May 26, 2020

Life During Isolation

Woll Family
Woll Family

Nestled in a beautiful, mountainous part of rural Victoria, we couldn’t be in a better spot for prolonged isolation. We have ample projects to keep us busy (including fixing fencing, painting roofs and signs, amping up garden productivity, renovating a chicken coop and hopefully building some composting toilets) … But, even being in a beautiful place with a heap of jobs to while away the time, things can be hard! We all committed to a year of helping young people learn and grow in the high country of Victoria, and now we’re glorified caretakers instead of Outdoor Leaders – we feel incredibly fortunate, but that loss of a sense of purpose has been a struggle from time to time.

To keep up morale, we’ve been baking beautiful breads and desserts (sourdough loaves and caramel puddings are favourites at present), experimenting with making drinks out of stinging nettle, spinning wool into yarn, laboriously rolling out gorgeous ravioli and hosting fun events to keep our little, slightly wonky family invigorated and full of love.  One of our events we’ve come to love is Trivia Tuesdays, where the host rotates each week. What started as a simple five rounds with ten questions each has evolved into nights where participants are asked to act out bowerbird courtship displays, draw portraits of that week’s host, read out Dutch stories where we’re graded on pronunciation and all other sorts of crazy spontaneity!

We’re crossing all our fingers and toes that we can open our doors to community and young people sooner rather than later. In the meantime, we’ll keep doing what we do best – making a tough situation into a fun adventure.


Oct 25, 2019

Wollangarra Update

With Summer fast approaching it means another successful year at Woll is coming to an end.

Firstly, we would all love to share our great appreciation for Clare and Jay who have finished up as directors at Woll. Their enthusiasm and passion for Woll went above and beyond and will both be sadly missed. So, on behalf of everyone we thank you and wish you all the best. The question now is, ‘who’s coming next?’. Tristan worked at Woll in 2016 and is coming back to direct for the November to January period which we are all very excited for! 

Thank you also to all who came to the Garden Party over the weekend! We got lots done in the wonderful weather: we planted 150+ native plants to revegetate the river bank and woodlot, we pulled out lots of weeds, we planted globe artichokes, nasturtiums, borage, cabbages and many other seedlings into garden beds and we propagated summer vegies. Spring is a busy and beautiful time in the garden!
We appreciate all the help over the weekend. It means that young people can connect with where their food comes from, and we can enjoy tasty, fresh and local produce.
Stay tuned for more garden updates this Spring...

Our 30th Anniversary has come and gone and with the generosity from all friends and family of Wollangarra, we managed to raise much needed funds to be able to continue our work in allowing kids to learn to connect back to the land. There are lots of little projects going on at Wollangarra all the time, relating to building, maintenance and keeping our courses running smoothly, which rely on donations from our supporters. We really appreciate any contribution! All donations are tax deductible!

Thanks for reading and hopefully see you up at Wollangarra soon!

Jul 29, 2019

Wollangarra Update

The Bush Dance 2019
The Bush Dance 2019

Hello everyone! 

We have had another busy few months - Wollangarra's staff, directors and helpers have been flat out running lots of fantastic Stage One programs for first time Wollangarra goers. 

A massive thank you to everyone who rallied up for the WoodChop weekend. The staff and directors were very appreciative for all the help in crafting, splitting and stacking of wood just in time for the wintery weeks ahead! 

We also had our fantastic stage II's spend a week of their school holidays making a track upstream from Woll that forms part of our new local walk. The track looks amazing and it is no wonder because they worked bloody hard all week. Thanks stage II's, you rock!

We are in need of Woll volunteers! you need to be over 18 and have your working with children check, some outdoor experience would be grand and be able to get yourself out to Woll. Here are the following dates, choose one which will suit, then call the homestead to book it in. 51480492

August: 2-7, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
September: 2-6, 16-20, 23-27
September 29 - October 4
October: 14-18, 21-25
October 28 - November 1
November: 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
December 10-14, 15-20

Wollangarra is also seeking one or two people to fill the position of Director/s from end of September 2019. Our current Directors and their family (Clare, Jay and Elliot) have done such a wonderful job directing Wollangarra for the previous two years, but it is time for them to move onto their next big adventure.
Check out the link below for the position description, and refer anyone who might be the next Wollangarra Directors.

The Highlight of June was the annual City Bush Dance! There was great dancing, plenty of food, drink and excellent company all led by the lovely Briagalong Bush Band! It was a great chance for Wollangarra and Mittagundi supporters to mingle and fundraise together so that more young people can have the Woll/ Mitta experience. We can't wait for next years event!

One last piece of news, the annual Stage III Trivia Night was last night and was a huge success! It was a fun competitive night full of general knowledge and general Wollangarra-ness. It is always a great night helping to support our young Stage III’s in Melbourne in order for them to continue to fund their own stage III programs.

Remember, all donations made within Australia are tax deductible :) 

We hope you are enjoying the Wintry weather!

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