Welcome to the 4th annual Bello LeaF (Learning Festival)!

The LeaF Festival is so happy to part of the wonderful Bello Winter Music Festival event once again. Looking forward to having you join us!

When is it?

LeaF runs from Friday to Sunday of the Bello Winter Music Festival (13-15 July).

How much does it cost?

LeaF events are part of the festival program and free to ticket holders. Non-ticket holders are welcome to join (space allowing) by donation at the event.

Visit Us

Visit the BSLA/CCRSH Tent in the Market Park to learn more about LeaF events or affiliate groups…and to participate in our Find-the-Koala competition.

2018 Leaf Festival Events

As festival-goers have come to expect, LeaF workshops cover a rich and exciting array of eco-learning topics, facilitated by passionate local presenters from nine different organisations on behalf of the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance (BSLA) and the newly established Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub (CCRSH). Enjoy the Festival!

FRIDAY

  • WORKSHOP: Primitive Fire Making.

    3:00-4.30pm, meet @north side of Lavenders Bridge. Did you forget the matches?? This is your chance to learn to make fire from nature’s bounty.  Bush Skills experts Andrew Turbill, Tyler Parkes , and Holly Mae will guide you in the spirit of matchless fire making.  $10 fee for materials (limited numbers of fire kits available). Brought to you by Centre for Ecological Learning. REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL at cel.org.au. This workshop has booked out in past years so get in early!

  • WORKSHOP: Bugs of Bellingen.

    3:00-4.30pm, meet @the Stables. What do you reckon about those little critters that live under the leaves and even in the water? Could you survive without them? Should you look after them? Spend a while withN knowledgeable environmental educators exploring for Bugs of Bellingen. We will bring some equipment to help you explore the local environment to learn about these interesting and essential creatures.  Brought to you by Cascade Environmental Education Centre.

SATURDAY

  • WORKSHOP: Winter Yoga.

    8:00-9:00am @St. Margaret’s Hall. Focusing on strengthening and stretching your spine from your lumbar to your neck, experience how different your body can feel when your spine is given the right kind of attention. Ki Yoga focuses on the seasons and the energy meridians of your body. It includes partner work and a short massage at the end. Emma Hohnen has been teaching Ki Yoga for almost 15 years and at the last 3 festivals. Bring a mat or a towel if you can. Brought to you by Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • WORKSHOP: Morning Meditation

    9:15-10:00am @St. Margaret’s Hall. Insight Meditation teacher Will James will lead a group meditation on the theme of “This Precious Life”. This is an opportunity to come together to sit for inner and outer peace and for healing the earth in a powerful demonstration of our gratitude, love and connection to each other and to the planet we share. Beginners welcome. Bring a cushion if you can. Brought to you by Tallowwood Sangha. More info at tallowwoodsangha.org.au.

  • WALK: Edible and Medicinal Weeds Workshop

    9:30-10:30am, meet @Maam Gaduying.  Join us for an exploration into the world of weeds. Often disliked and overlooked, these plants are a treasure trove of food and medicines. Damian Harrison from Chamomile Naturopathy will help you identify useful local weeds and their culinary and medicinal possibilities. We will engage the senses as we touch, taste, and smell plants and products that will help you use this knowledge in your daily life.  Brought to you by Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • WORKSHOP: Running a “Buy Local” campaign – you can too!

    10:30-11:30am @the Showgrounds Hall. “Bello’s Big Deal’, was a ‘buy local’ campaign recently run by the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce. This interactive workshop will provide ideas about what to do and what not to do when running a campaign to bring business home to your community. Hilary Cadman will give a short presentation on the campaign and the lessons learned, followed by group activities to help you plan your own ‘buy local’ campaign. Brought to you by the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce.

