I have had a number of inquiries via this blog for more information about the Women’s Business journeys I have taken to the Central Desert. I am now happy to be able to extend an invitation to these Desert Ceremonies here. I share a bit about my experiences with these ceremonies in a number of my posts: Women’s Business, Women’s Ceremony 1, Women’s Business, Women’s Ceremony 2 and Life as Ceremony. I will be posting a couple more soon.
HERE IS THE INVIATION
Nellie Patterson (in the photo) and the Pitjantjatjara elders in Central Australia invite you to share in the Women's Business at a very sacred healing area, Umutja, about 150 km from Uluru. This is a long drive on a desert track. Nellie and the women always get very excited as it gets closer to the time for the visiting women to arrive there. They truly enjoy meeting everyone and spending time on thier sacred land.
To register for this upcoming gathering at Umutja, please visit www.desertwomensbusiness.com. There you will also find several very helpful testimonies and stories about other women’s experiences with these ceremonies.
Dates: 25th to 29th March 2011
Pickup: The Outback Pioneer Motel, Yulara.Tel: (08) 8957 7888
Deposit: $500 by 31st January, 2011
Balance: $1000 by 28th February, 2011
SORRY NO REFUNDS AFTER 28th FEBRUARY
Fee covers transport to and from Yulara (also there is a free shuttle bus from Yulara Airport to the Outback Pioneer), all meals, swag and cultural fees.
We are travelling to very powerful land and we are asked to come with deep respect for the law and culture of this area bringing only an open attitude and willingness to be guided by the elders.We meet at the Outback Pioneer at around 12 noon on 25th March, please be ready to load up into the Troopies by then so that we can reach our destination early. We will return to the Yulara Ceremonial site as usual for rest and integration of our experience at Umutja and then return to the Outback Pioneer around Noon on 29th March but earlier times can be arranged for flights if necessary. We travel in 4 x 4 Troopies and space is very limited so luggage must be kept to an absolute minimum (additional items for before and after the event can be stored at the Outback). You will need to bring 10 litres water for personal use - can be purchased at Yulara when you arrive. We provide swags but please let us know if you are bringing your own so that we do not double up
WHAT TO BRING:
warm sleeping bag, small pillow and sheet, large tarp for over and under swag – approx 3 metre x 4 metre, soft bag for clothes etc - keep it very small for transport, water and drinking bottle, torch – headlights are easier and best, black skirt - knee length or longer (you will spend most of your time in this and will need very little additional clothing for the site other than some warm covering clothes for the evenings and early mornings and maybe socks and beanie for bed if nights get cool. A sarong or two comes in handy too), wipes like wet-ones for washing, toilet paper and small trowel, zip lock bags for your own rubbish (incl. used toilet paper!!), small towel, sunscreen and hat, insect repellent, gastrolyte or other electrolyte drink, additional food for snacking on if you need it.
MEALS ARE SIMPLE VEGETARIAN AND NUTRICIOUS. Let us know if you have special dietary needs and we will see what we can do, e.g. gluten free. You also need to be willing to assist in the kitchen for preparation & clean-up at meal times (a roster will be available for you to sign up on), and to assist with serving our Aboriginal sisters at meal times.
We are asked not to bring any recreational drugs, alcohol, drums and other instruments, jewelry, healing items like crystals, etc. as they interfere with the way the women work with the land in ceremony. Photography is not allowed and we are asked to keep our writing, artwork for later. It is important for you to know that you will be responsible for yourself and your experience at this event as it is not covered by insurance.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS AS GIVE-AWAYS IF YOU WANT:
The ladies love and need black skirts - mostly large size, red, white, black and yellow wool, white feathers, paints, brushes, and canvas.