Listening To Country: Understanding The Sovereignty Of Indigenous Knowledge ~ Building Awareness And Respect For Country And Custodians

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Presenter:  Heartwood Site for Transformative Arts. Culture, Science

Date: Oct 04, 2018 to Oct 07, 2018

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Contact person:  Iris Curteis, Ph.D.
T: +61(0)266575274

Location:  Shearwater Steiner School, Mullumbimby

Listening to Country is the first of five events Heartwood will hold over the next five years.

Listening to Country is about listening to and learning from indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and artisans in ‘yarning circles’ or other settings chosen by the Elders present. Yarning circles create an opportunity to develop our cultural capacity to listen to and engage respectfully, insightfully and sensitively with indigenous law/lore, teachings, stories and art. Yarning circles encourage us to recognise indigenous perspectives and to develop our personal and collective understandings of the Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge and to build our awareness of and respect for place, for country and for its custodians.

Listening to Country invites you to be present in the moment, to have respectful interactions, to be open and honest, to listen deeply, to acknowledge the wisdom of others, and to offer your own knowledge appropriately in turn.

Ghillar, Michael Anderson (Nyoongar Ghurradjong Murri Ghillar) - Euahlayi 
Law/Lore: The Moral Taught Through Story

Lewis Walker – Bundjalung Elder and Wahrla-Bal Custodian
Traditional Welcome to Country;
Stories of Sacred Water and Whale Songlines

Rod Williams – Bundjalung
Gongan, A Holistic Approach: Incorporating Culture, Social Justice, Environmental Protection and Management, and Business Development

Paul Spearim – Bumaay and Wirrayaraay Clans of the Gamilaraay Nation
Maintaining Our Cultural Integrity Through – Gu

Uncle Kev Buzzacott - Custodian of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
Master Story Teller 

Uncle Martin Ballangarry (Gumbaynggirr)

Event Fees:
(4 days, wholesome meal and afternoon tea)

Early bird pricing ( closes August 31st, 2018) $320
Bookings made after August 31st, 2018 $360

A wholesome meal and afternoon tea will be provided daily as part of the conference fee, and will include vegetarian, vegan and meat options.

To Book Your Place
Listening to Country is about listening to and learning from the timeless wisdom and deep understanding the indigenous people of this land hold.

In this spirit, we ask, that while participating in this event, you agree to have respectful interactions, to show respect for difference, to listen deeply, to acknowledge the wisdom of others, and to offer your own knowledge and wisdom appropriately in turn.

To introduce yourself correctly, at the start of a yarning circle, please give your name and the country you live on – for example: Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Dharug, etc. – as well as your place of birth. Please acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.

Booking open from 22 July until 26 September, 2018 - BOOK HERE

‘Early-bird’ pricing available until August 31

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