Outback Spirit Tours
ARDS has been facilitating 'Welcome to Country' ceremonies for the participants of Outback Spirit Tours 12 Days Arnhem Land Wilderness Adventure Tour.
The 'Welcome to Country' comprises a one hour morning event at a beachfront location near Nhulunbuy, involving several yidaki players including internationally-renowned yidaki player Djalu Gurruwiwi, several songmen and male and female dancers.
A common feature of the event is the often full participation of the tour participants when invited to join in the dancing towards the end of each ceremony.
An ARDS facilitated Women’s Healing activity was added to the Tour program soon after the commencement of the 2017 Tour season. Delivered at a beachfront location near Yirrkala by four and sometimes five Yolŋu women, the activity has proven to be an outstanding addition to the first day of the Tour. The joy of the Yolŋu women in sharing there healing knowledge scarcely surpasses the joy of the Tour participants in their experience of the activity, with many participants keenly exposing those parts of their body that require additional healing.