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Beaming Green

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A podcast that puts eco-living at the heart of your life. Each episode we showcase sustainability superheroes who share their knowledge and tips that you can implement immediately to experience the joy of living simply and sustainably every day.
25 Episodes
Jannine Barron created her first eco product in 1998. Over the next 23 years she launched more than 33 zero-waste products. In 2000, she coined the phrase, “change the world, one purchase at a time” to express her brand activism, a phrase that many industries have since adopted. Now, two and a half decades later, and based in the UK, Jannine is on a mission to change business for generations to come, through mentoring a new generation of product makers and climate-conscious business owners.In this episode Jannine shares her experience:as an activist at Macquarie Universitycreating her first eco business with one product in her garagestarting and selling four businesses over 20 plus yearsin helping aspiring ecopreneurshelping women through the "B experience"around the importance of having a business mentor or coach if you want to succeed.I can highly recommend Jannine as a mentor, after all she helped me get Beaming Green started and has helped countless other businesses.  She has a genuine interest in making a difference and provides a lot of enthusiasm and guidance in a constructive way.Visit her website
In this episode I speak with Morag Gamble who is a global Permaculture and Eco Village Ambassador.  She has lived in the Crystal Waters Eco Village for more than two decades. She runs permaculture courses online, serving a wide audience that spans six continents. Morag covers a wide array of topics and is such an knowledgable and engaging speaker this one-hour interview will fly by.Morag speaks with me about:Permaculture's roots and evolutionthe Permaculture Education Institute's online courses that promote permaculture on 6 continentsPerma Youth, created by her daughter Maya, which has hubs around the worldhow her daughter's program is helping refugees set up permaculture in the campsher experience of living in an award-winning Crystal Waters Eco Villagehow the village supports its 220 residentshow they manage and share the work loadhow music legends the Grateful Dead came to support the village's music studioBio of MoragMorag Gamble is a global permaculture and ecovillage ambassador, designer, teacher, writer, YouTube, blogger, podcaster, homeschooler and founder of the Permaculture Education Institute. For over 2 decades share has lived in a UN World Habitat Award winning ecovillage acknowledged for 'demonstrating low impact and sustainable ways of living’. Morag offers a practical permaculture course, The Incredible Edible Garden, and through her online Permaculture Educators Program (a combined Permaculture Design Certificate and Permaculture Teacher Certificate), Morag teaches people on 6 continents how to design regenerative human habitats and mentors them to become leading educators in the transformation of the places and neighbourhoods in which they dwell.Morag creates a practical youtube channel that has been watched over 4.5 million times and free monthly permaculture masterclasses that have over 3000 people booked in each time. She has an extensive blog, Our Permaculture Life, with over 400 articles with permaculture tips, and a popular podcast, Sense-Making in a Changing World, where she talks with leading ecological thinkers and doers.Morag's practical application of systems thinking and ecological design principles extends from home and community spaces to refugee settlements in East Africa. She is a cofounder of Northey Street City Farm and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network and many community food projects. She ownerbuilt her own ecohome surrounded by an award-winning natural and edible landscapes. Through the Ethos Foundation, her permaculture charity, she offers support to women and youth in the global south to access free permaculture education and create regenerative farms and communities. Alongside her daughter, and other teens, she recently launched a Permayouth network which has received a global Youth in Permaculture Prize. She also runs camps for teens and mentors global youth with her Ethos Fellowship Program - a youth systems thinking learning community - collaborating with leading thinkers like Fritjof Capra and Nora Bateson. Morag lives and breathes permaculture. Morag Gamble https://moraggamble.comCourses: Permaculture Education Institute https://permacultureeducationinstitute.orgBlog: Our Permaculture Life https://sense-making.buzzsprout.comEthos Foundation 
