Pilgrimage in threatened forest ecosystems of Gumbaynggirr Country (Mid North Coast NSW, Bellingen area).

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

This event is organised by the Forest Advocacy Ministry. All are welcome to attend.

Goals for the weekend

  • Support forest friends groups who are protecting forests from imminent logging.
  • Increase awareness among Christians of the importance of achieving the maximum possible protection of koala habitat, and encourage their involvement in efforts to protect habitat and end native forest logging.
  • Foster friendship between Forest Advocacy Ministry participants and forest friends.
  • Provide opportunities for spiritual connection with the earth/Earth, focusing on forests and water.
  • Invite participants to experience and reflect on ministry in the context of the destruction of forests and community efforts to protect them.

Draft program

Friday August 25:
6:30pm                  Shared meal
7:30pm                  Yarning with Dean Kelly from Yurruungga Corporation

Saturday August 26:
7:30am                  Breakfast
9:30am                  Visit a forest protection camp
12pm – 5pm           Forest pilgrimage*
6:30pm                  Shared meal and campfire

Sunday August 27:
7:30am                  Breakfast
10:30am-12:30pm “Ecofaith” outdoor gathering
12:30pm                Optional lunch at the Butter Factory

* The Saturday pilgrimage will involve walking on undulating terrain, for several hours in total, and standing up for most of the time. Driving options will be provided for those who are unable to do the walk. A light lunch will be provided.

Note: Chaplains will be available across the weekend.


Accommodation is camping on a property close to Bellingen, with meals provided. Basic bathroom and kitchen facilities will be available.

You are welcome to organise your own accomodation alternative if camping doesn’t suit. Local accomodation options:
The Belfry
Diggers Tavern – ask for a quiet room
There are many B&B options, including at Airbnb


By donation.


Registrations are essential – please register here.

Promotional materials

Download Forest Protection Pilgrimage poster (A3)
Download Forest Protection Pilgrimage leaflet (A4)