nourish: a retreat for changemakers
march 10 - march 12
common ground retreat centre
spaces limited to 25 people, book in early!
take your time.
you are coming
– the becoming | wing
~ nayyirah waheed
an invitation to changemakers, system thinkers and co-creators to nourish self and community in a weekend retreat. we invite you to join as a listener, peer support, and participant, but most of all, to join as your whole, beautiful self. together we will sit in circle to honour our unique skills, contributions and accomplishments, because our work can often go unseen. we’ll spend time building relationships, setting intentions and dreaming up futures for self and the system.
we’ll nurture our ways of doing and being, by exploring embodied practices, connecting to nature and engaging with movement and sound and listening. we'll bring an open heart to sitting, moving and learning with First Nations practitioners to depend and widen our practice of relationship.
all so we can support and sustain ourselves, and our community in this work.
Welcome to Country
Taungurung Land and Water Council
Aunty Joanne Honeysett is a proud Taungurung Elder living and working on Taungurung Country. She is a Cultural Lead with the Taungurung Land and Water Council and has been in this role for over four years. Aunty Jo is a mother of seven adult children, enjoys painting and being active within the community. She has worked in various Indigenous organisations for over 40 years. Aunty Jo believes in speaking truths and is hopeful of what can be achieved when communities work together.
Joanne grew up on Barapa Barapa Country surrounded by family and culture. Spending much of her childhood camping around the area, she credits this time to her ongoing love of being on Country.
Joanne raised 7 children strong in culture and now a grand mother, she passes on her knowledge and connection to Country to her grannies as well.
Like her mum, Kaley has a strong connection to Country, and is raising two daughters to be proud and strong in culture.
Kaley is passionate about caring for Country and teaching others Aboriginal philosophies for connecting to the land. Her background is in the policy development and social sciences and she is committed to creating space for all people.
Wayapa and Cultural Regeneration
Alana is a Meriam woman (Torres Strait Islander) and grew up on Bundjalung country (North Coast NSW) and moved to Wurundjeri country (Melbourne, VIC). She is a Wayapa Trainer and facilitator, focusing on system re-setting by aligning systems of knowing, being and doing (head, heart and hands) from a place of abundance, gratitude, joy and health.
Wayapa is an earth connection practice that enables the transmission of intergenerational wellbeing by deepening our individual and collective reciprocity with our shared Mother Earth. As a regenerative practitioner, Alana offers understanding and engagement with Cultural Regeneration – a weaving together of Cultural Literacy (systems of Knowing), Cultural Respect (systems of Being) and Cultural Safety (systems of Doing).
Commonground is set on beautifully regenerated bushland, just over one hour's drive or train ride north of Melbourne and 15 minutes from Seymour by car. The tranquil bush setting, sustainable design and homely feel of the Venue make it ideal for community-based, social action and environment groups to hold workshops, share ideas and plan for the future.
There is space to sleep 27 guests, spread over 10 bedrooms which accommodate from 1 to 7 people each. see the gallery
All catering at Commonground is vegetarian to align with their environmental and ethical commitments. As such they offer two broad catering options, vegetarian & vegan, as part of a set menu (a la carte) for each meal.
EARLY BIRD (10 available) $850 AUD inc. tx
REGULAR PRICING (15 available) $950 AUD inc. tax
- 2 nights in shared accomodation at commonground
- all vegetarian or vegan meals included
- workshops with Yilam and Alana Marsh
- facilitated workshops and reflection activities
- time in nature
- community building and restorative practices
tickets are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, please get in touch for more detailsregister