Cloudcatcher’ Ginko no. 17

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No.17 Autumn

22 April 2010
Victoria Park, Alstonville

A ginko in a rainforest is always a little bit different, with added emphasis on the aural stimuli. So many bird calls we can’t identify and fascinating tiny creatures that even some of the more experienced naturalists have never seen before. Shy pademelons cross our path from time to time. Add to that the clean fresh intake of breath, and the stillness of mind amidst all the forest noises. We ponder on the knowledge that this is truly pristine habitat.

The venue is a well-preserved remnant of rainforest in the Victoria Park Nature Reserve, a few kilometres out of Alstonville in Northern New South Wales. Occasional showers came and went, but did not interfere with our enthusiasm. Discussion persisted as we lunched together afterwards at the House With No Steps, and continues still as haiku re-worked from the day are workshopped in a Round Robin.

If you are in the area, we would be glad to welcome you to participate in our winter ginko. Contact Quendryth Young:quendrythyoung@bigpond.com

Quendryth Young
Cloudcatchers Coordinator

Haiku News from Tasmania (five items)

Lyn Reeves has a number of her haiku featured in a new exhibition of paintings by Desiree Fitzgibbon. Codex – opens at Handmark Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart on 23 April and runs until 19 May. Lyn will read her haiku at the opening.

The Haiku Journey – A joyful life-long practice of mindfulness and attention,with Ron Moss
Learn the ancient Japanese art of writing haiku, then walk in the tranquil surrounds of the Botanical Gardens to develop your inspiration. Conclude with a stunning slideshow presentation of haiga, haiku blended with artwork. This workshop is suitable for people new to writing as well as experienced writers.

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10 April 2010

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide on Saturday 10 April, with nine members and one visitor present.

Alex Ask gave us a workshop on how to write haiga. Alex won the second prize in the Salisbury Council haiga competition in 2009. Thank you Alex for a very professionally presented workshop with lots of examples of haiga and also written material explaining the origin of the form and how to approach writing and designing a good haiga. Alex plans a PowerPoint presentation of some of his work at the June meeting of Bindii. The meeting concluded with lunch. Members were invited to participate in the barbeque held by the Community Centre

Bindii April Ginko in Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Nine Bindii members met at the kiosk near the lake in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens at 11 am on 2 April for a ginko led by Margaret Fensom. On such a beautiful autumn day there was plenty to experience and participants immersed themselves in this beautiful place for an hour of walking or quiet contemplation before returning for the kiosk for lunch.

We were fortunate to secure a table right near the lake edge and had duck and crested pigeon visitors to entertain us.

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