Everything we’re doing to make our little YOGA festival a Zero-Waste Event and the talks, workshops and events within our programme that promote sustainability

Photo Credit: Mikael Kristenson from Unsplash

Here’s a list of the little YOGA festival workshops & talks with a sustainable focus 

Saturday 9.45am – 10.30am The Joys of Edible Weeds with Julia Sich (Julia’s Edible Weeds)

Julia will explain to us which weeds we can eat in our garden, what they’re rich in, and encourage us to make her famous green weed smoothies for ourselves and our whanau.

Saturday 10.45am – 11.30am Teacher in the Paddock (Jane Powell) gives a workshop on How to make your own Sauerkraut.

We’ve done this workshop before. You can see the pics here. Jane is a wealth of knowledge. She’s led Weston A Price chapters, she and Kevin run after-school & holiday programmes from their farm in Papamoa, along with school visits. They provide a small collection of family’s with raw cow’s milk. They run a host of other workshops around pro-biotics, general gut health, and making your own cheese.

Saturday 11.30am – 12.15pm Aqua for Teens with Mig McMillan

Mig is often seen walking, even though she owns a car. She draws slightly dark, always witty black and white line drawings about the more shadowed sides of life. She has been a Playcentre Mum. She is still a Mum. She plants a garden in front of her mural-ed fence. She makes people laugh and change, and she comes to the festival to share how to stay out of jail when a greenie (eco-activist) living with a house rammed with teenagers who don’t want to be (as green as you). Her tip be aqua with your teen, instead of green. She promises to entertain (or we do on her behalf).

Saturday 3.00pm – 3.45pm Bee-keeping with Seaside Bees

This couple run sea-side bees to satisfy their love or ‘bee’ hobby. When they’ve got enough stock they rent hives to BOP homes. They run short evening classes on Urban Bee-Keeping. You’ll be able to continue learning after this ‘taste test’.

Sunday 11.15am – 12.00pm How to Set Your Face Free with Lucy Aitkenread from Lulastic & the Hippyshake

We met Lucy during a parenting course (of which she organised) with Robin Grille author of ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ in Thames. She, her husband and their two girls now live in a yurt in a Karangahake Gorge. She’s hot off the Europe-festival-season touring with the aforementioned ‘talk’. She’s radical and real, gentle, quirky and dizzingly brave and articulate. She has a kick arse blog and you tube channel with crazy amounts of worldwide followers. We love being in her company and we think you will too.

Sunday 11.30am – 1.00pm Outdoor Explorers meet at Moturiki / the old Leisure Island ‘rock’ on the beach opposite Hopukiore/Mt Drury.

Outdoor Explorers is like a Forest School, or kindy/school outdoors without teachers but with parents who facilitate or observe their childrens’ exploration. It’s entirely outdoors, and runs once a week from 10am – 2pm on a Friday during Primary School Termtime (come rain or shine, but not civil defence warnings). Natasha and Tamra are both Playcentre Mums who’re passionate about nature and allowing our kids to be kids, curious, adventurous and able. Come watch your children (and your own inner child) come alive in nature. Experience the wonder, joy and sensations of discovery, play, creativity, adventure in the elements.

Sunday 12.30pm – 1.15pm Crochet your very own cotton dishcloth with Kate Bruning of Greedy for Colour

Geared towards those with some crochet skills under their belt, Kate graces us with her joyful spirit and shares her skills and creativity usually given to Stanley the Rabbit and other such world-famous characters. Kate lives in Whakamarama on a farm, visits the  library once a week and returns with too many books to carry from chin to palm, and has successfully gone from publishing a well-devoured blog to an equally loved book. This woman is a global craft sensation. She always dresses like a flower – with a heap of colour hence the name of her blog, she’s greedy for it.

Sunday 2.00pm – 2.45pm Learn the love of Compost with Joe Montalto

We found Joe in the Mount Community Gardens tending to his plot. We poached him then and there. A man who’s in love with a Yoga Teacher, this guy will help you fall in love with compost, and encourage you to persuade those reluctant family members to get themselves a worm farm. More on worm farms later.

Sunday 2.00pm – 2.45pm Knitting with Ninja Knits

Knitting is a therapeutic practice that reduces stress, and induces mindfulness. It’s a wholesome and deliciously portable activity for children. Both boy and girl children LOVE it and quickly pick it up, especially after the ages of 6/8 years. Our co-op shop sells thick, wooden, short needles idea for new knitters, and feel free to go buy a pair before you ‘come to class’. Those that have keen kinesthetic intelligence (such as skateboarders) can be fast wee knitters. When we knit with cotton and wool we can handmake something useful, such as a scarf or baby’s blanket prettily easily as a beginner knitter. It’s very satisfying and also desperately fun choosing the colours, and then feel of yarn. Addictive even. Handy tip: Polyester is made from crude oil and is not biodegradable. Check the label to ensure your yarn is indeed ‘natural’ and made of wool or cotton, which will break down.

