Djalu Gurruwiwi and family warmly invite you to a one week cultural immersion experience in Arnhem Land. This 7 day Masterclass is a rare opportunity for you to learn from the Grandmaster of yidaki, Mr Didgeridoo himself, as well as to experience Yolngu life from the inside. As a guest of Djalu and his family, you will be staying in his community at Galuru, north-east Arnhem Land, an intimate outstation-type settlement situated on a lovely stretch of beach with postcard views of the blue waters of the Arafura Sea....
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This is an intensive week of learning... about Aboriginal culture, language, kinship, relationships to land, the environment, hunting... And of course, learning to play the yidaki from the very best teachers you could possibly have. You will also have the opportunity to make your own yidaki under the guidance of Djalu, his son Larry Winiwini and other members of the Gurruwiwi family. Learn the secrets of Djalu's craft that has earned him the reputation as the world's foremost didgeridoo craftsman.
Basic camping style accommodation in tents is provided for. If you have your own camping equipment and you rather bring that with you, that is fine, we will show you where to set up camp. Amenities are basic and designed for those who want to experience the Australian outdoors at its best. An ablution block close to camp with shared toilet, shower and washing facilities will be available so that you can be close to nature yet stay clean and smelling lovely.
Hotel accommodation is also available if you prefer more comfort. We can help you with your hotel booking which is roughly AUD$143 per couple per night, or AUD$165 twin share.
We provide 3 meals a day and will ensure you are well fed. Vegetarians are catered for, so please tell us if you have specific dietary requirements.
Note that men, women and couples are welcome to attend the Masterclass.
There is a cost of AUD$2000 per participant for the Masterclass, which covers food, local transportation in Arnhem Land, camping-style accommodation, your own yidak which Djalu and family will help you makei, daily cultural activities and tuition, and a few special things we won't tell you about just yet!
The Masterclass commences with the pick-up of participants at Gove airport on the morning of the 21st of July 2008, and finishes with their drop-off at night at Gove airport on the 27th of July 2008. There is a limit of 20 participants for the Masterclass, and because places are limited and filling up, we encourage you to book as early as you can.
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