Calendar

We are excited to welcome visitors to our Ecovillage each month at our Open Day, as well as at a range of Ecovillage events and workshops. We offer site tours as well as private tours by appointment.

Please watch this page or our Facebook page for updates and new event listings. For further information please contact us on  02 4328-1588 or [email protected].

Jul
27
Sat
July Open Day
Jul 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
July Open Day @ Narara Ecovillage Village Hall

Are you interested in Narara Ecovillage or perhaps already considering living here?

The Open Day Talk & Tour shows what Narara Ecovillage is all about, and shows how we are putting our ideas around ecological, social and economic potential into action:
* shared food growing, natural retreats and Permaculture spaces
* shared community and workplaces
* examples of highly efficient low-carbon homes now and in the next stage

Talk & Tour tickets
* $15 standard per adult
* NELN members free
* Kids free

Booking

$15 per person – please book at https://july-2024-open-day.lilregie.com
Kids free!

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Contact

If you have any problems accessing the booking site, email [email protected] and precede the Subject title of your email with the words “Open Day”.

Aug
10
Sat
CONCERT: THE FLOWER & THE FIDDLE
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a feast of music and song as these two unique musicians return to the Narara Ecovillage hall in August.

The music of GOLDHEIST (Hester Fraser) is a rich blend of storytelling and classical influences, rooted in the Australian landscape.

Andrew Clermont is a chameleon multi-instrumental musician, from Bluegrass to Indian, Scandinavian to Oldtime. He was recently awarded a Golden Fiddle Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted to the SA Music Hall of Fame.

Aug
24
Sat
Coast Climate Action Festival
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Featuring:

  • Talk by Tim Forcey, author of My Efficient Electric Home Handbook
  • Tour of community solar and battery solutions & ecohomes
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) showcase
  • Launch of Parents for Climate Central Coast group
  • Kids entertainment provided
  • Cake stalls & coffee cart

And we want to hear from you: How can we accelerate climate action on the Central Coast?

Aug
31
Sat
August Open Day
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
August Open Day @ Narara Ecovillage Village Hall

Are you interested in Narara Ecovillage or perhaps already considering living here?

The Open Day Talk & Tour shows what Narara Ecovillage is all about, and shows how we are putting our ideas around ecological, social and economic potential into action:
* shared food growing, natural retreats and Permaculture spaces
* shared community and workplaces
* examples of highly efficient low-carbon homes now and in the next stage

Talk & Tour tickets
* $15 standard per adult
* NELN members free
* Kids free

Booking

$15 per person – please book at https://august-2024-open-day.lilregie.com
Kids free!

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Contact

If you have any problems accessing the booking site, email [email protected] and precede the Subject title of your email with the words “Open Day”.

Sep
28
Sat
Paint and Sip for the Planet – Dali workshop
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paint and Sip for the Planet – Dali workshop in June

Saturday 28th September, 7-9pm, $39, at Village Hall, Narara Ecovillage, 33 Gugandi Road, Narara NSW, Australia

A continuation of an art series exploring painting and the environment with member and art therapist Aiyana Schwarz.

In this Dali workshop you’ll relax with a glass of wine, have a laugh and learn the basic skills of painting using nature and our planet as inspiration.

Painting is an expressive art form, proven to improve creativity, emotional growth, critical thinking and reduces stress.

No experience necessary.

Included: all painting materials provided (paints and canvas), and complimentary glass of wine. Guidance from experienced and tertiary qualified art teacher Aiyana Schwarz.

Book NOW: Spaces are limited to 15 people.

 

Sep
29
Sun
September Open Day
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
September Open Day @ Narara Ecovillage Village Hall

Are you interested in Narara Ecovillage or perhaps already considering living here?

The Open Day Talk & Tour shows what Narara Ecovillage is all about, and shows how we are putting our ideas around ecological, social and economic potential into action:
* shared food growing, natural retreats and Permaculture spaces
* shared community and workplaces
* examples of highly efficient low-carbon homes now and in the next stage

Talk & Tour tickets
* $15 standard per adult
* NELN members free
* Kids free

Booking

$15 per person – please book at https://september-2024-open-day.lilregie.com
Kids free!

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Contact

If you have any problems accessing the booking site, email [email protected] and precede the Subject title of your email with the words “Open Day”.

Oct
25
Fri
Deep Ecology with John Seed & Tema Milstein
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm
Deep Ecology with John Seed & Tema Milstein

The Rainforest Information Centre presents DEEP ECOLOGY with John Seed and friends

FROM JOHN SEED:

I have worked for worldwide rainforests since 1979. Although many of our efforts succeeded, for every forest saved 100 have disappeared. Clearly, you can’t save the planet one forest at a time. It’s one green Earth or a bowl of dust. Without a profound change of consciousness, we can kiss the forests goodbye, the ones we’ve “saved” alongside the rest.

Deep ecology is key to the change we need. To deep ecology, underlying all the symptoms of the environmental crisis lies a psychological or spiritual root – the illusion of separation from the rest of the natural world which stems from anthropocentrism or human-centeredness.

