Melbourne Knowledge Week

And the countdown is on!

Less than 3 weeks to our Melbourne Knowledge Week event Tiny Solutions May 11-13.

https://www.tiny.org.au/mkw/

We have  3 tiny homes, tiny house research experts, people living in tiny houses, report on a tiny house safety certification pilot study, and tiny house suppliers.

Please join us for a tiny tour (8am-6pm) and tiny talks (12pm and 3pm).

We look forward to inspiring and educating you!  

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 7 – 13 May 2018, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne. (Apr 18)

 Image by Tiny Go Lightly

Image by Tiny Go Lightly

Tiny House2Go

A week ago my co-founder Elle Paton and I visited Ric Butler for a lovely cosy lunch in one of his tiny homes at Tiny House2Go in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

Ric's tiny house is light filled with lots of windows, and an amazing balcony giving a super spacious and expansive feel. Yet another beautiful example of simple and satisfying tiny house living. 

Tiny Non-profit is working on a couple of tiny house projects together with Tiny House2Go in 2018. (Mar 18)

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2018 and we are off!

Wow what a start to 2018!

Tiny Non-profit developments:

Hub Australia developments:

And I moved to beautiful regional Castlemaine

Stay tuned, there is a lot happening this year! (Jan, Feb 18)

 (Picture credit:  Yoga Harmony )

(Picture credit: Yoga Harmony)

Tiny Footprint

Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to stay in the tiny house of Tiny Footprint. Ferne and Chris have designed and created a beautiful and spacious tiny home for Chris, which is currently sitting in the peaceful countryside of King Lake, Victoria.

The kitchen has a lot of space for a tiny house, and I loved the living area and bathroom as well.

And it is always a treat to wake to the sunrise from the upstairs tiny house loft.

Ferne and Chris are two women who are building their own tiny house company, and they put a lot of thought in to user design.

Tiny Non-Profit looks forward to working on a few of projects together with Tiny Footprint in 2018. (Dec 17)

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Vimala Thakar

Vimala Thakar was a social activist and spiritual teacher, and she is an ongoing source of inspiration to me. Here is an excerpt where she speaks to both social activism and spirituality. 

"The vast intelligence that orders the cosmos is available to all. The beauty of life, the wonder of living, is that we share creativity, intelligence, and unlimited potential with the rest of the cosmos. If the universe is vast and mysterious, we are vast and mysterious. If it contains innumerable creative energies, we contain innumerable creative energies. If it has healing energies, we also have healing energies. To realize that we are not simply physical beings on a material planet, but that we are whole beings, each a miniature cosmos, each related to all of life in intimate, profound ways, should radically transform how we perceive ourselves, our environments, our social problems. Nothing can ever be isolated from wholeness.

There is much unexplored potential in each human being. We are not just flesh and bone or an amalgamation of conditionings. If this were so, our future on this planet would not be very bright. But there is infinitely more to life, and each passionate being who dares to explore beyond the fragmentary and superficial into the mystery of totality helps all humanity perceive what it is to be fully human. Revolution, total revolution, implies experimenting with the impossible. And when an individual takes a step in the direction of the new, the impossible, the whole human race travels through that individual." (Dec 17) 

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Fred's Tiny Houses

Today I visited The Mill in Castlemaine where there are 3 tiny house builds going on. One by a young man Matt, one a gypsy caravan design, and one the 2nd tiny house build by Fred Schultz. I have attended Fred's tiny house workshops and can highly recommend them. Attend Fred's workshops and learn how to build or have built a cute tiny house - adaptable, affordable and sustainable. (Nov 17)

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Yesterday I went on a Springtime tour at the Melbourne Royal Botanic gardens. It was so interesting to understand the development of the gardens over time, wonderful to see beautiful flowers and powerful old trees, and learn about the need to introduce new plants to adapt to climate change. (Oct 17)

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Marriage Law Postal Survey

From 25 September to 20 October, Australians experiencing homelessness will be able to obtain a Secure Access Code via the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey online inquiry form on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au) or by calling the Information Line – 1800 572 113. The Secure Access Code can be used to provide an anonymous survey response through an automated telephone service, a secure online form or via a call centre. (Sep 17)

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Affordable Housing

I have started volunteering with Castlemaine District Community Health in the Housing Service. We are exploring the option of tiny houses for disadvantaged people. Tiny houses can be less expensive than other housing options, provide privacy and sustainability features. We are looking at Tiny Homes Foundation who have already started a similar prototype. (Aug 17)

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so much nature

After the tiny homes workshop today, I walked home and appreciated so many daffodils, beautiful wattle and the spacious sky and setting sun. Spring around the corner. (Aug 17)

Tiny Homes

I have become passionate about the tiny homes movement, as it addresses major social and environmental issues. Today and tomorrow I am attending two workshops on tiny homes - how to live off the grid and where to put your tiny home. (Aug 17)