First Headliner Announcement: Women Lead the Charge at Renew Fest 2018


We’ve just announced our keynote speakers for Renew Fest 2018, placing the amazing work of women at centre stage.

We are thrilled to welcome internationally renowned regenerative systems thinker Jillian Hovey from Canada to the festival this year, along with Prof. Lyn Carson, the research director at the New Democracy Foundation.

Lyn Carson

From closer to home, we’ll have the opportunity to hear from Federal Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, as well as local sustainability legend Helena Norbert-Hodge.

We are honoured to be able to recognise and celebrate the work of these dedicated women, all pioneers in their fields.

We’re also excited to be shining a light on the work of amazing young women working for social and environmental change. Our young guns include Tess Eckert from Dream Bigger in Lismore, Megan Wright from in Melbourne and Dr Amanda Cahill from the Centre for Social Change in Brisbane.

At the festival, you’ll see fresh faces like that of Erin Young, an amazing social-permaculturalist, sharing the stage with legends of the movement like Jillian Hovey. Renew Fest is a space for collaboration and renewal, in which wisdom and experience meets innovation and new ways of thinking.

While women have played a central role in the renewal mission over the years – and the program thus reflects their strong presence – there are many men doing incredible work in the field, too.

This year Renew Fest will welcome back Psychologist Robin Grille, author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’. We’ll also explore mental health and courage in activism with Frank Quinlan, CEO of Mental Health Australia, and find inspiration to act on climate change with social animator, activist and spoken word artist Erfan Daliri.

Robin Grille

Our headliner program is now online at, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.