The Less is More Festival is (more or less) over…

The Less is More Festival is (more or less) over…

I’ve been planning for it since May 2013 and it’s taken up almost every spare moment of my time since January this year, but yesterday was the day when all that planning became reality, when all the hard work paid off and people flocked to the Grove Library to take part in the Less is More Festival. And yes, they flocked!

The final programme looked like this:

timetable jpgOf course to me it all looked fantastic, but it was great to see from the masses of people attending that others thought so too.

The attendance was amazing. There was standing room only in many sessions and queues at the doors. It was great to see so many people interested in sustainability and conscious living, who wanted to learn new skills, get inspired and meet like-minded people. All the workshops were free, but if people wanted to give something back we ran a Bring and Share cafe and people could bring a dish – and you should have seen the spread!

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This was a fraction of the food that was donated on the day!

I love our venue too – the Grove Library let us take over their great space for one day a year; in fact they truly embrace it! Not only that, but the grounds are beautiful, and I love the words at the entrance…

Banner2 GroveLibrary motto2I didn’t get a chance to take as many photos as I would have liked, and some of the rooms were too full to get in and actually take pictures! I’ll share the few that I managed to take. I hope it gives you some idea of the things that went on.

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Some of the audience at the bread-making workshop with Elizabeth
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Screening the movie Bag It!
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Making toothpaste and deodorant with Shani
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The first decluttering workshop with Carolyn. This room was packed out, which you can’t tell from the picture, and we actually had to turn people away!
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Queuing for the ‘Community Gardens’ workshop with Eugenie Stockmann
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The “Gardening for Food Production in Small Spaces” workshop with Steve Wood
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The sewing ‘Drop-In’ workshop right in the centre of the library
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One of the children’s workshops – ‘Clay Play’ with Columba

I really want to thank all the presenters who gave up their time to share their knowledge and skills, all the volunteers who helped the day to run so smoothly, the Earth Carers team for providing support in the run up to the festival and on the day and to the awesome people of Perth and beyond who came to learn, to connect and to be inspired! You all made the day amazing : )

11 Responses to The Less is More Festival is (more or less) over…

  1. Had a great time! Wish I got to go to more of the talks- I couldn’t chose between them all! Steve Wood was great. The bring and share café was a great idea… I brought sandwiches to share but didn’t actually get to eat much at all :( It was all gone when I got there. Maybe a token system next year? I had to laugh that in the ‘Slow Health’ session we talked about the science behind fasting- I started my fasting that day! All in all, a fantastic day Lesley- THANKYOU!!!!!!

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