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Welcome

You have reached the site of the Natural Heritage Society, Oamaru Inc, the umbrella organisation for Transition Oamaru & Waitaki District. As such we are part of the world-wide Transition Towns movement.

While we have engaged in a number of activities in the past (see About Us), since 2011 our focus is on the Sustainable Skills Schools. The schools aim to provide the community with a strong base of traditional and modern skills that promote resilience in the local economy and to prepare communities for the effects of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

​The Transition Town movement is all about anticipating change, community, resilience, and actively creating solutions. Click here to find out more.

​Our postal address is: Natural Heritage Societyc/o Community House,100 Thames St Oamaru 9400
Email: transition.oamaru.waitaki@gmail.com
 
(You can download a PDF of this programme by clicking here)

(For more information on a course click on its title.) 

Eco-Building

Transport

The Film Festival

On above La Cucina (entrance in Tees St) on Saturday the 23rd of January from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Our selection of the best short films and TED talks on sustainability themes.

See the listings further down this page.

Timebanking

"TimeBank Waitaki" is proving to be very helpful to its members, but we would love many more to join us. Timebanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It originated in the US in the 1980's and has since spread all over the world, including New Zealand. For more information on this exciting project and how to become involved, click here.

CALENDER OF COURSES

January

February

​SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 
9.30am- 12.30pm Biodynamics for Beginners
10.00am -11.00am Chi Ball
10.0am- 1.00pm Make a Penguin Hussif
10.00am to 4.00pm Introduction to the Pottery Wheel 
1.00pm to 5.00pm Soil: Getting to Grips With the Basics 
2.00pm- 4.00pm Movie Making
3.15pm-4.45pm Arranging a Funeral- What You Can do Yourselves

All Day Saturday: The Film Festival.  Short films and TED talks for a sustainable future. 10.00am to 6.15 pm above La Cahina (entrance on Tees St). Free but donations so, so, appreciated. See listing in this brochure.


SUNDAY 24TH     
9.00am- 4.30pm Jin Shin Jyustu
10.00am to 4.00pm Introduction to the Pottery Wheel 
1.00pm – 4.00pm Food Forest Workshop
12.45pm - 3.15pm Eco-Design a New Home or Major Renovation.
2.00pm-4.00pm Movie Making


MONDAY 25TH
9.00am to 10.00am Introduction To Mindfulness & Meditation
9.30am to 11.30am Backyard Poultry For Beginners
10.00am to 10.30am  Be A Kiva Kiwi
1.00pm-5.00pm Traditional Paper Marbling
7.00pm to 9.00pm Practicing and Integrating Mindfulness

TUESDAY 26TH
9.00am – 5.00pm Traditional Paper Marbling
10.00am-11.30am (approx) Setting Your Business Future
6.30 - 8.00pm Introduction to Selling Crafts Online
6.00pm - 7.00 Alternative Shelter- The Practicalities 
7.00pm- 8.00pm (approx) Native American Spirituality
7.00pm to 9.00pm Learn to Knit
7.00pm to 9.00pm Practicing and Integrating Mindfulness


WEDNESDAY 27TH
10.00am -11.00am Chi Ball
2.00pm-3.00pm Home-made Country Wines
5.30pm- 8.30pm Introduction To Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
7.00pm to 9.00pm Practicing and Integrating Mindfulness


THURSDAY 28TH
9.00am-5.00pm Open Spine Binding
7.00pm- 8.00pm Sound Meditation
7.00pm to 9.00pm Learn to Knit
7.00pm to 9.00pm Practicing and Integrating Mindfulness


FRIDAY 29TH
10.00am-12.00pm Hands on Gardening Advice
10.00am-11.30am (approx) Generating Cash Flow
5.30pm Time Banking


SATURDAY 30TH
9.00am – 5.00pm Traditional Bookbinding for Beginners
9.30am- 12.30pm Biodynamics for Beginners
10.00am – 1.00pm DIY Recording
10.00am- 2.00pm Stone Mosaics for Home and Garden
10.00am -3.00pm Taking Charge of Your Camera
10.00am -11.00am Chi Ball
10.00am – 1.00pm Design for Non-designers
10.0am- 1.00pm Make a Penguin Hussif
10.00am - 3.00pm Take Charge of Your Camera 
10.00am to 4.00pm Introduction to the Pottery Wheel 
1.30 pm to 4.00pm Knowing Thyself Through Mindfulness
Zentagle  Inspired Drawing-Contact tutor for times.


SUNDAY   31ST
9.00am – 5.00pm Traditional Bookbinding for Beginners
9.00am – 1.00pm The Subtle Energy Art of Chinese Qigong
9.00am-12.00pm Trash to Treasure- Make you own compost and worm farms
10.00am-11.30am Electric Vehicle Playtime
11.00am - 1.00pm Bike Maintenance for Beginners  
10.00am – 1.00pm Recording
10.00am – 1.00pm Design for Non-designers
10.00am-4.00pm  Introduction to the Pottery Wheel
11.30am -12.30pm Babe in Arms- No Nappies
12.00pm -2.00pm Crowdfunding and Getting Grants
1.30pm-3.30pm Herbal Show and Tell
2.00pm-4.00pm Moviemaking



MONDAY  1ST FEBRUARY
10.00am- 11.30am Introduction to Hatha Yoga
1.00pm- 2.00pm (approx) Natural Solutions Swap Meet


TUESDAY  2ND
10.00-11.30am (approx) Streetwise Marketing
7.00pm to 9.00pm Learn to Knit


