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Past Events - 2012

Friday 6th January, 7.30 pm (6 pm for Bellbunya dinner)

An Urban Ecovillage...

Meet Jim Schenk from Enright Ecovillage and enjoy his presentation about the journey and workings of an urban ecovillage in Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA.

Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage seeks to be an ecologically responsible community, sharing ideas, resources and a reverence for Earth.

From their website:
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage (ERUEV) is a community of people fostering a sustainable urban neighborhood that promotes social and economic well-being while contributing to the preservation of our planet. We are located in Price Hill, near downtown Cincinnati, Ohio; building a new way of life on the foundations of this beautiful historic area (affordable homes, the acres of forest that surround the ridge and a traditionally strong sense of community) to create a healthier, more sustainable neighborhood.

Treat yourself and stay overnight with us in Bellbunya's comfortable twin-share accommodation. $45 single $60 twin, dinner, breakfast, morning tea $15 pp.

When: Friday evening 6th January 6 pm for dinner, 7.30 pm for talk

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Cost: Dinner -suggested $10 donation. Ecovillage talk by donation

Enquiries: Chris on 5447 0181, or by email

Australia Day Breakfast at Bellbunya 26 January 7.30 am to 10 am

After-the-event report: A community breakfast for neighbours and local friends. The rain stopped for the morning and we all had a sit-down breakfast and lots of chat in the dining room, followed by a walk-around of the property.

February 2012

Introduction to Permaculture Friday February 10th to Sunday 12th

with Dick Copeman, Bunya Halasz and Gavin Hardy from Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane. (read their bios here)

A perfect opportunity to learn from this crew of deeply experienced permaculture teachers.

These three days provide an overview of Permaculture, its beginnings and journey. Participants will be introduced to the laws of ecology, permaculture design principles, zones and sectors, as well as an understanding of patterns and their application, the process of design and sustainable housing.

This course is prerequisite for the 10-day intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course to be held following on at Bellbunya, in two blocks over 10 days(details below). 

When: 9 am - 4.30 pm (each day) 
WhereBellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park
Cost: $270 for 3 days, or $100/day. (This payment is included as part of the total price of the PDC in February).  Includes delicious vegetarian lunch and morning and afternoon teas each day . 
Good value accommodation and other meals available. Please enquire.
Enquiries: Joan or Karyn on 07 5447 0181 or by 

Community Based Permaculture Design Certificate Course: 

Friday 10th to Thursday 16th February and Tuesday 28th February to Sunday 4th March

Bellbunya Mist

with Dick Copeman, Bunya Halasz, Gavin Hardy, Tim Auld and Tim Lang from Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane (read their bios here)

With 5 experienced Permaculture trainers from Northy Street City Farm and a great teacher/student ratio, this Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is ideal for people interested in exploring sustainability, farm planning or living on the land.

Thirteen days of both theory and experiential learning, building on the foundation of the introductory weekend (see above). You will gain a thorough understanding of permaculture principles and practice, beginning with a tour of local permaculture properties in various stages of development. 

Five permaculture trainers with many decades of combined experience, means lots of valuable one-on-one time and a course that you will remember for a lifetime.  Bellbunya as a location offers great scope for seeing ideas being put to practical use,and what's more it has great facilities for running this course!  

The course covers topics such as:  
    Permaculture design principles, incorporating a real design project
    Water use, re-use, capture and flows; 
    Trees in the system, their care and identification
    Soils, compost, worm-farming
    Animals in a system
    Appropriate technologies, sustainable housing
    No-dig gardens, vegetable gardening
    Seed saving and propagation
    Weeds, pests, diseases
    Building a locl permaculture community

Farm Ready Funding Available for Farm Managers: This course has been approved for FarmReady funding. This means that if you are a farm manager you may be eligible for a subsidy of 65% of course costs plus $500 towards food and accommodation. Details on their web-site:

When: 13 day course across two time blocks (course includes introduction to permaculture): Friday Feb 10 to Thursday Feb 16; Tuesday Feb 28 to Sunday March 4,  9 am to 4.30 pm daily
WhereBellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park
Cost: $2300 total including Introduction to Permaculture weekend (above).  Fully catered, primarilly organic, delicious vegetarian food is $520 for the full course, or $300 for day-time meals of lunch and morning and afternoon teas.  Accommodation to suit all budgets is available, please enquire.
Partial scholarships:  A small number of scholarships are available, if you'd love to do the course but can't afford the full fees, please talk to us about the possibility of a partial scholarship, LETS and exchanges.
Enquiries: Joan or Karyn on 07 5447 0181 or by email:

