Earthbody Women's Retreat Miriwoong Country, Kimberleys
30th May - 6th June
The Earthbody Retreat is a somatic immersion for women
who seek to embody the wild soul within, commune with the land,
and connect with Elders from the oldest living culture on Earth.
So much of our contemporary lives are displaced from the land, other people and our own soul. The predominant culture is one of competition, isolation and consumerism where it can be difficult to escape the throws of stress, depression, anxiety and burnout. In order to survive, our bodies stiffen with overwhelm and our hearts grow numb to shield our wounds of separation. Though we yearn for something more - to feel alive and connected, to express our fullness, to unconditionally belong to a place, to a community, and even in our own skin. These are the stirrings of our wild soul.
This gathering of women, including Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers, is an opportunity to reconnect with the wild soul that wants to dance us.
Together, we begin to re-awaken our embodied relationship with all life and reconnect as sisters of the same Mother. We learn to befriend the intelligence of our moving body as our greatest ally for coming home to the Earth and ourselves. We look to the moon, the sun, the trees, our womb, and see the same recurring pattern which holds the code for ways of being, moving and healing. We invite the land to move with us and through us as we sing, drum and stomp barefoot to the heartbeat of the earth. We use dance, embodiment, stories, craft and ceremony - just as all our ancestors have done - calling on the support of the seen and unseen realms to transmute old paradigms that keep us powerless and to sow the seeds for a new way.
Join us as we move, laugh, wander, play, cry, listen, pray and sit in circle around the campfire sharing stories. The time to come together has arrived - to dance again as sisters, to engage in intimate conversations with the animate world, and participate in the reciprocity of all life.
"Brittany shares a strong understanding and connection with the earth combined with a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge while continuously looking for new ways to live in harmony with the environment. We love Brittany's energy, her unwavering commitment to her growth and the passion she brings to sharing her knowledge of Wayapa, somatic dance and ecology for the well-being of others."
- Jamie Marloo Thomas, Gunnai Maara Senior Knowledge Holder
& Co-founder of Wayapa Wuurrk
"I feel more connected with myself and the earth, and feel very inspired to action. Thank you Brittany, and thank you to the Indigenous Elders for sharing this knowledge and experience. I look forward to learning more."
- Paulette, previous workshop participant
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is not complete until a deposit has been received.
This retreat is for indentifying women who:
Are ready to embark on a soul-nourishing journey in the powerfully spirited land of fire & water
Are seeking deeper connection with themselves, the land, Spirit and the wisdom keepers of the oldest living culture on Earth
Want to learn more about dancing & moving with the land, and receive practical embodiment tools for everyday life
Are tired for feeling stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, disembodied and disconnected from their true essence and wildness
Feel the calling to respectfully learn more about Indigenous culture and ancient ways of moving & communicating with the land through the feeling body
Are willing to soften, learn, share and be vulnerable in the safe container of our circle
Are ready to safely express and transmute their pain for the world into personal power
Are seeking to deepen their own learning and professional development in the space of dance and embodiment, nature connection, soul work, healing and Indigenous wisdom
Are willing to join our circle with an open heart of compassion, non-judgement and respect for each other and the local culture
Are willing to be flexible and flow with the local culture - this is one of the magical gifts of working with the feminine
Are ready to participate in personal and planetary healing of the wild feminine
If you have any questions regarding your suitability for this retreat, please feel free to get in touch.
Key features of the retreat include:
Learning, sharing, healing and connecting with the Miriwoong Elders
Daily Wayapa®, a movement-based earth connection practice based on the wisdom of Australia's First Peoples
Reclaiming the forgotten map for embodied alignment with the Earth’s energies and cycles
Daily movement and dance practices with the majestic landscapes of the the Kimberley region
Powerful rituals and ceremonies for transmuting wounds into personal power for individual and planetary healing
Communing with the land through experiential processes, multi-sensory activation & deep listening
Drumming and deep imagery work to retrieve important wisdom for our Soul journey
Meeting your power animal - your personal ally for healing & uncovering your gifts
Understanding and collaborating with the magic of your monthly moon-dance
Journaling and sharing exercises for inner exploration and reflection
Wildcrafting, weaving and sharing in sacred sisterhood circles
Sharing fireside stories, myths and poetry for the wild soul
Plus plenty of time for integration, play and reflection in the iconic landscapes of the Kimberley region.
* Please note that the program may change slightly due to various factors. As visitors to Miriwoong Country,
we ask that you come with an open mind & a willingness to flow with cultural needs.
Day 1 - Weaving Our Circle & Anchoring Our Roots
Today is all about safe landings and greeting the energies whom you will be moving with throughout the journey.
You are welcomed upon arrival with a nourishing lunch and plenty of time to settle in, breathe out and meet the land. As we commence our opening circle, our sacred container is woven through grounding meditations, vocal toning, relaxing movement practices and rituals to call ourselves fully present. We also use this time to gently tend to our nervous systems, learning tools and techniques for grounding, calming and feeling safe. With each practice, we drop deeper into our bodies, hearts and wombs - connecting our roots into the power and energy of this land. Together we invoke the elements, call in our energetic ancestors, allies and guides, and make an offering in gratitude of Country, our Mother Earth and Great Spirit. We speak our intentions aloud, requesting that all women feel held, heard and healed during our time together.
Later, we gather for a smoking ceremony & acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians of Land - the Miriwoong People- to cleanse our spirits and ask permission for conducting our women’s work. The day concludes with fireside stories, herbal tea and bush crafting, as we gently prepare our souls for transformation.
Day 2 - Rising Like The Sun
We begin by mapping our journey into deeper connection with all life and our cyclic feminine essence. This informative exploration will help to bring greater awareness of our body's relationship to the Earth’s cycles. Throughout the retreat, we will apprentice to these cycles, embodying their teachings as the way-shower of moving, being and healing. We commence by flowing with the enlivening energies of the rising Sun, of Spring time, of the East and Air. We dance with playful zest, enlivening our inner child through natural movement exercises, and unearthing our unique expressive voice.
Day 3 - Awakening Our Feeling Flame
We continue our journey to the North - working with the energies of the full Sun, full Moon, of Summer time, and Fire. We honour our body temple through nourishing touch, Authentic Movement and begin to shamelessly reconnect and heal our sexual energy - the creative life force and fire of Mother Earth within us.
Day 4 - Letting The Water Flow
We begin our day by connecting with a Local Miriwoong Elder at Molly Springs who shares her wisdom about the world’s oldest living kinship systems and connections to Country.
In the afternoon, we enter the gateway of the West - the end of Summer and beginning of Autumn. The time of letting go, the home of Water and the disseminating Moon. We bravely begin the descent, releasing the layers of conditioning and suppressed emotions that have kept us numb to the world. We craft a sacred container for surrendering our grief, anger, guilt, shame, fear and despair, cleansing away the shackles that limit our path forward. In doing so, we also clear the stagnant energies hiding in the shadowy recesses of our being that may be blocking our clearest communication with the natural world.
Day 5 - Speaking With The Land
Today we enter the realms of the West, the time of the setting sun and the Maga. We harvest the wisdom of personal embodiment thus far and apply this to our relationship with the greater Earthbody. We begin by attuning our sensitivity to the landscape and practicing the art of deep listening through our feeling bodies. Our animal instincts are enlivened as we merge with the land and re-awaken our own indigeneity. Today we recover our belonging to the family of all things and learn practical ways of communing and moving in with the land, rather than on it.
Day 6 - Reclaiming Our Wild Soul
Today we visit Mirima National Park, a very sacred place of the Miriwoong People. Upon returning from Mirima, our ritual commences and we gather in our wildness, painted up with the Earth with faces lit by the glow of the fire. The beating rhythm of the drum carries us as we dance our prayers for the collective healing of all beings. We stomp and sound and vision in unison, both “dancing the spirit back into ourselves, and dancing the spirit back into Country” as Uncle 'Moogy' Major Sumner , a respected Ngarrindjeri elder, shares.
Day 7 - Planting Seeds For The Future
Today is for integrating and grounding our experiences before setting off into the world. There is lots of space to relax, replenish and recalibrate so the wisdom and insights have time to settle into our bones. The pace is slow, soft and gentle to allow deep cellular reconfiguration from our journey together - similar to the first days after birth. We gather in circle and allow ourselves to be nourished by the feminine, whilst planting seeds for the future. Our day is closed with a sunset boat tour to Elephant Rock.
Day 8 - Endings And Beginnings
We close with a gratitude circle to honour the stories shared, the connections crafted and the land that opened our hearts. We give thanks and release the directions, the elements and our energetic allies who have supported us throughout the journey, trusting that we will meet again soon.
After many hugs, we gather for our last meal together at lunch before spreading our rediscovered wings and flying home.