WEDNESDAY  3RD
9.00am -5.00pm Victorian Half Leather Binding
1.00pm-3.30pm- Creative Up-cycling
3.00pm-4.00pm Home Education
8.00pm-9.00pm Home Education (repeat of morning session)
7.00pm-8.00pm Ethical Wills


THURSDAY 4TH
9.00am -5.00pm Victorian Half Leather Binding
10.00am to 2.30pm Soughdough Breadmaking for Beginners
10.00am - 4.00pm Self-Publishing E-Books on Kindle Direct Publishing
7.00pm to 9.00pm Learn to Knit


FRIDAY  5TH
10.00am-11.30am Sales for Non-Salespeople
9.00am -5.00pm Victorian Half Leather Binding
5.30pm Community Savings and Loans, The Hows and Whys


SATURDAY  6TH
10.0am- 1.00pm Make a Penguin Hussif
9.00am -5.00pm Victorian Half Leather Binding
9.00am - 2.00pm Introduction to Tui’na (Chinese Medical Massage)
10.00am - 12.30pm Ethical Investing


SUNDAY    7TH
9.00am -5.00pm Victorian Half Leather Binding

At Times By Arrangement


Leathercrafting
Lazy gardening
Vertical Gardening
Eco-sourcing native plants (in January) 
Working with Dreams
Beginners Guide to Mending Clothing and /or Using A Sewing Machine.
Learn to Sail (Weekday evenings or weekends)
Tool Sharpening and Maintenance

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THE FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS AND TED TALKS
Saturday 23rd January 

Morning

Afternoon

​NATURAL  BUILDING 

10.00am - 10. 17am
BUILDING THE SEED CATHEDRAL
 A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

10.19am-10.23am
HOW TO GROW FRESH AIR
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

10.24am-10.41am
LOW IMPACT LIVING AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY: A MODEL FOR GREEN COHOUSING 
The first affordable, ecological cohousing project in the U.K, Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) addresses three major issues of our time: climate change, current financial challenges and the fragmentation of communities. By building low environmental impact homes using a prefabricated straw bale building system, having homeowners pay a set 35 percent of their income for their housing, and focusing on building a strong, healthy community, LILAC is a model for cohousing of the future. 


10.43am-10.51am
TINY HOUSE BUILD 
Watch a tiny house get built with a lead lighting geodesic dome window! The 10 square metre tiny house cost around $3800 to build and was mostly made from recycled materials.

10.53am-11.03am
16 YEAR OLD BUILD TINY HOUSE TO 
GUARANTEE A MORTGAGE-FREE FUTURE
Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. It is built on wheels so he can take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates. 

11.05am-11.15am
AN EARTHSHIP IN 10 MINUTES 
A ten minute overview of the building of an earthship greenhouse .

11.17am-11.23am
HOUSES OF STRAW 
The rediscovery of strawbale building

11.25am-11.30am
HOW TO BUILD A STRAWBALE WALL 
Exactly that!

11.32am-11.42
LIFE OFF THE GRID This film shows us ways that we can get started working towards a sustainable future. The Off the Grid House can teach something to everyone about how easy it is to invest in a renewable future.

11.45am-12.03
CREATIVE HOUSES FROM RECLAIMED STUFF In this funny and inspiring talk, Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own drive to make more with less.

ECONOMICS 

12.10pm- 1.02pm
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.I The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

1.04pm-1.22pm
WHICH COUNTRY DOES THE MOST GOOD FOR THE WORLD? 
It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. 

1.24pm- 1.33pm
HOW BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CAN LOWER YOUR ENERGY BILL
What’s a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.

(There will be time available for a short discussion after the films).

 
​MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT 

1.40pm-1.59pm
WHAT REALLY MATTERS AT THE END OF LIFE 
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love.  BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. A moving talk, which asks big questions about how we can think about death and honor life.

2.01-2.20pm
RELIGION, EVOLUTION, AND THE ECSTASY OF SELF-TRANSCENDENCE. 
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.

2.22pm- 2.41pm
YOUR ELUSIVE CREATIVE GENIUS
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and moving talk by the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

2.43pm-3.05pm
THE SURPRISING SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS 
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want.  Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research.  

3.07pm-3.26pm
FLOW, THE SECRET OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”

3.28pm-3.39
LOVE -- YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG 
In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that’s ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it’s easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age.
SUSTAINABILITY

3.50pm-4.57pm 
TRANSITION 2.0 
In Transition 2.0 from the Transition Network captures inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’.  

4.59pm- 5.16pm
SUSTAINABILITY IS FUN AND EASY!  
Justin Mog’s mission in life is to help people understand that sustainable solutions are not only fun and life-affirming, but they are all around us...we need only change the way we perceive and respond to the daily (and long-term) challenges of life 

5.18pm- 5.35pm
PUT A VALUE ON NATURE! 
Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

5.37pm-5.58pm
SELF-RELIANCE IN LA: BACKYARD FARMING + RADICAL HOME ECONOMICS 
Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne have been farming their yard in Los Angeles for over a decade. In addition to a mini orchard and extensive veggie garden, they chickens, bees, rainwater capture, DIY greywater, solar fruit preserver, humanure toilet, rocket stove and an adobe oven. For the couple, their true goal with all of this self-reliance is freedom to live as they please. 

6.00pm- 6.15pm
HOW WE CAN EAT OUR LANDSCAPES 
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. Pam Warhurst tells of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

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