Calendar

Narara Ecovillage is located at 25 Research Rd Narara. Please contact us if you have questions about our events.

Apr
24
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
Apr 24 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Apr
26
Fri
Climate emergency: facing extinction and what to do about it
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As the earth heats up and tipping points pass, climate scientists are warning we risk ecosystem collapse and human extinction.

• It’s time to tell the truth about the danger we face.
• It’s time to declare a climate emergency.
• It’s time to rebel!

Jane Morton will describe the climate emergency and the Extinction Rebellion.

The talk will be from 1.00pm till 3.00pm followed by afternoon tea and a workshop from 3.30pm till 5.00pm for those who would like more time for in-depth discussion and planning.

Narara Ecovillage is a 20 min walk from Narara train Station. Catch the train to Gosford or Narara from Central Station in Sydney and someone will collect you from the station.

 

Apr
27
Sat
Open Day – April
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit our beautiful site and learn about the vision for our Ecovillage. A short presentation by our founder, Lyndall Parris, or other members, with Q&A will follow a walking site tour of our rural property.

Tea/coffee, water, and a seasonal fruit platter will be available. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch or afternoon tea to enjoy. Kids will love our adventure playground!

Cost to attend: Individual $10, Family $20

Our mission includes striving for ecological sustainability. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.

May
4
Sat
SUSTAIN–ability: one-day rural yoga retreat
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Escape for a magic day to a peaceful rural venue in the heart of a new Eco-Village to explore what makes a sustainable yoga practice in a sustainable environment to create a sustainable life….spirit in action in simple ways both on and off the yoga mat.

Led by Mark O’Brien (yoga teacher and founder of Qi Health & Yoga) your day will guide you to explore truly sustainable yoga practices to suit YOU and the life direction you are taking now. It’s suitable for anyone regardless of yoga experience, injury or other “limits” often placed on practicing Yoga.

“SUSTAINABLE”: “causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.” (Cambridge English Dictionary)

* Expect a (moving) morning and (gentle) afternoon yoga practice to develop techniques and manifest the “Self-Care” we so often forget.
* Expect to reframe why and how you “do” Yoga.
* Enjoy a scrummy vegetarian lunch courtesy of Candy Disch (anyone remember Candy’s Cafe in Manly? Yes the name behind that popular institution is part of the Eco-village)
* Silent forest walk and meditation in the ancient State forest and arboretum next to the venue.
* Time to reflect and connect inwards
* Chance to tour the newly-emerging Narara Eco-Village for inspiration how to live your daily life with purpose and embody the principles of SUSTAIN-ability back in Sydney.

It just might save your body and the world.

Mark is the founder of Qi Health & Yoga and has practiced Yoga for 26 years with well over 10,000 teaching hours under his belt. He is renowned for inventive, deceptively simple but inspiring classes that offer hidden depths to students of all levels.

He and his wife Nicky are members of Narara EcoVillage and are restoring the “Heritage House” there to be more environmentally sustainable and livable.

He holds Senior/Level 3 membership of YogaAustralia and continues to advocate for lifting teaching skills and standards for the benefit of all teachers and students.

May
11
Sat
Mad About Dirt
May 11 @ 9:45 am – 3:45 pm

 

Calling all dirt- and soil- worshippers, cultivators, regenerators, composters and mud-lovers!  Put this not-to-missed event in your 2019 dairy now!

Spread over two great venues, Mad About Dirt is a day dedicated to increasing appreciation of the soil that lies beneath our feet. Soil is the miraculous carpet of life that covers much of our planet- and yet we often treat it like “dirt”!

ABC television personalities, Angus Stewart, Tino Carnevale and other experts will share their passion for “dirt”, soil, gardening, growing, compost and climate. Also see homes built from earth, enjoy speakers, workshops and tours,

Presenters include Angus Stewart, Tino Carnevale, Simon Leake ( SESL, soils author), Prof. Mark Taylor (MacQuarie University), Peter Bacon (Woodlots and Wetlands), Permaculture experts and more.

All free!

Program

All day: Shuttle bus from Narara Rail station- leave your cars at home!

Morning

9.45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Narara Valley High School, Fountains and Pandala Roads, Narara, NSW 2250.

