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!


Celebration of Earth Core!

A great array of memories are flashing back to us here, at Mirawara, as our Earth Core program is coming to an end. So many adventures filled with joy and laughter, stories of renewal and hope, teachings that will keep flourishing in our hearts for a more resilient and sustainable future. We would like to thank all the people that supported our vision and made our Earth Core program possible through Pick My Project this year. Also, an enormous thanks to the Victorian Government for their great funding initiative and to all the people that came on our adventures this year. We would also like to thank all the mentors and volunteers that helped  create such a rich experience for us all. Mirawara will continue to work hard to secure funding so that our programs can be accessible to all.

As our way to thank you for your great support, we are organising a free event at Leanganook (Mt Alexander) on Sunday 29th March 2020. The event will start at 10am and finish around 8pm. The timeline for the day is as follow:

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

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

10.30-11.30am: Cultural walk with Rebecca and Mitchell.

11.30-12.30: Talk about ancestry with Em, talk about transformative change in the face of what we are facing now with Claire, deep connection with nature and oneself. Teachings from the past and the lessons learnt. Indigenous ways of knowing, deep nature connection, how can we get there?

12.30am-1.30pm:  lunch time (BYO) and reflection

1.30-3.30: Fire by friction with Claire Dunn

3.30pm-5pm: nature connection activities (walking like a fox, group activities) with Claire Dunn

5pm-6pm: Light supper

6pm-8pm: Indigenous stories and dance around the fire.

bookings are essential:

YOUR FEEDBACK would be greatly appreciated so, if you participated in some of our Earth Core activities, please fill in the survey below. It will help us secure funding in the future. Thank you!

Earth Core: our Spring and Autumn program is here!

Our Spring and Summer Program is here! We have so much on offer with outdoor activities planned for almost every weekend so, take you pick and join us on our next adventure: Rock-climbing, abseiling and rope work, Cultural tour of Boort with Aunty Marilyn Nicholls and a weekend of adrenaline at the famous rock-climbing mega: Mt Arapiles. We also have special free places for Health Care card holder.

For more info and bookings go to: 

Emmanuelle Dubuc on 0437 172 786

Beaver wood and cedar


Beaver wood and the sweet smell of Cedar, wild rivers rushing through my veins. I run through the woods, knowing where I belong.

There is nothing like your home Country, the land that speaks your language. The trees, the birds and animals that are entwined with your own.

My song his heard here, touching every breath of Nature, thunder and storms, rain drops and fawn.

Emmanuelle Dubuc


A great movie from where I come from…Canada!  A sweet reminder of what Mirawara’s role is and the vision that it carries. Let the river carry us through…..

Indigenous story-telling and didgeridoo with Ron Murray for Reconciliation Week 25th May

Come and enjoy a beautiful evening at Leanganook (Mt Alexander) for the start of Reconciliation week with Ron Murray. Story-telling and didgeridoo music will be the essence of the evening, under the stars around a cozy and warm campfire. A light snack will be provided (cake and tea), gluten free and vegan option available.

Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man (Swan Hill area) living at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria on Jaara country. He is a cultural educator, storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor.

Ron has an international reputation as a didgeridoo soloist, having performed widely in Australia, and also in New York, Jordon, Canada and New Zealand. He also performs as part of the Celtic-Indigenous fusion duo, Kinja, with fiddler/vocalist Sarah James.

Please bring your own chairs, blankets, torches, and mugs and don’t forget to bring your clients sign up form available on our website at This event is made possible through Pick My Project and tickets are limited so please make sure that you can commit to the date or let us know in advance if you cannot attend so that we can give tickets to other people. Event will start at 6pm until 9pm at Leanganook camping area on Mt Alexander.

Bookings available at:

Looking forward to meeting you on the day!

Birthing cave near Boort

Our first trip to Boort with Earth Core was a great success! Tim Read took the first group of participants and they had the chance to visit a Dja Dja Wurrung birthing cave older than the pyramid, rock-wells, oven mounds and visited many important sites to the Dja Dja Wurrung poeple of Central Victoria. We are hoping to do 3 more trips to Boort this year so stay tuned and subscribed to our email list at A truly unique experience!

Earth Core is finally here! Rock-climbing, abseiling, Indigenous awareness tours, workshop with Claire Dunn and so much more!

Earth Core is finally here everyone! We have a great Autumn program available for youth 12-25 yo and also for the whole community. Earth Core is an environmental and outdoor education programs that have been highly subsidised by the Pick My Project State Funding, helping our community to access the great programs that Mirawara offers. Earth Core will be running until December 2019 and we will be advertising our events every seasons so… to stay tuned, you can subscribe to our email list at The list of our amazing Autumn experiences are:

11th April: Rock-climbing at Mt Macedon

14th April: Open day for climbing and abseiling at Leanganook (Mt Alexander): everyone welcome!

27-28th April: Workshop with Claire Dunn, Jem Little, Aunty Marilyn Nicholls and Rebecca Phillips from Dja Dja Wurrung, Mitch Boney and Mel Turnbull from the Fire-Keepers (Mt Alexander).

4th May: Climbing at Leanganook (Dog Rocks, Mt Alexander).

11th May: Indigenous Cultural Tour of Franklinford and Mt Franklin with campfire, dinner, Indigenous story-telling and dance with Aunty Marilyn Nicholls and Rebecca Phillips from Dja Dja Wurrung and Mitch Boney.

12th May: Rock-climbing at Leanganook (Mt Alexander).

18th May: trip to Mt Kooyoora: Rock-climbing, abseiling and caving.

Important: the only event open to everyone are the Franklinford trip and the open climbing day. The other programs are only for youth 12-25 yo. Thanks you and hope to see you guys out there! 

Check the link for more details and booking options: