We Dance Wild Retreat
East Kimberley, Australia
POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID
We Dance Wild Retreat is a life-changing somatic journey to one of the last wild frontiers on Earth -
the East Kimberley region of Australia, also known as Miriwoong Gajerrong Country.
The retreat provides a unique opportunity to dance among the breathtaking lands of fire and water, and connect with the Indigenous women of place to learn about culture, dance & deep nature connection.
This rare gathering of women also provides a welcoming and supportive space to unwind our nervous systems from the overwhelming busy-ness of modern life, and reawaken our embodied relationship with the land through dance and movement.
Throughout the retreat, we will meet with various women from Miriwoong Gajerrong Country and other areas to explore our relationship to place through mediums including dance and embodiment, Wayapa, Indigenous knowledge, wildcraft, interspecies communication, the Work That Reconnects, storytelling and somatic ecology - just as our ancestors once did. We will also journey with the EARTHED™ framework as our guide for embracing an embodied alignment with the Earth’s natural rhythms. This framework follows the sacred cycle of life, the ever-changing seasons of movement witnessed in the dance of all living beings. As we apprentice to these cycles each day of the retreat, we rediscover a way of moving and being that honours our body’s innate intelligence and the Earth at large. The full itinerary is available here.
Many women have described this experience as ‘profoundly life-changing’, ‘transformative’, ‘deeply nourishing’, ‘full of the most amazing days I’ve ever had’, and ‘a profound part of the necessary healing in Australia’. You can read more full testimonials here.
This retreat is open to all individuals who identify as a woman. Babies in arms are also welcome as our VIPs. If you have any questions regarding your suitability for this retreat, please feel free to get in touch.
Join us as we dance in a new paradigm of relating to self, other and Country as guided by the oldest living culture on Earth.
There are limited spaces available. Early bookings are encouraged - this retreat has sold out in previous years.
Your Retreat Includes:
Daily dance and embodiment practices among the majestic landscapes of the East Kimberley region of Australia
Guided exploration of the EARTHED™ framework - our map for embracing an embodied alignment with the Earth's cycles
Opportunities to commune with the land through experiential processes, solo time in the wild, and guided movement activities
Daily Wayapa®, a movement-based earth connection practice based on the wisdom of Australia's First Peoples
Immersive sojourns to breathtaking landscapes such as Mirima National Park (aka the mini Bungle Bungles) and remote waterfalls
A Welcome to Country ceremony with the respective Traditional Custodians
Wildcraft Weaving Workshop with local Aboriginal artisans and desert weavers
Cultural Kinship and Connection workshop with Edna O’Malley, a Miriwoong Elder & Traditional Custodian for the Molly Springs Community
Traditional Boab Nut Carving & Bush Medicine Workshop at Molly Springs Aboriginal Community
Local Bush Tucker Workshop along the sacred Dunham River with respective Traditional Custodians
Traditional dance performance and feast with local artists
Storytelling and songs around the campfire under the stars
Sharing circles with women and journaling activities for inner reflection
Please note: The program is subject to change due to various factors including cultural and environmental.
Day One: Arrive to the Land of Fire and Water
Enjoy the stunning views as you fly over Miriwoong Gajerrong Country before landing in Kununurra. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to Migaloo Camp via car. Migaloo is approximately 20 minutes from the airport and township. At Migaloo, there will be plenty of time to settle in, breathe out and meet the land. You may even enjoy a refreshing swim in the Ord River. Our journey commences with a Welcome Dinner followed by an evening circle and movement practice to weave our container, drop in and get to know each other. We also use this time to invoke the elements, the directions, the ancestors and the energies of place to be with us throughout our time together.
Location: Miriwoong Country, Kununurra
Western Australia's Kimberley region is one of the last wilderness frontiers on Earth and is among the oldest lands on the planet. The area one of Australia's hidden treasures with an immense and complex landscape that encompasses spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems, pockets of lush rainforest and an astonishing variety of wildlife. The Kimberley is home to merely 40,000 people meaning that there are fewer people per kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.
Know as the land of fire and water, the East Kimberley region including Kununurra, contains some of the world's most iconically breathtaking and powerfully spirited natural wonders. Most importantly, we find ourselves in a rich cultural landscape that is layered with stories, spirituality and customs of the Indigenous Custodians. Local Indigenous rock art in the East Kimberley has been dated back to more than 40,000 years and is recognised as some of the best examples of rock paintings found anywhere in the world. Local artwork by the Waringarri Arts Centre, Ben Broady and Kimberley Australia also offers a glimpse into the majestic beauty of this region through their respective expressions.
The retreat is based on Miriwoong Gajerrong Country in Kununurra which is derived from the Miriwoong word Goonoonoorrang meaning ‘river’. The perfect name for a place close to the confluence of the mighty Ord and the Dunham Rivers. In accordance with the creation era known as the Ngarranggarni or Dreaming, Miriwoong people believe that spirit beings roamed across this region performing certain actions that created natural features of the landscape such as waterholes, springs rivers - filling the whole land with a spirituality that remains vitally potent to this day. The cultural responsibilities of maintaining these sacred places associated with the Ngarrangarni is an essential cultural practice for the Miriwoong people today.
Migaloo Camp is a privately owned property approximately 20 minutes from Kununurra, Western Australia. The property was gifted the name ‘Migaloo’ by Bunna Lawrie, a Mirning Elder, whale song man and founding member/lead singer of Coloured Stone. Thus the property is infused with the energy of Australia's most well-known albino humpback whale. In 2016, Migaloo also hosted the Unify Gathering where Elders, musicians and Traditional Custodians gathered to activate the property as a global portal for healing.
Camping accomodation is provided with shared bell tents and/or swags for sleeping under the stars. You may also wish to bring your own camping equipment and/or a mosquito net if you prefer. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.
The venue is fully equipped with an undercover kitchen and lounge area, outdoor showers, flushing composting toilets, river entry, and a fire circle located in a beautiful bush setting. Many women have enjoyed starting their day with a refreshing swim in the Ord River at the base of the property.
Please note: Migaloo is not an Aboriginal community. We will travel to the communities and be visited by Indigenous women at our camp.
A delicious array of healthy, simple but hearty vegetarian and/or vegan meals will be included for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, traditional meat (such as kangaroo tail) will be served when the local women are present with respect to their cultural diet. Organic teas, coffee & cacao will also be available during snack breaks and fresh filtered water from the Ord River is provided for drinking. All meals will be gluten-free, sugar-free, and organic where possible. If you have any other dietary requirements, we are able to cater accordingly.
There will also be an opportunity to learn how to identify, harvest and cook traditional bush tucker and medicinal plants throughout the retreat. This includes plant-based foods such as the boab nut and lawang leaves, and animal-based foods such as kangaroo tail and local fish. Our Aboriginal guides understand that some women may not wish to eat or hunt meat which is also respected.
Please note: Personal snacks are not provided. If you require any extra food, please bring this along with you. There is also an opportunity to buy personal snacks on your arrival day when we stop at the local township for supplies.
Fly: Kununurra airport is approximately 20 minutes from our retreat location. This is the recommended airport if you choose to fly. Airport transfers are available for all participants. We recommend you book your flights as early as possible as the price can increase significantly closer to the date. Flights range from $700 - $1200AUD from major cities in East Coast Australia, and $500 - $800AUD from Perth depending on when you book. Our retreat starts at 5pm on the 22nd June so please ensure your arrival time is NO LATER THAN 3PM. Departures can be arranged for any time on the 1st July.
Train/Bus: Cross-country trains to Darwin are available from most major cities. From Darwin, you will need to arrange a Greyhoud Bus to Kununurra. The bus ride from Darwin to Kununurra is approximately 12 hours with spectacular views of the Kimberley region along the way. Pickups/drop-offs are available from the bus station on the 22nd June and 1st July. This is the most ecologically sustainable form of transport to the retreat.
