Renew Presenters 2018

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Keynote presentations to inspire, panel discussions and jam sessions to go deep, workshops to connect and so much more…

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Jillian Hovey - Canada

Founder and director of the Sustainable Living Network. Jillian has taught and consulted in Permaculture & Ecovillages in over 35 countries across North & Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, and has graciously rearranged her time in OZ to join us for Renew :)(: Read More….

Helena Norberg-Hodge - NSW

Author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures and producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures, one of Renews collaboratorative partner orgs and presenter of the Renew 2018 Ethical Economics Stream. Read More…

Lee Rhiannon - NSW

Lee is a Greens NSW Senator and prior to that was a member of the NSW Upper House. Lee was an organiser of the 1983 women’s Pine Gap peace camp, where 800 women camped outside the US military base in central Australia. Read More…

Erfan Daliri - VIC

Social animator, author, youth educator, event director and an internationally toured spoken word artist. co-founder of UpUpTrampoline and the Newkind  Movement, his work focuses on empowering, inspiring and activating agents of social change. Read More…

Hugo Farrant - VIC

Hugo is a rapper and spoken word artist hailing from the UK, and residing in Melbourne Australia. He performs live with a focus on spellbinding freestyle and improvised poetry, and produces online video content. Read More…

Cye Wood - NSW

CYE WOOD (from Cave In The Sky) a multi-instrumentalist whose work delves into many aspects of sound creation, including improvisation, composition, production, performance, sound installation, and field recording. Read More..

Mike Kamiizumi – QLD

Mike is a practitioner of one of Japan’s oldest extant martial arts. He’s among a very small number of non-Japanese martial artists to have undertaken a ‘live-in student’ education Read More…

Jai Anderson - NSW

A film-maker and photographer working for his family owned company Flow Hive. He is the second generation kid to be born on Bodhi Farm (intentional community), and has spent most of his childhood growing up on Tuntable Falls (intentional community) with three generations of family. He is interested in documenting the local area for generations to come.

Jaye Irving – NSW

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. Read More…

Laura Targett - NSW

Laura Targett is an acclaimed musician with a personal music style that crosses multiple genres, coloured by her background in celtic, gypsy and other folk traditions, her love of music from around the world, and her early classical training. Read More…

Hugo & Treats - VIC

Hugo & Treats create unforgettable live experiences that are way beyond what you might expect from an MC and DJ team. Read More…

Echo - VIC

Echo is a final year Anthropology and Psychology student whose studies have focused on cross-cultural and ecopsychology, and human-nonhuman relations. Read More…

Thomas Keily - NSW

Thomas Keily is the Program Director for Renew Fest. He was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia, before joining and then directing a radical theatre troupe in Newcastle. He also spent several years studying with a sufi community in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now a full-time writer.

Ikaiou Raven - SKY

Ella Rose picked up her swords after her emersion from the dark valleys of the shadows, tortures and taboo’s inside the western cultural perceptions surrounding mental health crisis. Read More…

HHAARRPP (Luke Jaaniste) – QLD

HHAARRPP (aka Luke Jaaniste) is a Brisbane-based composer, performer and sound artist, who creates epic ambient experiences that invoke full-bodied listening and deeper connections to the subtle rhythms and flows within us, between us and across the environment. Read More…

Dream Bigger ❖ Mitch King - NSW

Mitch King is a Yaegl Bundjalung man from the Far North Coast region of NSW. He is a creative producer specialising in hip hop music and dance as well as working at NORPA as an Associate Artist and Creative arts & Culture Facilitator of the Dream Bigger Program. Read More…

Dream Bigger ❖ Tess Eckert - NSW

Tess Eckert is an expressive arts activist, facilitator and educator–using dance and other embodied art processes for community building, transformative programs for youth and social justice. Read More…

Dream Bigger ❖ Blake Rhodes - NSW

Blake Rhodes is a Lismore-based award winning rapper, producer and Creative arts & Culture Facilitator of the Dream Bigger Program. He is one part of award winning hip-hop trio Teddy Lewis King. Read More…

Warwick Smith - VIC

Senior Economist at progressive think tank Per Capita and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Social and Political Sciences. Read More… 

Dave Martin - VIC

It has long been clear that Dave Martin, Co-Founder and Director of The Sociable Weaver Group is here, in this world and the building industry, to uplift the game and challenge the status quo. Read More…

Nicole Gibson - QLD

Known in Australia as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but I prefer to see myself as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential. Join me on my mission to gain collective participation in conversations that offer new possibility and new vision; let’s turn up the love. Read More…

Amanda Cahill - QLD

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. Read More…

Frank Quinlan - ACT

CEO of Mental Health Australia, the peak body representing mental health organisations in Australia. Frank is responsible for implementing Mental Health Australia’s vision of “mentally healthy people, mentally healthy communities”. Read More…

Steve Berry

Steve Berry has been a highly regarded guitarist around Australia and in the Northern Rivers for over 30 years.  With his roots springing from a unique combination of progressive bluegrass, jazz, electronica and world music styles, his sound is unmistakeable, as is his prowess and mastery of the instrument. Read More…

Lyn Carson - NSW

A former professor in applied politics at the University of Sydney Business School, currently an honorary professor with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, adjunct professor with the University of Western Sydney, and associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & amp; Global Governance at the University of Canberra. ‘Carson’ also currently serves as newDemocracy’s research director. Read more….

