Poetry Challenge - Week Forty-Two
Stringing Them Along

Music, Nature and Storytelling

IP - Jon Young 1

IP - Jon Young 2

IP - Jon Young 3

I spent last week camping in the bush at Hawks Nest in New South Wales. I was there with my daughters to attend the Jon Young Music, Nature and Storytelling Workshop. Jon Young is a naturalist, tracker and mentor from North America. He's also an author (What the Robin Knows and Coyote's Guide to Connecting With Nature), musician and gifted storyteller who held us enthralled with his tales of tracking and connecting to nature.

We were surrounded by gums and banksias, beautiful wildflowers and birds swooping in and out of the trees. Goannas foraged in the compost heap and dingo tracks headed south along beach which was a ten minute walk from the camp along a sandy path.

It was an incredible five days of sharing story, singing songs and walking barefoot on the land. The incredible team in the kitchen, led by Nicki and assisted by Meat Master Fuzz kept us all fed with three delicious meals a day. There was a program for kids running alongside the program for adults. And in the evenings we sang and danced around the campfire held by the majesty of the stars.


My head is full of songs and words.

My heart is full of gladness and gratitude.

My soul is filled with friendship and connection.