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Wild Search for Adventure Series - WEAVING WATER Women's Program 2nd-6th Sept 2021 - $500 deposit

Are you ready for the wild adventure of your lifetime? 
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Do you dream of exploring the REAL Australia on foot and deeply immersing into one of the largest stretches of undeveloped coastline in NSW? 
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Answer the call of Australia’s wild coastlines and join our group as we trek the Yuraygir Coastal Walk in 2021.
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Welcome to Weaving Water!
NATURE... FLOW... POWER
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This is a gentle, nourishing and deeply powerful introduction to multi-day hiking; an adventure full of the promise of transformation and deep nature connection as you hike into one of the largest areas of undeveloped coastline in NSW - Yuraygir National Park. It will introduce you to the magic of weaving with women, the art of slow travel and will immerse you in wild nature and the flow of the ocean.

Hiking through these stunning coastal landscapes will activate your womanly strength, your connection to Country and your personal power. Life will never be the same again!  


Are you ready to join us for Weaving Water? 

FIND OUT MORE >>> BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL with Caitlin


As a human animal, you need wild adventures to really ignite your inner fire and feminine strength! 

There’s nothing like a year of never ending crises to challenge your vitality and passion for life. NOW is the time to bring your inner wild back online. 

We can help you in a major way! The northern NSW coastlines are epic, beautiful lands that offer raw nature and the real Australian coastal experience! And, we know how to take you there for a hiking adventure of a lifetime. 

With international travel bans still in place, THIS is your chance to explore the wilds of coastal Australia and connect with the lands of the Yuraygir people of the Gumbaynggirr Nation.

This is much more than a walking holiday! Weaving Water will take you on a body-based journey that will completely transform your awareness of nature and ignite powerful flow. You will have the chance to strip back technology (hello, digital detox!) and your modern comforts, hike away from civilisation with a small group of like-minded women and slip into the rhythm of the ocean. 

Above all else, this trip will be wildly fun as you journey together with your fellow group members and experience this unique tour of coastal NSW guided by Wildlife Ecologist and Environmental Educator, Caitlin Weatherstone. Caitlin is an expert naturalist and wilderness hiker and knows how to survive using just the most primitive of means. She will show you how to make simple woven baskets using natural local fibres, teach you simple nature connection practices which will enhance your connection to yourself and your surroundings, and show you how to make your own fire with sticks. Every night you’ll get to bask under the expansive ocean sky, share stories and be kept warm by your tribal fire.  

And the most special thing? You’ll get a real and authentic experience of these places, not just the tourist version! You’ll visit the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre- showcasing the rich culture and history of the Yuraygir/ Gumbaynggirr people and their lands - and experience a private Aboriginal cultural workshop. You will be warmly welcomed onto the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people as we follow the trail of the coastal emu from Sandon River to Red Rock.

The Gumbaynggirr people believe they have thrived in these coastal and mountainous areas since the beginning of time - Yuludarla // Dreaming time. Their cultures are rich and diverse, as are the landscapes that nourish them. The ocean and coastal landscapes provide everything they need.

Taking this newfound cultural connection into your coastal hiking experience will supercharge your connection to this ancient country and forever change your relationship to the nature around you and inside you. 

Can you imagine it? Ending a day’s hike along this wild coastline, to be greeted by the clear night skies, salty air and weaving native fibres into beautiful, usable vessels, while being surrounded by your sisters.

The NSW coastlines are full of surprises; rocky headlands, grassy hills, calm bays, hidden caves, coastal wildlife in abundance, remnants of aboriginal middens and lush waterholes to dive into. The special features and diversity of this land makes for exceptional hiking and adventure experiences. Not to mention - it's humpback whale season! So expect to see dozens of our oceanic ancestors cruising south on their way back down to Antarctica.


Are you ready to join Weaving Water in 2021? 

Below is everything you need to know to make your decision. 

Spots are limited to 6 brave humans! The Earlybird discount ends on the 2nd July ‘21. Your ticket will be secured once you pay the non-refundable deposit of $500.

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ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAM


This 5-day Weaving Water program weaves together transformational nature connection practices, traditional knowledge, bushcraft, hiking and western science. 


Included in this package:

  • A truly unique Australian tour that you cannot experience anywhere else
  • Wilderness survival skills (i.e. basket weaving, primitive fire making, bird language and wild food identification)
  • Sensory and self-awareness skills (i.e. sit spots, dingo walking and journalling)
  • Deep immersion into coastal NSW life, including learning about its ecology, geology, history, culture and traditional owners
  • Experiencing the soothing rhythm of nature; sleeping under the stars and pacing your day with the sun and tides
  • Walking with like-minded women in one of the last undeveloped coastlines in NSW
  • Storytelling, community, music and song around the fire
  • Learning traditional and bushcraft practices
  • Guided and Supported tour of the Yuraygir Coastal Walk from Sandon River to Red Rock.

All of these techniques are used for your personal empowerment, nature connection, cultural awareness and understanding, and they will elevate your experience of what it means to be a nature-connected human in our modern day world.


WEAVING WATER TRAVEL DATES 

Weaving Water is run from 2nd - 6th September, 2021 starting and ending from Ballina, NSW (or can pickup/drop-off between Ballina and Yamba).


