Desert Awakenings ~ The Red Centre
Alice Springs ~ King Canyon – Uluru – Kata Tjuta
15th – 19th August 2018
5 days/4 nights
Imagine walking gently upon the red earth immersed in the sounds, beauty
and colours of nature.
When you step onto sacred land something magical happens that is beyond words.
The outback changes you…it just does!
Journey to the heart of Australia
and awaken your soul.
This amazing bucket list tour will offer you
a lifetime of memories.
If you are ready to experience a personal soul journey then this is the right tour for you.
“This trip awakened my senses on a new level, where I connected with the culture, my homeland and my soul. The beauty of the area really ignited something inside my spirit that will always stay alive within. Thanks Susanne for creating this soul journey.” – CF, Melbourne – 2016 Uluru Tour
Click here to view our pictures from the 2016 Desert Awakenings Tour.
Day 1: Alice Springs ~ Mparntwe
Welcome to Alice Springs ~ the heart + soul of the outback!
A welcome blessing + meditation under the gum trees with Susanne to create your own personal intention for your Journey for the Soul. Before our Indigenous guide Bob whisks us away to share with us a sacred site in the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja) before stepping onto his own private land for our evening under the milky way.
Picture yourself standing for a sunset meditation on sacred land with sunset hues of red, orange, gold, pink and rust awakening your senses to the wonder of Mother Nature. Let our sacred earth be a healing balm to your spirit.
Now we dine with a bush tucker b’que flavoured with traditional herbs + spices cooked by Master Bush Chef Bob and his team. This was a highlight of the 2016 Tour!
4 course bush barbeque with home-made bush spice soft drinks included
Time on private indigenous land + sunset meditation
Welcome Blessing under the gum trees
1 nights accommodation Chifley Hotel
Suggestion: Arrive a day early to discover Alice Springs + have zero stress about your plane being late! Visit a local traditional healing centre to buy TBM (traditional bush medicine) or Olive Pink Botanical Gardens or Alice Springs Desert Park.
Day 2: Alice Springs ~ Kings Creek Station ~ Kings Canyon ~ Watarrka National Park
There are no time constraints in the outback so let’s slow down and enjoy our journey to Kings Creek Station set on 1800sq kms of land surrounded by Desert Oaks offering outback hospitality, natural beauty and the George Gill Ranges as our backdrop. Feel the serenity!
Kings Canyon is breathtaking with plunging chasms and soaring red sandstone walls. 440 million years to create this ancient landscape so let’s hit the pause button and appreciate mother nature. Immerse yourself in the Garden of Eden an ancient wonderland revealing what Gondwana once looked like when the temperature was more humid.
Return to KCS and indulge in a glass of Australia’s finest wine under the stars!
A day of re-connection to beauty, breath and balance!
Air-conditioned bus to travel the dusty highway
1 night Accommodation at Kings Creek Station
Sunset + Sunrise Meditation, Oracle Card Reading, Sacred Site awareness
Suggestion: Go with the flow as plans may change to suit culture, weather + group needs. Your on desert time now!
Day 3: Kings Canyon ~ Uluru ~ Kata Tjuta
Enjoy a beautiful sunrise, bush breakfast, good coffee and perhaps a quick feed of the local camels before our journey through the Red Centre to the ‘heart of Australia’ Uluru!
If time permits we will enjoy a gentle walk to Kathleen Springs sacred to the Luritja people for the lifeblood of the natural spring water. It’s a deeply spiritual place as the rainbow snake from the Dreamtime lives in the ponds created by the spring.
Spend time with a member of the Karrke Community as they share their ancient culture and connection to country which you’re standing on. Discover bush medicine, music and language offering awareness of the oldest surviving culture in the world.
No journey to the heart can be rushed and now we are ready to journey to the heart of Australia. When you first see Uluru you may cry, be in awe or feel a deepening love for Australia and your place in it. Everyone responds differently because Uluru quite simply touches our hearts + pulls the metaphysical heartstrings! Which is why you have such an emotional response to seeing her for the first time.
At dusk we witness the magic of a Uluru sunset. Many local artists display their works at sunset offering you the opportunity to chat to the artist and discover the story behind their art. Susanne offers gentle guidance with meditation + breathing techniques to awaken the healing potential. This is such a personal moment. Let it be what it needs to be. Respect!
Soak up the moments in silence as you experience nature’s own light show the expansive, limitless and infinite night sky of Yulara.
Our guide Jen lives at Yulara and is deeply involved with community. She’ll share her knowledge, passion, stories and Anangu language with you.
A day of discovery, listening, presence, heart healing and witnessing the beauty of nature
Bushwoman’s breakfast at Kings Creek Station + Karrke Immersion
1 night accomodation at Outback Pioneer Hotel ~ Yulara
Meditation, Oracle Card Reading, Flower Essence + Essential Oils to suit
Guidance to support the beauty of sunset (letting go)
Day 4: Uluru
Greet the morning sun at Uluru. She has been 550 million years in the making and Uluru teaches us to slow down and enjoy easy paced walks with time to stop, breath, feel, absorb and be. Experience the power and beauty of Uluru slowly so that you can absorb the sacredness. Watch the tourists power walk past missing the sacred beauty that you will be capturing. Experience the power, beauty and tranquility of Uluru as you spend moments in silence and stillness.
The afternoon is free to visit the cultural centre, swim, snooze or explore many of the free options available to you at Voyages.
Our late afternoon is dedicated to visiting the men’s sacred site of Kata Tjuta for sunset. The Anangu people prefer women don’t walk through this area and in respect of this I personally do not enter this site. However, you may be drawn to explore it and that is completely ok by me + Anangu people. Listen to what feels right and whether it pulls you. Wander, tune in, sit under a tree and absorb the immense power of Kata Tjuta. Breath it in and let it feed your own power centre.
A day of connection, listening, learning and power.
1 night Accommodation Outback Pioneer Hotel ~ Yulara
Meditation, Blessing, Oracle Card Reading, Flower Essence + Essential Oils to suit
Healing Bath Salts for your bathing rituals
Suggestion: Enjoy the Sounds of Silence Dinner
Day 5: Kata Tjuta – Homeward bound
Kata Tjuta sunrise is breathtaking in it’s raw rugged red beauty when combined with the dawn of a new day symbolizing new beginnings. You will feel the shifts and changes within and you will look + feel different. Do I dare say it? A Kata Tjuta sunrise is more awe-inspiring than even the sunrise at Uluru! You be the judge though.
Enjoy a cuppa at Kata Tjuta, farewell breakfast and a closing ceremony in the gardens of Yulara concludes your time in the outback. Fond farewells to new friends and step back into your life ~ a new woman!
Journey home with a lifetime of memories that you will never forget.
Welcome the new day meditation
Morning Tea at Kata Tjuta
Closing Circle, Blessing, Oracle Card Reading, Flower Essence + Essential Oils
Transfer to Connellan Airport
Suggestion: Stay an extra night and enjoy the Sounds of Silence Dinner and a unqiue experience not seen in any tourist brochure.
Day 5: Optional ~ Traditional Women’s Gathering
If you choose to stay on an extra day you could journey to sacred land for a one off opportunity for women to come together with Senior Traditional Anangu Elder Aunty Alison Hunt from South West Petermann.
This day is very special so therefore in honouring culture I cannot share any information with you. Also what happens on land stays on land during our day together. Respect.
Aunty also offers a traditional healing ($65) which I can say is humbling + nurturing.
A day of connection, listening, learning and sharing cultural values, customs and protocol.
