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Transition Town Workshops on Sunshine Coast

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 14:20

transitionhandbookcover.jpgTransition Towns - sustainable communities and energy descent

The Sunshine Coast became Australia's first Transition Initiative in September 2007 after delivering the successful Time for an Oil Change energy descent action planning course, establishing the Sunshine Coast Energy Action Centre (www.seac.net.au) as a community education centre focussed on positive solutions to climate change and peak oil, and also for its part as a catalyst for Australia's first Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP).

Sonya Wallace and Janet Millington are the founders and co-ordinators of Transition Sunshine Coast and have been working on these initiatives for almost two years. They will share their experiences and the lessons they have learnt about transitioning to ensure your venture is an ongoing success. Sonya has a background in emergency planning, communications and crisis management, and also has her Permaculture Design Certificate. Janet is a well-known permaculture teacher, a respected school teacher, school garden expert and now published author. Janet has her Diploma of Permaculture and a Master of Education.

Transition Towns are becoming increasingly popular around the world as people decide to take real action in making the move from oil dependency to local resilience in their local area. These workshops will give you the skills and tools to do the same in your community and join the rapidly growing Australian network.


At Transition Town Workshops you will learn principles that are adaptable at a household, street and community level and as with the Sunshine Coast, across an entire region.

Workshops will be held in December 2008 - evening of Friday 5 December, all day Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December 2008.

Workshops will be held in February / March 2008 - evening of Friday 27 February, all day Saturday 28 February, & Sunday 1 March 2009.

What you'll get:

The course is designed to give you the practical skills and theoretical foundations you'll need to become a successful Transition Initiative and keep your initiative moving forward.

What will be covered:

Background of international and Australian Transition Towns. Pathways to transitioning. Personal transition, community transition. Permaculture as a tool for transition. Creative strategies. Creating links and support systems. Risks and threats to success. Future Scenarios. Visioning a more positive future. Finding support and resources. Working with the community and council. Creating a process for transition. Nodes, hubs and networks of resilience. Becoming an official initiative. 12-step program with an Australian twist. Developing workshops and courses. Expanding your initiative and staying on track. Skilling your community up for powerdown. Creative group facilitation. Taking your first steps and planning your permaculture pathways.

Where to find venue

The course will be held at the Eumundi Bamboo Forest on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. This 30-acre permaculture property provides plenty of creative space for discussion, networking and immersing yourself in the whole learning process. The course includes evenings spent around the fire circle discussing ideas, sharing meals and live music. Also includes time for participants to visit the famous Eumundi Markets on Saturday morning.


$150 for the entire course (including an organic, locally grown meal on Friday night, please supply your own food Saturday and Sunday). Camping on site is available at extra cost.

Further information and bookings

Sonya (07) 5457 3961, 0408 013 012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    or   Janet on (07) 5442 7200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information on Transition Towns is available at these websites www.transitiontowns.org  and  www.transitionculture.org



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