Environment Sustainability Consultants. He is a member of Beyond Zero Emissions and is the Immediate Past Chairman of Permaculture Hunter. Formerly, John was a power station civil engineer and an IT consultant with a multi-national. His has an engineering PhD in retrofitting houses for climate change.

 

 

October Open Day – Limited Numbers
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
October Open Day - Limited Numbers

We are still working on the details of this Open Day, but the following is what was offered last month.

Open Day tours of Narara Ecovillage

  • 1 pm
  • 2:30 pm

Bookings essential: https://events.humanitix.com/narara-ecovillage

The tours are $10 for adults and free for kids or Narara Eco Living Network members.

The tours involve walking on semi-rural land and are best enjoyed with closed shoes and all-weather clothing. They can also involve visiting spaces with wildlife. So please leave your pets at home.

On the day, our fabulous Coffee Cart will be open from lunchtime to 3pm, selling great drinks and healthy food.

If this will be your first visit to Narara Ecovillage, the Open Day Preview with a pioneer members provides an introduction of the ecovillage and its unfolding story. You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions: https://wiki.nararaecovillage.com/display/FAQ/Frequently+Asked+Questions+Home.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Nov
7
Sat
Bees at Narara Ecovillage
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join John and Lincoln at our beautiful ecovillage to experience the joy of bees.

$20 per family / person and includes a jar of honey.

Meet outside the Visitors Centre.

 

 

 

Nov
10
Tue
Tiny Tots Village Tours
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny Tots Village Tours @ Narara Ecovillage

These morning village tours are aimed at parents with small children.

They are slow paced and offer a chance to explore some special locations at our Ecovillage including our chickens, vegetable growing areas and native fauna.

We encourage people to bring their own morning tea, and there is an opportunity to enjoy picnic lunch after the tour if you have brought it.

We also have a coffee cart on site where you can purchase breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks.

The cost is $20/family with children under 5 years old. Additional guests over 5 years are $8 each.

Nov
28
Sat
Open Day
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Visit our beautiful site and learn about our purpose and plans for Narara Ecovillage.

Over 3 hours enjoy a perfect introduction to Narara Ecovillage through:

  • walking tours of the site,
  • a presentation, often by our founder, Lyndall Parris, and
  • opportunities to meet members and to ask questions.

Our fabulous Coffee Cart will be open from 9:30 to 3pm, selling great drinks and healthy food.

Come prepared for all weather and walking on a rural property. Kids are always welcome. However please leave your pets at home.

On Open Days where other events are scheduled, these events may involve separate registration and costs.

Whether you come just for the Open Day or extend it with another activity on offer at Narara Ecovillage on that day, we look forward to greeting you on your first visit or to welcome you again and again – and again!

Cost to attend: Individual $10, Family $20, Free for NELN (Narara Eco Living Network) members.

If you are unable to attend this Open Day we offer a monthly Open Day program – either morning or afternoon. Most dates are on Saturday with a sprinkle of Sundays.