Today I am going to write to you about finding community. Sustainability is not something that one person or one initiative can do alone and working together is more fun, more supportive and we can get lots more done. Having recently moved back to the Sunshine Coast after time overseas and in other parts of Australia, we have spent far too many weekends at home in our safe little family bubble. So this weekend it was time to bite the bullet and step out into the world to see what and who surrounds us.
I was so pleased to see that it was not hard to find a free community event close to home. On Saturday morning our family headed down to the Kawana Farmers Market. There were bunches of bustling stalls selling fruits and veg, cheese, olives, eggs, homemade sauerkraut and cakes. There was also live music and lots of families hanging out under the shaded trees while their kiddies explored the playground. For more out about the Kawana markets visit https://www.kawanawatersfarmersmarket.com.au/
It was at the markets that I met Rachel, a mother of two and an incredibly inspiring woman who together with an enthusiastic bunch of parents and educators, is starting a Steiner School in Caloundra. The heart of Steiner philosophy is to foster the capacities needed for a successful, inspired an joyful life, just what is needed to encourage a more sustainable society. Rachel’s passion for life was radiating from her as she spoke about this beautiful initiative, one of its kind within the Sunshine Coast Council region. Visit their page on facebook to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/CaloundraSteinerSchool/
On Sunday Kai and I hit up Mooloolaba beach for a cooling swim and some sand castle building… and knocking down. Arriving at 8am the beach was already packed with families and Kai quickly found some mates to play in the surf with. His nanny and grandpa also came down for a play.
After a little nap time, we jumped back in our van to drive up the coast to Perigian Originals. This is an awesome free event that happens on the second Sunday of every month. They offer 4 local bands which play all original music in the open air park. Again, I was so happy to see that it was super family orientated and the park was brimming with little ones, running around barefoot and dancing to the live tunes. Kai got involved and found a little tribe of older boys to tag along with, ducking in and out of the dancing crowd and bouncing along to the beats. The organisers even set up shade tents to help with sun protection and there are plenty of shady trees to make a base camp under. Check our their facebook page for up coming events https://www.facebook.com/PeregianOriginals/
It was a full and successful weekend for us within the Sunshine Coast community. I felt welcome and open at these events where initially, I knew no one. I realise after becoming a mother that it is easy to isolate ourselves with excuses like, there is too much housework to be done, or it is outside of my child’s routine, however community and connection to people is vital for our health. Personally, jumping into spontaneous activities this weekend really helped me to be present. I am very grateful for the events that are accessible to us here on the Sunshine Coast and to new friends for welcoming in some newbies. By opening our circles we can grow and learn together. Until next week, take care. Love the RAMA project family.