Noosa Reconnection Yatra – Silent Walking Retreats

+ Fundraising in Aid of TreeSisters

Image from August 2018 Yatra by Alee

Imagine a day spent in the stunning surrounds of Noosa National Park, walking in silence, reconnecting to self and Nature, weaving together mind, body and spirit.

These events are fundraisers for global non-profit, TreeSisters.

Open to women and men who wish to support the work of TreeSisters – a UK registered charity currently putting 2.4 million trees in the ground a year around the world, and unleashing women’s nature-based feminine leadership.


We will walk about approximately 15 km through dry forest, rainforest, banksia woodland and beaches, through level terrain and undulating hills. You will require a moderate level of fitness (though there is an option to catch a bus back after lunch)

As well as walking in silence through the beautiful nature of Noosa National Park, this Yatra will offer a number of other activities. To help our revitalisation, renewal and reconnection process, we will pause on our journey for:

  • mindfulness meditation practice (guided and silent)
  • basic yoga and mindful movement instructions and practice
  • sistering/brothering practice – a core practice of TreeSisters that seeks to call forth the highest expression of a person in service to life
  • optional: swimming (at un-patrolled beaches)

We will meet at 8am to warm up to our day together, to agree on principles and precepts for our journey.

You will need to bring lunch, water and snacks. This is an all weather event, so please be prepared!

Cost: $25 covers costs of National Park Fees and Administrative Costs in running the Yatra. The teachings are offered freely by NeLi and Pollyanna; You will have the opportunity to contribute Dana to the teachers at the end of the day. NeLi and Pollyanna are gifting this Dana to to TreeSisters – women seeding change where it will be used to plant trees around the world.

Dana is the Pali word for Generosity. Generosity is a practice not only of giving but also of receiving. Giving and being open to receiving are both acts of dana. Like breathing in and out connects us to the biosphere, in giving dana and receiving teachings, we find ourselves involved in a 2500 year old tradition exploring what it means to be in community. For more about Dana

Next Date Saturday 13 October 2018

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When we cherish & love something, it loves us back…

I grew up on a farm…

When I was a kid, I used to spend time in the bush, playing out dramas on the rocks… creating dens and places to just be…

I felt like I belonged to the land I inhabited..

Where did all that go???

Friends became the most important thing as a teenager, then learning with my mind, knowing stuff, all started to take over from being in the bush… I lost connection to my instinctive and natural self..

When I lived in the UK I took up camping at Greenham Common, I was really there to protest, but loved the connection back to nature… My friends there helped connect me back to the cycles, the moon, the land.

Back to being..

Returning in Australia, the bush seemed harsh after many years of gentle English countryside…

My first week long Yatra, with Ronny Hickel a Walking Retreat in silence in 2007 returned me back home to the bush.

Revitalised Renewed Reconnected,

I carved out more and more time to be in the forest.

Noosa became home to me at the end of 2014, mostly so I could be close to the Noosa National Park.. It’s a treasure, and place of power I cherish regularly…

I’ve discovered that Japanese have been studying the health effects of being in the forest (Shinrin-yoku). Forest bathing, or just being in the forest is good for us…

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next dates Saturday 13 October 2018

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