Archive for September, 2010

Saturday 20th (9.30am) – Sunday 21st November (3pm) 2010

This two day residential workshop for will introduce participants to the principles of mudbrick, cob and other forms of earth construction. You will develop an understanding and appreciation for the use of unfired earth as a building material. This will incorporate a brief history of earth construction as well as current design principles and technologies. There will be an emphasis on how to create healthy and energy efficient earth buildings with climate responsive design.

This workshop has a theoretical component as well as a hands-on section involving construction by participants of an earth based structure. The format will give a deeper understanding of the philosophies and techniques discussed in the teaching sessions.

Facilitator Peter Hickson is a builder who specialises in earth building in the Shoalhaven area. Peter has completed over fifty earth projects in the 25 years he has been working in the construction industry. He has been conducting earth building workshops for 9 years, has written many articles and presented papers on earth building. He has served for many years on the committee of the Earth Building Association of Australia and is currently President of EBAA.

Cost is $545 (earlybird $495 by 18 October). Includes materials, workshop notes, organic vegetarian meals and twin share accommodation in a bushland setting. Investment if arranging own accommodation or if living locally is $495 (earlybird $445 by 18 October). Fr full details contact gudhara@bigpond.com

Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary Inc. is a not for profit organization running weekend residential workshops and retreats on sustainability and spirituality at various locations in the Southern Highlands south of Sydney. 


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Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city

This 2-day conference to be held on October 7-8 2010 at the University of Canberra brings together representatives of different forms of community gardening practices in Australia to share knowledge, promote dialogue and assess best practice.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Myles Bremner from the United Kingdom – Trustee of Sustain (UK) and Chief Executive of Garden Organic
  • Keith Colls – President of Canberra Organic Growers Society
  • Costa Georgiadis – from SBS television’s ‘Costa’s Garden Odyssey’
  • Phil Harris – Professor in Sustainable Agriculture and Head of International Development at the University of Coventry, UK
  • Andre Leu – Chair of Organic Federation of Australia and Deputy Chair of International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
  • Senator Christine Milne (Greens) TBC
  • Neil Savery – Chief Planning Executive, ACT Planning and Land Authority and an Adjunct Professor in Urban Design with the University of Canberra

Where and when?

October 7-8, 2010, NATSEM Building (Building 24), University of Canberra

For full details or to register visit the website

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