Hello we are spending time with our members reflecting, resting and co-creating the next season. We look forward to seeing all your lovely faces in Spring. If you're interested in deepening your engagement with The Weekly Service community, we'd love you to become a member. See here for more information.
Do you know someone who might like to share a story? Is it your neighbour, a family member or an old friend? Is it you? We'd love to hear from you or them! Our doors are now open for suggestions for the next season of Services.
Please take a look at the themes and questions that are alive and present within our community (see below) and submit your idea with heart here before Wednesday August 2nd.
1. Your name
2. The storyteller's name (if not you)
3. A brief description of the story you (or someone you know) would like to share
4. How you think the story is connected to the questions alive within our community (see the list below)
5. How you are involved in or familiar with The Weekly Service
We'll then be in touch in mid-August, to let you know if you're story was selected by our members.
If you've not experienced The Weekly Service and you want to know more about what we mean by an idea with heart, see here. You can also go to our website to see what people have spoken about in the past.
What we heard at the Community Tune-in
On a frosty, sun-shining July morning, a roomful of brilliant minds and hearts gathered for our seasonal Community Tune In. Huddled together, we shared our own unique and beautiful contexts as we asked ourselves: What is your burning question? What five themes are you interested in exploring? We mused on the tensions between our individual and collective inquiries.
The most popular themes by word were:
A few themes stood out:
Being in community
• How do we bring the consciousness, vulnerability and sovereignty to being in groups that allow us to resist and transcend our old pattern of being in groups?
• How do we feel safe? Anchored to a larger community with a strong/unwavering sense of belonging?
• What are boundaries, how do we set them and uphold them?
Nature & becoming human
• How do we, as a species, stop doing what we've always done?
• What barriers do we have to let go of/what do we have to do in ourselves/society to live in a fully conscious, connected way, in tune with life purpose and nature?
• In an unprecedented context for our and most other species, who or how or what are we to be and become?
• Who are we truly (part of family, society, part of humanity, part of earth...)?
Purpose & contribution
• How do we contribute without burning out? Finding authentic purpose and making a living from it?
• How can I, in an environment that is often unconscious and fearful, live everyday honouring and seeing the world as the miracle that it is?
• How do I make space for myself to grow a calm space for focus on what benefits me without distraction?
Grief and death
• How do we as a society become comfortable with death and resolve our issues with death?
The 30+ burning questions:
1. What is it to truly listen – how can forgiveness help us see and live common ground?
2. Do I still have a direction, even without a passion?
3. What does it mean to be a man and what role do men have to play in the feminist movement?
4. How should we live in honour of the earth and the universe?
5. How do we bring the consciousness, vulnerability and sovereignty to being in groups that allow us to resist and transcend our old pattern of being in groups?
6. What do we need as a community to learn/unlearn to hear and be with the otherness of the other?
7. How can I, in an environment that is often unconscious and fearful, live everyday honouring and seeing the world as the miracle that it is?
8. In an unprecedented context for our and most other species, who or how or what are we to be and become?
9. How do I make space for myself to grow a calm space for focus on what benefits me without distraction?
10. How do we contribute without burning out? Finding authentic purpose and making a living from it?
11. How can I acknowledge partnership, aliveness, self respect, resilience and beauty in my life and create more?
12. What are boundaries, how do we set them and uphold them?
13. How to remember to honour a person in death in face of unresolved feelings and trauma and in the face of other's drama?
14. How can we as a community address the powerful disenfranchisement of the soul self that occurs as a result of child abuse?
15. How do we, as a species, stop doing what we've always done?
16. How do we as a society become comfortable with death and resolve our issues with death?
17. What even is faith? For others, for myself?
18. How can I trust myself to take care of myself and make myself available/vulnerable/ready to be supported/loved by my friends/community?
19. How do I earn a livelihood that gives me and others energy whilst feeding and supporting my family?
20. How do we create 'healing' spaces for reconciliation?
21. If there is a crisis in meaning and purpose it means many of us are living without it. How do we live without it? Why is meaning so important? What is it that we have to face if we don't use meaning as a defence?
22. How do I get generosity/charity/giving into my job & day to day? What is it? What does it look like?
23. What barriers do we have to let go of/what do we have to do in ourselves/society to live in a fully conscious, connected way, in tune with life purpose and nature?
24. What is the capacity of the human heart? What stops us from being generous? What moves inside us when we pass a homeless person on the street - and why do we not follow that instinct of care?