Megan Louise Wright - VIC

A passionate Social Entrepreneur, Association President, Consultant, Facilitator, and Speaker, on a mission to stimulate and nurture a global social innovation movement. She is the Co-founder and COO of Impactful Ventures and leads the Social Innovation Network. Read More…

Jenni Cargill-Strong - NSW

Through storytelling performances, recordings and workshops, Jenni Cargill- Strong helps people experience the ancient, healing wisdom held in told stories, both for children and adults. Read More…

Delta Kay Arakwal Custodian

Delta Kay belongs to Arakwal Bumberbin people if the Byron Shire. An Education Officer with NPWS, Delta presents her culture to audiences through an award winning program Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming. Read More..

Magpie Yerrubilgin Minyungbal Yugambeh Songman

Uncle Magpie Yerrubilgin, is a Minyungbal Yugambeh song man. His father was born in Fingal Head and his mother was born in Innisfail (Northern Queensland). He spent his childhood growing up in both area’s. Read More..

Ella Rose Goninan - NSW

Renew Fest’s founding festival director. Ella is dedicated to social and environmental health. She is the president and co-founder of COREM the host org of Renew Fest. COREM is a not-for-profit org, Read More…

Robert Pekin - QLD

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. Read More…

Sharon Gibson - NSW

Sharon is a permaculture trainer who is deeply committed to sustainability. Her award winning home in Mullumbimby is a demonstration of what is possible living on a urban block.  Read More…

Bunya Halasz - NSW

Bunya Halasz is a farmer, 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. Read More…

Nathan Scolaro - VIC

Nathan Scolaro is editor of Dumbo Feather magazine, a Melbourne-based media company that tells stories of inner work and outer action for bring about a more resilient, compassionate world. Read More…

Tess Eckert - NSW

Tess Eckert is an expressive arts activist, facilitator and educator–using dance and other embodied art processes for community building, transformative programs for youth and social justice. Renew is thrilled that Tess has joined our team to wear the hat of Youth Coordintor :)(: Read More….

Dion McCurdy – QLD

Dion has degrees in political science, psychology and law from the University of Queensland. He is a solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court and has worked as a solicitor for several years
before co-founding NewVote, a charity start-up designed to enhance democracy.  Read More…

Simon Richardson – NSW

Mayor since 2012, Simon has embraced the challenges of climate change to champion Byron Shire as a place where solutions can emanate. Read More… 

Erica Nettle-Chik and Paul Crebar - NSW

Erica Nettle-Chik and Paul Crebar have been running Luminous Youth since 2013. Bringing together professionals in their field to share with and inspire the leaders of tomorrow, the workshops are powerful, inspiring and dedicated to human evolution. Read More…

Eshana Bragg - NSW

Is a local ecopsychologist and workshop facilitator, rainforest regenerator, ecohamlet creator and lover of life. She has 25 years experience in social research focusing on our relationship with nature, and how it affects our behaviour and well-being. Read More…

Jarra Hicks - NSW

Jarra is the co-founder of the Community Power Agency, a not-for- profit cooperative that supports the growth of a vibrant community-owned renewable energy future in Australia. Read More…

Scott Wallace

Scott Wallace is a scientist, conservationist and activist with a mission to educate and inspire people to re-think their relationship with nature, advocating for a transformation of culture Read More…

Erin Young – QLD

Erin works with whole-systems governance and regenerative people systems, supporting thriving people for a better world. Read More…

Shai Shriki – NSW/Israel

Vocalist, Oud & Guitar player composer and writer of contemporary music with traditional sounds from the Middle East, Hebrew songs and Spanish guitar. Read More…

Suze Smith – NSW

Suze is a Theatre Maker, Director, and Dance Artist, working in community engagement contexts to create live performance. Suze cultivates spaces of reciprocity and exchange. Read More….

Kelly Reiffer – NSW

Strategist, curator and mother focused on the intersection of business, environment and art. Kelly studied finance and economics in Perth with a dash of medicine, neuroscience and ocean science before starting her career as an investment banker in Sydney. Read More…

Henry Coleman - NSW

Henry has been a change-maker since childhood – a passion which grew out of a deep love and concern for nature. He connected with the work of Local Futures at age 15, which he found provided a big-picture analysis of our global crises and offered genuine strategies to confront them. Read More…

Ryan Creed & Julian Mitchell - NSW

Co-founding directors Life Cykel – AustralianMedicinal Mushroom Growers

Peter Cuming - NSW

Peter is a visionary award-winning planner and designer, educator and facilitator, with over 35 years experience in Australia and internationally guiding communities, governments, and industries collaboratively towards sustainability and regeneration. Read More…

Steven Liaros and Nilmini De Silva – NSW

Directors of the mobile town planning consultancy PolisPlan (www.polisplan.com.au). Over recent years they have been researching how cities and land development might be transformed by renewable energy micro-grids, Read More… 

Don Coyne – NSW

Founder and event coordinator of the Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference and owner and operator of Byron Biochar from the Byron Eco Park at Tyagarah, N.S.W Read More…

Jo Nemeth - NSW

Jo has been living without money for three years to reduce her carbon 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 it easier to live a low impact life. Read More….

