A Women’s Sacred Journey to the Flinders Ranges,
Outback South Australia
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Do you feel the call of the ancient wisdom keepers, the Dragons?
The energy of these sacred beings still move through this powerful land, calling you to track your own inner journey to the ancient wisdom keeper within You.
Join spiritual retreat leaders Jane Elworthy and Jacqui Bushell for a star filled, deep and dusty immersion into light code activations, meditations and excursions to places of wild immense beauty, and quiet personal journey work in communion with sacred earth.
Experience the powerful magic of Australia’s major electromagnetic vortex point, the northern Flinders Ranges.
There is a limit of 10 women only on this once in a lifetime experience.
Jane and Jacqui will guide this small band of women on a special journey into the heartland of this rugged and magnificent land.
Surrounded by ancient mountain ranges, granite peaks and spectacular gorges, the southern and northern Flinders are unique not only for their amazing geology, but also their energetic presence.
The northern Flinders in particular is a key vortex point, linking energetic ley lines and energy codes.
After years of preparation, we now have a deeper knowledge of the area and permission from the earth spirits to bring a small group of women.
We are anticipating being with women who are self directing, who have a kinship with the land – not only in what it can offer to humans, but also in what we can offer back to the land.
The innate power and support of a conscious group can be a potent activator of our latent power and abilities, particularly in such a major catalytic linking place.
Adnyamanthana and Ndjurri people lived here for over 49,000 years, creating many cave paintings and rock engravings.
Their primary creation story features Arkaroo, the serpent beings. We both very much feel the presence of these ancient wisdom keepers, the Dragons, here in this country.
It will be a journey of joy, deep transformation, perhaps connecting with the star beings and earth keepers of this land and beyond.
Does your heart call you to participate in this pilgrimage? We invite you to sit deeply with this question and feel your response. Things will shift within you, and it might not always be comfortable.
And remember, there is a limit of only 10 women on this special journey!
Day One Broken Hill, Outback NSW
Either fly, drive or get the train to this heritage listed iconic and quirky mining and artist’s town near the border of NSW and South Australia. We will pick you up from the airport or give you easy driving directions to the fabulous and very outback Mulberry Vale Bush Cabins.
After settling in, our adventure begins at 2.30pm with a delicious afternoon tea. We will prepare and anchor our intentions for our sacred journey with an opening circle ceremony.
Delicious dinner prepared by Jane and Jacqui in the dining room before a good nights sleep. While you will be sharing a cabin, you will have your own bedroom within it.
Day Two Broken Hill
We spend today at Mulberry Vale to gather our energies as a group, to experience various meditations, sound activations and processes in preparation for our journey tomorrow.
There will also be time to visit one of Broken Hill’s galleries and gather last minute supplies.
October 23 Wilpena Pound
After an early morning dragon meditation, we get on the road! We travel to the beautiful Wilpena Pound via Peterborough and Hawker, stopping for a delicious morning tea and picnic lunch on the way.
Walk amongst the ancient gum trees, swim in the pool surrounded by kangaroos, and have dinner at the restaurant. We will do a group process with the land this evening.
Day Three Beltana Station
Breakfast at Wilpena resort. We journey to the stunning Sacred Canyon for deep meditation and to Brachina Gorge. Picnic lunch in a dry river bed as we explore magnificent country. We travel on to the remote Beltana Homestead, a working sheep and cattle station built in the early colonial days.
Accommodation is in the old shearer’s quarters. You will have your own simple room. Dinner prepared by Jacqui and Jane. Get a blast from the past at the wonderful early colonial museum in the old shearing shed.
Day Four Arkaroola
Hot breakfast at Beltana restaurant. We begin our drive to Arkaroola in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. We travel through the Aboriginal community of Iga Warta, with an opportunity to view and buy some Aboriginal art and learn something of their ancient practices to this day.