  • WORKSHOP: The Great Koala Park Project

    10:30-11:30am @the Stables. Koalas are the world’s favourite animal, and Bellingen can lay claim to being the koala capital of NSW! But the outlook is not all rosy for the species. Join Oisin Sweeney, Senior Ecologist from the National Parks Association NSW, to learn more about koalas and what you can do to help in your local area, and to hear about the Great Koala National Park proposal: what is it and why do we need it? Brought to you by the Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub/Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • PERFORMANCE: Playback Theatre - Loving and Living on Planet Earth

    12:00-1:30 pm @the Showgrounds Hall. How we connect with the natural world is of deep significance to many of us – yet how often do you get to share this part of yourself with others?  Come share the story of your relationship, your love or even your disconnection to this planet we call home. Through an improvised and spontaneous performance by the Playback actors, your stories will be seen again in a new form. Please note the session will be closed at 12:10 to create an intimate environment in respect of the stories shared. Brought to you by Bellingen Playback Theatre Inc.

  • WORKSHOP: Towards a Zero-Emissions Bellingen Shire

    12:00-1:00 pm @St Margaret’s Hall. Come learn how a volunteer local group is promoting local ownership of Bellingen Shire’s electricity supply and demand. We believe that renewable energy is an essential element in the sustainability of our lifestyle and our environment. Bellingen Shire Electricity Alliance is a community-based, volunteer, not-for-profit Association that have some serious runs on the board – including a recent community owned solar initiative. Come hear our story! Brought to you by Bellingen Shire Electricity Alliance (BSEA). 

SUNDAY

  • WORKSHOP: Winter Yoga

    8:00-9:00am @Cedar Bar. Focusing on strengthening and stretching your spine from your lumbar to your neck, experience how different your body can feel when your spine is given the right kind of attention. Ki Yoga focuses on the seasons and the energy meridians of your body. It includes partner work and a short massage at the end. Emma Hohnen has been teaching Ki Yoga for almost 15 years and at the last 3 festivals. Bring a mat or a towel if you can. Brought to you by Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • WORKSHOP: Getting Hands on - Citizen Science and Turtles

    9:00-10:00am, meet @north side of Lavenders Bridge.  Come and see citizen science in action and find out what we need to do to look after our river. Sue Lennox will share the results of the Bellingen Riverwatch program, which involved Bellingen schools and the Bellingen Community in monitoring river health on a monthly basis. Hear about the partnership between OzGREEN and the NSW Govt Saving Our Species program, in collaboration with Bellingen Shire Council and multiple partners who were involved in the Turtle rescue.  Brought to you by OzGREEN.

  • FORUM: Elemental Nature: Spirit – Listen to the Land

    9:30-11:00am @Cedar Bar. How did our river form? How did the plateau get so high? Where did the valleys come from? Why did it all happen that way, and where do humans fit into the picture? Join Gumbaynggirr language teacher Michael Jarrett, Eco-priest Jason John, and Buddhist teacher Will James, in discussion with local geologist Mark Graham to explore how geology, spirituality, and language flow together to create knowledge and culture. Brought to you by the Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub/Centre for Ecological Learning.  More info at cel.org.au.

  • WORKSHOP: Make your own Plastic Free Personal Products.

    10:00-11:00am @The Stables. Commercial personal products promise us eternal youth. But what are the real costs of these beauty elixirs and their ingredients – often a cocktail of chemicals, packaged in plastic, which can be harmful to ourselves, our children and the planet. Donna Sowman and Alison Heeley will teach you how to easily create your own plastic-free personal products, such as toothpaste, deodorant and lip balm, using natural, simple ingredients at a fraction of the price! Brought to you by Waste Not Bellingen/ Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • WORKSHOP: Empower yourself to be Plastic Neutral

    11:00-12:00am @The Stables. Local eco-warrior Louise Hardman from the Plastic Collective is dedicated to reducing plastic waste in our oceans. She has developed the Shruder – a mobile machine that recycles single use plastics into valuable items. Come hear the story of her work around the world, and learn 25 things you can do at home which can save the world from plastic pollution. Louise recently met with the Prince of Wales who thought her work was amazing, and so will you! Brought to you by Waste Not Bellingen/Centre for Ecological Learning.

  • Primitive Fire Making is Back Again!

    This workshop has booked out in past years so get in early!

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