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 mirawara.org. 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.
We had a sublime day at Leanganook for our Earth Core open day, beautiful weather and sweet sounds of acoustic guitar in the background played by Ya Reeves. So many smiles as people ascended the granite outcrops, feeling the buzz of being alive in this beautiful nature. We have more events coming up, check the link below for more info
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 http://mirawara.org. A truly unique experience!
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 http://mirawara.org. 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:
A minimum of 65 000 years of intimate connection with this ancient land. Stories, songs and dance embedded in the Earth, whispers of wisdom that never ends. In the beauty of Kakadu, a stone axe is revealed, unravelling a history untold, since the beginning of time. It is now proven to the blind eye, that Indigenous people have been here for a minimum of 65 000 years, challenging our known human history and defeating the theory that Indigenous people had a part in the extinction of the Mega Fauna. Maybe Australia was the place where the first man arrived. Such amazing discovery.
What a beautiful evening we had with Mondo Lounge last Friday for the end of Reconciliation Week. A welcome to Country by Rebecca Philips, stories and dance with Mitch, the crackling of the fire, the smell of marshmallows and the twinkling stars above us all. The laughter so loud as the mob played games with Jayde and the fun of feeling our way on a light less walk. Memories forever. Thanks Rebecca, thanks Mitch and thanks Jayde for your kind hearts.
Claire Dunn is coming back to Castlemaine! This time, we have combined a multitude of amazing teachers and elders to teach you deep nature connection and Earth Skills over this 2 days workshop. Dinner will be provided Saturday night and people are welcome to camp on the property but will need to be self-sufficient with their own water and food for the 2 days. Our Saturday will start at 10 am with a Welcome to Country, followed by a day packed with amazing activities with Claire and Jem (fire by friction, string making, nature awareness games and much more) . Evening meal will be served around the campfire and we encourage people to bring their own music instruments to join in the fun. We will have the amazing opportunity to hear Indigenous stories around the campfire with Rebecca Phillips who is a Djaara storyteller and passionately involved in Dja Dja Wurrung language retrieval.
Our Sunday morning will start with a morning walk, followed by stories in the landscape, tracking, bird and animal language with Michael Smith and Mel Turnbull from firekeepers. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to learn Dja Dja Wurrung basket weaving with acclaimed weaver Aunty Marilyn. A great 2 days of connection and immersion in nature. Children under 12 are free with adult supervision. Hope to see you soon!