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Each year, we have the privilege to lead a group of individuals on a long journey via the dusty Arnhem Highway to visit the small homeland community of Mäpuru.

Our Yolngu friends and adopted family, with whom we have partnered for the past 13 years, reside there. These trips are intended to support our friends in achieving a meaningful livelihood on their land, while they, in turn, teach us the significance of living in harmony with the land. They educate us on how to weave pandanas baskets, bush survival and how we can adopt a different perspective towards the world in which we live.

And so we invite you to join us, to live with and learn from the people of Mäpuru who are passing on their traditional skills and knowledge to future generations – as it has always been. Each visitor is welcomed with an open heart and mind, and given a rare glimpse into the Indigenous worldview.

The Journey

The group meets in Darwin before clambering into the hired 4WDs and commencing our two-day drive into some of the remotest parts of Arnhem Land.

The drive is spectacular. A long and dusty red road reaching to the East with river crossings, and stunning scenery. We spend the first night on the road camped at the top of an escarpment with views for miles below. We cook dinner on the camp fire under the crystal clear night sky – setting the tone for the days ahead.

Late on the following day we will arrive in Mäpuru and be warmly greeted by the community. That night we set up our camp (cooking, tents, camp fire). Our workshops start the following day.

“This will be an experience that will always be in the forefront of my mind.
Thank you to CERES for taking on these trips and allowing us to participate and help the Arnhem Weavers keep their community and culture strong.”

Catherine
Workshops

Weaving is used as a means of cultural exchange and will enable women participants to witness and learn the entire process; from the collection of barks, pandanus and kala (natural dyes) to the weaving and creation of your own pieces. There are also opportunities to collect bush honey, mangrove worms, go fishing and swimming in water holes. Along the way you will build friendships and learn about Yolngu culture.

During this time the elders share their skills, expertise, and knowledge of their traditional lifestyle in their ancient and majestic landscape.

Payments & Refund Policy

Cost
12 day women’s trip: $4500

Payment Schedule
Deposit: $400 deposit – due when signing up to the trip
Payment 2: $2500 Due 1st April 2024
Payment 3: $1600 – 10 day trip: To be brought in person and paid directly to the Mapuru community whilst on the trip.

Price Includes
*$1600 for expert tuition, paid directly to Mapuru elders
*Food, equipment and car transfers between Darwin and Mapuru
*Group facilitation

Price Excludes
*Flights to Darwin
*Personal insurance

Refund Policy

The $400 deposit is not refundable after the 28th of February
100% of payment two is refundable if the participant cancels prior to the 1st of April.
50% of payment two is refundable if the participant cancels 6 weeks prior to the trip’s departure, after which no refund is possible.
CERES has the right to demand payment of outstanding fees, plus legal recovery costs if any.
If CERES cancels the trip, all payments will be reimbursed.


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