25. What is my burning question?
26. Who are we truly (part of family, society, part of humanity, part of earth...)?
27. How do we feel safe? Anchored to a larger community with a strong/unwavering sense of belonging?
28. Where does anxiety come from? Where does your anxiety come from?
29. What is The Weekly Service?
30. Will we be able to use love, trust, time as currency rather than paper?
32. How can I be both broken & whole, in community?
David Whyte, the poet, invites us to see our work as a magnificent pilgrimage of identity - a path of poetry and practicality where our lives are imbued with meaning. Our vocation could be a path of creative contribution - a wild and wondrous offering to the ecology of life. Most of us want this, many of us don’t have it.
Most of us are muddling through the illusion of a linear career trajectory, withstanding the pressures of consumer life and working it out as we go - it’s little wonder questions around work bear a great deal of anxiety.
Before we take our little winter break, let's gather next Saturday to hear from the wonderful Kate McCready who is courageously, intelligently (and slowly, she says) navigating this path with a little more spaciousness, a little more choice.
Kate's journey has seen her traverse from the traditional working world into a life as a designer and coach, recognising the impact that the world of work has had on her as an individual and on all of us. How do our cultures of work shape the world we live in? What other possibilities lay out there, and inside us?
It’s sure to be a wonderful story and a continuing conversation about how we work and live in this big wild world. See you then!
And keep an eye out for our end of season party!
Idea with Heart: Kate
Music: TBC, but treats in store
$15 on the door; $5 concession; free for members
"Joy is not meant to be a crumb"
- Mary Oliver
Harriet Pile's story is about the mouthful of unhelpful things we tell ourselves, or are told by others, but how she is trying to remember to listen to her heart.
Harriet recently decided to take a break from her corporate job to write more, nurture joy and see what emerged, after more than a decade of putting on a suit and putting off her heart.
No one has voiced concern about this decision, but still her critic drops hints that she's off-track, and she feels the eyes of a hundred ancestors whispering she needs to amount to more.
Harriet is going to talk about snatching a few moments of clarity through the practice of joy and attention.
Idea with heart: Harriet Pile
$15 on the door; $5 concession; free for members
The Weekly Service, Nest Coworking Thornbury and Farmwall are proud to co-host this night of inspired story, deep conversation, and real-world action. Please note this is a ticketed event. Purchase your ticket here.
Our food ecosystems must transform to sustain lives worth imagining. How do our inner lives transform? How does that catalyse the transformation towards healthy cities? How can we support the change we’re hungry for?
Share a night of facilitated, ample conversation inspired by the story of Geert Hendrix, founder of Farmwall, a new social enterprise engineering vertical edible gardens in venues around Melbourne.
It’s a night to enjoy the wisdom in the room, with everyone invited into the conversation through sharing and deep listening.
We’ll begin within, exploring the transition to future ecosystems in our own lives. We’ll move outwards, towards emerging possibilities for healthy city ecosystems. We’ll finally give real feedback on how Farmwall pitches its plans to build conscious and healthy new ecosystems in our very own city.
Come along to make a difference, within and without.
The Czech Theologian Tomas Halik says that the division in our culture is not between religion and atheism but between passion and apathy; not between sets of propositions but between forms of engagement with the Other.
Rod grew up in a Christian community where the Other was primarily seen as an enemy, or something to be colonised - something to turn into the same. His story will be about his journey away from this vision of community to one more perhaps like Alcoholics Anonymous - a vision of community built on both a shared sense of lack and a shared sense of possibility, rather than over against some Other.
Join us at this weekly service, a fusion of community and an exploration of perspectives. An Unexpected Coalition of the Willing? Watch the possibilities emerge.
Idea with Heart: Rod
Music: TBC, but treats in store
$15 on the door; $5 concession; free for members
One year ago Angela Jia Zheng went on a two-wheeled journey around the big island of Hawai’i. As she made her way across volcanoes she also traversed inner landscapes, met her vulnerabilities and discovered a hidden resilience. This Saturday morning come witness and share in her personal story of searching, finding and learning how to ride this experience we call ‘life’.
Angela works professionally with a wide range of the population and has a background in art, counselling, support work and art therapy. She values relationships, nature and creativity.
Storyteller: Angela Jia Zheng
Curator: James Ayers
$15 general | $5 concession
Grief and death are an inevitable part of life and yet, in Australia they are accompanied by a pervasive silence. This week's storyteller, Kiri Bear shares how she broke that silence and what she learned along the way.
Kiri is a professional facilitator, trainer and project manager, who is passionate about fostering creativity, developing communities of practice and inspirng change.
Kiri shared a short version of her story at The Moth last week and we were so blown away by her grace, eloquence and honesty that we asked her to share it at The Weekly Service. This will be one to remember.
Storyteller: Kiri Bear
Curator: Cameron Elliott
$15 general | $5 Concession
Members for free
The body is in constant transition, responding to thought, environment, rhythm and movement like a river along a rocky path.
