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2022 Nature Festival - South Australia

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A nature festival is all the more important in a time of climate change, bushfires, global pandemics and more. It's time to take notice of mother nature and cultivate a deeper relationship as a society. It's not just environmentally important as a whole, but mother nature gives back and makes us feel good when we commune with her. We know intuitively how good nature feels, even before modern science began to quantify the wellbeing benefits of nature. And Aboriginal culture has always respected nature and continues to value it explicitly.

With over 300 events from 6-16 October 2022 be sure to immerse yourself in all this Festival has to offer. Check out the extensive program here, find the Festival Map here, and see here for featured events. If you're into nature photography, you cannot miss the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition, which is one of the featured events amongst others. If you're into books, can you imagine anything better than the First Nations Food Companion Book Launch hosted by Costa Georgiadis himself! What a wonderful book to have for the most accessible and popular Indigenous Australian ingredients and how to use them in the everyday home kitchen. The books will be for sale on the night. Costa will also be giving an Author Talk on his book Costa's World. Meet everyone's favourite gardener and hear his pearls of gardening wisdom.

Speaking of Indigenous ingredients, you'll find a program of Aboriginal Culture here. Aside from the aforementioned 'First Nations Food Companion' book launch, you can also attend the cooking demonstration and food tasting event. Come along to this author talk and cooking demo with Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard. Discover more about this informative guide to more than 60 of the most accessible Indigenous ingredients, including their flavour profiles, along with tips for how to buy, grow and store them. Bookings are essential for this very popular event.

On the theme of edibles, the Aboriginal Culture program of the Festival also has an Australian Bush Tucker Dinner with Rebecca Paris, Intro to Native Plants and Tea Blending, using Australian Nature Botanicals, you can also Draw, Taste, Tend-Experience the Edible Native Plants of Kaurna Yarta and Taste & Discover Native Foods. There is so much with workshops for boomerang painting, boomerang throwing, ochre play etcetera.

For families and kids, see here for family friendly events. Presented in partnership with Nature Play SA, which have become widely loved for their family events, nature-based resources, school programs, and their advocacy for a childhood where nature is not forgotten, you're bound to find an adventure you love and suits your family. What a wonderful way to instil the beauty of nature and how important it is to our survival to our children - it's priceless. From family yoga in the park to a 90 minute dolphin and ships graveyard cruise, to nature by night at Frank Smith Park and a Nature Festival Film for free, there's much to explore.

If you want to go on a Nature Adventure Reports Challenge, you'll need to hurry and enter before 16 October 2022. Adventures don't all have to be a life-changing journey or a giant expedition, even small challenges can give you a new perspective. Take a big trip or a small walk out in the outback or just in your own backyard. Ideally it involves a little bit of difficulty and is in some way new or unusual for you. During the adventure you should pay attention to the world around you and how you feel, and then document the result in an 'adventure report.' Share it on social media and you'll be entered to win $1000 worth of prizes. You'll find all details via the link.

It's time to slow down with mindfulness in nature with guided nature walks, mini retreats and music events. Connect by tuning into your senses to observe the world around you, and explore your creativity by drawing, painting and making in nature. Find something that tends to you. There's much to choose from. Take in the beautiful Barossa at the Festival with an adventure by kayaking with a ranger or exploring the area by eBike. Perhaps just a guided walk. Learn and wonder by going birdwatching, learn traditional uses for local plants or connect to the ancient lands of the Kaurna Peoples with an Indigenous-led hike. For your wellbeing, consider creating nature mandalas, experience guided yoga, kayaking and wellness or experience trees as teachers of mindfulness.

Whatever you do, just get curious and stay curious at the Nature Festival. Explore the parklands by night, become a beach detective, taste and discover native foods, have a go at bush regeneration or gardening, try forest bathing, beach handstands or tai-chi - the list of possibilities is endless!

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Why? Nature Festival 2022
When: 6-16 Oct 2022
Where: Adelaide, SA
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