Check out what's on across South Australia related to environment and sustainability. This calendar includes events hosted by Conservation SA, our member groups, and the wider community. You can submit an event by clicking 'Create and event'.

What's Coming Up Next At Conservation SA

Conservation SA Events

Community events can be submitted here.

Thu, Nov 23

Public forum: No More Bad Investments - Act One For A Safe Climate

Hosted by Margaret Hender

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Join Conservation SA and cedamia's No More Bad Investments (NMBI) team to hear Ian Dunlop (former Chair Australian Coal Association), Philip Sutton (co-author of Climate Code Red), Peter Owen (Director, Wilderness SA), Heather Smith (energy specialist), and MC Craig Wilkins (CE, Conservation SA) discuss climate risk and new model legislation to put a stop to new climate damaging projects in SA. 

See the Facebook event page here. Tickets $10 via Eventbrite.

Wed, Nov 29

Fundraising Forum: Major Gifts and Private Ancillary Funds

Hosted by Conservation Sa

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In the current financial climate, it can be challenging to stay across the latest thinking on fundraising for your organisation, and — if you're a donor — to know where to best place your funds.

This session will give you insights into the world of major donors, major gifts and Private Ancillary Funds from two of Australia's top philanthropy experts.

This event is offered free for member groups or via a donation for non-members.

Presentation: Major Gifts with Erica Myers-Tattersall 
'We just need someone with lots of money to write us a big cheque! Or, How to win the hearts and minds of major donors'

Erica Myers-Tattersall from Xponential Fundraising will take you through the motivations behind those who make sizeable and significant donations to their favourite charities and not-for-profits, why they give, who they give to and how you can access those funds. She will also provide some practical advice on how to set up a major gift program for your organisation, enabling you to critically assess your organisation and the role of board in building a culture of philanthropy that is crucial in raising big dollars.

Presentation: Private Ancillary Funds with Andrew Bradley 
Finance expert Andrew Bradley offers unique insights into the establishment and management of charitable trusts, including Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs). Andrew will also provide key insights into some of the issues that families face when running their own PAFs.

Limited places are available, so RSVP now to reserve your place. Join us for a fascinating insight into these progressive areas of fundraising, and find out how you can make the most of them for your organisation.

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Sat, Dec 2

Don't Dump on SA RALLY

Hosted by Conservation Sa

It's RALLY TIME!

Saturday Dec  2, 2017, 11 am
Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide, Kaurna Land.
Family friendly event, organised by community and supported by Conservation SA.

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South Australia is a place of clever people, strong communities and unique landscapes. The Federal government wants to build a nuclear waste ‘facility’ in SA. Some of this nuclear waste is a hazard for hundreds of years and some for over ten thousand years.  Sites in Kimba on the Eyre Peninsular and a site near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges are being pursued.

We continue to say no to a nuclear waste dump in our state.

Join us on 2 December 2017 to send a clear message to our state and federal politicians.

Sun, Dec 10

Forest Bathing: Belair

Hosted by Alex Gaut

‘When we remove ourselves from the busyness, slow down and tune into the natural environment answers emerge.’  Liza Pullman

Forest bathing combines the benefits of embodied practices with mindfulness, and the benefits of psychology and social connection - all in a natural setting. It is very low impact, not strenuous hiking.

With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this restorative wellness practice involves a series of guided invitations to help relax, slow down, become present and connect with nature for health and wellbeing. The experience invites room for listening, healing and reflection, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all the senses, in a non-judgmental setting.

Simply being out in nature provides a healing, grounded and connective experience. The practice of Forest Bathing fosters a deeper more intentional connection with nature and ourselves. 

A qualified guide combines all these elements and ensure the experience is safe, supported and inspiring. Each experience lasts 2.5 - 3 hours but we not go more than a kilometre.

If you are overwhelmed by the noise and 'busyness' of modern life, then come along to destress, relax, restore and reconnect.

This practice is also known as shinrin yoku, or forest or nature therapy.

 

Benefits

Research shows that there are many important benefits from experiencing nature, whether incidental or intentional, for mental, physical and social health – our general wellbeing. Benefits include: boosting the immune system, improving mood, decreasing blood pressure, inflammation and blood sugar, restoring attention, reducing headaches, reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue, which contribute to improved sleep and much more.

Like yoga and meditation, the benefits of this practice are enhanced and deepened through regular practice.

