Experience Peace and Connection at Yarra Valley Living Centre’s Open Day

A yarning circle will gather on the Open Day. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Yarra Valley Living Centre invites the community to join in a day of celebration and connection at its upcoming Open Day on Sunday 24 March 2024.

This free event promises a delightful blend of activities and stalls designed to bring people together and foster a sense of harmony.

Under the theme ‘Peace in the Valley’, attendees can expect a wide array of engaging experiences from 10am to 2pm. Activities include forest bathing, face painting, drumming circles, eco-art, meditation for all ages and much more. Families are welcome to partake in activities such as horse encounters, Bollywood dancing, and an Aboriginal yarning circle.

The event isn’t just about fun and games. Guests will have the opportunity to engage with insightful talks by renowned speakers such as Dr. Sanjay Rhagav on Neuroscience and Meditation, Dr. Peter Johnson on Lifestyle Medicine, Maureen Chen on The Balance of Love and Power, and Anthony Chiminello on How the Diet of Your Mind Can Destroy Your Health. These discussions aim to inspire healthier, more sustainable lifestyles for all members of the community.

And of course, no community event is complete without delicious food! Indulge in culinary delights from Find A Penny, Willows and Brew coffee van, OMG Donuts, and Sustainative’s bush foods. Plus, all proceeds from Find A Penny’s catering will support those in need.

Cap off the day with a mesmerizing open-air Peace Concert from 2pm to 4pm, featuring enchanting performances by harpist Michael Johnson, African drummer Kofi Kunkpe, and local artists.

“We’re excited to welcome the community to our Open Day,” Peace Concert host Andy Travis said.

“It’s an opportunity to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and explore ways to promote peace and connection in our lives.”

Don’t miss out on this enriching and uplifting event! Bring your friends, family, and a picnic blanket, and let’s celebrate peace, connection, and co-creation together at Yarra Valley Living Centre.

Coordinator Maureen Chen said the Yarra Valley Living Centre (formerly run by the Gawler Foundation) is staffed by volunteer meditators.

“It’s located on 40 acres of kangaroo grassland, native forest and gardens. The centre offers a range of programs focused on health, healing, wellbeing, and spirituality for life,” she said.

“The centre’s mission is to help people live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives, becoming agents of inspiration in their everyday world.”