Habitat Inspirations

ABC Life: My story of racism and discrimination in Australia
After reading that many Australians thought racism was a problem, including those who hadn't encountered it themselves, a reader of ABC Life reached out to share their experiences.

"I've mentioned to my friends that I always count. If I walk into a pub or a restaurant, I'll be able to tell you straight away how many brown people there are.
"I'll know if it's two or three, and I'll know if it's four. I'll also know roughly the percentage."

Read their story here.

Delicious Recipes: Winter Warmers
With restrictions lifting, many of us are reconnecting with the ones we love and miss the most! Sure, enjoying conversation over a tea or coffee, or going for a walk are wonderful ways to come together. But nothing beats a warm, homemade meal shared. Find an array of ~delicious~ winter recipes for having family or friends over, or try something new for your household!

Poetry and Quotes
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo.

We read poetry because it makes use of words, to bring to life images and feelings in such a way, that words are imprinted in your mind. Poetry too, brings out a thrill when words are strung up delicately, such that bring to reality, what many can imagine only. Goodreads.com has some good reads with poems, quotes and more.

Crosslight Article - Coping with covid-19: Natalie Nixon-Monu
As part of their on-going series, Coping with covid-19, Crosslight speaks with Rev Natalie Dixon-Monu, (coordinator at BCO & Minister at Habitat Kew). Have a read, there's also a short video.

Five Stories Told, A Century Later
A new documentary produced by Rob Sutherland of Silvereye Films, explores the connections between the lives of five young Melbourne pharmacy students, the history of the profession in Australia and the modern day.

Around 200 pharmacists and 30 pharmacy students served in the War, with the students interrupting their studies to enlist. Of the 30 who enlisted, four were killed in action, and their stories, as well as the story of one pharmacy student who came back, are told in a new documentary, Five Soldiers.

Rob Sutherland may sound familiar, as he was once a member of Habitat Uniting Church and son of Dorothy Sutherland.

YouTube, ABC Australia:  'I Am Australian' Everyday Choir
You may have seen this clip on the fabulous ABC channel.
ABC set out to brighten the spirits at this difficult time so invited Aussies to a national sign-a-long. 109 people, from all over the country, contributed to this beautiful rendition of an Aussie icon. Turn it up.

Yogini Melbourne
Paula Lay shares her practice; yoga, meditation, wellbeing and healthy living for all ages and abilities. Enjoy free sessions on her YouTube channel which includes video's of "Morning Yoga", "Guided Meditation 10min", "Minimalist Yoga ~ Evening Session" and many more.. there are sessions to suit everyone.

Paula loves the mantra that ‘less is more' – the art of learning how to strip away anything that is not necessary in our lives to make it richer and more fulfilling in a true and authentic way.

Habitat is now active on Facebook!
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Australian National Portrait Gallery
Browse the impressive art at the Australian National Portrait Gallery. There are several categories to choose from via the link; such as Topical, Portrait Stories, Donations, Self Portraits and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and more..

Take a virtual trek through Australia's famous Outback region
Experience the beauty of the Outback, specifically the sacred area known as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

FREE Online Puzzles, Quiz's & Trivia
For those who want some mind-stretching games and fun, check out Lovatts Puzzles for trivia, crosswords, code crackers, sudoku and more.. Happy puzzling!!

A Network for Grateful Living
Gratefulness.org is a global organisation offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyse the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. If you wish, you can subscribe to their monthly newsletter or just browse their featured content including articles, videos, audio clips and more. Light a candle here. 

Ways to Relax from ReachOut.Com
If you’re looking to wind down or get your mind off everything that’s going on at work or around us now, watching some of the most relaxing videos on the internet could be great for you. Whether it’s how Lego is made, where rubber bands come from, beautiful cake decorating, cute and funny animal videos, watching artists at work such as candle making, furniture making, Bob Ross painting landscapes, and so much more.. there’s something for everyone!

It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking about things you wish you could change. But that’s not always the most productive use of your energy.  Instead, take a break from thinking about what you’d change, and focus on what you love, enjoy and appreciate!
Write them down onto post-it notes and stick them on your mirror. Make sure you read them every morning. That way, you can start every day with a smile.

Artwork and more.. by Felicita Sala
Felicita is a self taught illustrator. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects along with husband Gianluca, but her passion is making picture books. Have a browse of her beautiful images on her website which include full picture books, animations, food illustration, recipes, her blog, shop and more..

30 Images of the World's Happiest Animals
Have a browse at images of some of the happiest animals on the internet here. Their cheeky faces are sure to put a smile on your dial! 

"You've got a friend.. in Pitchface" Facebook video
Some iso loveliness for your eyes and ears.. Pitchface, a denim-clad womens choir in Melbourne’s inner west, decided they would all try to sing "together" in isolation. The only way to do that right now is through some editing wizardry. A hearty thanks to the members of Pitchface for putting themselves out there. Singing by yourself into a camera is pretty confronting, just quietly - especially when you're used to blending in with everyone else in the group. Enjoy!

My Smart Garden
Use this time at home as an opportunity to get out into your garden. My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle wastes.

The Louvre
With a range of online tours, you can visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries without leaving the comfort of your own couch. 

Zoos Victoria is live streaming
Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo are now live streaming inside the animal enclosures to allow us all to enjoy #AnimalsAtHome while their zoos are currently closed to the public. Animal enclosures with live cameras include: penguins, echidnas, tree-kangaroos, snow leopard cubs, zebras, giraffes and lions! Enjoy here.

Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Recital Centre are taking a range of live musical performances online for you to enjoy in your own home. Tune in Live from Melbourne Recital Centre.

Join ACMI every Wednesday for a weekly movie night with their virtual Cinematheque. You can enjoy a selection of classic and contemporary films selected by ACMI's Film Department and the Melbourne Cinematheque Committee.

Michael Leunig Cartoon Gallery
Have a browse at the fabulous, creative cartoons from Michael Leunig here. A good laugh and incredibly insightful.

Explore Melbourne Museum from home through virtual tours!
If you're feeling like a cooped up critter or a nervous numbat, we can relate. Whilst Melbourne Museum's doors might be closed, there's still a whole lot of magic going on. They've curated their best exhibitions online for you to enjoy from the couch - zero crowds guaranteed!

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Are you a fan of classical music? If so you’ll be pleased to know that the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is performing weekly, live from Hamer Hall and streamed FREE onto YouTube!

Kindness is contagious too! Be inspired by this gallery of people showing kindness to others.

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