In Passing

women’s salons on power and public space

It’s happening!

We’ve been quiet about In Passing on the internet because it’s hard to type while buried in mountains of wrapping paper. But we’ve peeled the sticky tape off our fingers to report the big news! …that the In Passing salons have kicked off mighty successfully! Seven salons have been held with reports of plenty of laughter and insight. We won’t give away too much as there’s four more happening later this week… and more and more on the way.

If you’d like to attend one of the remaining thirteen salons, please email and we’ll put you in touch with your local In Passing salonnière. We’re also still looking for two more salonnières to complete the set. If this could be you, we’d LOVE to hear from you.

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another wrapping paper drop off point

The wonderful Wide Open Road cafe on Barkly Street, Brunswick, has offered to be a wrapping paper drop-off point. So you can now rid yourself of that wrapping paper that’s been cluttering your this-will-come-in-handy-one-day drawer while grabbing yourself one of the finest coffees in the hood. Everyone’s a winner with pass the parcel!

carbon neutral comebacks

In Passing has a new project supporter. Brunswick’s 100% carbon neutral printer, Impact Digital, has offered to print the Comeback Cards for the In Passing salons! Huge thanks to Impact Digital!!

But what are Comeback Cards? One of the many secret activities you’ll unwrap in your pass the parcel salon game. You’ll have to make sure you get to an In Passing salon to find out. And the best way to get to a salon is to host one. See what I did there? We’ve got twelve salonnières lined up… who will be lucky thirteen?

And while I’m connecting dots, carbon neutral printing aligns well with In Passing‘s low carbon website, hosted through Digital Pacific… and with the intention to reuse wrapping paper… which maybe you have clogging up your cupboard and can donate to the project? See what I did there?

eleven out of twenty

We’ve found just over half of our salonnières! Will you be our twelfth?

If you are (or know of) a woman of Brunswick who may enjoy hosting a spot of pass the parcel, do get in touch. We’re doing our best to ensure that hosting an In Passing salon is straightforward, stress-free and fun. Read the call out for salonnières below and get in touch if you have any questions.

wrapping paper please

We’re going to need a mountain of wrapping paper to pull this off. But to keep the project as sustainable as possible, In Passing is looking for donations of used wrapping paper (or posters or anything of a similar genre). Happy to arrange a pick up if you get in touch or you could drop it off to our wrapping paper drop off point at the Moreland Energy Foundation office, upstairs at 200 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Brunswick’s first Greens salonnière

Well, I’m assuming this is a first, but who knows…

Moreland’s Councillor Lenka Thompson has offered to host an In Passing salon in her home for the women in her immediate neighbourhood.

Salonnières are being encouraged to invite eight women from their street or immediate neighbourhood to their salon. In Passing is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the women down the street who you might exchange a smile or a wave with or who you’ve always meant to invite over for a cuppa. Well, now you have a reason to, and we’ll provide the tea, bikkies and stimulating conversation.

We’ve already found 3 of our 20 Brunswick salonnières in just 24 hours.

So, how ’bout it? Are you interested in hosting a salon?


Call out for salonnières!

In Passing is looking for twenty salonnières to host one women’s salon each during the month of October.

As a salonnière, you won’t need to know anything about the issues being discussed, nor do you need to know how to pronounce salonnière. All you need is to

: be a woman

: live in Brunswick

: be available for a short and sweet salonnière training session in late September, and

: be willing to invite 8 other women to your home (or another private space in Brunswick) for 2-3 hours during the month of October.

At the salonnière’s training, you’ll be receive guidance to ensuring a safe, stimulating and fun space for the women involved. You will also receive a salonnière kit, which will include tea, biscuits, an audio cd, invitations for your participants, instructions and your ‘pass-the-parcel’ parcel. The parcel will provide the format of the conversations, offering a familiar playful and light-hearted structure, without the salonnières having to feel high responsibility for guiding the conversations. By the end of the training, you will be left feeling confident and excited about hosting your salon and participating in the activities and conversations it will bring.

If you have any questions or would like to host a salon, please get in touch with Asha – / 0468 794 235.