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Sunday 11th December 2011

FREE Feng Shui Workshop

Master George Bennis invites to participate in the transformation of the  Bellbunya Community through a Feng Shui Design Process.

During this fascinating free workshop series a number of the community buildings in  Bellbunya will undergo a Classical Feng Shui assessment and renovation process.

The energy patterns in buildings have a profound impact on the experience of the people in that space. You will be encouraged to actively participate in the renovation and design process, through a series of  hands-on, energy-shifting practicum, to be held after the initial assessment. In this way you will be able  experience and feel the transformation of the buildings.

Learn
    •    How to map the energy patterns in buildings
    •    The importance of time and space in building design
    •    The role of male and female energies in  a home
    •    How to design, decorate and renovate with feng shui
    •    How to  sense the chi pattern in a building
    •    Know how the energy pattern affects people lives
    •    What role the environment plays 



Saturday 10th December 2011

Healing and Energy Balancing ~ with Gabriele Engstrom

Gabriele's love for wholistic health, science and spirituality has made her a unique healer & energy worker. Through meditation, gentle movement and biofeedback Gabriele will assist you to get in touch with your passion and release energy blockages that hinder you in your growth.

Relax and energise for the holiday season. Connect with your passion in preparation for 2012!

This nurturing day begins at 9.30 am with the first session and finishes after the third one, at 4.30 or 5 pm. During the day, when not in a session, you will be able to enjoy the relaxing and healing atmosphere of Bellbunya, as well as delicious morning and afternoon teas and nourishing lunch.

To give the greatest benefit, this special day is open to a very limited number so please book soon to avoid disappointment.








Friday October 28 to Sunday October 30, 2011

Weaving Words of Wisdom

An invitation to align your inner voice with the work you want to do in the world 

Have you something you wish to say?
Do you struggle to find the words to give your vision form in the world?
Do you struggle to turn the dryness of  bureaucracy and administrivia into magic?

The act of weaving in certain Indigenous cultures was seen as a deeply spiritual act. The patterns often had profound significance and represented sacred symbols. Stories and energy would be integrated into their work, and the ‘weavers’ would see their task as literally weaving the world into existence. This is the inspiration behind the title and theme of this unique workshop. 

This workshop will:
 - take you on a journey into your heart
 - guide you back into the world of action with skills and greater clarity
 - allow you to have a deeper sense of purpose
 - develop the skills to align this inner sense with our world’s work

Our world needs every voice to advocate for rich and inclusive futures.  We need every one with a passion to be able to speak their truth from the heart. The pain of feeling silenced is part of the Earth’s pain. The joy of speaking one’s Truth is part of the global healing process.  Come take the time with us to simply go within and find the balance between our heart’s centre and the world we work for.

The weekend will weave together a triad of processes: Yoga, Meditation and Writing.

This is a fundraiser in partnership with FuturesEvocative, Bellbunya Eco Retreat Centre and the Sacred Chef for an Ananda Marga School being built in India.


Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23, 2011

'The Love Feast' Retreat

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







Friday October 14 to Sunday October 16, 2011

Growing Roots: ~Patterns in Nature~

Our Inaugural Bellbunya Growing Roots Retreat will feature Oki Do Yoga, Aikido, Chi Gung and Shiatsu massage practices supported by nourishing springtime macrobiotic meals. We will embark upon the construction of the subtropical food and fibre forest, planting out abanana circle guild and build in-garden composting systems. 'Weva Deva' Anaheke Metua, will guide us in the art of coconut leaf weaving and provide you with the opportunity to make your own hat and basket.

We are honoured on this weekend to have the guidance of Gavin and Kaori Leeman from the Bellbunya Community. Gavin's passion lies in the connection between Yoga and Aikido movements. Kaori will share her experiences distilled through her study of therapeutic yoga, macrobiotics, herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Both Kaori and Gavin have studied and practiced their healing arts in both Australia and Japan.










Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9, 2011

Nia and Ayurveda Weekend Retreat

to just be, move, relax & recharge

Nia blends the spirit of healing arts, dance and martial arts to creat mindful, expressive movement for all ages and illness levels, teaching people to move with Dynamic Ease through every aspect of life.

What to expect
• spend a weekend away in the beautiful natural surroundings of Bellbunya Eco Retreat
• Give your body a welcome break from sitting at the computer with flowing movements to uplifting music
• Nourish yourself with healthy and yummy food and learn how to prepare it at home
• Explore how India’s ancient health  science of Ayurveda can improve your health & wellbeing  
• Enjoy the company of likeminded people, meditate, gaze into the camp fire, re-connect to yourself and others 

"Nia is both therapeutic and enjoyable.  The movements feel natural and open up insights and feelings that will make you feel like you are discovering yourself in a new way.”   
                Dr Bernie Siegel MD - Author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

The retreat is facilitated by Susanne McAllister & Peggy Bollmann.  Susanne is a qualified counselor, hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and Nia Teacher, who has 25 years of experience in holistic health care to share. Peggy is a qualified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant and Therapist who is passionate about helping people use healthy food & lifestyle choices to foster health rather than battle disease. 









Saturday 3 September and Sunday October 2, 2011

Bellbunya Sustainable Community invites you to get informed...

Fracking in our backyard

4pm - Screening of the film ‘Gasland’
6pm - Refreshment break
6.30pm - Drew Hutton’s short documentary ‘Lock the Gate - the Queensland Coal Gas Situation’
7pm - Latest on the Sunshine Coast - Talk by Lock the Gate representative
7.30pm - Q&A session
(Free tour of Bellbunya Sustainable Community - 2.30pm)

Gasland portrays the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history that has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? And what is happening now, in our own backyards?

Venue: Bellbunya Eco-Conference Centre
114 Browns Rd, Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi - directions here)
Entry: $5 donation, with organic refreshments and finger food available for purchase
(Overnight accommodation available, please inquire)
Please bring a torch
RSVP two days prior: (07) 5447 0181 or contact@bellbunya.org.au or complete the participant registration form

Do you receive information from GetUp? Their current advertising campaign has a great little video about people's feeling about CSG and fracking. Have a look.

Sponsored by Sustainable Living Association Inc


Saturday 3rd Septmber and Sunday 2nd October, 2011

Walk and Talk at Bellbunya Community!

 

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?

Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established almost 3 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings for new community members.

Being part of this community is ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live a more sustaining and more rewarding lifestyle, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers innumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Community Tour - open to everyone!
Tour, Q&A, and stay on for the Gasland screening.



Sunday 2nd October, 2011

Feng Shui workshop - the first in a series

"Hi, I’m inviting you to come and participate in the transformation  of the  Bellbunya Community through a Feng Shui Design Process."

During this fascinating free workshop series a number of the community buildings in  Bellbunya will undergo a Classical Feng Shui assessment and renovation process.

The energy patterns in buildings have a profound impact on the experience of the people in that space. You will be encouraged to actively participate in the renovation and design process, through a series of  hands-on, energy-shifting practicum, to be held after the initial assessment. In this way you will be able  experience and feel the transformation of the buildings. 

Learn:
* How to map the energy patterns in buildings
* The importance of time and space in building design
* The role of male and female energies in  a home
* How to design, decorate and renovate with feng shui
* How to  sense the chi pattern in a building
* Know how the energy pattern affects people lives
* What role the environment plays  



Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August, 2011

Not-for-profit ‘Association for Sustainable Communities’
invites all interested parties to participate in a conversation…

The journey from sustainable building to ‘biological’ homes
 
Investigate new building techniques and materials
Share your skills and inspirations
Meet and network with your peers
Tell us about your project or business
Tour Bellbunya Sustainable Community
 
This is an open conversation, facilitated as needed, dependent on participants’ interest and input.

We are delighted to be hosting Koen Roels for this event, visiting from France (http://ecologicalconstruct.free.fr) and we are looking forward to his inspirations and input.
 
A hands-on opportunity after the event (the creation of a small hempcrete wall) may be possible, depending on level of interest. Please let us know if this is something you would like to see happen and participate in.


Sunday 7 August to Monday 8 August

Natural Leadership

There is a new paradigm emerging in leadership today that recognises the natural world as teacher and guide. It is based on the way in which living systems evolve as interconnected webs of life. This understanding invites us to cultivate a deeper relationship to the natural world, ourselves, and each other. We become active partners of evolving life, co-creating with Earth and each other, to cultivate a world of difference.

Natural Leadership will use experiential processes to re-member who we truly are and so perceive our own unique Leadership story.

