Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note:

This is a drug, alcohol and pet free event.

As a live in style gathering designed to create a harmonious energetic flow, it is important that all participants reside on site.

You are invited to leave distractions at home.

Who can attend this event?

This gathering is for adults – 18 years and over.

Can I bring my kids?

Babes in arms are welcome and to be supervised by a responsible parent at all times, with particular sensitivity to other people participating in workshops and silent spaces.

We plan to have dedicated space for parents with babes in arms 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 and gluten free. Please advise us of any special dietary needs you may have when you register.

 

Do I have to participate in workshops?

While there are many structured activities at The Joining nothing is compulsory. If you need time out, we encourage you to listen to and honour what feels right for you. With the multiple choices on offer and access to the facilities you can design your own experience.

Emotional Care

Know that you are abundantly supported at The Joining to take the opportunity to look deep within, release, and heal in a safe and sacred space. We have a team of experienced “Emotional Care” volunteers on call throughout the Gathering. These volunteers have professional qualifications and experience at Gatherings such as ours and are available to support you should you require extra assistance during or after a workshop. Our emotional carers are available all weekend to help and support you with love, experience and care.

Time out is often needed when you are facing painful memories or core issues. We believe in the healing power of nature and our venue has trees you can relax under, a beautiful clear lake to swim in, and nature trails to wander.

We expect many people to attend the Joining. Within that larger community there is the connection and support of a much smaller group – your Affinity Group. Randomly chosen you will gather with approximately 7 others for an hour each day, to share your experiences and feelings if you choose. We have found the support of this small group within the overall Joining space helps individuals to expand and connect in a safe way.

Hugging is common at The Joining and often becomes natural. It is also not compulsory. Please respect others by asking permission before hugging and also respecting your own need to be asked. Expressing your response with respect is perfectly OK and does not require you to further  explain  unless you choose to. Please see one of our wonderful Elders who are there for you have any questions or have any issues about this. We will let you know who the Elders are.

We have a “Cuddle Puddle” filled with big cushions where you can rest, relax, read a book, chill out with others, or use for longer hugs if you so desire. Please see one of our wonderful Elders who are there for you if you want to ask any questions about this. We will let you know who the Elders are.

Arrival, Registration and Closure

Everyone including all facilitators and committee will need to Register.

You are welcome to help us with the set up  from 2pm onwards.

Check in and Registration opens at 4pm on Friday 22nd September.

Please arrive in the Main Hall by 6pm for dinner and introductions.

The Joining will finish at approx 3pm on Sunday 24th September with the completion of the Closing Ceremony.

How to Get to The Joining

Murrenbong Campsite – part of the Scout Association of Australia 

135 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah, QLD, 4503

From the South or North

Heading from the North or South onM1 towards NorthLakes

Take the Northlakes exit into Anzac Ave /State Route 71

Travel 6.3 km At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Dayboro Rd/State Route 58

Travel 1.4 km At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Dayboro Rd/State Route 58

Travel 3.1 km turn left into Scout Rd 

Travel 1.4 km turn right into Murrenbong Scout Camp gate 1.

Gate 1 has a sign for Murrenbong Scout Camp and the only street lamp if travelling at night.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

We would recommend you stay for the entire Gathering.

Our program is organised energetically to welcome you, form Affinity Group Groups and drop into the space through the Opening Ceremony on Thursday night. Friday’s and Saturday’s workshops allow you to sink into deep emotional processes , to emerge into a lighter space on Sunday before lunch and to complete and ground with Closing Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Ceremony is used as a means of including and uniting all in the building of deep personal awareness and connection with self, community and the ground on which we walk. These ceremonies are non-denominational and are held by experienced members of the community. We request that you attend The Joining from the Opening Ceremony (approx. 8pm Thursday night) through to the Closing Ceremony (approx. 3pm on Sunday afternoon).

If you need to arrive or leave outside of these times please let a committee member or Elder know.

We would love for any help you can offer to help us pack up on Sunday afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation onsite is mostly camping there is one dormitory area, with a mixed dorm and one small male/female only dorms. You will need to bring all of your own bedding (a mattress is provided).

There are two large camp sites a short walk from the eating fire circle areas. 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 be parked in the carpark.

Please be aware there are no powered sites.

There are shared shower and toilet facilities near the dorms and toilets at the camp sites. 

Payment Plans

We have a payment plan system in place as we wish to welcome everyone and know that you may not have the entire amount available at the time of the Gathering. this option is available until the 7th of July. – simply Register Here and choose the Payment Plan option.

Scholarships

We do fund raising throughout the year and apply for community grants so that we can offer some scholarship places to those experiencing financial and other challenges, who would otherwise not be able to attend the Gathering.