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AWOL

is a family-built learning & living environment where we are exploring our intergenerational opportunities.

We offer holistic workshops and residential experiences of all kinds.

EVENTS

Winter Solstice Celebrations

June 20, 2019

Join us in celebrating the transition from darkness back into light, saying farewell to the long nights and welcoming the increasing daylight hours. Reconnecting with our ancestral traditions and collectively creating something meaningful, together.


Please feel free to bring your loved ones.

We ask that you bring some nourishing Winter food and/or drink to share. Think about the foods and drinks that evoke Winter to you...

As we are all creating this event together - if you have something to offer the group, please do so - it could be a tradition or ritual for the Winter Solstice or something else.

Depending on the weather we may be cosy inside with the wood fires on or we may be dancing under the stars with a small bonfire.


What can you offer to help make it a wonderful celebration?
What do you need to make it meaningful for you?

AWOL Tour for Harvest Festival

April 27, 2019

We will guide you through an in-depth tour of the property, starting with the broader landscape which we are situated in, through to the household, garden and living systems which enable us to thrive with little monetary expense.

 

We will demonstrate how to make a rocket stove from a salvaged patio heater - enabling you to cook (like on a hot plate) with just a few sticks.

 

We will show you through both houses - the newer cottage is a solar passive house built with a lot of salvaged materials and the older house is mid renovation, making it more comfortable and functional with a very tiny budget.

There's also the veggie garden, orchard, chickens, turkeys, bees, backyard gardens, larder, cellar (in the making) and more...

The magical Herstory of food - let us re-discover together

March 09, 2019

Add Event DAre you also (like us) wondering where humanity got so lost? Where we lost our connection to nature, to wildness, to the seasons and all that is truly life sustaining...

We intend to gather monthly to share food and stories, maybe a book reading or craft or knowledge of our food ancestors and magical cooking adventures. It is up to us, collectively to decide how we use the time together.

Please feel free to invite others who may be interested in the conversation, we would like to know numbers, so please let us know.

Bring a nourishing plate to share if you can. Tea from the garden will be on offer. Please carpool if you can.


After reading these articles, a need was felt for gathering, discussing and re-learning together.

https://gathervictoria.com/2017/03/10/the-herstory-of-food-gone-missing/

https://gathervictoria.com/2017/11/14/rewilding-eco-feminism-the-reclaimation-of-magic/

If you have a few quite moments to (re)read the articles before gathering, please do...etails here

Autumn Equinox Celebrations

March 19, 2019

Come join us to mark the changing of the seasons.

Celebrate the Summer that has been, indulge in the abundant harvests of the season, look ahead to the Winter that is coming.

We encourage you to bring Autumnal food and drink to share, and maybe a story, poem, music or Autumnal ritual to share around the fire.

The magical Herstory of food - let us re-discover together

April 13, 2019

Are you also (like us) wondering where humanity got so lost? Where we lost our connection to nature, to wildness, to the seasons and all that is truly life sustaining...

We intend to gather monthly to share food and stories, maybe a book reading or craft or knowledge of our food ancestors and magical cooking adventures. It is up to us, collectively to decide how we use the time together.

Please feel free to invite others who may be interested in the conversation, we would like to know numbers, so please let us know.

Bring a nourishing plate to share if you can. Tea from the garden will be on offer. Please carpool if you can.


After reading these articles, a need was felt for gathering, discussing and re-learning together.

https://gathervictoria.com/2017/03/10/the-herstory-of-food-gone-missing/

https://gathervictoria.com/2017/11/14/rewilding-eco-feminism-the-reclaimation-of-magic/

If you have a few quite moments to (re)read the articles before gathering, please do...etails here

Permaculture Foundations with Ruby, Samantha and Frank

March 01, 2019

What is permaculture really about? Is it just gardening? Or is it a mindset that helps us to enrich our lives? 

During this experiential workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore the thinking behind permaculture and other related approaches. 

We intend for each of us to leave the weekend with renewed inspiration, resolve and pathways for applying permaculture thinking to everyday life.

Spring Equinox Celebrations

September 22, 2018

Add Event Details heCome celebrate the Spring Equinox together :)

Things are slowly waking back up around here, bulbs, wattles, fruit trees, bees, lizards... such a lovely time of year full of hope and promise of the coming warm seasons.

Please bring food and drink to share. You might also like to bring something that says Spring to you and anything else that will make the celebration great for you ... music, craft, dance, games, tarot...

We will be outside (unless the weather is horrid) with bonfire and bbq. Bring your friends and family xxre

Winter Solstice Celebrations

June 20, 2018

This Winter Solstice we (Pip n Ted and Sam n Frank) are hoping to celebrate Winter Solstice with you. Collectively creating something meaningful and wonderful.


So far, there is talk of fire, music, dancing, nature based meditation, reflection time, Winter crafts, weaving, storytelling, cooking, rooster preparing...

Plus glorious Winter food - pumpkin soup, fire cider, Winter teas, baked apples, stew, citrus, homegrown rooster...



Join us in celebrating the transition from darkness back into light, when the daylight hours are increasing again. Reconnecting with our ancestral traditions and .


The event is very open - please bring your loved ones.
We only ask that you bring some food or drink to share and offer something to the group if you feel inspired to do so.


What can you offer to help make it a wonderful celebration?
What do you need to make it meaningful for you?

Biotanima Flow

May 19, 2018

Join Samantha Hawker and Ellyn Bicknell for an afternoon filled with:
- Earth connection meditation
- Self directed movement practice
- Partner assisted yoga
- Self reflection 
- Sharing circle
- Communal cooking
- Sharing a meal
In the beautiful property of AWOL (Another Way Of Living) Just outside of Canberra in Wamboin.

