From 20 to 22 November 2015, you can set up camp and visit this gorgeous landscape as it's the location of the EarthArtBeat Festival, run by the Earth Heart Foundation Inc and hosted by the Moora Moora residential co-operative. It is a not for profit event.
Photo Credit: Moora Moora Co-operative
The festival is a two day celebration of the fruits of labour and lifestyle of the community, art, culture and sustainable living. Residents of the co-op will be available all weekend to chat about what it's like living in this idyllic place.
Moora Moora Facebook Page: Farm Produce
Moora Moora supplies local families with freshly harvested vegetables from their farm. You can also find their produce at the local Healesville Farmer's Market.
The festival programme has great activities and entertainment over the two days. There will be workshops, tours, guided walks, live music, art exhibitions and films. All performers and bands support social and environmental change.
Earth: Peter Cohen Yoga will hold yoga workshops. There will also be workshops about Skills for Community Living, Story Telling and Recycled Paper Making. Workshops have been designed so that kids can participate. Tours of the property will run all weekend, learn about their agricultural projects and solar power.
There are many artists among the residents at Moora Moora and there will be an exhibition of their works and other artists in the area. You'll see work by Melissa Shemanna, Lucy Pierce, Julia Shub, Jeremy Lee, Deanne Eccles and Shane Cody.
There will be movies by Independent filmmakers. Surviving Earth, directed by Peter Charles Downey is an environmental and humanitarian film about the current situation of human induced resource depletion.
Los Cedros - Forests in Ecuador, directed by David Nicastro is a film set in the cloud forests of Ecuador, one of the most bio-diverse yet threatened regions on the planet. It celebrates the unique wildlife living in these forests and the struggle to understand and protect western Ecuador's last intact forested catchment from illegal logging and degradation.
Milpirri - Winds of Change is directed by Wanta Jampijinpa and written by Wanta Jampijinpa, Stewart Carter and Cath South. 'Milipirri' is a powerful bi-ennial performance staged in the outback Aboriginal Community of Lajamanu. Steve Jampijinpa Patrick has been the creative director for Milpirri for the last 7 years but this year he needs to go to Canberra and the performance must be organised without him. He returns to a changed community transformed by this year's performance.
Non stop music all weekend by Tek Tek Ensemble, Man Choir Melbourne, Sin Frontera Band, Bhakti Sunset, Tahu Dubs, The Sound Mandala, Club of Rome, Black Bug City, The Outland Brothers, The Anecdote, Afrovival and the Oil Can Project, Ballistix Drum Collective and more.
Buy tickets here. $140 for 2 days, $75 for one day entry, children under 15 are free.
Click here for information on how to find Moora Moora.
Moora Moora also has open days on the first Sunday of every month at 1.30pm (except for days of Total Fire Ban). On these days you can enjoy a tour of the community. The residents are happy to discuss how they work together to manage their community and property. Look at their Facebook Page for more information.
There is also a learning centre available for hire, where workshops are held throughout the year.