  • hear inspiring talks and join panel discussions with Tino Carnevale, Angus Stewart, and other Permaculture, Biodynamics, soils & Regenerative  Agriculture experts
  • have your garden soil and house dust analysed for contaminants
  • meet exhibitors over lunch and visit the school farm

Afternoon

1-4 p.m. at the Narara Ecovillage (25 Research Rd, Narara -just up the road!)

  • hear talks about soil science, composting and health
  • join a Darkinjung smoking ceremony
  • go on tours of the ecovillage property
  • visit a permaculture garden
  • learn about Central Coast soils
  • join in kids’ activities with dirt
  • see steam weeding in action
  • see houses being built with materials from the earth – strawbale and rammed earth

Food

  • coffee carts, sausage sizzle at the school,
  • cake and tea at the ecovillage

For more information and updates    or      Check us out on Facebook

And if MADness is right up your alley, why not also check out our special follow up event on Sunday 12th

May
12
Sun
Dig Deeper with Angus and Tino
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Following Mad about Dirt! on Saturday, this is your Sunday opportunity to meet the experts, Angus and Tino, and ask them what you want to know.

Angus and Tino are experts in a wide range of areas, including habitat gardening, growing your own food, kids in gardens, and national soil conservation.

Come with your questions about topics such as gardens for wildlife, growing your own food and your favourite vegetables, kids in gardens, soil conservation and climate change, agricultural practices in Australia-or just because you love trees and butterflies!

To learn more about Tino Carnevale, go to https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/my-garden-path—tino-carnevale/10945254.

For more on Angus, former Central Coast resident and now climate refugee in Tasmania, go to https://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au. (NB Angus’s first job was at DPI Narara!)

Angus will be available to sign his books like Grow Your Own: How to be an Urban Farmer (with Simon Leake), and The Australian Native Garden, A Practical Guide (with A.B. Bishop).

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More info

May
25
Sat
Autumn Open Weekend
May 25 @ 9:30 am – May 26 @ 3:00 pm

At our next Open Weekend we’ll celebrate Autumn in all it’s colours and textures – from misty mornings with Ben and the Steamweeder demonstration, to the lush green Food Forest working bee and sharing pumpkin soup by the campfire.

The weekend starts on Saturday at 10am with the regular Open Day program including presentation, ecovillage tours and Q&A.

Stay on and join us from 1pm for the full Open Weekend:
a 2-day experience of Narara Ecovillage, where you can really get to know our people, place and purpose. We offer refreshments on Saturday morning – thereafter everyone brings and shares food.

Activities will include:

Street Art
Lantern Making
Building Beautification
Steamweeding Demo
Shared Pumpkin Soup Cook-up
Triple Span Planting Bee
Bonfire and Lantern Parade
Food Forest Creation
and more…

On Sunday, ‘Small Footprint’ living will take centre stage with talks, walks across Stage 2 land and visits to our two tiny houses.

Cost:

Open Day only: $10 individual / $20 family
Extended stay (Sat pm to Sun pm): $10 individual / $20 family
Discounts for NELN members and concessions

Registration:

Online or in person on Saturday at 10 am and/or at lunchtime.

Overnight Camping:

on site with camp kitchen and amenities
$10pp by advanced bookings

Please note this is a rural property. We recommend wearing enclosed shoes (not thongs or sandals). Please leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.

Tickets and Camping Bookings available here.

 

May
29
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
May 29 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Jun
5
Wed
Train the Trainer: Global Ecovillage Network
Jun 5 – Jun 9 all-day

GEN TRAINING OF TRAINERS

Catalyse communities for a regenerative world

Cost includes food and accommodation

Sliding Scale:

  • $850 (normal price)
  • $550 (Mates of GEN Australia, GEN Australia members entitled to two delegates from their communities)

FOOD: Vegetarian meals included

ACCOMMODATION: Shared included or single for $30 extra per night.

TIMES: 9.00-12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30, with two evening lessons.  The course finishes at 16:00 June 9.

CONTACT: enquiry@genaustralia.org.au

MORE INFORMATION: www.genaustralia.org.au or email us with your interest

Download flyer pdf: GEN ToT Flyer 180119 (1SLF)

Jun
26
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
Jun 26 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Jun
28
Fri
A Taste of Sociocracy: Governance at Narara Ecovillage
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jun
29
Sat
Open Day – June
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Listen to a short presentation and take a site tour. Then spend the afternoon participating in one of our village activities, maintenance or construction projects, picnicking on our beautiful site, and chatting with Ecovillage members (many of whom have unique skills and experience in everything from permaculture to natural construction, animal husbandry to tool libraries and wellbeing). Your children will love exploring our natural playground, and are most welcome to participate in our activities too.

