9 07, 2019

CERES in July – The Language of Love

By | 2019-07-09T14:48:52+00:00 July 9th, 2019|Around Site, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

This month the CERES Board declared a “Climate and Ecological Emergency". This public declaration is important for a well-known community organisation like CERES - it adds our voice to the global cry for urgent change. The declaration also invokes action. It asks: What is the best use of our energy, influence and extended networks at this [...]

21 03, 2019

CERES in March – Bewilderment and being wild

By | 2019-05-21T14:55:02+00:00 March 21st, 2019|Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

Bewilderment, aka “Be Wild” bewilderment, n. confusion resulting from failure to understand People experience bewilderment when they are so utterly baffled by the situation at hand, they enter into a state of complete mystification. The word is a combination of the words be, "exist," and wilder, "lead astray or lure into the wilds." Being [...]

21 12, 2018

CERES in December – Plants as People

By | 2019-05-21T14:47:27+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

“Anthropomorphising nonsense,” said my friend as I excitedly purchased Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, when it was fresh in at the CERES Nursery bookshop. Part of me agreed with her, and there is an often prevailing attitude from scientific scholars that anthropomorphism hinders our understanding of the world. However there is also an [...]

3 10, 2018

CERES in October – Permaculture of the Inner Landscape

By | 2018-12-03T10:33:26+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|CERES Courses, CERES Education, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

As Permaculturalist Prof. Stuart Hill says, “We’re not going to be saved by nuclear power, not even by solar power; nor by any religious or political doctrine. The only thing that can save us is to become perfectly connected with our innermost feelings. This is our fundamental responsibility as human beings.” In the face of [...]

6 09, 2018

Meditation Garden Working Bee #3

By | 2018-09-06T14:24:57+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Around Site, Community, Community Groups, Spiritual Ecology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Despite the cold, cold wet and windy morning with patches of hail those connected to the vision of a new spiritual hub of CERES came together on Saturday the 18th of August for the third instalment of our ongoing working bees. We began by shifting the last of the blue stone rocks left from [...]

15 08, 2018

Meditation Garden Working Bee #2

By | 2018-08-24T17:30:17+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Community Groups, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

It was a clear, crisp morning on Saturday the 4th of August, the silver wattles in full bloom and the resident magpies were building their nests in the trees above the worksite of the Meditation Garden. We milled about and whispered while the Melbourne Zen group practiced their weekly Saturday morning meditation inside the CERES learning [...]

15 08, 2018

CERES in August – Development threat

By | 2018-12-03T10:33:42+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Around Site, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

This land at CERES has been rescued from all kinds of development since colonists arrived in the area in 1835. Once a place of beauty and bounty, fresh water and eels, the new arrivals quickly stripped the trees, brought in hard-hooved animals and used the creek to pour their waste into. Then they blasted [...]