how we got here
Stellar Violets has grown from humble beginnings in 2012 out of volunteer effort. We began as a “Mobile Living Museum”, driving around our regional-first 100% Electric Ute, giving talks, events, workshops and keynote speeches. We advocated change to more sustainable ways of living, and growing food, from the backyard, to larger farming operations like that of Lucinda’s family’s orchards.
Placemaking began when two heritage train carriages trundled in, then a Nature Playgroup was born, while a garden volunteering program bloomed. We held a fungi photography exhibition, a Dark Emu night with author Bruce Pascoe, and many pop-up dining events, including with Fervor. Our garlic growing, and train carriage acquisitions kept us very engaged until, just after our girls’ wellbeing event, Covid-19 enforced a slow down. With programs paused, we stayed occupied publishing a book, completing land rezoning, and attaining development approvals for our next phase.
where we’re headed
Our dream has always been to create an inter-generational place of beauty and lifelong learning to help people and planet flourish. In some ways we’ve achieved this, and yet, the potential of Stellar Violets hasn’t been realised. We’d love to welcome more co-creators to join in making the biggest version of this dream come alive. Will you join us on the journey?
We dream to extend gardens across the entire nine acres. Imagine being here, meandering through glorious, climate resilient, accessible therapeutic gardens, perhaps pausing for a while to just be. Gardens help address mental health challenges, and ours will also engage community responses to our environmental health crises in Western Australia.
Stellar Violets finally has approvals in place to proceed with creating overnight stays. But first, we need to install a waste-water system to services all aspects of the site, both community, and short stays. It’s approved and “shovel-ready”, but we need funding (fingers crossed on a grant we just submitted!) Who is already dreaming of a chance to listen to birds from a sunlit, private train carriage sanctuary?
Community facilities in train carriages
Two heritage train carriages function as community gathering spaces for meeting, conversing, research, and learning. Whilst they’ve already hosted many events, we need to modify entrances to make them accessible, and weather-proof them, thereby securing their heritage and community value long term.
I have experienced the therapeutic effects of Stellar Violets gardens through yoga, massage and meditation held out of doors in several of the many garden spaces available there. These have brought immeasurable pleasure and value to my over-stressed life.
We instantly felt a sense of calmness, peace and grounding on arrival; Stellar Violets is full of so much natural beauty, with colour, the vast array of birds, fruit trees, lavender, and vintage train carriages. After four nights reconnecting with the land, we left feeling rejuvenated.
Community facilities & wellbeing program
Stellar Violets’ wellbeing program is for thinkers and creators to become inspired and share knowledge of earth and soul nurturing practices.
It’s a gift to our community, and I hope it is here for generations to come.
Want to co-create with us?
Join the heartland journey to co-create, build, plant, tend, and grow Stellar Violets together. Our projects need support, can you help?