Picnic lunch at Italowie Gorge before arriving at Arkaroola Resort. Time to walk in the dry river bed or take a silent walk along the ridge top. This will be your home for the next 4 nights. You will have your own room in simple but adequate motel style accommodation.
Dinner will be in the restaurant each night.
Day 5, 6, 7 Arkaroola
Breakfast in the communal kitchen, where we will also prepare delicious morning teas and picnic lunches. Remember, we’re in remote country now – there are no shops!
The world famous 4 – 5 hour 4WD Ridgetop Tour into the high peaks and majestic beauty of Arkaroola will give you an amazing experience and overview of the land we will be exploring and communing with over the next 3 days.
As with all of this journey, it’s difficult to set out an itinerary for this part of our time together. What evolves will come from the collective wisdom of this powerful group of Beloveds. There may be individual as well as group processes, ceremony, time for reflection, connecting with land and sky, and sacred sounding.
Some of the highlights while at Arkaroola will be
~ silent morning walk along the stunning Acacia Ridge
~ a grieving and letting go ceremony for all that no longer serves you at the white ochre walls
~ the world famous Ridgetop 4WD tour
~ ceremony and sound activations at the sacred waterholes
~ meditations in the dry river bed as we call in the dragon energies
Day Eight Broken Hill
We reluctantly say goodbye to this very special land and take the long and dusty road back to Broken Hill and the Mulberry Vale Bush Cabins. Hot showers, cups of tea, and a group meditation to continue activating and embodying our deep experiences.
Dinner either at a local restaurant or something simple cooked at home, depending on how the group feels.
Day Nine Broken Hill
Hot breakfast cooked by Jacqui and Jane.
Today we, as carers of this earth, integrate all that has happened – all that we’ve offered and all that we’ve been given. There will also be time to visit an art gallery and a mineral and crystal shop selling stunning local specimens from this ancient land.
Again, what unfolds will be determined by our now deeply unified group of women.
Day Ten Closing and Goodbye
A hearty breakfast cooked by Jane and Jacqui. We will end with a powerful closing ceremony.
Time for a delicious morning tea and transfers to the airport for those catching flights that day.
A month or so later..
The sacred work we’ve done for the land and what we’ve received from it, doesn’t end when the journey ends – our hearts and souls are forever joined.
To continue the embodiment of this transformational journey, we will gather again either in person in Sydney on a date to be determined, or via Skype for those Beloveds further afield.
Beloveds, we welcome you on this sacred pilgrimage
Jacqui and Jane
Welcome Beloveds and fellow adventurers!
This retreat is not about ‘spiritual tourism’ – it’s emphasis is on personal and spiritual transformation, joy, service and connection with this sacred part of Australia.
When a special group such as this one comes together with a common loving intent, the effect is powerful. While we honour everyone’s individuality, it’s important that you be willing to share within group processes and come with a sense of being of service not only towards yourself, but with the land. There will be time for your own private experiences and reflections.
Due to the potentially powerful nature of this retreat, and for group cohesiveness, acceptance is not automatic. Please contact us, we’d love to hear how this land and experience is singing to your heart!
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. As we get closer to the departure date we’ll be in touch to organise a ‘Zoom’ web date to firm up your travel arrangements go through any questions as well as beginning to come together as a group.
If you’re catching a plane or train, or having a couple of extra nights in town, we’ll get you to where you need to go.
If you have the time to drive and experience an outback road trip, this is a great way to do it. If you’re driving from Sydney, we recommend staying a night at the Nyngan Riverside Caravan Park on the way to break up the journey and then doing the final leg the next day.
Rex Air is the airline that services Broken Hill. Some flights are direct, and some stop at Dubbo. Flights can be expensive – it’s good to book early. It’s also possible to fly via Mildura and catch the bus (3.5 hours) to Broken Hill. Depending on where you’re flying from, we’re happy to help with options.
There’s also the option of getting the train. Once a week the train goes direct, and on other days it’s a train to Dubbo and then a long bus ride. Not for the faint hearted!
