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Intelligent Living Archives

Every two months we hone in on a new topic that is important to us, our community and the environment. As a group, we learn to live more intelligently with the world around us and take skillful action towards a better future.

Secrets of the Soil

September & October 2021

Expert Educators: 1 Sept 2021

– Nat Giffney joined us in the studio to share her knowledge on compost and soil health, and the role soil can play in mitigating climate change
Approx 18 people attended in person and 34 joined us via Livestream.

Movie Night:
–  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. 
21 people joined us in studio.

Ink & Ideas:

– 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.

13 people joined us in studio.

Community Conversation

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.

12 people joined us in studio.

 

PRIORITY ACTION

 

Participants were encouraged to create their own home compost and learnt how to maximise the compost juice for their garden and share with neighbours. Composting can also become a cornerstone for community connection and 

A strong emphasis on planting seeds and enriching soil during Spring and not removing weeds to promote soil health and diversity.

 

A deep learning of how and where our food is grown and the importance of soil health and diversity for our gut health.  Smarter and calmer choices about food preparation and where we buy it from.

 

 

Connecting To Nature

July & August 2021

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

 
May & June 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

 
March & April 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

 
March & April 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