NAIDOC Week 2018

As a nation we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements during NAIDOC Week.

This year, NAIDOC Week ran from July 9 to 15 at Peninsula Hot Springs, and was a great display of culture and community. Our 2018 free activities program included kids’ art workshops with Baluk Arts, twice-daily body clay workshops, a didgeridoo sound meditation with Lionel Lauch of Living Culture, smoking ceremony and didgeridoo performance by Yamba from Sunset Dreaming, bathe-in cinema screening of The Sapphires in our new Amphitheatre bathing area, and Elder-led women’s and men’s workshops in our new Cultural Meeting Space.

“NAIDOC Week provides opportunities for not only Aboriginal communities but all Australians to celebrate together, in harmony and with open hearts,” says Ya-idt’midtung healer and Aboriginal Elder Aunty Anne Warren. “Through participation and awareness of gatherings such as NAIDOC Week we are able to affirm our beliefs and intentions for a better world, healthier environment and greater understanding of all people.”

This year’s theme was ‘Because of her we can’ (in recognition of the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the ages), and we were honoured to have Aunty Anne Warren guiding guests through body clay workshops at Clay Ridge as well as hosting a beautiful women’s workshop.

“Gathering together under the proclamation of ‘because of her, we can’ enabled us all to give voice not only to those close to us but to Mother Earth herself, the Spirit of all things, in an atmosphere of friendship and reconciliation,” says Anne. “This year’s NAIDOC celebrations embraced the very essence of Aboriginal understandings and sharing, honouring the Elders, culture and teachings on Country with respect and love.”

The free exhibition ‘Meeting Place: Art from the heartlands of Aboriginal Australia‘, which celebrates the connection between water and wellness and includes barks, paintings, ochres, carvings, weavings and jewellery, will continue running in our Spa Dreaming Centre until July 23. Held in collaboration with McCulloch & MCulloch’s Whistlewood Gallery and Baluk Arts, this fundraising exhibition showcases the works of leading artists and rising stars in the Aboriginal art community.

Thank you to all those who participated in NAIDOC Week 2018.


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