In the Winds of Change We Always Find Our Direction
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“What we draw on from our memories,
and think, imagine and create in our daily lives,
is our dreaming.”
Djon Mundine, Bundjalung man and Aboriginal Curator
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this page may contain the images of deceased people.
I’m a 17-year-old girl from Australia, from the place where My Dreaming began. For nearly eight years now, I have been traveling the world with my parents and my twin brother on a school of life journey.
We don’t have what you would refer to as a conventional lifestyle. While my brother and I are classified as “homeschoolers”, we are definitely not the classic definition of what you might think this means. We don’t have formal classes, a structured curriculum, nor do we strictly follow any particular defined style of education, yet still, we learn a great deal in our everyday experiences. I like to think of ourselves more as life learners, everyday activating knowledge within us from the world and all the living things surrounding us.
Before we embarked on our journey around the world, we had travelled quite a lot around Australia, throughout the states of Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory, enjoying the nature and beauty of the land of my birth and the land that holds a deep place in my heart.
We even made it to Uluru, Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ and were honoured to experience and learn about the sacred Aboriginal lands, the indigenous people and their customs. I learned about the significance of our environment, of the places we live in, the concept of timelessness, images of wisdom that get passed on to descendants through ceremony & song and most importantly, about our connectedness to every living thing. That was when I realised that our Dreaming is the act of creation from our dreams to reality.
I decided to share this Dreaming with you, and trust in the creation of our collective reality; together we can touch the heart of every living soul. I invite you to share in this dream with me – all as Dreamtime Travelers in this amazing and abundant world.
Meeting Artist, Elder & Lutheran Minister Peter Nyaningu
My brother and I with Living Legend “Jamu Jack” Crombie in 2011
Every journey begins with a single step…
In 2009, we sold our house, taking our first steps towards living a location independent lifestyle. We didn’t know it at the time, but our hearts and dreaming were calling us to take to the road… to go on our own “Walkabout” and discover the stories of the World.
In 2011, our 6-month Australian Roadtrip marked the inception of what to this day is a continual journey of exploration, learning & discovery, – collecting and sharing of Stories and the wonderment in the gift of Life – in essence, the creation of our Labour of Love.
In 2012, with only a couple of suitcases and backpacks, we boarded a plane to our first overseas destination: the United States of America. Since then, we have traveled to 50 countries on six continents, with countless stories, adventures and experiences of learning in our hearts, and the journey continues.
I have been devouring books for as long as I can remember, and my unbridled love of reading is matched by my passion for expression in the written word. It was actually while visiting Arcos de la Frontera, deep in the heart of Andalusia, Spain, that one of my personal experiences, guided by my love of animals, inspired me to write my first novel, Dawn of The Guardian– published in March 2016!
Apart from my love of reading and writing, I enjoy travelling with a passion almost like it’s an obsession. I love hiking in the wild, in the energetic and natural beauty of lesser known places. I also love swimming in the sea or ocean and pretty much anything to do with beautiful beaches or the water, wherever it is we travel. I treasure friendships made and every moment in the presence of each other’s being.
I have been blessed with many stories and I must admit that I do enjoy telling them. I am in the process of getting them all up here, but it is going to take me a little while as I have been on my International Book Tour speaking at conferences, schools, libraries, bookstores and communities of learning throughout Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada and Mexico. I am also in the process of writing my second book, the sequel to Dawn of the Guardian.
During my Book Tour, a most exciting opportunity occurred when I was offered a professional Publishing and Agency contract. I am so happy to share the news that Dawn of the Guardian has now been translated into Hungarian and on 1st September 2017 Az Őrző hajnala was published by the wonderful Kolibri Kiadó in Hungary!
