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Aha…so you thought it was Spring!

notsowarmYou don’t necessarily have to do anything around here to get a good laugh.

After a rather soggy winter and lacklustre spring, we’re finally feeling some genuine warmth from the sun and are able to believe we may have finally left the cold months behind.

But not before Tassie pulled out one of its typical spring surprises, catching us unawares as we put up our blinds on Nov 10 with a heavy snowfall on the Great Western Tiers.

Not only was it unseasonal, but looking towards the mountain we wondered whether Nature had conspired to laugh at us as we waited in vain for spring to really get going, or whether the mountain was beckoning us with its crazy grin to come and play in the snow.

Certainly grabbed your attention, and with the steady stream of vehicles heading up the mountain during the day, it was obvious many responded to the call.

Poatina Permaculture (aka NanaTechnology)

Over the last month in Village Morning Tea, we have been sharing our stories about how we care for Creation in our daily lives.  Here is a selection of some of the simple and complex, small and big, traditional and innovative ideas that came up…

 “Tear used paper in half and make pads of scrap paper.”

 “Walk around the village rather than drive.”

 “I’ve begun keeping paper and tearing it up to put between layers of food scraps in the compost bin.”

 “Solar power – yah!”


“Using baking paper rather than glad wrap or alfoil to wrap sandwiches, since it can be composted and broken down.”

 “Mending socks with holes in them and tearing up t-shirts for rags!”

 “Using the paper off a new tub of mayonnaise to grease biscuit trays.”

 “Using vinegar and bicarb as a cleaner.”

 “Shreading paper and giving it to gardeners.”

 “Renewing my thinking that what I have is enough.”

 “Recycled telephone cable made into baskets; Willow made into furniture and sculptures.”

 “Apple trees planted in enclosure; veggie garden.”

 “Trinity kitchen garden nearing completion!”


“Recycled chook shed – 10 chooks.”

 “Using second-hand timber for structures.”

 “35 year old car still going – LPG.”

 “Bought some local wallaby meat – cheap ($6/kg), tasty and local.”

 “Our backyard is being fenced and possum-proofed so we can steward our little-patch – permaculture forest garden with fruit and nut trees, herbs, veggies and happy ducks!”

 “Drying citrus peel for firelighters.”

 “Wood stove heats our home, cooks our food and heats our hot water.”

 … and last but not least…

 “Cooking disaster buried in the backyard.”

 This initiative was dreamt-up by a group of village residents who have been working on a sustainability plan for Poatina.  Stay tuned for further developments…

Poatina Arts Podcast

Poatina Arts has recorded it’s first podcast. The podcasts will feature words, music, and interviews of the Artists In Residence who come to spend time in the village to create art and come alive.
Joel McKerrow is the subject of our first interview.

Download it below to listen to the interview and a preview of a new poem from the Wandering Feet album to be released on thursday of this week.

Click here to download the ==> PODCAST

You can then listen to it on your phone, computer etc…

these wandering feet

Our most recent Artists In Residence have created a beautiful album of poetry and music.

Joel and Heidi McKerrow lived and worked with village artists and residents for 6 weeks. During their stay they recorded a CD, and a book, of the poems which will be published by The Poatina Tree and available for purchase and download from Aug 22nd.

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The music was penned by local composer Spike Mason and was played by an ensemble including clarinet, viola and guitar.

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The album was recorded in Poatina’s own “Studio On The Spur”.

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Here is a preview video of one of the tracks.


breakfast with God

This Sunday past, the daily 7am mountaintop morning prayers sun1were a little different.








As the sun broke over the mountain, a fire was lit, and breakfast was cooked and shared.







It was just another example of an accent within the rhythms of life in Poatina.










water for life

Not many people would choose to watch an outdoor dance performance in the freezing rain on a misty night, but that’s exactly what the residents and guests of Poatina did last friday night.
The second Poatina Pop Up Performance, entitled “Water For Life”, a dance performance heralding our reliance on water, was underway…

Hannah in the headlights








Headlights from a 4WD shone toward a table with a vase of flowers…

Vase on table







and one by one the performers moved from the tray of the ute to the table…

Hannah throwing








singing and dancing as they went…

Lea getting pulled








playing music on rain filled plastic water bottles..

Neet getting pulled by group








until they all reached the table and drank the water from the bottles…

The Drink 1








the headlights went off and the applause began…

BTW – if you’d like to taste the cleanest and freshest gravity fed mountain stream water you’ve ever had- come and visit us in Poatina… it’s on tap here throughout the village!

spinners and weavers

Last weekend we were visited by some of Tasmania’s most creative spinners and weavers. They set up their wheels and looms and went to work on creating some new pieces with a theme of “recycled”.


