Events

BPG Book club – Term 2, 2022 RETROSUBURBIA by David Holmgren

RETROSUBURBIA is the latest book by Permaculture founder David Holmgren and considered by many as his most accessible and broadly relevant. In it, he outlines why retrofitting the suburbs is the key to sustainable humansettlement in a low-carbon, post peak-oil world. With numerous case studies based in central Victoria, this book is practical and highly relevant to our area.  The book club is FREE and open to all who are interested and able to commit to the reading and participation in the club.

RETROSUBURBIA discusses creating a simple but rich & abundant lifestyle by working through three main themes: built, biological and behavioural. We will meet over the 9 weeks of Term 2, commencing on April 27 and concluding on June 22.  You don't have to have read the book before April 27 but you do need to commit to reading during the term! 

Our time each week will focus on small group discussions of questions arising from the chapters discussed. Each week we discuss several chapters of the book. No need to purchase: there are 16 copies of the book available for loan. [Further information about the book:www.retrosuburbia.com]

This is an in-person bookclub, to be held at Chestnut Farm, Invermay (10 mins from Ballarat Town Hall) from 7 - 9 pm each week.  Zoom may be an option for those who don't live locally, are not vaccinated or who cannot attend particular nights due to family responsibilities, illness, etc.  You will not usually be able to join the group after the term has started, so please sign up NOW!    The club will be facilitated by BPG President & long-term permie Steve Burns, but Steve's role is wrangling the discussion rather than presenting.  Previous RS bookclubs have featured very lively group discussion.  The issues, topics and case studies are highly engaging and the group usually wants to talk all night!  Look forward to a fun night that will also stimulate serious thinking about life direction & choices.

FREE event but you must book here:

Session plan:

April 27 - Introductions & agreements, Retrosuburbia talk by David Holmgren

May 4 - Chapters 1 - 3 Setting the Scene

May 11 - Ch 4 - 7 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

May 18 - Ch 8 - 13 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

May 25 Ch 14 - 18 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

June 1 Ch 19 - 23  Biological environment (aka garden & farm!) strategies, case studies & group discussion

June 8 - Ch 24 - 28 Behavioural environment strategies  case studies & group discussion (where the rubber hits the road)

June 15 - Ch 29 - 34 Behavioural strategies continued

June 22 - Group & personal reflections and goal setting.  What is your RS vision?  Action Plan?

Events

Community resilience building with Ben Habib

Practical workshop on building community responses to threats like pandemics, 'natural' disasters, climate crisis or totalitarian regimes!

Bushfires and COVID, floods and storms, supply chain disruptions and energy shocks…the last two years have been extremely challenging and disorienting for all of us. But through our hardship and heartbreak, a new world is being born.

Join Ben Habib, International Relations lecturer, environmental educator, mental health advocate and host of the Edge Dwellers Café Podcast, to explore the best of our grassroots responses to this crisis.

In this interactive workshop we will strategise how to scale up our crisis adaptations across the community and play our part in shaping this new world.

The workshop is based on Ben’s internationally-published research, with activities Ben has developed in his award-winning subject “International Politics of Climate Change” at La Trobe University and in his teaching in permaculture design courses with CERES and the Ballarat Permaculture Guild.

We are the answer we’ve been looking for!

About our presenter:

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current research interest in three areas: (1) intersections between grassroots sustainability and regeneration projects, environmental movements and international climate politics; (2) traditional and non-traditional security in North Korea; and (3) undergraduate teaching pedagogy.

Ben teaches into the Permaculture Design Course (PDC)focusing on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems. He is also a staunch advocate for mental health and neurodiversity.

Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, after graduating with a B. Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and a B. Arts from the University of South Australia. He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.

News

Ballarat Permaculture Guild Library has moved

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild library which consists of 250+ Permaculture-related books and DVDs has moved to a new home.

Thank you so much to Karen Fitzpatrick founding member and previous committee member for housing the Library for the last 10 years!

The library is now located in Navigators at the home of BPG committee member, Barry Gibson and searched online at: BPG Library - Ballarat Permaculture Guild or directly at: https://www.librarycat.org/lib/BPG.

Members can borrow books by emailing [email protected] and we will arrange for books to be picked up at one of our community events (Permies at the Pub or Permies at the market) or contact-less pickup in Golden Point or Navigators. We will also be organising electronic borrowing in the near future so stay tuned!

Events

Buninyong’s Smart Building and Living Expo – come visit BPG’s stall

This Sunday 20th of March 2022 from 10am to 3:30pm

Come visit the Ballarat Permaculture Guild this Sunday at the Buninyong Smart Building and Living Expo! The Smart Building and Living Expo will be showcasing a range of local, sustainable building and lifestyle services and products. It also boasts the largest electric vehicle display in regional Victoria (so if you were thinking fuel prices are too high, now may be the time to have a serious look at going electric!). We will be hosting a stall with the Hidden Orchard to talk all things permaculture. There will be books and a display as well as delicious jams and chutneys from THO. Members will be there on the day if you have been thinking of joining but just haven't taken that next step. Come along, meet our friendly members and have a chat!

News

BPG Committee meetings

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild committee meets once a month to organise and coordinate the activities of the Guild.   For the last 2 years,  we've been meeting online, which has been quite effective and more environmentally friendly than driving to a central meeting point (especially for members who live out of town). The social connection was missing,  though,  so this year we're rotating physical locations, visiting a different member's house each month.  Those who can't make it in person still participate online - that's them on the laptop screen at the end of the table! This is a quick shot from our March 2022 meeting.  Before the meeting,  we also had a quick tour of James' eco- extension to his Golden Point miners cottage.. bonus!