Creative Spirit – Healing the Land; Healing the People is the second event Heartwood is holding in the Listening to Country series.
In the final circle of Listening to Country, Heartwood was asked by the Elders present to hold a similar event in Canberra for Survival Day, as what we had achieved was a safe and respectful space for presenters and participants that made it possible for genuine exchange to take place. We are responding to this request and hosting Creative Spirit – Healing the Land; Healing the People in Canberra.
This year the event will take place on Ngunnawal Country between the 25th – 29th January 2019, at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra.
Creative Spirit – Healing the Land; Healing the People is about listening to and learning from indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and artisans in ‘yarning circles’ or other settings chosen by the Elders present. The focus will be healing, culture, art and spirit. We have the opportunity to invite Ngangkari desert healers who will provide both bush medicines and healing sessions for individuals during the event.
All First Nation knowledge is based on teachings from the Ancestors, held with individual autonomy and respect for self, for all others, and for the earth. This is both lore and law and upheld through a deep relationship between the Creator Spirit, the spirit self, family relationships, and ceremony, practiced in humility, unconditional love and harmony.
Our January event will again be a series of yarning circles offered in 2-hours sessions. Yarning circles are held by an Elder or Elders who share knowledge appropriate to the audience and in response to a theme; the form this takes – stories, hands-on activity, etc. is entirely at the Elder’s discretion (for correct protocol, please see Yarning Circles page).
Creative Spirit – Healing the Land; Healing the People 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.
Our Heartwood Vision Statement is: Sustainable development towards a future where every human being can unfold her or his individual potential; where humankind lives together in social forms that reflect human dignity; and where all economic activity is conducted in accordance with ecological and ethical principles.
The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, a short walking distance from the Tent Embassy, have generously offered their facility at a reduced cost for the period from 25th to the 29th January inclusive. This is an immense help to us. We were and are committed to transparent accounting and to ensure that funds generated through indigenous Elders sharing their knowledge are made available to these Elder. While we are clear that we need to cover all costs, we feel that no non-indigenous person should financially profit from these events, once overheads are met. We do not seek government funding as this often comes with ‘stings attached’.
Bringing Elders, artists and Ngangkari to Canberra is an honour and a mammoth task. To achieve this in a short time frame, to ensure correct cultural protocols are followed so we can hold the event, and to ensure presenters are able to attend, we need your support.
Early bookings will greatly assist Heartwood (who put on these events solely as volunteers with the volunteered help of others who offer their time and service and pay to attend), to:
· Pay for the venue,
· Assist with covering travel funds for the presenters and
· Organise catering supplies.
Bookings are open till the 21st January.
Full event Single $360 per person
Full event Couples $620
Day pass Single $95
Day pass Couples $150
Simple morning and afternoon teas and a simple lunch will be provided daily as part of the event fee, and will include vegetarian, vegan and meat options.
Creative Spirit – Healing the Land; Healing the People 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 name 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 until January 21st
Dates: 25th – 29th January 2019
George Browning House, 15 Blackall Street, Cnr King’s Avenue, BARTON
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Vision Statement
Our vision is to be the go to place for the interface between Christianity, Australian society, culture and Indigenous people. ‘Wisdom for the common good’ is what the Centre is all about.
The site of the ACCC is on a small knoll overlooking Lake Burley Griffin on Kings Avenue immediately south of the Parliamentary Triangle in the heart of Canberra.
Atop the site is a tall, stylised, steel cross, on the centreline of the major axis of the Centre’s building plan. Down this axis is a ceremonial fire pit, a grassed amphitheater, and the main building of the ACCC’s auditorium and chapel.
The site also has areas for contemplation: a pool at the base of the cross, and a labyrinth towards the lake.
The administration building is near the St Mark’s facility on the side street.
Please use the Contact Form for any enquiries about this event.