Finding a deeper connection

Abigail Meadows, Cath James, Gordon Bannon, Micah Meadows, Lloyd Meadows and Asha Bannon-Benham in the garden at Castlemaine’s Uniting Church.

Abigail Meadows, Cath James, Gordon Bannon, Micah Meadows, Lloyd Meadows and Asha Bannon-Benham in the garden at Castlemaine’s Uniting Church.

“The leaf has a song in it. Inside the river there is an unfinishable story and you are somewhere in it.”

These words, from the poet Mary Oliver, inspired Cath James and Gordon Bannon from the Loddon Mallee presbytery to create a day of storytelling and workshops on art, poetry, dance, permaculture and gardening.

Cath and Gordon named the eco-spirituality event ‘the Leaf has a Song in it’ to capture the intangible relationship between the human spirit and the natural world.

“Many people I have talked to feel busy and disconnected. They want their lives to be different, but don’t know what to do about it,” Cath said.

“I think many of us want that relationship with the natural world to be more than fleeting, rare, mountain top experiences – we are all connected to the Earth in so many ways and we long to deepen that connection and weave it into our everyday lives.”

The all-day event, which will be held at Castlemaine’s Uniting Church Hall on Saturday 6 October, provides a space for people to nurture their soul and explore ideas together.

A family-friendly program, suitable for primary school children and above, will be provided.

“If you come along you can expect to hear personal stories from a diverse range of people about their spiritual connection to the world around us,” Cath said.

“There will be a range of workshops on offer where you can sing, hear and write poetry, dance, create a mandala, share and craft your own story, learn about permaculture and energy in all its forms, explore eco-spirituality, learn how to weave with natural materials, go on a weed walk and more.

“We will eat a delicious, sustainably sourced lunch together around a long table and it will be a chance for people to connect with each other on a deeper level.”

Tickets for ‘The Leaf has a Song in it’ ($50 full, $25 concession, $10 children, $100 family) are available at https://www.trybooking.com/XHJS.

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