Living Library

Everyone has a story to share

Just like any normal library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from.

Except the Books, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with Readers

The Living Library provides an opportunity for individuals to connect with people they may not normally have the occasion to speak to within their community, to better understand the life experiences of others in relation to community living, and to challenge their own assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes. It provides a safe environment and encourages active and engaging conversations so that people can develop a greater understanding of each other’s stories.

Join us at EarthArtBeat for our Living Library session.

Human Books to borrow a 20 min chat with:

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Sandra Cock

"Myself as a project"

Sandra Cock- MOORA MOORA COMMUNITY

When my German teacher wrote on my report that I was reserved, I was furious. Since then I have put myself in the way of difficulty, in order to rise to it.

 

Having lived with a number of young couples when studying in the United States, I was unhappy when I found myself alone for much of the time when pregnant and living in a flat In Clayton. I joined in a group house with five couples, however found it too intense and craved a place that balanced individual and community space....I knew it needed to be on the land...and then we found the place that would become Moora Moora.

 

Over the years, I have continued to strive to balance standing back to reflect, in order to be discerning, and moving forward.

Peter Cock

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Community and nature—my well-being

Peter Cock- MOORA MOORA COMMUNITY

I’ve always been on a mission. Now I focus on ‘how’ I am and being present where I am, with who I’m with. I teach eco psychology because I come from the land, and its life that is a fundamental resource for my wellbeing. I plan never to leave the mountain!

With both an academic and practical background, I like to share with others about the ideals of living in community and my 40+ years of living it. I’m keen to participate in lively discussion about living in community in the current climate emergency.

Rachel Lowe

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"Clustered trust"

Rachel Lowe- Murundaka Co- housing Community

Living in a casual river-side community of ten people and two dogs in Eltham for six years gave me the most grounded life-affirming knowledge that this style of a cluster of trust village is me.

Now having lived at Murundaka Cohousing Community for more than seven years, this is where 20 adults, ten kids, several cats and an old dog call home in Heidelberg Heights. There is a river of social change that maintains, nourishes and challenges me, while I dance with dynamics and suburbia.

Kate Lewer

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Traversing community with sanity-the abridged version

Kate Lewer - a co-founder of Commonground

Commonground is a not-for-profit social enterprise and intentional community that has been supporting social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups since 1984.

I have played a key role in the development of Commonground and currently focussing on community relationships and new members. My other work is working as a mental health therapist. I have a special interest in group and family dynamics.

Phil Bourne

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Community without rose coloured glasses

Phil Bourne- a co-founder of Commonground

I am Kate's partner.  The intentional community part of Cg is small and highly communal, currently with 9 adults and 6 children and a wider non-residential membership of 20.

I have been working with Cg primarily as the operational coordinator for the last 20 years and also having been a facilitator for community groups.

I am currently reducing my operational role and playing my part more strategically in succession planning.

I have also worked for many years with Co-housing Australia to promote intentional communities.

The Cat McKay Series

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Cat McKay is one of the owners and founders of PEACE Farm, a small permaculture farm in Yarra Junction. PEACE stands for Permaculture, Education, Art, Community, Enterprise. Cat is a teacher, multimedia artist, dancer and mother. She is passionate about nature-based education, yoga, movement and living a connected life.

Choose from one of the following books:

Living the PEACEful life

An introduction to creating community and living permaculture at PEACE Farm in Yarra Junction. How and why did this small community of 3 families come about?

Connection is the key to happiness

Living at PEACE Farm has been a journey of coming into connection - with the seasons and cycles, with the earth, with the food we grow and eat, with eachother and the community, and most importantly with oneself. Cat can share about her journey which has recently led her to creating her wellness business 'Body of Connection' and also her practices for coming into deeper connection on many of these levels.

The Joys and Struggles of Community Living.

From the outside it may seem like an ideal life and there are, of course, many wonderful benefits of living in community. Cat can share about the highs and lows of this lifestyle and how having good communication skills and strategies can help ride through the challenging times. An opportunity to get real and ask the tricky questions.

Alex Fearnside

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Alex Fearnside

I am one of originators of the Urban Coup [http://www.urbancoup.org/] and we have spent the last 12 years working with many others to achieve our dream of living in the 'city' and being in community. We're almost there, with just under two years until we move into our new community in Brunswick.

I'm keen to share our journey, particularly how the Urban Coup community developed and how we learnt to thrive through our 12 year adventure.

[http://www.urbancoup.org/]

Jo Broughton

Life, loss, love and laughter - loving life in our Intentional Community.

Jo Broughton - Moora Moora Community

I’m a 42yr old single mum and have lived at MM for over 4 years now. I have shared care of three amazing kids - we moved here as a conventional family unit, but I separated from the children’s father about a year after moving to Moora Moora. I learnt from a very young age the value of community and have searched for something like Moora Moora all my life, being involved in many different types of “communities” over the years - but absolutely nothing compares to this place… the love and support I have given and received from residents and members of MM over the years has been invaluable and I am grateful every day for being here.

I am a Registered Nurse working in a new “small house/shared living” style of aged care that warms my heart… I am so lucky to have found a place to work that feels like home and reflects my love for community. 

I am into my second year of being a Director for Moora Moora and have recently been involved in a movement to welcome “Tiny House” lovers into Moora Moora. I am collaborating with other members to support our ageing members to live well for as long as possible here at Moora Moora. I also support other single mothers that live here so they can work, by providing free childcare during the week when I am home with my youngest child.

I purchased my home here in Karingal from one of our elders - it was an unfinished “muddy” that I have renovated with the help of one of our resident handymen… I love my little "piece of paradise” 🙂

Izak Daniel

Community Rollercoaster - Lessons in love, patience and tolerance

Izak Daniel - Moora Moora Community

I have been exploring, leading, nurturing and living in community my whole life. I have been the leader, participant and lived in various communities from church communities, to hippy share houses, through to living up here at Moora Moora in my big old 1973 Leyland bus... I have been a pastor and leader of various church communities, been sacked and thrown out of a church community, owned a share house that ended up in fist fights between tenants, pursued personal community through years of exploring poly-amorous multiple relationships, and experienced the turmoil and beauty of life up here at Moora Moora. The ups and downs of community life can be delightfully wonderful, beautiful, tragic, intense, testing, loving, supportive, rich and cruelly unfair. I have experienced all of these and more, and yet I still whole-heartedly believe that community is essential to our own personal development and life fulfilment, and the primary vehicle for human evolution. We are born to relate. To give up on community is to give up on humanity...