Learn Feng Shui Module 1 over three weekends: 25/26 February; 24/25 March; 14/15 April

By signing up for my Feng Shui course you will

  • Learn how to decorate your home the feng shui way 
  • Know how to select a fortunate property 
  • See why some locations are better than others 
  • Understand how you home affects your life 
  • DIY your home or become a professional consultant 
  • Learn to use the Feng Shui Compass

When: Sat & Sun. Feb 25/26, March 24/25, April 14/15,  9.30am - 5.00pm 

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park (10 min west of Eumundi) 

Accommodation, Saturday dinner/Sunday breakfast available at Bellbunya at affordable rates. Please contact Bellbunya directly.

Investment: $960 (normally $1200) (includes Manual and Course Certificate) 

Booking and or phone George on 0417 369 788

March 2012

The Love Feast: Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April

Sacred Union LabrynthFriday 30th March from 5 pm to Sunday 1st April at  5pm

with Robin Clayfield and Mark Healy

A weekend retreat for ♥ Couples ♥ Lovers ♥ Friends ♥ Co-workers ♥ Family Members ♥ Anyone who seeks to dive deeper into creating and strengthening the foundations for a loving, enduring, joyous relationship.

Ideal if you're embarking on a new relationship or connection and also for for a long term relationship that needs revitalising.
♥ a two day immersion in Sacred Union, creative processes and deep honouring
♥ a ‘road map’ for conscious relating and longevity for any type of relationship
♥ an ‘audit’ of self and relationship
♥ an everlasting process that sets the foundation for clarity, honesty and transparency with ease and support
♥ a sacred pathway for divine connection through time and across space
♥ a foundation to always come back to
♥ space to focus, honour and share with each other and go deeply within
♥ powerful tools for the journey of life

Robin Clayfield is an author, facilitator, trainer, musician and grandma. Robin has a passion for creative facilitation, ceremony, empowerment work, Permaculture, Deep Ecology and community co-operation. She is delighting in sacred union and the divine dance of relationship with Mark. she feels strongly to share the gifts that are birthed through their connection and their commitment to dive deeply and transparently into the 

fullness and richness of LOVE, hand in hand with beloved in us all.

Mark Healy is a self-confessed 'pure joy advocate'. Mark is a breath therapist, lover of deep connection, facilitator and organiser of men's work, creator of labyrinths and sacred journeys, gardener, designer and installation artist. Mark is passionate about connecting people with nature through the love of gardening with shapes and symbols and walking the sacred path called life. He is the father of 7 children and a few extras and is committed to divine union with Robin and himself.

NOTEIt is important to come with your partner or someone you are prepared to share and dive deeply with. We will be immersed from 5 pm Friday till 5 pm Sunday in a nurturing, honouring, gentle, luscious, creative and sacred environment.

When: Friday 5 pm to Sunday 5 pm, 30 March to 1 April

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Cost: $480 (waged) or $380 (concession). Includes twin rooms with beds pushed together if desired (only 2 double beds available) plus delicious nutritious vegetarian food and a Saturday evening feast. Please bring yummy healthy treats to share.

Enquiries and bookings: Robin -   07 5494 4707     Mark -  0407 042 405

April 2012

The Intelligent Heart/ New Soul Tech Weekend Workshops 

Upcoming weekends: 18/19 February, 10/11 March, 14/15 April

with Gabriele Fröhlich, MD, Networking and Conflict Resolution,

Do you sometimes …..

° have a fear of being abandoned?

° have a strong need to be confirmed by others?

° feel obliged to help others ( neglecting your own needs in the process)?

° have difficulty making decisions?

° are afraid of change or of exploring new things?

° are afraid of other people’s anger?

° feel a strong need to be in control of everything?

° think in terms of “all or nothing”?

° find it difficult to have spontaneous fun?

Then this workshop is exactly right for you!

Here you learn strategies for developing an “intelligent heart”, in order to be able to deal with such difficulties in an adequate way! This can be serious business at times, and quite a lot of fun at other times – whatever is right for you at that time!  You will get in touch with your “Inner Child”, who may have been waiting for you already for a very long time!

Some problems are easier to transform in a group – particularly when you notice that we’re all sitting in the same boat!

For a better understanding of these psychodynamic processes it is useful to read Chapter 1 ( ) on the Intelligent Heart Model. You can go by the headlines and read only the sections that interest you particularly.


