Deep Listening Festival

‘Growing Strong Together’ 2020/21

With our planned event cancelled due to Covid, we were delighted to be able to hold 2 smaller events. The first event was held in November, beginning with a beautiful piano recital by Elodie Short, before Ginn Fourie spoke to us about forgiveness and reconciliation. Ginn has published her autobiography, in which she relates how her daughter was killed in a terrorist attack in South Africa. Ginn later went on to meet the person who instigated the attack. They went on to give talks all around the world on peace and reconciliation. A truly amazing story. Look out for Ginn’s booked called ‘The Lyndi Tree’, an Autobiography of Hope.

The second event was held on January 16th, and combined art, music and story. Three unique art pieces were exhibited and each artist spoke on how they interpreted the theme. Elaine Clocherty then explained the base of her collaborative piece, before inviting those present to add to the artwork.

Maureen Munro – ‘Intertwining Web of Life’
Don Dowling and Artist Silvia Busetto
Collaborative Piece by Elaine Clocherty

The very talented local singing group, Red Dress, engrossed the audience with their voices and their command of a variety of instruments they played. They had very thoughtfully chosen songs which fitted the Growing Strong Together theme, and finished off the evening with a Russian Blessing, which was truly moving.

Our special guest speaker, Akram Azimi, Young Australian of the Year 2013, spoke about how the wariness and hospitality shown to him. And his mother Nadira, had rejuvenated their souls, and how it embodied the theme, Growing Strong Together. Akram then went on to relate the journey of his family as they fled the danger from Afghanistan and the difficult time they faced until they were granted refugee status and came to Australia. Akram referred to the neighbours and teachers who went the extra mile to assist them in the difficult transition to life in Australia. This created their desire to give back to the community.

Akram Azimi & Art Exhibition – ‘Growing Strong Together – through story, art & music’

Saturday 16 January 2021, 7 – 10pm

Deep Listening Festival explores the theme ‘Growing Strong Together’ through story, art and music. Guest Speaker Akram Azimi who was the Young Australian of the Year in 2013 will share some of his story, with music by local south west singing group Red Dress, as well as local artists, Silvia Busetto, Lee-Anne Townrow, Maureen Munro and Elaine Clocherty, who will be presenting works reflecting the theme. Refreshments wine and nibbles included.
Guest Speaker: Akram Azimi – Young Australian of the Year 2013.

Find out more about Akram on our Guest Speaker page.

Learn more about the local artists on our Artists page.

Tickets $20 online & $25 at the door – online pre-sale preferred as numbers are limited! Ticket includes refreshments on the night.



This event will be held at the Margaret River Uniting Church. Follow the Facebook page for regular updates about these events –

Rev Dr Christine Sorensen – Sunday 17 January 2021

On the Sunday morning following our Deep Listening event, Rev Dr Christine Sorensen will be with us for worship in Margaret River on 17th January as we continue our theme of ‘Growing Strong Together’. All are welcome! You can find out a little more about Christine here –

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 through music, storytelling and art. The inspiration for the weekend came from a similar festival run in rural Victoria called ‘Sacred Edge’.

Here’s what participants had to say about our 2019 Festival!

Deep Listening Festival Wordsalad 2020

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