Recharge Kuranda

FNQ's Community Transition Centre and Meltingpot for Transitional ideas and Actions


Successfully Funded: Yarrabah Elder Gathering Crowdfunder

Posted by Sjoerd Aardema on December 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM

THANK YOU, Thank you Thank you! Your financial support to the Yarrabah Permaculture Crowdfunder became a success! So here is some news and more gratitude for making it possible for us to do all the work we did without it costing us more then our physical energy!


From the We the Trees Site:


WOW! We did it… the cause got completed and the Permaculture project out at Yarrabah was a huge success it made the Gathering the gathering and so an enormous hands up to all those actively involved in the sourcing of the materials, trucking the materials, shipping, carting, building measuring, digging, cutting, brushing, easing, flexing, coping, tracking, coordinating, expertising and more and more of many skills were used in the whole process of building the Project the way we did.




many seeds were indeed sown and Permaculture is a word now know in the community of Yarrabah, certainly all the elders know about it and more projects are on the dream line for 2013. We are actively connected with the PBC of Yarrabah and are furthering conversations on different levels about next years projects, community help, garden expansions etc etc.


REALLY , this cause caused a whole ripple of great nature and the effects of your contributions will be known for a long while into the future!




More updates to come in early 2013 as we will further the dream seeds that were planted during the Elder Gathering. We hope you will be part of the dreaming now and then.





Permaculture Crew Members of the Yarrabah Elder Gathering


World's indigenous leaders converge on Yarrabah for Cairns eclipse

Bianca Keegan

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

© The Cairns Post


Eyes on the eclipse: Elder Bob Patterson says he is honoured to share his land and stories with more than 120 indigenous leaders who will converge on a Yarrabah beach to mark next week's solar eclipse. Picture: STEWART McLEAN.

ELDER Bob Patterson says he is honoured to share his land and his stories with more than 120 indigenous leaders who will converge on a Yarrabah beach to mark the eclipse.

The Australia-first will see indigenous leaders from the Pacific Islands, North and South America, Japan and the Philippines camp at Wungu Beach from Saturday for a five-day global elders gathering.


The invitation-only event is historic, says Gurubuna clan elder Uncle Bob, who is from one of three clans in the Gungandji tribe who came together in a bid to restore indigenous culture for the younger generation.


"I feel honoured because today we have a lot of problems in the world and the government can't fix most of it," he said.


"I believe it is up to us, the people of the nations, to help restore what we had before."


There will be four forums at the gathering, addressing issues for elders, young leaders, men's business and women's business, Uncle Bob said. "There will be dancers and we will have all the elements, fire and water, and I'll be telling my story that is relevant to the eclipse."


The indigenous leaders will camp in tents made from bamboo and tarps, which are being set up by Rare Earth Foundation members who are facilitating the summit.


"This has never happened before. It is a great promotion for Yarrabah.


"My goal is to pass on the message to people of the world that we've got to make changes and we've got to do it now.


"At this gathering we need to get all the questions and answers together."


The invitation-only event is not open to the public but is expected to draw more than 600 people next Wednesday for the eclipse.


Chairman for the Prescribed Body Corporate committee Ricco Noble said land rights, support groups and closing the gap would be on the agenda.


Rare Earth founder Meleuka Morton-Masterman said around 25 volunteers had travelled from interstate and internationally to help with the event.


She said a film crew would be recording the eclipse event, forum and indigenous stories to create a digital message stick.


"It's time to come together to celebrate all of our positive wins and take a moment to remember where we have come from."





Deeper Causes affected through your energy:


because of your generosity and believing in our cause much more than just accommodation was build we actually managed to provide the overall infrastructure for this Gathering to be held in full and with that so much more deeper, cultural, spiritual work was enabled. For this we thank you also, because it is what we do on the ground that enables the experiences and exchanges to take place in the way they did.


Without the financial support we would have not be able to come away from Yarrabah and feel so UPLIFTED and INSPIRED.




Because of our many involvements in so many differently projects, groups, networks, relationships and so on, (in short Permaculture in Nature) we are dreaming up a whole new multi faceted educational sharing platform that encompasses all aspects of the Recharge Kuranda Community Transition hub AND makes that MOBILE. Yes, on four wheels.


It's been dreamseeded at the Gathering and furthered in so many peoples dream visions. To have a bus, a caravan of Permaculture Crew travelling, sharing, planting, blitzing, showcasing, bringing and inspiring communities LIKE Yarrabah to reconnect, restore, re grow, re activate, Re charge their connection to Food, gardens, seeds, needs and want from a Permaculture dreaming way.



We have often referred amongst friends and family to the Realfood Train that travels from farmers gates to community market places, bringing the foods and philosophy (if you wish) of buying local, eating local, growing local and organic and the plethora of benefits that shoot off from that once we actively support this. That train is already running, every week. We want to collaborate with these guys and jump on the back of this train/ truck of integral high impact community food delivery service AND while travelling with them to these market places we share Permaculture teachings, share and activate the plant gardens, share the message of seed saving, inspire and advocate for important community causes and in a NUTshell : Create a community based and operated "Biodynamic Permaculture Seed sharing Media RealFood Tourbus" that travels on a weekly bases to Yarrabah (and all other existing RFN serviced communities) to bring fresh food, real skills and inspiration in a model that is integral financially viable and having the potential to make a REAL difference!


What do you think? is this NUTS or what.. well you helped us dreaming this far because of your believing in us and what we wished to do for Yarrabah, we eventually got to this stage.


I am sure we will talk wildly about it in a few months. We are planning to Transition, permaculture and Realfood knowingness further and thus do our share to bring into being the New Earth.


Connected, grateful and inspired!


Thank you for believing in us all!



Cheers from us all!

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