Libraries are traditionally associated with borrowing books. These days, with an increasing awareness that once a product reaches its used-by date ‘there is no away’, many waste-conscious communities are creating tool libraries. This is a great way to pool resources, borrowing, rather than buying tools, camping goods, PAs, party equipment and man other household items. Tool libraries are a great way of sharing resources, saving money for individual households and saving the environment from more waste.In a world where we are consuming so much and exploiting the worlds resources, tool libraries offer a win-win solution. Here are a couple of statistics from the story of stuff  to make you think a little more about our consumption. The average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago, for every one garbage can of waste you put out on the curb, 70 garbage cans of waste were made upstream to make the junk in that one garbage can you put out on the curb and lastly, if everybody in the world consumed at U.S. rates, we would need 3 to 5 planets.  So here are a couple of reason why a tool library may help reduce consumption.In this episode on Beaming Green I speak with Sasha Mainsbridge, who with the help of other volunteers, has created a tool library in the Northern Rivers town of Mullumbimby, called the “Library of Stuff”.In this episode Sasha and I discuss:what the “Library of Stuff” does and its philosophyhow long people can borrow items forwhat types of products people can borrowwhy volunteers are essential to make these initiatives workwhat a membership fee of $50 per annum gets youhow the Library of Stuff is structuredwhat you need to start your own tool library.Weblinks:Library of Stuff Mullum Cares Salvage CultureBioSasha Mainsbridge is a Behavioural Scientist and Operational Efficiency Specialist who left her corporate life in 2012 after 13 years in personal insurance to forge a new path focused on her passion for reducing consumption to mitigate the impacts of climate change. In 2014, after studying Conservation and Land Management, Sasha moved her family from Melbourne to Mullumbimby and started Mullum Cares Incorporated in 2015.  The Library of Stuff began informally in April 2017 then launched officially two years later.  Sasha is currently looking for subsidised real estate to scale the Library’s operations and start a second project, a Reverse Garbage for the Northern Rivers. 
The tiny house movement has been growing steadily for more than a decade. It offers an affordable alternative to buying a conventional house and an alternative way of living. Many home buyers are choosing to downsize and simplify their lives due to economic hardship, housing affordability and environmental stress. This conscientious collective are choosing to live off grid and leave a smaller footprint on our struggling planet.In this episode, I speak with Fred Schultz the founder of Fred’s Tiny House workshops about:what motivated him to build a tiny housewhat to consider when building a tiny housewhy design and weight planning are vital in creating a successful small spacewhat batteries to use for an off grid tiny housewhy buying or building on the right trailer is essential for a portable tiny homewhat are the pros and cons of building with new materials vs recycledwhat courses Fred offers and how they can help you create your ideal tiny house.Bio:Fred Schultz is a thought leader, innovator and advocate in Australia’s Tiny House movement. He designed, built and lived in his own off-grid (fossil-fuel free) tiny house with his family and now teaches builders (DIY and professionals alike) how to build safe, compliant and comfortable tiny houses for the different Australian climates. He designs and sells tiny house trailers that are super strong and allow for the strongest attachment between tiny house and trailer. Fred is always up for a chat about tiny houses and the philosophies that underpin them. You can find him in Castlemaine, pouring over the technical details of trailer-design or making in his back yard.To view more YouTube videos visit Beaming Green website and go to episode 21 or visit Fred's Tiny Houses website
Welcome to episode twenty. I'm excited to welcome back Victor Pires to learn more about Syntropic agriculture and his new training course — Syntropic Gardener, based in Uki, Northern NSW, Australia.Victor was born in Brazil where he trained extensively in this field, learning from some of the founders, including the Syntropic agriculture creator, Ernst Gotsch, a Swiss farmer who moved to Brazil in the early 1980s'.Fans of Beaming Green will remember Victor from our first episode. Seven months on it's great to catch up again and see what he's learned and achieved in the past 7 months.In this episode Victor discusses:how important it is to understand your land, particularly how the water flows, wind patterns and soil conditionswhat you can do to improve soil conditionswhat successional planting is, how to manage it and what the benefits arewhy having a plan for planting, harvesting and beyond is vitalwhy there is a growing interest Syntropic agriculture around the worldwhat content and format his new Syntropic Gardener, launching over Easter will take.I always learn so much from my conversations with Victor and I'm sure you will too. Remember to check out the links below for more about how to book into his upcoming course.Click on highlighted links to:Syntropic Gardener and find out more.Livingness journey Youtube videoFind out about the immersive courseCourse tickets - register now
