Dot Painting Art Workshop 7 July 2014

7th July Dot Painting Workshop nc s

NAIDOC Week (6-13th July) 

Join our local artist Geoff Sellman in this interactive workshop where you will learn and experience Aboriginal Dot Painting. This art workshop is run in collaboration with our Over 55’s Leisure & Learning Service in Parramatta.  

7th july 2014 

10am -1pm

VENUE : Parramatta City Council , Chambers Building, 2 Civic Place, 

Parramatta (near the Parramatta Library).

Brought to you by TRANSITION PARRAMATTA with kind support of PARRAMATTA CITY COUNCIL

TO REGISTER OR FOR INFO:   Contact  Jane @ over 55s : 9806 5018

Or fill out the contact form below.

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Ecotherapy June 7 letting go, creating rich newness with composting

We look forward to welcoming back some old and new faces on June 7 at 10am for compost therapy! Click the link for details about ecotherapy

We will: 

explore several methods to make great compost, including the most accessible for plants;  colloidal  compost

make an autumn heap for the Sorrell Lane Community Garden, that could be replicated in any backyard

 do some hands on making our own symbolic “heap” 

 Participants are invited to bring something  actual or symbolic of  what needs to be let go of, and  break down into fertile new soil, to feed the new growth of spring in their lives.   Please also bring;

  • Mat or cushion
  • Water
  • Hat/sunscreen
  • $10 for delicious lunch together

Starts 10am at Sorrell Lane North Parramatta in the community garden

Please confirm you are coming along by filling in the form below:

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Ecotherapy journey has begun

Ecotherapy journey has begun! 

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9 participants joined our circle around  the “campfire of the heart’  in Sorrell Lane Community Garden in North Parramatta,  on April 3 2014  to explore further what Ecotherapy is and how it can enhance one’s  life. (The next session is on 3rd May)

The first session we focused on tuning into the season:  the seasonal change of early autumn and its themes.  With a unusually long spring/summer this year, is taking its time to surrender to the time of coolness of winter.  Generally the seasons are something we can rely on, but with global climate change,  where will it settle, if it settles?  Or is change the only thing we can now  rely on?    There is an  uneasiness about what the seasons are going to be like as the planet warms up. 

The centre piece was a cornucopia overflowing with seasonal fruit and veggies.  The fullness of summer and  its harvest were a central focus, and gently applying that to our lives?  Reflection questions were asked :

what has come to fullness in your life?   

What needs to given thanks for?  

What needs to be stored for the winter coming, what needs to be composted down for next season of growth?   

The ideas of harvest festivals in all cultures explored , and the concept  of  “thanksgiving” rediscovered.   Childhood memories were evoked of farms and grandparents who lived closer to the land.  The lines of a letter by Leunig were read from contemplation:

“It is autumn at Curly Flat.  Something vast and marvellous is coming to an end.  How perfect and radiant is the death of anything which has run its true course. How beautiful is the death of summer, dear Vasco.  Perhaps only that which is true can complete itself.

How this poor world is crowded and poisoned and choked with unfinished business.  We must make way for new life!  …from Michael Leunig’s Curly Pyjama Letters, Penguin (2001)

The spirit of welcome and inclusion for all  beliefs and spiritualties , we read Stephanie Dowrick’s prayer together:

“My prayer today is to allow nature to teach me, to teach all of us

To allow nature to heal me, to heal all of us and for this to happen while we pause long enough to ask:    What is needed?…..”

Material’s were provided and participants invited to explore their response to the season creatively, by  making a mixed media collage, including fruit printing on fabric, home made paints with natural dyes and chalk pastels.  Peoples expression of the season were placed in the centre, and sharing about what the work meant to participants was very meaningful. 

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We shared a fabulous vegetarian lunch together, pumpkin curry.  Really fresh and wonderfully warming food, 

Some feedback  from participants  were:

“thank you for yesterday. It was indeed to great to have connected This is the beginning of a beautiful journey that i can see ahead!”

“Fabulous food!  Really fresh and tasty! Thanks so much” 

We look forward to welcoming back some old and new faces on May 3 for compost therapy! 

We will: 

  • explore several methods to make great compost, including the most accessible for plants;  colloidal  compost
  • make an autumn heap for the Sorrell Lane Community Garden, that could be replicated in any backyard
  • do some hands on making our own symbolic “heap”

 Participants are invited to bring something  actual or symbolic of  what needs to be let go of, and  break down into fertile new soil, to feed the new growth of spring in their lives.   Please also bring;

  • Mat or cushion
  • Water
  • Hat/sunscreen
  • $10 for lunch

Bookings:  please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch about booking your spot in the next session.

Check out the events page for upcoming courses

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Dot Painting the Vision

The blank canvas receives a story

This morning with our teacher, local artist Geoff, we talked through the vision for the garden and the umbrella of all the related flows for our community.

What came out of that conversation was a concept for expressing the vision onto canvas.

Come along tomorrow at 10am so we can dot paint that down. Sorrell Lane 10am to 12 then lunch, $10.

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Sewing skills share kick off – such a good time

Coming UP

Next Sewing Skills Share is Friday 14th March at 10am. Check out the details www.bit.ly/tp14sew

Apart from sewing skills on the 14th we will be make fish lanterns in preparation for Earth Hour.

The kick off session

Fuen and Ireen have a very relaxing good talk of their childhood where the skills of sewing come from….grandma Fuen said. Ireen added, my mum always sews and mend our clothes in those days….

Ireen suggested the name for the workshop shall be:  Lost skills—–reclaim , or, Reclaiming old lost skills

Feedback for the session:

‘Enjoyable’

‘Relaxing’

‘Good to get these pants done that I loved so much and have not got time to mend’

‘I got to recycle my husband’s shorts and reclaim the comfort of these old certified organic cotton shorts’

Fuen says she is very happy to share her skills with others.

Fuen and ireen each donated $5 to Harris Park Community Centre (hpcc) for the use of the room. Thanks to both of you.

It sure is a good encounter. I am feeling happy that Fuen stepped out of her busy routine and right into the community centre where she would not normally go.

 

New techniques to learn

New techniques to learn

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BZE Renewable Energy Superpower Project volunteers

Imagine: One day the headlines will read ‘Civil Society Group Saves the Day’.

With a sub heading ‘While government and business were out to lunch’.

The Beyond Zero Emissions folk just keep on putting their hearts into it!

The next big thing which is underway is the Renewable Energy Superpower project. Not only to further the 100% renewable scenario for powering Australia, but how that renewable energy can be exported to the world. Check it out! There’s lots of ways to support this even if you don’t get on the research team. BZE have a Sydney group who does presentations on the Stationery Energy Plan.

There is also the Buildings Plan and the High Speed Rail Plan and a few others.

Launch of the High Speed Rail Plan

The event will be held at Melbourne University on the evening of 9 April and at University of New South Wales on 30 April. Better subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date on that.

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Super Tuesday Parramatta – National Bicycle Count

How many cyclists are going where between 7am and 9am on a typical Tuesday morning all across Australia?

Since 2007, super Tuesday has been answering that question. That’s over 700 volunteers in blue Ts doing the counting. The counts are analysed and distributed to councils. You can check stats from previous years.

Transition Parramatta was at the corner of Elizabeth and Thomas streets in Parramatta. This is just across the rowing bridge on the main marked route parramatta to sydney (27k) or to UWS (2k).

The count was 63 at that spot, mostly folk heading into Parramatta CBD.

check out the national photos

Here’s some of the Parramatta commuters zipping by

2014 super tuesday elizabeth and thomas parramatta

 

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