I have been fortunate to be invited to be a part of The Constellation Project, a cross-sector collaboration to end homelessness in Australia within a generation. I am participating as a tiny homes advocate with Tiny Non-profit and the Australian Tiny House Association. More information can be found here. (Dec 18)
For the next week where I live in the country we are so fortunate to have the Festival of Gardens.
Today I visited 3 gorgeous gardens - The Potager with a stone cottage from 1870, Rosebank with over 100 roses including the amazingly fragrant Abraham Darby Rose, and Inclinations with an emphasis on drought tolerant hardy flowering plants.
Paradise. (Nov 18)
Feeling so much gratitude for living in paradise... (Aug 18)
Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Juha Kaakinen for an intimate lunch in Castlemaine including with our Mayor and Council CEO.
Juha is Chief Executive Officer of Y-Foundation since 2013 (expert member of the Board of Y-Foundation 1986-2003), the biggest Finnish NGO acquiring flats from the private market for homeless people and providing social housing.
From 2008- 2012, he worked for the Finnish Ministry of the Environment as Program Leader of the National Program to reduce long-term homelessness 2008-2012. He was also the Secretary of the working Group of “Wise People” appointed by the Ministry of Housing to formulate the basic principles for the Homelessness Reduction Program. From 1990- 2011, he was CEO of Sosiaalikehitys Oy (Social Development Ltd), a Research and Development Company owned by 11 municipalities).
Juha has written over 50 research papers, articles and evaluation reports on social services, employment projects and policies and homelessness issues.
Juha is a lovely humble, determined and wise man, and has given us much inspiration for our work in Castlemaine and Australia. (Aug 18)
As I am starting a new decade, I have been reflecting a lot.
I have a lot of gratitude to make it this far.
Each day and moment is precious.
The quiet country, fresh air, open skies and stars at night.
The warm and kind hearted people who are my friends, colleagues and family.
The opportunity to contribute to the betterment of society.
Thank you universe. (June 18)
We did it - 3 tiny homes in Melbourne.
May 18 - thank you to MAV (the peak body for all the Victorian councils) who passed Motion 22: to seek Victorian government amendments to better support tiny houses and their role in providing affordable, diverse housing options. Big step forward for tiny homes.
Let's keep the momentum going and make more tiny homes happen in Australia. (May 18)
And the countdown is on!
Less than 3 weeks to our Melbourne Knowledge Week event Tiny Solutions May 11-13.
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) (no tiny tours during tiny talks).
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)
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)
Wow what a start to 2018!
Tiny Non-profit developments:
- we created Tiny Non-profit
- we co-created the Australian Tiny House Association (to help unify all the tiny homes forces)
- we are collaborating with ESC Consulting on 2 projects
- we are hosting an Australian first tiny homes safety pilot study
- we are working on a tiny homes for the homeless prototype based on the Tiny Homes Foundation model with Castlemaine Housing Service
- we attended Fred Schultz's open day to support Fred and his lovely tiny homes
- we attended the Seymour Farming Expo to support 2 tiny homes builder collaborators
- we have a secret tiny homes event planning for Melbourne CBD (ssshhh).
Hub Australia developments:
- we are opening our 4th site Hub Hyde Park on March 1.
And I moved to beautiful regional Castlemaine.
Stay tuned, there is a lot happening this year! (Jan, Feb 18)
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)
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)
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)