In relationship with others, workshop processes will support participants to become aware of the interconnectedness of all of life, to listen deeply, share wisely and reflect authentically. Natural leadership will prepare the ground for seeds of change in participants, so that working collaboratively and with confidence in their unique gifts, they develop their capacity to lead change in the family, community and work place. They develop a greater facility to generate sustainability outcomes in the world.

Much of the workshop will be held outside in the natural world, and participants will need to dress accordingly. We suggest layers, a good raincoat and practical footwear, with thick socks or ugg boots for indoors.


Friday July 1 to Saturday July 2, 2011

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?

Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 2 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings for new community members.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days
Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge for those participating in working bee or Cob Sampler. Bookings essential.

Saturday 4 June, 2011

Cob Building ~ Clay Rendering Workshop

If you missed out so far, don't despair - you can feel the earth move this time!

You are invited to a hands-on clay rendering workshop, the final stage in construction of this unique cob building...

We are trying to finish the little building before winter, so the little hobbit from the forest can move in.

Cob is an ancient, simple and yet extremely versatile and beautiful building method. The main tools are your hands and feet, whilst the materials are earth and straw. Cob has stood the test of time - with many European cob cottages that are hundreds of years old. In Yemen, cob has even been used to build 10 story buildings. Cob is simple, very forgiving and very manual. Cob removes building from the experts and gives it the people - it's great for groups of people to work on together. Without any machinery noise or dangerous tools, children and adults can work side by side and have fun, whilst creating from cob.

Come along to help finish the building of the little shed, while learning all about this timeless building method, have some fun in the mud and get to know some like-minded people. Tell your friends, too, but book soon - numbers limited to 10 cobbers. Children welcome, but limited to total of 5.


Saturday June 4, 2011

Bellbunya Community Sampler - following on from 'Joy for Japan'

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?

Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established just over 2 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings for new community members.

Living here is ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live a more sustaining and more rewarding lifestyle, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Community Tour - open to everyone!


Friday June 3 to Saturday June 4, 2011

Joy for Japan!

~a family-friendly and alcohol-free event~

A special Music in the Raw production in the spirit of Universal Relief and the wonderful Harmony for Haiti evening held last February. Again we're partnering with Ananda Kamala Maleny as well as DoodleJam, and our collective efforts will support AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team).

Join us on Friday evening for an enchanting alchemy of delicious vegetarian Japanese food, the sublime music and playful painting. And if you choose to stay the night, you can enjoy Japanese yoga, breakfast and spirit lifts*, then segue into a Bellbunya community experience or even engage in some Cob building! (see below).

Authentic and lovingly prepared Japanese dinner and breakfast will be served. Let your creativity flow onto shared canvas with DoodleJam's generous support.  Enjoy music from The Roshambos (formerly Cat Magic) , Trinkets and Honey, Nicholas Ng (Jianwen) and samjanna and Japanese living yoga is a regular offering here at Bellbunya - please join us.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS!! Joining our stellar musical lineup are KIM CUNIO and HEATHER LEE. And what's more, the NEW WORLD RHYTHM CHOIR will also be here. Be prepared for a fantastic concert!

*on offer are a dinner menu of soba noodles, tempura, sushi and Japanese dessert, and on Saturday Japanese treats including a soul-soothing ginger compress (bring 3 towels), origami art and play, henna Kanji tatoos and more

When: Friday afternoon June 3 to Saturday morning June 4
Friday afternoon/evening
5 pm       Doodle Jamming and Dinner
7.30 pm  Concert
Saturday morning
7 am       Japanese Living Yoga
8.30 am  Japanese Breakfast
10 am     Japanese Spirit Lifts


Friday May 27 to Monday May 30, 2011

The Unlimited Mind

Come on an amazing journey with Paul and Jaylee Balch, of self discovery and transformation through dissolving the barriers that have held you back from being all that you are. Take time to free yourself from the craziness of your busy everyday life and allow your mind, body and soul to awaken and rejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  

In this program you will be guided to awaken your unlimited potential and taught: *Knowledge from the Ancient Mystery Schools *Activate your Kundalini life-force impeccably * Explore altered states of consciousness * Awaken your intuition & subtle senses * Bio-energetics Emotional Release * Ancient Breathing techniques * Understand Love & Reality * Understand your alter ego * Activate your 7 chakras * Transcend your past * Guided meditations * Know Thyself! * Yoga practice * & more!


 Wednesday evening May 25 and Friday April 29

A screening of Gasland - essential viewing!

About the film...

