Our Weekend of Weaving, Wellbeing and Wonderful Women
with the Djabagai Rainforest Weavers and the Kunwinjku Weavers from Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land
supported by Rene from Weavery.com.au and Dale Chapman, First Food Co
… on Wakka Wakka Country
Friday 13th September 4pm to Sunday 15th September at 3pm
Barambah Environmental Educational Centre
Registrations close COB Monday 9th September
During 2018, we ran two Weekends of Weaving bringing together more than 70 amazing women from diverse backgrounds. Held in a beautiful mountain landscape in Wakka Wakka country on a shared border with Kabi Kabi neighbours at the Barambah Environmental Education Centre, the women learned new skills, met new people, shared knowledge and reconnected with families and culture. The women came from across the Wide Bay Burnett Region representing the traditional Wakka Wakka, Badtjala, Gurang, Taribelang, Kabi Kabi and Gooreng Gooreng cultures together with women from other cultures who have made these lands their home.
The women were shown how to harvest the fibre, split the leaves and begin weaving with fresh product. Not only were they weaving the fibres but also their stories and their connections. There were Elders, aunties, sisters, daughters and young people who all expressed their profound gratitude for having been involved in such a deep inspirational and healing event in the bush with the morning bellbirds, the resident goannas and the peace.
We had a lot of very positive feedback which included comments like feeling “peaceful, inspired and loved”….and “feeling excited and inspired at a deeper level; can’t explain….this is the knowing, the pathway to travel”.
Due to the overwhelming success of our 2018 weekends with wonderful women, we are hosting another weekend with weavers from Gunbalanya, a small town in West Arnhem known for its rock art as well as our wonderful Djabagai rainforest weavers from Kuranda and Rene from Weavery. We invite grandmothers, mothers, aunties and daughters who are of secondary school age (must be accompanied by parent/carer/supervisor if under 18).
Due to the high cost of transporting weavers, we have to charge fees for this event. However, we are pursuing sponsorship for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from the Wide Bay region, reducing the costs to $40 for the women in this group, payable upon registration.
To enable others to experience a beautiful weekend immersed in our ancient cultures, we have a limited number of places available for other women at the discounted price of $400, which helps subsidise an Indigenous woman to attend. We are also seeking donations to support First Nation women to attend this wonderful weekend of healing and learning, so please visit our website to find out how.
Go to www.steppingblack.com.au/weekendofweaving/ for online registrations and payment facilities. Registrations open on Saturday 20th July, 2019 closing COB, Monday 9th September. Otherwise, registration forms may be obtained from your local CQID Office.
We look forward to seeing you all for an awesome weekend. A map is below along with a list of things to bring.
Any queries, please phone 0427 340 710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Bring
Towel, toiletries and clothing (cool and warm) & hat
Warm bedding – sleeping bags, pillows, single bed sheet to cover mattress, top sheet for if nights are warm
Sunscreen & insect repellent
Sleeping arrangements are single beds in shared bunk style accommodation (4 per room).
There is no mobile phone reception however, the Centre has a landline.
For all enquiries
Phone Zona: 0427 340 710