Feather – Heart of the Nation

Local identity and long time Byron Healthy Ageing participant, Feather was recently featured by the Australian Newspaper regarding a photo portrait soon to be hung in the National Gallery. The photographer, Natalie Grono originally came across Feather via this website. MEET Feather. If you’ve ever been to Byron Bay you’ll have seen her dancing. She starts her mornings with a boogie on the beach, Julio Iglesias turned up loud on her MP3 player. Well, why not? “The young ones are on their surfboards, dancing on the water, and I dance... Read The Rest →

Social Inclusion Week Concert

Coming to Byron Theatre on Saturday 29th of November at 5pm  You are invited to join us at the Byron Community Centre for the Social Inclusion Week 2014 Concert, which this year will host a sensational celebration of music across the generations. So come along and be a part of this once-a-year event. Entry to the concert is by donation with all the funds raised going to support the on-going operation of Liberation Larder, a volunteer organisation whom every week provide free meals of quality nutritious food to the most... Read The Rest →

Beating in harmony a crafty way to keep fit


Haven’t the Byron Elder Beats come of age!! On Saturday 12th April, this wonderful and talented group of seniors showcased their drumming and dancing abilities at the Harmony Day Artisan Markets in Railway Park. An audience of local community members and visitors, young and old, witnessed an inspiring performance by Gareth and the Elder Beats. People of all ages and cultures got involved (even our mayor Simon joined in!), and it was an ocean of smiles, drum beating and feet shimming. At first, there was an air of intrigue surrounding... Read The Rest →

Drum Beats – Byron Elder Beats Featured in “50 Something” Magazine


Download the 50-Something-Article as a PDF True to form, Byron Bay’s older residents are moving to their own beat. Casey-Ann Seaniger ventures into Northern NSW to meet members of the local drumming circle. “I feel alive again,” declares Feather, as she strides toward me in a flowing white kaftan. Upbeat and unreserved, Feather dons a silver halo made out of Christmas tinsel as she floats among a crowd that has gathered at the local community centre to celebrate the last drumming class of the year. Within seconds, the facilitator, Gareth,... Read The Rest →

Senior’s Drumming Circle


The development of Drumming Circles for the elderly is a new phenomenon that is rapidly spreading worldwide in forward thinking organisations. The sessions provide some major health benefits as well as providing an opportunity for fun, social interaction, improving the lives of all who participate. Nursing homes have reported seeing higher energy levels and a boost in morale since drumming became part of the routine. Music therapists have long used music to connect people, especially the elderly. Unlike speech, music is processed in multiple areas of the brain. The limbic... Read The Rest →

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