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Sessions and Presenters

This page has a short description of each session followed by information about the presenters. For a daily schedule, see the 'Program and Registration' page here.

GEN International and the work of GENOA

Friday 29th Nov, 9:30-11:00am

Main Hall

Trudy Juriansz

Join Trudy Juriansz for a presentation on the Global Ecovillage Network which has mapped thousands of projects around the world. Trudy's work focusses on the ecovillage projects of the Oceania and Asia region (GENOA). Trudy is an experienced facilitator of ecovillage education and will run a session using the Ecovillage Design Cards to explore social, cultural, ecological and economic aspects of regeneration and key concepts in whole systems design. This session is interactive and explores the passions, strengths and leverage points of each participant and the group as a whole.

An Insight into Practical, Waste-free Living

Friday 29th Nov, 1:30-3:00pm

The Stands

Asher Bowen-Saunders

The urgency and momentum to act for the Planet is increasing but trying to change so many aspects of your lifestyle at once can be overwhelming to the point of paralysis. Asher provides a simple yet comprehensive collection of concepts, tools and philosophies born from years of waste free living & a deep, unstoppable desire to preserve our incredible Earth.

Landsharing Communities and their Role in the Climate Crisis

Saturday 30th Nov, 9:15-10:30am

The Stands

Shane Sylvanspring

Shane has a wealth of knowledge around the multiple occupancies and intentional communities of Northern New South Wales and South-East Queensland. Join a discussion about what role these communities play in taking climate action. This session would be especially good for people who are involved in any type of intentional community.

Fungi: the Superheroes of our Future

Saturday 30th Nov, 10:40-11:55am

Main Hall

Sandra Tuszynska

Fungi munch on rocks and wood, creating soils and nourishing all life forms. Root symbiotic fungi form the gifting economy of the Wood Wide Web; the sophisticated network which interconnects and feeds the world. Some feast on pollutants, others provide renewable resources - there are no limits to what these superheroes can do. Sandra will expose you to the fascinating world of fungi, research and development in mycology essential in creating a peaceful, sustainable and abundant future.

Permaculture in Communities

Sunday 1st Dec, 9:15-10:30am

Main Hall

Morag Gamble

Morag Gamble will draw on her extensive permaculture knowledge in this talk with a time for audience questions. Permaculture is built on clear ethics and principles that apply to all aspects of life but are most typically found in the garden. 

Empowerment and Action

Sunday 1st Dec, 1:15-2:45pm

Main Hall

Robin Clayfield to facilitate

Robin Clayfield will facilitate a session that supports potential collaborations and individual commitments towards solutions. This session is about inspiring participants to focus their energy towards the solutions they feel passionate about. There is no single "silver bullet" solution to tackle climate change. Everyone has a role in the regeneration. Finding our role, connecting with the support we need, making a commitment to taking the next step - these are the exciting things that participants will explore in this session.

Check in and Overview of the Day

Friday 29th Nov, 9:00-9:30am. Saturday 30th Nov and Sunday 1st Dec, 9:00-9:15am

Main Hall

GEN team

Each morning the program begins in the main hall. This brief time together is a chance to set the intention for the day of learning and sharing. There will also be housekeeping announcements, an overview of the presenters and some Global Ecovillage Network magic thrown in for good measure. 

Centring and Deep Listening

Friday 29th Nov - Sunday 1st Dec, 6:30-7:30am

Main Hall

Ian Draaisma

This is a chance for people to come together and practice deep listening each morning in the main hall. Join the group to support each other through the weekend in this gentle centring practice. Ian Draaisma is an experienced teacher who is passionate about mindfulness and spiritual growth.

Honouring Traditional Wisdom

Friday 29th Nov, 11:10am-12:30pm

Main Hall

Dominique Chen

Aboriginal peoples have been living, thinking and relating in sustainable systems on this continent for 120,000+ years. Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest, living, continuous culture in the world - primarily because it is based upon fundamental systems and principles that work, and work equally for both the people and the planet. This presentation will relate some of the general ideologies, methodologies and approaches that underpin Aboriginal social, political, economic and environmental systems; and consider their intrinsic value and relevance within contemporary global concerns.