Antony McMullen – VIC

A Melbourne-based co-operative entrepreneur and expert in co-op development, policy and enterprise for common good. Read More…

Joss Lewis – NSW

With a background in ceramics and printmaking, Joss is currently playing with fabrics, yarns and natural materials. Read More..

Willow Hankinson – NSW

Willow has been tending bees for fifteen years and teaching courses and mentoring for the last five. Read More…

Annalee Atia – NSW

Producer, Broadcaster, Coach & advocate for Women’s choices & voice, Annalee is dedicated to adding Positive Content to the world around her. Read More…

Aidan Ricketts – NSW

An academic with the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and is also an internationally recognized social change trainer and author. Read More…

Jacqui Pick - NSW

Jacqui believes our society needs greater body literacy. From a young age we are taught that our mind and thoughts are what should lead us. We grow up with little sense of body awareness and sensation. Read More..

Ross Williams – QLD

Ross Williams is a very proud Bindal/Juru leader of the Townsville and Bowen region and a proud Torres Strait Islander of Erub and Mer Islands in the Torres Straits. Read More…

James Lee – QLD

James Lee has a background in art, music and film studies and holds a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales. Read More…

Pratima Michele Mumford & Narada Dan Vantari – NSW

Local independent researchers and speakers on a variety of topics. Pratima is Nassim’s only Australian trained Emissary. Read More…

David Forrest - NSW

David is one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement in Northern NSW and has run an organic farm at Federal with wife Sue for more than 30 years. Read More..

Brighid - NSW

Brighid aka Brigid Mary Prain… I am the Wilderness, my human voice translating for those who speak but are seldom heard.
Accompanied by music I’ve created from the sounds of Nature. Bridging worlds in Love with life. Forever free. Wild.

Geash Bowler - NSW

Geash Bowler has devoted much of her life to a creative path of embodiment. She has been dancing the 5Rhythms since 1999 and was accredited by Gabrielle Roth to teach in 2008. Read More…

Michelle Maloney - QLD

Dr Michelle Maloney has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University, Australia.   As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) Read More…

Tamasin Chugg - QLD

Tamasin Chugg has an Honours degree in Environmental Management, majoring in Sustainable Development and her honours thesis critiqued biodiversity offsetting practices in Australia. Read More…

Tamara Smith - NSW

As the Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for Education, Renewable Energy and Regional development, I am passionate about the people and places in our region. Read More..

Yoyo Tuki - RAPA NUI

Rapa Nui is the birthplace and homeland of musician Yoyo Tuki, an acclaimed musical figure throughout Polynesia, Chile and Australia. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) lies 3700kms off the coast of Chile, and 4000kms southeast from Tahiti. Read More…

Sam Okoth - KENYA

Cultural Ambassador Kenya (Ministry of Culture)QLD, Australia Multicultural Award Winner. Born and raised in Kenya, Sam comes from the Luo tribe. The third born of nine children, he is the only one from his family to travel and live away. Read More..

Rob Llewellyn - NSW

A local a documentary filmmaker and one of the founding members of Culture Aware. The CA team have been entrusted by the local Custodians and Elders to represent the cause of bringing awareness to the issue of ceremonial and cultural protection. Read More..

Cyd Crossman - NSW

Cyd Crossman provides the Modern Sex Education you never got. Through her unique process, based on years of study in modern sexuality and sensual embodiment practices, Cyd guides both men and women to become more fully present in their bodies. Read More…

Rebecca Barnes - NSW

Native Food Provedore and Advocate. After an international career in finance and insurance, Rebecca Barnes moved to the northern NSW coastal town of Ballina 20 years ago seeking a career and lifestyle change that would allow her to balance work and family. Read More…

Dan Collinson - NSW

Dan fell in love with Mullumbimby 9 years ago, and so far, it’s been his most successful long-term relationship. He’s spent a few years hosting community radio at BayFM (The Men’s Show), and enjoys interviewing people about their lives, discovering the “juice” in a good conversation. Read More…

Michael Lyon - NSW

Michael is currently a Byron Shire Councillor and is the Greens candidate for Richmond ( an electorate spanning Tweed to Ballina ) at the next Federal election. He has been the General Manager of Santos Organics for the last 6 years. Read More…

Positive Change For Marine Life - NSW/QLD/India

Founded in Byron Bay, Australia in 2012, to create long-term positive change in marine conservation worldwide. Read More… 

Joel Orchard - NSW

Food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local food and an activated agricultural industry networker. Joel has been instrumental in establishing Future Feeders and Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance. Read More…

Tom Nockolds - NSW

Tom is a member of the founding team at Pingala.org.au, a community energy organisation with a vision for fairer energy, delivered by bringing people closer together. He is also an associate at Community Power Agency, Australia’s only support organisation 100% dedicated to the community energy sector in Australia. Read More…