From October 1st to 15th, Nature Festival 2023 unfolds across South Australia, offering over 300 events celebrating Aboriginal Culture, Art, Adventure, Food, Wine, and Wonder. Many of these events are free, making the festival accessible to all. This immersive experience invites participants to explore the diverse landscapes of South Australia, fostering a deeper connection with nature through engaging activities and learning opportunities.
In a world grappling with climate change and global challenges, our relationship with nature has never been more vital. Nature Festival 2023 is a call to arms, celebrating our intertwined existence with the natural world. As events tend to sell out quickly, early booking is advised to ensure you don’t miss out on this enriching festival through the heart of South Australia’s natural glory.
Our most anticipated events for Nature Festival 2023:
André & Poh – Nature of Home, through cuisine
Join Poh and André for reflections on their cultural home, sense of place and connection to nature through cuisine.
This will be a four-course shared lunch to be remembered, including a welcome Lost Phoenix Spirits cocktail on arrival and a selection of premium local wines.
Menu will be released closer to the date.,
Sunday, 1 Oct 2023 at 12pm – 5pm
Lost Phoenix Farm – 34 Mont Rosa Rd, Hindmarsh Valley
Carrick Hill “In Bloom”
Carrick Hill “In Bloom” is a floral exhibition throughout Carrick Hill House for the duration of Nature Festival by ‘floral designer in residence’ Sky Allen of Aracadia aquatic.
The exhibition “In Bloom” explores a contemporary response to the themes of home, flora, personal art collections and nature, in the memorable spaces of Ursula and Bill Hayward’s home Carrick Hill. See the historic rooms of Carrick Hill in a new light with a series of contemporary floral installations and sculptures in dialogue with the Hayward’s renowned collection of artwork and furniture.
Saturday, 30 Sep 2023 at 10am
Carrick Hill – 46 Carrick Hill Dr, Springfield
A conscious home and garden with Rebecca Sullivan and Costa Georgiadis
Join local author and sustainable living advocate Rebecca Sullivan and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis for this special workshop which will show you some tips and tricks for living your best as participatory citizens in a conscious life.
Small actions in our own homes make a massive difference and can be quick, simple and inexpensive. In Rebecca’s latest non-fiction book, A conscious home, discover the secrets to transforming your living spaces into a harmonious sanctuary.
Monday, 9 Oct 2023 at 3pm – 4pm
Ngutungka West Lakes – 9 Charles St, West Lakes
Mindful Etching: Creating & Printing Sustainably
Using eco-aware resist etching techniques, you will learn how to design, etch and print an aluminium plate. You are invited to create imagery inspired by the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula or reflect on what the Nature Festival means to you.
From this workshop, you will take home a collection of prints and the skills to etch in your own studio. This workshop uses eco-aware and safer printmaking processes and materials. All printmaking materials included.
Sunday, 8 Oct 2023 at 10am – 3pm
Studio 20 Youth Centre – Aldinga Beach Road, Aldinga Beach
The Sustainable Wine and Living Experience at Gemtree
Join Gemtree Wines for a unique event connecting sustainable wine and sustainable living. The experience has been tailormade for Nature Festival and is an opportunity for Gemtree to share their beliefs, knowledge and passion for the environment.
The Sustainable Wine and Living Experience begins with a guided tour in the Gemtree Eco Trail, a biodiverse haven for native flora and fauna developed in partnership with Greening Australia. You will then make your way up to the sustainably built and run Tasting Room where their Environment and Certification Manager will guide you through the Native Garden and Biodynamic Hut.
The experience will conclude on the Tasting Room deck, taking in the breathtaking views over a Native Tasting Plate and tasting flight of three organic and biodynamic wines. All of this enjoyed over a conversation about implementing energy efficiencies at home with John Boland and Chris Bryant.
Saturday, 7 Oct 2023 at 2pm to 4pm
Gemtree Tasting Room – 167 Elliot Rd, McLaren Flat
Aboriginal Weaving Workshop with Morning Tea
Sit with Aboriginal Elders to learn the traditional practice of basket weaving. Take home your own basket to keep, and enjoy bush tucker morning tea.
Suitable for all ages.
Thursday, 12 Oct 2023 at 10am – 12pm
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre – Warriparinga Way, Bedford Park
Natural Dye Workshop
In this two hour workshop you will tap into the beauty of natural dyes using the circular design principles. Learn how to create your own botanically printed silk scarf using materials from the natural world, such as roses, geraniums, butterfly pea flowers, marigolds and more!
During the workshop, you will learn how to: steam print flowers and create your own watercolour paints out of flowers and tea.
This session will be run by local environmentally conscious artist, Phoebe Hunter, who innately draws upon the concepts of circularity and sustainability, exploring the convergence of existing materials to create her ethereal textiles.
Saturday, 14 Oct at 10am – 12:30pm
Yankalilla Showgrounds – Yankalilla