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September Program

August 21, 2011

September Program*

Firstly I want to thank everyone who has been involved in our term program so far, those who ran workshops and those who attended, we have had a wonderful string of Tuesdays so far.  Jill who ran the beautiful yoga class asked me to pass on her contact details in case any one was interested in her regular kids classes in Leura.  Details can be found at  Thanks again to Rachel for the insect sculpture class, the insects looked awesome among the blossoming trees.

Our September program is as follows:

Tuesday 6th of September – Giraffe or Jackal? An Introduction to NVC

Kaya Jongen brings us a brief introduction to Non-Violent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, a way of communicating grounded in compassion, empathy and heart connections.
“We will brainstorm a ‘universal human needs list’ together and discuss and creatively express different feelings. Connecting with our feelings and needs are the basis of NVC.
Everyone can make ‘giraffe and jackal ears’ and we will play with them to explore 4 different ways we can hear something. We will use role-playing and dramatic acting is beneficial and encouraged. I look forward to playing with you all :-)”
Kaya Jongen is an empathic life coach and homeschooling mum from the north coast of NSW.
Where and when: Mid Mountains Community Centre, 11am -12 o’clock  6/9/11
Cost: $7 for 1st child, $6 for second, $5 for 3rd child, subsequent children free. Please add an additional $2 to the total for non HEA members.
Bookings: Contact Julie at
Tuesday 13th of  September – Aboriginal cultural talk and bush tucker experience with Bundeluk
Join local home educating families on a guided bushwalk with Bundeluk – a local Darug guide, artist and educator. Bundeluk holds a wealth of knowledge around Darug History, bush tucker and medicinal plants, and traditional weapons and tools.
Easy grade bush walk, BYO picnic lunch
10am – 2pm
Meet between 9:30 and 10am – for a 10am SHARP start at Red Hands Cave (this is within the National Park at Glenbrook… entrance at the end of Bruce street) NOTE: it takes about 30-40 mins to drive to Red Hands Cave once you are actually in the National Park.
 We will be walking/exploring, Red Hands Cave and Euroka Clearing, starting at Red Hands cave and then driving to the clearing and then exploring there, walking along the creek line looking at the wildlife. There are lots of birds at the clearing and kangaroos to see. If lucky we might see a wombat… or at least some wombat poo 🙂 Yabbies in the creek as well. We will have lunch at Euroka clearing. BYO picnic. This is also a culturally significant site and holds personal significance to Bundeluk himself and he will talk about this. Bundeluk will bring along some of his DVDs to sell for people that are interested at a discounted price for participants of $15 each. They are of his guided tours on bush tucker and also weapons and tools.
What to bring/wear: Closed walking shoes, plenty of water, a picnic lunch.
Cost: $12 per adult and $8 for kids each with little ones in arms free OR $30 per family.  Please add an extra $2 for non HEA members and be advised there is a fee of $7 per car payable to NPWS on entering the National Park, correct coins are required.  Let’s carpool!
Contact: Please contact Julie at as soon as possible to book, as places are limited.  Prompt response and payment are necessary to secure a place as we will also be advertising on other lists to ensure we have adequate numbers to cover costs.
Tuesday 20th of September – Spring Equinox Party!
Let’s celebrate Spring and our first term of Living Learning!  Everyone can bring natural objects found locally this Spring to add to a mobile, celebrating the concept of balance on this special day when day and night are equal in length.  Feel free to bring musical instruments to share in musical celebration and a plate of food for a shared Spring table.  Dress up as your favourite spring creature if you feel inspired!
Where and when: Mid Mountains Community Centre, 11am -12 o’clock  20/9/11
Cost: $4 per child, $8 per family – please add $2 for non HEA members.
Contact: Julie at
Thanks again to every one for sharing in Living Learning this season

*All activities are Home Education Association Inc events. All fees go towards hall hire, materials and insurance.

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