HUACHUMA – HEART MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
This inspirational and self-empowering 7 day Sacred Mythic Journey allows us to witness the performance and practice of Aboriginal dance & culture at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, which is a very important element in the preservation & continuance of the unique culture of the region. The Dance Festival Ground at Laura is the site of a very old traditional Bora ground and is a respected and sacred site to Aboriginal people. It is nestled amongst some of the oldest and most spectator rock art in the world. Recently the rock art of the area was awarded Queensland Icon status by the National Trust in recognition of its significance to the environmental and cultural landscape.
A SACRED MEETING PLACE OF THE ELDERS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
Known as a meeting ground for the communities of Cape York, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is highly regarded by many Aboriginal people as a place where families meet new and old family members, make new acquaintances and exchange and pass on family histories. The Festival enables the wider community to witness and gain insight into the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture. Festival spectators witness the story telling of Aboriginal culture through dance, language and art.
SHARING THEIR CULTURE THROUGH SONG AND STORY
The oral tradition of storytelling informs aboriginals’ vibrant cultural life. Songs illustrate the Dreamtime and other tales of the land, while dances and diagrams drawn in the sand accompany oral tales.
THE ARTWORK OF THE ANCESTORS
In the Northern Territory, aboriginal art includes sculpture, bark and rock paintings, and baskets and beadwork. Rock carvings and paintings can be found in such places as Arnhem Land, Ubirr, and Nourlangie. Many aborigines earn a living through selling native artworks.
STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC AND THE DIDGERIDOO
Aboriginal music is often recognizable for its most famous instrument, the didgeridoo. A wind instrument typically made from bamboo, it extends about five feet and produces a low, vibrating hum. Aborigines use didgeridoos in formal ceremonies at such events as sunsets, circumcisions, and funerals.
FAR FROM JUST A ROCK IN TIME AND SPACE
Uluru (Ayers rock) is more than just a rock, it is a living cultural landscape that of which is considered sacred to the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. These people of the land are the traditional owners and guardians of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This special place carries great spiritual and cultural significance for these local indigenous tribes with over 40 sacred aboriginal sites and eleven Tjurkurpa or Dreaming trails present in the area.
RECORDING THE MEMORIES OF THE TRAVELS OF GREAT ANCESTRAL BEINGS
The Anangu people belong to the oldest culture known to man dating back 60,000 years. They believe that their culture has always existed in Central Australia and that this landscape was created at the beginning of time by the travels of great ancestral beings. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are said to provide physical evidence of these ancient events and have been used for traditional ceremonies and rites of passage for over 10,000 years.
MARKING THE FOUNDATION STONES BETWEEN PEOPLE, THE LAND AND ALL LIVING THINGS
Although, the once nomadic lifestyle of the Anangu people has changed, they still continue to live by these ancient laws and traditions passed down through Dreamtime stories from their ancestors. These laws, or Tjukurpa, provide the foundations of this unique culture and governs all relationships between people, the land and all living things. These spiritual and cultural connections are still strong today.
MYTH AND MYSTERY INTERTWINED
According to Incan lore, after a great flood, the god Viracocha arose from Lake Titicaca to create the world. He commanded the sun (Inti), moon (Mama Kilya) and stars to rise, then went to Tiahuanaco to create the first human beings, Mallku Kapac and Mama Ocllo. These first humans, the “Inca Adam and Eve,” were formed from stone and brought to life by Viracocha, who commanded them to go out and populate the world. Thus Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the Incas, whose spirits return to their origin in the lake upon death.
- Comfortable accommodations throughout the journey
- All in-country local ground transportation
- Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices and herbal teas
- Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
- Local national park entrance fees
- Transformational workshops and/or ceremonies
- Inspirational facilitators, guides and shamans
- Private one-on-one consultations (if requested)
- 15% of your total contribution goes towards supporting local indigenous communities
What’s NOT IncludedInternational and in-country domestic flights
Personal travel and medical insurance (optional)
Essential kit list items
Private taxi to/from local airport before and after the journey
Terms & Conditions
Cancellations made more than 2 months from the journey start date will be fully refunded but excluding a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations made within 2 months of the journey start date are fully non-refundable.
Up and Coming Journey Dates
Last Quarter Moon of the 29th June – New Moon of the 5th July 2021
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
STEP 1: Schedule Your Sacred Mythic Journey Interview Below
STEP 2: Secure Your Place
STEP 3: Prepare For The Journey Ahead!