Living In the Future’s Past ~ National Sustainable Living Festival


In conjunction with the National Sustainable Living Festival this month, ‘Suburban Sandcastles’ is screening the film ‘Living In the Future’s Past’, featuring Q&A with environmentalist and Climates Managing Director Jarrod Troutbeck and Jacynta Fa’amau of the Pacific Climate Warriors.

The film is narrated by Jeff Bridges who shares the screen with scientists, profound thinkers and a dazzling array of Earth’s living creatures to reveal eye-opening concepts about ourselves and our past, providing fresh insights into our subconscious motivations and their unintended consequences. Living in the Future’s Past shows how no one can predict how major changes might emerge from the spontaneous actions of the many. How energy takes many forms as it moves through and animates everything. How, as we come to understand our true connection to all there is, we will need to redefine our expectations, not as what we will lose, but what we might gain by preparing for something different.



About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what’s on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.  Soul Stories has been discovered by Bridget Wood (Founder and Events Manager) and personally invited to take part in this inspiring event ~ as one of curated ‘heart connection’ stallholders at the beginning of the film.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9.00pm event concludes

When: Tuesday 26th February
Where: Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale

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Stringybark Festival 2017

The Stringybark Festival, held this year on October 14 & 15 focuses on ways to inform and empower the local community to make achievable changes in their daily lives that contribute to a more sustainable way of living. This year we’ve hit the refresh button on all things sustainable! Stringybark is where you come to Make – Do – Play – Connect, its where you go to unleash the ‘maker’, ‘mover’ and ‘shaker’ within.

I’m super stoked to say that Soul Stories has been accepted as a THEME and/or CRAFT stallholder for this year’s event. I would love to give away details of what l have tucked up my sleeve, but l might have to be a little bit mean and say that you just might have to come along and find out instead!? Watch this space my friends…  xt

“Stringybark focuses on ways to inform and empower the local community to make achievable changes in their daily lives that contribute to a more sustainable way of living. The activities at the event have been developed to contribute to the message.”

The official opening features a Wurundjeri Welcome to Country on the Saturday at 11:30am.

Programming highlights feature a myriad of creative play spaces, including:

‘The Maker Space’ offering up-cycled art creations;
‘IC Robotics’ with their inventive gadgets and playful robotics; ‘Giants of Knox’ offering a messy play space where a miniature world is transformed by friendly giants;
‘Jurassic Knox’ where archaeology and paleontology intersect in a massive digging space; and
‘Compost and Kitchen Revolution’ exploring the finer art of composting and waste free cooking.


All day entertainment across the Tribal Stage, Community Stage and Market Stage features a myriad of cultural, community and urban music, dance and vocal performances, and fascinating presentations by “Wild Action” with their Aussie critters and “Van Lifers” will inspire with their unique off-grid lifestyles.

Add a dynamic makers market, a host of community stalls, a delicious food hub, and an active-play ride zone, 2017 promises to be our best Stringybark yet!

See you there!

Date & Time
Sat 14 & Sun 15 October 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm AEDT

Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Rd
Rowville, VIC 3187

For lots more information about this special event, visit here:


Preview for Perla ~ Transit Dance

Just by helping one soul, you may not be changing the world in leaps and bounds, the way wished you dreamed you could be – but for that one soul, you have changed their entire universe…

May Soul Stories be a part of that change – to help, heal and inspire that ‘one soul’ at a time…
Gathering up a few special creations to be a part of a silent auction for Transits Dance incredible event to help bring that one soul called Perla, a little closer to her dreams…
If you feel a little bit lost and not sure how to help yourself at times, then they are moments to stretch out and help someone else..

Who is your someone out there? Much love and light xx t


“The pains I go through everyday is not remembered anytime I step onto my world of ballet…
please do not let my dream die.”
– Perla Anthony

Perla is a passionate seventeen year old dancer from Nigeria, Africa, who is fighting for her dreams amongst the hardship of poverty. Her ambition is to become a ballet teacher and share her passion for dance with other young Nigerians, however, with no organised Ballet schools in her community, her road to success will require a fairly unique pathway.

Josephine Woodberry, director of Brunswick School of Dance, is determined to assist Perla in her pursuit. She has been offering filmed ballet lessons while funding Perla’s return to secondary school, and has also launched a ‘go fund me’ page to raise enough money to bring Perla to Melbourne, Australia. Once in Melbourne Perla will undertake a Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management, as well as regular Ballet training at Brunswick School of Dance.

The students currently completing the Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance are presenting a special preview performance to assist with the fundraising to bring Perla to Melbourne.

On Wednesday the 20th of September, Transit Dance will present two performances of Motion Gallery (performed by first year contemporary students) and one performance of Neon Dreams (performed by the first year performing arts students).
You can read all about these shows here.

Date & Time
Wed. 20 September 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm AEDT

Transit Dance Studios
10 Elizabeth Street
Kensington, VIC 3031

All proceeds from tickets sold for this preview event will go directly to Perla’s Go Fund Me page (, which has been set up to raise the much needed funds associated with bringing Perla to Melbourne.

If you would like to support this worthy cause, whilst also enjoying a night of quality dance, please click HERE to purchase tickets!

With our help, Perla could be on her way to fulfilling her dreams of sharing the gift of Ballet to many.


Kenya & Uganda orphan building project

The grand news is that ‘The Place Hotel’ in South Melbourne is having its 4th birthday on Saturday the 8th  of April and has asked the fab crew from ‘Northside Projects’ (aka Blender Lane Artist gang) to supply a Pop Up Market for their event. Only a few stall holders have been hand selected and Soul Stories is one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately l have already committed to another event on this day, but thats not to say l can still donate some goodies to help fundraise for their wonderful cause.

100% of the fund raising is going towards Gee Manofdarkness (George) & Nic (Nicole) who are volunteering in Uganda and Kenya on May 6th for about 4 weeks. They will be flying across with OrphFund a well run, ethical, Melbourne based charity that have been managing such projects since 2006. They have helped fund school, homes, water wells and so may more good deeds listed on their website. .The project involves revitalising previous project infrastructure and spending time with the children and coming up with great ideas to make their lives better. If funds are available they will also be looking to extend some dormitories in Karasundara, one of main projects.

As volunteers, Nic & Gee are asked to set a goal of $2000 to be apart of the project that support kids in these remote communities.
Every $1 counts. Click HERE to learn more…

Sat. 8 April 2017
2 pm – 6 pm AEDT

The Place Hotel
505 City Road
Sth Melbs, VIC 3205