We’ll provide delicious meals at Broken Hill and Beltana Station, though breakfast at Beltana will be in the restaurant. We offer organic produce where possible, and food sensitivities and special requests are catered for as best we can in this remote area.
Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you a form to complete with your dietary needs. Dinners and breakfasts will be in the restaurant at Wilpena Pound and Arkaroola Resorts. We will pass dietary requirements to the chefs. We’ll have gourmet picnic lunches each day.
Accommodation is in self contained cabins that have two bedrooms, so while you’ll be sharing a cabin, you’ll have your own bedroom within it. Each cabin has a bathroom, small sitting area and kitchenette.
Single cabins are also available for an additional cost of $180 for the 3 nights we’ll be at Mulberry.
Wilpena Pound Resort
Because of the remoteness and therefore exhorbitant cost of outback accommodation, particularly of this high calibre, accommodation while at Wilpena Resort for two nights will be shared with one other. Single supplement for 2 nights is $295. We would need to ensure that there are even numbers of you that require single supplement.
Accommodation is in the old historic shearers quarters. It’s basic, but you’ll have your own room.
You will have your own room in Greenwood Lodge, a simple motel style accommodation
What you need to bring
Loose, comfy clothing, with layers. The days will probably be pretty warm, with cool nights. The weather may be between 12 and 26C. Bring a warm jumper, scarf and wolly socks as well as lighter gear. And your swimmers and a sarong!
We have limited space in the cars. Please make sure you bring a small case only. For ease of packing, a duffel bag rather than a hard shelled case would be preferable. At our zoom meeting we will go over what you should bring.
- Comfy walking shoes
- Hat, sunglasses, water bottle, small thermos (if you like a hot drink while out and about) and a head torch
- Journal, camera etc.
While it’s not necessary that you’re very fit, there will be walking on most days. The terrain varies from level walking, navigating a few rocks, to steep (though not particularly difficult) walks up the Acacia Ridge trail (2-3 hours, going slowly for stops along the way). The road to the waterhole and on the Ridgetop tour are particularly bumpy and rough. They are suitable for large 4WDs only.
If you have any medical conditions, please let us know. We are travelling in a very remote area and the only medical services are at least an hour helicopter ride away. Please ensure you have all the medical supplies you may need.
What’s included in the cost
- All accommodation at Mulberry Vale Bush Cabins, Beltana, Wilpena Pound Resort and Arkaroola Resort. Extra nights before and after the retreat are available at Mulberry Cabins at Broken Hill for $65 (Aus) per night.
- All linen, bedding and towels
- All delicious home cooked meals, morning and afternoon teas.
- Restaurant meals at Beltana (breakfast only), Wilpena and Arkaroola.
- All travel ex Broken Hill
- All tuition, meditations and experiences
- Pickup and return to Broken Hill airport or train station
- World famous Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola (4-5 hours)
What’s not included in the cost
- Transport costs to get to and from Broken Hill
- Dinner one night at The Palace Restaurant or take aways on the night we return to Broken Hill, depending on how the group feels.
The total cost is $3895 (Australian) incl gst
We only take a maximum of 10 women on this journey. Once you express your interest in joining us, we will send you a short questionnaire. When your registration is accepted, it’s essential that you pay your deposit of $1000.
You can then pay the balance in full, or in a few instalments, with the final amount being required by September 14, 2018. Please contact us to discuss payment plans.
We prefer to be paid by bank direct deposit, International bank transfer or personal cheque. Paypal is available if needed.
Your deposit is used by us to secure accommodation and is non refundable by our hotels. If you cancel prior to 8 weeks before the retreat, your deposit is non refundable unless we can find someone else to take your place, but we will refund any other money paid.
If you cancel 8 weeks or less before the retreat, no money can be refunded unless we can find someone to take your place.
For any money refunded due to cancellation, there will be an $80 administrative charge.