This is a call to come together as a community and positively shape this world we share. Together we can direct the internal vitality, strength and compassion that we have cultivated in our personal practice towards a whole-life spiritual practice.
This is Intelligent Living. And we invite you to join us!
Every two months we will shine a light on a new social or environmental issue, and together lean into causes that we feel deeply passionate about supporting. Intelligent Living education events run on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month. You can be a regular, or just join for the topics you are most interested in. This series is FREE for everyone in our extended community, friends and family are welcome to attend and participate. All events are held at our city studio unless otherwise noted.
Coming up in September we start learning about the many secrets of the soil we live on, and how we can restore, revitalise and sustain its diversity and health…
Secrets of the Soil
Come together to positively shape our world
Our richest resource on earth may be just beneath our feet. Healthy soil with a rich and complex micro-ecology is host to billions of organisms and microorganisms essential for the health of plants and animals. Rich living soil translates to nutrient rich plants and foods. The health of foods grown organically in rich living soil directly impacts human health – in particular our gut microbiome. Healthy soil also sequesters carbon, holds and filters water, replenishes aquifers, mitigates both drought and floods, prevents erosion and helps cool the planet through increased transpiration.
Join us to learn more about how soil health has an important and immense impact on human and planetary health.
All events will be held at our City Studio.
The Expert Educator session will also be available on Livestream and recorded.
Expert Educators: Wed 1 SEPTEMBER | 7:30pm
– Nat Giffney
Nat is an educator and lover of compost, soil health, organic food production, microbes and the organics circular economy. She is passionate about the role soil can play in climate change mitigation and the links between soil health and human health. She runs workshops on composting, works with students teaching them to grow and harvest organic fruit and vegetables and works directly with organic growers and home gardeners to cultivate microbial ecology for soil, plant and human health.
Nat Giffney will be sharing her passion for compost, soil health and the role soil can play in mitigating climate change to launch the series Secrets of the Soil.
Movie Night: Wed 15 SEPTEMBER | 7:30pm
– Kiss The Ground
Kiss the Ground is a documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on a new, old approach to farming called regenerative agriculture that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
Ink & Ideas Book Discussion: Wed 6 OCTOBER | 7.30pm
– The Hidden Half of Nature by David B. Montgomery
Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health – for people and for plants – depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. The Hidden Half of Nature tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut.
Community Conversation: Wed 20 October | 7.30pm
After spending 2 months digging into the life-supporting secrets of the soil, let’s come together to strengthen what we’ve learned, share insights and new habits, open our hearts and our minds to new perspectives and move forward along this path together.
How Intelligent Living Works
Intelligent Living education events run on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month. There will be four events on each topic, to help us learn and process ideas in different ways. These events are…
The Expert Educators
We’ll bring some of the best educators into our studio to help frame the topic, expand your thinking, grow your skills and feel confident to dive into the conversation.
It’s a great chance to connect with a like-minded community who want to learn, support and make a positive difference to the world around us.
Discover meaningful steps and interventions that you can take to enact change both individually and as a community.
The Movie Night
We’ll bring the popcorn and cushions, let’s have an old fashioned movie night!
There are so many good movies and documentaries around that can help us to see, experience and learn in a way that might speak to us more powerfully.
Our home is your home, so feel free to bring your pj’s and favourite beanbag.
The Ink & Ideas Bookclub
Team members from Power Living Adelaide will host a book club of sorts. It’s a chance for you to dive a little deeper on a topic, hear what ideas jumped off the pages for other people, and leave a little wiser for it.
Of course to participate deeply you’ll want to read the book first (we’ll have some copies available in our bookstore). We’ll have some highlights and questions to ask the group, feel free to prepare the same.
The Community Conversation
After two months of active learning on climate change we open the floor for reflection, discussion, emotion and action.
This will be a gently guided conversation by the Power Living team. You are encouraged to participate respectfully at any level that feels appropriate. Expect some moments of confusion, moments of enlightenment, moments of laughter… it’s a free flowing conversation after-all.
This series has been significantly inspired by the program of Shift Australia and makes use of their high quality education resources.
Shift run 28 day courses in activism. We’d encourage those that want to learn skills and connect with a like-minded community to take advantage of these free courses and resources. Click here for the link to their next round of courses.
Our unique series has been designed with feedback from our Power Living Adelaide community, particularly those at the Ocean Love talk in Feb 2020.
We don’t promote any particular world view other than that of seeking broad education, being humble enough to recognise that we all have our blindspots, and to be guided by compassion in all actions.