The Rripangu Yirdaki Masterclass,
18-22 May 2009, Gikal' outstation
Djalu Gurruwiwi and family warmly invite you
to a 5 day cultural immersion experience in Arnhem Land. This
Masterclass is a rare opportunity for you to learn from the
Grandmaster of yidaki, Mr Didgeridoo himself, as well as
to experience Yolngu life from the inside. As a guest of Djalu and
his family, you will be learning in his community at Gikal' outstation, north-east
Arnhem Land, an intimate outstation-type settlement situated on
a lovely stretch of beach with postcard views of the blue waters
of the Arafura Sea.
This is an intensive 5 days of learning... about Aboriginal culture,
language, kinship, relationships to land, the environment, hunting...
And of course, learning to play the yidaki
from the very best teachers you could possibly have. You will also
have the opportunity to make your own yidaki
under the guidance of Djalu, his son Larry Winiwini and other members
of the Gurruwiwi family. Learn the secrets of Djalu's craft that
has earned him the reputation as the world's foremost didgeridoo
Accommodation is twin-share in a 17 metre luxury, air-conditioned, steel-hulled cruiser.
you have your own camping equipment and you rather bring that with
you, that is fine, we will show you where to set up camp. Amenities
are basic and designed for those who want to experience the Australian
We provide 3 meals a day on the cruiser and will ensure you are well fed. Vegetarians
are catered for, so please tell us if you have specific dietary
Note that men, women and couples are welcome to attend the Masterclass.
There is a cost of AUD$2500 per participant for the Masterclass,
which covers food, local transportation in Arnhem Land,
accommodation, your own yidak which Djalu
and family will help you makei, daily cultural activities
and tuition, and a few special things we won't tell you about just
There is a limit of 10 participants for the Masterclass and we encourage you to book as early
as you can to avoid missing out.