Suggestion: At own cost + not included in the tour price. Book 3 nights accommodation + receive a discount for daily breakfast. Traditional Woman’s Gathering is $300 pp
- Expert guides/drivers – fully escorted tour
- Bush Barbeque by Bush Master Chef Bob
- Exploring sacred sites with sensitivity and awareness
- Experience sunrise + sunset at Tjoritja, Watarrka, Uluru + Kata Tjuta
- Small group experience
- Meditations + Oracle Card Readings with Susanne to enhance the experience
- 1 night standard accom ~ Alice Springs
- 1 night safari cabin with shared facilities ~ Kings Creek Station
- 2 nights 4 star apartment with single, twin or triple share ~ Yulara
- 1 x 4 course bush b’bque at West MacDonnell Ranges
- 1 bushwoman’s breakfast at Kings Creek Station
- 1hr Karrke Aboriginal Immersion
- Welcome blessing, closing ceremony
- Daily insights, oracle card readings + meditation with Susanne
- Flower Essence + Essential Oils for heart awakening
- Group Reiki Healing
- Entry to Parks
- Air-conditioned bus for all travel
- Our own local guides + drivers
- Spacious + flexible schedule
- Easy paced walks guided + experiential
- Transfers from Yulara to Connellan Airport
- Transfers from Alice Springs Airport to Chifley Hotel
- Extra Accommodation – we can help you with this
- Women’s Gathering ($300) + transport
- Meals + drinks other than group meals
- Sounds of Silence Dinner
What you’ll walk away with:
- A deep feeling of restoration + renewal
- A sense of wonder + awe at the beauty of country
- A deeper understanding of the traditional owners
- A readiness for a new beginning
- A feeling of happiness from all the laughter + fun
- New friends for life
- Happy memories that last a lifetime
- Small group journey’s – max 12
Testimonials from 2016 tour:
Desert Awakenings: the Red Centre not only pulls at your heart strings, it awakens your mind and soul. PS Melbourne
This trip awakened my senses on a new level, where I connected with the culture, my homeland and my soul. The beauty of the area really ignited something inside my spirit that will always stay alive within. Thanks Susanne for creating this soul journey. X CF Melbourne
I ended the tour feeling the ‘connections’ with the crew and fellow travellers were so much more important than simply taking photos for my album. Stopping, listening, learning + living. GG Melbourne
I loved everything about this tour. It made me see things differently. Seeing the diverse landscape with all the wild flowers in bloom and how green it looked after the rain. Being with only a small group of women made it comfortable for me. Chatting together at the end of the day and hearing how differently we were affected by what was around us. Feeling things made me think more clearly about me. Understanding more about this great part of Australia. It’s people, their culture, their spirit. WW NSW
I loved Uluru but was really blown away by the West MacDonnell Ranges and around Alice Springs. JM Melbourne
Amazing! I am coming again next year. PT Melbourne
Why join us?
Journey’s for the Soul was created for women who want to explore spiritual and cultural destinations with awareness. Susanne works with the best local guides and drivers to offer behind the scenes opportunities and flexible schedules to suit the mood of the tour.
Whilst we are sharing facilities at Kings Creek Station once you get to Yulara – it’s your own ensuite with a bath…..how amazing will that be at the end of a long day?
And, we do love great coffee, good food + great wine too!
Susanne creates each journey intuitively and individually and her wealth of knowledge from 30+ years in the health and retreats industry will shine through everyday.
Get lost to find yourself on our Journey’s for the Soul…
5 days / 4 nights
Twin share $2435
Commences: 15th August 3pm Chifley Hotel Alice Springs
Concludes: 19th August 10am Outback Pioneer Hotel, Yulara
Ways to save:
Early Payment Discount or until minimum numbers are achieved (6)
Pay your $600 non-refundable deposit before 15th February 2018 and you will pay
Early Bird Single: $2865
Early Bird Twin: $2335
Full Payment must be finalized by 15th July 2018
CC payment incurs 2.9% fee – EFT no fee
Want to stay on and soak up the Cultural Day with Auntie? email me to discuss
We can book your accommodation and your day with Auntie.
We look forward to sharing this journey with you and seeing what magic unfolds!
Book your place by sending an email to confirm your room style and for EFT details. For CC payment hit the Pay Now button above for the room style your require. An invoice will be sent following your payment.
Deposit – $615.00
Booking cancellation policy:
1) Transfer your booking to another tour with a credit according to the payments you have made, less any non-recoverable costs that have been incurred on your behalf.
2) A partial refund. Once full monies have been paid the refund available if 50% of the total fees paid.
3) If cancellation occurs 30 days or less prior to tour no refund is available and we recommend you transfer to another tour.
Feminine Spirit reserves the right to alter any part of the schedule due to circumstances beyond our control. Mother Nature + indigenous ceremonies may alter some aspects but we aim to please and will do our utmost to make it up along the way!
Important information when booking flights
*Ensure you catch a direct flight to Ayres Rock Airport (Connellan) with 12pm arrival at the latest. We will link you with everyone prior so that you have friendly faces to travel with.
*Come early + stay later to make the most of your tour and to avoid travel delays.
Webjet will help you source direct flights for Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas.
*We suggest you take out Travel Insurance at the time of booking.