We've just updated the event description to include all the workshops happening on the weekend and our last editions to the musical line up.
There are only 2 more spots left for the week long practical workshops ($500). First round registrations ($125) for the weekend action party end on Sunday 13th March. Final round registrations ($150) until the 24th March. There will be no gate sales so make sure you register now:
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We invite you to join us for our annual Grounded Gathering in 2017 at a very special site located in the lush rainforest surrounds of Bellthorpe, a little over 1 hour from Brisbane city.
Our Grounded Gathering is split in to two parts; a week long event consisting of five days of practical hands-on permaculture workshops for a small group of participants that want to immerse themselves in project-based education, followed by a weekend party with bunch of cool cats incorporating music and permaculture action!
This is not a music festival, or a festival in anyway. It is a gathering of a group of people that believe in and are living permaculture to the best of their ability. A group of people that love to party, but are looking to party with a purpose. We are moving away from the 'leave no trace' and 'reducing environmental impact' concepts, we want to leave a trace and increase our environmental impact in ways that better serve our great mother and ourselves. We have all been involved in the transformational festival world for many years, and it has been a catalyst for the evolution of our thoughts, words and actions. Rather than trying to throw the coolest party we can, and then try and make it 'sustainable', we are from the onset, planning, designing and creating this concept with the ethics and principles of permaculture guiding every decision we make.
We hope you can join us for our annual gathering this March.
Practical Workshops (19th-24th):
When working and living on the land, the list of things to do is never ending. Grounded works in partnership with landholders to develop infrastructure onsite that serves not only our Gathering, but the site thereafter. Below is a list of workshops that will be happening for the small group of participants during the week. There will also be many talks, workshops and permaculture action held over the weekend.
Permaculture Ethics, Principles, History & Philosophy (w/ Rupert Faust)
This is a theoretical class in the high level conceptual context of Permaculture. Too often people get caught up in this technique or that technique, but the reality is that any technique, whether it be food forests or composting is not necessarily permaculture if it doesn't adhere to the ethics and principles. This workshop is designed to give participants and introduction and appreciation for the high level stuff that can then feed into all applied techniques.
Natural Building (w/ Graham Stewart)
This will involve the construction of a pizza oven, a hands on, fun and dirty workshop that will teach you the basics of cob making! Graham Steward is a retired an renewed engineer, science teach and scout leader who loves igniting the spark of wonder in people when it comes to the phenomena of the natural world.
Stone Masonry (w/ Lee Keeland)
The magical fairy garden that is more a living art piece than a normal garden, has been slowly evolving over the last 30 years. There are lots of intricate stone walls and steps and we will be spending time with accomplished Stone Mason Lee Keeland (from KeeStone Masonry) to continue the intricate stone work in the garden.
Forest Management (w/ Steve Macarthur
Connected to the property for the last 30 years, Steve has been managing the broad acre reforestation of what was once a cleared cow paddock with a few big gums. With no grazing animals on the site, an average annual rainfall of 1200mm, the site naturally wants to return to rainforest. With a background as an arborist Steve will show participants his forest management methods including ring barking and tree climbing.
Bush Foods (Focusing on Finger Limes w/ Simon Manson)
With a strong focus on native revegetation and management on the site, we are working with Simon Manson from Gourmet Limes to plant out a bunch of finger limes. A connoisseur of all things plant and soil related, Simon is the founder of Gourmet Limes and supplies many of the commercial nurseries with their plant stock. As this particular project is not commercial focused, Simon will be bringing a wide variety of finger limes and sharing some of his own contentious opinions on some of the issues arising from the need to maintain global food supply in a sustainable manner with the human population in a exponential growth phase.
Cultivating your Group Ecology (w/ Young Erin)
Functional groups are the key to getting things done. By understanding the types of ‘characters’ commonly appearing in groups and organisations, and the patterns of energy shaping group interactions, we’re able to utilise the gifts and balance the challenges. This empowers a group to be more effective, transparent and equivalent in achieving their goals, and ultimately achieve a deep functionality so that visions and ideas can actualise to make a difference in this world. This workshop provides an experiential and interactive insight to understanding the personalities in groups and organisations, how to utilise their strengths, support their challenges, and help them get what they need to be empowered and effective in collectively achieving the group’s dreams and visions.
Fermentation (w/ @Nina Gartrell)
Fermentation and preservation of food when in abundance is an age old process that has been around as long as agriculture. This hands on workshop will have participants making bulk ferments for the weekend action party!
Alternative Gardens (w/ Richie Fambro aka GypsyFingerz)
Focusing on floating and vertical gardens, this workshop will have you challenging your imagination and technical skills. A expert in breaking things down and building things up, Richie knows whats up and how to make people get down. A staunch supporter of the Grounded concept since we launched in 2016, we are stoked to have Richie on board again for 2017.
Plant Trees and Party with (24th-26th):
Then when the weekend rolls in, we like to party with a purpose, build our trace, and leave a positive impact on our environment. Our 2017 edition will see us clearing some lantana and planting out a lot of natives (including lots of finger limes), to continue the amazing re-vegetation work that's been happening on the site over the last 30 years.
The general flow of the weekend is Permaculture Action in the morning, talks and workshop in the arvo, and music at night. We've enlisted a solid bunch of people who make music and believe in the power of permaculture to share their sounds as well as many talks and workshops to keep the mind, heart, body and soul nourished.
Formidable Vegetable Sound Systemhttps://soundcloud.com/formidablevegetable
Afrogalactic (Ben Ahern)
Avi & The Uprising
Mal Webb music & Kylie Morrigen
MaRz Rhythmik StaRz
Native Bones (Craig Weribone-wright)
Weekend talks and workshops:
Composting w/ Richie Fambro
Life Hacks, Tips'n Tricks w/ Jason Slack-Smith
Mushroom Abundance w/ James' Gibon
Appropriate Tech w/ Luke Reade
Intentional Planting w/ Bushtekniq
Social Permaculture w/ Erin Young
Yogurt & Vegan Cheese w/ Belinda Noonan
Healing Power of Dirt w/ Dhaniella Cat
Permaculture: A Rymers Manual w/ Charlie Mgee
Beatboxing w/ Mal Webb
The entire event is fully catered with tasty home grown and cooked produce included in the registration price. By operating a common kitchen that will be pretty much vegan and waste free we put everyone on the same level and can ensure we resonate on the same frequency.
- This gathering is strictly limited in capacity, so make sure you register sooner rather than later!
- There will be no gate sales, if you haven't registered before the event you will be turned away. As this event is fully catered we need to know exact numbers before the weekend to accommodate everyone. We thank you for your understanding.
- Detailed instructions on how to get to the site will be provided to those who register prior to the event.
- Participants will need to bring their own camping gear. ... See more
Only 4 spots left for our week long immersive starting in two weeks. Hope you can join us. Any questions please ask. :)
We are excited to share with you the detaiis of our week long immersive workshop program as part of Grounded Gathering 2017. If you want to know who will be facilitating each aspect please check the event description.
There are only 4 spots left! If you've been contemplating this, now is the time to get off the fence and jump in the deep end. Custom designed for those interesting in up-skilling and reconnecting with country, community and culture.
$500 for 5 days of in depth practical workshops, and then 3 days of music, talks, power-ups, and permaculture action! Now that's how we like to party. All meals included in the price, this really is the best value this side of the great divide for both education and entertainment combined... edutainment, if you like.
And of course if you can't spare that much cash or time, come to the weekend action party! We hope you can join us for what is going to be an incredible ride.
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