Friday, December 9, 2011

Nap in picnic and nap at Uniting Church at 1pm on Thursday 8 December 2011

Bellingen ‘Nap Central’ – vote lying down
It’s mid afternoon, and that post-lunch wave of weariness makes your eyes grow heavy and brain activity come dangerously close to zero.  Do you reach for a coffee or hit of chocolate?   Well, soon Bellingen might have another solution available for the afternoon slump that’s highly effective, 100 percent natural, and takes no effort at all: a powernap, or pleasure nap, at Bellingen’s ‘Nap Central’ (working name only).     
Transition Bellingen recognises that personal sustainability is a cornerstone of community resilience, and is currently exploring the possibility of creating a public nap space for the local community.  So on Thursday 8th December you are invited to come and share a picnic lunch, 1 pm, at the Uniting Church followed by a nap in St Andrews Church at 1.30 pm.  You’ll then be invited to give feedback about the concept, and be back at work by 2 pm.  And that’s the beauty of the brief nap - it’s such a time-efficient renewable energy practice.  Research shows it can improve your mood and productivity, alleviate tiredness, increase alertness and reduce errors made at work in as little as ten minutes. 
When Transition Bellingen conducted a visioning process with the community in 2009, one of the themes that arose was a desire to protect Bellingen’s sane pace of life where you don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time.
“The idea is that ‘Nap Central’ would offer a quiet stop-over for body, mind and soul, where people can come and take a few minutes out of their routine to rest, reflect and recharge. The space could be suitable for quiet contemplation, as well as napping,” says Thea O’Connor, member of Transition Bellingen. “Many people love the idea of a mini-siesta but don’t feel there’s cultural support for it, or simply lack a lie-down zone at their workplace. This is about saying - it’s a really smart thing to do, to restore your energy (fatigue can be as dangerous as intoxication), so here’s a supervised, peaceful place where you can do it.  It’s also about fostering community resilience, for when we stop and reflect we are more likely to discover creative solutions and make wise decisions. ”
Public Nap Space Trial: Thursday, December 8t,h
1 pm: BYO picnic lunch open to all, Uniting Church lawns 1.30 pm:15 min Nap Bring Pillow.  1.45 pm: Debrief and discussion. Contact:
N.B. Naps of all types welcome: power naps, pleasure naps, lying down naps or sitting naps, long ones, short ones - even loud snoring ones.
If you missed the Radio National, Health Report program featuring the Bellingen Nap-In, go to:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FREE MARKET held on first Sunday of the month

Bellingen FREEMARKET at Showgrounds on 1st Sunday of the month, starting at 2pm
GIVE and TAKE or just GIVE or just TAKE
or drink chai with everyone

Cost: Gold coin donation

How: Bring (or just browse) any pre-loved gifts, excess produce from your garden, skills to share, toys, books, clothes, furniture, yummies to share and place in a designated spot in the hall; then enjoy looking around for new treasures. If you grab it -its yours
Requirement: Be responsible: Take home any of your things that have been left.
Be respectful: Free Market is not a dumping place for your belongings.

For photographs of free market on 4 December 2011 click on

Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Report and Program for the River Festival on Saturday 29 October 2011

Bellingen River Festival article in Courier Sun

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bellingen Local Food Exchange fortnightly starting Thursday 27 October 2011

The Bellingen Local Food Exchange is an initiative of the Permaculture Collective (MNC).

The collective was formed in 2011, and nestles under the umbrella of Transition Bellingen.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

River Festival 29 October 2011

River Festival

River Festival - Lotus lantern workshop 22/23 October 2011

Lotus Lantern Making Workshops on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Archive of past events

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Re-skilling Workshop - Introductory Beekeeping Sunday 25 September 2011

Re-skilling Workshop - Introductory Beekeeping  
Sunday 25 September 2011 9am - 1pm

Course was  full - but postponed because of rain  

Participate in taking apart a hive; identify queen, drones and workers. Learn the basics of keeping your own hive/s. Discussion around native bee species, pollination and food security.
Notes and resource list provided. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bellingen Seed Savers host Jude and Michel Fanton 17/18 September 2011

The  founders of the Seedsavers Network, Jude and Michel Fanton came to Bellingen to present

Film and discussion on Saturday 17 September 2011

Workshop at Gleniffer on Sunday 18 September 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bellingen Seed Savers at the Spring Plant Fair 10 September 2011

The Bellingen Seed savers stall was visited by more than 400 people, taking away seeds and plant material.

The many volunteers at the stall  were run of their feet for  more than six hours.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Energy Festival 3 September 2011

The Transition Bellingen stand at the Energy Festival presented the development of the Transition Initiative ion Bellingen.

The displays included Bellingen Seed Savers and a pictorial history of past events.

The main attraction was the invitation to take a nap, progressing the personal resilience project of "NAP-IN".

Ways of reducing energy usage was demonstrated by a model showing the value of shadecloth - reducing temperature in room by 5 degrees C, and the use of a pyrolisis cooking stove.

photographs at  Transition Bellingen Events Photographs

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Compost Making Workshop Sunday 24 July 2011

Reskilling Workshop - Compost Making at North Bank Gardens on 
Sunday 24 July 2011 - Compost Making 9am - 1pm

Learn the art of making black goldA hands-on workshop that will allow you to discover the magic of compost making. we'll cover different methods of makingf and maintaining a happy and happening compost heap.

for photographs click  here 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Australia's First Nap-In 28 June 2011

Thirty people attended the Nap-In at Bellingen Library on 28 June 2011, enjoyed and benefited from the experience.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Reskillling workshop - Jam and Conserve Making Sunday 26 June 2011

A very successful workshop was held at North Farm Hydes creek attended by 10 excited participants.

They came away full of enthusiasm and imbued with new skills.

for photos of the workshop click here

Monday, May 23, 2011

Re-skilling workshop - Organic Gardening

for photographs of the worksload click here

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Build you own Solar Hydrator - 27 March 2011

Everyone attending built their own solar dryer and left happily to start making healthy treats for their families. 

They will be able to enjoy seasonal produce for many months after they have picked it or bought it

for photos click here 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011