March Weekend Project {2nd & 3rd March 2013 – Day Visitors Guide}

We are currently organising our first bigger project for 2013, ‘March Weekend Project’. This is the first of hopefully many regular monthly to six weekly events we will be having at the Kyabra Learning Centre in Kentucky.

The ‘March Weekend Project’ will be a two day event from Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 3rd of March.

Below is an idea of what will be happening over the two days. You are also welcome to camp for the weekend if you would like to, but it is essential to let us know if you would like to. Please email eloisalh@gmail.com or phone: 0267787458.
 
Visitors Guide
 
This document is designed to provide an overview of the event. If you plan to attend it is essential that you watch or listen to the orientation materials, and see the full facility and event schedule details on the blog post: Extended information
 
The ‘March Weekend Project’ is a two day event to be held at Kyabra Station, Kentucky, NSW. The week is designed to give participants an opportunity to experience hands-on experimental techniques for farming, land re-generation, and home gardening, based around principles such as:
 
Teaching about the land and how quickly we can change it to become more fertile, abundant and balanced.
 
Empowering people to do it themselves in a new way 
 
Educating People who are passionate about the land/environment etc, globally 
 
How to put love back into eco-systems, and to support eco-systems as the most effective and loving way to regenerate nature
 
ORIENTATION MATERIAL
 
1. If you plan to attend on any of the days please read, watch or listen to the orientation presentations found in the following link:
March Weekend Orientation Material, Transcript Or watch the videos ( go to www.divinetruth.com > downloads > Scroll down to 20121106 Creating Loving Eco Systems > you can read, listen to or watch this information, there is an intro, lessons 1-7 and a conclusion to listen too lasting approx an hour to an hour and a half.
 
This information is designed to give you a good overview of the principles behind activities we will be undertaking during the weekend in March. If you are pressed for time the audio files give an overview. If you are interested in a broader scope and examples of the main principles in action watch the youtube videos. If you do not have the chance to watch or listen to these materials prior to arrival in March there will be a daily orientation session where you will be able to watch these. It is important that you watch or listen to this material before joining us in the field so that you have a good understanding of our ethos.
 
2. OTHER SUGGESTED WATCHING MATERIAL:
Chernobyl Life in the Dead Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVv1vsZxV00
 
3. Please RSVP Via Email: eloisalh@gmail.com if you desire to camp for any part of the duration of the project
Or Phone: Peter & Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins ph. 02 6778 7458
 
4.OVERVIEW OF WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES 
 
There are a few different projects that will be happening over the weekend and you are welcome to choose different activities on different days. Due to being widely geographically placed it will not be possible to change activities if you are only here for one day.
 
 * Activity 1: Re-generation and restoration of swampy land
 
Activity includes using some alternate methods to reduce water logging down from the paddock worked on on day one. We will focus on improving water take up through building living systems above ground and planting shrubs and bushes to absorb water.
 
looking down towards Re-gen site
(near bottom trees)
 
* Activity 2: Barbed wire Removal and Collecting ‘Food’ for Living Systems
 
Activity includes removing the top wire of Barbed wire from fences to reduce risk of small and large animals and birds getting caught up in it. It will also include collecting fallen trees, branches and sticks for living systems to create fertility and improve soil.
 
gathering living system ‘food’
*Activity 3: Waterless Home Gardening – this will be a continuation of what was begun at ‘Summerfest’ last year. It will demonstrate several techniques including fibonachi system to maximise sun and water usage of any area, designing waterflow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. Working on this project will be finishing off the first section of the Waterless Garden.
 
Waterless Garden in progress
 

 

 
Detailed Information
 
House Rules:
 
The Lytton-Hitchins family request that no meat, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs are brought onto the property. Any persons not respecting this request will be asked to leave.
Also, the family asks that each person comes with an attitude of treating others in the same manner each person who attends would like to be treated themselves.
 
Arrival:
 
Please arrive by 8.00am. Day Parking is available by the woolshed
 
Daily Briefing:
 
Daily briefing and orientation will start at 8am sharp in the woolshed. (Follow the drive straight down past the sheds until you see a big white building with a green roof, this is the woolshed).
 
Times:
 
Activities concerning the environment will run from 8 am to 2/2.30pm each day
 
Evenings:
 
On Saturday evening there will be a shared meal at 5pm and music/dancing from 6-9pm in the woolshed that you are welcome to attend if you desire. 

Sunday afternoon, there will be a short debrief after the workday is completed.

Other Information:
There may be sessions in the woolshed or conversations that include discussions about God, the Human Soul and other spiritual matters. However these will not be of long duration and any person can elect to not be present during these sessions. There will also be Karaoke, and singing presentations during the evenings.

What to Bring:
 
Day Visitors:
Food & Snacks:All food and snacks for self and own family
Campers: there are shower and toilet facilities available and a drinking water tank. You will need to be totally self sufficient in all other areas so bring cooking/cleaning gear, enough food, snacks, gear for all weathers for the entire weekend.
 
Water bottles:There will be facility to refill water bottles throughout the day but we request that each person bring 2Ltrs for themselves to start. Also please bring Hats & sun protection as there is limited shade areas out in the field.
 
Tools: Picks, Shovels, Forks, Rakes, and Gloves
 
Evening Meal:
 
There will be a shared meal on Saturday night at 5pm for anyone who is participating over the weekend. Please bring a plate or pot of vegan or vegetarian food to share on these occasions if you wish to join in.
 

March Weekend Project 2013 {Campers & visitors Guide – Long Version}

March Weekend Project 2013
 
Campers & Visitors Guide
 
Project:
Understanding & Creating Loving Self-Supporting Eco- Systems. Continuing projects started at ‘Summerfest 2012’.
 
The ‘March Weekend Project 2013’ is a two day event to be held at Kyabra Station, Kentucky, NSW. The weekend is designed to give participants an opportunity to experience hands-on experimental techniques for farming, land re-generation, and home gardening, based around principles such as:
 
Teaching about the land and how quickly we can change it to become more fertile, abundant and balanced.
 
Empowering people to do it themselves in a new way 
 
Educating People who are passionate about the land/environment etc, globally 
 
How to put love back into eco-systems, and to support eco-systems as the most effective and loving way to regenerate nature
 
ORIENTATION MATERIAL
 
If you plan to attend on any of the days please read, watch or listen to the orientation presentations found in the following link:
(Kentucky SummerFest Orientation Material) http://www.divinetruth.com/HTML/whatsnew.htm
 
This information is designed to give you a good overview of the principles behind activities we will be undertaking during the days of the March Weekend Project. If you are pressed for time the audio files give an overview. If you are interested in a broader scope and examples of the main principles in action watch the youtube videos. If you do not have the chance to watch or listen to these materials prior to arrival at the weekend there will be a daily orientation session where you will be able to watch these. It is important that you watch or listen to this material before joining us in the field so that you have a good understanding of our ethos.
 
