Fri 1 March - Sun 3 March 2024

Ideas from the Edge


Spiritual Seekers believe that Change comes from Within
Is a spiritual revival needed before our social and political life can move forward?

And is there already a deeper more profound consciousness underway in Australia. Is the renaissance of our Folk Culture a part of this development?

Rosemary Beaumont will explore these issues with:

  • Graham Moore – A Garrn–munji Yuin Elder from the Bega Valley.
  • Lisa Kempster – Psychologist, member of Dzogchen community at Namgyalgar, Tilba
  • David Oliphant – Open Sanctuary Spiritual group and the “Big Ideas” forum at Tilba

SATURDAY – The Yuin – 11.00 -12.00

The Art of Activism

Can People Power Change Things?
Challenging us to act from our deepest compassion and wisdom, in a world of growing suffering, violence and inequality.
Sean Burke (Activist Extraordinaire) will explore the art of activism with three current practitioners:

  • Prue Acton – OBE, Local Legend – Environmentalist
  • Anna Reilly – Bega Organiser of Australians March for Better Government
  • Skye Etherington – Deep Ecologist from the Bega Valley
  • James Thier – Corporate Activist working in the environmental, social, governance and ethical performance of companies.

SATURDAY – The Yuin 12-1.00pm

The Future and Climate Change

If young people ran the world, what would it be like?
Dean Turner from The Crossing Environmental Education Centre and Paul West, chef from River Cottage explore the question of “Will Bega Valley Go Troppo ?” with a panel of young people from the Bega Valley.

SATURDAY – The Crossing – 1.00 -2.00pm

Local Food Economies – A Farm Led Revolution

ABC’s Tim Holt will lead a discussion exploring the future of locally grown food becoming a catalyst to drive economic change and make our communities resilient to potential disasters. How and who will grow this food? Is a localised food supply chain possible? What role do the big Supermarkets play?

  • John Champagne – Local Permaculture Legend and President of South East Producers
  • Pennie Scott – “Bush Goddess” and Originator of ‘Eat Local Thursday” in Wagga
  • Fraser Bayley – Commercial vegetable grower & President of SAGE (Moruya)
  • Annie Wemer – Meat Chicken grower and Manager of the Small Species Abattoir in Bega

SATURDAY – The Yuin – 2.0 – 3.00pm

The Divine Feminine

The Divine feminine consciousness is rising within all women and men to rebalance and reclaim our world in a way that values all of life as sacred. Do you hear or feel her call? Come and participate in an experiential circle of listening, touching and connecting:

  • Mehreen Faruqi – NSW Greens Member Legislative Council
  • Ruth Haggar – Naturopath, writer, art therapist
  • Rosemary Beaumont –Educator
  • Skye Etherington – Facilitator

SATURDAY – The Yuin — 4.00- 5.00pm

Can Renewable Energy Power Australia and the World

Most electricity utilities are attempting to stop the growth of renewable energy, because it is disrupting their business models. How can community scale renewable energy projects be grown?

The ABC’s Tim Holt discusses these issues and more with:

  • Mehreen Faruqi – NSW Greens Member Legislative Council
  • Nick Graham-Higgs – Solar Farm Consultant
  • Kathleen McCann – Permaculturist
  • Roger Bunyan – Pioneer in Solar Energy

SATURDAY – The Yuin – 5.00 – 6.00pm