Listening to Country is the first of five events Heartwood will hold over the next five years.
This year the event will take place on Bundjalung Country between the 4th and 7th October,
at the Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby.
Listening to Country is about listening to and learning from indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and artisans in ‘yarning circles’ or other settings chosen by the Elders present. Yarning circles create an opportunity to develop our cultural capacity to listen to and engage respectfully, insightfully and sensitively with indigenous law/lore, teachings, stories and art. Yarning circles encourage us to recognise indigenous perspectives and to develop our personal and collective understandings of the Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge and to build our awareness of and respect for place, for country and for its custodians.
Listening to Country invites you to be present in the moment, to have respectful interactions, to be open and honest, to listen deeply, to acknowledge the wisdom of others, and to offer your own knowledge appropriately in turn.
(4 days, wholesome meal, morning & afternoon tea included)
Bookings made after August 31st, 2018 $360
A wholesome meal and morning and afternoon tea will be provided daily as part of the conference fee, and will include vegetarian, vegan and meat options.
Listening to Country is about listening to and learning from the timeless wisdom and deep understanding the indigenous people of this land hold.
In this spirit, we ask, that while participating in this event, you agree to have respectful interactions, to show respect for difference, to listen deeply, to acknowledge the wisdom of others, and to offer your own knowledge and wisdom appropriately in turn.
To introduce yourself correctly, at the start of a yarning circle, please give your name and the country you live on – for example: Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Dharug, etc. – as well as your place of birth. Please acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.
Booking open from 22 July until 28 September, 2018
‘Early-bird’ pricing available until August 31st
Dates: October 4 – 7, 2018
Shearwater The Mullumbimby Steiner School
349 Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby, NSW 2482
Nestled among the green hills of the Byron Shire hinterland, Shearwater The Mullumbimby Steiner School was established in 1993 and now caters to children and students from Early Childhood to Year 12.
The buildings have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate the flow of Mullumbimby Creek and seasonal water-flows through its flat alluvial valley. The site has been considerably enhanced with an ongoing and extensive plant regeneration program that has seen the reintroduction of native rainforest trees and shrubs.
Shearwater has also extended its place awareness in developing a living learning program that includes place in its delivery of content and teaching practice.
Please use the Contact Form for any enquiries about this event.