2.OTHER SUGGESTED WATCHING MATERIAL:
Chernobyl Life in the Dead Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVv1vsZxV00
 
3. Please RSVP via Email: eloisalh@gmail.com 
Or by phone: Peter & Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins, Ph: 02 67787 458
 
 
4. OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES 
 
There are various activities you can participate in on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March 2013. You will be able to do a different activity on each day if you desire. Unfortunately we wont be able to change activities during the days due to geographical distance. 
 
 * Activity 1: Re-generation and restoration of swampy land
 
Activity includes using some alternate methods to reduce water logging down from the paddock worked on on day one. We will focus on improving water take up through building living systems above ground and planting shrubs and bushes to absorb water.
looking down towards Re-gen site (near bottom trees)

looking down towards Re-gen site
(near bottom trees)

 * Activity 2: Barbed wire Removal and Collecting ‘Food’ for Living Systems

 
Activity includes removing the top wire of Barbed wire from fences to reduce risk of small and large animals and birds getting caught up in it. It will also include collecting fallen trees, branches and sticks for living systems to create fertility and improve soil.
 
gathering living system 'food'

gathering living system ‘food’

*Activity 3: Waterless Home Gardening – this will be a continuation of what was begun at ‘Summerfest’ last year. It will demonstrate several techniques including fibonachi system to maximise sun and water usage of any area, designing waterflow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. Working on this project will be finishing off the first section of the Waterless Garden.
 
Waterless Garden in progress

Waterless Garden in progress

*Activity 4: Nature boxes – positioning boxes for animals and birds according to their particular needs, providing shelter close to food and water. Scouting for suitable locations and some tree climbing will be necessary. 
March Weekend Project 2013 {Campers & visitors Guide - Long Version}

Nesting Box in place

Nesting Box in place


 
Detailed Information
Dates:
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March (Come and leave anytime between the arrival and departure dates)
Venue:
Kyabra Pastoral Group, Kyabra Station New England Highway, Kentucky NSW 2354
17kms south of Uralla On the New England Highway between Armidale and Tamworth
Armidale shopping is a half hour away Uralla is 15mins away with a convenience store
 
House Rules:
These house rules are the request of the Lytton-Hitchins family. Please adhere to their rules since we are their guests:
 
  • Parents are to be responsible for their children at all times 
  • Domestic animals are not welcome, please leave them home 
  • Please bring only VEGAN or vegetarian food 
  • No drugs, alcohol or cigarettes
The family also requests that you ask yourself the following questions before attending the event:
 
1.Am I going to this event to take from people? Or am I going to participate and to give?
 
2.Am I going to this event in the state of rage/anger? Or a state that is open and humble?
 
3.Is there anybody potentially at the location that I am upset with already? If your answer is ‘Yes’ 
resolve the emotional issue IN LOVE, BEFORE you come to the event.
 
4.If a person refuses consistently to address issues of love they will need to stay off the property until they have worked through those issues. When you have you will be welcome to return.
 
If you do not answer in the affirmative to the above questions please do not attend the event.
 
Overview:
 
A fun filled weekend of activities including; self-supporting eco-systems for soil based creatures and insects that rebuild the soil, seeding, tree planting, creating self-supporting home vegetable and fruit gardens, creating self-supporting home native gardens, creation and installation of habitats (for native reptiles, birds and animals), potential karaoke, singing, dancing,  and sing-a-long.
 
We wish to give our time and energy to helping any person in attendance to understand and be able to create very small to very large scale systems that support rebuilding eco-systems and habitats that support all life, from bacteria through to fungi and all forms of flora, from worms and insects through to all forms of fauna, including humankind. While we are doing that primary activity, we have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and have a lot of fun.
 
General Information:
 
Most information presented will revolve around how to create loving eco- systems that support all forms of life, and how to replicate these systems from small scale (backyard) to large scale (farming) implementations. These sessions are available free-of-charge to any person who wishes to attend. Any person from the community is invited to attend.
 
Any person who wishes to only come for a single day, or to stay just for the weekend, is very welcome. There will be orientation sessions from 8am to 10am each day in the woolshed for new arrivals that have not watched or listened to the orientation sessions.
 
Other Information:
 
During the week, there may be sessions in the woolshed on some evenings that include discussions about God, the Human Soul and other spiritual matters. However these will not be of long duration and any person can elect to not be present during these sessions. There will also be Karaoke, singing and dancing as well as presentations during the evenings.
 
Weekend Schedule:
 
Friday 1st March, general arrival at Kentucky and setup camp from midday (12pm) onwards.
 
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd March, various activities are to be completed over the weekend. 
 
Briefing for day’s activity 8 am in the woolshed
 
Orientation session for new arrivals 8am daily in woolshed All volunteers meeting 8 am in front of woolshed Staggered work activities begin at 8.30am and finish at 2/2.30pm Showers and personal time from 3pm to 5pm. 
 
5pm shared dinner Saturday evening.
 
Fun activities begin at 6pm and will finish by 9pm (Saturday night)
 
Sunday 3rd March – we will finish at 2/2.30pm and for those of you who need to leave you can dismantle camp, clean up and travel home if needed.
 
Weather:
all over the place. It is much cooler at the moment with sometimes warm or cold days, cool nights, and possible wet weather. It can become very cold, wet and windy as well as hot, dry and dusty! Check weather forecasts for the weekend! Most of all be prepared.
 
Jobs To Do:
Self-supporting gardens Self-supporting food production 
Habitats for native fauna
Tree planting 
Water tanker operations 
First aid 
Life support systems Self-supporting soil regeneration Self-supporting eco-systems 
Habitats for native fauna
Planting supply and logistics 
Cleaning 
Getting supplies 
Managing compost
Public performance
 
What To Bring:
Camping and sleeping gear
– Tents, sleeping bags, swags, blankets, pillows 
– Large tarps if you have any 
– Lanterns, torches, tables and chairs
 
Food preparation
– Utensils for chopping, cooking, eating, and washing up 
– There are no fridges. Bring your own Esky 
– There will be a freezer available to re-freeze freezer bricks outside the orange room (see site map). Please allow 24 hours for freezing and name your blocks clearly, or the name the bag you place them in.
 
All food and snacks for self and own family
– Lunch box for your daily snacks (suggest insulated) The ‘work day’ will be shorter (see the full schedule below) but on some days we will be working in a paddock far from the field so you will need to take lunch and snacks with you.
– 2 X 1L water bottles of water (suggest insulated) – There will be a share meal on Saturday night. Please bring a plate or pot of food to share on this occasion
 
Clothing and personal needs
– TOILET PAPER please hand in your contribution to the Supply Room
– Clothes for ALL weather conditions and maybe an umbrella 
– Clothes for outdoor and gardening activities 
– Hats, sun protection, gardening gloves, gumboots/workboots
– A dust mask if you need one 
– Towels, bathroom and personal stuff 
– Prepare for potentially cold nights, no heating in wool shed 
 
Newspaper, paper and cardboard –Bring as much of these things as possible 
– We shall be able to use them to ‘recycle’ in the projects
 
Tools for gardening
– Shovels/spades (large and small) 
– Picks, mattocks, hoe, etc 
– Label all tools uniquely so they are not lost
 
Campground:
Parking And Camping
 
– Camping will be on a large grassed area below the woolshed 
– Cars and tents will be parked together 
– Please park your car so that NO CARS are blocked from getting out
 
Camp Facilities (see map following for more details)
– There are Toilets (4) and limited Shower facilities (6) onsite 
– Please keep your showers short in consideration of others.
 – A tank of local Drinking water will be provided at the campsite 
– There is a FIREBAN at this time so no fires to be lit on site. Please do not leave any fire/campstove unattended. 
– Hot water – a Hot water urn will be available from early morning on.
 
Waste
– Please be responsible for removing waste other than the material that can be placed in the recycling bins: 
– Recycle bins will be provided for the following material
1. Worm Food – Fruit and vegie scraps excluding citrus, pineapple, onion and large seeds such as avocadoes and mangoes 
 
2. Other Composting Material – citrus, pineapple, onion and large seeds as well as all steel cans – these will be added to the living systems
 
3. All Paper and Cardboard will be fed to the worms or used in the living systems.
 
No Power is available for personal use
– please respect this
 
Map of the camping area
– shows the locations of all facilities marked in BOLD
 
Noticeboard
The Notice board located outside the Orange room will advise of start times for morning and evening activities. Please check for updates.
 
Mudmap of Camp site:
 
mudmap of camp site

mudmap of camp site

 

March Weekend Project 2013 {Campers & Visitors Guide}

March Weekend Project 2013
 
Campers & Visitors Guide
 
Project:
Understanding & Creating Loving Self-Supporting Eco- Systems. Continuing projects started at ‘Summerfest 2012’.
 
The ‘March Weekend Project 2013’ is a two day event to be held at Kyabra Station, Kentucky, NSW. The weekend is designed to give participants an opportunity to experience hands-on experimental techniques for farming, land re-generation, and home gardening, based around principles such as:
 
Teaching about the land and how quickly we can change it to become more fertile, abundant and balanced.
 
Empowering people to do it themselves in a new way 
 
Educating People who are passionate about the land/environment etc, globally 
 
How to put love back into eco-systems, and to support eco-systems as the most effective and loving way to regenerate nature
 
ORIENTATION MATERIAL
 
If you plan to attend on any of the days please read, watch or listen to the orientation presentations found in the following link:
(Kentucky SummerFest Orientation Material) http://www.divinetruth.com/HTML/whatsnew.htm
 
This information is designed to give you a good overview of the principles behind activities we will be undertaking during the days of the March Weekend Project. If you are pressed for time the audio files give an overview. If you are interested in a broader scope and examples of the main principles in action watch the youtube videos. If you do not have the chance to watch or listen to these materials prior to arrival at the weekend there will be a daily orientation session where you will be able to watch these. It is important that you watch or listen to this material before joining us in the field so that you have a good understanding of our ethos.
 
2.OTHER SUGGESTED WATCHING MATERIAL:
Chernobyl Life in the Dead Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVv1vsZxV00
 
3. Please RSVP via Email: eloisalh@gmail.com 
Or by phone: Peter & Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins, Ph: 02 67787 458
 
 
4. OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES 
 
There are various activities you can participate in on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March 2013. You will be able to do a different activity on each day if you desire. Unfortunately we wont be able to change activities during the days due to geographical distance. 
 
 * Activity 1: Re-generation and restoration of swampy land
 
Activity includes using some alternate methods to reduce water logging down from the paddock worked on on day one. We will focus on improving water take up through building living systems above ground and planting shrubs and bushes to absorb water.
 
looking down towards Re-gen site
(near bottom trees)
* Activity 2: Barbed wire Removal and Collecting ‘Food’ for Living Systems
 
Activity includes removing the top wire of Barbed wire from fences to reduce risk of small and large animals and birds getting caught up in it. It will also include collecting fallen trees, branches and sticks for living systems to create fertility and improve soil.
 
gathering living system ‘food’
*Activity 3: Waterless Home Gardening – this will be a continuation of what was begun at ‘Summerfest’ last year. It will demonstrate several techniques including fibonachi system to maximise sun and water usage of any area, designing waterflow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. Working on this project will be finishing off the first section of the Waterless Garden.
 
Waterless Garden in progress
 
Detailed Information
Dates:
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March (Come and leave anytime between the arrival and departure dates)
Venue:
Kyabra Pastoral Group, Kyabra Station New England Highway, Kentucky NSW 2354
17kms south of Uralla On the New England Highway between Armidale and Tamworth
Armidale shopping is a half hour away Uralla is 15mins away with a convenience store
 
House Rules:
These house rules are the request of the Lytton-Hitchins family. Please adhere to their rules since we are their guests:
  • Parents are to be responsible for their children at all times 
  • Domestic animals are not welcome, please leave them home 
  • Please bring only VEGAN or vegetarian food 
  • No drugs, alcohol or cigarettes
The family also requests that you ask yourself the following questions before attending the event:
 
1.Am I going to this event to take from people? Or am I going to participate and to give?
 
2.Am I going to this event in the state of rage/anger? Or a state that is open and humble?
 
3.Is there anybody potentially at the location that I am upset with already? If your answer is ‘Yes’ 
resolve the emotional issue IN LOVE, BEFORE you come to the event.
 
4.If a person refuses consistently to address issues of love they will need to stay off the property until they have worked through those issues. When you have you will be welcome to return.
 
If you do not answer in the affirmative to the above questions please do not attend the event.
 
Overview:
 
A fun filled weekend of activities including; self-supporting eco-systems for soil based creatures and insects that rebuild the soil, seeding, tree planting, creating self-supporting home vegetable and fruit gardens, creating self-supporting home native gardens, creation and installation of habitats (for native reptiles, birds and animals), potential karaoke, singing, dancing,  and sing-a-long.
 
We wish to give our time and energy to helping any person in attendance to understand and be able to create very small to very large scale systems that support rebuilding eco-systems and habitats that support all life, from bacteria through to fungi and all forms of flora, from worms and insects through to all forms of fauna, including humankind. While we are doing that primary activity, we have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and have a lot of fun.
 
General Information:

Most information presented will revolve around how to create loving eco- systems that support all forms of life, and how to replicate these systems from small scale (backyard) to large scale (farming) implementations. These sessions are available free-of-charge to any person who wishes to attend. Any person from the community is invited to attend.
 
Any person who wishes to only come for a single day, or to stay just for the weekend, is very welcome. There will be orientation sessions from 8am to 10am each day in the woolshed for new arrivals that have not watched or listened to the orientation sessions.
 
Other Information:
 
During the week, there may be sessions in the woolshed on some evenings that include discussions about God, the Human Soul and other spiritual matters. However these will not be of long duration and any person can elect to not be present during these sessions. There will also be Karaoke, singing and dancing as well as presentations during the evenings.
 
Weekend Schedule:
 
Friday 1st March, general arrival at Kentucky and setup camp from midday (12pm) onwards.
 
