The Emergence Convergence will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny. Camping will be available on site and bookings are not required.
No drugs or alcohol
This is a drug and alcohol free event. Help us to bring clarity and health to our social movement by avoiding drugs and alcohol during your time at the Emergence Convergence.
Children are welcome to attend the event although the content of the program may not appeal to children. Children's activities will be minimal but if you specialise in working with children, feel free to contact the Emergence Convergence team with an offer.
What to bring
The Showgrounds kitchen has plates, bowls, cups, etc. This is a zero waste event so if you are bringing snacks, think about how you can avoid single-use packaging. Bring enough warm clothes as the nights may be cool up here on the mountain. Bring your camping gear, exact cash for camping ($25 per night) and enough $1 coins for the showers (showers are $2 and only take $1 coins). Bring a spirit of generosity. Please also have a look at the 'Asks and Offerings' page as we have specific things we are asking people to loan and donate.
Eating together is an important part of the Emergence Convergence. All meals at the Showgrounds will be catered (eight meals). Food will be vegetarian/vegan. If you have other dietary requirements, include them on the registration form. On Friday night there will be a community potluck dinner. Please bring a packaging-free meal to share. On Saturday night, we are giving the cooks a night off. Crystal Waters music night is on and there will be food available for purchase.
Food is through gift economy. We ask that participants make a donation to cover meals. If you have food to contribute, please email with the type of food and the amount (see the "Asks and Offerings" page here for more information about this). Remember, this is a zero waste event so please focus on homemade, homegrown, sourced from bulk stores or reclaimed food.
Registration and attendance
You will need to register (click here). The organisers have put a lot of work into developing a program that flows. Your presence for the entire event would be greatly appreciated.
Camping will be available on site and bookings are not required. Register for camping at the Show Society office (Hill St) on arrival by completing the registration form, and placing it in the after hours box, along with your nightly fee of $25 (cash only). See a map of the Showgrounds here. Hot showers are coin operated. Cost is $2 per shower and the machine only takes two one dollar coins.
Camping is $25 per night or you will need to find your own accommodation.
The public showers at the Showgrounds take two $1 coins per shower.
We ask people to make a donation for food.
There are no other costs to attend. If you have the capacity to gift energy in some form, that will really help to make this event sustainable. Excess funds raised will go towards projects aligned with the GEN vision and to ensure that this event can be run again in coming years.
We need many volunteers to make this event work. The entire event is run by volunteers, in fact. You can add yourself to a volunteer shift or two on the online roster spreadsheet here.
Feel free to book alternate accommodation if you don't wish to camp or you may be able to find a billet opportunity with a local person through the billet spreadsheet here.
The Gift Economy
Welcome to a generosity experiment. This event is powered by the gift economy which you can read about here. Practicing giving without expectation of anything in return is powerful. In nature this happens all the time but in capitalist culture, it has been taken away to be replaced with a transactional economy which sells us (and our planet) short of real abundance and concentrates wealth into the hands of corporations and billionaires. Bodhi Yoga and Eco Villages Australia are gifting the venue fee, hire of equipment, etc. To help make this event financially sustainable, you are invited to make a gift too. See the "Asks and Offerings" page for more information.
This event is zero waste. That means we would appreciate participants to think about how waste can be avoided especially when it comes to our food and drinks. It's not an easy task considering the context we all live in. Our zero waste policy is as much about helping people to think in a new way as it is about the practical waste minimisation. Have a think about how our grandparents made it work. We can use traditional knowledge while integrating positive innovations.
We have decided to include "rescue" food in our definition of zero waste. This is food that has been given a second chance; food that has been re-diverted from being wasted.