Registrations are now fully booked for Eco Coffin Project 2023. CLICK HERE To register your interest for the next Eco Coffin Project.

Pushing Up Daisies Exhibition 2023 online tour – click here

We strive to live a sustainable life, so how can we continue to honour our eco-friendly values at the end of our life? At the Eco Coffin Project we ask the question: What is a sustainable death? and explore a variety of options to help participants make eco-friendly end-of-life choices. Choosing a natural burial is one of these options. Do you know what a natural burial is? Did you know that we have a natural burial ground right here in Gawler? Come along and be part of the Eco Coffin Project 2023 to find out about all the relevant processes and options.

Program 2023

Sunday 26 March 2023 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm | Workshop
Venue: Gawler Environment Centre, 8 Main North Road, Gawler

Pushing Up Daisies workshop to understand how our death system works and to think creatively about your values-based end-of-life plan. Afternoon tea and take-home resources included.

Sunday 2 April 2023 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm | Site visit
Enfield & Smithfield Memorial Parks

Site visit for a behind-the-scene guided tour of the crematorium at Enfield Memorial Park and two natural burial grounds; Wirra Wonga and Pilyu Yarta. Lunch included thanks to our host, Adelaide Cemeteries.

Sunday 16 April 2023 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm | Guest speakers
Venue: Gawler Environment Centre, 8 Main North Road, Gawler

Be inspired by our Guest Speakers:

Afternoon tea and take-home resources included.

April to July 2023 | Decorating eco-coffins & making shrouds (optional)

Decorate your eco-coffin or make your shroud at home over four months. We meet regularly via Zoom meetings to share our progress and have some laughs.

August 2023 | Pushing Up Daisies Exhibition

Our beautiful eco-coffins and shrouds are proudly displayed in the Gawler Civic Centre during all of August as part of the SA Living Arts Festival (SALA). We host an official exhibition launch at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 1 August 2023, 10:30am.


Abby Buckley, Facilitator

Our Facilitator and Developer of the Eco Coffin Project is Abby Buckley. Abby is a Social Ecologist and Funeral Celebrant who finds guidance and inspiration from nature on how to positively embrace death in our everyday lives so we feel connected, empowered and enlivened. Death Cafes, Before I Die Walls, Death Over Dinner and Dying To Know Days are some of the conversation-starting community events she has facilitated in Gawler over the last 5 years along with being an event speaker on topics such as Natural Burial. She facilitates her Pushing Up Daisies workshop for participants keen to develop a toolkit to create their end-of-life plan that matches their budget and sustainability values. Her network and knowledge of the industry developed during her year at Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. She submitted her PhD thesis in August 2022 titled: Creative practices for becoming with death while vitally alive. Through her celebrancy business she creates personalised, values-based ceremonies and rituals to assist people meaningfully navigate love, loss & life.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters

The Gawler Environment Centre warmly thanks our sponsors and supporters; their continued assistance makes the Eco Coffin Project possible.


Thanks to our sponsors the all inclusive investment for each participant remains at only $100. This incredible value for money price includes:

  • 3 action-packed half-day workshops (12 hours) with refreshments and take-home resources
  • SA Living Arts (SALA) group entry registration fee
  • Attendance at exhibition launch with morning tea provided.

• Making a shroud or decorating an eco-coffin are optional
• Shroud and eco-coffin decorating materials are funded by you.
• Participants can purchase an eco-coffin at cost price (a huge saving!).



Check out what happened in previous years: