May 6th & 7th, 2017 - 2ND RELEASE TICKETS ON SALE!

CROWD FUNDING FOR THE 100% COMMUNITY-OWNED RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSITION!

UNLIMITED FILTERED WEEKEND WATER PASS $5 on the door | $4 to COREM, $1 to ‘Charity Water’ to provide filtered wells for global communities in need.
ZERO WASTE festival. BYO Cups, plates and cutlery. Limited hires available. FREE wash station at our ‘Water Lilly Wash Pod’ all weekend.

2017 Presenters

Keynote Speakers, Presenters, Panels & Discussions | May 6 & 7

Keynote presentation to inspire, panel discussions to go deep, workshops to connect and so much more; presented by these local, national and international Renew advocates…

#renewit #renewfestbyron

Dr Marion Rose

Marion Rose is passionate about inspiring and supporting mothers to change their inner dialogue from self-judgment, guilt and shame to deep self-compassion. The more that we as mothers can listen to our needs, feelings, and unique callings with unconditional love, the...

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James Bell

Partnership Relationship Manager, Tesla Energy Products.  Responsible for managing the independent Certified Installer network Australia wide. With prior experience in the construction industry, James is driven to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy across...

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Lex Richards

We were born to play in nature. Lex’s  was lucky enough to have a childhood that was immersed in outdoor education and exploration.  Growing up on the Outward Bound Base it was a unique opportunity to see and experience the value of bring being back to nature and...

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Caitlin Weatherstone

Caitlin grew up in the Northern Rivers area and is a qualified Wildlife Ecologist and keen bushwalker/ adventurer. She’s currently working in Byron Bay and surrounds as a threatened species researcher, marine conservationist, environmental educator, event organiser...

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Rasa Dover

Rasa Dover is the founder of Byron Hinterland Seed Savers and a passionate seed saver and gardener. She has held over 25 events in the Byron Shire showcasing inspiring gardens where she and others freely share seeds, plants and produce. Rasa will provide a seed saving...

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Jaye Irving

Multi-award winning designer Jaye Irving has been flying the green banner of sustainability for nearly 20 years exploring the relationship between the natural and built environment. As an Architect, Artist, Builder, keen Permaculturist his interest in natural...

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John Brodie

John has worked as a design, construction and project manager or licenced builder for over 35 years on a broad range of commercial and domestic projects. In 2006 he used that building knowledge (and a desire to improve building sustainability) to establish VIM ESD; a...

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Dan Fitzgerald

Dan’s vision is to create a harmonious existence for all beings and the Planet, now and for future generations. Dan believes in aligning the interests of all stakeholders by investing in an ecologically regenerative, socially conscious and economically productive...

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Jo Nemeth

Jo is living a moneyless life in an attempt to reduce her environmental and social footprint. Closing her bank account, quitting her job and getting rid of a lot of her stuff at the end of 2014, Jo took money out of the equation hoping that, without it, she would find...

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Peter Hunt

Musician Peter Hunt, who’s most well known project is the group Kooii, is a cultivator of music resonating with the region.  Together with his creative out-pourings with various collaborations, he has been evolving with the holding of circles for the activation of...

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Svea Pitman

Svea is an environmental scientist with 15 years experience in indigenous community development. She graduated with a Masters in Engineering in Renewable Energy in 2016 having written her thesis on Community Owned Renewable Energy in the Byron Shire. Svea has been an...

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Karl Edmonson

Karl grew up surrounded by bushland North of Sydney and was attracted to nature and environmental issues from a young age. After being fascinated with solar and battery technology he knew his calling was clean energy and even went on to build his own solar powered...

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Shane Sylvanspring

Shane Sylvanspring is part of the Bruns Ecovillage Working Group and is the Co-ordinator of the Village Development Program, the ecovillage unique education platform for future residents. Shane is part of the Global Ecovillage Network and is experienced in town...

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Zana Wright

Zana Wright is an architect / maker. She has lead the design & construction of various bamboo public art structures commissioned by cultural events including Vivid Sydney & Falls Festival, as well as bamboo earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal. She has...

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Jeremy Osborne

Jeremy designed and built many renewable energy systems and products including solar thermal heating, cooling, power generation, photovoltaic systems and building energy. He was the lead engineer for the award-winning UTS solar driven tri- generation project in...

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Dr Mary Gardner

Writer, biologist and photographer, Gardner contributes articles about local ecology and science for the Echo since 2007. In Dec 2016, Southern Cross University awarded her a PhD for her research in the historical marine ecology of the subtropics, focusing on deep...

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Thomas Kern

Thomas Kern co-founded ‘The Accountability Institute’ in 2015 as a thought tank for the futuring of accounting and its requisite education. The Accountability Institute aims to foster collaborations between art, science, technology and economics, bringing these fields...

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Alice Moffett

Alice is the founder of Self Seed Consulting. Engaging project management and community-based marketing is at the heart of Alice’s work. Through her consultancy, she has worked in the design and implementation of a range of programs that have effectively engaged...

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Scott Hall

Scott is an experimental farmer. He is part of a team currently co-developing syntropoic agriculture for Australian climatic and economic conditions in collaboration with Patricia Vaz and Namaste Messershmitt.

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Robert Pekin

Like tens of thousands of small- and medium-scale dairy farmers, Robert Pekin was a casualty of the de-regulation of the Australian dairy industry that took place during the 1990s. In what was a deeply traumatic period for himself and his family, Robert, like so many...

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Michael Lyon

Michael was born in Brisbane and studied Law and Commerce at the University of Queensland, followed by a business strategy professional qualification with CIMA. He has been the General manager of Santos for the past 5 years and overseen the transformation of this...