Eco Villages Australia Talk and Tour

Friday 29th Nov, 1:30-3:00pm

AND repeated on Saturday 30th Nov, 9:15-10:30am

Meet at Cattleman's Bar

Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean and Claire Ogden are the co-founders of the non-profit organisation, Eco Villages Australia. In March 2019, EVA purchased the first eco village site in Maleny, Queensland. Come to hear about the vision, the economic model and see the progress after just six months. The founders are passionate about collective stewardship of land and resources to be held in perpetuity for people to live in harmony with nature.

Engage Actively to Protect Communities and Nature: PANEL

Saturday 30th Nov, 9:15-10:30am

Main Hall

Claire Ogden, Kathryn Hyman, Carolita, Gemma Wright

Claire Ogden hosts an all female panel about protecting what is important to us all - communities and nature. Care work has been severely undervalued under the patriarchal, capitalist culture which is fundamentally built on exploitation of people, animals and planet. It's time for us to organise our communities to stand in solidarity with people everywhere who are calling for climate action and justice on many local and global issues. Bickering and in-fighting has not helped in our aims. It's time to find the common ground and work together to care for self, others, animals and the planet.

Empower Participatory Governance: Sociocracy Workshop

Saturday 30th Nov, 1:30-2:45pm

Main Hall

Erin Young

As a living framework for collaborative decision-making and holistic group governance, Sociocracy catalyses responsive, effective, transparent and equivalent communities. This introductory session will share the essentials of sociocracy and how it has helped ecovillages to functionally live their dreams.

What is my Higher Purpose? 

Saturday 30th Nov, 3:00-4:30pm

Main Hall

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre is a unique form of improvisational theatre that engages audiences around chosen issues or themes. Audience members who would like to contribute, are invited to share life experiences with assistance from the conductor. These experiences are then transformed into theatre by four actors and a musician using movement, music, and dialogue. Sit back and watch the magic of stories played back. Laugh, cry, be moved and maybe even get inspired to tell a story of your own. Participation is totally voluntary.

Solutions Presentations

Sunday 1st Dec, 10:40am-12:00pm

Main Hall

GEN Team and a range of presenters

Be inspired by change makers who are working on a diverse range of real-world, regeneration projects. Presenters will deliver five minute talks about the work they are doing in many different spheres. The regeneration is already underway. We just need to inspire the will to put the energy towards solutions. If you would like to share your regenerative project during this time, contact the organisers. Spaces are limited.

Closing Words of the Day

Friday 29th Nov, 4:45-5:00pm. Saturday 30th Nov 4:30-4:45pm

Main Hall

GEN team

This is a chance to come together after a day of sessions to consolidate learnings and re-connect as a large group before the evening activities. 

Potluck Community Dinner and Screening of 2040

Friday 29th Nov, 6:00-9:00pm

Main Hall

GEN Team

Bring a meal to share at 6pm for the community potluck dinner. The screening of the film 2040 starts at 7pm and will be followed by a post-film discussion. The film explores at what the world could be like in 2040 if we implement the solutions that are already available now. See the facebook event here.

Compassionate Communication (NVC)

Friday 29th Nov, 1:30-3:00pm

Main Hall

Jana Krins

This is a process that can powerfully heal and connect communities. It honours listening, awareness and effective expression. Blaming and shaming fade as relationships transform. Compassionate Communication (also called Non Violent Communication or NVC) is being taken up by groups and individuals all over the world as a profoundly useful tool in generating communication that connects rather than divides. 

Reconstruct the Concepts of Wealth, Work and Progress: PANEL 

Friday 29th Nov, 3:15-4:45pm

Main Hall

Hosted by Claire Ogden, panelists: Zachery Alexander, Ahri Tallon, Richard Mochelle

You start the journey by taking your own bags to the supermarket and the seed is planted. Eventually (maybe years later) you understand that capitalism has the world caught up in an existential feedback loop of inequality, exploitation and a culture of separation. How can we implement regenerative solutions that share the wealth rather than concentrate it into the hands of the mega rich? How can we thrive and carry out the work that makes our hearts sing? In crisis there is opportunity. The 'more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible', could be just around the corner if only we can to reconstruct the concepts of wealth, work and progress.

