November Connect and Learn
29 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table
Introduction to RetroSuburbia
Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte
Monday 29 November 2021 – 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Level 3 Community Rooms, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba
Bookings are Essential
This is a COVID-safe event and we’ll ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained. It’s essential that you book so that we have contact details and know how many will be attending.
If this event is fully booked we’ll offer a wait list. So if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.
6.15 pm – Connect – Doors Open
Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table. Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 7.45 pm after the LEARN session.
6.30 pm – Learn – Introduction to RetroSuburbia
Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte
RetroSuburbia brings to life David Holmgren’s vision of a sustainable, productive and vibrant permaculture lifestyle right in the suburbs where we live.
- Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household?
- Do you want to grow food, reduce your energy use and have a more satisfying, fulfilling life?
Debbie is a Registered RetroSuburbia Facilitator, and these themes from David Holmgren’s book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future will be explored in this introductory workshop.
Learn practical and positive solutions for retrofitting our homes, gardens and households, and to build and empower resilient individuals and communities.
RetroSuburbia focuses on creating stronger, happier and more resilient households as we face climate and energy uncertainties. This introduction will provide an overview of the ways households and families can live in a meaningful, productive way that reduces dependence on fossil fuels, the industrial food system, and the consumer economy.
Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience. Motivated by vivid childhood memories of tasting food plucked fresh from the garden, she enjoys growing and preserving abundant organic produce with her husband Brodie in their own backyard. With an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning, she’s been an educator for 40+ years, and feels privileged to nurture the limitless potential of learners at her home-based teaching practice, Optimise Learning.
7.45 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table
A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan options).
Sharing of produce opens after the presentation to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.
Free off-street parking is available under the library (enter from Victoria Street).
The venue has access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers as needed. Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).
We hope we see you there!
- Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
- First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
- Non-Members – $10 per person
- Children attending with parents – Free
Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due for renewal in December each year. If you join now, membership fees are pro rata (1/2 price for 1/2 year), so it’s now only $20 per person or $15 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.
If you join now, membership will be valid right through until the end of 2021 and members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost.
Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/.
There’s also an option to join and pay via checkout for this event.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe. This includes:
- Physical distancing will be maintained.
- Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently travelled overseas or to hot spot area.
Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.
Do you have surplus?
We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.
Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.
Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.