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the UnitedStates. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

This film has rave reviews from film goers and environmentalists and loud denigration from gas companies. Now, as much of Queensland and other parts of Australia are being opened up to coal seam gas (CSG) exploration, described recently on both Four Corners and 60 Minutes, the movie can provide us in Australia an insight into the processes and problems we could well be heading for with scary speed.


Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22

'The Love Feast' Retreat

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






Wednesday May 11, 2011

Learn Feng Shui ~ a one day seminar
With Master George Bennis

  • Design, Decorate and Renovate with Feng Shui 
  •  See why Urban Design causes stress and illness 
  •  Know how to select a fortunate property 
  •  Understand how building design affects people

Your presenter is Master George Bennis. George is the Principal of the Australian Academy of  Feng Shui. He has studied with three different Chinese Masters. George is the only Certified Master in Qld and one of only 2 in  Australia. George has studied Environmental Sustainable Design, and is a Green Smart Professional with the HIA. He  combines feng shui, environmental design, and sacred geometry in his practice. He is passionate about community development. George has consulted internationally, lectured at Q.U.T’s School of Design and Built environment, and the Master Builders Association. He has appeared on radio, television and in the print media.




Friday 6 - Sunday 8 May, 2011

Cob Building Workshop

If you missed out the last time, don't despair - you can feel the earth move this time!

You are invited to a hands-on Cob Building Workshop, to experience the timeless art of SCULPTING - BUILDING WITH CLAY...

We are trying to finish the little building before winter, so the little hobbit from the forest can move in.

Cob is an ancient, simple and yet extremely versatile and beautiful building method. The main tools are your hands and feet, whilst the materials are earth and straw. Cob has stood the test of time - with many European cob cottages that are hundreds of years old. In Yemen, cob has even been used to build 10 story buildings. Cob is simple, very forgiving and very manual. Cob removes building from the experts and gives it the people - it's great for groups of people to work on together. Without any machinery noise or dangerous tools, children and adults can work side by side and have fun, whilst creating from cob.

Come along to learn the basics, help finish the building of the little shed, have some fun in the mud and get to know some like-minded people. Tell your friends, too!



Saturday April 30 - Sunday May 1, 2011

A special RINGING CEDARS 'Community Sampler Experience' and Community Tour

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?

Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established just over 2 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings for new community members.

Living here is ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live a more sustaining and more rewarding lifestyle, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

On Saturday night April 30we're offering a forum,
"How to create a community", especially for members of the Anastasia community who are interested in doing just that, following on from Vladimir Megre's book series of worldwide fame. 

The Ringing Cedars series, based on Megre's meeting and learning with Anastatia in the 1990s, offers material about living close to the Earth. The books have become the basis for a Russian and increasingly worldwide back to the land movement based on the Russian tradition of self-reliant living on the land, providing physical subsistence and spiritual fulfillment. Bellbunya is glad to share our experience with people of such intent.

Special Anastatia Community Sampler
Shared Community Dinner 
Begins 5.30 pm 
Forum: a special RINGING CEDARS presentation from Bellbunya founders on How to create a community. Presentation followed by Q&A and discussion. Refreshments including home-made treats. 
Follows dinner at 7 pm
Overnight stay with breakfast and seed planting.


Saturday April 16, 2011

Cob Building Sampler

If you missed out the last time, don't despair - you can feel the earth move this time!

You are invited to a working bee, a free Cob Building sampler, to experience the timeless art of SCULPTING - BUILDING WITH CLAY...

Cob is an ancient, simple and yet extremely versatile and beautiful building method. The main tools are your hands and feet, whilst the materials are earth and straw. Cob has stood the test of time - with many European cob cottages that are hundreds of years old. In Yemen, cob has even been used to build 10 story buildings. Cob is simple, very forgiving and very manual. Cob removes building from the experts and gives it the people - it's great for groups of people to work on together. Without any machinery noise or dangerous tools, children and adults can work side by side and have fun, whilst creating from cob.

Come along to learn the basics, help build a little shed, have some fun in the mud and get to know some like-minded people.



Friday April 1, 2011

Music in the Raw

For lovers of live and intimate original music...

Held on the first Friday of every second month

After a longer than anticipated hiatus, Music in the Raw is back and it's gonna be a cracker night to kick-start the new season. Returning, after wooing absolutely every heart at our last event in December, will be the divine Georgia and Francesca. The ever amazing Simon Monsour will also delight and enthrall with some old faves and fresh babes. The multi-talented Cecile Elton will offer some new keyboard inspirations, and yours truly will round out the evening's entertainment. Hope to see you there!