Coming Back to Life

Saturday 30th Nov, 10:40-11:55am

Main Hall

Joy Foley

Reconnect with nature, each other, and your feelings to empower and guide regenerative action. Explore “Deep Ecology" and "The Work that Reconnects” inspired by John Seed and Joanna Macy. Whether you are new to this work, have experienced or even facilitated it before, join us in this effective community practise of nature connection and empowerment. The workshop includes an adaptation of The Truth Mandala called "Dare2Care".

Engaging Stakeholders in Designs for the Future: PANEL

Saturday 30th Nov, 1:30-2:45pm

Main Hall

Shane Sylvanspring, Ahtee Chia and Neil Davidson

If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. It's not always easy to work with people who have different values, ideas or ways of working. Join the panelists for a conversation about how we can take projects from dream to reality in a way that incorporates the needs of direct and indirect players and the laws too.

Build Networks and Alliances Across Divides: PANEL

Sunday 1st Dec, 9:15-10:30am

Cattleman's Bar

Ahri Tallon (host), Ellen Walker, Bea Rogan, Ana Greenfield

Economic inequality has bought polarisation and division to a fever pitch in our society. How can we embrace diversity to build connections that make the community stronger? Join Ahri and the panel for an insightful discussion.

Closing Circle

Sunday 1st Dec, 3:00-4:00pm

Main Hall

Trudy Juriansz

Enjoy a reflective and joyous finish to the Emergence Convergence. This is a chance for each person to recognise their journey at the Emergence Convergence and celebrate the time shared and the new connections made. Trudy is an experienced facilitator who trains people in the GEN Ecovillage Design Education courses.

Dance with First Nations

Sunday 1st Dec, 12:00-12:10pm

Main Hall and across the counrty

Julie Townsend

Calling out around the world "are you ready for a brand new beat?" There is a call out across the country to dance with first nations people in solidarity. Join with us at Emergence Convergence and others who are dancing too in many places around Australia.

Crystal Waters Music Night

Saturday 30th Nov, 6:00pm

Crystal Waters Village Deck

Crystal Waters Community

Crystal Waters is a permaculture ecovillage established more than 30 years ago. People can carpool to Crystal Waters from the Maleny Showgrounds (25 minute drive). This event has an entrance fee of $15 and food available for an additional cost. Bring cash. 

 
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GEN International and the work of GENOA and The Areas of Regeneration

Trudy Juriansz

Trudy Juriansz is the Networking Director of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and one of the coordinators of its regional arms, GENOA (GEN Oceania Asia). She is an advocate of ecosystem restoration, ecovillage lifestyles and social enterprise. Trudy previously co-managed Belipola Sustainability Education Center, the world’s first Analog Forest site in Sri Lanka, and with her partner, set it up to be a flourishing education and training center, ecotourism site, community hub and social enterprise. She is an accredited trainer of Ecovillage Design Education, Analog Forestry (a design science for forest ecosystem restoration) and yoga, and she holds a graduate degree in Sustainability Education.  In addition, she has studied, practiced and taught permaculture and deep ecology for many years. Trudy’s ethics and values stem from deep ecology and bioregional communities. 

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Honouring Traditional Wisdom

Dominique Chen

Dominique Chen is a Kamilaroi woman with family connections to the Liverpool Plains region of central northern NSW. She has lived and worked in remote Aboriginal communities for over a decade and currently lectures in Aboriginal art, culture and socio-political histories at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. Dominique is a practicing artist and through her work and research, explores cross-cultural concepts of the environment and the way in which Indigenous ontologies can be applied within culturally contested notions of place.

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Compassionate Communication (NVC)

Jana Krins

Jana has been facilitating workshops, groups and mediation for over 10 years in Compassionate Communication (also called Non Violent Communication or NVC). Her own experience with living in a range of communities, plus a background in teaching, heighten her passion to share this liberating process.

