October: Cocooning

“…They prudently are spinning their cocoon And anchoring it to an earth and moon…” Extract from The Cocoon, by four-times Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost Rest, retreat, solace, safety.  From nature’s inspiration arises the verb cocooning, which is to envelop in a protective or comforting way.  Whether we go under protest or with a sense of relief, the events of 2020 have thrust us into our own cocooned existences featuring yoga pants, working from home, Uber Eats and layers of soft home furnishings. But just like the metaphor of the butterfly, we must wonder at the metamorphosis that awaits us on the…
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Art of Cocooning

The Art of Cocooning

In 1987 the Los Angeles Times ran an article titled “The Essence of Cocooning: It’s a Desire for a Cozy, Perfect Environment Far From the Influences of a Madding World.”…
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domestic violence covid-19

The Shadow Pandemic

A safe home environment isn’t accessible to everyone. Globally, lockdowns and quarantines have coincided with a surge in domestic violence. The increase in domestic violence against Australian women during the…
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Jacqui Lewis

Jacqui Lewis The Broad Place

Sometimes people can seem so freaking ‘balanced’ and successful that they become inaccessible, and their lives unattainable.  Particularly in the realm of health and wellness, exemplar living (or at its worst, toxic…
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Hazards of Hibernating

Avoid The Hazards of Hibernating

As good as it can be to wear pyjamas all day and explore the furthest reaches of your Netflix account, long term hibernation and cocooning can result in decreased motivation,…
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Ultimate Cocooning Guide

Ultimate Cocooning Guide

In nature, a cocoon is a protective casing, usually made of silk. It protects the larval insect (no reference to a covid-induced slug-state) from the elements and enable it to…
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Re-emerging Artists

Forced into an unnaturally long hibernation, theatre companies, live music venues, and performance spaces around Sydney have spent the last few months sitting quietly in the dark, taking stock and…
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October Insight

This month Insight is taking its cues from our October theme, and inviting you to cocoon at home and perhaps peruse our back catalogue of past topics and events. Last…
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