A special weaving retreat to Indigenous Australian country and culture, A meaningful travel experience filled with the richness and joy of intercultural connection. An unforgettable adventure.
Includes accommodation in bush bungalows in Jabiru (with a pool), permits, all meals cooked for you and vehicle hire to get us to those almost-out-of reach places.
5 days, 4 nights
This will be an amazing and unique experience of connection to self, to Indigenous culture and weaving. We will travel from Darwin to our accommodation in Jabiru, then settle in. A waterfall swim or a trip to Ubirr rock.
Then, a drive out to Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), past Border Store and over Cahill's crossing into Arnhem Land, keeping our eyes out for crocodiles that bask in the shallows of the East Alligator river.
Driving to Gunbalanya from the crossing takes us through fifteen minutes of the most amazing rocky outcrops and countryside you can imagine... and at Injalak arts centre we make acquaintance with the local artists and weavers (with hugs of course!).
The workshop will take place on-site at Injalak Arts & Crafts, a non-profit community art centre owned by local Kunwinjku people, in the shade of a huge mango tree. Many master artists and craftspeople work on-site in a highly creative, relaxed environment and you will have the unique opportunity to spend time with these gifted people and their families learning and sharing.
The next three days will be spent in the company of the Kunwinjku weavers, learning to weave with local pandanus, sand palm and other plants. We will learn a number of dye methods by going out on harvesting trips for fibre and dye plants and have a chance to practice it first-hand! Laughing and learning together with Christine Nabobob, senior woman, and other local women weavers who are all experienced and generous teachers. We will spend time exploring relationships as well as country.
There is time for us all to go on a trip to Injalak hill with a trained local guide to see the most awesome cave paintings and ancient spots where ancestors sat and shared culture with their people. We will hear stories of cultural significance and be able to breathe the spirit of the land through our lungs, hearts and veins. Visitors travel from around the world to visit the art centre and Injalak Hill to see the ancient rock art galleries. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g255062-d3330390-Reviews-Injalak_Art_and_Culture_Centre-Northern_Territory.html
Back at our accommodation in Jabiru each evening, we will feed back on the day's learning and weave some more. Swim in the pool. Relax.
Be prepared to come back a changed person. For the better, of course! Your eyes will be opened with respect for the amazing culture we will have the privilege to experience. Leave all preconceived ideas at home. It will be very, very interesting, to say the least.
The date is set for the 30th May till the 3rd June 2015. An additional retreat could be a possibility in the second half of June 2015, but is not confirmed.
The unique opportunity to attend the 30th anniversary of the Barunga Festival will be offered as an add-on opportunity to those who wish to extend their experience of indigenous culture while up north. This will give the chance to further develop your weaving practice with the women of the Katherine region, as well as experience an indigenous cultural celebration and gathering on spirit country. We will provide tented accommodation, transport and very good company! Bring your own bedding, healthy food is available onsite at the festival. Entrance fee to the festival will be payable at the advertised rate ($44).
Its on the 5th-8th June 2015, We will leave Jabiru on the 3rd June and arrive back in Darwin on the 9th June (afternoon). Includes three nights camping at Nitmiluk National Park in Katherine Gorge. Meals after Jabiru/Gunbalanya are not included.
Weavery hosts basket weaving circles, workshops and retreats on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds (and occasionally interstate). Weaving and cultural expeditions are hosted in partnership with weavers in Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land NT, Papua New Guinea and Bushmen communities of Southern Africa.
Design-your-own workshops and project collaborations can be arranged nationwide (travelling is fun!).
Led by accomplished fibre artist, Rene Bahloo, Weavery approaches skill building from a holistic perspective, actively facilitating community connection, life skills and wisdom for wellbeing through the active meditation of basket weaving.
Taking an ancient cultural practice and adapting it to the needs of contemporary society for healing, connecting, personal growth and skill building, Weavery brings the magic of weaving circles to life.
The combination of holistic practice with creative development, personal growth and community well being adds value to this unique experience.