There’s a whole lot of learning events on the calendar, that lift the spirit to approach a different way of thinking about death.

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The Sustainable Living Festival’s round the corner, and for Kinship Ritual it’s an annual event. This year it’s Thursday 16th February in the morning in Carlton. The focus is ‘Shades of Green, Melbourne Eco-Funeral Options’. At past events the question ‘what is sustainable actually?’ and the topic of greenwash have arisen alongside stimulating discussion around personal values and choices. Now we take this exchange of views further, looking at what’s available on the 1st page of a Google search for a green funeral in Melbourne.

Later in February I’ll be on a panel with the title Enlightened Funerals. Hosted by the fabulous East Coburg Neighbourhood House, on Tuesday 28th, the other speaker is a Jen Drysdale, delightful death doula.

Together with Lina Patel a member of The Weekly Service I’m hosting one of Stephen Jenkinson’s events in Melbourne, entitled Sanity & Soul, Grief & Climate Change. How difficult it is to face the reality of climate change! Surely there are feelings and grief. I’m honoured to be working with people from a generation who are pierced more than mine I think, by the climate change reality and its effect on their lives. Our event will be at Donkey Wheel House on 7 March. See Eventbrite for other Stephen Jenkinson events in Melbourne.

Some of you know that I convene the Melbourne Jane’s Walk each year in May. I’ve decided to make my walk one that celebrates the life of Glenda M. Lindsay, whose contribution to urban sustainability in Melbourne is legendary. Glenda died recently, and her immense legacy in the City of Yarra and beyond calls for a joyous walk with singing, stories and sharing. It’s going to be on Saturday 6th May, coinciding with the monthly Fitzroy Urban Harvest Food Swap at Smith Reserve, and ending at Tramstop 22 at the north end of Smith Street. If you’d like to help with this walk, be in touch.

Hope to catch you face to face soon, and always appreciate you sharing my news!