Sabina´s Story:

Over the years I have travelled extensively to remote areas of Australia including Central Australia, the Kimberley, the West Coast and more. I have visited Uluru a dozen times, walked, cycled and driven to and around it, sat and meditated for many hours by this big rock and his stories. Uluru is seat of the vibrant heartbeat of this continent; it is no accident that thousands of people visit every year, consciously or not so consciously drawn to the “Centre”. One of the most profound experiences I have had near Uluru happened some years ago when I participated in a retreat with a group of aboriginal and non-aboriginal women who came together for "women's business". Being invited by the traditional owners to participate in Ceremony and Ritual was life-changing indeed and has bonded me even deeper with the land and the people.

My most significant journey began in 1995, after the break-up of my marriage and lasted almost 6 months. My lovely dog Molly and I travelled almost 25 000 kilometres in our trusty 4WD through some of the wildest and most remote areas of this continent. I walked the deserts, sat on the banks of isolated rivers; I meditated on mountaintops and scuba-dived secluded reefs. Much of the time my inner journey was turbulent, the break-up up my marriage had set into motion a deep process of grief, pain and uncertainty. The journey took me to my very core. There were many layers to this intense emotional experience and all I could do was stay steady as best as I could and let it take its course. For weeks and months I camped in the red sand, sat by my campfire at night, watched the moon and the stars move through their celestial orbit. I barely saw anyone. I shared food with my dog, to her disappointment she had to become a temporary vegetarian, although she supplemented her diet with the bones of sadly deceased kangaroos, cattle and other animals whose carcasses she found while I was setting up camp or lighting the fire. At some point I no longer felt like a visitor but a part of the rhythm of native life. To this day I feel most at ease when I am in the arid or desert areas of this land. It’s my home. At some point I started to heal, my meditations became more peaceful, I longed for company and slowly returned to civilisation, meeting wonderful people from all walks of life who shared some of their stories with me.

While travelling the thought was born that I would like to be involved in supporting people to come to the desert country to meditate and it is now, more than 15 years later, that this thought is becoming a reality.

I am delighted indeed to offer people the opportunity to journey to the outback, to meditate in the vastness and stillness of the land. To sit by the campfire under a canopy of stars perhaps feeling humbled by the infinite nature of the Universe. To find companionship and joy among a group of like-minded people and live a simple, whole-some life together. This retreat gives opportunity to connect more deeply to the land that we belong to, to appreciate the long history of people who have lived there, to meet ourselves unencumbered by the distractions of modern life.

I look forward sharing this journey with you.

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