Downs & West Community Support’s largest ever Dragonfly Retreat was held recently at the Bunya Mountains, in conjunction with Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN), Barambah branch.
Fifty-two women who’d withstood the ravages of drought only to be slammed by flood disasters enjoyed a weekend’s pampering to help them recharge, emotionally and physically.
Against the tranquil Bunya Mountains backdrop, participants chose to do as much or as little as they wanted of the activities on offer – yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, relaxation back and foot massage, dance, photography, card making.
We offered quiet reflective times – and found a trained laughter facilitator to really get the giggles chortling.
For those who could afford it, a small cost of $60 was asked; Downs & Community Support and QRRRWN sponsored many in dire financial hardship. Here’s what some participants of the first 2012 Dragonfly Retreat said:
- It renewed my energy and lifted my spirits.
- It added to the healing I needed to experience.
- My childhood happiness returned.
- I felt exhausted, tired, worried about so many things —– the last two days lifted me emotionally and talking with others was a great support.
- The quality of the organisers and how they tied it all together – it was exceptional – seemed to set the stage and open the door for all the women to speak openly and effortlessly – share with each other.
- The women who organised this nurturing, feel great time are amazing. I am honoured to think they live so near and do so much good for the community.
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