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Term 3 Program 2013

June 17, 2013

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 3 Program!  This term we are in for a treat, with a local homeschooling teen running a workshop series around her passion for Japanese language and culture.  This series will be followed by some wonderful artists from the community sharing their skills with us as we warm up again after Winter.  Looking forward to moving into Spring with you this term, I love Spring in the Mountains!

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(Random Weave basket by Claudia Echeverria)

All workshops are held at the Mid Mountains Community Centre in Lawson on Tuesday mornings, with time to share lunch and play afterwards. Everyone is welcome to come along at lunchtime for a catch up whether or not they attend the workshop. Our sessions have been booking out recently so book as early as you can to ensure your place. For all bookings and queries contact Julie at

These workshops are all Home Education Association Inc (HEA) events.

Introductory Japanese and Culture – 16th July to 20th August

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Come and join this six week course on Japanese language, culture and customs!  We will have fun exploring language, culture and even the popular art form known as Anime.  Commencing on the 16th of July and running from 11am-12:30 each week, this course will cover Introductory Japanese/Culture and Art.  Art supplies will be provided but students will need to bring an A4 notebook and pens and pencils to write and colour with.


My name is Madi Martin and I am not only a student of Japanese myself (4 years) but also a proud homeschooled Teen.  My love of Japan/Asia began many years ago with an interest in anime/manga and quickly progressed to Japanese Language/culture which I have studied under the tutelage of two excellent teachers.  I also work voluntarily  at Hazelbrook Public School with Yrs 1& 2 as a class room helper and recently took over the class for some interesting presentations on Japan.   In this fun course I welcome all children 6 years and over to come along and learn about the beauty that is Japan and find their way through the language and have some fun with Art and Japanese songs.

Cost: $70 per child for HEA members, $75 for non HEA members.

Payments will be due by the 2nd of July.  Email Julie at to reserve your spot and you will be sent payment details.  There are limited places available so get in quick so you don’t miss out!

An Introduction to Contact Improvisation Dance, for Parents and Children – 27th August to 10th September

Contact Improv (CI) is a partner dance form which uses principles of connection, communication and attention to allow dance partners to move freely together, whilst maintaining physical contact- this leads to rolling, spiraling, tumbling, running, falling, rising, spinning and standing together, to name a few.
Often for adults this means remembering movements and emotional states assigned to childhood- the intuitive and efficient movements as a baby first becomes mobile; the playfulness of attending to the current moment whilst disregarding the past or future and the readiness to share connection instantly with a new playmate.
For parents, I see these workshops as a chance to rediscover and enhance the spirit of play within themselves and for children I hope it will mean they never let it fall from their grasp. This will broaden the physical language you have with your child, increase their sense of self and personal confidence around their body and personal expression.
Safety and cooperation are the principles of these workshops, with parents invited to work with me to structure a safe environment likely meaning keeping dances in the physically safer areas of low to floor, grounded, and not too fast. As with any CI dance, dancers are always in charge of themselves, and are always free, encouraged and facilitated in having only the dance and connection they choose to have.
I’d really like to share with you this clip which served to as inspiration for this series, Itay Yutov dancing with his daughter Sophie:
Which he gives a TED talk about here:
Peace through Dance,
Eamonn O’Flaherty
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I discovered Contact Improv in early 2010 and it became the center of my life, attending as many classes in Sydney as I could for two years before also pursuing other related forms of dance, movement, expression and martial arts. Promoting the form from my very first encounter of it, I began teaching towards the end of 2012, and have been teaching ever since. It is my goal to spread and promote this most beloved dance form as much as I am able.

Cost:  For the three week series the total cost will be $33 per adult and $18 per child (with under 5’s free) for HEA members.

For non HEA members the total cost for the three week series will be $35 per adult and $20 per child (with under 5’s free).

Payments will be due by 6th of August.

Spring Weaving – 17th September

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Claudia Echeverria will facilitate a weaving workshop for parents and their children.  This workshop is a creative as well as therapeutic experience, immersing people in the fascinating process of random weaving basket making.  We’ll be exploring material properties and shape possibilities given by different source of natural fiber, all of them collected and gathered locally.  From material selection, shape structuring and decoration and fiber presentation you’ll get a broad know how of this easy intuitive weaving technique, taking home a finished organic vessel.  A simpler weaving activity will also be provided for the younger children attending.

As we are a community group Claudia has kindly offered us a generous discount on her normal fee and the two hour workshop (10:30am-12:30) will be:

$30 per family ($33 for non HEA members).  Claudia would like the experience to be available to everyone and is also happy to accept exchanges, such as garden produce, or baked goods to share on the day.  Email Julie at to book your places, payments will be due by 27th of August.


Trained as an Architect, Permaculturalist, traditional aboriginal basket weaver and Yoga teacher, Claudia Echeverria a Steiner mother and  young Fiber artist of the Blue Mountains, Australia  experiments and reinterprets woven forms through traditional and contemporary techniques. Her designs explore with loose freedom the creative potential and possibilities of diverse locally gathered materials, giving artistic value to a palette of native, invasive and recycled fibersHer fascination for bio-architecture, organic forms and nature’s sacred geometry leads her to explore and create unique pieces inspired on textures, shapes and structures of  birds nests, spider webs, bones, spirals and drops of water.
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As a professional and as a teacher her passion weaves a life journey focused on art, people, communities, sustainable settlements and land care. In that context she understands basketry as an art form that rises environmental awareness engaging the community in identifying, collecting and preparing local invasive and indigenous species as well as re utilizing our home fiber waste.
In a deeper level she experiences her art as a therapeutic practice. Teaching basketry as a meditative and intuitive Art form holding weaving circles in order to inspire and pass on this ancestral skill to people willing to listen, to learn, to explore their own innate creative potential re-contenting to themselves and to nature’s rhythms and cycles.
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 You can see more of Claudia’s gorgeous work on her website:
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Louise Wisser permalink
    June 17, 2013 6:48 am

    Hi Julie

    The weaving class An the CI dance classes look great. We’d love to book in for these

    Thanks louise

    • June 17, 2013 6:53 am

      Thanks Louise! I’ll put your name down and send out payment details a little closer to the events. Look forward to catching up with you 🙂

  2. June 30, 2013 12:49 am

    Hi Julie,
    Tuesdays look amazing, thank you so much for providing such a creative and fun program. Darcy is not home at the moment but i will get him to have a look and decide what he wants to do (i hope he says ALL of it).

    Thank you and everyone in the group for welcoming us so warmly. i have very much enjoyed meeting you and your kids, and felt really accepted and not judged. i have loved watching darcy being able to interact (or not) as he chooses during sessions, just being able to leave the room to let off steam has been a bit of a revelation to him i think, it seems to be dawning on him that he doesn’t have to ‘act up’ in order to get his needs met, in that environment anyway.

    • June 30, 2013 12:54 am

      It has been so lovely to meet you both, Anna ❤Look forward to seeing you again soon!

  3. June 30, 2013 8:10 am

    Hi again,
    could we book for all of it? THANKS XOXO

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