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: 






Healing Area includes:

Tammy Borg – “A Joyful Heart’  
A nurturing interactive child minding display with children’s autumn activities throughout the day.
Tammy is available for child minding whilst you have Indian Head Massage/Reiki, or Sound tasters.
2pm Caring for children whilst mother participates in hand massage
2. Rebecca Croydon – ‘Sounds Healing’ 
Sound Healing Samples throughout day
3. Sara Seal – ‘Whole Being Transpersonal Counselling’
Tastings of Transpersonal Counselling modalities
Indian Head Massage samples
4. Jennie de Varga – ‘Universal Reiki’
Reiki samples all day
5. The Diamond Light Healing and Workshop Centre
We are offering a free hand massage at 2pm
With Jennie, Rebecca, Sara, alongside Tammy offering child minding to mums who attend.

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.

The Great Ecological Wheelbarrow Race

An invitation to The Great Ecological Wheelbarrow race. Open to all 8 to 12 year olds to come and race with their parent/guardian. Offered FREE by Yarra Valley ECOSS.

And a big thank you to our sponsors:

Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley
Dakini Creations
Free Form Martial Arts Australia, Healesville/Lilydale
Nia Technique, Santha Press
Readings Cinema, Chirnside Park
Relab, Vicky Basdeo, Botanical Eco-dyeing
Ruccis Circus, Bayswater North
Trees Adventure, Glen Harrow Park, Belgrave
                                                             Victorian Skate Centre, Lilydale
                                                            Warburton Environment
                                                            Wedgetail Rides, Launching Place
                                                            Yarra Centre, Yarra Junction
                                                            Yarra Valley Council
                                                            Yarra Valley Water

Spring Festival 2018






Saturday September 22nd 10am-4pm
will be our Annual Spring Fest Extravaganza! 

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This year’s abundant festivities include ‘The Great Ecological Race’- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MC’d by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.  

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- World Reknown Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavo’s Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MC’d by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

In the Speakers Hall:

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Migrant Information Centre, Marine Mammal Association, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, Permaculture Yarra Valley ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).  

Eco – Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling, kids meditation and sound healing and loads more activities underway. 


To enter the Great Ecological Race, email:

The Spring Fest is ECOSS’s largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSS’s activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups through out the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!


Introducing some performers:

Aunty Kim Wandin (Wandoon), Wurundjeri Elder, will Welcome us to this Country.  We are incredibly grateful to have Aunty Kim- and Michelle Atwell pictured as supporters of what we do here at ECOSS.  Come and pay respects to the elders, the people, and the land we walk upon.






Will Tait:

Will Tait is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he aims to create moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy.

Zaar Belly Dance:

Zaar Bellydance is a tribal style belly dance troupe from the Yarra Valley. They have a reputation for hypnotic and joyous performances that express the strength and timeless quality of the feminine.






Brendan Jones:

Have you ever seen a flaming trumpetist? What about a rolling club jugglist? Flaming trumpets and one wheel club juggling you ask? That’s an impossible task! Or is it? Presenting Blunderbuss Jones. Musician, artist, performer. He club throws, rolls and trumpet fire blows. With a fun and original, bouncy soundtrack for stage or roving. Lighting up spaces with a-blazing horn, keeping you all deliciously warm!




Tuvalu Dancers:

These beautiful Tuvaluan Dancers represent our local Tuvaluan Community.  Keeping Culture alive, they also educate the community about the devastating effects global warming is having on their tiny island with rising sea levels.


Simon Oats:

Simon Oats is an acclaimed storyteller, singer, songwriter, actor and playwright. 
Orpheus in the Underworld is the epic tale of one man’s quest to take back his lover from the Gods of death – told through eleven songs and the voices of 6 different characters. Simon has performed Orpheus in Arts centres, private homes and even for a hen’s night. His fans include a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Hells Angel.



Australian Chin Community Dancers:

The Chin are a Sino-Tibetan race, descended from central China. Within Burma, they predominantly inhabit Chin State, which is located in the north-west of the country, bordering Bangladesh (to the west) and India (to the north). It is estimated that approximately 500,000 Chin live within Chin State, with an additional one million living inside Bangladesh and India1. The total area within which these 1.5 million Chin are concentrated, extending 36,000 km2 along the Indo-Burman border, is known as Chinland. The Chin are composed of many individual tribes, including the Asho tribe, Cho Tribe, Khumi Tribe, Kuki Tribe, Laimi Tribe, Lushai Tribe and Zomi Tribe. It is the only state in Burma where the majority of the inhabitants are Christian.


Meet Arvo, musical prodigy.  Arvo can play just about any instrument he picks up- and well!  Arvo will be showing off his Looping Cello skills on stage at the Spring Fest.

Arvo is a music teacher at Little Yarra Steiner School and will be running classes at ECOSS.






Hunch explores boundaries through spoken word with rambunctionus rantings of insight, self loathing and self acceptance.  Known for his signature syncopated style and twisted lyrics, he searches for humour and meaning in the dark recesses of the human condition.  He’s obsessed with electronic music because he’s actually a robot, but he’s trying hard to be human.


Nia with Santha Press

Dance, Fitness, Fun & Funky Music!! Love to dance but scared to go to a class? Nia could be for you! Designed to get your brain and your body working together, Nia is a fantastic way of getting fit to fabulous music while having fun. It’s a judgment free zone and everyone is encouraged to move in the way that feels best for them.


Here’s a copy of the incredible line up for the day!

 Main Stage.

10-10.20amAustralian Chin Dancers
10.20-10.30amWelcome to ECOSS
10.30-10.50amTomi Muramatsu
11.25-11.40amZaar Belly Dance
11.45-11.55amAunty Kim Wandin
12-12.15pmAztec Dance
1.15-1.35pmTuvalu Dancers
2.40-3.20pmMOOP Patrol
3.30-4pmBlack Bug City

Speakers and Tours

10.30amNia Dance with Santha Press
11amYV Permaculture
11.30amMigrant Information Centre
12pmMulticultural discussion- Santha
1pmTiny Houses
1.30pmTour 2
2.15pmYV Bee Group
3.00pmMarine Mammal Foundation
3.30pmTour 3
The Great Ecological Race
10.30amMC’d by the fabulous Will Tait