Car: You may wish to drive or hire a car from your hometown or from another town in the Kimberley region (such as Broome or Darwin). In the past, some women have flown to Broome and enjoyed a road trip through the Kimberley region before arriving at the retreat. Others have hired a car after the retreat and driven to Darwin or Broome for an extended adventure. If you choose to travel by car, it is your responsibility to make all necessary arrangements.
Please note: Travel expenses including airfares, train tickets, car hire and other costs are not included in the retreat fee.
Airport/bus station transfers and transport on day trips within the retreat dates are the only transport that is included.
Financial & Travel Assistance
We are so excited to announce a new partnership with Travel with Intention, a family-run Australian social enterprise specialising in conscious travel. Brooke from Travel with Intention has offered to help participants with flights/travel bookings to Kununurra and travel insurance to ensure you get the best prices available on the market. She has access to deals not advertised to the public - so I highly recommend getting in touch with Brooke to help you take the stress out of booking.
We are so grateful to be working with Brooke who has dedicated her life to exploring the world, learning from Elders, and preserving ancestral teachings from all continents. Being a single Mumma of two beautiful children, Brooke also understands some of the challenges that arise when choosing to travel with intention.
This is why Brooke is offering a 9 MONTH INTEREST FREE payment plan if you book with her (conditions apply). This may include the retreat itself, your flight/travel bookings, travel insurance and any other travel needs - or any combination of these. So you don't have to worry about missing out - you can book straight away and have time to pay it off over 9 months.
You can contact Brooke directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 0421 646 202.
"This retreat will forever mark a turning point in my life. A turning point into the deep ecology of my body and the wild, raw territory of my soul. My deepest silent longings to explore the wild frontiers of my sensual, authentic expression were met at this retreat without shame or judgement. I am now forever dancing and moving towards my true nature. Brittany’s work brought me home to this ancient and innate wisdom in all of us. She is truly dancing in the wild frontiers of the soul. I transformed under her guidance and came home to the rich ecology of my inner landscapes. I can feel this has sent a ripple of love and prayer through my body and out into the Earth. Brittany is wise beyond her years with a wealth of knowledge that runs deep within. Her wealth of knowledge is astounding and her integrity is impeccable. Watch this space because Brittany’s offerings are so precious, so tender-hearted, so soulful, so much integrity - that they are not to be missed."
- Char Hill
Teacher at the School of Shamanic Womancraft, Facilitator for the Maiden School of Magic and Becoming A Woman Journey
All prices are in AUD.
Payment plans are available.
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Your investment includes a direct contribution to the Aboriginal women and knowledge keepers that will be sharing their time with us throughout the retreat.
To secure your space, we kindly request a $497 deposit. Once your deposit has been received, you will be contacted with options to pay the remaining amount. The remaining amount can be paid in full or via payment plan. To access the Early Bird price, deposits must be received before the 1st March 2021.
A 9 month interest-free payment plan is also available for all booking made through Brooke at Travel with Intention (conditions apply). You can contact Brooke directly at email@example.com or 0421 646 202.
Bookings close 10th May 2021
11 days / 10 nights camping accommodation. Shared bell tent and swags provided.
Three delicious meals each full day, plus organic teas, coffee & cacao
Financial contribution to Aboriginal facilitators
Airport or bus station transfers
Entry fess & guided visit to Mirima National Park (aka the mini Bungle Bungles)
Welcome to Country ceremony with the respective Traditional Custodians
Wildcraft Weaving Workshop with local Aboriginal artisans and desert weavers, including all materials
Cultural Kinship and Connection workshop with Edna O’Malley, a Miriwoong Elder & Traditional Custodian for the Molly Springs Community
Traditional Boab Carving & Bush medicine Workshop at Molly Springs Aboriginal Community
Local Bush Tucker Workshop along the sacred Dunham River
Traditional Dance Performance and Feast with local artists
All embodiment practices; including dance, natural movement, daily Daily Wayapa® classes, bushcraft, breathwork, drum meditations etc.
Full use of all onsite facilities including outdoor showers & flushing composting toilets
Pre-departure assistance including an Information Pack, Packing List & Live Q&A Call
Access to the Private Facebook Group for pre and post retreat support
Transport to Kununurra (e.g flight costs, train/bus fares or personal car hire)
Credit card fees
Personal Travel Insurance
Any additional transport fees
Sleeping bags & pillows (only if camping)
All additional activities are optional and available after the retreat only.
Activities are paid via cash after the retreat.
Zebedee Hot Springs
Zebedee Springs is a much loved hot spot for locals (pardon the pun!). The springs are fed by a permanent water supply deep within the earth that maintains a constant temperature of 28 -32 degrees celsius year round. The surrounding cliff faces are up to 1800 million years old and are known as 'King Leopard Sandstone'. The Springs are also home to a remote forest of Livistona Palms that truly make this a unique oasis within the desert.
Full Day: Zebedee Springs & Emma Gorge (6am - 3pm): $100 per person
Includes car hire (2 hour return drive), fuel costs and entry fees. Lunch not included. Minimum 2 people
Emma Gorge Hike
Emma Gorge is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular and accessible gorges that features a 65 metre droplet waterfall and tranquil swimming hole surrounded by red rock cliffs. Located within El Questro Wilderness Park, the waterfall is approximately a one hour walk from the car park area (depending on your fitness level). The hike is dotted with rock pools, ancient boulders and lush greenery before arriving at the refreshing lagoon where it’s impossible to resist a dip in the crystal clear water.
Full Day: Emma Gorge Hike & Zebedee Springs (6am - 3pm): $100 per person
Includes car hire (2 hour return drive), fuel costs and entry fees. Lunch not included Minimum 2 people.
Ord River Private Boat Tours (Sunset Tour or Full Day)
Sunset Boat Tour: Our private boat leaves Migaloo Camp at 3pm and takes us to a series of secluded swimming spots that are home to the Comb-crested Jacana, affectionately known as Jesus Birds. The Jacana's large webbed feet allow them to walk across lily pads as if walking on water. After a refreshing dip, the boat will take us to Emu Creek Wetlands with stunning views of Elephant Rock, also known as Sleeping Buddha. There is an opportunity to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at the base of Elephant Rock if it feels right for you to enter this sacred place. We then begin our journey home as the sun sets for the 'light show finale'. This has been a highlight for many guests who experienced their first 360 degrees sunset skies.
Full Day Tour: An unforgettable day on the Ord River. We’ll have lunch at Jump Rock and continue on to the spectacular Carlton Gorge with its magnificent cliffs and rock overhangs. This breathtaking landscape of the Kimberley region is often missed by most tourists due to its remote location. In the afternoon, we make our way back up the Ord and complete our journey with the Sunset Tour, including a visit to Emu Wetlands, Elephant Rock and traditional rock paintings. As icing on the Kimberley cake, we end the day with colourful sunset views from the water - a memory that will last a lifetime.
Sunset Boat Trip: $50 per person
Full Day Boat Trip: $100 per person
All Private boat tours require a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum 10 people. Food not included.
Roy's Wildlife Retreat with Barbara Walker
Roy's Retreat is a local rescue & rehabilitation centre for native wildlife run by local legend, Barbara Walker. The off-grid, bio-dynamic retreat is the only soft-release rehabilitation place for wallaroos & wallabies in the Kimberley and has been paramount in bringing the Antilopine wallaroo back to the region. Antilopine wallaroos are the rarest of our big Australian species and are seriously endangered. Barbara lives on the retreat and has amazing stories to share of The Kimberley.
Visit Barbara at Roy's Wildlife Retreat: $100 per person
Includes entry fees, transport and tour with Barbara Walker. Minimum 2 people. Lunch not included.
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is open to women and those in a female body.
Babies in arms (0-24 months old) are also welcome as our VIPs. If you wish to bring your baby along - let's chat to make sure it's the right fit for you both.
