NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week is a national celebration which recognises the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Celebrations will include a range of complimentary activities running throughout the week. The program is part of NAIDOC Week festivities held Australia wide. Activities are complimentary with Bath House bathing.

Simply book Bath House bathing and email to secure a place in the workshop or activity you would like to attend, there are only limited spaces available in each activity. See below detailed information about each activity. You will not need to email our wellness team for Sunset Dreaming and Rivertribe musical performances as they will be held in the general bathing area in the Bath House.

Peninsula Hot Springs NAIDOC week program

Tuesday 5th July Baluk Arts Boomerang painting workshop
held outside first aid office
11am – 2pm
Wednesday 6th July Sunset dreaming
roaming performance in Bath House bathing area
11am – 2pm
Thursday 7th July Sunset dreaming
roaming performance in Bath House bathing area
11am – 2pm
Friday 8th July Rivertribe
held outside first aid office
3pm – 6pm
Saturday 9th July Didgeridoo meditation
held in Royal Moroccan tent
8:30am – 9:30am
Saturday 9th July Didgeridoo performance welcoming in
‘pre spring’ season
roaming performance in Bath House bathing area
10am – 11am

Baluk Arts is a non-profit Victorian Aboriginal arts organisation based in Mornington owned by Aboriginal artists from Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and wider south-east Melbourne. Baluk artists are from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds from all over Australia and artworks created reflect themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context. Baluk Arts encourages community development, youth leadership, participation and interaction, and Indigenous governance through innovative arts practice. Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaningmany.

Baluk Arts will be holding a boomerang painting workshop at Peninsula Hot Springs during NAIDOC week. This workshop is focused at primary school aged children, the workshop will be held outside the first aid office in the Bath House so there is no need to email our wellness team.

Sunset Dreaming will perform indigenous smoking ceremonies, play the didgeridoo around the Bath House bathing areas and create indigenous artwork. Sunset dreaming have performed at Peninsula Hot Springs as a part of NAIDOC week for the last few years, and we are delighted to have them performing again this year.

Sunset dreaming will be performing in the Bath House bathing area so you will not need to email our wellness team for this session.

Rivertribe are music makers and dreamers of the dream performing sublime Aussie deep house tribal grooves. Based in Melbourne, and three-time winner of best musical act at Kingston Buskers Rendezvous in Ontario, Canada, RIVERTRIBE was born and bred at the street festivals of the world. The electronic, didgeridoo-led world beat sound has been heard at many of the world’s biggest busker and street festivals, the band play high energy world beat music with electronic and African beats, world flutes and didgeridoo.

Rivertribe will be performing in the Bath House bathing area so you will not need to email our wellness team for this session.

Dideridoo meditation is a session run by Lionel Lauch from the Gundijtmara, Kirrae Wurrung and Bundjalung tribes. He has lived on the Mornington Peninsula since he was 6 years old.

Lionel is an artist, specialising in paintings, woodwork and Limestone sculptures. His art is popular and unique and has sold worldwide. Lionel takes many workshops, teaching Aboriginal art, including bush walking tours on the Mornington Peninsula teaching about native flora and fauna.

Lionel will be taking a didgeridoo meditation class at 8:30am in the Royal Moroccan tent during the week. Please email our wellness team if you would like to participate in the meditation session.

On Saturday at 10am Lionel will also perform in the Bath House bathing, by playing didgeridoo to welcome the Indigenous ‘pre-spring’ season.

All over Australia, Aborigines had their own local yearly calendars. Just as the climate in Kakadu is very different from that of Melbourne, so the Wurundjeri had their own way of marking the changing seasons. The division of the year into four seasons comes from Northern Europe, and does not fit Melbourne.

Early spring: MUYAN, Silver Wattle, started to flower, the first of the wattles to do so. It earned the name of ‘Barak’s Wattle’ because when he died at Coranderrk on August 15th 1903, MUYAN was in full golden bloom. Yellow Box also flowered, providing much nectar. Early Nancy was the first of the small food plants to flower, and by late August the MURNONG was budding. People moved slowly towards the lower lands as the spring temperatures rose, there they were able to snare ducks, to catch other kinds of wild-fowl, and, as the season advanced, to get eggs from the nests of all kinds of birds.

Lionel will be performing in the Bath House bathing area so you will not need to email our wellness team for this session.

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association  is a not for profit organisation located in Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula. The Willum Warrain team will run a rock painting workshop, in the workshop children will be shown some Aboriginal painting techniques to paint onto pebbles and rocks.

This session will be held near the Bath House changing rooms therefore you will not need to email our wellness team for this session.

What would you like to book?

bath house bathing stay treatments and packages private bathing dining packages