Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend this event?  

This is an event for women only.

* Please note that there will be several men on site to help with the set up between 12pm and 4 pm on Friday afternoon and to help with pack down on Monday morning from 10am until 1pm. These men are trusted members of our extended community (VGC, The Joining, ManShine) and help us each year with this. They are respectful of our women’s space and women’s business and hold an intention to be of helpful support and service to us so we can retreat as sisters. We are so grateful for their assistance and hope you understand the need for their presence before and after the actual gathering.  

Is there a minimum age?

You must be 18 years of age or over to attend this event. We have women of all ages attending and facilitating, adding a richness and diversity to the sharing of support, wisdom and viewpoints.

Can I bring my kids?

Due to the nature of inner process work, children unfortunately cannot attend the event (babes in arms and breastfeeding infants are an exception). We have a dedicated cabin for Mums with bubs and we encourage you to attend. For older children, please arrange alternate child minding while you attend the event. This gives you a ‘mini break’ from the kids too!

What is the food like?

vegetarian foodAll meals are vegetarian and deliciously prepared with love and care. We have three meals per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – as well as morning and afternoon tea.

We can accommodate special dietary needs, including vegan, dairy free, nut free and gluten free. Please advise us of any special dietary needs you may have when you register.

Do I have to participate in workshops?

All workshops are optional and you decide which, if any, you’d like to participate in.

However, we have structured our program to include a variety of deep transformative inner work, light & uplifting heart spaces, as well as nurturing and healing workshops so there is plenty of opportunity to choose something to suit your mood and needs at any given time. Care has been taken with the scheduling of the workshops to support both you and the energetic rhythm of the Gathering as a whole.

We invite you to trust us, and be guided by your intuition as to which workshops feels best for you to attend.

Emotional Care

Please know that you are abundantly supported at Being Woman… to take the opportunity to look deep within, release, and heal in a safe and sacred space. Our presenters are all experienced in facilitating transformative work and we also have a team of experienced “Emotional Care” volunteers on call throughout the four days. These women all have experience at Gatherings such as ours and a number of them are also professionally qualified counsellors. They are available to support you should you require extra assistance during or after a workshop.

Time out is often needed when you are processing painful memories or old wounds, some of which may be triggered over the weekend. Apart from the workshops, Ceremony and Sister Groups offer an individual and communal means to release on a deep level.

We also have drumming, music, dancing, laughter and weaving, all of which are different ways to release, but equally powerful.

We believe in the healing power of nature and our venue has trees you can relax under, and nature trails to wander either by yourself or with others.

We also have a dedicated area called the “Cuddle Puddle”, filled with big cushions where you can rest, daydream, read a book, or chill out with others.

Being Woman is an opportunity to nurture yourself in mind, body, heart and soul – we encourage you to feel into what you need in the moment and allow yourself to do just that.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

We would recommend you stay for the entire Gathering.

Registration is from 4pm to 6pm on the first day of the gathering, with dinner commencing at 6pm.

You are welcome to arrive on site from 2pm onwards if you would like to settle into your dormitory or set up your camp site before registration. We also welcome any help you would like to offer (this is totally optional, feel free to relax or have a swim in the lake). Our committee is very organised but there are always last minute little jobs that may need doing, so all assistance is gratefully received if you like helping out!

Our program is organised energetically to welcome you with Sister Groups and Opening Ceremony on the first night, to allow you to sink into deep emotional processes on the second day, to emerge into a lighter space on the third day and ground with lunch and Closing Ceremony on the Sunday (late afternoon).

Our emotional carers are available all weekend to help and support you with love, experience and care.

We understand that many of you may have to go back to their busy lives on the Sunday night.  You are however welcome to stay until the Monday morning, where we will join in meditation, before packing up.  Ticket prices are the same whichever you decide!

 

Accommodation

There is dormitory accommodation available on site. You will need to bring all of your own bedding (a vinyl mattress is provided). Hot water showers are available on site.

We have “Snorers Cabins” for the snorers and also “Mother’s Cabins” if you have a babe in arms.

You are also welcome to camp in our large camp site. Please bring your own tent, plus all the gear you need, and be capable of setting up camp yourself.

Campervans can also be driven down to this area, or can be parked in the carpark.

Please be aware there are no powered sites.

Parking

We are on a rural property so there is plenty of off street parking.

What to bring

We email you a list of everything you need to bring with you in your welcome letter when you register.

What not to bring

Being Woman is a Non Smoking, alcohol free, drug free and pet free event.  

Payment Plans

We have a payment plan system in place as we wish to welcome all women and know that you may not have the entire amount available at the time of booking. Register as normal, choosing the “Payment Plan” ticket type paying just the deposit, then go to our Payment Plans page to set up automatic fortnightly payments. The fortnightly payments are affordably spread over time.

Scholarships

We undertake fund raising throughout the year and also apply for community grants.

The money raised also helps to support Indigenous Aunties to attend and be involved in Ceremony and in the Women’s Lore Workshop at the Gathering. Places for young indigenous women wishing to attend are allocated if sufficient funds are available.

We also offer scholarship places to women with financial and other challenges, who would otherwise not be able to attend the Gathering.

There is an option to donate towards this when you Register. Simply choose the amount you would like to donate.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship place, details will be available closer to the gathering. Please sign up for our newsletter to be sure to receive notice when scholarships are opening and closing.