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd March, various activities are to be completed over the weekend. 
 
Briefing for day’s activity 8 am in the woolshed
 
Orientation session for new arrivals 8am daily in woolshed All volunteers meeting 8 am in front of woolshed Staggered work activities begin at 8.30am and finish at 2/2.30pm Showers and personal time from 3pm to 5pm. 
 
5pm shared dinner Saturday evening.
 
Fun activities begin at 6pm and will finish by 9pm (Saturday night)
 
Sunday 3rd March – we will finish at 2/2.30pm and for those of you who need to leave you can dismantle camp, clean up and travel home if needed. There will be a short debrief at the end of the work day on Sunday.

Monday 4th March – Anyone left over, Pack up camp, finish cleaning up, head home.
 
Weather:
all over the place. It is much cooler at the moment with sometimes warm or cold days, cool nights, and possible wet weather. It can become very cold, wet and windy as well as hot, dry and dusty! Check weather forecasts for the weekend! Most of all be prepared.
 
Jobs To Do:
Self-supporting gardens Self-supporting food production 
Habitats for native fauna
Tree planting 
Water tanker operations 
First aid 
Life support systems Self-supporting soil regeneration Self-supporting eco-systems 
Habitats for native fauna
Planting supply and logistics 
Cleaning 
Getting supplies 
Managing compost
Public performance
 
What To Bring:
Camping and sleeping gear
– Tents, sleeping bags, swags, blankets, pillows 
– Large tarps if you have any 
– Lanterns, torches, tables and chairs
 
Food preparation
– Utensils for chopping, cooking, eating, and washing up 
– There are no fridges. Bring your own Esky 
– There will be a freezer available to re-freeze freezer bricks outside the orange room (see site map). Please allow 24 hours for freezing and name your blocks clearly, or the name the bag you place them in.
 
All food and snacks for self and own family
– Lunch box for your daily snacks (suggest insulated) The ‘work day’ will be shorter (see the full schedule below) but on some days we will be working in a paddock far from the field so you will need to take lunch and snacks with you.
– 2 X 1L water bottles of water (suggest insulated) – There will be a share meal on Saturday night. Please bring a plate or pot of food to share on this occasion
 
Clothing and personal needs
– TOILET PAPER please hand in your contribution to the Supply Room
– Clothes for ALL weather conditions and maybe an umbrella 
– Clothes for outdoor and gardening activities 
– Hats, sun protection, gardening gloves, gumboots/workboots
– A dust mask if you need one 
– Towels, bathroom and personal stuff 
– Prepare for potentially cold nights, no heating in wool shed 
 
Newspaper, paper and cardboard –Bring as much of these things as possible 
– We shall be able to use them to ‘recycle’ in the projects
 
Tools for gardening
– Shovels/spades (large and small) 
– Picks, mattocks, hoe, etc 
– Label all tools uniquely so they are not lost
 
Campground:
Parking And Camping
 
– Camping will be on a large grassed area below the woolshed 
– Cars and tents will be parked together 
– Please park your car so that NO CARS are blocked from getting out
 
Camp Facilities (see map following for more details)
– There are Toilets (4) and limited Shower facilities (6) onsite 
– Please keep your showers short in consideration of others.
 – A tank of local Drinking water will be provided at the campsite 
– There is a FIREBAN at this time so no fires to be lit on site. Please do not leave any fire/campstove unattended. 
– Hot water – a Hot water urn will be available from early morning on.
 
Waste
– Please be responsible for removing waste other than the material that can be placed in the recycling bins: 
– Recycle bins will be provided for the following material
1. Worm Food – Fruit and vegie scraps excluding citrus, pineapple, onion and large seeds such as avocadoes and mangoes 
 
2. Other Composting Material – citrus, pineapple, onion and large seeds as well as all steel cans – these will be added to the living systems
 
3. All Paper and Cardboard will be fed to the worms or used in the living systems.
 
No Power is available for personal use
– please respect this
 
Map of the camping area
– shows the locations of all facilities marked in BOLD
 
Noticeboard
The Notice board located outside the Orange room will advise of start times for morning and evening activities. Please check for updates.
 
Mudmap of Camp site:
 
 

February Events

Hello!

We have had a lovely ‘break’ and are loving this beautiful rain that we have been having over the last few days. We are excited about getting up and running with events for the year, starting new projects and finishing off old ones.

Now that the earth is a little damp we can begin planting trees again.

We are having our first Environment Day next Wednesday 6th February 2013. (Environment Day’s will be becoming regular again this month, check events page for details.)

We are having a chair-cleaning working bee on Saturday 9th February 2013.

Lincon and Philippa are having a day in the Waterless Garden on Saturday 16th February 2013.
If you would like to come along and give some time, effort and love to this project they will be excited to see you there!

We are planning to have regular weekends this year for varied activities. The first one will be Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March 2013. The weekend’s activities will include: tree planting, gardening, living systems, installing nature boxes and playing with barbed wire. (More information to come on this event, please check the Events static page for details closer to the time).

If you have a desire to join us for any of these events or future events check out the Events static page for details and listen/watch prerequisite material which can be found at the bottom of the Events static page. For more information or questions and queries please contact us via email or phone.

We feel this is going to be a year full of exciting experiments, discoveries, investigations and fun!

Pete’s always wanted a bulldozer, we just didn’t realise it would be God’s version
not man’s, giggle. Welcome to the first wombat in over 100 years or more to the
property. He’s pretty cool, feisty, smoochy and very determined when wanting
to get into our house!!!

Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction

Below is a document put together by AJ/Jesus on ‘Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction’. It is very useful to read before undertaking any environmental projects at home, or in general. It helped us to at least intellectually understand more about what our souls (you/me) are creating and causing to happen in ‘our’ garden or on the land (both the land that we live on, the country we live in and the how we affect the land the world over, souls are large and global not small and local, smile). It gives information about the systems God creates and we need to replicate in order for us and the environment to be in harmony.

Below is the document as written, it can also be found on the Divine Truth website>Learning Centres>Learning Centre Visit Requirements>Outline or the link below will take you to the original PDF at the same source. There are also audio recordings you can download and listen to on the same webpage.

http://www.divinetruth.com/PDF/Event/2012/20121031%20Creating%20Loving%20Eco-Systems%20-%20An%20Introduction%20(Outline).pdf

Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction

Introduction
 
Some people are still struggling to love each other 
  • Need to examine the reasons for this 
  • But seem to think they have an easier time loving animals, creatures and the Earth But is that even really true? 
  • How much of our addictions are really present even in our work with the environment?
What is an Eco-System?
 
It is a complete ecological environmental system where: 
  • Each part operates in harmony and balance
  • No single part is dominant or overwhelms another 
  • Each part benefits the whole and assists abundance in the whole 
  •  No single part can properly survive without the other parts
 
What is a Loving System?
 
These are the systems God creates, and we need to replicate where:
  • Human Love & understanding is available to all parts of the system 
  • Humans learn and replicate that God has done 
  • Humans understand how we have destroyed the system & desire to change 
  • Humans understand what emotions within us have contributed to destruction
  • Humans honour the intelligence inbuilt in each organism within the system 
  • No human addictions are supported by the system created
Lesson 1 – Love Effects & Controls The Entire System
 
For anything to flourish Love must be present
  • We must understand how our soul condition is reflected the environment 
  • We must understand that God is always bringing more love into the system 
  • We often resist God’s efforts to bring more love into the system
When our Love is present, the following occurs:
  • All organisms and the entire system itself flourish 
  • There is abundance for every part of the system 
  • The system will be in perfect balance
When our Love is absent or addictive (given only for personal benefit):
 
Aggressive organisms express arrogance to the system when loved addictively 
  • They feel themselves to be superior (due to the attitude of the human) 
  • They attack and destroy the organisms felt (by the human) to be inferior 
  • They demonstrate a reflection of mankind’s dominance
  • E.g. A domestic cat killing animals and birds even though it is well fed
  • E.g. Domestic goats eating everything even when they must have eaten enough 
Aggressive organisms multiply when being attacked
  • They go into hyper-drive with reproduction 
  • They feel competitive and aggressive towards other organisms in the system 
  • They are aware of negative feelings from humans, and respond to survive 
  • E.g. Insects that people want destroyed will feel will increase reproduction 
  • E.g. Insects that people want destroyed will attack people 
  • E.g. Insects will reflect the fear in humans that causes humans to attack
Passive organisms express meekness to the system when loved addictively 
  • They feel themselves to be inferior (due to the attitude of the human) 
  • They are attacked and destroyed by aggressive organisms 
  • They demonstrate a reflection of mankind’s submission and unworthiness
  • E.g. A precious shy marsupial that we “love” will be attacked by our own cat Passive organisms regress and reduce reproduction when being attacked
  • They first attempt to flee the area completely
  • They do not feel “safe” to breed and multiply E.g. A watered (& weeded) garden is all about fear and favouritism. There should be no need to water a garden. If things are created with love and as a complete system – the system will support life without our intervention.
All organisms desire survival, and will adapt to survive
  • An attitude of love does not force adaption through negative events 
  • An attitude of love allows change and growth through positive events 
  • E.g. Organisms without enough to eat will adapt and eat other material 
  • E.g. Organisms without enough of their “normal” diet will change their diet 
  • E.g. Organisms not loved will understand they are under attack from the system 
  • E.g. Organisms that are “loved” will drop their defensive actions
All organisms respond to emotions of fear and anger
 
Fear creates: 
  • An automatic struggle to survive 
  • A system that involves lots of work 
  • A system that is without abundance 
  • Destruction of areas of the environment that we are afraid of 
  • Competition with areas of the environment that we are afraid of
Anger creates: 
  • Everything that fear creates (since anger is the result of suppressing fear) 
  • Aggression within the entire system; a desire to attack and destroy 
  • Destruction of the system through natural events (fire, flood etc)
God is always trying to bring love back into the system
  • Each one of God’s Laws is created in order to expose the condition of love 
  • Each one of God’s Laws has the effect of bringing more love back into the system 
  • Each one of God’s Laws is attempting to correct the human’s unloving condition 
  • If a loving system is left alone by humans, it will always maintain balance 
  • If a loving system is attacked by humans, it will always become more unbalanced
Lesson 2 – The Human Soul Interconnects With The Entire System
 
Humans need to understand that everything around us is connected to us
 
How organisms respond is completely dependant on our own soul condition 
         Soul condition is the sum total of our beliefs, emotions, desires, passions, longings, assumptions, intentions, reasoning etc.
  • Soul condition determines the effectiveness of our effort to restore eco-systems
  • Organisms will work against us if our soul condition is not adjusted
  •  Organisms’ inbuilt instinct will be to expose & correct unloving behaviour in us 
  • Our condition will affect any organism connected to us for any reason
  • E.g. Plants that supply my coffee will be connected to me if I drink coffee 
  • E.g. Plants that supply my sugar will be connected to me if I consume sugar
Our soul condition has a huge bearing on how systems respond
  • Even our observation of a system changes how the system responds 
  • Our environmental choices & decisions are caused by our own condition 
  • Our addictions create unloving actions perpetrated towards the environment 
  • The environment will respond to these unloving addictions to correct them
 
I need to become aware of how I am destroying eco-systems around the world through my soul condition
 
The choices I make to satisfy my own addictions through food, will result in the destruction of eco-systems all around the world
  • E.g. My desire for eating meat (McDonalds hamburgers for example) results in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil 
  • It is pointless fixing eco-systems in our direct neighbourhood while at the same time destroying eco-systems in other countries
  • We need to examine more honestly how our demands are satisfied 
  • We need to see the laws of supply and demand in operation 
  • We need to change our demands if we want destruction to be averted
What systems we currently have around us are not indicative of the actual system that God created, or their normal operation
 
We cannot assume the following: 
  • That how organisms currently work is how they would normally work 
  • That how organisms currently act is how they would normally act 
  • That how organisms currently respond is how things normally would respond
We can assume the following: 
  • That our interaction with an organism will change how the organism responds 
  • That our actions have a direct bearing on the evolution of an organism 
  • That each organism has inbuilt intelligence (instinct) 
  • That an entire system will respond to our desires, beliefs and actions 
  • That we cannot assume what is currently present is normal; or what would normally exist if we were not present
E.g. When we look at some land, we cannot assume that what is currently on the land will be what was or would normally be there 
E.g. We cannot assume that current methods of farming are the only way to farm
 
Lesson 3 – Eco-Systems Need 3 (Three) Basics For Survival & Abundance
 
Almost every living thing has three basic requirements for survival (that humans have control over)
  • Water 
  • Food 
  • Shelter 
  • Note: many other things are needed for survival, but most of these are naturally provided through the atmosphere, and are not directly under the control of individual humans.
If one of these elements are missing, abundance is not possible
  • Living organisms go into hibernation, waiting for times of abundance 
  • Living organisms can survive many years, some even thousands of years in this state
  • The system remains “pregnant” with life, but only as a possibility
Almost every living thing multiplies with abundance
 
The proximity and abundance of these three basic things will effect how prolific and healthy the living thing is; i.e. the easier the access, the better for the organism 
E.g. If food, water, shelter are near each other, reproduction results
 
Almost every living thing struggles with scarcity
 
Any living thing that doesn’t have sufficient amounts struggles to survive Much more “work” is required With more “work” comes less “free” time, time for pleasure E.g. If food, water, shelter are far from each other, reproduction is inhibited E.g. If remove just a single requirement, the organism will struggle to survive
 
We must not judge the system as what we currently have
  • Huge amounts of destruction have occurred to the earth over 1000’s of years 
  • We cannot state that what we now have is “normal” 
  • Very few humans in the past 4,000 years have actually personally seen “normal”
Lesson 4 – All Living Organisms Have Inbuilt Intelligence
 
Anything living that God has created has its own intelligence
  • Intelligence can be individual (e.g. mammal) or collective (e.g. insects) 
  • Each organism knows how to create abundance for its own survival 
  • If man leaves each organism alone, it will create its own abundance in time 
  • Man does not see nor acknowledge the intelligence in the system 
  • Man can either speed up or slow down the organism’s ability to create for itself 
  • The intelligence already placed in the system will correct the environment 
  • All we need do is learn how to support the system and use the intelligence 
  • When we have millions of different creatures all working for us, our environment will change rapidly and flourish without huge amounts of hard work
All organisms are geared to assist the life-cycle of living systems
  • All processes & creatures turn dead things into the basis of life for more living things
  • All dead things form the foundation for living things 
  • Man tries to prevent this from happening 
  • E.g. We design a home out of “dead” matter & react angrily when living things attack
  • E.g. We poison & destroy living intelligent creatures that are telling us truths
  • E.g. We kill the organisms that are responding in love 
  • E.g. We must work harder to create systems without intelligence
To create loving eco-systems we must understand the intelligence
  • Most soil based creatures know more than we do about how to fix the soil 
  • Most water based organisms know more than we do about how to fix the water 
  • Most food based organisms know more than about their own abundance than we do
  • Most systems are struggling against man’s desires 
  • This also means that most humans feel a sense of struggle against the system 
  • When we understand and love, these living things work for us repairing the system
Once we recognise the intelligence, we will understand the support it brings
  • Mankind can be fully supported by the entire system without much work at all
  • Initially correcting the unbalanced systems will require work 
  • Once imbalance is corrected, then work will not be required 
  • Each system will be fully self-supporting and self-maintaining
  • Man will be free to play, rather than eke out an existence
Lesson 5 – Understand The Role Of Organisms In System Recovery
 
Primary organisms in system recovery are those with collective consciousness
  • Understanding the role of recovery organisms is essential to eco-systems 
  • Most primary organisms have collective rather than individual consciousness 
  • Most of these creatures do not have a central nervous system 
  • Most of these creatures do not have a spirit body 

These include:

Bacteria, fungus, microbes, soil-based creatures (worms, ants, white ants etc) Plants that prepare the environment (weeds, trees seemingly without “purpose”) Above ground and airborne creatures (insects, spiders, etc)
 
Secondary organisms in system recovery are those with individual consciousness
  • Without assistance from recovery organisms, no secondary organisms can survive
  • Humans cannot survive without the primary recovery organisms
  • Other creatures with individual intelligence also cannot survive 
  • Secondary organisms can only survive without human intervention once there is abundance created by the primary recovery organisms 
  • E.g. Introducing larger creatures to an environment without having properly prepared the environment will result in these larger creatures either dying, subsisting, or being dependant on human intervention for survival (larger creatures meaning any creature larger than the biggest earth or air based primary recovery organism) 
  • E.g. Introducing trees and other plant life that requires specific soil and environment elements, without also having a system that supports their existence, will result in constant maintenance being required by humans
Lesson 6 – Understand The Basics Of Creating A Healthy Eco-System
 
All parts of the system must be loved equally
  • Unless we love & care for all parts of the system, the system will become unbalanced
  • This requires changing our heart felt attitudes towards all parts of the system 
  • This is particularly the case with parts of the system that we view as “pests” If we love the system equally, each part of the system will work “hard” for us

Life is not created in the soil by adding dead material

  • Dead material is the food of living creatures that create life in the soil 
  • Dead material is essential, because it is a part of the support structure 
  • But we must understand that its role is to support life of the living creatures 
  • Dead material that does not support life will finish up taking from the system
  • E.g. Adding fertiliser only has long term benefit if it supports living creatures, adding fertiliser every year without supporting living creatures creates a condition where more and more fertiliser is required for the same result
Don’t worry about correcting deficiencies in the soil
  • Intelligence IN THE SYSTEM will correct the soil 
  • It will be faster to create the living systems than trying to correct the dead system
  • Anything else will just create incessant work for us
Systems must be created to support primary recovery living creatures
  • These creatures will turn dead material into material that can support all life 
  • This creates a system that supports all creatures and animals, from aphids to lady bugs, ants to marsupials, grasses to trees, birds to large animals 
  • When creating and supporting systems, don’t start with the plants; start with attracting the creatures by providing them with dead material (food), water & shelter
  •       Even in a desert it is possible (start with shelter, add water collection, then food) 
  •       If you don’t have soil or air based primary recovery organisms, then create the environment to attract and support them, then transport them if you have to
We have the potential to have an environment where seeding and fruiting occurs all year round
 
This doesn’t happen now for a number of reasons 
  • Fear that drives selfish ‘taking’ attitudes from our environment 
  • Denuding of the environment has caused changes in the climate, seasons, and a lack moisture and warmth retained in or near the earth 
  • Systems can only work when there is abundance, which is generally seasonal
 
Lesson 7 – Understand & Develop Techniques For Recovery
 
Techniques include:
  • Water flow and storage based contouring 
  • Water management and collection 
  • Water health, prevention of water stagnation 
  • Shelter systems for primary recovery organisms 
  • Begin where such systems already are naturally starting 
  • Create locations of high fertility, either in or on top of the soil 
  • Understand water and nutrient migration (elevation and flow speed) 
  • Do not destroy systems that have already been started naturally
  • Do not burn off; use the material for the creation of systems 
  • Focus on watering, feeding & sheltering the system first, then feeding yourself 
  • Focus on a NO MAINTENANCE WORK system; self-supporting 
  • Most techniques can be scaled up or down according to area size
Climate considerations include:
 
Cold Climate 
  • Generating heat and warmth is a primary part of creating shelter 
  • Use rocks, decaying matter; any material that will generate heat naturally 
  • Usually have plenty of water, but not all year around (due to ice, snow dry conditions)
  • Manage and use the water for winter (need warm areas that do not freeze) 
  • Allow water to flow during summer (do not want marshy conditions generally)
Hot Climate 
  • Remember that shade and the ground provide shelter 
  • Create conditions were organisms can retain moisture 
  • Collect the water and retain it when it is available 
  • Stop evaporation and prevent soil based distribution of water 
  • Create contours and swales that collect and retain moisture 
  • Initially plant plants that survive in harsh low water based conditions 
  • Plant weeds that are naturally growing in the area
Tropical vs Temperate Systems 
  • Obviously different conditions and locations require different methods 
  • Water, food and shelter is abundant at different times in these different systems
  • Create systems that provide a year round solution to abundance of the three basic elements (water, food and shelter)
Creating Micro-Climates
  • Contours 
  • Swales 
  • Fertility locations (holes and mounds) 
  • Holes 
  • Mounds 
  • Ponds 
  • Shelters
Sloping Land vs. Flat Land
  • Use the slope of the land to maintain the system 
  • On flat land, the systems will need to have a completely different design
Conclusion
 
Obviously, this series of seminars are just an introduction to the subject We could talk for many hours about the different techniques Learning Centre projects will now focus on these different techniques Remember this is about Loving ALL of the parts of the system
 
Key points
  • Bring love for all elements into the system through actions & changes in soul condition 
  • Understand how the human condition (beliefs, emotions, demands etc) dominate the interconnectivity between systems and their effectiveness 
  • Understand everything needs food, water and shelter to survive
  • Understand every living organism has inbuilt intelligence that can be utilised to recover & maintain the system 
  • Focus on supporting firstly the key recovery organisms in the system Use techniques that suit the environment, climate, location, elevation and topography
 
Thank you to AJ and Mary and the Divine Truth Website for this information.

‘Summerfest 2012 Project’

We recently held ‘Summerfest’, a week long project that included different projects with the intention that those who came could learn techniques based on love that are logical and beautiful* that are applicable to their backyards or acreage. It was a project with lots of different learning experiences so that those who attended and volunteered their time could leave with skills and knowledge on how to do what they learned at home and teach it to others. Below is a summary and thank you to those who volunteered and contributed their time, expertise and energy to these projects.

The week of the ‘Summerfest 2012 Project’ – 28th November to 3rd of December 2012, held at Kyabra Station (Kyabra Learning Centre, Kentucky, NSW), was a great week full of various fun filled activities. 
 
We began and ended with a focus on large scale soil improvement and water management, demonstrating methods using contours and ponds to redirect and retain water, building living eco systems to provide fertility and regenerate soil, and seeding of grasses and re generation plants to prevent soil erosion. This project took longer than expected with some of the pond walls needing adjustments to hold water properly.

There is still some work to be done in this area to complete the project but a lot of headway was made and we are so grateful for all volunteers time in beginning the project.
 
the site – Standbye Paddock
Alternate View of Standbye Paddock
Bedrock the beginnings of  erosion at the top of the paddock
Alternate view of bedrock erosion
Erosion, contours, ponds


Site for contour planting, ponding and living fertility systems:
Contour
Close up of coutour
You can see where the water held and was slowed down
in a shower we had pre-seeding the contour
Harrowing hand planted seeding on the
contours.
Contours at Site (Standbye Paddock):
Digging the Fertility pits
Living Fertility System hole on a contour

The various materials and ‘food’ for the living fertility systems – use what you
have on hand and have an abundance of. We are wanting to create systems
that are self supporting and that can be done with low cost using what is
available.
Filling up the Fertility pit
Tractor moving ‘dead matter’ into place
An almost finished Living System – needs some more hay and
matter around the logs so they will break down faster and encourage life
to live there feeling protected and ‘safe’.
Fertility pit complete
Volunteers working at a Living System

Standbye paddock Site showing ponds:

Just dug pond
After a rain. The soil here as you can see in the background is prone to heavy
erosion after rain. The soil is light and fly-away- when exposed.
Working on the bank of one of the ponds. Creating a dam wall to prevent
erosion and cover as much bare soil as possible. (Begin from the bottom up
when creating a dam wall).
 Harrowing the dam wall
Adding sticks into erosion cracks and at overflow to manage and
slow down water.
Lomandra grasses planted either side of logs – logs
purpose to slow down water flow.
Dam bank complete
Other projects during the week consisted of tending to the swales planted out last year and filling them with gathered matter to transform them into living systems in order to create fertility and improve soil conditions.
Our many thanks to everyone who was on the ‘food’ team for all the living systems spending your days carrying and carting dead wood matter and treading lightly to place it in an already re-generating area. Thank you for your time and care  to disturb as little as possible the new plants and creatures that have been moving in over the last year. Thanks also to our neighbors and Bunnings for supplying much of the ‘dead’matter used to feed the living systems.

‘Food’ for the Living Systems – Thanks Guys for your help pre – summerfest!
More ‘food’ for the systems
shredding paper for ‘food’ for the living systems and
getting the worms going.
shredded cardboard and paper
Other Projects:

Waterless home Gardening project: demonstrating several techniques including fibonacci system to maximize sun and water usage of any area, designing water flow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. (More detailed information on the Waterless Garden can be found in the blog post titled the same).

Waterless garden before

fibonacci spiral marked out
volunteers creating various systems in the garden
Nature box project: constructing from flat packed pre made kits, painting and positioning boxes for animals and birds according to their particular needs, providing shelter close to food and water. Scouting for suitable locations and some tree climbing to place boxes.

Pre packaged nature boxes, thank you to everyone who made these for us
in Queesland. We are so grateful for all your time and efforts!
Constructed from pre- packaging
eco painting in process

 

Nature box in place up a tree
‘Reptile Heaven project’: Reptiles are often forgotten or even shunned members of vital ecosystems. This activity focused on providing habitat for reptiles by placing shelter, food and water in close proximity, providing safe transit zones. We utilized above ground living systems to incorporate suitable living shelters and abundant insect life. We also planted various native shrubs, legumes and grasses for protection and mulching. There have already been an increase in numbers of lizards and frogs into the area. 

Reptile Heaven ‘before’ – looking up the hill
Reptile Heaven ‘after’ – looking up hill

 


Reptile Heaven ‘after’ looking down the hill
Reptile Heaven in progress

Some little frogs who have moved in near by

 

Worm nursery and breeding centre: Setting up optimal conditions for worm breeding farms and educating about lovingly caring for worms and soil creating creatures.

worms – we love worms!
Worm Breeding Centre under construction –
For more information see blog post on the same
subject.
Worm slurry in the field to add to the living systems to
get the worms started.
We had a marvelous time in the woolshed each evening learning new things in presentations from Jesus and Mary and reflecting on events during the day, as well as much fun dancing, singing and being entertained by wonderful musicians and singers. Our thanks to Jesus and local singer/song writer Fabio Tolli for the evening entertainment. Thank you so much for all the time and gifts to all who planned, prepared and attended these events! We hope you learned heaps and enjoyed it as much as we did!
 
We want to thank God’s Way of Love Organization (no longer in existence) for all the wonderful contributions they made, Jesus and Mary, the team leaders and supply teams and everyone who participated and volunteered giving their time, resources and efforts to helping us love the land some more. 
 
We would like to acknowledge the amount of time and effort that went into things such as organizing and pre making animal and bird boxes. We are grateful to everyone who came and made this event such fun and worthwhile this year. We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the near future.
 
Thanks again 
 
From the Lytton-Hitchins Family  
 
For more information or if anything in this takes your interest please feel free to contact us at eloisalh@gmail.com or phone 67787458 or check out www.divinetruth.com for more information on creating loving eco-systems.
 
* We found out how illogical some of us were or how we sacrificed logic for beauty or beauty for logic rather than having a beautiful balance of both. 

Preparations Day One & Two

The last couple of days have begun and been busy organising things for ‘Summerfest’. We are grateful to all who have volunteered time and resources over the last while and especially the last couple of days organising, sourcing, gathering, delivering… Thank you so much to our neighbours for giving us their wood piles to put in the systems and to everyone who has contributed newspaper, cardboard, wooden pallets, cardboard bales, time etc.
Chopping Cardboard for ‘Worm food slurry’:
making a cardboard roll
feeding it in
shredded
worm food

Neighbour’s forest and wood piles. Gathering, chopping, transporting wood. New discoveries and wonders:

tall trees
termite mound
dead matter pile
loading
loaded

Discoveries:

ants
ant highway and animal
trail
shaped wood
somethings home
gaul wasp nodes

Standbye Paddock Preparation:

new contour
pond beginning to fill from a beautiful downpour of
rain. We suggest you bring your gumboots!
Things just want to grow!! Growth on the contours beginning
already
fertility system/living system hole partially full of water

Another load of wood from the neighbours – thank you!!

We kept imagining this being planted out and created into
a beautiful forest again! It has so much potential.
load on the move
investigating all sorts of new things.
what is happening around some of the woodpiles at the
neighbours. They are naturally creating living
systems. It was really exciting to see what is happening.
There were some different soil creatures,
beetles, ants, insects etc beginning. Not much else, but there is life.
I feel there was much that I ‘couldn’t’ see also doing lots of work.

millipede
sculptural log stacking
what water does to wood
woodchip
en-route
unloading
new home

Thanks so much for all your help, ‘pre’ preparing! We are grateful for your desire, help and growing friendships!

after some rain
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SummerFest in Kentucky, 2012

We have been planning and are organising for an exciting event in a couple of weeks: 

 
Kentucky SummerFest 2012 Project
 27th November – 4th December 

Below is an idea of what will be happening at SummerFest, a Day visitors Guide. You are also welcome to camp and there is another document to read with more detailed information which you can go to by following this Link if you desire to camp and/or attend the entire week (press on ‘link’ and it will take you there or visit www.divinetruth.com go to What’s New on the Left hand side and then look at the SummerFest at Kentucky and there are documents underneath that you can click on).
 
 
Note: This document is designed to provide a brief overview of the event. If you plan to attend it is essential that you watch or listen to the orientation materials, and see the full facility and event schedule details at God’s Way Of Love Event Schedule (http://www.godswayoflove.org/PDF/Org/GWOL%20Event%20Schedule.pdf).
 
SummerFest is a week long ‘festival’ to be held at Kyabra Station, Kentucky, NSW. The week is designed to give participants an opportunity to experience hands-on experimental techniques for farming, land re-generation, and home gardening, based around principles such as:
 
Teaching about the land and how quickly we can change it to become more fertile, abundant and balanced.
 
Empowering people to do it themselves in a new way 
 
Educating People who are passionate about the land/environment etc, globally 
 
How to put love back into eco-systems, and to support eco-systems as the most effective and loving way to regenerate nature
 
ORIENTATION MATERIAL
 
1. If you plan to attend on any of the days please read, watch or listen to the orientation presentations found in the following link:
(Kentucky SummerFest Orientation Material) http://www.divinetruth.com/HTML/whatsnew.htm)
 
This information is designed to give you a good overview of the principles behind activities we will be undertaking during the days at SummerFest. If you are pressed for time the audio files give an overview. If you are interested in a broader scope and examples of the main principles in action watch the youtube videos. If you do not have the chance to watch or listen to these materials prior to arrival at SummerFest there will be a daily orientation session where you will be able to watch these. It is important that you watch or listen to this material before joining us in the field so that you have a good understanding of our ethos.
 
2. OTHER SUGGESTED WATCHING MATERIAL:
Chernobyl Life in the Dead Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVv1vsZxV00
 
3. Please RSVP Via Email: event@godswayoflove.org
Or Phone: Peter & Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins ph. 02 6778 7458
 
4.OVERVIEW OF WEEK’S ACTIVITIES 
 
* 28th November – Swales, Systems & Contour Planting
 
We will begin the week in a large paddock (around 100 acres) focussing on large scale soil improvement and water management. Methods to be demonstrated and created include: using contours and ponds to redirect and retain water, and building living eco systems to provide fertility and regenerate soil, and seeding of grasses to prevent soil erosion.
Contour/water management site

*29th November – Re-generation and restoration of swampy land

 
Activity on this day will using some alternate methods to reduce water logging down from the paddock worked on on day one. We will focus on improving water take up through building living systems above ground and planting shrubs and bushes to absorb water.
 
*30th November: Swales & Living Systems
 
Work on this day will build upon swaling that was completed at last year’s ‘Octoberfest’. We will tend to the planting from last year incorporating living systems into swales to create fertility and improve soil.
swales & living systems site
*1st & 2nd December: Various Activities To Choose From
There are three activities to choose from on both Saturday and Sunday. You can choose a different activity each day and have the opportunity to swap between activities during the day at 11.30am.
*Activity 1: Waterless Home Gardening– demonstrating several techniques including fibonachi system to maximise sun and water usage of any area, designing waterflow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables.
waterless garden site
 
*Activity 2: Nature boxes – positioning boxes for animals and birds according to their particular needs, providing shelter close to food and water. Scouting for suitable locations and some tree climbing will be necessary.

nature boxes

*Activity 3:Creating reptile habitat – Reptiles are often forgotten or even shunned members of vital ecosystems. This activity will focus on providing habitat for reptiles by placing shelter, food and water in close proximity, providing safe transit zones. We will utilize above ground living systems to incorporate suitable living shelters and abundant insect life. There will also be planting for protection and mulching.
Reptile habitat site
*3rd December: Unfinished Projects & Possible Green House Construction
The day’s focus will be on completion of any unfinished projects plus green house construction and waterless seedling propagation. Full details TBA on the day.
Kentucky Summerfest 2012
Detailed Information
 
House Rules:
 
The Lytton-Hitchins family request that no meat, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs are brought onto the property. Any persons not respecting this request will be asked to leave.
Also, the family asks that each person comes with an attitude of treating others in the same manner each person who attends would like to be treated themselves.
 
Arrival:
 
Please arrive by 7.30am. Day Parking is available by the woolshed
 
Daily Briefing:
 
Daily briefing and orientation will start at 7.30 sharp in the woolshed. (Follow the signs from the front gate to find the woolshed
 
Times:
 
Activities concerning the environment will run from 7.30 am to 2.30/3pm each day
 
Evenings:
 
Every evening there will be an activity in the woolshed that you are welcome to attend if you desire. Activities may range from a concert, dancing, karaoke, sing-a-longs or various presentations about spiritual matters. See the noticeboard in the camping ground for details on the day.
 
What to Bring:
 
Food & Snacks:All food and snacks for self and own family
 
Water bottles:There will be facility to refill water bottles throughout the day but we request that each person bring 2Ltrs for
themselves to start Hats & sun protection
 
Tools: Picks, Shovels, Forks, Rakes, and Gloves
 
Evening Meal:
 
There will be a share meal on the first night and Saturday night. Please bring a plate or pot of vegan or vegetarian food to share on these occasions if you wish to join in.
 
 
*Thank you to Jesus and Mary for putting all this information together and taking the time to organise so much of this event! We are grateful for your time, energy and efforts!