 

Testimonials

It was such a profoundly restorative process for me. I literally felt like I'd had a 2.5 hour massage - and I regularly think back to the beautiful experience. I would never have imagined this!

Niki

 

If you’re feeling stressed, tired, worn out from the business of life, I can highly recommend the Nature Wellness Experience

Jason

 

This experience is worth a few hours of your time. It brings your mind to a standstill and opens it to the nature around you. You start noticing things you may not have seen, touched or heard before. You CONNECT to a whole different level.

Marie

 

Alex has a lovely manner for leading these. It's a beautiful, relaxing and calming experience. 

Meredith

 

About me

I am the first certified 'Forest Therapy Guide' in South Australia, with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. I have also started a collective social enterprise called Nature & Wellbeing Australia with two other guides-in-training in order to offer a more diverse range of locations and activities for nature connection and wellbeing.

I am also studying a Masters Research project in environmental psychology, specialising in nature and wellbeing. 

I believe that nature connection is a positive pathway to wellbeing for both people and planet.

 

FAQs

What if the weather is too hot/cold/wet?

Walks will be cancelled via email if the temperature is forecast to be 35C or above on the day before the event, or if the weather forecast is too severe in any other way. An email confirmation will be sent the day before to confirm whether or not the event will go ahead.

 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Unfortunately there is no public transport option to this location. If you choose to drive up Sheoak Road, please add an extra 10 minutes to your estimated travel time as it's steep with many narrow slowing points.

Please note there are no public toilets at this location.

 

What do I bring to the event?

Weather appropriate clothing and shoes. I recommend closed shoes because the paths are quite gravelly but if you prefer open shoes, feel free.

Sun smart gear and water.

 

What's the refund policy?

If the walk is cancelled due to either severe weather, or not enough people, all tickets will be fully refunded.

If the walk goes ahead but you miss it, then there is no refund but you can use the ticket as credit for a future walk. Please contact me if you wish to do this.

Community Events

Community events are moderated by Conservation SA before publication.

Please allow up to three days for approval.

To hire a space at our home The Joinery click here

Thu, Nov 30

What does it mean to be human?

Hosted by Charles Brass

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?
Humanity faces many crises: what is it about us humans that is worth preserving? Is it our history and social evolution that makes us “human”? Or could we replace ourselves with artificial intelligence, and still be “human”?

Join Dr Kirrilly Thompson, Senior Research Fellow, Central Queensland University and Dr Martin Luerssen, Co-founder Clevertar and Research Fellow, Flinders University in a fascinating conversation.

Non-members can book through the website (www.futuresfoundation.org.au/events/) where tickets are normally $55, but as a special offer for the first 20 bookings, if you enter FORESIGHT in the promotion code box you will be able to attend at the member rate of $20.

Sun, Dec 3

Nature Connection Inspiration - An event supporting The Wilderness Society

Hosted by Sophie Hayat

This nourishing day workshop includes gentle yoga, meditation, a mini soundbath, connecting with others & networking, a walking meditation on the beach and the chance to explore our connection to nature while sharing inspiration for how we can take care of our beautiful planet earth.

December becomes hectic for so many of us, so we would love you to join us for a special workshop focusing on self care and care of our planet earth. The aim is to connect back to nature in the stunning setting of Sellicks Beach, meet others, and be inspired in your next steps.

The first two hours will start at the Sellicks Community Hall, with time scheduled for relaxing with yoga, meditation & sound as well as some more interactive activities in small groups and personal reflection. We will also have a snack of fruit & tea and some time to chat. We will then have some time for lunch - options include bringing your own food or popping into one of the local cafes, but you may also like to come up to the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple at Sellicks Hill. On Sundays they offer a delicious Chinese style vegetarian buffet lunch for a donation. This temple is the location of the impressive statue of Kuan Yin, and has stunning views of the coastline. At around 1pm, we can gather again at Sellicks Beach, for a walking meditation, nurturing our connection to the earth and to each other. Walking meditation is a wonderful way to slow down, enhance your senses and feel connection and gratitude. If there's time and good weather we could do a little more beach yoga or take a swim.

Cost is just $22 including all booking fees, with all profits going towards The Wilderness Society of South Australia.

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Contact Conservation SA on (08) 8223 5155, general@conservationsa.org.au, or at our offices at the Joinery at 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

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