Conditioned since the Old Testament to “subdue and dominate” nature, the modern psyche is radically alienated from the air, water and soil which underpin life and this is reflected in the rapid shredding of all-natural systems in the name of economic development. Deep ecology reminds us that the world is not a pyramid with humans on top, but a web. We, humans, are but one strand in that web and as we destroy this web, we destroy the foundations for all complex life including our own.

While we maintain a self-image created in the matrix of anthropocentric culture, a shrunken and illusory sense of self that doesn’t include the air and water and soil, we will experience nature as “outside” our self and fail to recognise that nature “out there” and nature “in here” are one and the same.

Many people INTELLECTUALLY realise that we are inseparable from Nature and that the sense of separation that we feel is socially conditioned and illusory.

But as the late Arne Naess, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oslo University, the man who coined the term “Deep Ecology” wrote: “it is not enough to have ecological ideas, we have to have an ecological identity, ecological self“.

But how can we nourish our ecological identity? In answer to such questions,  Joanna Macy and I developed a series of experiential deep ecology rituals called the “Council of All Beings” and in 1986, with Arne Naess and Pat Flemming,  wrote a  book called Thinking Like A Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings (which has been translated into 12 languages). Along with others, we have been facilitating these workshops around the world since then.

In this workshop we remember our rootedness in nature, recapitulate our evolutionary journey and experience the fact that every cell in our body is descended in an unbroken chain 4 billion years old, through fish that learned to walk the land, reptiles whose scales turned to fur and became mammals, evolving through to the present.

We further extend our sense of identity in the Council of All Beings itself where we find an ally in the natural world, make a mask to represent that ally, and allow the animals and plants and landscapes to speak through us. We are shocked at the very different view of the world that emerges from their dialogue. Creative suggestions for human actions emerge and we invoke the powers and knowledge of these other life-forms to empower us in our lives.

One of the rituals we will share is honouring our pain for the world: we grieve for all that is being torn from our world, the species lost, the landscapes destroyed. Only if we can allow ourselves to feel the pain of the Earth, can we be effective in Her healing. This is why the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, has said that in order to heal the Earth,  “the most important thing that we can do is to hear, inside ourselves,  the sounds of the Earth crying”.

This workshop enables us to find an end to the illusion of separation and experience our rootedness in the living Earth.

Bookings

Price:

  • Bring your own tent or campervan or air b&b or you can stay in your own home if you live nearby.
  • Tickets are sliding scale from $150-$600  ($150 for students or unemployed, $600 if you’ve got a great job or wealthy, or something in between) b&b $100/night extra
  • 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Rainforest Information Centre.

Book at https://events.humanitix.com/deep-ecology-with-john-seed-and-friends-narara-ecovillage-march2024

The workshop is not suitable for young children though teenagers are welcome.

All meals will be provided and two-day workshop registrations will be accepted only. The workshop is designed as a two-day immersive retreat so we ask that you arrive on time by 9.30am on the Saturday and stay until 4pm Sunday.

Sorry no pets allowed.

 

Other Biographies

Tema Milstein has been intrigued by the deep ecology movement since she studied it as part of her PhD program in environmental communication, culture, and change. When she shifted her family from the United States to Australia in 2019 for the love of this country, she was happy to move closer to key thinkers like John Seed in deep ecology, and other leaders in related knowledge systems, including long-standing Indigenous knowledges in Australia, the ecofeminist movement, and permaculture. Tema is program convenor for UNSW’s Master of Environmental Management program and also teaches undergraduate environmental humanities. Her research and teaching focus on ways culture and communication shape ecological understandings, identities, and actions. Her most recent book is the Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

Oct
26
Sat
October Open Day
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
October Open Day @ Narara Ecovillage Village Hall

Are you interested in Narara Ecovillage or perhaps already considering living here?

The Open Day Talk & Tour shows what Narara Ecovillage is all about, and shows how we are putting our ideas around ecological, social and economic potential into action:
* shared food growing, natural retreats and Permaculture spaces
* shared community and workplaces
* examples of highly efficient low-carbon homes now and in the next stage

Talk & Tour tickets
* $15 standard per adult
* NELN members free
* Kids free

Booking

$15 per person – please book at https://october-2024-open-day.lilregie.com
Kids free!

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Contact

If you have any problems accessing the booking site, email [email protected] and precede the Subject title of your email with the words “Open Day”.

Nov
30
Sat
November Open Day
Nov 30 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
November Open Day @ Narara Ecovillage Village Hall

Are you interested in Narara Ecovillage or perhaps already considering living here?

The Open Day Talk & Tour shows what Narara Ecovillage is all about, and shows how we are putting our ideas around ecological, social and economic potential into action:
* shared food growing, natural retreats and Permaculture spaces
* shared community and workplaces
* examples of highly efficient low-carbon homes now and in the next stage

Talk & Tour tickets
* $15 standard per adult
* NELN members free
* Kids free

Booking

$15 per person – please book at https://november-2024-open-day.lilregie.com
Kids free!

Looking forward to welcoming you to Narara Ecovillage!

Contact

If you have any problems accessing the booking site, email [email protected] and precede the Subject title of your email with the words “Open Day”.