Indigenous Australians are the first-known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The term includes both the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal People, who together make up about 2.5% of Australia's population.Scientists believe Indigenous Australians arrived in Australia between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, but Aboriginal history says "we have been here since time began".Non-Indigenous Australians can learn a great deal from these ancient custodians. Their deep connection to country, with thousands of years lived experience on the land, provides unique expertise in managing Australia's land and water in a more sustainable way.In this episode I speak with Paul Burragun (Uncle Boomerang), who is a Birrinburra, Bundjalung, Wangerriburra & Yuggera Turrbal man. Paul has been developing and delivering cultural workshops in schools and early learning centres for the past 20 years in South East Queensland and North Eastern NSW.Paul shares his journey as an Aboriginal man, his ancestry and some of the traditions and customs that have shaped his life.We talk about how:sharing songlines keeps valuable information from the past alivestars connect to the songlinesmany languages and Aboriginal dialects there were and some of the interpretations between clansAboriginals were listed under the local Flora and Fauna Act until 1967Aboriginal people traditionally used bush tuckerin Paul's country there are six seasons, rather than foursharing Aboriginal customs and traditions with communities in his region is his passion.I really had a great time speaking with Paul and would recommend you listen to this podcast and share it with your friends and family to raise awareness of Aboriginal traditions and customs.If you would like to get information about the programs on offer visit
Farmers' markets promote individual health, environmental health and healthy communities. These weekly markets support local farmers, stimulating local economies and building direct relationships between the growers and buyers. They offer a place where the consumer can ask questions about how their food is grown, creating consumer trust and encouraging sustainable farming practices that reduce exposure to toxic fertilisers and pesticides. Consumers are guaranteed fresh, locally grown, (often organic) seasonal produce that is low in food miles, has minimal packaging and is highly nutritious. The environment also benefits, with consumers bringing their own bags or baskets, cutting down on unnecessary single-use plastic bags.  It's also a great place to connect with friends and family, listen to music and let the kids play.Murwillumbah Farmers' Market springs into life every Wednesday morning from 7.00 – 11.00am, allowing consumers to purchase super fresh, seasonal local produce from small family farmers and artisanal local producers. Situated at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, visitors can enjoy stunning views to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and the surrounding Caldera.In this episode Sue Beckinsale, the Manager of the Murwillumbah Farmers Market chats about the market's humble beginnings 10 years ago and its transformation into a wonderful gathering place for surrounding villagers to catch up with family and friends over a cuppa and delicious food, while relaxing to beautiful music local music. April 2021 marks the market's 10-year anniversary and Sue reflects on how the market has expanded into a rich offering of local fruit, vegies, meat, dairy and much more, becoming a destination for locals and tourists to enjoy.In this episode Sue talks about:what makes the market such a special destinationwhy its important to shop locally and support our farmers and artisanshow markets are a special weekly community eventwhy our local market is thriving, attracting 1500 visitors each weekwhat is planned for the upcoming celebrations for the 10-year anniversarywhy they are hosting a stall welcoming our new residents to the 2484 on the 24th of March 2021how these markets support local environments by reducing the number of kilometres our food travels from the farm gate to plate.Wanting to find out more about the Murwillumbah Farmers Market?Their website is media click on the following links Facebook or Instagram 
In this episode I speak with Ursula Wharton, the founder of Deep Listeners .Ursula shares her personal story about the loss of her son to suicide. As a result of her loss, she created a free community offering called Deep Listeners that aims "to up-skill and empower community members and organisations to be prepared and willing to listen compassionately to each other." In this episiode Ursula shares how:she coped with the tragic loss of her son Josh to suicide in September 2017she felt the shame of being a parent that lost a child to suicidea local program 'Pitch for Change' allowed her to launch Deep Listeners and realise Josh's final wish for "love, peace and help[ing] the world"she used her grief to create a positive impactimportant it is for a community or village to participate in raising children and to support a community with deep listeningcompassion and listening without judgement are integral in helping and healingloneliness, isolation or alienation can impact on someone's mental health and how important social connection isyou can access some of the upcoming free courses available through Deep Listeners (which I highly recommend for local listeners).I was alarmed at the daily number of suicides (see statistics below). However, as a result of  talking with Ursula I was left with a sense of hope. I feel we can all benefit from improving our listening skills, which may in turn help someone close to you and prevent them from self harming or harming others. This is why I decided to take part in Deep Listeners Safe Talk half-day training and signed up to do their two-day foundational course.  