There were many beautiful patterns created, using both recycled and new materials,Imageand an open and joyful feel ofImage  encouragement, teaching, and learning.


Some weaves were very open


others were textured


but all were simply beautiful.

The village is already looking forward to these artists returning again next year, and will keep the spirit alive by having our own spinners and weavers group that meets (or at least attempts to meet) each Thursday at 1pm in the chalet.

Pop Up performance




Last friday night, as the light faded into the cold and quiet, three artists from Poatina created a Pop Up performance at the top of the village green to a group of around 30 residents and visitors.

Anna, draped in a large flowing cloth, swirled and weaved an improvised dance in front of a brightly reflected spotlight, creating shadows and patterns against the backdrop of a high stone wall. Lea echoed her movements by singing sweeping and evocative melodies and punctuating them with shrill and mournful cries. Spike accompanied them both by playing ostinatos on a clarinet while slowly beating out a pulse on a 44 gallon drum.

The piece, which was titled “Grief and Loss”, lasted about 15 minutes and was a response to life as it happened that week in the village.

We look forward to more Pop Up performances as we respond together to life in community.

Easter and community activites in the village


Poatina has many visitors come and go, including recently a couple who came especially to experience Easter in the village.

photo-3“We have been wanting to come and experience Easter here, as we have heard so many wonderful things about it, and it was just that, we are so glad we came.”

Easter is a special time for the village. A time to reflect on the meaning of Good Friday, with a morning bush service and in the evening, an all night prayer vigil.

Pictured here are some photos from the past few weeks activities in the village.

A resident has written her own blog on Easter in the village. CLICK here to read more.

Poatina children creatively keeping cool!

On a recent warm weekend, you could hear squeals of joy coming from a grassed slope.

Poatina children (and adults) enjoyed keeping cool by creating a giant slippery slide to enjoy! What fun on a hot day!

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The opening of ‘The Poatina Tree’ Gallery and web site

IMG_5728IMG_5678IMG_5684 copyIMG_5694 copyIMG_5759 copyIMG_5774 copyIMG_5783 copy‘The Poatina Tree’ Gallery and web site was launched a few weeks ago at the Poatina Australia Day festival.

Thanks to a representative from the Northern midlands council and a wonderful crowd of onlookers, the day was an amazing success.

“This is wonderful! keep up the great work”

“Such quality of work here! .. and all from this area!”

Most of the work on display has been created by Artists in Poatina, or Artists associated with its work. The Poatina Glass studio has a significant number of unique pieces on display and for sale, and we are excited to announce also that the new Arts Center and Glass studio building will be opened officially later this year.

Here is the ‘About Us’ section from the web site:

We are a group of artists – musicians, painters, sculptors, glass blowers, dancers, writers, and actors.

We live together in a small intentional community in the picturesque and peaceful village of Poatina in Tasmania.

We have lots of fun together, and also work to care for each other, our environment, and our creative processes.

We offer an Artist In Residence program, Training, Mentoring, or simply a place to be…

To check out the web site click here.

Poatina helps celebrates 200 years of the Midlands

Longford 200th 028 Longford 200th 015 Longford 200th 004 IMG_1287 The year 2013 marks 200 years since the settlement of Norfolk Plains, the area encompassing Longford, Cressy, Bishopsbourne, Illawarra and Perth.

To celebrate this event the Midlands Council arranged several events starting on March 1st inviting the descendants of those settlers, and anyone else interested in Tasmanian history, to explore these roots and participate in a celebration of the area and its people.

Fusion Poatina took a team of people to Longford to help with the celebration with loads of games and activities for everyone to enjoy. Many many people had a wonderful time. Thanks to all the team for helping make it such a great weekend!

Trinity Swimming Carnival

P1060841P1060824P1060844GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a few pictures from the recent Trinity College swimming carnival.

Well done everyone for a fun day!

Foundations & Graduation service


IMG_4863IMG_4955IMG_6368IMG_6588January is always a big month for Poatina, with many exciting events and programs, happening. One of those being ‘Foundations’ run by Fusion Australia.

This year around 130 participants (70 of them were doing Youth Foundations) enjoyed the week long course.

As part of the final gathering of this week, the Village and Fusion also celebrated four students who graduated in their Diploma in Youth and Community Work (Christian).

