The Autumn Holiday Program!

Aeoncademy is excited to have launched our Autumn Holiday Program for April! Running from the 10th to the 21st of April, and with a special bonus day happening on the 24th, our program is jam packed with awesome opportunities for some serious Creativity.

Autumn Holiday Program 2017Fresh out of the oven, Creative Catalyst is bringing us Fakery Bakery, a ceramic workshop so popular, it just headlined at the NGA’s Sculpture Garden Sunday.

Our Brand New Historical and Legendary program for Vala: Dramatic Adventures has launched! From the Halls of Camelot to the Mountains of Tibet, The Deserts of Egypt to the Wastes of Newfoundland, and even to the Castles of Scotland. We’re all really excited for this new series of adventures!

The Program

Aeoncadey’s ethos of Education through Creativity is the center of all our programming. Check it out below.

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Aeoncademy Facilitator at You Are Here 2017

Our fantastic Creative Catalyst facilitator and all round excellent artist, Isabelle Mackay-Sim, is appearing as part of the You Are Here festival with a brand new artistic installation: Municipal Animal.

You Are Here 2017

Here’s what You Are Here has to say about the exhibition:

“Municipal Animal is an interactive exhibition to help you experiment with a new and fantastical identity – to escape your human repression and insecurities.  Isabelle Mackay-Sim’s elaborately constructed masks sit between sculpture and costume and their wearers will inject a healthy dose of surrealism into the landscape of the city centre. The masks are made from recycled materials crowd-sourced from around Canberra.

This installation has two Accompanied Explorations where participants are encouraged to try on the masks to dreamy and improvised soundscapes by local indie duo, Kilroy.”

You can check out Municipal Animal at the You Are Here Hub (46 Northbourne ave.) from the 5th to the 9th of April as part of the You Are Here festival.

You Are Here 2017 wraps up just in time for our Autumn Holiday Program!

Yantra Yoga Open Level Weekend Course – Canberra – 19th-21st of May

Yantra Yoga is a unique Yoga of Movement and Breathing which is very applicable to contemporary conditions. Explore this outstanding system in a weekend course open to all levels of participation – from the absolute yoga beginner to the veteran yogi looking to deepen their practice.

What is it?

An open level weekend course designed to introduce Yantra Yoga and to impart sufficient instruction to enable a student to establish a practice or to complement a current practice with new and profound methods. Participants can expect to gain a working understanding of  a considerable part of the Yantra Yoga system, and to experience first-hand some of its benefits in relation to health, vitality, overall fitness and relaxation. Participants will also be supported in their wish to continue to learn and practice by ongoing classes in Canberra.

The weekend course is a complete package providing a total foundation for the Yantra Yoga system.

When?

19th of May – 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Blue Room (Next to the Dojo)

20th of May – 8:30am – 10:30am & 3:00pm – 6:00pm in the Dojo.

21st of May – 8:30am – 10:30am & 2:30pm – 5:00pm in the Dojo

Where?

ANU Sports & Recreation Centre, Blue Room & Dojo

How to get there

Cost?

$165, or $140 for Student/Concession card holders.

How?

To book, email Aeoncademy from here, or read more at Yantra Yoga – A Unique Yoga Experience.

Instructor

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Instructor Mathew Long has a deep and abiding respect for the effectiveness of the Yantra Yoga system and its capacity to enrich people’s lives. Mathew is also a Creative Director of Aeoncademy. Math has been practicing Yantra Yoga since 1995 and received  his First Level Yantra Yoga Diploma in 2003. His qualification was recently upgraded to an International Diploma.

As a teacher Mathew provides calm, well-explained and clear instruction, and always helps ensure those who need further guidance get the assistance they need.

 

 

Important Information for Prospective Participants

Precautions-

If you are experiencing any of the following conditions please do not participate in the Yantra Yoga classes until you have been cleared to do so by a Doctor:

  • Pregnancy
  • Acute Back, Neck or Spine problem
  • Acute Heart condition
  • Current Injury
  • Current Illness

Preparation

Re Food in stomach-

You are likely to be rather uncomfortable and not feel well if you have anything like a full stomach when you are doing Yantra Yoga. It is recommended that you have an early breakfast which is nourishing but not too heavy, and finish lunch at least 2 hours before the afternoon session.  

Clothing

Suggest shorts and singlet, with a ‘tracksuit’/loose-pants-&-pullover for easy off and on in order to maintain warm body temp.

What to bring

  • Yoga mat
  • Sitting cushion-or-such

Optional yoga props (not at all essential) –

  • Blanket
  • Block
  • Belt

From Garden to Kitchen

A garden is a wonderful space to enrich any child’s engagement with the wonders of the natural world. Its a great place to explore and play, learning new and interesting things along the way. The development of our very own garden space has already proved successful, engaging students across the programs.

