Kimberley Connection Women’s Gathering
WELCOME HOME WOMEN
You are invited into the heart of the Kimberley, to sit with local elders and embark on a journey of remembering. It will be held from the 22nd-27th July 2019.
The Kimberley is ancient, wild and rugged, the place of creation. A land where fire and water meet, our deepest creations arise and we remember our innate abilities as women.
For six days we will be fully immersed in our natural environment. Sleeping under the stars, walking the land and sitting in ceremony together.
It looks like…
Hearing stories from indigenous elders and learning their spiritual connection to the land
Sitting in ceremony as women, coming into council to reflect and deepen our collective journey
Adventuring into waterfalls, rivers and gorges
Coming into deep listening and expanding our sensory abilities
It feels like…
Returning to Your natural state of being – coming home to self and remembering our belonging to the natural world.
Remembering your nature as women
Connecting to the wilderness and to the spirit of the land
Feeling the support of tribe as we journey deep within
Feeling your connectivity to the web of life
The intention is…
To bring women together in a land that supports the rising of your creativity and the deepening of your emotional and spiritual connectivity.
Connect to your creative life force and stand strongly in your truth.
Authentically create nurturing change in your world and the world around you.
July 22nd-27th 2019
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Local Culture & Custodians
We acknowledge the Mirrawoong people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Kimberly region, the land that will hold us on our journey, heal us and help us remember.
Meet Juju Wilson
Juju is an Elder of the Mirrawoong people, for eons her ancestors have walked this land, this country surrounding Kununurra is in her DNA. Her mother was born at Ivanhoe Station and her Grandmother in the Keep River National Park, by growing up and listening to her mother and grandmother’s stories and looking at the rock art Juju has been able to connect deeply with her ancestral Country. She is an artist who enjoys painting the local animals and for years she has taken visitors on tours of the amazing rock art in the region in some cases amongst the worlds oldest artworks. Juju has been passed the ability to make and play the Didgerdoo, she is also a Mapan which is the local word for traditional healer and she does amazing healing work for both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.
Juju will have some of her artworks for sale and will be available to do healings for a donation. It is not the tradition to ask for money, but we live in a very resource poor area and so all donations are gratefully received.
Hi, my name is Karla Riddell. Most of you have probably already met me. Here are a few more things that you probably don’t know though…
I have a decade of experience in traditional healing, beginning my path as a healer when I was 19. Early on in my life I chose to walk in-between the worlds of everyday western culture and the unseen world of spirit. While I was training in traditional Hawaiian healing arts I was also training to become an advanced care paramedic. Even now in my sole dedication to returning people to their native selves, I still maintain a connection to that delightful “mainstream”. I am the founder of the not-for-profit organisation, The Young Shaman Foundation and I continue to maintain my professional business aptly named Sacred Huna Healing.
Early on in my adult life I was lucky to travel the world and sit in ceremony with significan Shamans across different cultures. I feel most blessed however to be born on this land, the ancient lands of Australia. I am deeply rooted here and I have dedicated the last 5 years to understanding the indigenous ways of connection.
In my facilitation you will come to see, that all of my guidance is an invitation into yourself and your own connection to land and spirituality. I have had the privilege of been a radical independent woman, stumbling over many road blocks and harsh learnings. The ability to be the navigator of ones own world continues to be at the forfront of my facilitation. So be ready to be radically you and… be ready to surprise yourself with your ability to clearly and concisely navigate your journey of connection!
I have carefully crafted this experience based on the land, the elders and of course, my own experience in both facilitating and life. I pledge dedication to listening to the needs of the land, the elders, the spirits of the land and each to your individual needs as sovereign women and sentient beings, to the best of my ability.
“It is always the land and the elders that call forth womens work. My job is simply to listen and align myself to this intention and to the women who are being called.”
In gratitude, Karla Riddell
Here are a few more details to support your journey…
Fly into Kununurra
We pick you up from the airport and will spend the 7 nights camping out under the stars on a property 14 minutes out of town.
Tents and swags provided, all you need is your sleeping bag, we take care of the rest.
No further costs in your 7 days, but you have the option to stay longer (small camping fee for extra days)
Deposit – $300 (this secures your place, numbers are limited to 10 women)
Earlybird – $1600 (Ends 1st May)
Full exchange – $1950
Cost covers accomodation, food, airport transport, tent, swag and ALL activities (does not include flights)
GIVE YOURSELF TIME
It is important to allow yourself time before and after the gathering to prepare and integrate. We recommend spending the full weekend before and after on this land.
BEFORE – you will NEED time to really land. This will look like: quite time in nature, meeting the women you will be sharing the journey with, swimming in the river and acclimatising to the weather (even this time of year it can be up to 30 degrees!)
AFTER – you wont feel ready to leave straight after the gathering, as internally things will still be in motion. I recommend spending at least 2 days with the land. This could look like: exploring in nature, debriefing with the women, engaging more with local indigenous, resting on the land… and again, swimming in the river! (this is near your camp ground).
Booking & Application
Apply through link below. Once we receive your application Karla will be in touch to share more information with you and answer some of your deeper questions. I look forward to meeting you!
In gratitude and great excitement,
“Going up to the Kimberley’s was a big part of my own spiritual quest, it was a deep inner calling. Connecting to the land and the indigenous women, I felt a deep sense of belonging, like a homecoming.”
Brittany Jane – Founder and facilitator of the Earthbody Movement
” It was such a privilege also to feel connection with the indigenous elders that shared their culture, I really got to witness their connection to the land through the ceremonies and in listening to their stories.”
Jaclyn Cunningham – Founder and facilitator of Radiant Woman
“The Saturday just passed, Karla spoke. She mesmerised us with her thoughtful, calm cadence. She grounded us with her story about real, visceral relationship with nature. We all walked out feeling part Earth.”
Jarrah – Editor of The Weekly Service
“Karla is guided both by her intensive training and by her intuitive feel, resulting in a beautiful and deeply feminine practice that allows for the presence of spirit.”