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basket weaving with Dja Dja Wurrung elder Marilyne Nicholls, 20th Nov

Come and spend a day with well-known elder and master weaver Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and learn how to weave traditional baskets. Aunty Marilyne will take you on a cultural walk around Walmer to talk about different materials you can use to weave baskets before settling into our beautiful rustic studio to learn how to weave your own basket. You will have a chance to learn about Dja Dja Wurrung culture and hear beautiful stories from Aunty Marilyne. Mirawara will provide a delicious warm lunch (vegan and gluten free) as well as afternoon tea (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements). Please bring the client sign up form with you on the day which can be downloaded from our website: Mirawara (on the menu on the top right hand-side, click on contact and the form will be there). If you have any queries, feel free to contact Emmanuelle on 0437 172 786.

bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/basket-weaving-with-dja-dja-wurrung-elder-marilyne-nicholls-20th-nov-tickets-413150733967

 

Rewilding workshop at Leanganook with Leafy Adventures, Sunday 13th Nov

Rewilding workshop at Leanganook: fire-by-friction, foraging, string making, bird language, basic land navigation and nature connection.

Humanity is at a cross-road, for far too long we have forgotten our wild roots and our deep connection to the Earth. We have been taken on a wild ride, embedded in a system that has diminishes our precious life systems, our sacred home. However, in these important times, many of us can hear the wild calling us, a deep longing inside our bones and deep inside our hearts. Nature is calling us back, remembering the songs and dance of our ancestors, our light footprints upon her forever changing landscapes.

This journey will bring you deeper into the heart of our Wild Nature through the skills that our ancestors mastered long ago.

The timeline for the day will be:

10:00 am: Acknowledgement of Country and logistics .

10:30 am-12:30 pm: Wild Wondering: basic land navigation, deep nature connection activities, tracking, bird language, foraging, finding water and bush-tucker.

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch (B.Y.O), wild weed salad and damper tasting.

1.30-3:30 pm: string making with Emmanuelle and fire-by-friction with Leafy.

3.30-4:00 pm: Sharing circle.

Please make sure to bring our client sign up form available on our website Mirawara (on the top right corner click on contact). Please bring warm clothes, waterproof jacket, hat, sun-scream, plenty of water and your own lunch.

bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rewilding-workshop-with-leafy-adventures-at-leanganook-castlemaine-tickets-411038205337

info: Emmanuelle Dubuc on 0437 172 786

The Uluru Statement from the Heart at work in our Shire

Our course “Shaping our history together, a narrative to stop racism” concluded last week with a cultural walk at Mt Dharrengower (Mt Tarrangower) with Dja Dja Wurrung elder, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls. The 9 weeks course came as a response to the Statement from the Heart, where Traditional Owners across the country, are seeking a Makarrata Commission to supervise the agreement making process between government and First Nations and truth-telling about their history (Statement from the Heart, 2017).

During their weekly sessions with Aunty Marilyne and other Dja Dja Wurrung representatives, the participants learnt about the importance of our local Indigenous culture, our common history since colonisation and talked about ways to reduce racism in our community.

We would like to send many thanks to Aunty Marilyne Nicholls for sharing her precious time with us, helping us understand and heal our common humanity for a better future. Also, many thanks to the people who participated in this pilot program. We are hoping to run a similar project next year so please send your expression of interest at eedubuctimson@gmail.com or through our website at mirawara.org.

school holiday program: rock-climbing at Leanganook on 14th April 2022

Come and enjoy a beautiful Autumn afternoon at Leanganook (Mt Alexander) for some basic rope knowledge and climbing skills. We will be climbing at the well-known granite outcrop located at Dog Rocks. This time of the year is splendid on the mountain as the light reflects that last warm rays of the summer just gone. We hope to see you out there!

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/mirawara-14769924778

Walk and talk on Djandak with Aunty Marilyne Nicholls, 7th July 2021.

Mondo Lounge and Mirawara are organising a great event for young people for Naidoc Week.  Come and join us on a Cultural walk at Mt Dharrengower with Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and discover the importance of this beautiful cultural landscape.

timeline for the day

9.45 am: Meet at Mt Dharrengower (Mt Tarrengower).

10.00-10.30 am: Welcome to Country and Smoking ceremony with Aunty Marilyne Nicholls.

10.30-11.30 am: Cultural Display.

11.30-12.30 pm: Walk and Talk on Djandak: talk about impacts of gold mining and upside-down Country, visit rock-wells and story-telling.

12.30-1.00 pm: Lunch.

1.00-2.30 pm: Walk and talk on Djandak, visit rock-shelter.

2.30-3.00 pm: Debrief.