Sunday 2.15pm – 3.00pm Sewing with Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags are an awesome initiative and thanks Jenni from Herbal Potential for introducing us to them. They sew and stamp bags (hence running a live workshop within our festival) and put these hand-made heart-felt bags on stands outside shops around town, for people to borrow (when they’ve forgotten their own re-usable bag) and return at a later date (no questions asked). Isn’t it ‘tops’ that people are finding gentle solutions to aggressive problems such as the pollution of waterways from single-use plastic bags and other plastic waste?

Talking about plastic waste you may like to go see:

Plastic Ocean Film
The Plastic Ocean 
at Tauranga Rialto Cinema 8pm Thursday 31 August. Thanks EcoWarehouse for promoting this showing. The screening of The Plastic Ocean relies on pre-sales so get in touch if you’re keen to go, as your email may mean it goes ahead.

Other BOP peeps and communities doing great things

Worm Farms Workshops
And about those worm farms. Tauranga City Council runs awesome regular workshops in how to run a worm farm. Here’s the next event Saturday 23 September (the weekend after the little YOGA festival) https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/worm-composting-workshop/tauranga. Come along to this 2-hour interactive workshop to learn the art of worm farming. Take home your own worm farm bin, worms, lime and compost so you can get started straight away. The workshop is subsidised by Council with a nominal fee ( $23.50) charged. The take home pack is valued at $180. The workshop is catered to beginners of worm farming with little or no experience, or for those who would like a refresher. If you don’t need a worm farm you can come to the workshop at no cost, however, you still need to register. The workshop is open to Tauranga City Council residents only. One worm farm will be issued per household. Up to two people per household can attend.  Kia ora TCC, nice one.

Re-usable Nappies
Another BOP hero is The Nappy Lady. She runs workshops throughout the Bay (and the country) helping parents decide which re-usable nappies to invest in, every families needs are different (crazy as it seems). Our young family used reusable nappies (most of the time not so much at night or in the newborn phase we will confess) and once we were over that 6/10 week hump found re-usables to be non-leaking, easy to use, and more natural for our babies bodies (without having that deodorising and moisture sucking technology wrapped around their trying ‘to breathe’ genitals 24/7).

The Rubbish Trip
We’d like to thank Liam and Hannah, the No-Waste Nomads from Wellington for touring our Islands (North & South, will they go to Stewart?) sharing about how they’ve lived, and how we can too live, Waste-Free for 2.5 years and counting. They gave a talk to 66 people at the Festival site August 19, as a warm-up event for our hand-made and whole-hearted little YOGA festival.

Sponsorship Opportunity

We’re currently looking for a sponsor so we can pay a waste minimisation ‘group’ such as Why Waste, Waste Wizard or Waste Watchers to manage our 3-day festival waste. Email emily@wildandgrace.co.nz if your organisation would like to put their name to this important and helpful cause.

Here’s how little YOGA festival is eco-friendly or minimising our footprint.

  • Joe’s compost workshop will see the foodwaste from the event remain on site for the Mount Community Garden’s compost system.
  • There will be 3 bins on site 1) compost 2) recycling and 3) landfill (guess which one we’re ‘leading’ to be empty)
  • We’ve said no to plastic straws and will be selling metal ones instead, thanks to Paper Plane, and our co-op shop initiated by the generous-spirited Jenni from Herbal Potential.
  • We’re selling metal drink bottles, keep cups, metal straws, cotton dishcloths, cotton bags via the aforementioned co-op shop.
  • We’re providing filtered water via a hose for people to re-fill their drink-bottles, and we’ve asked festival-goers to bring their re-usable drink bottles.
  • Coffee is bring served in ‘old school’ ceramic mugs – festival users can wash their cup in the wash station and return it to the coffee cart.
  • We’re having a wash-up station on site.
  • We’re only using paper plates (and when we grow up and have more space will use ‘the exchange’ for our plates in the future).
  • We’ve said no, thank you: to food & drink vendors that sell their products in plastic.

We look forward to meeting more of you very soon, perhaps at the little YOGA festival, perhaps around our Bay of Plenty of good times (in the holistic sense of the word).

little YOGA festival is FREE for kids under 14 years who attend with an adult.

You can get your tickets here: www.littleyogafestival.com/tickets

Photo Credit: Jeremy Rickets from Unsplash


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