Chairmaking at ECOSS

5 day courses in traditional chair ‘bodging’. Make a unique long lasting chair from a tree to finished product.
No previuous skill in woodwork required.
Course Fee $750. Includes all tuition and materials, lunch and snacks.
Contact Tom 0447384738 or

Ecotopia 2019- Past, Present, Future

Dear ECOSS community and supporters.  ECOTOPIA 2019 STALL HOLDER INFORMATION

Sunday March 24th- 10-4pm at Yarra Junction Parklands.

Celebrate our beautiful environment, multicultural living, old and new earth friendly technologies.

Ganga Giri! Djirri Djirri Dance Group, The Dreaming Space, Kofi Kunkpe and Kwami, Sanacori, Zaar Belly Dance, Aunty Kim Wandin, SolarQuip, The Valley’s Got Talent, The Old Ways, Healing Space, The Whales Tale, Japanese Childrens Choir, and more!

Ecotopia 2019 STALL BOOKING FORM (2)


For information or Booking for ‘The Old Ways’ section of Ecotopia contact Aladdin Jones: 

For information on The Valley’s Got Talent:

The Valley’s Got Talent Information and Application form – Contact: 


Accessible Spring Holiday Program

Spend the day on the farm feeding the chickens, harvesting vegetables for a home grown soup for lunch with wood-fired damper making at our Accessible Spring Holiday Program: 

Facilitator: Melanie Daymond–ECOSS Disabilities Program Facilitator 

Who: Yarra Valley ECOSS

When: Wednesday 26 September 10:00 am to 1:30 pm 

Where: Yarra Valley ECOSS, 711 Old Warburton Highway Wesburn 

Min: 10 participants 

Cost: $25 per head

Booking: essential
via: Melanie: 0421 469 500

RED and BLUE Vic 2018

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 Hosted by: 
 RED and BLUE Gatherings 

Friday 9 November at 4:00 pm  
Sunday 11 November at 4:00 pm 
at Yarra Valley ECOSS 

A participant run gathering focusing on preparing for future scenarios we may face in the next 1 to 50 years focused on transition and collapse. Details coming soon.

Earth Kids Play Day

Come and Celebrate Childrens Week at ECOSS with Earth Kids Play Day!  Clay Play and storytelling with Lucy Pierce in the Community Pottery Studio, whilst parents help harvest vegies from the Community Garden to top our delicious Wood Fired Pizzas. 

More activites TBC.

With thanks to Cire Services for sponsoring this event enabling us to make this a FREE event!

Stick around afterwards for our Family Bush Dance (Details on this event to come).

Vote now for ‘Pick my Projects’ at ECOSS

3 ECOSS Projects have been shortlisted!! The Empowerment Centre, The Commercial Kitchen at ECOSS and RELAB.  We need you to vote! Follow this link, and where it asks to Browse Projects Near You- type in Wesburn.  Our projects will show up.  Every vote counts.  These projects will make a massive difference in services access in the local community.  Please encourage everyone to vote.

Follow this link:

Empowerment Centre

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Empowerment Centre for the Community to use for special purposes.

This Empowerment Centre will be available for community use at Yarra Valley ECOSS. This is a safe space for birth circles, death circles, womens circles, mens circles, counselling space, yoga space, multicultural/ multi faith activities, meditation, wedding ceremonies/ blessings, baby blessings and various healing modalities.
There are no other facilities available to the community such as this.
It is important for the community to have spaces for honouring life changing events such as those mentioned above. It is also evident that disclosures can happen in safe spaces and we want to create spaces whereby referrals can be made to services.

In our wonderful supportive community, we lack spaces whereby we can offer support in beautiful and sacred environments. Together we deal with life, death and everything in between. Many of these events require deep sensitivity, and privacy- within public access. The Empowerment Centre will be available for the whole community to use at Yarra Valley ECOSS.
The Upper Yarra Valley hosts high unemployment, extremely high rates of mental health issues, and unacceptably high levels of Family Violence. We want to offer an alternative space in which to support Trauma therapy, Counselling services, Healing Modalities, and more.





Commercial Kitchen and Community Cafe

Repurposed shipping container kitchen and cafe at ECOSS community centre.

– Community family friendly cafe, serving simple, traditional ‘street food’, using produce that is grown from the ECOSS biodynamic farm.

– Inviting marginalised cultural groups in the Yarra Valley area to prepare traditional food for Events at ECOSS.

– Joining chefs to mentor and create workshops with members of the local indigenous community, and the wider community to use bush foods in different culinary ways, which are locally harvested and grown at ECOSS.

– To provide jobs for the local community, and generate income that can go back into the running costs of the projects coming out of the cafe/kitchen.

The Yarra Valley is in desperate need of a warm sheltered community area to go, especially in the colder months, that is welcoming for all.

There has been a need expressed by Yarra Valley Bee Group, situated at ECOSS for a Commercial Kitchen, and an opportunity would be there for other members of the community to use the facility for workshops and events.

A cafe has been part of the plan to bring more visitors to the Ecological community centre, to provide simple healthy an open and comfortable destination for locals in one of the lowest income areas of Victoria.







RELAB Utilises wastestreams, producing up-cycled products and training.

RELAB is a space where people will come together to find creative ways to utilise what is currently seen as waste to transform it into something that is useful, valuable, innovative and even beautiful. It will serve as a training space that teaches people of all ages and skill levels to develop a keen eye for seeing opportunity for utilising waste streams. It will be based at ECOSS and some key focus areas include: up-cycling clothing/textiles, tool maintenance, bicycles, tiny homes, musical instruments and green tech. It will be a playground for developing imagination and giving it a go!

RELAB will serve the community as a creative hub and training centre where people of different ages can share and develop skills, resources and ideas and generate income streams where makers can sell what they make in local markets and at ECOSS community events such as the spring and autumn festivals. As a training centre, it will also raise awareness of environmental issues such as waste production and management through practical application.