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An Insight into Practical, Waste-free Living

Asher Bowen-Saunders

Meet Asher. For lack of a better label she is an environmental servant, creative activist, dance artist and earth lover dedicated to give everything she has to environmental preservation and restoration. She is also the creator of The Waste Free Way, a multifaceted approach to aiding peoples' transitions to waste free living. Armed with creativity, passion and years of experience living waste free, her vision is to inspire and educate others to lighten their footprint on this Planet while making the most of life, thriving and being happy. She hopes to help people align their lifestyles with their values, replace guilt with meaning and purpose and empower themselves with knowledge and critical thought. Website here: www.thewastefreeway.com

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Eco Villages Australia Talk and Tour

Andrew McLean

Andrew is passionate about community. He works full-time as a volunteer on all aspects of the fledgling Maleny ecovillage and running the non-profit organisation 'Eco Villages Australia' with Claire Ogden. His co-founder role includes accounting, building, cooking, planting, weeding advocating, welcoming, speaking, organising, administrating, fixing, plumbing, writing and many more tasks. A born story-teller, Andrew's tours are full of passion and humour. The tour is held on Friday and repeated on Saturday. For more information, visit www.ecovillages.com.au or email live@ecovillages.com.au.

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Reconstruct the Concepts of Wealth Work and Progress, Engage Actively to Protect Communities and Nature

Claire Ogden

Claire Ogden is a volunteer with the Global Ecovillage Network and event organiser of the Emergence Convergence 2019. Claire is co-director of Eco Villages Australia which is a non-profit organisation that holds land in perpetuity for affordable, community living in harmony with nature. Claire works full-time as a volunteer at the Maleny Eco Village which is the first, fledgling Eco Villages Australia project. Her background includes roles such as circus skills teacher, circus school owner, environmental activist, meeting facilitator, performer, university drama student, Green political candidate and generally enthusiastic human. For more information, visit www.ecovillages.com.au or email live@ecovillages.com.au.

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Landsharing Communities and their Role in the Climate Crisis

Shane Sylvanspring

Shane works as a town planner and is a long-time volunteer with Global Ecovillage Network. He has attended and run a number of GEN trainings and is a passionate advocate in the ecovillage movement in Australia. 

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Coming Back to Life

Joy Foley

Joy Foley is founder of Peace Valley - Australian Bush Retreat, a place to experience reconnection in a held and safe space. She has diverse experience from community building to creating organic gardens to off grid living and is passionate about building a better future for our great grandchildren. Read more about Joy and her work at https://peacevalleyau.org/founder

Fungi: The Superheroes of our Future

Sandra Tuszynska

Sandra Tuszynska is Woodfordia Inc's Environmental Projects Officer, a soil microbiologist and mycologist with a special interest in the ecology of and superpowers of fungi. Her PhD research focused on the cellular mechanisms of tree symbiotic root fungi and their ability to detoxify heavy metals. Sandra feels passionate about the power of fungi as nature’s feeders, decomposers, restorers, regenerators, protectors and innovators and hopes to inspire others to work with fungi in restoring the Earth.

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Empower Participatory Governance: Sociocracy Workshop

Erin Young

Erin Young helps purpose-led people and enterprise access tools to activate group intelligence to turn inspiration into positive impact. Collaborative decision-making and governance tools (Sociocracy) and holistic design for people systems (Social Permaculture) are her primary frameworks; all nature-inspired and informed. Erin is a consultant, trainer, mediator, and facilitator. She is a member of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons) from Brisbane's Griffith University (2004. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, Erin lives with her husband in a forest cottage within a regional community of practical creatives. 

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Reconstruct the Concepts of Wealth, Work and Progress

Richard Mochelle

Once an architect, Richard turned to environmental design and futures education (1980’s), then back to university to study moral and political philosophy, completing a PhD on global responsibility and world constitutionalism.  He later lectured at QUT in ethics and systems design and conducted workshops in ‘rurban’ (rural/urban) planning for long term sustainability.  He has led multiple groups from ages 8 to 80 in world futures visioning.  His current involvement – the Civiva Project – is engaging system transformers to co-constitute and birth a world service organization – an exemplar, new model, political economy to render the old obsolete.    

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Build Networks and Alliances Across Divides

Ana Greenfield

Ana has a lifetime of experience working with people from all walks of life. Her current role is community  development coordinator at Nambour Community Centre where she works with grass roots community, business and government to support change to build better communities.

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Conscious Cartooning

Marc Bright aka the Eco Joyologist

Marc has a naturally colourful disposition and a passion for inspiring people.  Marc has a wealth of experience over 25 years performing and presenting creative childrens and family eco entertainment at major festivals, schools and retreats. Marc's "conscious cartining-infoMurals", Mind maps story boards and workbooks provide hightly interactive atmosphere and uplif a broad range of participants. Marc's work to mentor and include young people in his local Biosphere Ambassadors community programs. Contact: spiritedbynatureprojects@gmail.com or 0402 447 317. 

