Connecting to Country - Beginners Guide

This overnight night trip is specifically designed to teach participants how to cultivate their connection to Country and empower beginner campers head out bush.

Cost:

$200.00 per person

Duration:

12h

Schedule:

Offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month

About this experience

For thousands of years First Nations 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.


This overnight experience is specifically designed to empower beginner campers to feel confident and safe out bush. Once the basics are covered you'll then participate in specially selected activities designed to teach you how to cultivate your own 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


Participants will gain an increased awareness of Aboriginal People and culture 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 people are welcome including those from the CALD, LGBTIAQ+, disabled, Elder and Youth communities.


Please note


Price includes cost of 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.


 

Your Host

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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. Having raised 7 children strong in culture and now a grand mother, she passes on her knowledge and connection to Country to the next generations and takes great pride in sharing her knowledge with the Yilam community.

Like her mum, Kaley has a strong connection to Country, and is raising two daughters to be proud and strong in culture. She 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.