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Pitch your tent at the top of Mt Toolebewong
The Moora Moora Co-operative is on a spectacular 245 hectare property at the top of Mt Toolebewong, 700 metres above sea level in Healesville. About 50 adults and 20 children live in the community.

Photo Credit: Moora Moora Co-operative

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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
Moora Moora Facebook Page

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.

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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
Photo Credit: The Honey Bee Temple Facebook Page

EarthArtBeat Festival
Photo Credit: The Honey Bee Temple Facebook Page, Evolution of the Soul into Cosmic Awareness

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.

Surviving Earth Trailer

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.

Milpirri Trailer

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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
Facebook Page: Sin Frontera Band

EarthArtBeat Festival
Facebook Page: Afrovival and the Oil Can Project

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.

EarthArtBeat Festival
Photo Credit: Moora Moora Co-operative, Sunset
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Why? A unique two day festival
When: 20 - 22 November 2015
Phone: None provided
Where: Mt Toolebewong, Healesville
Cost: $140 for 2 days, $75 for 1 day, Free for children under 15 years
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