Free to attend but if you are able to, we ask you to make a small contribution towards the food that we are sharing.

Please let us know if you are intending to come so we can estimate numbers.

Much love,
Samantha and Ellyn

Triple Tablelands Tour – AWOL, Roogulli Farm, Caroola Farm

This tour provides you with practical examples of what works in our cold climate (with hot dry summers) from a sustainable building and integrated farming perspective. We travel from the Wamboin escarpment, through Bywong to the eastern side of the great dividing range, looking at the diversity of integrated permaculture food production and simple living activities can be achieved on small scale, poor soil and low rainfall farms.

Social Permaculture Course at AWOL in Wamboin (only 25mins from Canberra immediately after the APC.

 

Dates:6pm Friday 20 April til 5pm Sunday 22 April
Venue: AWOL, Another Way Of Living, Wamboin, NSW

Teachers:  Robin-clayfield Robina-mccurdy

SOCIAL PERMACULTURE can be viewed as the application of permaculture principles and design methodology to the creation of a sustainable society. It is at the cutting edge of permaculture, and your tutors are pioneers in this field..

Permaculture Principles become especially valuable and inspiring when used to design our groups, learning environments and social systems. When groups work effectively and harmoniously together towards the aims and purpose of the group, our world and the environment benefits and so does each individual. Robin has pioneered Social Permaculture around the world and brings her passion for creating deep change through effective, dynamic group work and co-operation between groups. Robina has considerable experience in using social permaculture as the core foundation of her landuse design consultancies, from housing clusters in ecovillages, to outdoor classrooms in school yards. Her facilitation is always aimed at building community.

On this transformational personal and collective adventure, we will co-create a culture that engages, enables and empowers, whilst embracing diversity and deepening connections. The wisdom of the group will help shape our learnings, through the cross fertilisation of best practices. You will leave this course with a deep understanding of how groups function and a packed solutions-based facilitation toolbox to apply in your community development work.

This workshop is based at AWOL: Another Way of Living, a family-built learning and living environment  where the residents are playing with their intergenerational opportunities.

Topics include:

  • Using the Principles of Permaculture and how they apply to social change

  • Fluency in using Permaculture Principles for social permaculture design and people care

  • Interactive experience and communication

  • Building group effectiveness and supporting the purpose of the group

  • Group Dynamics and Groupwork skills

  • Motivation and confidence to act for change and be involved in group activities

Teacher training Course at AWOL in Wamboin by Dynamics Groups (only 25mins from Canberra) immediately after the APC.

 

Dates:Monday 23th April till Lunchtime Saturday 28th April
Venue: AWOL, Another Way Of Living, Wamboin, NSW

Teachers:  Robin-clayfield

The course equips people with the understanding and skills of what is ‘best practice’, ‘leading edge’ learning and facilitation methods through immersion and practical hands on experiences.

It models and creatively empowers participants to create their own Dynamic Groups through putting together all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of what is important and often essential for effective learning and group work to be successful. This aspect probably makes it the most holistic learning methodology around.

A huge ‘toolbox’ is built and expands throughout the course, full of creative processes, ‘glue processes’, all kinds of appropriate and useful processes.

The things that really set it apart from other learning methodologies and courses is the interactive learning environment, the creative processes and the underlying commitment to the empowerment of every person and the group as a whole.

Robin Clayfield is an internationally acclaimed facilitator, educator, author and social change practitioner who regularly facilitates courses in Australia and overseas. She is best known for training and coaching a diverse cross-section of leaders, facilitators and educators to effectively engage their audiences through creative, interactive processes and innovative learning models.

This workshop is based at AWOL: Another Way of Living, a family-built learning and living environment  where the residents are playing with their intergenerational opportunities.

Topics include:

  • Foundational principles and ethics

  • Goal setting and group needs

  • Setting the learning environment

  • Left/right brain integration

  • Group and personal empowerment

  • Trust building in groups

  • Cycles and patterns of learning

  • And much more

Teacher training Course at AWOL in Wamboin by Dynamics Groups (only 25mins from Canberra) immediately after the APC.

 

Dates:Monday 23th April till Lunchtime Saturday 28th April
Venue: AWOL, Another Way Of Living, Wamboin, NSW

Teachers:  Robin-clayfield

The course equips people with the understanding and skills of what is ‘best practice’, ‘leading edge’ learning and facilitation methods through immersion and practical hands on experiences.

It models and creatively empowers participants to create their own Dynamic Groups through putting together all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of what is important and often essential for effective learning and group work to be successful. This aspect probably makes it the most holistic learning methodology around.

A huge ‘toolbox’ is built and expands throughout the course, full of creative processes, ‘glue processes’, all kinds of appropriate and useful processes.

The things that really set it apart from other learning methodologies and courses is the interactive learning environment, the creative processes and the underlying commitment to the empowerment of every person and the group as a whole.

Robin Clayfield is an internationally acclaimed facilitator, educator, author and social change practitioner who regularly facilitates courses in Australia and overseas. She is best known for training and coaching a diverse cross-section of leaders, facilitators and educators to effectively engage their audiences through creative, interactive processes and innovative learning models.

This workshop is based at AWOL: Another Way of Living, a family-built learning and living environment  where the residents are playing with their intergenerational opportunities.

Topics include:

  • Foundational principles and ethics

  • Goal setting and group needs

  • Setting the learning environment

  • Left/right brain integration

  • Group and personal empowerment

  • Trust building in groups

  • Cycles and patterns of learning

  • And much more

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