In this workshop we will explore how an awareness of physical sensation can unearth aspects of our emotional landscape. We will further explore how nature awareness and creative process can facilitate a conversation with grief. The intention of this workshop is to explore, play and test out creative processes within a grieving context.
With artist and farmer Sarah Taylor.
Off Greendale-Trentham Rd
The Mechanics Institute
Blackwood, VIC 3458
Low income/concession $15
Tickets & info here.
The Weekly Service will be hosting Adam Ben Hickman, a natural builder passionate about sustainability, regenerative practice, traditional craft and promoting a harmonious connection to each other and the environment. Running his business 'Evergreen Homes Australia' he builds healthy natural homes, tiny homes and traditional/round timber house frames and has also been a big part of 'Agari Farm' and the natural building workshop movement in Australia.
Come co-create a peaceful and inspirational space at the Weekly Service, be a part of Adam's story and witness his journey through conventional building, moving to Australia, living in intentional communities, natural building, tiny houses, permaculture, self discovery, tantra and traditional craft. Things to bring...........presence and love.
$15 at the door | $5 concession
We'll be asking some big questions: what does it mean to be human? Are we more similar than we are different?
We’ll hear the stories of several newly arrived people and established Australians who have attended a Welcome Dinner and rediscovered how much we human beings have in common, no matter where we come from, what language we speak or what food we eat.
Join us afterwards for a Community Welcome Lunch from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Please bring your favourite dish or one traditional to your culture to share, “pot luck style”, with the other people who will be seated at your table. You will be asked to tell a short story about your dish as a way of introducing yourself to your table mates.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. However; as numbers will be limited make sure you order a ticket below. Donations are also welcome!
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Activism can be a powerful force for good and a toxic mess. Ego. Burnt bridges. Burnout.
Rob has worked in climate change for 15 years. He will tell his story about the risks of filling a life with a deeply-held purpose, and the hope of finding wiser, kinder motivations for activism.
** A special Weekly Service down by the Merri Creek **
'Sometimes we travel far to come home. Sometimes we can stay right where we are. Come join us, as we together, deepen our belonging to this creek. This city park. Our city. Your own two feet. On the banks of the Merri. This is the entry point.' – Jess Huon.
For this Weekly Service we will be joining Insight Teacher, Jess Huon, and fellow meditators by the Merri Creek, to ponder what it means to belong to this city. With contributions from Jess, Meryl Karslon and Kirsty Moegerlein, we will inquire into what pulls us here, what prevents us from really being here and what we can do to engage more deeply with the places where we live.
This recipe looks like:
Ideas w/ heart: Jess, Meryl & Kirsty
Music: Cam (?)
•• Location can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/945922788871126/
** Please allow ample time to find the secret spot!
** BRING: warm clothes and a rug + cushion to sit on.
Exploring the endless feeling of longing for more. Exploring the insatiable thirst for connection, while feeling deeply disconnected. Exploring feelings of not being seen or heard, despite being so talkative and expressive.
Bea will tell her story how one day she was introduced to the one person she ignored for way too long. The story of how she begun discovering the one relationship that turned out to be a key to unlock so much beauty, creativity and connection.
Thankyou for your interest. This event is sold out. We are encouraging ticket holders to use the Facebook event page to sell their tickets if they can no longer attend. Please keep an eye on there for available tickets.
You can also see Stephen speak at two other events in Melbourne
- Sat. March 4: Night of Grief & Mystery 7 - 9:30pm http://bit.ly/GriefMysteryMelb
- Sun. March 5: day long Die Wise Teaching 10am - 4pm - http://bit.ly/ElderhoodMelb
“A gift we have to give in our time is the sound of our grief for the devastating impact we’re having on our planet, this is wisdom working for climate change…our time is marked by the sound of a sob.” - Stephen Jenkinson
As a Harvard-educated specialist in palliative care, Jenkinson is an unorthodox speaker on the topic of climate change. His grey hair is pulled into a rope-like braid down his back, and his skin is sun-burned from years of “Iron Age” style farming. He quotes from Samuel Beckett as well as Chris Rock. But he’s an entirely appropriate speaker in the context of ‘environmental elders engaging in climate change.’
Jenkinson acknowledges that children born today will never live in the kind of environment he grew up with. Today, starfish are melting en masse in the ocean, and abnormal weather events have become the new normal. Naturally, he says, young people are upset.
“It’s the responsibility of anyone my age to have something to say to them, without trying to pry anything away – because what they’ve got, it’s entirely legitimate. But they haven’t given up yet. This is a moment you have to be ready for, if you’re my age, and you’re incapable of being ready unless you can bring grief to the banquet table.”
