Connecting to Country - Aboriginal Women's BusinessThis overnight night trip creates a safe space for Aboriginal women only and is specifically designed to empower participants to confident, safe and connected out bush
LocationBroadford VIC, Australia
Cost:$270.00 per person
Schedule:Offered on the First Saturday of the month
About this experience
For thousands of years our people have cared for and managed these lands, carefully cultivating intricate and sophisticated knowledge systems based on the fundamental belief that we are connected to all things.
Many women would love to go out bush but, due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation, maybe don't always feel confident enough to get out there. This 1-2 night experience is specifically designed by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women to empower you, no matter your experience level, to feel confident and safe out bush.
Once the basics of camping safety are covered you'll then participate in specially selected activities designed to facilitate cultural healing and to teach you how to strengthen your personal connection to Country.
Lessons on basics of camping and caring for Country include:
- Equipment needed
- Food / cooking
- Campsite selection
- Fire making / safety
- Set-up / pack-up
- General safety advice
Guided mindfulness activities include:
- Creating your connection to Country
- Guided 'listening to Country' bush walks
- Waving workshop
- Ganan (digging stick) making workshop
Participants will gain an increased understanding of cultural practices and come away feeling welcome and safe on Country, connected to the land and empowered to take their friends and family camping.
You'll also receive 20% off all Yilam On Country products!
Target audience: All Fist Nations women are welcome including those from the CALD, LGBTIAQ+, disabled, Elder and Youth communities.
Price includes food and guide fees. Participants must secure their own transport to and from the camp site and, unless purchasing Yilam on Country products, bring their own tent/bedding/chair/toiletries etc. (full list of items will be provided prior to trip)
Any children in attendance must be accompanied by their legal guardian and are the sole responsibility of said legal guardian.
Group size is a maximum of 8 people - you'll meet the guides at the pick-up point at 11:00am and then head to camp - experience closes at 10:30am the following day.
Joanne grew up on Barapa Barapa Country surrounded by family and culture. Spending much of her childhood camping around the area, she credits this time to her ongoing love of being on Country. Joanne raised 7 children strong in culture and now a grand mother, she passes on her knowledge and connection to Country to her grannies as well.
Like her mum, Kaley has a strong connection to Country, and is raising two daughters to be proud and strong in culture. Kaley is passionate about caring for Country and teaching others Aboriginal philosophies for connecting to the land. Her background is in the policy development and social sciences and she is committed to creating space for all people.