OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

Anton Juodvalkis

  • published Green Heart in What We Do 2019-03-20 13:17:08 +1100


    OzGREEN's GREEN Heart programs are dedicated to "Developing the Heart" - to work for peace in our hearts and in the world. 

    Never Give Up

    HH XIV Dalai Lama

    Never give up.
    No matter what is going on,
    Never give up.

    Develop the Heart.
    Too much energy in your country
    Is put into developing the mind.

    Be compassionate.

    Not just with your friends,
    But with everyone.

    Be compassionate.

    Work for Peace
    In your Heart
    And in the World.
    Work for Peace.

    And I say again,
    Never give up.
    No matter what seems to be going on around you,
    Never give up.


    Upcoming Events


    A day of immersion in Love, Ceremony, Dance, Learnings and Community

    with Welcome to Gumbaynggiir Country and Smoking Ceremony led by Micklo Jarrett

    Sunday 21 April 10am-6pm

    Bellingen Memorial Hall

    Cost $85
    Please register here

    We also invite you to gift directly to Mare and OzGREEN.

    For more information contact greenheart@ozgreen.org.au

    Co-Led by Mare Cromwell, internationally–known Gaia Communicator, Priestess, Healer and Author, and Sue Lennox, Teacher, Inspirer, Change-maker, grandmother and gardener.

    We are delighted to welcome Mare Cromwell to our region to share her journey with Earth Mother through ceremony and story telling.

    Indigenous peoples all over the world honour Earth Mother. Their medicine people can communicate directly with her. Come and experience creative ways to honour and connect with Earth Mother through ceremony, dance, meditation/activation and Love. Numerous people have experienced this activation and shared rather magical stories afterwards.

    There is a New World birthing during these interesting times and we are all called to be midwives to it by deeply connecting with Earth Mother. Come learn more about how you can be more proactive in your midwife role.

    We will weave the weekend with sacred dances from Dances of Universal Peace (DUP). The dances come from many cultures and traditions. They embody the intention of peace for the world and are a joyous way to touch our spiritual essence.

    Mare Cromwell is a Gaia Communicator & Priestess, Author & Healer. Some might call her a Medicine Woman. She has devoted her life to serving the Great Mother. Her multi-award-winning books include: “The Great Mother Bible” & “Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother”. Mare has studied with Native American elders for 23 years. One gifted Shoshone Elder referred to her as the “Voice of Earth Mother”. She sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years and is the visionary behind the 1000 Goddesses Gathering & Global Grid. She lives in western Maryland, USA. www.marecromwell.com

    Sue Lennox is a Teacher, Inspirer, Change-maker, gardener and grandmother, who has devoted much of the the past 50 years to creating a more sustainable and peaceful world. Sue lives a simple life “off the grid” with her extended family. She is Co-founder of OzGREEN, a not for profit organisation working globally to create fairer futures through community driven change. Sue has been part of the Dances of Universal Peace network for over 20 years and recently began training as Dance Leader. Her spirit journey is focused on living in harmony with the Earth and draws on the wisdom of Indigenous Elders, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Sufi mystical traditions.

    Annie Rayner is a Leader and Mentor with Dances of Universal Peace, Australia. After raising a family Annie studied and then worked in various areas of community health and welfare services, particularly for women. She is now re-fired and retired.
    Annie has been offering workshops, meditations, seasonal rituals and earth based spirituality for 20 years. She has a particular interest in the Goddess Movement, that has been an awakening and joyous time. Annie has been a member of the Dances of Universal Peace for 13 years. The world needs creative, artistic and beautiful ways to bring peace, harmony and beauty, change and hope. The dances help to do that.

    Rosa Mauvra has been studying Qi Gong for over 20 years & is trained as an instructor with White Tiger Qi Gong.

    This event is co-hosted with Dances of Universal Peace Australia - NSW Mid North Coast.

    Please register here

    More information by emailing: greenheart@ozgreen.org.au

    Image with special thanks to Brenda Ferrimani www.brendaferrimanidreamart.com


  • published Media Release - New CEO in News & Blogs 2019-02-05 12:37:09 +1100

    New Chief Executive Officer to lead OzGREEN into the future.

    February 05, 2019
    Contact: Jason Errey

    International not-for-profit OzGREEN has appointed Anton Juodvalkis as Chief Executive Officer, taking over the reins from co-founder and long-time CEO, Sue Lennox.

    Sue Lennox and Anton Juodvalkis

    OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that was founded in 1992.  Its unique approach incorporates citizen science, transformative sustainability education, participatory leadership and community development; all centred on enabling community driven sustainability solutions.  The organisation operates in Australia, South Asia, South-East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and East Timor. 

    Under the leadership of Sue Lennox, co-founder and previous CEO, OzGREEN has worked with over 1,600 communities globally and trained 50,000 environmental leaders.  OzGREEN has achieved significant national and international recognition.  This includes the Buckminster-Fuller Catalyst Program which recognised OzGREEN as being in the top ten percent of social innovators in the world, the Eureka Prize, which is Australia’s most comprehensive national science award, a Banksia Award for citizen science, a UN Media Peace Award and the UNESCO Wenhui Award.

    Sue has achieved amazing things with OzGREEN over the years” said Jason Errey, Chair of the Board.  “I am very pleased that Anton Juodvalkis will be taking over as CEO.  He has developed a close working relationship with Sue, holding a board position for the last two years and, brings both experience and passion to take OzGREEN into the future.  On a more personal note,it is heart-warming to see both Sue and OzGREEN moving forward just two short years after the passing of her husband and co-founder Col Lennox. I know Anton is keenly aware of the legacy he has been entrusted with and will ensure it is cared for.

    “It is now more than ever we need OzGREEN in the world. There is a very small window of opportunity to tackle big challenges like climate change and the Murray-Darling. Youth have a key role to play. It is great to have Anton bring new energy and commitment to help OzGREEN achieve even greater impact”, said Sue Lennox.

    Anton has a broad ranging skillset, including corporate governance, risk management, project management, IT, change management, accounting, procurement, asset management and engineering.  He is passionate about environmental issues and empowering youth.

    “I am very excited about working with OzGREEN.  OzGREEN’s Youth Leading the World educational and leadership program is revolutionary in that it engages youth and applies the concept of exponential growth to solve the urgent environmental problems that confront us.  No-one else is doing this.  OzGREEN is also one of the leading citizen science organisations in Australia and has a long history of working in the Murray-Darling region, India and East Timor”, said Anton.

    Sue will remain a member of the Board of OzGREEN and will continue to be actively involved the organisation.


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