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!
As the weather has been so magnificent, we decided to reschedule our “Climb social” event this Thursday, 12th April at Dog Rocks, Mt Alexander from 1pm until 4pm. This event is for the people that already have done the climbing course with us or have tried one of our climbing days in our local area. Its a great way to stay connected with the great people you meet on our courses and keep the passion of climbing growing. We will also be adverising for our next rock-climbing course and this time, you will have the opportunity to spend a weekend at Mt Arapiles which is the mega rock-climbing place in the country. Hope to see you out there!
Michael Smith has a great extent of knowledge about navigation and ways to read the landscape. In this course, you will learn the basics of navigation and the way we relate to the environment using our “orienteering lens”. You will learn natural navigation with the sun, layers of the land and the natural elements surrounding you. You will also learn how the animals can help you understand how to navigate the land. Great day for families. We need a minimum of 10 people to run this activity. Hope to see you out there!
This event has been very popular so we are organising another trip with Jida. Come and enjoy a great day in Boort with Jida Gulpilil and discover one of the richest cultural landscape in Victoria. The tour will included: -cross-cultural interpretation, canoeing and kayaking, Aboriginal culture, art and craft demonstrations, Aboriginal music, song and dance and much more….This time, we have a film maker who will be filming our experience for the day, let us know if you are ok with it. Tell all your friends, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Hope to see you out there.
The Rocky Riders are offering another coaching course for the keen mountain bikers. The day will consist of learning the basic skills required to become a great mountain biker and practising those skills on the famous biking trails near the bacon factory. Participants will need to bring their own bikes and meet us at the Giant Castlemaine shop at 28 Hargrave st, Castlemaine at 10 am. Bring plenty of water, backpack and cut lunch. We need a minimum of 8 people for this event to go ahead.
A great way to spend a family evening with the well-known Indigenous story-teller Ron Murray at the beautiful Leanganook (Mt Alexander). Warm soup and bread will be available for dinner around the campfire (vegan and gluten free option will be available). Bring your own chair and blankets. We need a min. of 20 people for this activity to go ahead so tell all your friends and family. Children(s) with adult supervision can come for $20/child (to be paid cash on the day). Hope to see you out there.
Mirawara has been brewing some great ideas to make sure boredom doesn’t affect you these holidays.
Come and join us in some awesome adventures from exploring caves, abseiling and rock-climbing at Mt Kooyoora to immersing yourself in a profound cultural experience with Jida Gulpilil in Boort. Check our list below and see what tickles your fancy! We need a minimum of 10 people to run our activities so please, keep on supporting us so that we can help shape a better world for the generations to come. Bookings can be done through Eventbrite and our website at mirawara.org
4th April: Mt Kooyoora: abseiling, rock-climbing and exploration of Melville caves. $145/pers.
5th April: Rock-climbing at Leanganook (Mt Alexander). $75/pers.
6th April: Rock-climbing/abseiling and bushwalking at Mt Macedon. $125/pers.
7th April: Indigenous story-telling night with Ron Murray, Leanganook (Mt Alexander). $65/pers.(warm soup and bread included) (min. of 20 people required for event to go ahead)
8th April: Mountain biking with the Rocky Riders around Castlemaine. $75/pers.
14th April: Cultural tour of Boort with Jida Gulpilil (kayak/bushwalk). $175/pers.
15th April: Reading the landscape, our perception of nature through navigation with Michael Smith. $75/pers.
The Mirawara team “weaving stories of experiential learning and connection with nature”
Mirawara is launching our first CLIMB SOCIAL event on Sunday the 25th March at Dog Rocks, Leanganook (Mt Alexander). We had such a great time teaching our last enthusiastic outdoor adventurers at our introduction to rock-climbing sessions a few months back that we decided to organise a few free climbing days where our past students can practice the skills they learned with us and catch up with the people they met whilst doing the course. We will organise another 2 other similar events before Winter comes. Hope to see you out there! Send us an email if you are interested or ring Emmanuelle on 0437 172 786.