Arnhem Land – Mapuru

We invite you to join us on country, to live with and learn from the people of Mäpuru in East Arnhem Land (NT) who are passing on their traditional skills and knowledge in basket weaving and bush survival to future generations – as it has always been. Each visitor to Mäpuru is welcomed with an open heart and mind, and given a rare glimpse into the Indigenous worldview.

“These trips always leave people with far more than baskets, bark paintings and didgeridoos. Whether it is through the intuitive guidance under the weaving shelter, walking through the mangrove forest, buffalo hunting on the mud-plains, swimming in the water-hole, gathering pandanus or being together around the bush camp-fire, the gentle people of Mäpuru open our western eyes to a glimmer of the knowledge and wisdom of Yolngu culture.”
– Sophie, CERES Global Co-ordinator

The trips are divided into two areas, weaving workshops for women and bush survival skills for men.

Weaving Workshops

Weaving is used as a means of cultural exchange and will enable women participants to witness and learn the entire process; from the collection of barks, pandanus and kala (natural dyes) to the weaving and creation of your own pieces. There are also opportunities to collect bush honey, mangrove worms, go fishing and swimming in water holes. Along the way you will build friendships and learn about Yolngu culture.

“I didn’t just learn how to weave a basket in Mäpuru, I took a brief glimpse at my universe differently.”
Renata, 2012 participant.

Living on Country (‘Mens’ business’)

Men who join the trip will have the opportunity to live on country. During the day you will sit under the mens’ shelter discussing the best seasonal approach to the activities. Typically you will then travel away from camp and visit special places on the land, hunt, collect mangrove worms, make spears and sit around a small fire, cooking fish and talking of the land and kinship.

More information

Click here to download the Trip Info book 2017

How to Book

To submit an application please fill in one of the forms below.
Women only trip (12 days) 17th – 28th June 2017 
Mixed men and women trip (9 days) 12th – 20th August 2017

When your registration form has been received, an invoice for your deposit will be issued. Your place is only secured once this deposit has been made.This deposit is fully refundable until dates are confirmed.

Our next trip

2017 Dates and Costs

Women only: June 17th – 28th 2017  (12 days) cost: $2750 (waitlist only)

Mixed men and women: August 12th – 20th 2017 (9 days) cost:$2050

For further details:


(03) 9389 0183

Our hosts in Mapuru are the Yolngu Mapuru community members, and John & Linda from the Mapuru homelands School . The sometimes difficult intricacies of land ownership, kinship, and community dynmaics are sometimes navigated by John and Linda.The various CERES Global group facilitators on the Mapuru trip often have a long standing relationship with Mapuru and the community, and provide cultural insights and knowledge gained over years of friendship.
CERES Global travel to Mapuru to learn. Unlike other CERES Global trips, the focus is not so much about what we’re bringing to the community in terms of skills and knowledge, but more about learning from local mob. We feel as though Indigenous Australians have heard enough ideas from us balanda for now.

Photos from our trip to Arnhem Land

News from Arnhem Land

2709, 2012

Weaving in Mapuru with the Yolgnu women

By | September 27th, 2012|

Mäpuru is a small and remote township in East Arnhem Land; 1000 kms from Darwin and 50kms south of Elcho Island as the crow flies. CERES’s (a community environmental park in Brunswick) runs trips [...]

2908, 2012

Glimpsing Mapuru

By | August 29th, 2012|

How can I explain to you what it was like at Mäpuru. This is possibly one of the most difficult things I have had to do. There is so much that language cannot begin to [...]