Our 2021 Eco Coffin Project was linked with Prince Phillip’s eco coffin on ABC Breakfast Radio on Tuesday 13 April 2021. Hear the interview between our Facilitator, Abby Buckley, and Ali Clarke on the link below starting at 1:58:15

Click hear to listen to interview at 1:58:15

We are very excited to announce that the 2021 Eco Coffin Project workshop series has sold out!

Fifteen lucky participants will commence their journey on Sun 28 Feb, learning all about natural burial options, and creating their own eco coffin or shroud for display at our SALA exhibition at the Civic Centre in August. Their stories will be documented through a blog on our website; stay tuned for further details!

2021 Program

ECP participants will attend a series of workshops to raise their awareness of natural burial options and to explore the concept of sustainable dying as part of sustainable living. They will then share their knowledge and experiences with the broader community through a public art exhibition of the eco coffins and shrouds they have created as part of the project.

The initial workshops run over four consecutive Sunday afternoons in Feb/March 2021. Participants then have four months to make/and or decorate their own eco-coffin or shroud before the exhibition, which will take place in August at Gawler Civic Centre as part of the SALA Festival. We are very grateful to the Town of Gawler for providing the exhibition space.

There are only 15 places available and two thirds have been booked already. Please book soon if you would like to join us on this remarkable journey!

Sun 28 Feb, 12:00pm – 4:30pm: Pushing Up Daisies Workshop

Sun 7 Mar, 12:30pm – 4:30pm: Site Visit & lunch: Crematorium Behind-the-Scene Tour & the 2 Natural Burial grounds in SA

Sun 14 Mar, 12:30pm – 4:30pm: Eco-coffin assembly & shroud wrapping demo

Sun 21 Mar, 12:30pm – 4:30pm: Guest Speakers: End Of Life Guide, Cooling Board demo, End of Life Resort, Burial in private land

April – July: Making and decorating your eco-coffin or shroud at your home with monthly zoom checkins.

August: SALA 2021 exhibition of our eco-coffins and shrouds Gawler Civic Centre.


Due to the support of our amazing major sponsor, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, the participant fee is only $100. This includes the workshop sessions, all workshop materials, afternoon teas, and the group SALA registration fee for the exhibition.

Your costs (optional):

NOTE: If you choose not to make a shroud or decorate an eco-coffin you can just attend the 4 workshops at the price of $100.

Shroud materials: You will fund the cost of any materials you require to make your shroud.

Eco-Coffin: If you would like to buy one of our flat-pack eco-wood coffins the cost price is $600, which may vary nominally depending on exchange rate fluctuations.



Next Steps:

After you have booked your place through Eventbrite, and paid your $100 fee, you will receive two separate emails. The first is a receipt, the second is a Registration Form to complete, which also provides more information about the project. This is where you can nominate to work on a shroud or eco-coffin should you choose to do so.

Further Information:

Please contact facilitator Abby Buckley:


We strive to live a sustainable life. What about a sustainable death? Here at the Gawler Environment Centre (GEC) we are tingling with excitement about our new, innovative, arts-based initiative to bring our community together and learn something new at the same time. We are calling it … the Eco Coffin Project.

If you would like a short snapshot of the project check out this ABC News story.

Or read this article on ABC online.

Or meet the artists as we proudly exhibit our work and share our insights from being part of the project in SALA2020

You can also watch our Natural Burial Options webinar on our You Tube channel. We are new to delivery of webinars so there are a few tech issues to begin with, but persevere and you will see the amazing story of this project unfold!

Follow our progress:

The purpose of the Eco Coffin Project is to:

  1. explore the question: what is a sustainable death?
  2. increase our Death Literacy, and
  3. raise awareness of Natural Burial.

Our first program was FULLY BOOKED within the first hour after the project launch at the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival and we started a waiting list.

Starting in March 2020, 10 lucky people, over 6 weeks for 3 hours/week, will uncover, explore and share the unfolding story of sustainable death in this interactive, informative, arts-based community program. There will be guest speakers, site visits, workshops. They will assemble and decorate either an eco-coffin or organic shroud to take home at the end of the project. It’s theirs to keep! The project will culminate in a Death Café and an Art Exhibition to display the decorated eco-coffins and organic shrouds to the wider community. Thanks to our Sponsors the cost is just $50 per person.

Download the project flyer – click here

Eco Coffin Project Flyer – Click on image to download PDF
Eco Coffin Project Flyer – Click on image to download PDF

We are fully booked for the 2020 program. Want to be on our next ECO COFFIN PROJECT program? Email your details to:

Follow our progress over the coming months through this series of blog posts:

The idea: Where did the idea for the Eco Coffin Project originate? Click here to find out more.

The issues: Our first post explores the questions and environmental issues that sparked our interest in wanting to create this community project. Click here to read more.

The program: Are you one of the 10 curious people we are seeking to participate in this 6-week program commencing early in 2020 to explore, inform and create a very personal story of what sustainable death means to you?. Click here to find out more.

The launch: The Eco Coffin Project was officially launched by the Mayor at the Sustainable Living Festival on 27 October 2019. Check out the vibrant photos of people of all ages creatively decorating our eco-coffin with colourful biodegradable craft materials. Click here to find out more.

Week 1: After much anticipation and excitement, the 6-week Eco Coffin Project started on Sunday 1 March at Riverdell Spiritual Centre. Our courageous, pioneering group of 10 met for the first time. Magic happened as we introduced ourselves, checked out the eco-coffins on display, shared our vision for our shrouds and eco-coffins and experienced the Pushing Up Daisies Workshop. To find out our insights from week 1 through words and photos click here.

Week 2: We were out and about for a behind-the-scenes tour of Adelaide Cemeteries Authority‘s crematorium and 2 natural burial grounds. To find out the answers to questions such as: Can a body be cremated that is wrapped only in a shroud with no coffin? click here.

Week 3: * c r e a t i v e * i n s p i r a t i o n * was our theme for this week, sharing our ideas for decorating our 5 coffins and making our 5 shrouds and how we are going sourcing materials. We also had a demo of how to assemble our eco coffins. See the pics here.

Week 4: Due to Covid-19 physical distancing we took our program online via zoom. Our guest speaker this week was Helen Roberts. Helen does so much in the space of supporting people around death and dying. She is an end-of-life guide, Heartfelt photographer and volunteer palliative care worker. After a very informative sessions with lots of questions and discussions we all did a ‘show ‘n tell’ of how we are progressing with our making and decorating of our shrouds and eco-coffins. For more details click here.

Week 5: Again via zoom we connected online and learned so much from our local Funeral Directors, Taylor & Forgie. Click here for our insights into body care at home, burial grounds and sustainable coffins and shrouds.

Thank you to our sponsors: Gawler Environment Centre, Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, Town of Gawler, Link Edge, Abby Buckley Our Family Celebrant
Thank you to our sponsors