Video Link

I was sent this link some time ago and it entered my mind today as thoughts about learning were passing through.
I don’t endorse everything on this video personally but when I watched it there were some parts that I found really exciting and made me think about how much I love learning new things, finding out about new things and also possibilities that I didn’t and don’t feel apply to me (due to some false beliefs I need to let go of.)
Anyway I thought if you are interested in education and learning you may enjoy watching this too.
If the link doesn’t work below I have also added the link you can put in the URL bar and search for it too:

Have a wonderful learning, playful* day!!

* I write that purposefully as it makes me feel uncomfortable. Playful? what is that? I realised sitting on the loo reading Brene Brown’s ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ that I don’t play much and I am not very comfortable playing. Pete has also highlighted this to me. I feel I need to investigate this somewhat.

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
worm food

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

tall trees
termite mound
dead matter pile


ant highway and animal
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
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.

sculptural log stacking
what water does to wood
new home

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

after some rain

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 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 (
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
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)
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.
Chernobyl Life in the Dead Zone:
3. Please RSVP Via Email:
Or Phone: Peter & Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins ph. 02 6778 7458
* 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.
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
Activities concerning the environment will run from 7.30 am to 2.30/3pm each day
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!