After an unsettling 2020, I believe deep listeners could provide compassionate support to communities all over the world.To contact Ursula about the programs she offers through Deep Listeners or to arrange to speak with a Deep Listener call 0487 638 124 (Northern Rivers only)If this story has raised any issues for you, or you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000 or contact one of these outreach services:Lifeline on 13 11 14Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36Headspace on 1800 650 890Suicide statisticsEight Australians die every day from suicide, which is more than double the road toll.75% of those who take their own life are male.Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year.In 2018, 3,046 Australians took their own life.Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.The suicide rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is twice that of their non-Indigenous counterparts.People in rural populations are 2 times more likely to die by suicide.LGBTI+ community members experience significantly higher rates of suicide than the rest of the population.up to 135 people are affected, for every life lost to suicide, including family members, work colleagues, friends, first responders at the time of death.Same-gender attracted Australians are estimated to experience up to 14 times higher rates of attempted suicide than their heterosexual peers.(Source Lifeline Australia)
I am really excited to be speaking with Frederick Marx, an internationally acclaimed Oscar and Emmy nominated director/writer and producer of many films over 40 illustrious years, (inc. the award-winning Hoop Dreams, 1994). Today, I speak with him about his new book Rites to a Good Life - Everyday Rituals of Healing and Transformation.Frederick shares his journey that started as a 9-year old boy having to deal with the loss of his father, who was 41, and the impact this had on his world view and his experience of post traumatic stress. When his Uncle declared "Freddie you are now the man of the house" he took it seriously but, as a nine year old, didn't have the capacity to fill those big shoes.  it wasn't until the he found the Mankind Project 20 odd years later that he found the initiation into manhood that he desperately wanted. In this episode with Frederick we explore:the importance of Elders and mentors in helping shape the lives of young men and womenhis devotion to living in his own truth, passion, and mature masculinity, which he says has helped him with the development of his filmshow Harold Ramis (Actor, director, writer, comedian) mentored Frederick for 10 years during his film career and how he treasured his sinceritythe role of archetypesour shadow selvesengaging in communitythe plight of returned soldiers and the films he has produced on the subjectthe importance of celebrating his partner Tracy before she died.At the end of this interview I was left with a feeling of gratitude, Frederick has selflessly made a life-long contribution to the betterment of himself and his fellow human beings, through his dedication to making meaningful films and writing this book, among other things.I encourage you to read this book, which for a limited time is available through Amazon for $1.00 US. I also recommend you have a look at his not-for-profit, Warrior Films (link below)Worthwhile linksBuy the book - Rites to a good lifeWarrior FilmsMankind Project AustraliaRites of Passage Institute   
This week I talk Turkey with my (vegan) partner Andia about how we can celebrate Christmas sustainably. In Australia alone, it's estimated that our festive waste is growing by 30% yearly because of all the thousands of tonnes of wrapping paper, food, decorations, empty bottles and unwanted presents. We spend about $11 billion a year on Christmas gifts annually down under, so it's important that we spend wisely and think sustainably to make sure we're part of the solution, rather than the problem.Our listeners also chime in with some excellent ideas about how to lighten our collective load this festive season with some great gift ideas. We also explore how we can be less wasteful in what we eat, buy and how we decorate .There are so many great ideas on how to get creative, connect with friends and family in sustainable ways that won't cost the earth, including:shopping and supporting localmaking your own gifts, tree and table decorationsfreezing or upcycling your leftoverscomposting, the gift that keeps givingfinding plastic-free wrapping alternativesenvironmental, in-kind and charitable gifts, like Kivagift swapstaking time out to remember the true gifts of Christmas, real connectionthinking carefully before giving a pet for Christmas.
