Deep Listening Festival

A weekend of story telling, art, music and spirituality – 6 – 7 April 2018 – Margaret River Uniting Church

Our Deep Listening Festival was a wonderful weekend!  For those who missed it, ofr would like to get an idea what it was all about here’s a great snapshot of the weekend put together by Don Dowling – thanks Don!
Thanks to everyone who helped make our first festival a memorable one!



The inaugural Deep Listening Festival invites you to step outside your normal busy schedule to engage, connect and listen. Through an impressive collection of speakers, presenter and artists you will hear wonderful stories to inspire and enrich. Listen to positive stories of overcoming adversity, be inspired by art and hear from the artists, and find ways to broaden your understanding of the community around you.

The festival, hosted by the Margaret River Uniting Church, arose from the congregation’s desire to engage with the wider community, and to share stories of resilience through music, storytelling and art. The inspiration for the weekend came from a similar festival run in rural Victoria called ‘Sacred Edge’.

In 2018, our focus areas will be ‘Families on the edge’ (mental health, homelessness and family violence) and ‘Land on the edge’ (environment, indigenous people and sustainability). Our hope is that the participants will hear stories of overcoming adversity in a positive way and will gain awareness, be inspired, develop understanding and assist to build inclusive community.

Revive Cover Deep Listening Margaret River

Featured in the February 2018 edition of Revive Magazine!

Throughout the weekend we hope to cater for both adults and young people, attracting people from both the church and our wider Margaret River community. Included in the program will be an art exhibition featuring local artists, times to eat together, panel discussions, workshops, community building practices and presentations. All of these will be done within a sacred space where all are valued and included, with the overarching aim of demonstrating positive community.

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We are very thankful for sponsorship from the following: