Workshops & events
in sustainability, biological growing, waste-free living & holistic health
We love to bring people together because life is much richer when we connect and share information. That's why we facilitate workshops, collaborate with others and host guest speakers.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Living Smart community sustainability course
18 August - 22 September 2020, @ Augusta Margaret River Shire,
Facilitated by Laura Bailey, hosted by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Do you want to leave a lighter footprint? Simplify your lifestyle & enjoy more of the good stuff? Save money & our environment at the same time? Connect with like-minded others in your community? If yes to any of these, then Living Smart is for you!
Living Smart is an holistic 7 session sustainability course for adults (16+). Through hands-on practical activities, presentations & guest speakers we look at ways to live healthier lifestyles, grow our own food, reduce our power, water & waste, create fabulous compost & make our own chemical-free household cleaners. During our sessions you will meet inspirational locals sharing their sustainability journeys, and of course the knowledge & experience you bring is invaluable too!
This award-winning 7 session course runs over 6 weeks from 5:30pm - 8pm, starting Tuesday 18 August, & includes a daytime local field trip.
This community sustainability program is hosted by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River & the only cost to you for 7 sessions is $100 + booking fee! Please book early to avoid disappointment, as places on this popular course sold out within days last course. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainability-course-tickets-115156476120
What participants say about Living Smart: http://livingsmart.org.au/living-smart-video-what-participants-have-to-say/
The Living Smart program is coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see www.livingsmart.org.au. You can also email the facilitator Laura at if you have any questions.
Regenerative Masterclass with Graeme Hand
Sunday 16 February 2020, 9am - 3pm, Rosa Brook
To celebrate National Regenerative Agriculture Day 2020, Margaret River Organic Farmer are hosting a special workshop with internationally esteemed consultant and educator Graeme Hand.
Graeme runs one of Australia’s most respected holistic land management and training consultancies, based in Victoria. He uses and shares proven, environmentally beneficial agricultural practices to regenerate and sustain profitable farms, their families and communities.
What many of us landholders & small farmers need is one-on-one advice on how to increase soil, animal, pasture & economical health in our own specific contexts. But hiring a consultant of Graeme's calibre is just not something that's not always financially viable! This unique small group REGENERATIVE MASTERCLASS presents a golden opportunity to progress in a meaningful yet cost effective way.
Going beyond a usual chalk-and-talk presentation format, the content of this workshop will be tailored to the small group of attendees. To ensure you get the most out of the day, each participant will be offered an advance opportunity to nominate topics and issues you’d like to discuss.
We will also do some practical work in the paddocks at Margaret River Organic Farmer where we’ve run our beef cattle & open range laying hens under a regenerative grazing model for 5 years.
Tickets are EXTREMELY limited & include delicious farm-fresh, home-cooked lunch, morning & afternoon teas. You can find out more about Graeme at www.handfortheland.com.
Waterwise Wicking Bed Workshops
30 November - 1 December 2019, @ Margaret River Organic Farmer
Facilitated by Laura Bailey, hosted by Transition Margaret River.
Learn how to make successful waterwise wicking beds & grow incredible edibles! Options for all backyards, all budgets. 3 free informative & practical two hour workshops will explore how to make successful waterwise wicking beds. You'll discover a self-contained raised bed solution for you; whether you're renting, have limited space, have grass or trees competing with your veg or are just tired of constant watering!
The difference with wicking beds is the built-in reservoir which supplies water from the bottom up, getting moisture straight to the roots, where plants really need it & reducing evaporation! We’ll also cover other secrets to vege growing success, like compost and crop rotations.
Workshops will be held in Rosa Brook & facilitated by Laura Bailey of Margaret River Organic Farmer who has been experimenting with wicking beds for years. The Water Connection is a project of Transition Margaret River with Giant Light Steps Environmental Stewardship Alliance, supported by Nature Conservation Margaret River Region and a grant from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Matthew Evans: 'how to be an ethical omnivore'
Saturday 13 July, @ Stay Margaret River
To celebrate the launch of Margaret River Organic Farmer’s high-welfare meat range, we welcome Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans to the South West.
Matthew will discuss his new book ‘On Eating Meat’ in conversation with Sally Gray ND, of Real Healthy Kids; sharing truths about meat production and the ethics of eating it. The book will be available for purchase and author signing thanks to the Margaret River Bookshop.
Join us to meet Matthew and explore the need for greater understanding, respect and transparency around the food we eat and where it comes from.
