Transitioning for Survival



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In his recent documentary ‘2040’, speaking of the changes we’ll all need to make if we’re to save the planet, Damon Gameau says ‘transitions are awkward.’ If this is so, and we need to make a ton of them to survive, how do we help each other make them?

Artists are well-versed in vulnerability. Whether they act, paint, write, dance or whatever else, they reflect something of the human experience. Further, for those who move in their careers, like yoga teachers, transitions are a necessary part of life’s flow—you can’t make a position without a transition.

What are the benefits of change? Why, and how, do we find it uncomfortable? How can we more openly approach it?

For this session, join educator-artist Kate Ellis in welcoming a panel comprising artists yoga teacher Lucienne Shanti; writer and actor Candy Bowers, and Chunky Move teacher and independent dancer/choreographer Sarah Aiken. Come and take a seat with us beneath the Gardens’ branches, and share in this conversation about the different streams of flux in all our lives.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.