Choose one or two items from the list above that you identify as something you wish to work on during the workshop. Reading Chapter 1 is useful but not necessary for attending the workshop: other info and testimonials:

*** No children can be present at any time during the workshop ***

Looking forward to seeing you at the Workshop!

Gabriele is available for individual coaching sessions concerning these or other life issues, also long distance by phone or skype (

When: Saturday/ Sunday, 18/19 February, 10/11 March, 14/15 April, 10 am to 6 pm each day

Where:  Bellbunya Community Hall, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Cost: $ 300 for the weekend, Sat/ Sun

* The commitment is for both workshops days and the non-refundable amount to be paid in full in advance 

*  a reduced rate ($200) exists for workshop attendance in conjunction with a block of 10 individual sessions by phone or skype over a maximum of 10 weeks ($ 1000 in total)

Meals and Accommodation: Bring a plate to share for lunch both days. 

Accommodation and Saturday dinner/Sunday breakfast can be arranged directly with Bellbunya

Bookings and enquiries: Gabriele on email: or Phone 08-9467 7687

Introduction to Permaculture: Friday to Sunday April 20-22 POSTPONED

Friday 20th at 7 pm to Sunday 22nd at 5 pm

Spend a weekend at Bellbunya Community and immerse yourself in learning about growing your own food the permaculture way. You'll be introduced to the basics of permaculture theory, see permaculture in practice and can ask all your questions of experienced permaculturists Bunya and Tim.

Bunya Halasz has 15 years experience as a Permaculture Designer, Market Gardener and Landscaper. He has worked as an Environmental Educator since the completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Science degree in 2004 – including 5 years as a tutor and course convenor in a range of Permaculture Design Courses and Accredited Permaculture Training Programmes at Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane. Along with colleagues, Bunya has developed the Yoga/Permaculture/Art Retreat Series “Growing Roots” (see next weekend at Bellbunya).

Tim Lang is a consultant offering Permaculture design, implementation and education services. After several years working as a horticulturist in the nursery and landscape industry Tim got involved in Permaculture in the early 1990s. He has experience in natural area management, farm forestry, organic gardening and community development.  Tim has learned his Permaculture skills and applied his knowledge in various climatic zones in many rural and urban contexts both in Australia and abroad and is an Accredited Permaculture Trainer.

When: from 7 pm Friday (earlier dinner) to 5 pm Sunday

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park (11 km olong Kenilworth Rd from Eumundi turnoff)

Cost: $330 includes tuition plus 2 nights twin share accommodation and vegetarian meals

Contact: Joan 07 5447 0181 or

April-May 2012

Growing Roots Retreat ~ permaculture, yoga & weaving: Friday to Sunday April 27-29

Friday 27th at 10 am to Sunday 29th at 3 pm

Patterns in Nature

Come to Bellbunya for a nourishing weekend of Interconnectedness. In this Autumn retreat we will focus on Cool Season Vegetable Gardening, getting our hands dirty building a no-dig garden, explore edible weeds in the landscape and incorporate them in a sub-tropical cooking workshop.  We'll use coconut leaf to make garden hats and Cats Claw to make baskets. 

The Facilitators - Growing Roots is co-created by a team of trained Oki-Do Yoga Instructors and Shiatsu Practitioners who have a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Bunya Halasz works as an ecologist and Permaculture Practitioner. Will Bulmer is an Intern Psycologist and Deep Ecology Facilitator. Anaheke Metua facilitates Weaving and Environmental Art Projects. 

We are honoured on this weekend to have the guidance of Gavin and Kaori Leeman from the Bellbunya Community. Their interest and expertise lies in Yoga and Aikido movements. therapeutic yoga, macrobiotics, herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Both Kaori and Gavin have studied and practiced in both Australia and Japan.

When: 10 am Friday to 3 pm Sunday

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park (11 km olong Kenilworth Rd from Eumundi turnoff)

Cost: $250 plus donation for facilitators 

Contact: Bunya 0415 147 999

Build Your Own Cob Oven: Saturday to Sunday May 5-6

Saturday 5th from 10 am to Sunday 6th at 4pm

A hands-on weekend workshop to show you how to build your own cob (earth) oven from go to whoa. You'll take away comprehensive (supplied) notes and a wealth of knowledge gained from having done it yourself with skilled guidance from a highly experienced practitioner.

Linda McKee has been building with Cob for almost 20 years , having been taught by Ianto Evans from Oregon's Cob Cottage Company. Through workshops, she has  have constructed around 70 cob ovens at many Community garden sites & private homes around SE Qld & Northern NSW. For the past 18 years she has taught Permaculture  at various Community gardens in Brisbane, and for 5 years, managed Edible Landscapes Permaculture Nursery at Northey Street City Farm.