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Christina Renger

Christina is Founder of net Zero Design, a consultancy providing services in eco-positive development, sustainability consulting and education. Prior to this, she worked with leading architecture practices in Germany and Australia over the last two decades.’ She...

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Lesley Hughes

Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is a former Lead Author in the...

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Dr Rob Passey

Rob Passey lives in Federal and works at the University of NSW as well as the consultancy ITP Renewables, the Australian PV Institute, and, most importantly, does volunteer work with COREM! He has been inspired by the potential for the area to be a world-leader in...

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Sequioa Krop

Sequoia works in service to women and the Goddess. As a Teacher with the School of Shamanic Womancraft she brings her presence and skills to witnessing and supporting transformation. She is a writer, a doula, a Shamanic witch, a blood priestess and energetic healer,...

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Sean Whyte

Sean, with his wife Rachelle is co-founder of the Advanced Institute for Esoteric Studies in Byron Bay. For more than 30 years he has studied the world’s mystery traditions: Gnostic, Tibetan, Egyptian, Mayan and others. Through Esoteric practice he has a...

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Adam Grabowski

Adam is the founder of Flo Gardens. He started out as a child growing veggies in his inner city garden with his polish grandmother. As a teenager, he started a gardening business and later moved into Bush Regeneration. Becoming a father inspired him to start seriously...

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Professor Judy Atkinson

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of...

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Steve Harris

Steve is the CEO of Australia’s first community owned renewable energy retailer, Enova Energy, located here on the North Coast. Steve’s vision is to assist the community to reduce their impact on the environment, by encouraging and supporting the growth of...

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Bunya Halasz

Bunya Halasz is a life-long gardener and lover of nature. He is inspired by cultures that continue to evolve creative practices of sustaining their material needs in a manner that demonstrates deep reverence for their natural environment and all of its life forms....

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Paul Crebar

Paul Crebar is passionate about community collaboration and is the a co-founder of the not-for-profit organisations Byron Fair Food and Plastic Free Byron. He brings his management and Human Resource Management expertise to these organisations in efforts to build...

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Elias Johnson

Elias Johnson is the director and co-founder of the Kindred Youth foundation. His passion is empowering people and youth to live from the heart and to live their dreams. Elias is a youth worker, massage therapist, father and facilitator.

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Tess Lore

Tess Eckert is an expressive arts activist and educator–using dance and other embodied art processes for community building, social change and inclusion. Tess moved to the Northern Rivers three and a half years ago from San Francisco after completing her BA...

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Jaiia Cerff

Jaiia Cerff is an engaged and active local youth who has represented youth led NGO’s around the world from the COP21 UN conference in Paris to the Earth Guardians NZ tour this January. He is passionate about catalysing a new way of life. Planting seeds of hope and...

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Jess Buhagiar

Jess Buhagiar is an 18 year old who just finished her HSC at Byron Bay High School. Her favourite subject was biology, and this connects to her presentation of sustainable agriculture and sustainable nutrition, which she will explore with particular focus on the...

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Edie Bartley

Edie Bartley is a conscious youth who practises daily efforts to minimise her carbon footprint. Edie hopes to aspire towards bigger things, putting her environmental passions into practice and working towards living with an ethical and sustainable lifestyle. After...

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Cameron Nuttall

Cameron Nuttall is a local member of the community who sees the world through a lens of gratitude. She is conscious of issues prevalent across the globe and eager to put her foot in where possible to make a difference. Cameron adores the natural world and its magnetic...

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Erica Nettle-Chik

Erica is a mother of four and the founder of Luminous Youth; a youth and parenting experiential learning space operating locally in the Byron Shire and launching globally in 2017. She is a doula, a writer, a children’s-rights activist, a truth seeker and an...

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Zan Boag

Zan Boag is Editor of New Philosopher and Editorial Director of Womankind magazine – both of which are produced in Byron Shire and are distributed in over 20 countries. As an Ethics Coordinator with Primary Ethics, he helps promote critical thinking skills in children...

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Erin Young

A whole systems designer, facilitator & pollinator, Erin is a change-maker for healing & change in our world. Deeply inspired by the principles of Permaculture and with a background in Environmental Engineering, Erin works with Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance to...

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Emma Brindal

Emma Brindal is the founder of WiseEarth Education, which works to nurture and build respect for our planet. She believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a thriving and sustainable world, and is...

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Denise Love

Working on myself and others who sought my thoughts and knowledge, medicine mixed with the power of the mind, I became intensely interested in the way we enter the world, the way our lives unfold (intentionally or by accident) and how we leave the earth. I am...

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Annalee Atia

Annalee Atia is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health and Wellness Coach, Independent Producer, Radio & Podcast broadcaster, Speaker, Writer and above all a Loving Mother. She works both locally & globally, out of the beautiful small town of Mullumbimby,...

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Amanda Cahill

Amanda is the Director and Founder of the Centre for Social Change. She founded the Centre because she is inspired by the many people around the world who are already making the world a better place to live and wants to support those doing good to do even better....

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James Blyth

James is an urban farmer and civil engineer who co-ordinates a backyard based urban farming project in Brisbane called Forkhay City Farms. He crowdfunded the money to kickstart the project in 2016 by riding a bicycle solo from Brisbane to Hobart dressed as a carrot,...

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Brian Wehlburg

From Africa originally,Brian started his own agricultural enterprise, growing crops for export, breeding cattle and operating a safari business and wildlife conservancy. An introductory Holistic Management course in 1995 inspired him to implement my new understanding...

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Joel Orchard

Joel is a local new school farmer, food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local agricultural industry networker. His interests are in exploring the social sustainability of local food production and tackling the issue of an ageing farmer...

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and more to come…