So, you want to become a beekeeperI'm excited to be speaking with Leonie Schwarzel, who is a fellow beekeeper with extensive experience (more than me).I met Leonie when I joined the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society three years ago.There is a lot beekeepers need to know, so I thought it would be useful to discuss the basics before starting a hive.In this interview we speak about things to consider before you start beekeeping, including:deciding if beekeeping is right for youfinding out the benefits of joining a bee clubdoing a beekeeper training coursedetermining if your environment is suitable for European honey beesquestioning why you want to be a beekeeperregistering your hive with Department of Primary Industries (NSW Australia)reporting and logbook requirements to monitor and prevent pests.Bio: Leonie Schwarzel“Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds”.Thor Hanson Growing up in rural areas between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Leonie developed an avid interest in honeybees when a beekeeper would bring his hives to her parent's orchards and horticultural properties during the flowering/pollination season each year.At their large farm-shed stall, her family stocked and sold a wide variety of honeys, in addition to the fruit &and flowers they produced. That bees were vital in producing abundant fruit and rewarded us with honey, sealed Leonie's lifelong gratitude, love and fascination for these industrious little insects.Fast forward forty years; after a successful career teaching at schools and university, Leonie returned to her rural roots by settling on a small farm near Mt Warning in the beautiful Tweed Valley, northern New South Wales, Australia. She immediately established several honeybee hives and opened a farm-gate stall to sell the exquisite honey her bees produce in the rural & World Heritage listed Mt Warning environs.Leonie is a committee member of the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society (GCABS). She trains and mentors new beekeepers and in addition to her own hives, she manages another small commercial apiary in the Tweed Valley region.
Sustainable School with humanist valuesMy partner Andia and I started a not-for-profit called “Lets Waste Less” in 2017.  We wanted to reduce the use of single plastics in our town and began sourcing second-hand materials and support for fortnightly Boomerang Bag sewing bees.Friends suggested asking the Sathya Sai School if we could use their hall. We had a great meeting with them. They not only agreed to let us use their hall, they also advertised our events and many of the staff, including the Principal, regularly came.The school's commitment to sustainability is impressive and includes some great ongoing projects, like onsite composting and nude lunches. We were really impressed when the students successfully petitioned our local Coles to install a Redcycle bin. It was a great comfort knowing that some of our soft plastics would be recycled and repurposed into furniture and infrastructure.In this interview I speak with Isabela Kesli-Frantti, the Sustainability Coordinator from Sathya Sai College in Murwillumbah, NSW.We speak about the school's:environmental practicespromotion of positive changesupport from the communitycore principalscultivation of a rich inner life among studentswaste reduction programedible gardens, including bush tucker and composting.The school also has other out of hours conservation programs, like the birds eye view program, a NSW Government initiative to promote more outdoor learning.Want to know more after listening to the podcast?Links:Sathya Sai WebsiteFacebookContactBio of Isabela Kesli-FranttiIsabela loves working with youth. Her background in education and psychology helped her develop resources and programs with a focus on self/group/environmental awareness. Isabela is originally from Brazil, where she worked as an English language teacher for more than ten years and got her degree in Bachelor of Psychology with a major in analytical psychology.  Living in the Northern Rivers since 2004, Isabela has been an active member of the community  through her work and hobbies. She is the sustainability coordinator, student support officer and school chaplain at the primary campus of Sathya Sai College, a Human Values based school. Isabela’s work involves ongoing collaboration with her colleagues, students, parents and the wider community  to promote positive changes through ‘litter literacy’, waste management and wildlife conservation. Her passion for dolphins has inspired her to raise awareness about these fascinating animals and the environment through education and conservation. In addition to her education role, Isabela is currently furthering her study in marine science at Southern Cross University 
In this episode I speak with Samantha Jones, the winner of It Takes A Town's program – 'Pitch for Change'.Samantha is offering budding gardeners an opportunity to learn the basics of gardening and growing their own food with her program 'Vegucation'at the Murwillumbah Community Gardens.In this interview we speak about:her passion for organic gardeninghow and why she startedthe lessons she learned living in Indonesiasome tips to get planting in summerthe importance of composting and mulching.Samantha's passion is contagious.  After seeing how she has transformed her own garden, I'm sure you will learn a lot and feel inspired.BioSamantha Jones is passionate organic gardener inspired by self sufficiency, sustainability and community. She has empowered herself with a grounded grass roots way to have a positive impact in the world. Through her new program ‘Vegucation’ at Murwillumbah Community Garden, she aims to guide and inspire others to start growing their own organic food at home. She has a certificate 3 in Horticulture and 10 years gardening experience. Led by her enthusiasm for holistic healing for humans and the earth she believes growing your own food has a diverse range of practical healing benefits. Want to know more or visit social pages, click the links belowEmail: Website (Coming Soon)FacebookInstagram
