First there is knowledge and awareness; then a change in personal consciousness, followed by inspiration to action. The talks programmed at this year’s festival is full of inspiring, honest, hopeful and mindful experts in their field. Ask questions, network, share knowledge and experience talks and discussions on a range of different topics.
This year’s talks programme highlights include….
Helen is a writer, was a broadcaster and has always been a bit of a loudmouth. She’s worked at the ABC, The Australian and The Age. Then, when the mainstream media shifted, so did she. Helen now writes for The Saturday Paper on gardening and Crikey on politics and dissent. She has written several non-fiction books, the last of which was about love and the next of which is an introduction to the work of Karl Marx.
Saturday, Bunya 6:05pm
Leader of the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at Cambridge University, Dr Michael is an architectural engineer and Senior Lecturer. His current research is focused on developing low-energy structural materials and systems in masonry, better housing in the developing world and large-scale high rise buildings in engineered timber and bamboo through natural material innovation.
Saturday, Bunya 2:00PM
Saturday, Bamboo Tent 3:45PM
Sunday, Bamboo Tent 10:30AM
As an iconic Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet, Michael’s commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme. His newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian – producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.
Saturday, Bunya 7:45pm
Sunday, Bunya 3:30pm
An astrophysics PhD student at Sydney University studying galaxy mergers and their impact on galaxy evolution, Jessica is particularly interested in physics outreach.
Saturday, Bunya 12:30pm
Saturday, Gabion Walls 8:00pm
Sunday, Lilly Pilly 4:20pm
Sunday, Gabion Walls 7:00pm
Kaleesha Morris & Agi Gajic
Kaleesha is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman from the Clarence Valley in the NSW Northern Rivers, and a Kulkagal descendant of Naghir Island in the Torres Strait. With a background in arts and law, Kaleesha is currently using her experience as a social justice campaigner to act as Head of Policy for a new social enterprise – the Sparkke Change Brewing Company.
One of approximately three Australian female brewers under 30, Agi is an innovative master of her craft, with a fiery determination to integrate her passions for brewing excellence, social justice and sustainability in the Sparkke Change Brewing Company.
Brewing for Change
Kaleesha and Agi are two parts of all female brewing company – a new social enterprise based in South Australia, committed to driving a social agenda via their quality beverages. Representing Sparkke Brewing collective, the team will outline the social foundations and collaborative approach to their start up.
Saturday, Lilly Pilly 3:15pm
Soil Science Australia
Having worked as a soil scientist for over a decade, Kelly Bryant studies the diverse range of soils we have in Queensland. She believes that healthy soils are fundamental for healthy people and that good science underpins the sustainable management of our soils. Fifty Shades of Brown in this homage to the humble mud pie, explore how soils impact our food from its taste and look to where it is grown. Learn how to maintain soil health and continue to grow delicious produce.
Saturday, Grove 1:00pm
Sunday, Grove 1:15pm
Passionate about sustainable design, Jed helped found Cave Urban, an arts and architecture collective that has been building bamboo structures at Woodford for the last five years. His work has taken him internationally as part of a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to research and develop bamboo preservation and construction methods for Australia’s bamboo industry.
Saturday, Bamboo Tent 10:30am
Sunday, Bunya 12:45pm
Sunday, Grove 3:45pm
An Indonesian-born and based environmental scientist, Arief is the founder and director of Indobamboo. He has been developing a model for community-based bamboo forestry in Indonesia and his expertise is sought by organisations across the world including the United Nations and Woodfordia as part of the bamboo forest partnership and biochar project.
Sunday, Bunya 12:45pm
We welcome you to join us at Woodfordia, where we work and learn by day, and play by night. Come imagine, search, create & discover with us, book your tickets online.
To extend your experience at The Planting, book a masterclass in for the week before the festival as part of the Autumn Artisan Camp Series in the natural bush surrounds of Woodfordia. Final places are still available, for more information and to secure your place, click here!
Workshops and tickets must be booked online prior to the festival.
Book your workshops and early bird tickets online now for The Planting Festival at Woodfordia, an hour north of Brisbane over the Qld Labour Day long weekend, 28-30th April. We hope to see you there!
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