We had a great day for our first session “introduction to rock-climbing” at Mt Alexander (Leanganook) last weekend. Tim Preston showed great expertise in his field, explaining all the gear required for a safe and fun top rope climbing session. We had participants from a range of ages with the whole family participating for the day and we did some great climbs! Well done everyone for a great day out on the mountain.

The trips with Jida have been so popular that we added another trip on Saturday the 20th January. We have 2 places available if anyone would like to come. A trip not to be missed and a unique cultural experience for our region. You can book tickets online at Eventbrite with the link below. Transport provided meeting in front of the Castlemaine Information Centre at 8am on the day.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cultural-tour-of-boort-with-jida-gulpilil-tickets-41846935310

Mirawara wants to say a big thank you to all the people that supported our program in 2017. Our adventures towards a deeper and more nature-connected human experience will continue to grow in 2018. You can subscribe to our email list to get updates on our upcoming events. We have lots of creative ideas for this coming New Year and can’t wait to share them with you in the near future. Thanks again and hope to see you OUT there soon!

the Mirawara team

Mirawara is launching its first  four week introductory rock climbing course: you will learn the basic knots and rope skills required to set up a top-rope anchors, how to belay, how to develop climbing skills, how to place ‘natural’ (trad) protection and practice basic self-rescue skills.

On our last Sunday, we will head out to Mt Macedon and climb some awesome volcanic rocks.

This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and into beautiful environments, make some new friends, challenge yourself to the extreme and simply have heaps of fun!

At the end of the course, there will be opportunity to join our monthly climbing club to keep practicing the skills you learn.

The course is three Sundays on Mount Alexander and one on Mt Macedon. It will be led by  experienced rock climbing instructors, Tim Preston and Emmanuelle Dubuc. Hope to see you out there!

More details and booking on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481981118565390/

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rock climbing central victoriaA cheeky diversion on a recce for two climbing trips, once we had sorted locations, safety and access we did the long rambling climb Oxbbow on the great rock of Camels Hump.

We were up there preparing for our trips with Sacred Heart College Kyneton and Mondo Lounge.

We had 18 young people from Sacred Heart split into a half a day top rope climbing and half a day environmental interp walk with abseil. It is an amazing environment up there ranging from wet forest to snow gums. Cold conditions up with the snow gums where tricky for the ones that turned up in their PE shorts!

Brett from Sacred Heart said:

After my recent dealings Mirawara I am fully satisfied with the flexibility, professionalism and great range of programs that are offered. The rock climbing excursion to Camels Hump in the Macedon Ranges was a great experience for my students which enabled them to see what outdoor opportunities are right on their own door step. I will be calling on the Mirawara crew again to provide experiences for the next generation of outdoor education/recreation students.

The second trip was with Mondo Lounge and was the final in The Nature Link, a program enabled by Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Community Grant. We’ve been climbing with this great crew on Mount Alexander before so took them to Camels Hump to sample some different rock at the very climbable Back Wall. Mt Alexander and Mt Macedon are both volcanic but completely different rock, though since learning to climb on granite the Mondo crew can handle anything! A perfect end to The Nature Link and a big thanks to the Mondo Lounge coordinators and Mount Alexander Shire Council.

We had the perfect weather for a great mountain bike skills workshop with Jo Wall yesterday. Some exciting new skills were learnt with great enthusiasm from our young crew and they challenged themselves on some great tracks near the Baco. A big thank you to Frank Forster from the Rocky Riders, who organised this great event and also a big thank you to the Bike Vault for providing free bike hire for us. Can’t wait for the next challenge!

A day of wisdom and nature spirit! Learnt how to do fire by friction, listen to amazing stories, did many nature awereness games, rope weaving and learnt lots about our local birds. This was a taste of more to come in the future….

What a great day!

All the groups in the workshop where successful making fire by hand-drill, with the right gear and instruction it’s not as hard as you think.

A fantastic workshop with a glimpse into deep ecology and re-wilding. A huge thanks to Claire and her team for a day of beautifully presented inspiring ideas and new perspectives. We hope to work more with Claire in the future so subscribe to be kept up to date on upcoming events and workshops.

If you missed out come along to our tracking workshop with Michael Smith, developing awareness in the bush and being able to read what is going on around you.

We had a wonderful day in Boort with Jida last weekend. We visited sacred burial sites, midden areas, saw many scarred trees and learnt so much about Indigenous culture. The cultural richness of Boort is incredible and Jida is doing an amazing job at sharing his knowledge of the area to whoever wants to listen.  There was so much to learn and see, that we decided to organise a canoe trip for 20 poeple during the summer holidays. Subscribe to our email list or send us an email  if you are interested. Many opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture will flourish in the future, including  regular working bees to Boort to help Jida with the multitude of amazing projects he has. Truly worth it!  Stay tuned in!

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Want to know how to track animals in our beautiful landscape and get that perfect photographic shot or just want to understand and read the stories that nature provides us? This workshop will give you skills to read animal tracks and get a deeper perspective on how to read our landscape. This workshop is the start of a series of tracking skills that will be coming up in the near future and is definetly an event not to be missed. Our facilitator for this amazing workshop is Michael Smith who has over 30 years experience in training in a wide variety of fields including: survival, tracking, climbing, leadership and program development. Much of this has been in a military context including work with the Special Forces Group.

Michael has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award, and now is contracting to Outback Initiatives as a facilitator with an upcoming trip in the Kimberley’s.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tracking-workshop-tickets-37747440611