About Kat Szuminska

designer, educator, gardener, activist, creative problem solver katoombastreetpermaculture.com, mattandkat.com, openaustraliafoundation.org, bluemountainscommunitygardens.org

Blue Mountains Peace Vigil April 24th

by Sarah Daniel

On April 24th we will be holding a Peace Vigil in Katoomba to pay our respect to peacemakers, mourn the devastating effects of war, and to kindle the fire of peace within our own community. Peace is an active process. It is not something in the future, it is something we take part in now. It starts in our communities as we strive for justice for humanity and Mother Earth. This means respectful and honest acknowledgement of the history of place and country, beginning with recognition of the frontier wars and the continued struggle for sovereignty of the first nation Peoples.


Kindling the Peace Fire 5:30pm, Katoomba Community Gardens: Lighting the fire of peace and opening with Jacinta Tobin and Rosemary Morrow. Followed by offerings of music from our community while we light lanterns and prepare to walk.

Carrying the Light of Hope and Peace leaving Katoomba Community Gardens at 6:30: A lantern walk up to the Peace Memorial, Civic Place Park. BYO lantern (or come and make one this Sunday 19th at Kindle Hill School – 14:00–18:00)

Silence and Singing for Peace, Peace Memorial at 6:45: Shakuhachi Flute by Bronwyn Kirkpatrick and a moment of reflection, followed by community singing. If you would like to come and learn some songs we will have a song sharing session on the 19th (details below).

Soup, Stories and Song by the fire, 7pm onwards at the Katoomba community Gardens. BYO blanket, torch, chair, mug, spoon, stories and songs to share. (please be aware there is no lighting in the garden).

Preparation for the Peace Vigil, 19th of April at Kindlehill School 2pm: The Blue Mountains Free School will hold a lantern and art making session, followed by a poetry workshop, and song sharing circle.
Free School film Screening: Waging Peace, 19th April Kindlehill School 6pm: Waging Peace is a documentary about peacemakers in Australia. There will be soup available by donation.

Contact Sarah for enquiries @ sarahs_not@hotmail.com or on 0422652830

Little Balls of Autumn Bliss


There’s only one ingredient you could hope to grow locally of the three in bliss balls, and that’s the nuts. Autumn is certainly upon us, and hazels, almonds and more on their way. These bliss balls are a whole lot healthier than your average sweet treat. They’ve been a welcome sight after a morning’s gardening on many occasion, an everyone has their own version. Ingredients Dates & Nuts for the filling, and coconut to roll them around in.

And they’re quick and easy to make! Here’s how.

Blend roughly equal amounts (in volume) of pitted dates and nuts. 1 cup of nuts (I used 3/4 cup almonds and 1/4 cup hazels for mine) and roughly chop a cup of dates, in a blender or put through a slow juicer (I find this makes a smooth consistency but is more work washing up).  Mejool dates are juicier than the other dried ones you can get. When they’re in stock find these in the fruit section of the co-op. Throw a good handful of shredded coconut or desiccated coconut into a bowl. Then pull out a small nugget of the date/nut mix and lightly roll between the palms of your hand before rolling in the coconut.

If you’re camping or have minimal kitchen equipment, just chop the ingredients more finely and use a fork to mash them together for a rustic texture.

Simple, and satisfying as these are, there is a giant diverse world of recipes for bliss balls out there, with tempting ingredients including cacao, goji berries and maca powder. So what ever your favorite ingredients or health kick you’re on, you can go ahead and roll your own.

Permaculture in Action

Kat Szuminska:

Friday Morning Gardening sessions at the community gardens are even better with Rob. Join us for convivial seasonal gardening and a shared lunch.

Originally posted on Permaculture Blue Mountains:

Permaculture Blue Mountains are creating Permaculture in Action every week at the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens, Harold Hodgson Park, North Katoomba.

Each session will be creative, social, practical and intellectual.  We will start at the centre of operations and gradually work our way out, with the hope of creating a vibrant, dynamic, resilient and inclusive hub for the community.

All are welcome to attend these volunteer sessions. All we ask is that you are responsible for your self-care and are mindful to care for the Earth and for other people.

When and where:

Every Friday from 10:30am – 1:00pm.
Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens
Harold Hodgson Park, North Katoomba.

What to bring:

Your own skills and experience, personal protection equipment such as gardening gloves, hat and other sun protection, eye protection, gardening boots, a bottle of water and a beanie/jacket if wet. Optional: A notebook and pen, some food to share.


Rob Lawrence
Mob: 0428 541…

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Women’s Self Defense Class: 25th May


Women’s self defense defense class: from the nun and warrior priest lines more than 1100 years old

One off Class 25th May with Morag Kaigo-Sha, Caretaker for the Vajra Lineage will be sharing within this Community Circle. ALL WELCOME

Call Morag on 0401 829 335 or find out more

Seriously, backyard farming returns Sunday First February: talking bees


Holidays are nearly over and we backyard farmers will meet again to learn something about bees.

Beekeeping for all
Introduction into beekeeping with Alain Sunday, 1st of February 2-4pm
Alain is a very experienced beekeeper with both Langstroth and Warre hives. He currently cares for 27 hives ans sells honey in the mountains. After some introduction there will be a question and answer session.
There will be honey for sale too.
Come along to Harold Hodgson Park, 10 Victoria Street, Katoomba, we usually share an afternoon tea, contributions are welcome.

Sunday the first of February at 2pm.
More about this event at http://seriouslybackyardfarming.weebly.com/
See you all!