The word ‘Yilam’ means ‘camp’ in the language of the Taungurung Nation – the First peoples of the rivers and the mountains in the highlands of Victoria where this experience is held.
For thousands of years First Nations People have cared for and managed these lands, carefully cultivating intricate and sophisticated knowledge systems based on the fundamental belief that we are connected to all things.
This overnight camping experience is specifically designed to empower beginner campers to feel confident and safe out bush. Once the basics are covered you’ll then participate in specially selected activities designed to teach you how to cultivate your own connection to Country. Lessons on the basics of camping and caring for Country include the equipment needed, food and cooking, campsite selection, fire making and safety, set-up, pack-up, and general safety advice. There are also guided mindfulness activities such as ‘listening to Country’ bush walks.
Guests will gain an increased awareness of Aboriginal People and culture and come away feeling welcome and safe on Country, connected to the land and empowered to take their friends and family camping.
This experience is offered bi-monthly and is also availble on request.