$423.09 – $2,585.84

Weaving and culture journey to Arnhem Land July 2018 C

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Gunbalanya

Gunbalanya community

Gunbalanya, NT 0822

Australia

View Map

Event description

Description


14 - 19 July 2018 - $2450 self - catered


A meaningful travel experience filled with the richness and joy of connection, healing and personal growth. This is a truly unique experience of connection to self, to Australian Indigenous culture and weaving. Share time on spirit country with my adopted Indigenous family - Christine Nabobbob, Priscilla and Sylvia Badari and others 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.

For the catered trip (July) - food includes breakfast, lunch and dinner up till the day we travel home, excludes lunch (roadhouse pit stop) on the return to Darwin.

The adventure includes transport from Darwin and back, accommodation in shared comfortable bungalows in Jabiru (with a pool), transport in and out of the community, all permits to enter aboriginal land, special fibre for a small basket, all tuition and the most amazing trip to Injalak hill (world heritage rock art site).
Each room has a fridge, sink and tea/coffee making place, please note that these awesome bush bungalow rooms are 3-5 person share. ($50 extra to shotgun the double bed).

Due to booking demands and factors outside our control, alternative accommodation may be substituted. Some of these alternative accommodation configurations include 5-person share rooms. If this is not to your liking, more private accommodations can be arranged, at extra cost.


(Catered) Meals are catered for: self-cook breakfast, picnic lunches, evening meals. Tea and coffee is included, other drinks are BYO.


My blog

http://weavery.com.au/2016/06/27/weaving-journey-to-arnhem-land-2016/


Testimonials 2017

This is the most extraordinary incredible soul warming experience!! If you are even remotely considering it - then I’d recommend taking the leap and going. The friendships I made and the privilege of sitting alongside women who shared their amazing knowledge so graciously has altered my heart forever. It was very cool. The kind of cool you can't even imagine when you read it on paper! You are a very special 'guide' Rene! I'm not sure that is the right word - maybe if we understand 'guide' as being a facilitator with heart, human connector, relationship builder, sharer of knowledge, driver / counselor, solver of all problems including swollen river crossings (!!!!) - well maybe that would be a start! Freaking awesome experience!

Renee, Brisbane, Qld


When trying to decide if I should take this journey I read some reviews of previous travellers. One stood out to me, it said something like “ if you are even just considering going on this trip .... do it” So I did and I am so grateful that reviewer took the time. Having said that I have taken an age to write this. I am really struggling to find words that do justice to my experience. It was a journey of so many layers, and so removed from my usual existence that words do not come easily. The feeling of crossing the river at Cahills Crossing for the first time, the feeling of travelling into another world, to describe the ancient and powerful landscape. Then you meet the people. Generous, funny, awesome teachers, who took us to their country, their places, told us their stories. We learnt about, gathered and prepared materials for dyeing. We learnt about gathered and stripped pandanus. We dyed that pandanus and learnt different weaving techniques, some of us more successfully than others, that didn’t matter, you could always go and stir the dye pot. We laughed and talked and listened, learnt some language. Played with the delightful children and looked out for Ginga (crocodile). Returning to our comfy camp at night, with an awesome group of women, we cooked and shared and laughed some more. All the while Rene is facilitating, guiding, teaching and taking care of us. I am so grateful that Rene has this passion for sharing culture, and taking others on these journeys. There were so many moments I would love to share, far too many. In the end this was a very personal journey that for me was very profound. But if the idea excites you even a little bit ......do it.

Megan New, Sunshine Coast, Qld


Testimonials 2016

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.

Isabel, Brisbane, Qld


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.

Nicole, Newcastle, NSW


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, Qld


Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Gunbalanya

Gunbalanya community

Gunbalanya, NT 0822

Australia

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved