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!



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

Saturday, November 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Build a Compost Pile with Transition Culver City

Saturday, November 15, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Our Time Bank Monthly Potluck

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. CANCELED
TMV/V Monthly Steering Committee Meeting

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grass Uproots Yard Party in Leimert Park
A Good Karma Gardens-style front yard transformation
RSVP for information:

Sunday, November 23, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Emotional Balancing for the Holidays
With homeopath Julie Mann

Thursday, November 27, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Potluck at the Learning Garden
Email the Gardenmaster for complete details


Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

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, November 15

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



Eco Movie Night: Plant This Movie!

EVENT DATE: Saturday, November 8, 6:45 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Veterans Memorial Complex, Kaizuka Room
             4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Grow your own dinner…organize hundred-mile meals...share the harvest… Why do these things at all?

Plant This Movie explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from the incredible story of Havana, Cuba, to urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, London, Lima, New York, and New Orleans. Narrated by Daryl Hannah, the film celebrates resilient communities and food activists. Join us to see what drives their passion.

For this screening and the discussion to follow, we’re lucky to be joined by producer Stephon Litwinczuk of Oneness Media and director Karney Hatch, who was raised on a farm in Idaho and has fond memories of his grandparents’ massive garden in the backyard of their home in Moscow.

Watch the trailer!


Transition Tuesday

DATE: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Provided with your RSVP
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.


CANCELED: TMV/V Steering Committee Monthly Meeting

Please note that this month we must cancel our steering committee meeting!
DATE: Wednesday, November 19, 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).


Eco Movie Night: Cowspiracy

EVENT DATE: Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Please RSVP:

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution. Largely unchallenged, it is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, and ocean “dead zones.” COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Join us for this free screening is you’d like to engage in an open discussion about factory farming!


Eco Movie Night: Green Gold

EVENT DATE: Saturday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Please RSVP:

“It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems,” declares environmentalist and filmmaker John D. Liu. In Green Gold, Liu documents massive ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits of undertaking these efforts globally to heal people and planet.

We'll be showing additional shorts about environmental concerns. Join us for this free screening and community discussion to follow. 


Transition Tuesday at reDiscover Center

Note that in September our monthly Transition Tuesday potluck takes place on the third Tuesday of the month! Please help us make this a zero waste event by bringing your own plate, utensils, cup, and napkin.

DATE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: reDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

This month’s Transition Tuesday potluck will be held at reDiscoverCenter, an arts and environmental nonprofit promoting resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. Meet reDiscover Director Mary Beth Trautwein and the latest group of Human Ecology students from Otis College of Artand Design. Human Ecology students work with Transition Mar Vista/Venice as a community partner, and are developing innovative, creative solutions to help TMV/V meet its aims and increase its effectiveness. Meet them and learn more about sustainability projects afoot at Otis!

Photo: Elektra Grant
Bring a potluck item like an appetizer, casserole, salad, dessert, or beverage, and get acquainted with the Otis students and each other through an icebreaker activity and free-range conversations.

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.

Please help us make this a zero waste event by bringing your own plate, utensils, cup, and napkin.


Talking to Your Neighbor without Being a Jerk!

A workshop on overcoming the internal challenges to communicating effectively and respectfully

EVENT DATE: Sunday, September 28, 1:00-4:30 p.m. FREE
VENUE: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 13325 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292


by Matthew Sloane

Do you ever find yourself wondering how to communicate with your neighbors? Whether they’re hosing down their driveways during a drought or using pesticides in their gardens, have you wanted to say something, but you aren’t sure how to approach them without sounding like a jerk?

It’s natural to think, “What do I need to do or say that will get people to change?” If only it were that easy. Even before you approach your neighbor or an acquaintance, you may notice a struggle inside yourself vacillating between different strategies. The activist/preacher inside you may want to yell at folks to “wake up,” while the empath may want to understand how they have made their choices. Your inner teacher may want to inform them about the harmful impact of those choices, and you may feel like you can inspire them with the story of how you changed. But as long as these different impulses inside you are clamoring for your attention, you might either come on too strong or not take action at all.

Instead, what if we asked ourselves, “Who do I need to become in order to be heard by my neighbors?” In other words, how can you bring your best self to the conversation and leave the rest up to them?

In this workshop, we’ll explore internal challenges in a safe, supportive, and light-hearted environment. Through visualizations, writing exercises, and partner and group dialogues, you’ll have an opportunity to discover what’s going on in your internal landscape when talking to your neighbors—or even just thinking about talking to them!

  • More inner resilience during difficult conversations with neighbors or acquaintances who appear to be engaging in actions you consider harmful.
  • More clarity about your part in creating challenging dynamics in conversations.
  • More effective and conscious in your communication.


Matthew Sloane’s current work, as co-founder of Soulful Brand, involves finding alignment inside individuals, teams, and organizations so their marketing efforts can create a deeper connection with their audience. Before becoming a coach and facilitator, Matthew began his own extensive personal growth work,which included participating in a men’s group for more than 6 years—meeting every week for 2 hours with 7 other men and a facilitator to understand more deeply what was and wasn’t being said. Based on his observations, he believes the intention behind what is said is more important than the words being voiced.

Workshop Preview: The Space Between