Indigenous Workshop and Healing Week
Time & Location
About The Retreat
I am so excited and honored to announce that this December one of my spiritual mentors, Auntie Alison, indigenous elder and representative for the AP community at Uluru, is coming to Sydney for a week of healing at my Avalon studio!
On Sunday 9th she will be welcomed to the peninsula by Uncle Glen Yarnold, elder for the Darkingjang region, and his sister, who will perform the traditional Welcome to Country, ahead of Aunties' four hour workshop on the same day.
This is a first on both levels as neither Auntie or Uncle Glen have been to Avalon before. I'm sure you'll appreciate what an incredible privilege it is to have them both at our community studio.
ABOUT AUNTIE ALISON HUNT
Auntie Alison Hunt is a strong and well known Pitjantjatjara/Western Arrernte elder and healer who has worked actively over the last 45 years as an important advocate and a strong voice for her people and has also been an active cultural consultant and board member for various Central Australian Aboriginal organizations and councils, and also to various State and Federal Government ministers, Prime ministers, Indigenous Human Rights advocates, members of the Royal family, and His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.
As a speaker, mediator, facilitator, and also as a powerful traditional healer in her own right, she brings to her own work a wealth of personal experience in indigenous women’s law and culture and carries the full support of her tribal elders across both the AP Lands (Anangu Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara lands) and throughout Central Australia. Her work also carries enormous cultural responsibility in both representing and reporting back to her tribal elders.
In her personal healing sessions, Auntie Alison works closely with the assistance of her senior elders and also her ancestral guides, and combines traditional massage, a potent bush remedy known as ‘aratja’, and traditional smoke treatments. Her potent healing hands have supported the well being of hundreds of clients from all over Australia and abroad in alleviating body pains and aches, and supporting the release and healing of emotional trauma, depression, and personal blockages.
The workshop will be an interactive experience with Auntie sharing cultural wisdom, indigenous protocols, traditional stories and answering your questions. Auntie's male assistant, Pinrada, will join us in the morning for some added teachings as well. Pinrada works with Auntie each time she visits Melbourne, and it is a great honor to have him share his stories with us in Sydney.
Indigenous cultural talks and workshops are a wonderful opportunity for non-indigenous Australians and visitors from abroad to broaden their awareness about traditional Aboriginal culture and gain valuable insights from a real Central Australian indigenous elder into cultural subjects such as: traditional customs and practices, traditional life in the desert, bush remedies and bush foods, and also in understanding contemporary issues faced by indigenous people today such as; lands rights and community health. In these workshops, participants will interact with and learn directly from Auntie Alison.
We'll start with two hours in the morning, 10am - 12pm, with a lengthy lunch break, then followed by another two hours in the afternoon, from 2pm - 4pm. The format is relatively fluid so be prepared to go a little over time in case.
We ask that you bring a plate to share so we can all stay in the studio for lunch to help keep the energy connected and contained, but please remember, we are a NO PLASTIC studio. There are plenty of vegetarian and healthy alternative cafes in the village where you can buy something last minute, as well as plenty of venues for coffee and assorted drinks.
Auntie will stay in Avalon for the week of December 10th - 14th, offering private healings in the beautiful therapy room at Breathing Space Yoga.
There are limited appointments for these sessions available, so if you are interested, please book directly with Denby on 0413 747 644. Payment upfront will secure your spot.
1. Private healing sessions will be $150.
This includes a 50g jar of Auntie's special bush remedy.
This remedy is her own special blend of healing herbs and oils and is basically an indigenous panacea for everything from acne to asthma. She will also have extras for sale if you decide to purchase more. All profits from the sale of the bush medicine go to support her elders and community.
2. Welcome and Workshop will be $250.
Please BYO a comfy fold-up chair or bolster/cushion to sit on.
*Please note: in alignment with indigenous protocol, in the event of any unforeseen circumstances, 'sorry business' or other unexpected indigenous complications, the event will be cancelled. We appreciate your understanding with this. In this instance, you will receive a full refund.
*There will be no cancellations for either sessions. If you cannot make the welcome/workshop, or your secured private appointment for any reason, please find someone to take your place, and get them to compensate you accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming you to the space and to introducing you to the gracious Auntie Alison, and her niece Milan (Fleur Dennis) who will be assisting during the week as well.