WOW stands for ‘Women Of the World’, a local and fast growing movement of women who connect through honour and respect, women who inspire and empower one another and our wider community.
WOW was born just over 12 months ago, with a circle of women seeking to recreate sacred spaces for women to gather and come together in unity.
Our Mid North Coast region is rich in its diversity and multiculturalism, and there are many women who are living inspiring, courageous and dynamic lives, yet isolation and disconnectedness are still common experiences. WOW has created a place where ‘Women’s Business’ is explored and honoured in a variety of ways and connections are made through the commonality of being a woman.
On Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at the Cavanbah Hall in Coffs Harbour, WOW will gather for her second annual event.
At last year’s inaugural event, many women from all walks of life came along with open hearts to share in culture, food, performance and connectedness. WOW was more successful than anticipated with a validating reminder that this is a timely and much needed event.
In the last 12 months, WOW has hosted a number of events, including International Women’s Day, in which 15 and 16 year old girls from local schools attended to be inspired and supported by the sisters, mothers, aunties and the Elder women of various cultures here in Coffs Harbour. Our focus was towards self love, empowerment and connection to the strength found in femininity and being a woman.
WOW also co-hosted a walk for Reconciliation Day, Harmony Day, various NAIDOC events, community BBQs, as well as a number of workshops to support the needs of our local community.
This year’s WOW event will consist of two days of exciting and diverse workshops, with an evening event of celebration, ceremony, food and connectedness on the Saturday evening.
The theme this year is ‘Courage to Connect’.
Courage to Connect – Cavanbah Centre, Friday 9 November and Saturday 10 November 2012.
– A fully funded event for all women (aged over 15 years of age) from all walks of life and all cultures.
– Free health and wellbeing workshops all day Friday and Saturday.
– A market place for women to share their creative talents; a great opportunity to snap up a bargain.
– Information stalls.
– A place to connect with women in a safe, nurturing environment.
An Evening of Honour celebrating and honouring women will be held on the Saturday evening from 6pm. You will be nurtured on every level with dance and music and food, as we all come together to celebrate our connection.
Aunty Bea Ballangarry, a well-respected Gumbaynggirr elder, will share her ceremony of connection to place and the natural elements to assist all women to feel connected to land and community. Cultural differences will be celebrated and shared.
This year, a number of women will combine to share their cultural dances and create a dance of Unity and Respect – Kylie Walter from Sacred Lotus Bellydance, Christina Monneron, our local Latin dancer, and the beautiful Aboriginal dancer, Sarah Lugnan.
Kylie from Sacred Lotus said, “As part of last year’s WOW celebrations, I was able to see how beautiful and diverse we all are. While our differences make us unique and special, we all have the common thread of sisterhood and a love of culture and dance.”
“Women of different cultures will be combining a performance expression of our culture and UNITING AS ONE in the form of a dance presented at the WOW Evening of Honour. For the previous event in 2011, Yawarr Ngujawiny joined with the African dancers; our routine was performed with Emma Donovan singing Feather, her song about women and rain. Performing whilst Emma sang was an incredibly emotional experience for all of us.
“This year is going to be even more special, as the cultures combine to show the community that we, as women of all cultures, can share and experience the joy of deep connection with each other,” said Sarah Lugnan.
Women love to connect over food, and we have women who have followed their passions for cooking who will cater for the evening, introducing us to foods from around the globe.
Intimate performances, storytelling and ‘secret women’s business’ will be shared.
Workshops throughout the Friday and Saturday include meditation, yoga, cultural dance, Goddess workshops, art and sculpture projects, Aboriginal yarning circles, ‘meet our elders’, story circles, inspiring youth and much more.
Register your interest now to come along to WOW by phoning 6659 2068.
Entry to the evening event and participation in the workshops is by donation only.
We look forward to connecting with you.
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Proudly supported by Chandler Macleod and Slater & Gordon Coffs Harbour.
This story was published in issue 25 of the Coffs Coast Focus