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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 info@nararaecovillage.com.

Apr
27
Sat
Sustainable House (and village) Tours
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

  

This year we will again be opening the Ecovillage to welcome those interested in sustainable living, in conjunction with Sustainable House Day (but a week later to give visitors the opportunity to visit other open homes the previous weekend), and come to Narara to see 3 sustainable homes and to tour and hear about the village.  There will be a tour starting at 11am and one at 1.30pm, each of which will visit three homes as shown below.  Our Coffee Cart cafe is open for refreshments including delicious lunches with many ingredients sourced from the village itself.  The 4 homes participating will be different to those open last year (and next year) so do come along to see inside other houses, even if you have visited before!

11am tour:

Retrofit of an original large weatherboard house where the listed external and internal features have been lovingly maintained, and the fanlight over-door windows renovated to maintain the original cross-flow ventilation, whilst adding high levels of insulation, low-energy lighting and a large PV installation. A great deal of effort has also gone into the rich and productive vegetable and flower gardens surrounding the property.

 

 

Natural building nearing completion utilising upcycled materials includes an earthen floor on top of concrete slab, compressed earthen block retaining walls, recycled hardwood timber framing with light-straw-clay infill externally and cob sculpted walls internally, recycled doors and windows with double glazing, water efficient fittings, composting toilet, rainwater to house, ceramic earth-tube for passive ventilation, Zincalume roof and stainless steel water tanks.

 

Passive solar house with hempcrete walls, waffle pod slab using Envirocrete with a burnished concrete finish and a 5mt rammed earth feature wall spine for thermal mass, featuring recycled glass seams. Built in 2019, this house has a very high NatHERS rating of 8.3, and has 5kW of PV cells feeding a 13kW Tesla battery and a reclaim heat pump for hot water.  It also has almost 20,000l. rainwater storage.

1.30pm tour:

Retrofit of an original large weatherboard house (as above, where the listed external and internal features have been lovingly maintained, and the fanlight over-door windows renovated to maintain the original cross-flow ventilation, whilst adding high levels of insulation, low-energy lighting and a large PV installation. A great deal of effort has also gone into the rich and productive vegetable and flower gardens surrounding the property.)

 

 

 

Natural building nearing completion utilising upcycled materials (as above, includes an earthen floor on top of concrete slab, compressed earthen block retaining walls, recycled hardwood timber framing with light-straw-clay infill externally and cob sculpted walls internally, recycled doors and windows with double glazing, water efficient fittings, composting toilet, rainwater to house, ceramic earth-tube for passive ventilation, Zincalume roof and stainless steel water tanks).

 

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Straw panel home for a larger family. The Hive is a 5 year old straw panel house. It features cob internal walls, hardwood floors, and timber double glazed windows. It has a reclaimed kitchen, and has three bedrooms/two bathrooms.

 

Paint ‘n Sip for the Planet – Hokusai
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Aiyana Schwarz for her next painting adventure – no experience or skills necesssary!

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

In this Hokusai 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.

Aiyana has over 20 years experience as an art teacher; is currently teaching art to children and adults with disabilities, both in person and online via zoom. She is tertiary qualified and holds a Bachelor in Visual Arts. She is a also a qualified and experienced art therapist.

Her love of nature and living sustainably is demonstrated in her professional work, the amazing underground home her family is building in the village, and by winning second place in The Sustainable Waste to Art Prize.

She is really excited to bring her knowledge and experience to art workshops at Narara Ecovillage.

Hokusai’s paintings expressed the movement in nature, the fleeting moments of a bird in flight or a wave crashing and waterfalls flowing.  He is regarded as one of Japan’s most famous artists and influenced many European artists.

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. BOOK HERE

For any queries contact Aiyana at allegroarts2@gmail.com