Well done guys.

Sunday meals @ the Chalet

Poatina has been treated lately with a wonderful team who regularily ‘cook up a storm’ at the Chalet for Sunday lunch each week.

Here is the menu for tomorrow, if you live out of town, its well worth the drive!


Sunday in the Chalet

  Roast Pork and vegetables

All Day Breakfasts

Asian style chicken salad

 A variety of wraps, sandwiches and cookies



For more information contact: Jo Ireson

Poatina Chalet

Phone: 03 6397 8290

Email: poatina_chalet@fusion.org.au

Faith and the Arts 2013 – “The best most enjoyable week ever!!”

Poatina_GROUP PHOTO-1Faith and the Arts was held in Poatina in early January with around 80 people taking part in the week long course.

The Faith and the Arts Summer School is a practical week-long residential program that offers the chance to focus on a variety of creative arts. This year the electives were:  Music, Photography, Hot Glass, Fiction Writing, Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, Clowning, Ceramics and Dance. Its was a load of fun, packed with colour, life and creativity – “the best part was sharing it all with a great family of people”.

Here is a few comments from those who took part this January:

“This week has been epic!! So much going on.  So much cross-pollination between groups.  I am thankful for the effort the core team went to in order to integrate different creative electives as well as different age groups.”

602685_10151429414973745_1742600946_n“Ive had an absolutely amazing week beyond anything I could have expected/hoped for.  Working/creating/eating & sleeping alongside these people has been the most enjoyable part of the experience.”

“Very enjoyable week!! It was great sharing in community with other artists and creative people. I am excited about taking what I have learnt here back with me.”


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“It was a wonderful week, very well timed and needed at my current point in my artistic journey. Exactly what I needed. Really enjoyed the teaching”

“The best most enjoyable, inspiring, challenging, liberating and just plain awesome week ever!!

To read more reflections and see heaps more photos click here.

Jazz at the Chalet, Sunday 7pm

Looking for a relaxing evening,
listening to Jazz?

Spike and Lea Mason will be performing

at the Poatina Chalet

from 7:00-9:00pm

Sunday 27th January

(Just for Australia Day weekend, it will be on Sunday evening, every other weekend they perform on a Saturday evening)

Hot drinks and good company provided. :)


Poatina Australia Day Celebrations – Saturday 26th of January

wheelbarrow_2009b_th wheelbarrow_thPoatina celebrates Australia day with loads of fun tomorrow. (Sat 26th)

We kick off the day with a Parade at 10.30am.  The flag-raising ceremony is at the Chalet at 11am, followed by the opening of The Poatina Tree Gallery at 11.30am.  Lots of festival activities on the Village Green, Free sausage sizzle, a cuppa at the View Cafe looking out over the Great Western Tiers, Demos of glass blowing at the Arts Centre, and the Primary, Junior & Senior Wheelbarrow Races from 2pm.

If you are in Tassie tomorrow, drop on by. :)

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Merry Christmas from Poatina!

IMG_2080IMG_2081IMG_2077IMG_2031 IMG_2032 IMG_2033 IMG_2034 IMG_2035 IMG_2036 IMG_2037IMG_2039 IMG_2040 IMG_2041 IMG_2042 IMG_2043 IMG_2044IMG_2046 IMG_2047 IMG_2048 IMG_2049 IMG_2050IMG_2055IMG_2057 IMG_2058IMG_2072Merry Christmas to everyone! Thank you for your support over 2012!

Here is a few pictures from the past few weeks Christmas activities including our Kris Kringle evening with the whole village giving a small gift to someone else!

A Christmas market at the Chalet with home made lemonade, Poatina Produce, The Poatina Tree Artworks, Secondhand clothing, and loads more! All topped off with a wonderful meal from the Chalet, and a beautiful Christmas play.

On Christmas eve the youth of the village enjoyed singing carols to all the houses in the village, and Christmas day there was special Christmas church service and a gathering of people over the evening meal in the park eating tasty left overs from lunch.

A wonderful collection of celebrations around a special event that changed the world.

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas,  from Poatina Village.

Trinity College ended a great year with Pancakes, Glassblowing and a Graduation Service.

Trinity College ended the year with all sorts of activities and events.

A pancake breakfast was held for the village a few weeks before the end of term. It was to raise funds for children to be able to attend school in Jamaica.

The senior school had a very special time making paper weights at a glassblowing workshop. Southern Cross Television recorded some footage for a new TV advertisement that will be aired soon, promoting Scholarships in Glass and Music for 2013.  http://www.trinitycollege.tas.edu.au/

And huge congratulations to all students for another year, and to the four students who graduated from year 12!

Well done to everyone! Have a great Christmas.


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Trinity College & lots more to come!

There is loads of stories and events that have happened in the village over the past month that we will share with you this week, so get ready for a few more posts including our Kris Kringle night which was such a special time!!

Trinity College held its annual Cafe Arts evening towards the end of the semester.

The theme was based around the curriculum for 2012 which was Sustainability.

Here is some pics of the night! Thanks to all the students, teachers, parents & audience, that made the night such a special time.

Glass Workshops are going strong!


The new Hot Glass Studio at the new Art Centre has run a number of workshops since it opened, each with wonderful feedback.

The workshops were organised in partnership with Merinda Young of Tudor Rose Glassworks in Kingston, with 8 glass artists traveling up from down south to participate over 4 days.

The workshops were a variation on our usual beginners glass blowing workshop, allowing artists who are familiar with kiln-forming processes to bring along some glass plates that they had fused with their own designs and have them ‘rolled up’ and blown into a vase by Rodney Young, one of our most skilled glassblowers.

Watching the rollups and assisting in their making was a fantastic experience for each participant and when they weren’t watching their piece being made they also had a great time learning the basics in working with hot glass with Keith, making a number of paperweights and small vessels.

The workshops were a huge success and there’s a growing waiting list for the next opportunity! Check out the responses and the pictures below.

“I enjoyed everything, the motel, the people, the food, the township! A very warm atmosphere and not just from the glass furnaces!!”

“Thank you so much for such an inspiring workshop and sharing your amazing knowledge and skills with me.  I take good memories and friendship and some lovely glass from my efforts with me from this experience. Thank you Thank you!”

“It has certainly been an experience! Did not realise I was capable of doing anything artistic, but with Keith and Rodney’s expertise, have managed a couple of creations that I am not embarrassed to say are mine! Thanks to them both and Chris for a productive weekend.”

“A one in a lifetime experience.  I am privileged to have been able to take part in such a remarkable, friendly and enlightening work shop. I have new heros!”

“Having a go is magic! Watching skilled craftsmen and empathetic teachers was inspiring.  So wonderful for a teacher to be the student.”

“Fantastic, – so great to see the dream and vision becoming reality”

“Good accommodation and very friendly people just made the experience brilliant.”

“Brilliant! Learnt so much! Food wonderful – an awful lot of it! Lovely peaceful town.  Thankyou.”

“Amazingly excellent. BLISS BLESS and heaven”

“Absolutely loved it.  Bed very comfortable, electric blanket warm and very cosy. Food great, atmosphere great, loved it and will be back. Thankyou for making me feel welcome and I will come again!”

“I am overwhelmed, exhausted and exhilarated.  It has been two very intense days and I’ve loved every minute Amazingly good experience. You guys are so patient and helpful.  Thanks!”  

If you are interested in finding out more, or taking part in a workshop, there will be a Beginner’s Glass Blowing Weekend 1-2 December 2012. Phone Keith for more details on: 0402314816.

Meet a Greek night

At community tea this month welcomed a special visitor from Greece. We had a “Meet a Greek night”

We ate some very nice Greek food, listened to Greek music and did some Greek dancing. We also heard stories from Fusion Greece about the work Philemon and his team are doing to help bring peace and joy amidst the very challenging economical times.

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work they are doing in Greece check out their web site.

Also if you would like to commission them to do any graphics or video work, drop them a line! http://www.streetlights.gr


Fund Raising for Jamaica at Trinity College

The Jamaica day at school was fun – Now a Pancake breakfast to enjoy!

On the 16th of October, Trinity College participated in a Jamaican themed day to raise money for the work Fusion is doing in the Caribbean.

As part of this, students were given the option to bring a gold coin donation and come in Jamaican themed dress. Students dressed in green, black and gold. There was lots of colour, food, games and fun. Lunch comprised of Chicken curry, Jamaican beef patty and bread rolls, and for desert Banana smoothies! Thanks to those that helped make the day a load of fun for all.

As a continuation of the fundraising the school is also running its Annual Pancake breakfast.

So if you are in Poatina – it is on Tuesday 30th of October from 7:30-8:45am. Drop into the dinning room at the hall for some wonderful food and fun before your day begins.

2 pancakes for $3.50 and

Smoothies $1.00 extra.

All funds go towards supporting mission in Jamaica


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