For information about activities and stalls available each month, check our facebook page.

Tea/coffee, water, and a seasonal fruit platter will be available. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch or afternoon tea to enjoy, or explore the growing options available at our village stalls and juice bar.

Cost to attend any part of the day: Individual $10, Family $20

At other times our front gate is closed so if you would like a private site tour, please contact us.

Please note this is a rural property. We recommend wearing enclosed shoes (not thongs or sandals).

Our mission includes striving for ecological sustainability. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.

Evening around the campfire at Narara Ecovillage
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm

Location: at or near the camping area.

Bring a plate to share for dinner under the stars.

 

Jul
28
Sun
Open Day – July
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Listen to a short presentation and take a site tour. Then spend the afternoon participating in one of our village activities, maintenance or construction projects, picnicking on our beautiful site, and chatting with Ecovillage members (many of whom have unique skills and experience in everything from permaculture to natural construction, animal husbandry to tool libraries and wellbeing). Your children will love exploring our natural playground, and are most welcome to participate in our activities too.

For information about activities and stalls available each month, check our facebook page.

Tea/coffee, water, and a seasonal fruit platter will be available. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch or afternoon tea to enjoy, or explore the growing options available at our village stalls and juice bar.

Cost to attend any part of the day: Individual $10, Family $20

At other times our front gate is closed so if you would like a private site tour, please contact us.

Please note this is a rural property. We recommend wearing enclosed shoes (not thongs or sandals).

Our mission includes striving for ecological sustainability. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.

Jul
31
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
Jul 31 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Aug
28
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
Aug 28 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Sep
15
Sun
Sustainable House Day at Narara Ecovillage
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit Narara Ecovillage for a day of sustainable houses

 Open houses include …

  • Earthship
  • Strawbale
  • Passive house
  • Reverse brick veneer
  • Rammed earth
  • Tiny house

Talks throughout the day

  • Tiny Houses
  • House designs (owners, builders or architects present sustainable house designs)
  • Landscaping

Other tours & activities during the day

  • Village (guided or self-guided)
  • Food growing (guided)
  • Microgrid tour
  • Eco-tour of the Heritage Gully

About Sustainable House Day across Australia

Sep
25
Wed
Heritage Gully Bush Regeneration every Wednesday
Sep 25 all-day

Hands-on learning – bush regeneration at Narara Ecovillage

Every Wednesday till December 2019

from 10am

All welcome – If you’re interested, contact Jazz

Sep
28
Sat
Open Day – September
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Listen to a short presentation and take a site tour. Then spend the afternoon participating in one of our village activities, maintenance or construction projects, picnicking on our beautiful site, and chatting with Ecovillage members (many of whom have unique skills and experience in everything from permaculture to natural construction, animal husbandry to tool libraries and wellbeing). Your children will love exploring our natural playground, and are most welcome to participate in our activities too.

For information about activities and stalls available each month, check our facebook page.

Tea/coffee, water, and a seasonal fruit platter will be available. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch or afternoon tea to enjoy, or explore the growing options available at our village stalls and juice bar.

Cost to attend any part of the day: Individual $10, Family $20

At other times our front gate is closed so if you would like a private site tour, please contact us.

Please note this is a rural property. We recommend wearing enclosed shoes (not thongs or sandals).

Our mission includes striving for ecological sustainability. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.

Oct
27
Sun
Open Day – October
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Listen to a short presentation and take a site tour. Then spend the afternoon participating in one of our village activities, maintenance or construction projects, picnicking on our beautiful site, and chatting with Ecovillage members (many of whom have unique skills and experience in everything from permaculture to natural construction, animal husbandry to tool libraries and wellbeing). Your children will love exploring our natural playground, and are most welcome to participate in our activities too.

For information about activities and stalls available each month, check our facebook page.

Tea/coffee, water, and a seasonal fruit platter will be available. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch or afternoon tea to enjoy, or explore the growing options available at our village stalls and juice bar.

Cost to attend any part of the day: Individual $10, Family $20

At other times our front gate is closed so if you would like a private site tour, please contact us.

Please note this is a rural property. We recommend wearing enclosed shoes (not thongs or sandals).

Our mission includes striving for ecological sustainability. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit the Ecovillage.