30 June - 5 July 2017 - catered
A meaningful travel experience filled with the richness and joy of Indigenous connection. An amazing and unique experience of connection to self, to Australian Indigenous culture and weaving. Share time on land with Christine Nabobbob and Priscilla Badari and family as we weave our lives and culture together, with love, in community.
Come with me on an amazing journey deep into the heart of remote Indigenous Australia. Share special times, weaving with family and new friends, experience the ancient art of basket weaving through cultural immersion. Learn about traditional culture as you walk the land, collecting pandanus and natural bush dyes. Sit with mother earth as you learn to split and prepare premium fibre which is exclusive to this beautiful place on our planet. Be in a space of nurture and allow the strong spirit of the land soothe and heal you, to reset your compass. Come with me, and you will see the precious gift of weaving our lives together, through an ancient cultural lineage, in a way that you will change you forever.
It's very difficult to put this journey into words. I encourage you to look at Rene's photos as they beautifully capture the landscape, people and experiences. This is not an experience you will find on Flight Centre or Red Balloon, it is personal and intimate. Rene invites you into a sacred space of connection with the Injalak women who generously welcome you into their lives, land, practices and community for a precious time. Rene skilfully weaves individual desires into a collective experience that becomes a shared memory for life and after you wonder if it was a dream? If you are drawn to this journey I encourage you to do it! Tips include: enter with humour, flexibility, a desire to learn, respect for the process and this will result in thankfulness that an opportunity like this has crossed your path. Enjoy and safe travels.
In early June, I joined an amazing group of women with our fearless leader Rene Bahloo on an adventure to West Arnhem Land. Words do not adequately capture the life changing experience. Suffice to say, for me, it was a defining moment in my life’s journey. The deep sense of connection to country and to the incredible Kunwinjku fibre artists that we had the honour and privilege of working and playing beside will sustain me for a very long time. We shared knowledge, stories, laughter and adventure. Together we harvested fibre from the Pandanus tree and stripped the plant in preparation for dyeing and weaving. We collected natural dyes from the local environment and ground them up to create a variety of colours. The Pandanus fibre was boiled in the dyes and then hung out to dry. We worked seated together learning how to weave coil baskets and wall mats. The women were so generous in sharing their weaving knowledge and patient with our many questions. My heartfelt gratitude extends to Rene for connecting me to this most awesome of adventures and to the women in our group who threw themselves into the experience with open minds, curiosity, wisdom and good humour. It was an unforgettable experience and profound personal and spiritual insights were gained through the peace and connection with our weaving sisters, their families and their country.
This journey is about so much more than just weaving. I felt a very real connection to country, a newfound love and admiration for the generous women we spent time with, and a deeper understanding and respect for culture and life in Arnhem Land. I came away with great learning, many laughs, and a full heart. This was a once in a lifetime experience at a grass roots level and I adored each unique experience.
Lisa, Brisbane, Qld.
The Arnhem Land weaving trip was something I had wanted to do for so long. It was
so much more than I had imagined that it would be! It had adventure (crossing Alligator River daily,
but always with great care) to get to the Injalak arts centre! It had friendship and fun, learning about new cultures, meeting new people, mountain climbing, camp fires, going bush to collect natural materials and weaving !! I have found a new connection to my home country Australia that I have been wanting to feel for a long time !! Finally, Rene is such a lovely interesting and fun host! I genuinely felt taken care of and excited for what each day would hold for us ! It was such a delight ! And I think of the Injalak arts centre often and will go there again for sure :)
Cate, Sunshine Coast