‘ON EATING MEAT’ REVIEWS
‘Compelling, illuminating and often confronting, ‘On Eating Meat’ is a brilliant blend of a gastronome's passion with forensic research into the sources of the meat we eat. Matthew Evans brings his unflinching honesty and a farmer's hands-on experience to the question of how to be an ethical carnivore.’ Hugh Mackay
‘This is the most important food book I’ve read in years. Not just for meat lovers or vegans, it should be read by anyone who eats food. When I finished this book I felt informed, connected and empowered to make better decisions about how I shop, cook and eat.’ Alex Elliott-Howery, Cornersmith
ABOUT MATTHEW EVANS
Matthew trained as a chef and worked as a high-profile restaurant critic, then threw it all away to become a smallholder in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. He lives and works on Fat Pig Farm, where the pigs free-range, heritage apples ripen on ancient trees, where he has a small market garden and tries to entice milk from two recalcitrant dairy cows. Visitors can visit the farm and taste the fruit of these labours, whilst dining at Fat Pig’s kitchen – southern Tasmania’s first farm to table restaurant.
Matthew is the presenter of the Gourmet Farmer series, on SBS, which is in its sixth season, including a spin off series, Gourmet Farmer Afloat. He is also the presenter of two documentaries, What’s the Catch, an eye-opening documentary into the truth behind Australia’s seafood and For the Love of Meat, focusing on Australia’s meat industry.
Matthew is the author of a dozen books on food. In 2019 Matthew's releasing his ethical meat manifesto, On Eating Meat as well as a beautiful new cookbook The Commons, exploring the joys of farm life over the seasons. When not milking, writing, cooking, agitating or farming, Matthew is going to teach his son to fish.
ABOUT SALLY GRAY
Our favourite local Neuroscience Naturopath, Sally is an empowerment coach, specialising in restoring resilience at the core. Her business realhealthykids.com is all about creating vibrant healthy families. For many years Sally led the local chapter of The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in food, farming and the healing arts.
Native Bee Hotel Making
Friday 12 July, @ Rosa Brook Hall
Join us in the July school holidays for these fun, family-friendly workshops to:
- discover the importance of native bees in our environment
- find out how to attract native bees to your garden (the bonuses are beautiful diverse flowers & more productive fruit & veg!)
- create an upcycled NATIVE BEE HOTEL for your garden - more bee-friendly & successful than the ones in shops!
Your hands-on 2 hour workshop will include an informative 20 minute talk followed by the Bee Hotel creating activity. It is aimed at 5 to 105 year olds. All materials are supplied & you will take home your Bee Hotel. We're dedicated to making biodiversity education accessible to all, so tickets are only $5 per person (plus GST + booking fee).
WHY NATIVE BEES?
When we think of pollinators, our minds jump to the European honeybee. But there are many other insects that pollinate plants, including over 800 different species of WA local bees that have been here for millenia! Native Bees are special; they're solitary, shy and stingless. They're also MASTER POLLINATORS; crucial to healthy ecosystems in our backyards, bushland & forests. And they need a hand with habitat!
"I've been an avid gardener for over 30 years and I'm amazed that I didn't know about native bees this whole time. Thank you Tracy for your wonderful talk and opening up a whole new exciting element to my gardening. I'm going to go and design my bee hotel and I can't wait for Spring". ~ Beth
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
After a sell-out Native Bee seminar last year, WA's 'Queen of the Native Bees' Tracy Lansdell returns to Margaret River by popular demand! Tracy is a natural medicine practitioner & passionate gardener who has been educating people how to care for bees in their gardens since 2013. She says 'once you discover these incredible little bee-ings in your backyard you will fall in love with them as much as I have.'
Fermented Food & Drinks for Good Gut Health
Saturday 13 July, @ Rosa Brook Hall
Learn the art of fermentation & how easy it is to make a range of delicious energising functional ferments in your own home. GUT GURU Tracy Lansdell from Green Tree Naturopathy will empower us to help heal our 'second brain' with nourishing fresh foods & drinks that contain beneficial nutrients, enzymes & acids to improve digestion, increase energy and boost immunity.
Choose from these 3 workshops:
1. Morning: GUT HEALTH & LACTO-FERMENTATION WORKSHOP
2. Afternoon: KOMBUCHA CLASS
3. All day: FERMENTING MASTERCLASS: a fun-filled Saturday, including all of the above!
Whichever workshop you select, you'll receive:
A nourishing ferment to take home
Step by Step instruction books & hands-on experience of fermenting
Taste testing of a variety of fermented food & drink blends
Informative handouts & the confidence to make successful ferments at home
An enhanced appreciation for the role that probiotic foods & drinks play in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Tracy is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience in natural health and medicine. She runs regular fermenting and gut health workshops and her clinic has a strong focus on improving the gut function and microbiome health of her clients. www.greentreenaturopathy.com.au
Living Smart community sustainability course
17 October - 28 November 2019, @ Busselton Community Resource Centre,
Facilitated by Laura Bailey, hosted by the City of Busselton.