Connecting To Nature:
July & August 2021

Educator Jack Buckskin joined us for a great night of education, insight and perspective on connecting to people, time and place. Watch the full video below.


Expert Educators: Filmed 7 July 2021
– Jack Buckskin,a proud Kaurna and Narungga man who has dedicated his life to learning and passing on his knowledge and language of the Adelaide Plains to future generations of Kaurna people.
Approx 98 people attended in person and 86 joined us via Livestream.

Movie Night:
– My Octopus Teacher
This was cancelled due to lockdown in SA, however many people chose to watch the movie themselves at home!

Ink & Ideas & Community Conversation
Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom and Intelligence of the Forest by Suzanne Simmard combined with community conversation on how we connected to nature over the last 2 months. These two events were combined due to restrictions.
Approx 20 people joined us and we had great conversation around spiritual connection to land.

In Full Bloom Day Retreat at Papershell Farm

19 guests travelled down to Aldinga on a beautiful Winter’s day to learn how to spiritually connect with the living world, via guided practices and techniques. We planted over 200 seeds, learnt how to care for land, undertook traditional spiritual ecology meditations and shared our connections with each other. We set an intention on moving forward and offered them into a ceremonial fire, cementing our future daily skillful action towards living in harmony with nature.

Priority Action:

Taking conscious time each day to connect with the living world around you. The spiritual ecology sphere asks humans to emotionally interact and attune to the natural world in the hopes that we remember we are not separate from nature. Ideas included silent bushwalking, touching trees, listening to birds, walking bare foot on the ground, remembering child hood landscapes, making mandalas with local flora, caring for vegetables, planting seeds and contributing to the nature’s abundance.

By attuning to the natural world, really listening, there becomes an innate desire to live in harmony and reverence with all living things, possibly our biggest armour in combating the climate crisis.

You’re the Voice:
the power of community solutions and action: May & Jun 2021


Expert Educators: Filmed 5 May 2021
– Jess Scully, author of “Glimpses of Utopia: real ideas for a fairer world”, and Deputy Lord Mayor Sydney City Council
Approx 30 people in studio and 20 via livestream

Movie Night:
– Nowtopia & Velo Visionaries – short film fest
Approx 20 people in attendance with good discussions throughout.

Ink & Ideas Book Discussion:
Glimpses of Utopia, Real Ideas for a Fairer World by Jess Scully
Approx 15 people in attendance.

Community Conversation & LETTER WRITING NIGHT:
– Craig Wilkins of Conservation SA
Approx 20 people attended. Approx 25 letters written on the night asking for action on Adelaides tree canopy protection.

Priority Action:

Reaching out to your local council, MP’s and Federal representatives is easier and more effective than you might think.
Avoid the autofil email campaigns but email or handwrite your own message.

The cause that we got behind was improving protections for Adelaide’s tree canopy cover. Calling on the Planning Minister Vickie Chapman MP and others to adopt the recommendations of the report ” A call to action: protecting Adelaide’s tree canopy cover”. You can read about it here.

Climate Change: Mar & Apr 2021


Expert Educators: Filmed 3 Mar 2021
Craig Wilkins (CEO of Conservation SA) and Allegra Van-Sebille (Coordinator, School Strike 4 Climate SA Chapter). Approx 35 people attended in studio, 25 via livestream.

Movie Night:
– A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough. Approx 35 people attended in studio

Ink & Ideas Book Discussion:
– “Hope in Hell; A decade to confront the climate emergency” by Jonathon Porritt. Approx 10 people attended.

Community Conversation:
– approx 20-25 people attended- organised ourselves to take action.

Priority Action:

Divesting your superannuation and banking from fossil fuel industry

  • With our community we created over 100 divestment actions. Approximating $30k per action that’s over $3M divested from polluting industries and invested into funds that actively support renewables.
  • Need some education as to why? Checkout www.acf.org.au/superpower to learn about the impact of superannuation funds in Australia. Look up www.marketforces.org.au to see how your super and bank compares.
  • Ready to make a change? It’s radically easy (5-10mins) to complete the switch of funds.

Political Activism

Guest Speakers: David Speirs MP (State MP for Environment) and Councillor Robert Simms (Adelaide City Council)

Actions WE Can Take

Personal Behaviour Change

  • Build a relationship with your local member of parliament (aim for 2-3 connections per year)
  • Sign up to organisations like Australian Conservation Fund, Wilderness Society, Greenpeace for updates and info
  • Check out “The Conversation” as a science and evidence-based source of news.

Community Behaviour Change

  • Have a difficult conversation with someone in your circle who you know shares different views to you. See if you can find common ground and build greater understanding.

Community Activism

  • Divest your money from banks, superannuation funds, or shares that invest in fossil fuels
  • Call out contradictions or green-washing by companies that you use or interact with (eg Santos sponsoring Tour Down Under)

Systems Activism

  • Contact your local MP with specific requests or concerns around policy (they are surprisingly accessible)

Indigenous Voices

Dr Chris Wilson is an archaeologist and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology & Indigenous Australian Studies at Flinders University.

Actions WE Can Take

Personal Behaviour Change

Education: Read Dark Emu, Watch Stan Grant

Community Behaviour Change

Offer acknowledgement of country

About the talk:

Chris walked us through his journey as the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archeology, speaking to some of the support and mentoring he received, some of the cultural barriers that are present and to the current BLM movement.

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