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Friday 16 July 10am and Saturday 17 July 8am and also on podcast:


Join Ruth Yeatman and Phil Bourne as they explore the inevitability of ‘Change’ - possibly the only thing we can count on. The current pandemic has certainly demonstrated this, and that there is no ‘normal’. Perhaps it’s not realistic to believe ‘we can go back to the way things were’, since, if we pause and pay attention, we would see that everything always was, is, and indeed will be, changing one way or other.

Sometimes this is so subtle we miss it, and other times it’s in our face like Covid, and it may feel like life as we know it is falling apart. If we pay attention to this constant flow of impermanence, (as wisdom leaders like the Buddha counsel us), we can become aware of what’s changing, accept rather than resist, allow ourselves to get interested and curious about what’s actually going on. Adapting to change takes so much less energy and it can actually become fun and interesting!

Local resident Phil Bourne, has worked with change all his adult life. Phil was born and bred in Melbourne where he completed a bachelor of applied science (Occupational Therapy) in 1981, and worked in support services for people with an intellectual disability. He moved to the Seymour region in 1984 where he co-founded Commonground.

Commonground is a social and environmental justice organisation, hosting and supporting groups working in areas like : human rights, asylum seekers, aboriginal affairs, and environmental protection.

Phil also worked in local community development including being the inaugural Community Development Officer at Mitchell Shire, and a volunteer on groups such as: The Seymour We Want, Mitchell Youth Affairs, the Seymour Neighbourhood Renewal Project, and BEAM Mitchell Environment Group.

Currently Phil is in the thick of a personal transition as he and his partner embark on a sea change, Phil finds himself spreading his time between work at Commonground and a new project called The Cape, a developing eco village at Cape Paterson.

Together, Ruth and he will explore the experience of change and transition - the when, what and how of change and the transitional journey along the way. Paying attention to the transition itself undermines the idea, (and desire), that the destination is more important than the journey, on the contrary, it becomes almost irrelevant. And, if we’re not careful we can miss the best part, that is, what it’s like getting there. Maybe then, we discover there is no final ‘there’, rather a new beginning….. Join us on this exploration!

EarthChat on 103.9 Seymour FM on Friday at 10am, repeated on Saturday at 8am

Listen up and get fired up.

Tune in to BEAM's radio program EarthChat each Friday on Seymour FM at 10am or to the repeat on Saturday at 8am.

Time to tune in, listen up and get active EarthChatters!

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