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What is my Higher Purpose?

Playback Theatre

Brisbane Playback Theatre has been playing back stories for their Brisbane audiences since 1989.

 

We have collaborated with organisations such as Oxfam/ Alliance for Change, and BrisWest Centre,  to engage audiences in Community Conversations on such topics as ‘The Right to Refuge’,  ‘Fast Fashion, Slow Clothes’,  ’Transforming Violence’  and with activists from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Climate and Health Alliance to produce   ‘Climate Crisis and Me’.  Other themes for our shows have been ‘Mum’s the Word’ ‘Moments that Changed Me’ and ‘What’s Cooking?’.

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Engage Actively to Protect Communities and Nature

Kathryn Hyman

Kathryn Hyman has been part of the OSCAR (Organisation Sunshine Coast Association of Residents) executive for several years and is President of Twin Waters West & Surrounds Inc (TWWS).

 

Her experience within OSCAR as the peak residents body for the Sunshine Coast has developed a regional perspective of issues arising across the coast from a planning perspective.

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Engage Actively to Protect Communities and Nature

Gemma Wright

A lover of nature, Gemma has sought to understand and contribute to empowered, practical and creative change-making. Having worked on the ground closely with community conservation, as well as with community groups, NGO’s, councils, state government and private business, on environmental programmes and causes, science communication, cultural capability and policy. Gemma also runs the Sunshine Coast Environment Network (SCEN) on Facebook, filling the gap as a space for open communication about caring for country, without the organisational politics.

Gemma’s focus more recently has been around creative communication of big ideas, problems and solutions. Directing the Sunshine Coast AELA Earth Arts Festival in 2018 and creating an art installation for Floating Land 2016 have been creative projects of love. Over the last few years Gemma has studied and emerged as a Kinesiologist, allowing her to help people be the change they want to see in the world, and giving her space to change-make in ways she is inspired to.

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Engage Stakeholders in Designs for the Future

Ahtee Chia

Ahtee has been involved in designing climate responsive and energy efficient buildings from houses, schools, factories, housing estates, multi-storey buildings, resorts and more for over 45 years. He has undertaken post graduate courses in urban planning, social ecology, transpersonal psychology, spiritual science and practice, and permaculture to extend his interest in the sustainable social and ecological aspects of human settlements.  He is also an ecovillage consultant helping intentional communities with master planning and building design, and smooth their way through the maze of regulations towards success.

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Centring and Deep Listening

Ian Draaisma

Ian teaches Hatha Yoga with awareness of the multiplicity of body, speech and mind, his dynamic style incorporating awareness, movement, breath, insight, gentleness and strength.  He has many teachers who include, Peter and Sue Hockey, Claudia Mangiamele (Mangala Yoga and Dance);  Norma Smith (Teacher Trainer);  Richard Liddicut (Yoga and Ink Brush Calligraphy);  Moria Mac (Reiki);  Lobsang Tendar (Tibetan Buddhism) and Khima Dharma (Meditation).  Ian has been influenced by Krishnamacharya and his son, Desikachar as well as the Tibetan Yoga Masters and Tibetan Heart Yoga.  In 2003 Ian qualified as a Reiki “Master” in the Usui Shiki Ryoho Healing System, and has Shiatzu experience and practice.  This training provides him with some understanding of the mechanics of asana and the interrelationship of breath and body.  Ian holds a Bachelor of Social Work from RMIT University and has experience with the Social System, in particular Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Youth Homelessness, and the payment criteria area.  He is also a trained musician (singer and guitarist) who performs professionally.

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Empowerment and Action

Robin Clayfield

Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer and international educator, group facilitator, ceremony guide and ‘best selling’ author specialising in Social Permaculture, creative, interactive facilitation, teacher training and group leadership. She has lived and breathed Permaculture, Deep Ecology and social change for over 35 years.
Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage has been her home for over 31 years and she consults and facilitates for focused groups, intentional communities, organisations, social enterprises and individuals globally. Robin supports people and groups who work for 'the solution' to be more effective, successful and empowered through harvesting solutions, fostering collaboration and using 'Dynamic Group' work and creative problem solving.
www.dynamicgroups.com.au

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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