For those coming from a ways-away who would prefer to hang in the hinterland overnight, we have affordable accommodation and camping available (access our website via the link above for details). If this is your situation, please RSVP prior to the event so that we can appropriately cater to your needs.

For the love of Music and the music of Love...


Saturday April 2

Free Cob Building Sampler

Cob is an ancient, simple and yet extremely versatile and beautiful building method. The main tools are your hands and feet, whilst the materials are earth and straw. Cob has stood the test of time - with many European cob cottages that are hundreds of years old. In Yemen, cob has even been used to build 10 story buildings. Cob is simple, very forgiving and very manual. Cob removes building from the experts and gives it the people - it's great for groups of people to work on together. Without any machinery noise or dangerous tools, children and adults can work side by side and have fun, whilst creating from cob.

Come along to learn the basics, help build a little shed, have some fun and get to know some like-minded people.

When: 9am until 2pm, Saturday April 2
WhereBellbunya, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
Cost: Free
Lunch: Please bring something to share for lunch. (If you are attending the Community Sampler then lunch is provided)
AccommodationAvailable at Bellbunya if you wish to stay over
More information: Alan on 0402 494 252
Register online to participate


Saturday April 2

Evolutionary Leadership

(Part of the workshop series: "In Partnership with Life: The foundations of Evolutionary Leadership")

Evolutionary leaders are found in all walks of life, in business, organizations and families.
eCoevolutionaries is offering a series of 4 workshops to assist those of you who are inhabited by a desire to grow and bring forward a life-giving future. These workshops aim to create the foundations for both living as an evolutionary and for leading evolutionary change. On this evening, which preceeds the first workshop, Caresse Cranwell will give a presentation on the ideas behind evolutionary leadership.



Sunday April 3

The Evolving Self

(Part of the workshop series: "In Partnership with Life: The foundations of Evolutionary Leadership")

There is a new paradigm emerging in leadership today. It is one that is based on the way in which living systems have evolved and function as dynamic, creative, resilient, emergent wholes. It invites us to understand ourselves as a living system, as a dynamic whole, who has the capacity to continually realize more of its possibility. It offers us the potential to see that we are part of the larger systemic wholes—community, society, Gaia—and that we partner their emergence. It is a view that invites us to become Evolutionary Leaders, consciously in co-creative partnership with life itself.

In the workshop we will experience the self as a dynamic, inherently transformative living system AND explore the evolutionary hardwiring that keeps us operating from limiting ways of being, seeing and relating. Our aim is deepen self-awareness and expand our sense of identity with the evolving whole.



Friday April 1 to Saturday April 2

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?


Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 2 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings for new community members.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days
Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge for those participating in working bee or Cob Sampler. Bookings essential.
Next Open Day - 9am-2pm Saturday April 2, 

Special ’Community sampler experience’
Friday night dinner with community, evening social event or forum, overnight stay, breakfast, then attend open day as outlined above.


Friday March 11 to Saturday March 12

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?


Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 2 years ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings to rent and buy.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days
Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge. Bookings essential.
Next Open Day - 9am-2pm Saturday March 12, 

Special ’Community sampler experience’
Friday night dinner with community, evening social event or forum,
overnight stay, breakfast, then attend open day as outlined above.


Friday 4 March to Monday 7 March, 2011

Detox

Detoxification is about removing the obstacles which allow the innate healing capacity of the body. This workshop is designed to work on the physical, mental and emotional obstacles which can lead to toxicity and which, if left unchecked, become a part of our daily life and feel ‘normal’. Over time, this toxicity can cause a diverse range of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, digestive symptoms, blood sugar imbalances, emotional volatility, mental fog, depression, low energy levels and even chronic fatigue syndrome.

Mt ErwahThis workshop is a prototype and will be presented at nearly half price, all inclusive. The physical cleanse over the 3 days will include light organic meals, practitioner range supplementation to support detoxification, enemas to lighten the physical symptoms, detox specific yoga and full-time naturopathic and emotional support. It is facilitated by Rudran Brannock and Max Zoulek, both experienced practitioners in their field.








