Kimberley Connection Retreat
Local Culture & Custodians
We acknowledge the Mirrawoong people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Kimberley 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.
Day 1 – THE LANDING
A gently ease into local culture and land, we come together in a welcoming ceremony.
We begin to feel the land and its waters with a trip to the river.
Day 2 – CULTURE CONNECTION
We have the honour of hearing stories of creation and learning how indigenous connect with land and spirit.
A guided art process using traditional Ochres from the land.
-Guided by Edna (Local lore holder and artist)
Day 3 – CONNECTING WITH THE ANCESTORS
We will learn from Juju her story and be taken on a process of deep enquiry into our own connection to ancestry and the spirit of the land.
-Guided by Juju (local Healer & wisdom holder)
Day 4 – CEREMONY OF INTENTION
A morning of mediation and reflection – tuning in to our self and our own connection to nature.
Evening fire ceremony – setting our intentions and sharing as women
Day 5 – REFLECT & RENEW
A morning of mediation and reflection.
Half day adventure to a special local waterfall – In this sacred place we will connect with the water.
Day 6 – CELEBRATION & CLOSURE
On our final day we come together in council, as women to share our story and our journey. We will end the day with a special ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge each others journey.
Day 7 – DEPARTURE
We say our goodbyes. Those who choose to stay will continue their journey on the land through permaculture and community connection. Women are invited to stay for as long as they feel to (through prior agreement).
*Yes, we do pick you up and drop you the airport.