When: 10 am Saturday to 4 pm Sunday + extra night option

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park (11 km olong Kenilworth Rd from Eumundi turnoff)

Cost: $290 includes tuition plus 1 night twin share accommodation and vegetarian meals or $330 if you would like to stay on an extra night after the workshop, incl. dinner and breakfast

Contact: Karyn 07 5447 0181   or

Bake Your Own Sourdough Bread: Sunday May 6

Sunday 6th from 10 am to 4.30 pm

Peggy Bollmann is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and experienced cook and sourdough bread maker. Early on in her training as a health practitioner, Peggy was introduced to the old saying: "with healthy food, medicine is of no need, without healthy food, medicine is of no use".
This has naturally led her to combine health education and food eduction, aiming to both inspire people about healthy eating as well as teaching them hands-on kitchen skills required to produce yummy meals while leading busy lives.

When: 10 am to 4.30 pm Sunday

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park (11 km olong Kenilworth Rd from Eumundi turnoff)

Cost: $135 includes tuition, sourdough starter, lunch and snacks. Affordable and comfortable twin share accommodation is available if you would like to incorporate this workshop in a weekend away.

Bring: your own NON METAL bowl and stirrer

Contact: Joan 07 5447 0181   or

Japanese Living Yoga - Daily ran for all of 2011 and finished in May 2012

(every day except Sunday)

Relax, gain flexibility, strengthen your core, energise and centre yourself at the start of your day. Let our qualified yoga instructors, Gavin and Kaori, guide you towards greater balance and strength in body, mind and spirit. Classes are suitable for all ages and skill levels.

When: 7 am to 8 am, daily (except Sundays)
Where: Bellbunya Hall, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
Dress: Comfortable
Cost: First class free, then $10 one class, $50 one week, $150 one month
Contact: Gavin or Kaori on 5447 0181 or email:

Yoga At Bellbunya - in a holding pattern in early 2013 until Bec is available again

Join our qualified and experienced Vinyasa Flow teacher, Bec, as she leads you and invigorating and energising Yoga practice. Practising Sun Salutations, Warrior poses, and working slowly towards more advanced postures and inversions, these classes are suitable for people of all ages, yoga experience and fitness.Held at our beautiful property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, we are only ten minutes from Eumundi and thirty minutes from Noosa. 

Class cost: $10; OR 
New to Bellbunya? 
Two weeks (8 classes for $20) 
No need to book, just show up!
When: Tuesday 7-8am, Thursday 7-8am, Friday 7-8am, Sunday 8.30am - 9.45am
Contact Bec on (07) 5447 0181 for more information 

Bellbunya also welcomes yoga teachers looking for a tranquil venue from which to run Teacher Trainings and retreats. We offer a range of comfortable accommodation and full organic catering is available on request. 

What's going on around the place? @ February 2012

The Green Journey Events Calendar lists loads of workshops and events happening around the Sunshine Coast and SE Queensland for those interested in sustainability, the environment, permaculture and healthy living. There are plenty of free workshops listed, with lots of fantastic learning opportunities. Why not stay at Bellbunya while you are up and extend your learning and sharing in an informal, friendly way?

Yandina Community Garden has regular and FREE Saturday morning workshops on subjects ranging from using tropical vegetables, to worms, to basket weaving to biochar. Check out the Yandina Farmers Market first and wander over for the 9.30 start (but come earlier for a seat). Well worth attending! Workshops are listed in the Green Journey Events Calendar.

Permaculture Noosa hold meetings every third Thursday of the month at the Memorial Hall, Maple St, Cooroy (next to the RSL) from 7.00pm. It starts with a Marketplace selling members' produce and products, speakers begin around 7.30 with supper (for a gold coin donation) at 9.00pm. It is a free meeting, open to the public. For further info phone Judith, Ph 5471 1892.


Transition Town Nambour ( have a regular stall at The Big Pineapple, Woombye, on Saturdays. They are also presenting big picture person NICOLE FOSS on Thurs 9th Feb, 5.30 pm. Ph 5442 2118 or 0438 562 118 for more information.

Crystal Waters Eco Village  ( is set in 650 acres of bushland at the headwaters of the Mary River, only 26kms from Maleny. The privately owned village includes residential and cooperatively owned commercial properties designed along Permaculture principles, and is home to a wide variety of local flora and fauna. The Crystal Waters Community Cooperative is the social and economic arm of the village management and provides facilities for visitors to participate in and experience the village life.