Events & Activities

Geelong Sustainability regularly holds a range of events and activities, please come along and be part of the fun!

In 2017 we are launching a new concept targeted to the young and young at heart - Life Learning - fun affordable classes for curious people.

We also aim to promote the many inspiring national and international days and weeks. Each year we compile information from the Dept of Environment and Energy to produce a one page calendar listing of the top Environmental Events for 2017. Click here to download it. 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and 2014-2024 is the International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

  • Life Learning - Bibliotherapy: Change Your Life Through Literature

    What’s it all about?

    Bibliotherapy, a fusion of the science of psychology and the art of literature, is having a comeback as a therapy. Bibliotherapy can be analogised to a pirate pillaging a book for its treasures.  The treasures are essentially to seek solace and perspective in life, and great creative literature does that by offering stories which reflect different models of human thinking, feeling and being.  These stories capture your imagination sending you on a powerful journey of self-exploration opening up your mind to new ideas and possibilities.  And therein lies the transformative appeal of a great book.

    What will we cover?

    There will be a presentation examining the emotional, psychological and social benefits of reading for pleasure, drawing on recent research.  Afterwards, the class will form small, intimate shared reading circles where you as readers, get a chance to read aloud from a classic short story, pausing every so often to share immediate personal reflections and ideas stimulated by the story. This 'slow' reading will leave you feeling both serene and creatively revived.

    Who will be teaching?

    Sonya is a bibliotherapist with The School of Life, where she conducts one-to-one sessions of literary therapy with Australian and international clients.  Sonya also pioneered the social enterprise, The Literary Hand, which aims to foster community cohesion and wellbeing using literature, by leading shared reading circles in community settings and hosting literary salons. Naturally, Sonya is a lifelong reader and passionate devotee of 'slow reading'

    Any questions?

    Please email if you have any questions about the class.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $10.00 AUD · 7 rsvps
    The Book Bird in Geelong West, Australia
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  • Life Learning - Fashion Upcycle: Turn Preloved Garments into Something New

    What’s it all about?

    Upcycling is the new wave of sustainable fashion. During this class you will upcycle a pre-loved knitted jumper into mittens for the winter.

    What will we cover?

    You will learn about the creativity of upcycling and why we need to consider the environmental impact of the fashion industry and our consumer habits. To complete your upcycling project you will learn the techniques of pattern making, cutting and hand sewing. In contrast to reusing or recycling, upcycling uses existing materials to create a new, one-of-a-kind piece.  You will give a pre-loved garment a new, more stylish life in this class and have some fun along the way. 

    What you will need to bring
    • a preloved knitted jumper
    • a pair of fabric scissors
    • Pen or Pencil

    Thread, needles and tracing paper will be supplied for use in the class.

    Who will be teaching?

    Shannon Threlfall has an extensive background in the sustainable and ethical fashion industry, including qualifications in Applied Fashion Design, Fashion and Textile Merchandising, as well as a Bachelor Degree in International Business.

    Over the course of a decade, she has focused all of her research, both within and outside of her studies, on sustainability and ethical issues within the fashion industry.  Her research is in-depth in order to uncover both the good and bad practices of brands within this industry.

    She is the founder of Project Selvage unravelling the fashion industry
    She has been upcycling since her early design days before upcycling even became cool! 

    Any questions?

    Please email if you have any questions about the class.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $10.00 AUD
    The Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Geelong , Australia
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  • Sustainable House Day Geelong 2017



    Sustainable House Day continues to be our most popular annual event. WHY? Because it gives people the opportunity to see inside houses that have been designed, built, renovated or retro-fitted with sustainability in mind.  It's an inspirational event in which people can see and explore the latest building materials, design ideas and technologies. In addition, most homes have technical experts, such as builders, architects and solar designers on-site to explain specific features and answer questions from visitors.

    SHD2017 in Geelong and surrounding region is Sunday 15 October.

    Do you have an 8+ star home? Does your home have ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) features?
    If YES, would you be willing to share your knowledge and experience with the public?

    If YES, contact the SHD Coordinator at or 0425 802 116 for more information or to arrange a site visit.

    <<Visit main SHD page>>

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Various locations in Geelong & surrounding region
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