testimonials

Here is a selection of testimonials from across the spectrum of our work;






Outdoor Movement and gardening workhop series at Artplay, The
Centre for Children's Art, (workshops for families)

 ‘This workshop
was great. Age appropriate for Oliver(6), Genevive(10), and Isabella(11) all
the way up to adults - informative, imaginative, and meditative. Lots to do,
plenty of time. Thanks'
Sue,parent

‘The workshop
was sensational. The space and activities are age friendly. They stimulate all
senses. It's a whole life experience. I enjoyed all of the activities. Thanks a
lot.'
Jiarang,parent

‘I really
enjoyed this workshop. Totally age appropriate for child/adults. Very
informative and interesting. Kept moving well for the children. The staff were
always helpful and friendly. Thankyou.'
Jenny,parent

Adult
outdoor movement workshops in Yarra Bend Park

'I love and appreciates so much the environment you
create in your classes and projects that allows me to go for it and play.'
Chay-ya Clancy

'The dancing I have done with you in the landscape has really influenced
my sense of the Australian landscape. Since I moved to Melbourne from New
Zealand last year, I have had a very urban, international sense of Melbourne as
a city. But working with you helps me to situate myself in this specific place
and it's unique ecology as a landscape and an ecosystem that I am a part of.I think your
approach to Sense of Place projects is really useful in terms of developing
community awareness of the landscape and of our human relationship to each
other within it. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with
you...'
Alys Longley

Performance

‘Ilan Abrahams
delighted the participants in this year's annual EarthSong symposium.The theme was Celebration
of Riverscapes
and Ilan
treated us to a lively enactment of his journey along the Yarra River from its
mouth to its source. His litheness of body, skill in mimicry and quick sense of
humour made for great entertainment, whilst communicating a serious message
about the well being of the river and the various ecosystems through with it
travels.'
Anne Boyd
, Coordinator of Earthsong Project

‘It was a real pleasure working with Ilan and watching
him inspire young people and expand their sense of what's possible. One kid
said to me "he's going to do what? A rap song about the Yarra River?"
After surprise and giggles, and seeing Ilan in action, he murmured
"hmm...I wonder what I could write a rap about..." Thanks Ilan, for
your inspiration and creativity, your playfulness and present-ness, and your
genuine care for the people you work with and your topics of passion.'
Wendy Hopkins
, OzGREEN facilitator

'...your performance was amazing!! rolling garden beds, with clay bodies
leering out at you  with vegetation on offer, possibly between teeth!! i
enjoyed it and loved that gardening can be not mundane and passive...'
Ali Campbell, Sustainable Living Foundation, commenting on our performance at the 2010 Sustainable Living Festival 'Creatures of the Garden'

Recorded
music from the ‘Well' CD

‘I can't get my
kids to do any work. They're too busy rapping the six seasons rap.'
Lara Lubitz
, Primary Teacher, Collingwood College.

‘I was supporting a multi-faith caring for water event
and Helen Greenway brought your CD to the event. She and I ran the kids
education time together and were questioning what we should do. I listened to
your cd and felt it was perfect to education the students about the
environment. The kids absolutely loved it; they were dancing around doing all
the actions. This was such an easy way to inspire kids, with music and physical
action. They loved singing along as well. The parents loved it because they
knew it was positive education for their children. Many of the tracks are
extremely humorous as well which brought us all together as a community. There
was such a huge spirit and connection with each other present dancing to this
CD. I will use it many more times in my children's entertainment business. I even learnt a few new words and how to care for my
plants.'
Chris James, school drama teacher/ children's entertainer.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Food Garden Project

Ilan co-initiated and facilitated the food garden
project at
the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) during 2008 and 2009. The once empty courtyard was transformed
into a
thriving food garden; a wonderful place for our clients to gain from the
therapeutic and enlivening effects of gardening, or just a place to
sit and take a break in between appointments amongst the greenery and
vegetables. The community garden continues to have a very positive effect on the mood of
the ASRC, and the garden has provided herbs and some fresh greens for our
daily lunches.
Ilan was very reliable, friendly, engaged, and adaptable in all of his
dealings
with the clients and staff at the ASRC. I would definitely recommend him
for
any project that involves creating a food garden and running workshops
there
in.
Patrick Lawrence, FoodBank Co-ordinator, ASRC.