Are children welcome at the retreat?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of various practices and the large amount of travel across rugged terrain, this retreat is not appropriate for children.
What if I want to stay longer (before or after the retreat)?
What should I bring?
A full packing list is provided a month prior to your departure. Most of the items on this list are common items such as clothing, toiletries and a water bottle.
If you are camping, you will need to bring a pillow (or pillow case to stuff with clothing) and a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are also available for hire if needed.
Personal snacks are not provided and you will need to bring these also. There will be an opportunity to buy personal snacks on your arrival day when we stop at the local township for supplies.
Do I need to hire a car?
All airport/bus station transfers and transport on day trips within the retreat dates are the included in your retreat fee. You do not need to hire a car to get to the retreat or attend any of the day trips.
What cultural protocols should I be aware of when attending?
Approximately one month prior to departure, a Live Online Q&A Call will be scheduled to discuss a range of pre-departure information including specific cultural protocols you need to be aware of. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions. This call will be recorded and sent to participants via email and posted in our private Facebook group, so if you are unable to make the call you will still have access to this information. It is required that all participants either attend or watch this call before departure.
What level of fitness is required to participate in the retreat activities?
The retreat includes various hikes across rugged terrain, unmarked paths, wet surfaces and large boulders (see pictures below). All hikes are approximately 1- 1.5 hours long with drink and photo breaks. It is recommended that you have a medium level of fitness to participate in these hikes. If you have knee or other mobility issues that you are currently treating, this retreat may not be suitable for you.
Do I need to have previous dance experience?
No previous dance experience is required. Super beginners and super experts are welcome - along with everyone in between.
I can't stay for the whole retreat, can I attend half of the program?
The retreat program take participants on a very intentional journey; building on relationships with self, others, our Indigenous teachers and Country each day. Therefore, it is asked that participants commit to the whole retreat to honour this process. Participating in half or a chunked section of the retreat is not permitted.
When should I book my flights?
It is recommended that you book your flights as early as possible. Flights can increase significantly closer to the retreat commencement date and you may have to pay up to double the price if left too late.
Do you provide any pre-depature information?
Yes, you will be provided with a full information pack approximately one month prior to the retreat commencement. This includes all necessary information about the retreat location, accommodation, travel arrangements, catering, mobile reception, cultural protocols, packing lists and more.
Lastly, there will be Live Q&A Online Call scheduled prior to the retreat if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the program. This will be recorded and sent to participants via email and posted in the Facebook group, so if you are unable to make the call you will still have access to this information. It is required that all participants either attend or watch this call before departure.
What will the weather be like? Is it hot or cold?
The East Kimberley region has two distinct seasons; wet and dry. The retreat is scheduled during the dry season which is characterised by clear blue skies, easterly winds and balmy days with some chilly nights. We will enjoy hot, dry and sunny days (approx 25 -33 degrees Celcuis) and cool, clear nights (down to 10 degrees Celcius). The weather is very stable and the chance of rain is very unlikely. Every day is so beautifully perfect.
It is recommended that you bring light, breathable and comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty for our day-time activities. For evenings, long pants, jumpers & socks are recommended.
Given the hot, dry weather during the day, it is recommended that you drink more water than normal and bring extra moisturiser for your skin as dehydration is very common.
How do I get to the retreat?
Fly: Kununurra airport is approximately 20 minutes from our retreat location. This is the recommended airport if you choose to fly. Airport transfers are available for all participants. We recommend you book your flights as early as possible as the price can increase significantly closer to the date. Flights range from $700 - $1200AUD from major cities in East Coast Australia, and $500 - $800AUD from Perth depending on when you book.
Do I need travel or other insurance?
I want to select the payment plan option - what does this look like?
The additional activities look amazing, how do I book them?
Additional activities can be pre-booked and paid for with cash upon arrival. You may wish to bring cash with you or withdraw extra cash from the ATM in Kununurra upon arrival.