Spiritual Unity of the Tribes, together in unity with Barkindji elders, Uncle Barry and Aunty Betty Pearce, will host a ceremony for four days at Culpra Station, on the Murray River in NSW.
The gathering ceremony will commence at sunrise on Thursday 2nd April with ceremony to light the sacred fire, which will be the centre of the gathering. The gathering ceremony will conclude on the afternoon of Sunday 5th April, followed by a fundraiser auction and celebration meal Sunday night.
Camp day will be on the 1st April, with a smoking ceremony and "Welcome to Country" by our hosts. You will be asked to honour a treaty between yourself, SUT and the Elders regarding conduct while on the land. Everyone is welcome around the sacred fire. Families with children are encouraged to attend. Monday 6th is cleanup day.
CULPRA STATION sits on the Murray River, halfway between Mildura and Robinvale, NSW.
Tapalin Mail Rd, Malee, NSW. Go towards Robinvale which is approximately 5 hours north of Melbourne.
Head north on Bromley Rd/Murray Valley Hwy/B400. Continue to follow Murray Valley Hwy, cross Murray River into New South Wales.
Turn left onto Sturt Hwy/A20… 1.5 km
Turn right onto Bertram Rd… 1.3 km
Turn left onto Morris Rd… 450 m
Turn right onto Cary St/Sturt Hwy/A20.
Continue to follow Sturt Hwy/A20 for29.8 km, then turn left onto Tapalin Mail Rd and follow SUT signs.
Accommodation:Basic camping on the land. No electricity. No water. No showers. Plenty of room for tents, campers etc. For safety reasons parking next to tents will not be possible, camper/van parking will be allocated away from the tent area. Caravans will be permitted in the van area.
We are asking that everyone, who is able, to donate $5 per night to camp at the gathering site. This will go directly to assist us to bring in Port-a-Loos and set up the camping area.
The nearest offsite accommodation is at Euston. It has some accommodation for those wishing to stay off-site. It’s about a 1 hour drive to the gathering site from Euston. Consider carpooling to the gathering.
Food and supplies
There is no water on site. It is imperative that everyone bring their own drinking and personal use water.
The noon meal will be collectively prepared and offered to the entire Gathering. Donations of food to the kitchen are necessary. We will need volunteers for meal preparation and clean up. If you are part of a group and wish to volunteer for an entire meal preparation and/or an individual who wishes to help, there will be a sign up sheet at the gathering. If we can coordinate any meal preparation groups or food donations (remember the year of the pumpkin) in advance, it would be appreciated. Please contact the kitchen coordinator with our contact form.
Bring your own reusable cutlery, plates, cups, and bowls for shared meals.
All other meals are the responsibility of the individual: you must bring enough food to feed yourself for the entire gathering. The celebration meal on the Sunday night will be a ‘bring a plate’ and there may be some donated food to use for this meal only.
Other supplies:Folding chairs, sunscreen, water bottles, umbrellas, torches, groundsheets/tarps. Include solid footwear, rain gear and warm clothing, nights will be cold.
BE PREPARED. Remember this is a basic camping situation and the sacred fire is there for you day and night.
If you are driving and have room, and in the spirit of the gathering, please bring things such as chairs, tarps and blankets to share with elders or those flying in. Mark your name clearly on all shared items.
Honouring the Water: Could everyone please bring a small amount of water from their local area, a creek, river, dam. We will mix these together for a special ‘Honouring the Water Ceremony. Flags: If you have a flag representing your country or your heritage, you are invited to bring it along to be displayed with others at the gathering.