News & Updates

Sika Sound Journey

With Sika Friday, 29th March, 7.30pm - 9.30pm At Riverside Centre (Rangimarie Hall/Peace Hall) Tickets online: $30 - Door Sales: $40 (subject to availability) Get Tickets at Let Sika’s ancient sounds transport you to a different place and time. A sound journey is a shamanic style of sound bath. Sika plays intuitively from his beloved collection of natural instruments, sensing into the energy of the space. His sounds include didgeridoo, drums, native flutes, taonga puoro ('singing treasures'), rattles and shells. Voice and breath play a vital role too. Sika has been offering sound journeys for over 25 years. He weaves together sound, music and earth wisdom. Sometimes strong a

Core Beliefs & Communication

2 Workshops With Voni Dyson (Holisitic Life Coach) Sunday, 24th March Core Beliefs Workshop: 5pm - 7pm Communication Workshop: 7.30pm - 9.30pm 85 per workshop or $140 for both At Riverside Centre (Meeting Room) Queries or registration: or Come to either or both! Workshop 1: Core Beliefs - The Engine Room - Learn how Core Beliefs play out in your life EVERY DAY! - Learn how your can work out YOUR beliefs that drive your thought/feeling/behaviour patterns. Workshop 2: Communication - Your Gift Wrap - Discover your default communication style - Feel equipped to have those tough conversations Come prepared to be

Ripe - Make Swiss Style Cheese

Organised by Riverside Education Thursday, 21st March, 6.30pm - 9pm At Riverside Centre (Kitchen) Registrations essential - Limited to 12 participants Please register with Tanja: $30 per person You too, can make a delicious hard cheese that ripens within two weeks in your pantry - it's easy! Based on a traditional Swiss alpine recipe - and using Riverside Milk - we will show you how to make and store "Mutschli Cheese". During the evening, we will endeavor to answer all your questions about raw milk, rennet, cultures etc. - and we will make some Paneer as a side-kick! This workshop is proudly sponsored by Riverside Community Trust Board. Please note that we will be

Kefir & Kombucha Making

With Marie Noelle Wednesday, 20th March, 7pm - 9pm $35 per participant At Riverside Centre (Commercial Kitchen) Please register with Marie: or 022 689 56 27 Participate in this Bestseller Workshop: Kefir & Kombucha Making with Marie. Learn how to make 3 different fermented beverages from a 'Scoby' (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), containing pro-biotics and improving gut health. You will go home with 3 scobies and recipes.

Launch of Riverside Book Exchange

Join us for the launch of a little library, based on the concept of exchanging books with one another! Saturday, 16th March, 2pm At Riverside Community - next to the Riverside Milk vending shed Please bring a book to deposit - one you would personally recommend. In return you can take home a new book you'd enjoy. Delicious snacks and nibbles will be provided.

Cheese Making 4 Kids - Mozzarella

With Verena Gruner & Tanja Pauls Organised by Riverside Education - Exclusively for Kids Saturday, 16th March, 10.30am At Riverside Community (Kitchen) Registrations essential - Limited to 12 children Please register with Tanja: $5 per child - Kids under 10 years need to bring an adult! Spend a fun filled hour in the kitchen learning about milk, cream - and the art of making that stringy, gooey stuff that goes on top of your pizza: mozzarella! This workshop is proudly sponsored by Riverside Community Trust Board Please note that we will be using Riverside Milk which is RAW milk and may not be suitable for everyone's consumption. The Ministry of Primary Industries a

U*Me*Us - Music & Storytelling Playshop

With Kristina Jensen & Paul Candlish Organised by Riverside Education - Exclusively for Kids (6 to 10years) Sunday, 10th March, 10am - 1pm At Riverside Community Registrations essential - Limited to 15 participants Please register with Tanja: $5 per child This is a great opportunity to have a groovy time experiencing and making music. Kids can bring percussive (ie, not stringed) musical instruments from home - but this is not a requirement. Be prepared for lots of fun! Activities include group music games, brain gym, listening games, singing together, songwriting and storytelling. If the budding musicians feel up to it, there is the option for a performance at 1 pm

Food Forest Design - Introduction & Design Exercise

Organised by Riverside Education Saturday, 9th March, 9.30am - 4.30 pm At Riverside Community Registrations essential Please register with Tanja: $30 per person Learn how to design a forest garden, based on the principles of nature and the patterns of natural forests and how to apply this to your own specific context, conditions and goals. Learn how to produce fruit, meat, eggs, perennial vegetables, medicine, fibre, posts, timber and more in a way that works with nature and regenerates the environment. Shaked will give you an understanding of what a forest garden is, how to design one, to be productive and how to have the potential for growing abundance. You will

Fizzy - Fermented Foods for Your Pantry

Organised by Riverside Education Thursday, 7th March, 6.30pm -8.30 pm At Riverside Centre (Kitchen) Registrations essential - Limited to 12 participants! Please register with Tanja: $15 per person A short introduction to fermentation for gut health, improved nutrient assimilation, food preservation and security, and awesome flavors! Learn the basic principles of vegetable and fruit fermentation of anything in abundance from the home garden. Tes and Shaked will bring a diversity of vegetables and fruits collected from Riverside Community organic gardens. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to taste some better and worse examples of successful (and less

