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This overnight camping experience is specifically designed by Aboriginal women for Aboriginal women only. Join Yilam on Country at Broadford in regional Victoria, about an hour’s drive north of Melbourne (Naarm), and be empowered to feel confident and safe “out bush”. Many women would love to go "out bush" but due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation maybe don't always feel confident enough to get out there. This 1-2 night experience aims to facilitate cultural healing and strengthen personal connection to Country.
Your on Country cultural camping experience with Yilam has been specially created by mother and daughter team, Joanne and Kaley.
Joanne grew up on Barapa Barapa Country, surrounded by family and culture and spent much of her childhood camping around the area, giving her an ongoing love of being on Country. Like her mum, Kaley is passionate about caring for Country and teaching Aboriginal philosophies for others to experience the feeling of connection to land.
The word 'Yilam' is from the language of the Taungurung Nation - the First Peoples of the rivers and the mountains in the highlands of Victoria - and directly translates to ‘camp’ but with a deeper meaning that also translates to ‘home’ or a place that you love and care for.
For thousands of years our people have cared for and managed these lands, carefully cultivating intricate and sophisticated knowledge systems based on the fundamental belief that we are connected to all things.
From this experience, you will gain an increased understanding of cultural practices and come away feeling welcome and safe on Country, connected to the land and empowered to take your friends and family camping.
Once the basics of camping safety are covered you'll then participate in activities designed to facilitate cultural healing and teach you how to strengthen your personal connection to Country.
Lessons on basics of camping and caring for Country include:
Guided mindfulness activities include:
All First Nations women are welcome including those from the LGBTIAQ+, disabled, Elder and Youth communities.
This is an overnight 24 hour experience for Aboriginal women only.
Group size is a maximum of 10 people.
Tour cost is $250 per person.
Group booking of 10 people at $2,000 per night.
Things to Bring:
A full list of items that you will need to bring will be provided prior to the trip.
Any children in attendance must be accompanied by their legal guardian and are the sole responsibility of said legal guardian.
You'll meet the guides at the pick up point at 11:00am and then head to camp - your experience finishes at 10:30am the following day.