      

Constructing the garden beds, filling them up with dirt, planting them out and watering have all proved very rewarding and popular activities.

One of the best things about gardening is harvesting the produce. We have had success with our summer plantings and as a result basil, rosemary and tomatoes have found their way into the kitchen to then be enjoyed by students and staff alike.  It has been an opportunity to explore new tastes, and textures during World cooking and afternoon tea over the last term.

Basil and Tomatoes from the Garden

Over the next season we look forward to nurturing and cultivating our three green beds, herb garden, potted bulbs and more. We look forward to incorporating the garlic, brassicas and leafy greens currently planted out in the garden beds into future meals and cooking activities. Our caterer Ruth is very excited to encourage children to get involved in the Kitchen and Garden project and has a few ideas that we will be implementing over the next term. So stay tuned!

We would like to thank the school who donated two of our garden beds and have allowed us to rescue rosemary bushes, fejoas and a fig that required urgent transplanting from their Giardino before the commencement of some development work in that area. If successful these plants will prove a wonderful addition to our gardening adventures.

We’re all looking forward to continuing to engage with our garden and our community! If you’d like to join in the fun, get in touch!

Currently in the Garden Beds

Rosemary, oregano, basil, garlic, rainbow chard, purple kale, purple and green cauliflour varieties, cabbage, purple and green broccoli varieties, broadbean, pea, purple podded pea

Tuesday Classes

Yantra Yoga is a unique Yoga of Movement and Breathing which is very applicable to contemporary conditions. Connect with this outstanding system through a weekly class open to all levels of participation – from the absolute yoga beginner to the veteran yogi looking to deepen their practice.

What is it?

Weekly classes are designed to introduce or expand one’s experience of Yantra Yoga, as well as to support ongoing practice. Newcomers can expect to get a taste of what Yantra Yoga is, while ongoing participants continue to compile a working understanding of the Yantra Yoga system .

Weekly classes are not strictly organised as a course, and participants are able to drop in and out. However regular, ongoing participation will be sure to establish the strongest base for a fruitful practice.

When?

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where?

The Aeoncademy Centre,  Yarralumla Primary School Loftus Street Yarralumla

Cost?

As an introductory offer come along for a FREE First Session

Then:

Aeoncademy is providing the classes on a Casual or Package Basis.

Casual classes cost $24/class, or $20 for a Concession rate

The packages are –

5 Class Pass – $110

10 Class Pass – $200

How?

To book, call Aeoncademy, on 6142 3268, or read more at Yantra Yoga – A Unique Yoga Experience.



 

Instructor

mathyoga

Instructor Mathew Long has a deep and abiding respect for the effectiveness of the Yantra Yoga system and its capacity to enrich people’s lives. Mathew is also a Creative Director of Aeoncademy. Math has been practicing Yantra Yoga since 1995 and received  his First Level Yantra Yoga Diploma in 2003. His qualification was recently upgraded to an International Diploma.

As a teacher Mathew provides calm, well-explained and clear instruction, and always helps ensure those who need further guidance get the assistance they need.

 

 

Important Information for Prospective Participants

Precautions-

If you are experiencing any of the following conditions please do not participate in the Yantra Yoga classes until you have been cleared to do so by a Doctor:

  • Pregnancy
  • Acute Back, Neck or Spine problem
  • Acute Heart condition
  • Current Injury
  • Current Illness

Preparation

Re Food in stomach-

You are likely to be very uncomfortable and not feel well if you have anything like a full stomach when you are doing Yantra Yoga; therefore it is strongly recommended that you do not eat for at least 2 hours before the class (length of time : ‘heaviness’/digestibility of food). I would suggest that you have a good breakfast and lunch, making sure that you do not have a late lunch, and have a light, early afternoon tea to help get you through the class,  given its 8:00pm finish.

Clothing

Suggest shorts and singlet, with a ‘tracksuit’/loose-pants-&-pullover for easy off and on in order to maintain warm body temp.

What to bring

  • Yoga mat
  • Sitting cushion-or-such

Optional yoga props (not at all essential) –

  • Blanket
  • Block
  • Belt

 

Our programs are filling up fast!

Since the development of a distinct program for our Sparks children (4-7 year olds) the program has simply continued to grow in size. In fact more children and their families are now involved in the program and Aeoncademy more broadly than ever before. While the number of children involved contributes to the creation of dynamic and diverse interactive spaces to explore and engage in play some of the class sizes have reached capacity. The Sparks program on Monday is now booked out! and Tuesday is following closely on its heels. The Creative Catalyst program on both Monday and Tuesday is also proving popular and is near capacity.

Sparks at play

So what does this mean?

Well we will continue to roll existing bookings over into the next term, but with so many people waiting at the wings to get in, you’ve got to confirm any existing bookings by the end of week 1 each term.

For new families or existing families who would like to change their days we have a waiting list. As people change days, children in Sparks graduate to Creative Catalyst or Vala Programs or Creative Catalyst students change rooms spaces will open up and if you have indicated you are already interested we will be in touch. Otherwise Aeoncademy continues to operate its programs on other days of the week and we’ve still got space then.

If you have any concerns, or want to express interest in our programs don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us by phone on 6142 3268

A Day in Wonderland

Turn your mind a-topsy turvy with a fabulous day in wonderland on the 24th of April as our Autumn Holiday Program extends!

In Creative Catalyst we’re running our fabulous Mad Hatters Tea Party, full of fun and vim and vigour – we’re going to make costume hats and go wild with a peek through the looking glass as we all sit down for a shared meal.

In Vala, we’re going tumbling down the rabbit hole and into a story of Jabberwocks and Tum-Tum birds as the Time Bandits go to Wonderland. Just watch out for Vermin at the Tea Party.

Our Sparks, as always, will get involved in a mega blend of both activities, making their own Mad Hats and getting involved in our dramatic adventure for the day.

A Tasmanian Community Garden

Mathew and I are visiting Tasmania and have been staying just out of Hobart at Dodges Ferry. Over the last couple of years we have watched with great interest a community garden space develop, complete with Pizza Oven and food co- operative. We went for a stroll on an overcast day to check it out again and were very impressed!

welcome to the garden
Welcome to the Okines Community Garden

The Okines Community Garden was established in 2012 and is looking great. We wandered through well looked after lawns and pathways, signed beds with various plants clearly labelled for identifying culinary, medicinal and cultural uses. There is a big wood fired pizza oven which we were informed is fired up regularly for Friday soirees and garden gatherings.

 

Wood fired Pizza oven outside the food co-op

The garden is situated next to Dodges Ferry Primary School and the Okines Community Centre. It is a hub where local school children learn about the environment, gardening and recycling.  There are well set up worm farms and compost bays. One huge compost pile  has been used to heat water running through irrigation pipes for a temporary shower!

We were kindly taken around the garden for an impromptu tour by a regular volunteer.  She proudly showed us the Labyrinth, a grass pathway created to inspire a quiet contemplative space for people to sit (or walk) and ponder. We saw the beginnings of a mushroom garden, a shaded area of woodchips inoculated with  edible mushroom spawn.  Organic adobe forms make up garden walls and benches, there is a seating in a circle made up of large rocks around a firepit. The entire garden is full of beautiful details and hand made objects constructed with care.

A Food Coop is open a couple of times a week allowing members and guests to purchase bulk food and exchange information. The garden sells produce and seedlings on an honour system any time it is needed and is open three days a week with regular working bees and social events. Along with the school children, a group of senior citizens attend supported gardening sessions as part of the Dignity program.  Special raised beds have been created to allow access for people in wheelchairs or walking frames. The garden is an inspiring and lovely place for all people. 

A Day to Remember

Here at Aeoncademy we’ve finished up our first week back with our Intro and planning sessions and put together our program for Term 1 – check it out. While we were going, though, we’ve noticed that as a result of a quirk of Public Holiday timing, there’s an extra day of school holidays on the 24th of April.

Now we know a bunch of families will take the opportunity to slip out of Canberra for a long-er weekend, but we’re also aware that some people don’t have that opportunity.

So here’s the deal:

Aeoncademy will run its fabulous vacation programs on the 24th of April.

IF

We can get 20 bookings for that day by the Open Day.

All bookings made for that day are entirely transferable if the day doesn’t go ahead, and will attract the 20% Open Day Discount starting now. That means that you can call and book now without the downside of missing out on the Open Day.

Call the office today to arrange your booking and secure your spot!

The Open Day is on the Way

The Open Day

Whether you come to play with clay,

or sit in the art room for the day,

Be creative and nurture your own little Spark

Make something magnificent and leave your mark

Or come for adventurous drama

and storytelling with the great troupe of Vala

We’ll have watercolours and painting,

Fired clay for the taking,

and coffee and tea-in-the-making.

(And a 20% discount on our programs vacation).

The Aeoncademy Open Day is running from 10-4 on Saturday the 4th of March out of the Aeoncademy centre, located on Loftus St. Yarralumla. We’ll have arts and crafternooning, dramatic adventures, a display of fired ceramic work from the January program AND a display of work-in-progress from our After School classes. We’ll have the winner of the Vala Writer’s Prize and we’ll have it all with a 20% discount on our holiday programs (if you book in on the day!)

We can’t wait to see you there!

Nurturing the Creative Spark