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!



Saturday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. FREE
Eco Movie Night: Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives

Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.
Transition Tuesday Potluck

Wednesday, August 20, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
TMV/V Steering Committee Monthly Meeting

Starting August 25, 2014
Gamechanger Intensive from Pachamama Alliance
A 7-week advanced online course in global citizen leadership


Bioneers Annual Conference, San Rafael, CA
Early bird discounted registration ends August 15
October 17-19, 2014

Permaculture Design Certification Program
The founders of Midwest Permaculture lead an 11-week course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, November 11-21, 2014

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: TBD

Our Time Bank—Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details
Next potluck: Saturday, July 26

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



Eco Movie Night: Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives

EVENT DATE: Saturday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Please RSVP:

When the U.S. government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets eating GM foods are now on the rise in the U.S. population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

Join us for a free screening of Genetic Roulette, the seminal documentary by consumer advocate Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the world’s bestselling book on GMOs, Seeds of Deception. The film provides compelling evidence to explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. Following the film, local garden master David King, founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA), will lead an open discussion.


Transition Tuesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Address provided with your RSVP! Prepare for al fresco dining, which means layers against the evening marine layer and, if you're sensitive to the critters, some kind of mosquito barrier. Feel welcome to contribute a citronella candle along with your potluck dish!
Please RSVP:

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for an opportunity to socialize and connect with like-minded west-side 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.


TMV/V Steering Committee Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the TMV/V steering committee is on Wednesday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m.
VENUE: Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles 90066

Transition Mar Vista/Venice actively supports and develops programs to create healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities in the face of significant economic, social, and ecological challenges. We are part of the worldwide Transition movement, an international response to climate change, peak resources, and economic uncertainty.

Do you feel inspired to host an event or start a project appropriate to our mission? If you’d like to be part of our core group, which means steering TMV/V initiatives with us, join us for a meeting we most often hold on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. (be sure to check our Web and Facebook pages for updates; in June the meeting takes place on the fourth Wednesday).


Eco Movie Night: Last Call at the Oasis

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

How precious a resource is water? 

The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century--and it isn't simply because California finds itself in a drought. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful documentary that firmly establishes the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century and posits that we can manage this problem if we act now. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti, and Robert Glennon, and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film shatters myths behind our most precious resource.

Watch Last Call at the Oasis movie tralier


Eco Movie Night: Spirited Away

EVENT DATE: Saturday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: reDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
Please RSVP!

Kick up your heels at this family-friendly movie night and community dance party celebrating Hayao Miyazaki’s ­dazzling ­classic Spirited Away—the story of a young girl’s journey to courage and ­resilience as she faces ­seemingly ­insurmountable challenges.

During two intermission breaks ­everyone is invited to join in some guided dance-play inspired by the movie; or just relax and enjoy the show! 

Our friends at reDiscover Center provide the venue, and a small craft project will also be offered before the show to get us in the mood. For ages 8 to 108 (the movie is rated PG but might be a little edgy for the youngest children).


CANCELED: Eco Movie Night: The Powerdown Show

We apologize for last-minute cancellation!
EVENT DATE: Saturday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
Please RSVP:

The Powerdown Show is a series of ten 20-minute films by Cultivate Living & Learning in Ireland that explore how we might positively adapt to climate and energy uncertainty and build sustainable communities. If you’ve ever wondered what the Transition movement is about, this series answers that question and takes a fresh and engaging look at community responses to the converging challenges of global warming and peak resources.

The Powerdown programs have been broadcast by community and public access TV stations in Ireland, Canada, and Australia, as well as being screened by Transition communities from all over the world. Transition Mar Vista/Venice will screen four episodes in the series, followed by a discussion among audience and TMV/V members.

Learn more about the Powerdown Show series


TMVV Hub on the 6th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
EVENT LOCATION: 2454 Louella Ave., Venice 90292

Transition members who are also veterans of the annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will remember gathering in past years at the lovely home of Ginny and her family—where the terraced front yard is an inviting place to take a break and admire the bioswale, an abundance of edible plants, and fruit trees. We’ve always enjoyed a full day of presentations related to local sustainability initiatives like Transition Culver City and Good Karma Gardens.

Although the Matteson Ave. residence is on hiatus from the tour in 2014, Transition Mar Vista/Venice will still organize around a hub of meaningful community activity, this time in Venice at our friend Julie’s house. In addition to demonstrating the creative ways you can transform a parkway from turf to something much more interesting, this house boasts a new greywater system, a backyard full of organically grown food, and a whimsical greenhouse made from found doors and windows.

Good Karma Gardens helped prepare the property by rallying a crew of volunteers to remove the old turf from the front yard and parkway, and lay down fresh mulch and compost. In half a day, the grounds were ready to start planting mint, artichokes, and other food, along with drought-tolerant flowers for the bees and birds. “It has been wonderful!” declared homeowner Julie, who is also founder of the Learning Garden and a veteran Good Karma Gardener herself. “The whole process of going more sustainable has brought more community, creativity, and awareness into my life.”

Ginny’s house sits right on the border between Mar Vista and Culver City, while Julie’s straddles Mar Vista and Venice. We feel like this coincidence nicely symbolizes the extent to which the Transition movement in our area embraces opportunities to share resources and cross-pollinate ideas. We hope visitors making the rounds on the Showcase will stop by our hub for a day of exciting, informational, and interactive talks, for great community conversation, togetherness, and homemade treats.

The tentative topics and schedule are:
  • 10:00–10:30 Sacred Earth Community Salon
  • 10:30–11:00 Good Karma Gardens Pay-It-Forward Edible Gardens
  • 11:00–11:30 Little Free Library Nationwide Movement: Take a Book, Leave a Book
  • 11:30–12:00 Creative Repurposing and Upcycling for Home and Garden
  • 12:00–12:30 Westside Produce Exchange
  • 12:30–1:00 What Is Transition?
  • 1:00–1:30 Greywater and Water Harvesting
  • 1:30–2:00 Maintaining Worm Bins
  • 2:00–2:30 Making Kimchi and Sauerkraut
  • 2:30–3:00 Beyond Cash Economies with Our Time Bank
  • 3:00–3:30 Home Grown Gardens at Your Service
  • 3:30–4:00 The Miracle of Compost Tea