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Listening to the Land – Singing up the Earth
May 27, 2022 @ 10:30 am - May 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pmSee below for pricing
The Earth is a rich repository of spirituality as well as holding Divine energy in every cell of Her being.
Experience the blessings, sacred music, ecstatic states and illumination that happens when a group of committed seekers co-create ritual and ceremony, listen with open ears, and experience a heavenly merging with that which we so often take for granted. Nature all around us is a treasury of light and wisdom.
Join us at the very sacred Harmony Centre for an adventure of the spirit. Beginning on Friday 27th May, we will walk on country, listen, meditate, and sing up the land with our sacred songs and connect with the Ancient Wisdom that it contains.
Shakti Durga has lived in the Martinsville Valley for 25 years and with Shiva Kata Tjuta is the custodian of 120 acres of beautiful Awabakal land. She brings Mother Durga’s shakti of awakening to assist people to open to the mystical world of beauty and truth that exists everywhere and in every heart.
Craig Cooper has spent his entire adult life deeply immersed in Aboriginal life, and has worked in Aboriginal affairs in both government and private roles. He was made ‘Spirit brother’ by a Senior Kaurna lore holder and cultural custodian Paul Dixon. Uncle Paul was the caretaker of the gateway to the Tjilbruke Dreaming story. He empowers people of all ‘sovereign nations’ to listen to the land and deepen their connection to country. Craig will share stories and insights of a lifetime of listening to country.
Anjani Devi is a proud Gomeroi woman will share acknowledgment of country and smoking ceremony in traditional manner, in Gomeroi language. Anjani Devi has spent the past 17 years working with spiritual teachers of different traditions and modalities. Spending 15 years in the health and wellness industry, predominantly community mental health, Anjani Devi was drawn to work with people living with trauma and working in the framework of recovery focused practice.
Anjani Devi was introduced to her family culture of origin in her early 20’s. This sparked a 25 year journey of learning and re connection. Going home to country, reconnecting with cultural practices, language, lore, healing, and medicine has been a wondrous experience; siting with and being taught by our Senior Elder, Senior Lore woman, Aunties & Uncles is a priceless and humbling experience.
Anjani Devi is an internationally bestselling author, her most recently published book is a star dreaming story written and illustrated for children, launched on Gomeroi country this year, our Senior Elder approved this as a dream time story for our people.
Our retreat will take place at the beautiful Harmony centre, Cooranbong in the Martinsville Valley. The Watagan National Park and Olney State Forest are adjacent to our centre, and can be accessed directly on foot.
Open to All By Donation
Camping spots on the grounds can be made available
What to Bring
• Meals – vegetarian please
• Camp chair for outdoor use
• Good walking shoes, boots, gumboots
• Walking sticks
• Insect repellent
• Rain coat
• Layers of clothes for indoor/outdoor
• Water bottle
• Food and snacks
• Spiritual journal and pens
• Crystals to be charged up
• Inspirational cards
• Musical Instruments
• Donation for tuition
What to Expect
This is a Divine program, highly experiential and requiring presence and listening to the direction of the spirit of the land as the event unfolds. WE will hold ceremonies, a fusion of traditions, build altars and sacred spaces, open our hearts to Mother Earth and sing songs to Her.
Our initial thoughts about the event, which are subject to intuitive guidance, are as follows:
10.30am opening ceremony
• Welcome, introductions
• Smoking ceremony and ochre
• Walk the land
• Gratitude on country with Craig
Lunch (bring food)
• Some men’s and women’s mysteries,
• Story of Tjilbruke, an 11,000 year old dreaming story of a great, inspiring lore man
10am commence with meditation
• Feeling the land
• Charging of crystals
• Fire or water ceremony as is relevant on the day
• Saturday afternoon men’s and women’s things
• 4pm afternoon tea around a fire, yarning circle around the fire, telling stories myths
• Raffia, women’s weaving
• Close when done, probably around 5.30pm
(own dinner arrangements later)
6.30am Sunrise ceremony followed by breakfast (bring food)
10.30am Satsang – open to everyone
1.15pm Shiva puja honouring the wild God of nature
3pm approx. Closing ceremony after the puja – continuing on with the journey of reconciliation with the Earth and with all the people of the land. Harmony, partnership and wellbeing. Acknowledging healing is a life long journey.