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September 1-4: "all kinds of trees" retreat/exposure visit to Leard forest

“All kinds of trees”

Leard Forest retreat and awareness raiser

 

Brought to you by UnitingEarth, The Wilderness Society  and EcoMission NSW.

Dinner Tuesday 1st Sep – breakfast Fri 4th

 

All people of good will are welcome to this two-day program of reflection, prayer, contemplation and discussion.  Children are welcome to participate. The moderator of the Uniting Church, NSW/ACT, Myung Hwa Park is coming.  You should too!

Including sunrise prayers; worship in the cathedral of an endangered woodland, with prayers led by Uncle Neville Samson and Myung Hwa Park; a bushwalk with local ecologists; lunch along the Therribri stock route and a visit to the edge of the Maules Creek mine.

We will hear from locals, reflect with each other, and have options for either more theological input, or quiet private contemplation.

There and back again

Train

Join Miriam Pepper on the NSW Train Link train which leaves Central Station at 9:29 am on Tuesday September 1st, via the Hunter, to arrive at Boggabri at 4:52 pm, and we will get you to your accommodation.   

Return first thing Friday morning (departs Boggabri 9:47 am) and be back in Sydney at 4:38 pm.

We will put details for a group booking here asap so yo ucan travel up together (we are aiming for June 1st)

 

Car

Either get to Boggabri by 5 pm Tuesday and meet up with the train people, or else follow this link  .

Accommodation

You can camp free at Wando farm you can be part of the late night campfire chats.  Some on site tents will be available, details to come.

Otherwise we can provide a billet with local families, which will give you a deeper insight into their experiences of place. 

Finally, there is accommodation at Narrabri, about 25km away, if you can get yourself there and back each morning and night.

RSVP/contacting us

Details will be updated as soon as possible, for contact and RSVPs.  For now, put it in your diary!

 

Why hold a retreat out in the middle of nowhere?

This event is a retreat, not a protest event or rally, but the following links give some of the history of why religious people have seen the need to get involved in actions in the local area, and a bit of the broader context of the clash between traditional custodians, farmers, forest protectors, and the coal mine.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/faith-and-science-combine-as-religious-leaders-join-fight-for-maules-creek-20140312-34m6h.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-03/whitehaven-warned-to-respect-gomeroi-tradition/5716074

http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/features/the-whitehaven-maules-creek-saga-the-gomeroi-peopl

http://www.arrcc.org.au/maules-creek-why-people-of-faith-should-get-involved

http://wilderness.org.au/leard-state-forest-and-maules-creek

http://frontlineaction.org/religious-leaders-block-access-to-maules-creek-mine-site/