The Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation hosted our first Mother and Daughter Healing Gathering on the 13th August 2018, at The Anchorage Port Stephens. The gathering’s aim was to provide a supportive environment in which Mothers were able to reconnect with their daughters. To begin to understand, to listen to their mother’s experiences, and begin or continue on the healing process together.
The Mothers and Daughters who were able to attend this year enjoyed a range of healing activities. These activities helped to strengthen connections, and helped with understanding the reasoning behind the impacts on their relationships, all while nestled on the coastline of Port Stephens with a beautiful backdrop of the ocean. Over three days everyone took part in traditional weaving with one of our descendants, Cherie Johnson from Speaking in Colour. The group also participated in yarning circles and enjoyed a range of therapeutic experiences together at the Day spa.
When asked what their favourite thing about the event was, the participants answered "Meeting up with the girls again, coming together and socialising with other members of the Coota Girls", this feedback reiterates the need for connection and collective healing. The Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation plans to respond to requests from members for more trauma education in future events, and the inclusion of descendants and siblings. We are really looking forward to our next collective healing event!