It was with great anticipation that after 3 years we made our return journey to Hungary, where we embarked on a 3-month Hungarian Book Tour. With 36 events, that took us from the heart of Transylvania, all the way to Barcs on the Hungarian – Croatian border, we undertook a journey which was a brilliant, engaging and energising experience, albeit, at times, a little tiring too, which took us to Schools, Libraries, Book Stores and Home Learning Communities, where we were received with much warmth and genuine welcome. This gifted me a great opportunity to improve my Hungarian too, as I also had over 30 media interviews with national and regional television, radio, newspapers and magazines, culminating in what was a dream come true, the occasion to share my story at the TEDx [email protected] Event, with 17 other positively inspirational young people.
Looking back, it seems like a bit of a dream – it happened so fast, but, I am sincerely grateful to everyone who so willingly and genuinely came to assist and be a part of this journey. My special thanks go to our publisher Kolibri Kiadó and the team who were tireless in their efforts to support us and most especially to our many friends and family and all those wonderful people who came along to our events who willingly went out of their way to give their support and love, without which, we would not have been able to make this happen. I am so truly thankful to you all. For more details check out my Events page, or the ‘In The Media’ section of my home-page here at Dreamtime Traveler.
I trust that you will enjoy reading about my Dreaming adventures in the world, as much as I enjoy living them.
The Journey so far…
1. AUSTRALIA – Country of my birth; Northern East coast & Outback trip: Jul-Nov 2011; Dec 2015 – May 2016; Nov 2018 – Feb 2019
2. USA – Jun 2012-Nov 2012; May-Oct 2013; Nov 2016 – Mar 2017; May – Jun 2017 ~ 39 of the 50 States; Sept & Oct 2019;
3. COLOMBIA – Nov-Dec 2012
4. ECUADOR – Dec 2012 – Feb 2013
5. PERU – Feb 2013 – Mar 2013
6. CHILE – Mar 2013
7. ARGENTINA – Apr 2013
8. PARAGUAY – Apr 2013
9. BRAZIL – Apr 2013
10. PANAMA – Apr 2013
11. THE BAHAMAS – May 2013
12. TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS – May 2013
13. CANADA – Aug – Sept 2013, Jan – Feb, Jun 2017
14. ENGLAND – Oct 2013; Jun 2016; Oct-Nov 2016, Jul 2017
15. WALES – Oct 2013
16. MOROCCO – Oct 2013
17. SPAIN – Oct 2013; Oct 2014 – Aug 2015; Sept – Nov 2015; Jun-Sept 2016; Feb – May 2018
18. CZECH REPUBLIC – Nov 2013, Aug 2017
19. HUNGARY – Nov 2013 – Nov 2014, Aug – Dec 2017; Jun & Aug 2018
20. Transylvania, ROMANIA – Jan 2014; Jun – July 2014; Sept 2017; Jul & Sept-Oct 2018
21. AUSTRIA – Aug 2014
22. ITALY – Sept 2014, Aug 2015; Jun 2018
23. GREECE, Rhodes – Sept 2014
24. TURKEY – Oct 2014
25. PORTUGAL – Jun 2015
26. FRANCE – Jun, Aug 2015; Jun 2016; Jun 2018
27. SWITZERLAND – Aug 2015
28. MONACO – Aug 2015
29. RUSSIA – Nov 2015
30. INDIA – Nov/Dec 2015
31. MALAYSIA – Dec 2015
32. CHINA – May 2016
33. SCOTLAND – October 2016; Jun-Jul 2017
34. DENMARK – November 2016
35. MEXICO – Mar-May 2017; Oct 2018
36. BELGIUM – Aug 2017
37. LUXEMBOURG – Aug 2017
38. GERMANY – Aug 2017
39. SLOVAKIA – Aug 2017
40. ISRAEL – Dec 2017/Jan 2018
41. JORDAN – Dec 2017/Jan 2018
42. CROATIA – Jan 2018
43. SLOVENIA – Jan 2018; Jun 2018
44. ANDORRA – Jan 2018
45. NORTHERN IRELAND – Sep 2018
46. INDONESIA – Feb/Mar 2019
47. LAOS – Mar 2019
48. VIETNAM – Mar-May 2019
49. CAMBODIA – May/Jun 2019
50. THAILAND – Jun 2019
Where to next…
In the winds of change, our hearts will always find their direction.
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