Red and Blue Gathering

What is Red and Blue Gathering?

A participant run, permaculture inspired gathering focusing on establishing thriving, sustainable communities and food growing systems to prepare for a range of future scenarios we may face in the next 50 years 

The gathering will host a range of workshops, discussions and events focused on the background, skills, technology, systems and cultural issues surrounding preparation for these scenarios including: Permaculture Theory, Transition, Prepping, Food Growing, Practical Skills, Community, Food Systems, Refuge Design, Trigger Points  Special Preps, Speed linking for Preppers

The event is being held at ECOSS eco education center at Wesburn in the Yarra Valley.

Funds raise support the host site ECOSS,  Climate Emergency campaign group CACE, and pays for running the event.

Early bird tickets close 17th of October

Second round tickets close 18th of November

For the full program and all other information please visit the Red and Blue website

Landcare for Singles wetland planting day at ECOSS

Landcare for Singles 2019 is brought to you by Yarra Ranges Landcare Network together with partners – Yarra Ranges Intrepid Landcare, Yarra Valley Ecoss & Yarra Ranges Council with funding from Australian Geographic and Melbourne Water – for which we are truly grateful!

The Event is about having fun, getting down and dirty to take part in a worthwhile environmental project and who knows, maybe meeting that special someone!

We are raising awareness of the great work Landcare does in bringing communities together to tackle environmental issues. We are providing an opportunity for people aged 18+ to take part in an outdoor event which requires a medium level of fitness.

Morning tea and lunch will be available.

Being Spring we suggest you come prepared for any weather – wet weather gear, hats, sturdy footwear-gumboots are recommended.

Bring your fancy gumboots to win a prize for the fanciest!


Kick Ass Climate Activists

KickAss Climate Action #2 Kick Ass Climate Activists meet at Yarra Valley ECOSS every second Tuesdays. (Aug 13th & 27th, September 10th).  All welcome to come along!

Currently they’re developing a Climate Change Art Exhibition for the ECOSS SUN FEST on September 21st 2019.  They’re also mobilising a lot of local students to meet them at Lilydale Train Station before the global strike on September 20th. 

West African Immersion 2019

Immerse yourself in West African Culture for an afternoon of African Drumming with Bassidi Konè and African Dance workshops to follow! 

Then Dance into the evening with Kofi Kunkpe, Yarra Valley Drummers with Special guests Bassidi Konè & Valanga Khoza.

Event Times:

Saturday 12th October 3pm-9:30pm

3.00pm-4:30pm: African Djembe Drumming Workshop.

5:00pm-6:00pm: African Dance Workshop.

6:00-7:00: Dinner Break

7:00pm: Concert with Kofi Kunkpe, Yarra Valley Drummers, Bassidi Konè & Valanga Khoza.

Pre-Sale Ticket Prices:
Full Day-$35 Conc. $45
Drum Workshop-$15 or $20
Dance Workshop-$15 or $20
Concert-$10 Conc. or $15
Kids under 15 FREE

Sun Festival September 21st 2019


ECOSS’s Biggest Fundraiser for the year!

Every year ECOSS Spring Fest (this year SUN Festival) brings loads of entertainment all in the ethics of good living, multicultural living, environmental consciousness, lots of interactive activities, healthy delicious food, large inspiring eco market and a stage packed with high class entertainment.

$10 full, $5 Concession- Kids Free

Celebrating Cultural Celebrations of the SUN, new technologies and the Arts.

Tesla Cars and Powerwalls will be on display by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.  They will also be finishing their 7 day Victorian driving tour at Sun Fest!  You will be able to view up to 20 electric vehicles!

Take a site tour of our Woi Wurrung signage on site. We honour, acknowledge and respect the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of this land and pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

On the Ngurruk Yinga Stage:

 Welcoming Ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country, Japanese Childrens Choir, Nia Dance with Santha Press, Dr Annie Yoffa Signage Project, MOOP Patrol- finding all the Matter Out Of Place,  Michael Arvanitakis and Tomi, Jayda Holman- youth musician! Kick Ass Climate Activist musicians, Yarra Valley Drummers, The Dreaming Space Circus, Welcoming of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association Victorian tour!

Yarra Valley Climate Angel Choir

Celebrating the Opening of Dr Annie Yoffa project- This project was funded by Yarra Ranges Council Arts and History Grant. Honouring the life of an Iconic Australian Woman, we have created a Theme Song of her life with famous performers Will Tait and Brendan Jones of 8 Foot Felix, and signage with Yarra Valley Signs featuring the written story by Writer and Editor Natalie Tuck- RMIT.


Climate Change Art Exhibition by new local Youth Climate Activist Group.

Little Yarra Steiner School students tiny houses display.


The Great Ecological Race, 

An invitation to join in The Great Ecological Wheelbarrow race. Open to all 8 to 12 year olds to come and race with their parent/guardian. Great Prizes to be won, and loads of fun.  10am-12pm, register on the day, queries to


Mexican Sun Ritual by Fernando of Tonantzin Chocolate

The Dreaming Space Circus

Tiny Homes on Display- meet Tiny Houses 2 Go and hear about their philanthropic endeavours.

Greenwood Furniture Making and Chair Bodging with resident Bodger- Tom Neil,

Clay Play in the Community Pottery Studio, 

22 Electric Vehicles on Display

Tesla Powerwall on display

Delicious Healthy Food and Beverages

Large Eco Market including many local NFP environmental groups showcasing what they’ve been up to during the year.


Stallholder Applications : Stall Application form ECOSS Sun Fest 2019

SUN Festival stall info 2019 . 


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
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