YOUR INVESTMENT TO JOIN WEAVING WATER, 2021

FULL PRICE- $1,450

EARLYBIRD - $1,250 - THIS IS A TIME LIMITED DISCOUNT OF $200 - (Earlybirds must pay deposit before 2nd July ‘21 to receive the discount) 

Spots are very limited due to the unique nature of the trip.

Bookings can be made on the Life Wild website www.lifewild.com.au or by emailing Caitlin dreams@lifewild.com.au.


Program Features and Highlights:

  • Experience the NSW North Coast like you've never seen it before
  • Hike 40km of the Yuraygir Coastal Walk; from Sandon River to Red Rock
  • Plunge into the turquoise waters of these isolated beaches and rivers; including Minnie Waters, Diggers Camp and Wooli.
  • Half-day cultural workshop at Yarrawarra Aborginal Cultural Centre
  • 4-nights camping accommodation (BYO gear)
  • 1-day explore of the traditional fish traps at Arrawarra Beach
  • 4-days of walking the Yuraygir Coastal Walk
  • 5-days Guided and Supported Tour. You will only be carrying a daypack, supported by vehicles, and you need to BYO all camping gear.
  • 5-days Nourishing vegetarian meals are all provided
  • Daily nature connection and sensory practices to fully immerse in these wild places.

The fine print:

  • Adults only - This expedition is for adults aged over 16 years of age. Babes in arms will be considered.
  • Fitness & Health - Must be of good health and moderate fitness level. Must be capable of hiking <5 hour days (<12kms/day) on varying sandy and rocky terrain with <5kgs pack weight. I will send out a suggested (easy-going) training plan 6 weeks before the departure date. The more physical preparation you do, the more you will enjoy the trek! You will also be required to fill out a medical form before departure, including any allergies and health problems you experience, so that we can be aware of them.
  • You are required to have personal Travel Insurance for the length of the trip.
  • Meeting point - Participants must meet the group in Ballina NSW at 10am on Thurs 2nd Sept at the airport or in town. The official end of the trip is at 5pm on Mon 6th Sept. You may wish to book accomm nearby the night before and/or the night after.
  • We can also pick-up/drop-off from an arranged meeting point between Ballina and Yamba from 11am Thurs 2nd Sept.
  • All travel, food and accommodation to and from our arranged Meeting Point is solely your responsibility.
  • Pricing - Program price is $1,450 (includes $500 non-refundable deposit) and includes expert guides, 3 x meals per day, accommodation and all travel within Yuraygir NP between 2nd - 6th Sept. 2021. Price does not include flights to and from Ballina/Byron, own camping and hiking gear, personal gear, and snacks between meals.
  • Pre-and-post Calls - Ticket price also includes 2x live zoom calls pre-departure (to discuss preparation and logistics) and 1x zoom call on return (to discuss integration and next steps). Calls scheduled for Tues 3rd and 17th August and 21st Sept at 7pm NSW time.
  • Deposit - The $500 deposit you pay on ticket purchase will secure your place on the trip. This is a non-refundable payment.
  • Earlybird price - There are limited earlybird places available. Earlybird prices are only available up until 2 months pre-trip (before 2nd July 2021).
  • Payment Plans - Monthly payment plans are available for this trip. After payment of your initial $500 deposit, please contact Caitlin dreams@lifewild.com.au to discuss payment options. All payments need to be squared up 1 month before departure.
  • COVID-19 considerations - If the trip needs to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions (aka. NSW closes their borders or there will be significant disturbances to the program as a result of COVID-19) participants will be notified ASAP. The postponement of the trip will be at the discretion of the organiser for the best outcome for all. If this occurs, all participants will be able to choose to either be moved onto the next Weaving Water trip in 2022 OR you can transfer the cost of the trip onto another Wild Search Australia/ Life Wild program in the ‘21/’22 season.
  • Cancellations due to changed circumstance - If a participant no longer wishes to attend the trip, and you give a minimum 6 weeks (42 days) notice you will receive everything minus your deposit back OR you can transfer to another Life Wild hiking trip. If you give less than 42 days notice, you will not receive a refund, and it is at the discretion of Life Wild whether you can transfer to another program.
  • Cancellations due to sickness - In the two weeks pre-departure, if you experience any cold/flu symptoms you must not attend this trip. Notify the organiser ASAP. Your attendance will be at the discretion of the organiser and subject to a COVID-19 test. 
  • Recommended Reading - It is recommended to read ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robyn Wall Kimmera to get some wild woman inspo before the trip. Another book recommendation would be ‘My Year Without Matches’ by Claire Dunn… which needs no explanation!

 

ABOUT WILD SEARCH AUSTRALIA and LIFE WILD

Wild Search Australia was started by Wildlife Ecologist and Environmental Educator, Caitlin Weatherstone in 2018 in Byron Bay, NSW. They offer a range of products and services to help people connect with their wild including Australian made Natural Body Products, DIY and Plastic free Workshops, Rewilding and Nature Connection Workshops and Nature Connection mentoring services for adults and children. Caitlin has over 10 years experience in wilderness and remote hiking, tour guiding and ecological sciences. She recently purchased Life Wild, an online store for kind and sustainable wars for home and lifestyle and is in the process of combining all the great products and services of both businesses into one!


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