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Opportunities to Discover Ancient Australia in Outback NSW

Kate and Clint Miller have just returned from four days journeying through outback Australia. The purpose of this visit was to establish a program for a Tasmanian school, which will connect them with a community in outback NSW and provide an insight into local Aboriginal culture, history, traditions and life in rural Australia. All up, we crossed over 1000 kilometres in just two and a half days- the bulk on red dirt roads.

We were extremely fortunate to travel with Robert Biggs, and local Aboriginal man, Ricky Mitchell. Robert runs the Mungo Youth Project and Ricky is a Community Projects Coordinator for the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park.

Arriving to hot, dry weather in Mildura, we headed straight out to Mungo to learn about the ancient Aboriginal history of the region. This also provided a great opportunity to consider student accommodation- in a selection of converted shearers’ quarters.

The next morning we were up early to explore significant indigenous sites at Mungo, before heading to Menindee. We arrived in time to attend the local school assembly welcoming the Governor of NSW, before settling into accommodation in a renovated train carriage.

We were lucky to be invited to join an evening of celebration at Menindee also attended by the Governor, and the production of ‘Weeping Cloud’. ‘Weeping Cloud’ tells the story of a local Menindee elder who was part of the Stolen Generation. It was beautifully performed by students and staff of Menindee Central, who were joined by members of the local community in the choir. Read more

A Personal and Professional Journey in Beautiful Indonesia

For the past five weeks, Destination Dreaming’s Kate Miller has been in Canggu, Bali- on an amazing personal and professional adventure. On the truly intercultural, teacher training program, Kate joined 34 other participants from Japan, America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil for the program, which included a specialisation in programs for children and teenagers.

Kate had committed to the training with specific Destination Dreaming program development in mind, but she soon found it was going to provide a profound source of personal development as well. Woken by the sound of the neighbouring mosque at 5:00am each morning, walking past rice paddies for class at sunrise, exploring mind-opening philosophies and techniques for mental and physical wellbeing, dancing in the middle of the day as if no one was watching, meditation on the beach at sunset, fiery wok meals at the roadside warung and plenty of great waves at nearby Tugu beach… it was truly a period of great personal growth and inspiration for new programs.

Based on the foundations learned over the past five weeks, Kate is now developing a week long program for young people that will be offered in Australia. This is something we have been keen to develop for some time, to provide a local opportunity for schools and students, in addition to our global and interstate programs.The 5-day intra and interpersonal development program will combine Destination Dreaming’s global citizenship and interconnectedness education with the development of an individual toolbox for mental wellbeing, mindfulness, managing stress and embracing individuality.

Another exciting chapter in what has been an amazing 2012! If you would like discuss the local program under development, please email Kate via kate@destinationdreaming.org.au

Destination Dreaming Joins with CreatiVITI Fiji and WWF Partner Scuba Bula

Are you looking for an amazing new learning opportunity in 2012? We are excited to be partnering with two fantastic Fijian organisations in the coming year. Schools and community groups will now have the opportunity to support traditional art and craft education, or combine reef conservation with a diving experience.

In 2012, we are looking forward to linking local schools with rural Fijian schools, to deliver a series of art workshops. As art is not currently part of the Fijian curriculum, this is an extremely valuable project that will see Australian students engaging with their Fijian peers, to create art pieces reflecting their respective cultures and stories. We will be facilitating this program beside CreatiVITI Fiji, a Fijian, not-for-profit arts and craft organisation that promotes traditional Fijian art. Read more

Sad Farewell At the Conclusion of the Latest Beyond Billabong Program

It was a sad farewell for Destination Dreaming Program Manager Kate Miller this week, following the conclusion of the second Beyond Billabong program for young indigenous women. Kate led a month-long life skills and training program for 12 girls from Mornington Island, Normanton, Mount Isa and Murgen. Highlights included mustering cattle on horseback in Longreach, cooking homemade apple pies at the local school and scaling a dam wall in a troopy.

After four weeks living together on a challenging and emotional program, it was extremely hard to stay goodbye. Kate now heads to Indonesia for some waves and to check out potential school itinerary and project options.

Battening Down the Hatches in Samoa’s capital

Destination Dreaming Program Staff Kate and Clint Miller have been greeted in Samoa by torrential rain, demolished sea walls and more flooding.

Thinking we’d escaped the floods in Australia, we arrived into Apia where locals were experiencing their worst day of flooding for the year and preparing for the onslaught of Cyclone Wilma. En route to our first meeting, we drove through water up to the van doors, and rain so heavy that we were at a loss as to what the country-side looked like.

As conditions worsened, it was evident that we would find ourselves stranded in Apia in less than inspiring lodging. For five days, we have explored the small city, venturing down the road from the Pacific Blue hotel- a flooded dirt road, dodging pigs, chickens and mud filled pot holes. Thank goodness for the excellent local Indian restaurant at the end of the street, as it’s been slim picking with many of the local businesses boarded up in preparation for the cyclone. The paneer tikka masala is certainly something to write home about. Read more