Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!



NOTE NEW DATE: Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Transition Tuesday Potluck

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
6th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wildside School Garden Tour 2014

Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Multi-Family Yard Sale and Fabric Liquidation!


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A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary about TMV/V


Good Karma Garden Project—Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange—One Saturday per month; to join, e-mail
Next exchange: April 19

Our Time Bank—Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details
Next potluck: May 31 (Note that the April potluck is canceled)

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta CenterCheck Sivananda's *new* Web site for class schedule and special events



Transition Tuesday

NOTE NEW EVENT DATE: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 2214 Walnut, Venice 90291
Join us on the third Tuesday of this month for an opportunity to socialize and connect with like-minded Mar Vista/Venice neighbors. We meet at 7:00 p.m. in a local home. 

Bring a potluck item like an appetizer, casserole, salad, dessert, or something to drink, and enjoy a free-range conversation, getting to know each other and sharing our concerns. Here are some Transition topics that might come up: localization (food, investing—you name it), gardening, alternative transportation or health care, the sharing economy, the bees, our fears of the future, permaculture practices, how to reduce and reuse, celebrating life!). A little familiarity with the Transition ideas or The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, would be helpful, but it's not necessary.


Eco Movie Night: Girl Rising

EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Please RSVP:

Join us for a screening of the inspiring film from Girl Rising, the global campaign for girls' education. Under Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins's direction, Girl Rising journeys around the globe getting to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. 

Girl Rising's film, behind-the-scenes videos, advocacy trailers, and a free standards-aligned school curriculum are designed to raise awareness and inspire individuals to take action.

Learn more about the film Girl Rising: 


Good Karma Gardens Yard Party!

EVENT DATE: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 2454 Louella Ave., Venice 90291 MAP 
Brunch included!
Calling all Good Karma Gardeners!

Posted by Matt van Diepen, cofounder of Good Karma Gardens and proprietor at Home Grown Gardens in Los Angeles

Spring is here! The sunshine and warm breeze are calling us out to the garden.

Lots of folks have asked how they can become more involved in hands-on gardening activities in the community. Good Karma Gardens is a pay-it-forward initiative of Transition Mar Vista/Venice that's open to all volunteers. We’ve been helping our friend Julie Mann, founder of the Learning Garden at Venice High School and a founding member of TMV/V, to rip out her grass parkway to make room for an edible garden. Julie’s house will be the TMV/V and GKG hub during this year’s Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 26.

The Showcase is a wonderful event where all the hard work our neighbors have put into their gardens will be in full bloom. As our friend Ginny Blades has shown in past years, it’s a great opportunity to engage with our community and spread the word about the fun and sustainable projects we are doing together.

To put our best foot forward and create a beautiful garden for folks on the tour to enjoy, we’re inviting everyone to volunteer and work together at Julie’s on March 29. There are a few goals for the day: planting a vegetable garden in the front, finishing up a greywater system, beautifying areas of Julie’s backyard, and possibly even planning an herb spiral if enough volunteers commit. There will certainly be plenty to do for everyone, and with a good crew we should be able to get the space looking great for the Showcase.

Wear a hat and gloves, bring your refillable water bottle, and carry along a shovel or any other tools you might have. As a bonus, you'll get to see Julie's spectacular upcycled greenhouse!

Good Karma Gardeners who helped Julie at the last yard party are no doubt anticipating the delicious brunch she will prepare in thanks. She makes the best French toast!

Looking forward to seeing you all on March 29.


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Erica Wohldmann on Wild Food Foraging

EVENT DATE: Sunday, March 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

In 2013, Erica Wohldmann traveled through 16 states and Canada, living in National Forests and on other public lands, foraging all of her food. "Food is required for life," she says, "and what we’re eating is killing us." Having reconnected with nature and her food in this extraordinary way, Erica will share an empowering tale of how she nourished her body and soul while discussing the social and environmental importance of preserving the land on which our food grows.

While exploring North America on a quest to reclaim a diet naturally available, Erica occasionally gleaned from farmers markets and dumpsters, but mainly subsisted on what she found growing in the wild. "I traveled from forest to forest, chasing the rain, gathering wild and medicinal mushrooms, fruits, berries, vegetables, acorns, nuts, edible seeds for making breads, herbs for flavoring dishes, teas, and ingredients for medicinal beers that I crafted on the campfire.  Along the way I met a variety of interesting characters—farmers, foragers, hunters, and random strangers—who shared their wisdom, their food, and their homes."

Erica holds a joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science (Philosophy of Mind) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a professor at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches classes about eco-psychology, the psychology and politics behind our food choices, and best practices in sustainability. Her research focuses on food and consumer choices. In the community, Erica also teaches workshops on herbal and medicinal brewing, wild-food foraging, and primitive skills.


Eco Movie Night: Introduction to the Transition Movement

EVENT DATE: Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

FREE, please RSVP to

You've met Transition movement members at volunteer events, political rallies, potlucks, your favorite community garden, and countless other local events. But you're still kind of wondering what Transition, as a movement, is about. Right?

The short answer is that if you keep overlapping with local Transition members, you're probably part of the movement yourself! Author, environmental activist, and Transition Mar Vista/Venice founding member Anneke Campbell will introduce you to this worldwide phenomenon, and how it has transformed communities since Rob Hopkins co-founded Transition Town Totnes in his native UK in 2005.

We'll screen the film In Transition 2.0 ( and a short documentary about Transition Mar Vista/Venice shot and produced by our own Stephon Litwinczuk of Oneness Media.

Expect to meet friends and neighbors active in Transition Mar Vista/Venice and Transition Culver City--and perhaps from farther afield. We welcome your questions and comments in this discussion about how Angelenos are participating in the international Transition movement.

Resources for your reference:


Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award

Stephon Litwinczuk of Oneness Media

Behind the enterprising Oneness Media is Transition Mar Vista/Venice friend and neighbor Stephon Litwiczuk, an Emmy-nominated producer. As Stephon tells it, his company's goal is to "produce media that inspires, educates, and empowers people to cultivate a better sense of the interconnected co-existence of people, places, and things in the evolving world."

Transition Mar Vista/Venice has been incredibly fortunate to have Stephon's video storytelling talents at our disposal to document several events and activities that convey the energy, commitment, and joy that characterize our group.

At the recent New Urbanism Film Festival, Oneness Media was distinguished with the Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award for Stephon's 3'45" film promoting Transition Mar Vista/Venice. In both the filmmaking and content--which includes enthusiastic testimonials about reskilling workshops and lawn removal "parties"--the film festival judges recognized the positivity of the Transition movement. 

We know our city is a healthier place because of our efforts and, thanks to Oneness Media, folks everywhere can get inspired to join us.


Eco Movie Night: Highlights from Bioneers 2013

EVENT DATE: Saturday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Bioneer Anneke Campbell presents highlights from the 2013 conference. Enjoy the absorbing talks delivered by Biomimicry's Jeanette Benyus, Jason McLellan of Living Building Challenge, Forest Canopy artist/scientist Nalini Nadkarni, and Climbing Poetree, among others. 

A Transition Mar Vista/Venice founding member, Anneke will lead discussion and allow time for your questions. 

Free event, snacks provided!