Friday February 4, 2011

Music in the Raw
Held on the first Friday of every month

samjjana

February 4 ~ ‘Heart to Heart with samjjana and friends’

A different format from previous music nights, samjjana’s Maia and Sahayak and mystery friends will come together to weave a magical tapestry of words and music in the intimate ambience of Bellbunya's Hall.

Magical heart to heart stories will interweave with the enchanting, ethereal hang, haunting flutes, delicate harps, exquisite alchemy crystal bowls, new chants and a few surprises. Let’s not share in advance who will be joining samjjana…come along and watch it all unfold on the night!

Sahayak’s fresh home baked sweet bread will be an extra special treat!

Please book in advance if you would like to come earlier to have dinner with the community (5.30pm, $10 per person, ask about cost for children).

For those coming from a distance, we have affordable accommodation available if you prefer to stay overnight. Please book in advance.

We also invite you to consider staying on for Saturday’s ‘Community Explorer Experience’ (see above.)  Those who are already booked for the Community Explorer Experience are automatically booked for dinner and the music night.


Friday February 4 to Saturday February 5, 2011

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?


Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 18 months ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings to rent and buy.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days
Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge. Bookings essential.
Next Open Day - 
9am-2pm Saturday February 5, 

Special ’Community sampler experience’
Friday night dinner with community, attend social event night,

overnight stay, breakfast, then attend open day as outlined above. 


Friday 7th January, 2011

Intentional communities in the UK, USA and Scandinavia
Presented by Dr Helen Jarvis, UK


WhereBellbunya: 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
When: 7.30pm, Friday 7th January
Contact: 5447 0181
Cost: gold coin donation for coffee and tea
No RSVP necessary. Just turn up.

Join us for an intimate evening with Dr Helen Jarvis. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear how it's being done overseas and to mine the wealth of knowledge that Helen has accumulated.

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Social Geography at Newcastle University in the UK. She is currently in Australia conducting international comparative research into various forms of intentional communities and the innovations these may allow for alternative family/household/livelihood arrangements. Helen will share some of the findings of her community research in the UK, USA and Scandinavia (including a period living as researcher in residence in Christiania, Denmark).


Saturday 25 December, 2010

Christmas at Bellbunya

What better time is there to open our doors than Christmas Day? Community spirit is alive and well at Bellbunya Sustainable Community! If you find yourself alone for Christmas, too far from family or new to the area, or you simply  wish to celebrate the day with others...

Arrive 11am for 12.30pm lunch.
Please bring a vegetarian plate befitting the occasion to share

Followed by social activities as decided by all on the day (e.g. games, music, lagoon for good swimmers)

Please note ~ Bellbunya is a drug free community and also not a place for drinking to excess or bringing pets ~ the smoking area is outdoors and not under cover

If you wish to stay overnight, affordable accommodation and camping are available.





Friday December 3, 2010

Music in the Raw - Christmas and Bellbunya Birthday Special

Bellbunya's Singer/Songwriter Night

Held on the first Friday of every month

An exciting mix of talented emerging artists and old-hands with new tunes come together to weave a magical musical tapestry in the intimate ambience of Bellbunya's Hall. This event is a particularly special one for those interested in gaining insight into the creative process and the contexts in which a song arises, as artists often share the story behind the inspired work.

For those coming from a distance who might prefer to stay overnight, we have affordable accommodation available. If you need accommodation, please RSVP prior to the event so that we can appropriately cater to your needs.


When: 7:30pm, Friday, December 3
WhereBellbunya Hall, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
Dress: Comfortable and casual!
BYO: Cushions, rugs (note: this is an indoor event)
Cost: $10 for entertainment, baked treat, tea & coffee, $15 for families, $7 concession. Groups of 4 or more receive concession rate per person
Note: This is a family friendly and alcohol free event.
RSVP: Jude on 0410 635 607 or 


Bellbunya Community Celebrates !!!!

And warmly welcomes you to join us for…

Our Christmas Party & Our Anniversary (Two years since we moved in!)

Friday 3 December, 2010
* 5pm Bellbunya Tour
* 5.45pm Dinner
* 7pm ‘Music in the Raw’ singer/songwriter night ($10 individual, $15 couple or family)
* Followed by dancing/party music

Saturday 4 December
* Fun activities in the morning
* Lunch 


Friday November 26 to Monday November 29, 2010

Stretch your mind, body and soul ~ change your life

~ AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE ~

Come on an amazing journey with Paul and Jaylee Balch, of self discovery and transformation through dissolving the barriers that have held you back from being all that you are. Take time to free yourself from the craziness of your busy everyday life and allow your mind, body and soul to awaken andrejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  

In this program you will be guided to awaken your unlimited potential and taught: *Knowledge from the Ancient Mystery Schools*Activate your Kundalini life-force impeccably*Explore altered states of consciousness*Awaken your intuition & subtle senses *Bio-energetics Emotional Release*Ancient Breathing techniques*Understand Love & Reality*Understand your alter ego*Activate your 7 chakras*Transcend your past*Guided meditations*Know Thyself!*Yoga practice*& more! 


Monday November 22 to Friday November 26, 2010

Earth-cob building workshop

This workshop is focused towards council approval of legitimate home-owner builders, extensions, and small liveable dwellings, builders, Artist, and Arcketects, anyone keen can learn how to build with the earth,  includes information for building certifiers. Participants will pick up cob basics from the footings to the ceiling of a useful small space with door, window,  tie-rods, timber, plywood bench, roof and fittings etc.  Five lunch hour lectures by a QBSA Licensed Builder link each day’s workshop to the mainstream Owner-Building regulations and their resolution.


Monday November 8 to Friday November 12, 2010
Values Development Trainer Training

Coordinated by the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland. This project aims to build the capacity of the youth sector to integrate values at a worker and organisational level. In recognition of the importance of statewide service provision, the project aims to develop a pool of regional trainers who can provide training on values and ethics within their own region.








Inner Voyage Meditation Retreat Program
Meditation, stress management & personal development

www.hinterlandmeditationretreat.com

The Inner Voyage Meditation Course is best suited to people with some knowledge and experience of Meditation, but it is not essential.  This course is run over 2 days and will teach many aspects of Meditation and Personal Development. It is ideal for people who are ready to make significant and lasting positive changes in their lives.

During this Meditation course students will embark on a journey of self discovery and learn many tools for positive thinking and stress management. They will learn advanced breathing techniques, Meditation for training the brain to perform instant muscle relaxation, guided Visualisation Meditations, Zen Meditation, Chakra Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. They will develop and refine their own meditation style. They will learn to work with Affirmations, Journaling, develop their communication skills and improve their self esteem.

On completion of the Meditation course, students’ receive an “INNER VOYAGE – Holistic Human Development, Certificate of Completion – Meditation and Personal Development Course”.

Course Dates
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st November.
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th December.
Retreat starting time is 9:30am and finishing time is 4:30pm.


Friday November 5, 2010

Music in the Raw

Bellbunya's Singer/Songwriter Night

Held on the first Friday of every month

An exciting mix of talented emerging artists and old-hands with new tunes come together to weave a magical musical tapestry in the intimate ambience of Bellbunya's Hall. This event is a particularly special one for those interested in gaining insight into the creative process and the contexts in which a song arises, as artists often share the story behind the inspired work.

For those coming from a distance who might prefer to stay overnight, we have affordable accommodation available. If you need accommodation, please RSVP prior to the event so that we can appropriately cater to your needs.




Friday November 5 to Saturday November 6, 2010

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?


Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 18 months ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings to rent and buy.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days
Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge. Bookings essential.
Next Open Day - 
9am-2pm Saturday November 6, 

Special ’Community sampler experience’
Friday night dinner with community, attend social event night,
overnight stay, breakfast, then attend open day as outlined above.


October 25th - 30th 2010

Earth-cob building workshop

Cob in Guitar Buildings at Bellbunya is focused towards council approval of legitimate home-owner builders, including information for building certifiers.

Participants have 5 days to pick up cob basics from the footings to the ceiling of a useful small space with door, window, sink, tie-rods, timber, electricity, tile, plywood bench and fittings.  Five lunch hour lectures by a QBSA Licensed Builder link each day’s workshop to the mainstream Owner-Building regulations and their resolution. Completion of course can lead to a Certificate of Attainment in cob basics. 


Saturday October 9 and Sunday October 10, 2010
Peter Hoddle presents
Transformation of the Self: A Metaphysical Workshop

The purpose of this 2 day workshop is to help you to find the pathway to your true self. In modern life most of us live in both outer and inner noise, all of which blocks our ability to hear the voice of our true self. Many of us often avoid the quiet because it can be uncomfortable to feel the internal disorder of our suppressed emotions and unresolved issues from past experiences. All of this creates the inner noise. This noise protects us from being exposed to what we may not be ready to deal with. This workshop is for those of you who feel ready to look and clear some of this noise so you might hear the whispers of your soul, thus transforming the Self.






Friday October 1, 2010

Music in the Raw

Bellbunya's Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Night

Held on the first Friday of every month

An exciting mix of talented emerging artists and old-hands with new tunes come together to weave a magical musical tapestry in the intimate ambience of Bellbunya's Hall. This event is a particularly special one for those interested in gaining insight into the creative process and the contexts in which a song is born, as artists often share the story behind the inspired work.

For those coming from a distance who might prefer to stay overnight, we have affordable accommodation available. If you need accommodation, please RSVP prior to the event so that we can appropriately cater to your needs.



Friday October 1 to Saturday October 2, 2010

'Community Sampler Experience' and Open Day

Ever thought about joining a community?... Want to explore a sustaining lifestyle?


Bellbunya is a model, holistically sustainable community at Belli Park (10 minutes west of Eumundi), established 18 months ago on a well-developed 40 acre rural property. There are currently openings to rent and buy.

Ideal for those who wish to make a difference, live more sustainably and more rewardingly, participate in an eco-spiritual environment that fosters transformative growth and offers inumerable benefits of community (including sharing some resources, organic bulk buying, shared evening meals, socially rich environment).

We support collaborative enterprises. Our eco-conference/ retreat/ workshop/ restaurant facilities also offer opportunities for enterprising people to earn income.

Open Days

Tour, Q&A, participate in our working bee (2 hours) and join us for lunch.
No charge. Bookings essential.
Next Open Day - 
9am-2pm Saturday October 2, 

Special ’Community sampler experience’
Friday night dinner with community, attend social event night,
overnight stay, breakfast, then attend open day as outlined above.


Thursday September 23

Earth-Cob Building Seminar
There will be a presentation on the ecological, economic and social benefits of hands-on building with natural earth materials. The seminar is ideal for artists, architects, builders, building designers and especially home owner-builders who may be interested  in building there own liveable space 








Saturday September 18 to 5pm Sunday 19, 2010

EARTH, SPIRIT, ACTION
an experiential deep ecology workshop
with John Seed

John SeedHuman identity exists at the intersection of the ancient cycles of air, water and soil. In spite of the pervasive illusion of separation, in reality no separation is possible between nature and ourselves. By acknowledging our interconnectedness we invite the spontaneous healing of the psyche.

Using personal sharing, experiential deep ecology and creative exercises, we  dissolve the separation between  person and  planet. Vision and empowerment arise naturally from realigning ourselves with the living Earth.

Proceeds will benefit the reforestation of the sacred mountain Arunachala in South Indiawww.rainforestinfo.org.au/video/shiva_v.html.

When: 9am Saturday September 18 to 5pm Sunday 19
WhereBellbunya, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
Cost: $185 (includes lunches and Saturday night dinner but no accommodation) or $205 (includes meals plus Saturday night accommodation) or $240 (includes meals plus Friday and Saturday night accommodation). Pay your deposit online via our secure gateway.
Contact: To book, please email karyn@bellbunya.org.au or for more information phone Elaine Smith on 07 5496 3537.

Author, songwriter, bard, filmaker, lecturer, activist. John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centrewww.rainforestinfo.org.au. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth ing workshops around the world for 25 years. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote "Thinking Like a Mountain - Towards a Council of All Beings" which has now been translated into 10 languages. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to conservation and the environment.






Friday September 17, 2010

John Seed

Deep Ecology and the Conservation of Nature

(fundraiser for reforestation projects in India)

Deep Ecology is a philosophy of nature which sees that underlying the environmental crisis there is a psychological or spiritual disease stemming from the illusion of separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. The late Arne Naess, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy from Oslo University, Norway who coined the term "deep ecology" pointed out that our "ecological ideas are not enough to protect the Earth, we need ecological identity, ecological self". With a presentation which includes music and poetry, John Seed shows us how to nourish our ecological identity and align ourselves with Earth.

The experience of deep ecology leads to a deepening of our love for the natural world and empowerment and vision for the protection of Nature. In the 2nd part of this presentation, John will speak of this and show a couple of short films about projects for the protection of nature in Sth India including the reforestation of Arunachala in Tamil Nadu and the protection of the world's largest remaining population of wild Asian elephants in the Nilgiris.