Organising the Living the Good Life Festival

Slow Mother Blog
July 24th 2011

Despite still being the depth of winter in Australia, the peach blossoms have started blooming and our chickens have started laying; there is Spring energy in the air! We've started planting vegies helped along by the ample supply of horse manure and ash left from our winter bon fires. Our simple lives have received a bit of attention recently in an article published in an Australian magazine - the photos are lovely and I hope the story will encourage readers to look again at the question of 'what is enough'. Here is the link to the article: http://www.slowsmallsimple.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=2

After quite a heavy flu, I feel invigorated and refreshed - the fever seemed to burn through some unresolved emotions...and there is nothing like being ill to remind you how lucky you are when you are healthy! All this fresh energy is going into organising the 'Living the Good Life Festival' for September this year, a way to empower this community to enjoy healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyles. Please feel welcome to come along and be part of the festival - in this most beautiful part of the world.

Media Release

July 14th, 2011

All invited to celebrate ‘Simple Pleasures’ in Iluka this September.

Organisers are inviting businesses, organisations and individuals to get involved in what is shaping up to be an even bigger and better ‘Living the Good Life’ Festival in Iluka. The event will be held over the weekend of the 17th and 18th September, combining a day of information, entertainment and stalls at the sports fields along with a day of celebration and sheer fun at the beach, organised by Iluka boardriders. The Clarence Valley Council has put its support behind the event which will be launched with a bicycle ride from Woombah to Iluka.

According to festival organiser Anja Light:

“This year our theme is ‘simple pleasures’; where the best things in life really are free. Surfing, walking, fishing, singing, kite flying, dancing, bike riding, cooking, drawing, gardening…there are so many simple, inexpensive and gentle ways to live well and nurture a vibrant community. What better place to celebrate this than in beautiful Iluka?”

“At this stage we are calling for interest from groups, businesses and individuals; those who would be interested in a public display to promote their sustainable lifestyle activities; including solar providers, local food producers, organic gardeners and backyard livestock experts. We are also calling on volunteers to assist in organising the event and help out on the day.”

“Last year’s festival was a huge success, attracting thousands of locals and visitors for all the right reasons. Activities were diverse, entertaining and family friendly - providing an opportunity to learn and be inspired. This year we’re looking forward to expanding our scope, working with even more community groups and businesses dedicated to promoting a healthy, happy, sustainable way of life.”

More details available at: www.livingthegoodlifefest.com


Mindfood Magazine Article

"I hope I can empower them to be proud rather than embarrassed that you can enjoy life with things that most people would throw away"
- a featured quote in the latest issue (July/August) of a popular Australian magazine...I wonder what the response will be?
You can see the article here: http://www.slowsmallsimple.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=2