Sisterhood Circle Uluru Retreat and Kata Tjuta Men’s Journey 2015
…was both a privilege and humbling to be in the presence of the magnificent Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Cave HIll, plant, animal and the animated indigenous whose ancestors, like them, have been deeply committed to taking care of all that is their country. The early crisp mornings brought multi hued skies worth a thousand paintings that would never do justice to the sunrises before us. This awe inspiring land afforded us deep connection, creativity and transformation to say the very least. For many of us it was like coming home, to both the land and the skies. Excited by the sheer beauty of star groups and planets in the multi galaxies through the eyes of our passionate astronomer was a highlight as were the wide open spaces surrounded by mountain ranges 360degrees around coupled with the power of the land that has to be experienced not described. Unsurpassed was the feeling in every cell of the gentle and powerful wisdom of our first nation in deep caves ancestral communities lived and taught in. We were exposed to beautiful open hearted people, including the staff at Yalara, the participants of our Retreat and the indigenous that wanted so much to teach us of their culture at a level we could understand. Bush tucker, cave paintings, as old as 22,000 years and maybe more, and voluptuous curves of weathered sand stone and waterholes, along with the dreamtime stories and the symbolic art that described indigenous life, had us mesmerised.
We were blessed to spend time with Auntie Alison, a quietly spoken indigenous elder whom we all fell in love with. “You are my family” she said. With tears around the table we were moved at the acknowledgement and her commitment to the honoured natural laws of life and her people.
This unforgettable Retreat was equally an honour, a delight and deeply transformational. We beheld the beauty and the power of country that continues to stir the hearts of visitors from all over the globe… The Heart of Australia glowing for all to absorb.