Posted Lasted updated April 2014
is a grassroots community based network for friends relating and healing
dating back to the 1960's. It is a functional matrix of a
number of mutual wellbeing, support and self help networks/groups which
emerged from the being well energy of staff and residents of Fraser House (1959-69), a very
innovative psychiatric unit in North Ryde Sydney.
re-emerges and survives for a time whenever there is the local energy and
felt need. It may energise social, wellbeing enhancing and healing events and
other happenings lasting a few hours, a day or a number of days.
earlier example was the Mingles Ball in 1970 which brought together for the
first time in an intercultural social event, the Sydney based Colombo Plan
University Students from many SE Asian Counties. This was an early example of
Laceweb intercultural networking into the SE Asia region.
spoke of the Dance Band starting up and no one getting up to dance. Neville
was active within the social life of half of the groups present. A fellow
Laceweb enabler at the time - a person with a psychology and anthropology
background confirmed that the other half of the cultural groups present also
loved to dance. Still no one was getting up to dance. What was going on.
Neville and Lien, his Vietnamese wife got up and danced. No one joined them.
It took Lien's Asian knowledge to get the dance started. She singled out one
of the girls present and sent Neville to ask her for and dance. As soon as
this girl and Neville were dancing they were joined by couples till the dance
floor was full. The girl was a member of Thailand Royalty and hence by Asian
protocol, nothing could start till she was on the floor. Neville had not
known of her background.
the Eighties, Mingles energised a monthly event called Healing Sundays in
Bondi Junction in Sydney. During those gatherings a caring sharing network of
over 150 people was evolved over an eighteen month period. It initially
comprised a core group of around 15 people with a range of healing skills. Typically
each Sunday 35 others would join them. Sometimes different mixes of others
would attend along with the fifteen regulars. After the 18 months the 150 who
had attended periodically had emerged from the energy as a dispersed urban
community of healers who often mingled with each other socially.
recent example is the Spiral Sunday gatherings in Melbourne - a day where
people came together to share healing ways, talents, friendships, caring
energy, and play in a caring environment.
Spiral Sunday on the 2 April 2000 was a joy for around 30 who attended.
Superb to share with so many natural nurturers. Other days were enjoyed in
May and July 2000.
is not connected with any religion, sect, cult or political group. Personal
and group integrity, social ecology, safety and wellbeing are central. It's
fun. It's respectful play. It is re-villaging the city. It's the chat around
the village well and play upon the village green.
'Spiral Sunday' and Bondi Junction 'Healing Sundays' unfolded
day may be on a broad range of wellbeing topics or it may be focused, for
example on say 'love'. It is experiential. That is we try out simple healing
ways that work. Examples:
prior experience is necessary. You can learn and experience many healing
ways. It is also a day for extending our social and nurturing networks.
may be open to sharing their healing ways with the gathering. Anyone who
wants to may link in with the enablers and tee up to enable a small segment -
sharing with the group some healing ways you know about.
pattern is to have a tiny introduction (90 seconds) and by then have people
experiencing how to do it. We use the old wisdom - 'we learn by doing'.
known through the 'Healing Sundays' of the late eighties in the Bondi
Junction area in Sydney or the earlier Mingles gatherings around Sydney in
the late sixties/early seventies, as well as the Mingles gatherings on the
Central and Far North Queensland Coast of the Seventies and Eighties.
may be known from their sociomedicine workshops at the Sixth International
Holistic Healing Conference in Lorne, Australia, or the mindbody workshops at
the Healing Arts Festival. Both these events were held by the Monash
Institute of Public Health. Some may be known through the Laceweb workshops
at ConFest or the Tribal Wave Dance and Drumming Experience and other
drumming workshops at ConFest and around Melbourne.
emerged at ConFest in the early 2000s and now energy is rising for a Mingles
Space to emerge at the Easter 2014 ConFest. Perhaps a 24 hour gathering space
may emerge. People are gathering resources and ideas.
photos of Mingles at ConFest:
Mingles held the Well at Abbotsford
Convent in Abbotsford Victoria in Nov 2013. Other similar gatherings are
evolving during 2014,
Renewing Wellness & Recharging Energy -
renewing a very old village tradition - catching up with others at
in the Auditorium at the Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford
November 2013 - 4PM till 10PM
Rekindling the feel of
MINGLES and LACEWEB and SILENT DISCO at ConFest
$20 donation to Sponsoring not-for-profit Total Care Foundation Inc.
Attendance limited to 300