Sun Festival September 21st 2019

Save the Date! ECOSS Sun Festival will celebrate Cultural Rituals and Celebrations of the coming of the Sun and Equinox in the southern hemisphere.

We will have information on a host of alternative new technologies, traditional hand skills, large eco market, the Great Ecological Race, Bio-Dynamic Market Garden Tours, Clay Play with Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley, Tiny Homes on display, live performances including Japanese Childrens Choir, Yarra Valley Drummers, Will Tait and Brendan Jones opening the Dr Annie Yoffa signage Project, Bushfire Commemoration Activity, Wood Carving, Mexican Sun Ceremony, Indigenous Opening and Acknowledgement, Youth Climate Change Art Exhibition, The Dreaming Space Circus,

Entry $10 Full, $5 Concession, kids under 18 FREE.

Bushfire Commemoration Project Revealed

2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community
Development Grant

At ECOSS we wanted to host a place whereby community could acknowledge that we live in a bushfire prone area and pay respects to those affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.  We have done this by looking at ways to host introspective space, and practical skills for Bushfire Safe Building techniques and preparedness.

Tom Neil hosted a Bushfire Safe Building Workshop on Saturday 30th March, beginning with a talk at ECOSS, including a Fire Safe Building Presentation and guest speakers from CFA, and continuing on to Site Tours in the Valley of Bush-Fire Safe buildings.  This was a very interesting day, well presented and ran well.

We have been developing a memorial at ECOSS by Community members using Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley and Relab.  Vickie Basdeo- (RELAB), has run 3 creative sessions at: PEACE FARM tomato festival, 7 Sisters Festival, and Ecotopia.  These sessions focussed on creating ephemeral art with the 2009 Bushfires in mind, gathering pieces purposefully designed together with Lucy Pierce’s clay artwork for the final memorial space opening which will be at the Ngulu Festival on 26th May at ECOSS. 

The official opening will occur at the Ngulu Festival on May 26th at ECOSS.

Donations Page- FRRR

ECOSS needs your help. We offer a multitude of services to the community, including an education program and programs for people with disabilities, Community Garden, Free and Low cost events including Ecotopia and ECOSS Spring Fest. We host Work for the Dole, Volunteers, Work Experience Students and so much more. We have many overheads and much maintenance required.

We rely heavily upon volunteers to make these programs as accessible as possible for people to attend.
We have been accepted by FRRR to collect donations on their fundraising page- all donations above $2 are tax deductible.
Please share this post and encourage people to help us as much as possible.

Thanks for your support.

There are three options for making a donation to ECOSS;

1) You can make a tax deductible donation through FRRR
When making your donation on FRRR from the link below:
– Please ensure you select ECOSS as the NFP Fundraising Account
– Enter payment details
Click here to make your tax deductible donation.

2) You can make a donation via paypal
3) Direct Deposit
You can make your donation to ECOSS:
BSB: 633-000
ACN: 131400913

Ngulu Festival May 26th

Here’s all the details for Ngulu Festival.
Ticket link:
Facebook event:

Event description
Ngulu Festival Honouring Sorry Day & The Indigenous Community

Sunday May 26th 1-5pm.

Ngulu Festival presented by Yarra Valley ECOSS & Sponsored by The Victorian Government Multi Cultural Commission. Is the Official Opening for the ‘Woiwurrung Translations signage’ displayed around ECOSS to help preserve the critically endangered Woiwurrung language of the local Wurundjeri people.

The day will comprise of Indigenous performers such as Kutcha Edwards.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin

Wayapa Wuurrk workshop and more….

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