Pushing Up Daisies Exhibition 2023 online tour – click here

To register your interest for the next Eco Coffin Project simply email coordinator@gawlerenvironmentcentre.org.au and ask to be placed on the Eco Coffin Project list. Each year we run the Eco Coffin Project places fill fast so we encourage you to be on our mailing list to be the first to know when we are running our next Eco Coffin Project.

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 next Eco Coffin Project to find out about all the relevant processes and options.

Program

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

Natural Burial Ground & Crematorium site visit
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.

Guest speakers
Be inspired by our Guest Speakers:

Afternoon tea and take-home resources included.

April to July | 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 | Pushing Up Daisies Exhibition

Our beautiful shrouds are proudly displayed in the Gawler Civic Centre & our eco-coffins on show at the Gawler Council Atrium during all of August as part of the SA Living Arts Festival (SALA).

Facilitator

Abby Buckley, Facilitator

Our Facilitator and Developer of the Eco Coffin Project is Abby Buckley. Abby is a Social Ecologist and previous 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 over the last 10 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 time at Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. Her PhD thesis is titled: Creative practices for becoming with death while vitally alive. Through her community work she encourages people to create personalised, values-based ceremonies and rituals to 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.

To register your interest for the next Eco Coffin Project simply email coordinator@gawlerenvironmentcentre.org.au and ask to be placed on the Eco Coffin Project list. Each year we run the Eco Coffin Project places fill fast so we encourage you to be on our mailing list to be the first to know when we are running our next Eco Coffin Project.

Check out what happened in previous years of the Eco Coffin Project: