All Events

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!

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.

Shaping our history together, a narrative to stop racism, 10 weeks course in Maldon

Shaping our history together, a narrative to stop racism is a series of workshops, including a day out on Country, to share our past history since colonisation, talk about ways to reduce racism in our communities and finding ways forward to a more inclusive and resilient future.

The sessions will be run by Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and other Dja Dja Wurrung representatives, along with Emmanuelle Dubuc who is the founder of Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc. Through the weekly sessions, the participants will discover Indigenous culture, especially Dja Dja Wurrung culture and talk about our common history since colonisation. The end of term will be celebrated with a field trip on the cultural landscape of the Dja Dja Wurrung people: Mt Dharrengower (Mt Tarrengower).

This project comes as 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).  There cannot be reconciliation without acknowledging the continuing impact of colonisation on First Nation Peoples. The sessions will be held weekly during term 3, starting on Thursday 15th July 6.30 and finishing at 8 pm at the Maldon Neighboorhood Centre. The participants will have a reading packet available and specific readings will be selected weekly to engage in deep discussions during class time. You can register your interest at the Maldon Neighboorhood Centre on (03) 5475 2093.  Cost: $200 full price and $180 concession





Nature connection and resilience for a sustainable future, Leanganook 29th May 2021

Where do we find resilience in these challenging times? How do we embrace a way of life that protects and enhance the natural world? Mirawara is organising an event that will touch on those questions and open conversation of how to move forward in this changing world. Deep adaptation and cultural change are needed so come and join the conversation in the natural surroundings of Leanganook, Mt Alexander near Castlemaine, on Sunday 29th May 2021. The day will include Welcome to Country and a Cultural walk with Rebecca Phillips, ancestral work with Emmanuelle Dubuc, fire by friction, deep nature connection and games with Claire Dunn (My Year Without Matches) and Indigenous stories and dance with Mitchell Boney and Rebecca Phillips. BYO lunch, water and chairs. This is a great family event, everyone is welcome!

Timeline for the day:

9.30 am: Meet at Leanganook campground on Joseph Young Drive, Mt Alexander, Vic

10 am–10.30 am: Welcome to Country with Rebecca Phillips

10.30-12 noon : Cultural walk with Rebecca and Mitchell (group A).

Fire by friction with Claire Dunn (group B)

12 noon-1 pm: lunch

1 pm-2.30 pm: Cultural walk with Rebecca and Mitchell (group B).

Fire by friction with Claire Dunn (group A)

1.30 pm-3.30 pm: nature connection activities with Claire Dunn

4 pm-5.30 pm: Indigenous stories and dance around the fire. Talk about ancestry with Emmanuelle and transformative change in the face of what we are facing now with Claire Dunn, Rebecca and Mitch.

Pick my Project!

Pick My Project is finally back! We have 3 climbing trips left from the great initiative Pick my Project and we can’t wait to see some of you out in nature once again. It has been a very challenging year for us all, a year to reflect, a year to ponder about what we really want to see in the world, a year of longing for the warmth of our loved ones, a year of patiently waiting to regain the freedom we once had. But above all, the longing to be with each other sharing the beauties of the world, of nature and of our humanity.

The depth and silence of winter has matured the seed of inspiration for so many of us and, at Mirawara, so many projects are coming to fruition. We will have some great activities for the summer holiday to keep you and the kids busy. We are also planning to be very busy this Autumn with a Crowd-funding campaign to run a bush-adventure therapy program for our community including eco-philosophy, Indigenous Knowledge system and nature connection activities. Register to our email list to stay tuned! Have a wonderful festive season and we are looking forward to see you out there!