I feel honoured to speak with UK-based Jo Ruxton this week, who is the producer of the film "A Plastic Ocean" (A film my partner and I screened when we launched our not-for-profit Let's Waste Less in 2017 that forever changed the way we viewed single plastic and our throw-away culture). View the trailerPlastic is accumulating across the planet at an alarming rate and adversely affecting the health of wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans.  Because plastic takes decades to break down, experts predict that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.In this interview I speak with Jo about what she observed while making this documentary and some of the challenges they faced.We also speak about:how Jo has observed a change for the worse in her 40-year career documenting our oceans, with plastics having a devastating effect on so many ecosystems and specieswhy plastic in the ocean has a negative effect on animals, the environment and us, once it gets into our food chainhow micro plastics journey from land into the ocean, taking around 20 years to break downhow the problems of plastic in the ocean are compounded by BPA leaching and its absorbent properties that trap chemicals, like agricultural run off and DDThow pristine environments like Lord Howe Island and its sea birds are affected as a result of the plastic we (often) unthinkingly throw awaywhy recycling offshore is not sustainable and recycling alone is not enough to resolve the problems that plastic createhow her organisation Plastic Oceans Foundation is making a difference and why there is hope for a better future.It was an engaging and sometime emotional interview for me as I realised that there was so much more I could be doing to make a difference.Bio - Jo RuxtonJo Ruxton is a passionate campaigner for the oceans, her career in conservation began in the ‘80’s when she started the first marine programme for WWF in Hong Kong, where she lived for 14 years.  During that time, she was a key advocate for the establishment of the first marine protected areas there.She was a lead member of the BBC Natural History Unit’s diving team for many years and has been producing and directing underwater sequences since the first days of filming on the award-winning Blue Planet series in 1997.  During her 12 years at the BBC she was involved in numerous underwater films from Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean for the BBC and the Discovery Channel.Disappointed in the lack of conservation messages in the BBC films she worked on, she decided to leave to work independently and when she started to hear about the problem of plastic waste in the oceans, she knew she had to tell the story as it was.  She began to raise the funds needed to make the documentary feature, A Plastic Ocean and it was 2 years before there was enough to begin filming.  The more she learned about the subject the more determined she was to tell the story as research was revealing a much bigger problem than she had ever imagined.  It was 8 years before her multi-award-winning film, A Plastic Ocean, was finally released in 70 countries and in 15 languages.Jo co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation as a registered UK charity nearly 11 years ago to help the fundraising process and to continue the legacy of the film with evidence-based education programmes for schools, business and public awareness. (want to know more visit beaming
I am really excited to be speaking with Henrike Schreer, a qualified Life Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and Hypnotherapist. I asked her what she would recommended for people who are experiencing difficulty in their relationships and in particular how COVID-19 seems to have exacerbated the situation.In this episode Henrike shares how she used the techniques she'd learned to:deal with a relationship break up two years after moving from Germany to Australia with a young childcreate a vision for her futurecreate support systemsnegotiate a mutually beneficial outcome for herself,  her son and ex partnersupport her clients through tough times by drawing on her own experience.We also speak about some of the challenges people are facing during COVID-19 and some of the support and tools they can access to overcome them.BIOLife Coach and Hypnotherapist Henrike Schreer teaches her clients how to harness their conscious and unconscious mind to create meaningful change. As co-creator and former manager of a busy yoga school and retreat centre, she draws on modern coaching tools like Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy as well as ancient yogic philosophy and insights from Ayurveda, archetype work and related topics in the field of personal development.Want to get in touch with Henrike?Get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or LinkedINFind my latest Coaching Videos on YoutubeBook a free Discovery Call to find out if Coaching is for them 
