NSW Intrepid Landcare Future Planning Retreat

9:00 am - 3:00 pm 14/01/2017 - 15/01/2017 Braidwood, Braidwood NSW

Are you based in NSW or ACT, part of an Intrepid Landcare group or Landcare / environmental volunteer group which is working with young people?

Then you are invited to our NSW Intrepid Landcare Future Planning Retreat over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of January in Braidwood NSW (ACT people also welcome, you’ll be so close to the event!).

The ever awesome Martin Royds has offered to host us in beautiful Braidwood for a weekend of immersive adventure, nature and sustainable agriculture, and is offering a space for us to discuss the challenges we face for the future of our environment at large, for our local environments, and what projects we can create to make a difference.

This weekend will be all about you, looking at the impact you want to have, and creating the projects that you want to show up to.

This retreat is for you if…

  • You volunteer with Intrepid Landcare in NSW and the ACT
  • You have been thinking of volunteering with Intrepid Landcare and 2017 is your year!
  • You are a young person volunteering with other Landcare networks
  • You are a young person leading on environmental change in your community and wish to connect with other like-minded young people around the state

A little about Martin…

Martin Royds is a regenerative farmer from Braidwood who hasn’t sprayed his pastures with herbicides for over 20 years yet they’re weed free, lush and healthy. 

Martin is a highly respected member of the Landcare and sustainable farming network in Australia, and holds positions such as Chair of South East Landcare,  a council member of Landcare NSW, is heavily involved in The Mulloon Institute, Soils for Life, and has now established an education space at his property Tombarra which allows him to share his values around working with the land to regenerate, to conserve, to sustain and to reconnect. 

What will go down over the weekend?


Saturday we will head out to Martin’s Farm Jillamatong which is a demonstration site for ‘Soils for Life’ a program which recognises and is investing in raising awareness about regenerative farming practices, and how important soil health is for our existence on earth. 

We will look at regenerative farming practices in action, discuss our wrongs of the past and potential for the future, and how working with nature can totally reshape the way we rehabilitate our landscapes.

Lunch will be at a local venue in Braidwood (where we will also pick up some local produce for the rest of our meals), followed by an afternoon of outdoor adventure visiting local natural icons such as The Big Hole, and Monga National Park to look at how a previously logged forest can recover, and an afternoon back at the lodge with some swimming or liloing on the Mongarlowe River which is right at our back door where we will be staying.


Sunday will involve deep discussion around what we are facing as young people in the landscape, what opportunities we can create for ourselves and other young people in our communities, and what projects we are interested in driving.

We will do a deeper dive into what you are passionate about, where your interests and skills lie, where you would like to make an impact, what’s possible for your community, and who to collaborate with to create this.

We will also discuss ways of promoting and growing your network of volunteers, and attracting more young people to your projects.
And then a little bit more swimming and exploring!

Basically the aim is to chill, meet new peops doing great things around the state and grow your network in person, have bulk fun and walk away with some big ideas so you can design your calendar of events to rock up to in 2017.

Note: There will be options available to arrive on Friday night if this suits your travel needs.

What do we mean by ‘young’ here?

Anyone aged 18 to 30’s.

How much will all this cost?

  • Accommodation will be $10 per person per night – Camping style
  • Your food will be at your own expense
  • The cost of getting there and home (we encourage car pooling)

Where will we stay?

Tombarra is an awesome property which sits perched overlooking the Mongralowe River just outside of Braidwood. Surrounded by gorgeous bushland, it’s the perfect place to hang out, workshop cool stuff and chill with other like-minded young people. This is where we will base ourselves.

From here we will venture out and experience hidden gems in the natural environment, based on local knowledge around Braidwood and do our farm visit.

What will we eat?

You are welcome to bring your own food, but we are working on sourcing local produce so you can experience Braidwood to the fullest! We will ask for a small contribution, and a little bit of effort in prepping and cooking the food. Don’t worry, it won’t be much, we know everyone is a little bit poor after the festive season and summer shenanigans 🙂

Sign me up!

To RSVP for this event get yourself an Eventbrite ticket here ASAP, there are limited places so get in quick!

RSVPs close by the 8th of January

If you have any questions please contact Megan Rowlatt on 0412 532 817 or email hello@intrepidlandcare.org

Stay up to date

We will send you an email with what you need to bring and final details as the event approaches, but most updates will be posted in our Facebook event, so make sure you join the conversation.

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