This will be a unique event as part of Stephen’s 2017 Oceania tour, as it is the only one where Stephen is specifically addressing grief as it relates to climate change.
We are proud to co-host this event in collaboration with Lina Patel and Kinship Ritual, with generous support from Donkey Wheel House Events.
You can find out more about this special event and secure your ticket here.
In the darkest night the faintest light is blinding.
The forth season of The Weekly Service kicks off this week with a story of hope from Cam Elliott. Cam is a songwriter, facilitator, writer, and co-founder of The Weekly Service.
Cam will share his story of losing everything and the salve of hope he discovered in the depths of madness and despair. And because music conveys emotions and thoughts for which there are no words, Cam will also share a few of his songs of hope.
As always Cam's story will be followed by a group discussion, time for quiet reflection, a singalong and the opportunity to connect with other attendees over tea, coffee and nibbles.
More than 40,000 people have been through the Spontaneous Choir experience since 1992. Peter Gleeson describes his journey of exploration through what he thinks of as an anthropology of sound, discovering how to enable people to connect and to discover their vocal potential.
Please note: This is a special ticketed event being delivered as part of the Sustainable Living Festival and will be held at The Dream Factory, Rooftop, 90 Maribyrnong Street Footscray. To secure your spot at this event please order a ticket below.
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival, The Weekly Service is stepping out of the northside bubble and delivering services across Melbourne in February. The second in the series will be held in Footscray.
Our storyteller for this service will be Giselle Wilkinson, social innovator, author, speaker, and co-founder of Sustainable Living Foundation and 'Murundaka' co-housing community. Giselle will share her passion for supporting individuals and whole communities to respond appropriately to the sustainability emergency.
Giselle's story will be followed by a group discussion, time for quiet reflection, a singalong and the opportunity to connect with other attendees over tea, coffee and nibbles.
If you would like to be the future of The Weekly Service, you are invited to join us in a gathering to explore questions of possibility.
A community 'tune in' and a way for The Weekly Service collective to listen and learn.
It is an opportunity to have a conversation and allow the future of The Weekly Service to emerge, complementing other ongoing conversations.
I'll be there (Henry), and you are invited to join me in this conversation of the future.
This event is free
A few healthy nibbles, tea and coffee provided
It is a Weekly Service event, so expect reflection, curation, poor jokes and great music.
Please note: This is a special ticketed event being delivered as part of the Sustainable Living Festival and will be held at Blank Canvas Coworking, Level 2, 82 Acland Street, St Kilda. Make sure you secure your spot by ordering a ticket below.
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival, The Weekly Service is stepping out of the northside bubble and delivering secular services across Melbourne. The first in the series will be held in St Kilda.
Our storyteller for this service will be Annie Raser-Rowland, plant-nerd, artist and author of The Art of Frugal Hedonism. Annie will share her story of questioning the modern food equation and her discovery of how to live cheaply and not consume much while feeling like you are living a deeply hedonistic life.
Annie's story will be followed by a group discussion, time for quiet reflection, and the opportunity to connect with Annie and other attendees over tea, coffee and yummy nibbles.
Wondering what The Weekly Service is? Despite the name, we are not affiliated with any religion. The Weekly Service provides a quiet secular space to slow down, play with new ideas, share stories of transformation, and re-connect with yourself, your local community and the world. You can find out more about us here.
‘The more you live in your garden, the more it will live in you” – Dave Jacke
How can we can cultivate a sense of belonging to the land around us?
Kat is a permaculture designer, trainer and facilitator who grows almost all the fresh produce for her household in her inner city home garden. At this service she will share the story of rediscovering her inner ‘creature’ and unearth the inner world of gardening.
What does it feel like to become part of an edible ecosystem? How does designing for function and yield alter our relationship with a garden? And can we take inspiration from indigenous knowledge of country to forge new pathways that reconnect ourselves to the land under our feet, even in the city?
Supported by, inspired, original music from Matt Wicking (The General Assembly). There will also be yummy tastings, practical tips, free resources, meditation, discussion and a beautiful sing song.
Idea with heart: Kat and Matt
Music: Matt and Cam
$10 on entrance. Members come free.
See you on Saturday
What do we really mean when we talk about the self? It has been said that the gap between who we really are and who we think we are is incredibly close and yet also infinitely far; and that there can be a huge amount of suffering in the difference. How do we relate to this difference and how is it explored within ourselves? This week’s service will reflect on how we think about and relate to the mystery that is the self.
Co-founder of The Men’s Collective and all round life enthusiast, Jimmy will share his story of losing everything to ice addiction and how the power of human connection saved his life. He will discuss issues of disconnection, the stigma around addiction and how teaching men to share vulnerably has become his new drug.