It Takes a Town — with Carmen StewartIt Takes a Town (ITAT) started in 2017 in the 2484 postcode area, which includes Murwillumbah,  Northern New South Wales and surrounding villages. It operates under the premise that we all — residents, services, clubs, churches, businesses, schools and government—have a role to play in creating change. With 1 in 3 children below the poverty line in 2484, children and families have become ITAT's primary focus. ITAT focuses on nurturing the qualities of collaboration, generosity and responsiveness, with the understanding that if we get the culture of community ‘right’ and provide support for the seeding of new collaborations and initiatives then it will benefit of children, families and individuals.  In this episode we ask Carmen how the project is progressing how the community is engaging with it. In this interview we discuss how:natural disasters, like the 2017 floods, impact local communities and help build resilienceto tap into the generosity of a community willing to help those in needITAT attracted funding to support the movementITAT's managed to respond more quickly to people in need during the floods than larger organisations subject to bureaucracythe community gathered together to determine how they could be more self sufficient.Bio of Carmen StewartCarmen has a Masters in Applied Science (Social Ecology) and a background in government, education, community and not-for-profit sectors. For the past 17 years she has worked as a consultant, specialising in community engagement, project design and management, the facilitation of workshops and strategic planning.Carmen’s key role at present is the design and activation of ‘It Takes a Town’. This is a collective impact project focused on the 2484 postcode area. It aims to grow a culture of trust, generosity and responsiveness, in order to create opportunities and environments for children to thrive.Prior to this she designed and managed the award winning Making Places project, an initiative to imagine safer, healthier and more sustainable futures in communities across SEQ and Melbourne.Carmen has worked extensively as a consultant with organisations in the Northern Rivers, including Social Futures, The Family Centre, Momentum Collective, Tweed Ballina Byron Community Transport, the NNSW Local Health District and the (former) Tweed Valley Women’s Service. She has also worked for multiple government agencies including the Tweed Shire Council, Logan City Council, City of Gold Coast and the Queensland State Government.Carmen is a highly skilled and engaging facilitator. She is passionate about inspiring and activating change to create futures we would all love to live in.  Right now she is particularly interested in how we can collaborate post COVID-19 to NOT return to business as usual.You can find out more about Carmen’s present work at www.thrive2484.comConnect with It Takes a TownFacebookInstagramIt takes a townEmail:
In this episode I speak with skilled planners and strategic engineers, Nilmini De Silva and Steven Liaros,  who have more than 25 years local government and consulting experience.  They share their vision of pioneering "Circular Economy Villages" (CEVs) in Australia . A CEV lowers living costs, covering the basic needs of residents, including water, food, energy and shelter. CEVs also integrate sustainable and innovative ideas and infrastructure, reinventing how 'residents and entrepreneurs'  live and work together.The couple have spent the past few years travelling Australia in their motor home and connecting with communities and councils to get important feedback that will inform their vision of sustainable, affordable and connected living.In this interview they share:what their research findings on CEVs are, including anecdotal and academic research from Steven's PHDwhich local councils support the idea and are interested in developing it further e.g. Bellingen Councilwhat the master plan of a CEV could look and how it might workhow CEVs save on commute timewhat shared community amenities will be available, such as electric vehicles, entertainment rooms, pool, gyms etchow shared spaces like community gardens and meeting places create connection and enhance mental healthwhat E changers arehow CEVs offer nomads a home and a place in a community for as long as they want.For more information about CEVs and Nilmini and Steven's vision, visit the links below.Want to learn more click on the following links:Link to Fifth Estate Article: Circular economy village Life: Pipedream or solution to all our woesSocial Media & Websites:FB Page: Circular Economy VillagesPublication on Medium: Ecoliving Journeys Web: Beautility Developments  Steven’s PhD: Circular Economy Villages: Local Nodes in a Globally Networked City 
Vision for Wellness SanctuariesIn this interview  Sebastian Hilbert shares his story of moving to Australia from a small rural town in East Germany, with a population of  200 people.He discusses how he and his partner, Theresa Armytage, created Wellnesspreneur after realising there was a gap in the market in how effectively wellness businesses were creating and using their online presence.  