Uke Skills & Singing Workshop

With accredited James Hill teacher Anu Grace Saturday, 2nd March, 10am - 11.30 At Riverside Centre Register with Verena: $15 per participant The mini ukestra is a format of music learning that will accelerate both your singing and uke skills. Learning techniques /drills are embedded in the intensive teaching of one song to help you understand and remember the music by heart. Anu Grace is a fully qualified James Hill teacher touring the South Island with duo Uke Nomad who are playing on Friday night (1st March) at Riverside Centre. Listen at spotify to Anu Grace / Halelujah Baby or find us at Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in th

Uke Nomad Concert

Australian Folk/Jazz Duo Friday, 1st March, 7.30pm At Riverside Centre (Peace Hall) Door Sales: $15 Uke Nomad play 2 ukuleles in a whole new soulful light. Troubadouring full time throughout outback Australia and New Zealand, the duo capture characters they meet along the way in their songs, returning to communities the following year to play back. The music is a fusion of folk jazz with beautiful harmonies, singalongs and lots of stories in between. Through looping, harmonisation and solos they reveal a different side to the wee ukulele proving it can be as much a soulful song catcher as a comical one. Expect an intimate evening of original numbers and contemporary quality music from the li

Children Moving to Learn Mindfulness

Sunday, 24th February, 2.30pm - 4pm Get Tickets: For more info: or contact Jamie: At Riverside Centre We explore mindfulness through games, imaginative story, music, song and where possible contact with nature. We work with all the dimensions of being, body, emotions, thinking and good heart to help children and families connect to their own capacity for calm, confidence and creativity. Outcomes of the course: - Increased calm and confidence - Joy and building connections with self and family - Planting seeds for emotional well-being, empathy and heart

Non-Violent Communication Workshop

With Kathleen Macferran, certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication Saturday, 23rd February, 10am – 4pm & Sunday 24th February, 12.30pm - 5pm At Riverside Community Centre (Meeting Room) Cost: Koha - Places are limited! For bookings and questions, contact local NVC Facilitator, Irma Jager: (03) 526 8080 ~ “What would be possible if I loved myself?" This workshop is a place to get support and skills that will call your courage forth as well as gain deeper understanding for what holds you back to truly love yourself. Increase your awareness of what prevents you from taking self-compassion to the next level. Remove blocks to self- love, connect to non-negotia

Create The Community Your Heart Knows Is Possible

With Clinton and Anne-Chloe Destremau Thursday, 21st February, 7pm - 9pm At Riverside Centre (Meeting Room) $15 Door Sales (Cash Only) For more info: or Clinton and Anne-Chloe Destremau (also a trainer) will visit Riverside and host a talk which focuses on connection to our intuitive selves, and how to implement this wisdom into our lives and communities. It will offer practical tools to translate our intuitive language into useful skills for our daily lives. Clinton has 40 years of experience in community building, trainings and has worked with many eco-villages and communities in Europe. (Check out

Song Writing with Kath Bee - CANCELLED

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled due to too few registrations Organised by Riverside Education - Exclusively for Kids (8 - 18 years) With Kath Bee Sunday, 17th February, 10am - 12.30pm $15 per child - Limited Places! At Riverside Centre Registrations essential - Contact Tanja: For more info on Kath Bee, please visit her website: Kath Bee has been creating songs for kids for around 17 years. She has a knack for crafting intelligent, thoughtful songs that really resonate with children. Her clever lyrics grab children’s attention and her melodies stick in your head, sometimes forever! Kath is commissioned to write songs for schools and p

No Rental Vacancies at Riverside

In response to the many house rental inquiries which Riverside Community Trust Board receives on a weekly basis, we would like to inform you that there are currently no rental houses available! Please note that Riverside's Tenancy Management does not operate with a waiting list and no names are written down. If you are interested in tenancy at Riverside, please contact our Tenancy Manager Jen ( from around mid 2019 on, or once rentals are being advertised on our online platforms. Until then we wish everyone who is currently searching for accommodation in the Nelson area all the best and Good Luck! Daisy on behalf of the Riverside Tenancy Management

African Rain Forest Singing Workshop

With Su Hart Sunday, 10th February, 1.30pm - 5.30pm At Riverside Centre Door Sales: $20 Su is a Singing leader running UK community choirs in Bath, Bruton and London but also works internationally. 25 years of visiting Baka Rainforest People in Africa has inspired joyful singing workshops from this unbroken musical culture. The Baka are thought to be the first humans to sing. The rainforest singing styles builds community, traditionally helps to heal illness and argument, soothes a baby and enchants the animals ensuring luck in the hunt. it is a beautiful interlocking of sound, a type of yodel and has a simple accessible rhythm. It is fun for singers or even if you think you are not a singer

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