A Shared Storytelling Experience
Mossman Gorge - NW Queensland, Australia
July 5 - 12, 2020
At the heart of Indigenous culture are stories—oral traditions sung or spoken aloud and passed down through the generations. Western cultures are only beginning to see the depth and longevity of these stories. They are not just creation stories explaining why the emu does not fly or how the rainbow lorikeet got its colours, but they tell of the arrival of white man and even go as far back as the melting of the last ice age. Stories are also woven around and grounded in the natural landscape, the history of the tribes laid down upon a stone, a termite mound or a copse of trees, recited as people move through country. These Songlines are ancient repositories of their stories. This journey is an invitation for participants to bear witness to these ancient stories, to explore their own stories, and to notice in what ways our human experiences transcend our perceived differences and mirror each other in the past and present. With a deep passion for narrative and its intersection with spiritual direction and companionship, the journey guides will lead a healing and transformative experience of seeing our stories anew and from different perspectives.
The area around Cairns is the confluence of two great World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It is a stunning and breathtaking landscape in which to set the journey, with time spent in Cairns as well as a trip further north to spend two nights in a rainforest setting.
A highlight of the journey will be time spent in one of the rare jewels of the natural world, Mossman Gorge. Nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge contains the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on earth. Just one hectare of the 120,000 hectare forest can contain over 30,000 species of plants and animals. Considered by many to be the evolutionary cradle for much of Australia’s plant and wildlife species, the forest has managed to survive for over 135 million years and, with the right protection, is expected to thrive for generations to come.
Included in the price:
4 nights single/double occupancy meals and accommodations at Seville Mercy Centre in Cairns
2 nights single/double occupancy meals and accommodations at Cape Trib Beach House
Airfare to/from Cairns
Meals and drinks not specified
Double room: USD$2195 /person
Single room: USD$2995 /person
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Limited scholarships are available based on need.
Aunty Rev Patricia Courtenay belongs to the Gurang Gurang (near Bundaberg) and Birri (near Townsville) traditional lands and peoples, and also has English, Irish and French ancestry. Tricia was born and raised in Rockhampton and Keppel Sands communities of Central Queensland. She has over 30 years of professional experiences in the human services in community, government, education and religious organisations, both in honorary and paid capacities. In 2008, she was ordained as a Priest within the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland. Tricia holds a Master of Social Administration and a Master of Theological Studies. Her current doctoral studies are with the Australian Catholic University researching the topic ‘Aboriginal Spirituality in a Christian Context’.
Kristen Hobby, PhD, an Australian native currently residing in Singapore, serves as the Asia Pacific Coordinator for SDI. As a spiritual director, Hobby sees SDI as an opportunity to “engage people of all walks of life, faith, and cultural backgrounds to experience the significant, healing, and affirming role of spiritual direction.” Hobby holds a master of arts in spiritual direction and a PhD in the area of children’s spirituality and nature.
Diane Millis, PhD, is an educator, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who loves to help people explore their life stories through group spiritual companioning. Diane is the author of three books, including her recently released Re-Creating a Life (SDI Press, 2019). She currently teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (MN, USA) and shares her life with her husband, Mark, and their young adult son, Ryan.