Upcoming Appearances


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Deep listening, deep feeling: being present in emergent knowing

A conversation between Nora Bateson and Maya Ward


In times calling for radical transition, how do we listen to what is most essential? How do we access larger wisdoms: wisdoms of ecosystems, of bodies, of communities? This conversation between Nora Bateson, (Filmmaker, writer, educator, lecturer and President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden and the USA) and Dr Maya Ward, (dancer, writer, educator, permaculturist, based in Wurundjeri Country) seeks to attend to these realms.
The perception of interdependency is not only intellectual, it is also physical, emotional, cultural, linguistic and lives in our imaginations. This emergent, improvised conversation will be an immersion into this other way of knowing, a co-creative act with time, place and participants.

Price: $25 or $15 concession – all funds raised go toward the work of the International Bateson Institute
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Please note – 6.30 arrival for a 7pm start




Join a Andy Fergus (design advocate at the City of Melbourne, Co-Director of Melbourne Architours and teacher at the Melbourne School of Design) and Mark Skiba (Landscape Architect, Vice President of AILAand fellow Co-Director of Melbourne Architours) on a 12km bicycle tour exploring the oft-forgotten ecologies of the Yarra River, stopping along the way to meet with experts in the pre and post contact history of the lower Birrarung (Yarra River), including researchers, ecologists and landscape architects.

The tour commences in Richmond at the former Burnley Basalt Quarry and finishes in the west at Stony Creek with a short journey across the last Punt in Melbourne. From remnant vegetation, to the blasted stone of the falls, and a colony of mangroves, the journey is punctuated with a series of stops at moments which connect us to the river’s former condition, with story sharing from a series of designers and researchers who are exploring how the history of the river might inform the future possibilities for its regeneration.

Guest experts include:
Maya Ward – Author, ‘The Comfort of Water – A River Pilgrimage’
Ros Rymer – Researcher, Historian and Landscape Architect
More speakers TBC

Waterfront is presented by Open House Melbourne as part of Melbourne Design Week—an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. Forgotten Ecologies of Birrarung is co–presented by Melbourne Architours.

Access Requirements: Bike tour, BYO bike and helmet.

Rewilding the Urban Soul – A Campfire Conversation

5pm Saturday 20th September 2014 at CERES Community Environment Park – Lee Street East Brunswick

Two women went on wild journeys that changed their lives – and wrote about them. Claire Dunn spent a transformational year living in the bush and learning wilderness survival skills. My Year Without Matches – by Claire Dunn is the memoir of that journey. Maya Ward‘s pilgrimage to the source of the Yarra is the inspiration for her book The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage :

Wild Mind‘s Sean O’Carroll will facilitate a conversation on how we foster wildness at the heart of our urban lives. We will gather around the fire at ceres’ Wurundjeri teaching place, a wild and beautiful spot by Merri Creek. Books, soup and chai will be available. It’s a CERES fundraiser, suggested donation $5. Head to the Namalata Willam, the leaf-shaped roof to the north of CERES, just past the African village.

Wildness and Writing, Stillness and Flow Workshop

Yarra Valley, 4th to 6th December 2015






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