Seven years on,  Sebastian and his partner have become leading authorities on wellness business growth training.When the world took a collective breath during the Covid-19 lockdown, Sebastian started to question whether he was following his true passion. He spent a few days alone in nature feeling into what he'd love to create if there were no limits and Wellness Sanctuaries was what emerged.Still in early development, Sebastian shares his dream of creating Wellness Sanctuaries around the world that integrate farming, community, sustainable building and off-grid living. He is working with Gymea Eco Retreat to create a model for a space that provides more than a temporary escape. Sebastian is determined to create an experience that is truly transformative for the individual and their community.Sebastian shares about the following in the interview:how he discovered his passion for wellness and how it has developed over the yearshis tips in helping health professionals to engage with their customers and grow their businesseshow his moments of crisis and change have been the biggest catalysts for positive growth and transformationhis vision for Wellness Sanctuaries and the importance of collaboration.Bio:Sebastian is the Co-Founder of Wellnesspreneur, speaker and author of ‘Wellness Influence'After finishing with honours and as dux of one of the most prestigious hotel schools worldwide, Sebastian learned from alternative and holistic health professionals that ‘the big three’ diseases: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, which had such a profound effect on his friends and family, can , in many cases, be prevented.This inspired Sebastian to micro-niche and co-found ‘Wellnesspreneur’ with the vision to move the world to ‘Sustainable Wellness’, helping health and wellness professionals to triple their revenue in 6 to 12 months.After a 7-year entrepreneurial journey, Sebastian wants to build a more conscious, harmonious and abundant world, by building foundations and the capacity to grow for businesses in wellness, health and sustainability. Eco Retreat & SpaSebastians Book: (You find the video there too) 
Operation CrayweedOperation Crayweed is a flagship project from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. The project focuses on the restoration of underwater forests that disappeared from the coastline of Australia’s largest city decades ago. It combines science, practice, community engagement and art to reach its goals as well as raise awareness about the importance of underwater kelp forests that are experiencing global decline. At Beaming Green we want to shine the light on people that are doing great things in the community, this is one of the projects that we feel deserves some recognition.In this interview Derrick discusses:the blue economyhow sewage has impacted the beaches in North Malabar and North Bondihow Crayweed supports biodiversitythe scope of the project, which spans between Port Macquarie and Sydney.Once COVID is under control, if anyone wants to help by volunteering in the Sydney area, please go to the website and register your interest.  Links provided on Beaming Green website.Bio - Derrick CruzDerrick grew up snorkeling and exploring the estuaries and seagrass meadows of NSW. He is now a passionate fish ecologist and holds particular interests in range-shifting species, habitat restoration and the enhancement of wild fisheries. He has worked with DPI, UNSW and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science on various field-intensive projects and enjoys promoting sustainable practices to younger generations.Want to find out moreGot to the following links and look at the beautifully created videos.http://www.operationcrayweed.com can also view videos via
In this episode with Arne Rubinstein we will be discussing the key elements of having sustainable, meaningful relationships with your children through the various stages of their life and the importance of elders in the community to guide you in your adult life.  There is also a special offer for the Rites of Passage Institute's transformational parenting online course.In this interview Arne discusses:Four steps to having better relationships with your childrenThe importance of the relationship with grandparentsHow elders in the community can play an important roleThe courses available through the Rites of Passage Institute.I am sure that you will get something out of listening to this interview with Arne, he puts a lot of energy into his interview, as he does his life.Please feel free to drop us a comment on the episode or via our social media sites.Don't forget to look into the special offer on the transformational parenting course and have a look at the five minute Youtube - Bringing Back the Butchulla (See below) Bio - Dr. Arne Rubinstein (mbbs, fracgp)Founder & CEO, The Rites of Passage InstituteArne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on childhood development and rites of passage.His programs have been attended by more than 200,000 people in more than 20 countries around the world and are now a part of over 50 schools around Australia.Dr Arne is a medical doctor and specialised first in family medicine and then spent 15 years in emergency medicine until he moved full time, creating programs for parents and their children.He is the author of the best-seller The Making of Men and has won multiple awards for his work, including being nominated in 2008 for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth, providing much-needed answers and tools to support a generation of young men and women be happy and motivated about life.Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.Links and free offerTo got to Rites of Passage websiteClick on link to watch this fantastic Youtube video titled Bringing Back the Butchulla Transformational Parenting Ecourse can be found through the link below: information available from Beaming Green website under episode notes
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