May 27th Spirit Journey with Elder John Cavanagh


May 27th to Jun 3rd |  Departs Alice Springs | Status: Accepting registrations
4WD desert journey led by John Cavanagh, an Eastern Arrernte elder and traditional healer, traveling across his ancestral lands.
May 27th to Jun 3rd (Departing Alice Springs, Returning Alice Springs)

Where will the journey go?

The trip begins with a 2 night “desert intensive in Alice Springs.  The program offers opportunities to learn about language,  land, culture and spirituality from local elders and participate in discussions about desert spirituality and social change.
We will then leave Alice traveling in a small convoy of 4WD’s meandering through breathtaking East McDonnell Ranges and stopping to experience the deep tranquility and spiritual connections that this remarkable country offers all Australians. John will open the country to us, sharing stories of both the Dreaming and of his families experience growing up and working on land that has been incorporated into settler Australia but which remains Aboriginal. We will sit under the stars, camp in creek beds and around the campfire share our stories and reflect on our experiences. Together we will experience the gift that this land presents to us and find a new sense of community as we travel its ancient paths.

The leaders

This journey is led by John Cavanagh, an Eastern Arrernte elder and traditional healer, traveling across his ancestral lands. Steve Bevs and Emily Hayes from Alice Springs Uniting Church will also be co-leading.
Emily Hayes Ph: 0422 587 144 | Email:


In Alice Springs we will provide camping-style accommodation with toilets/showers. Of course, you can upgrade and stay in a hotel in town. On the Spirit Journey we will be bush camping. There are no showers, toilets or electricity and so you will need to be prepared for and able to manage these situations.
Booking Flights:
Qantas flies daily to Alice Springs from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This event will take place in peak tourist season in the outback so book as early as you can. Flights are approximately $600 return.

Promo materials

Places on this journey are still open – please feel free to invite friends or share these promo materials around to those who you think might be interested.


Cost: $990.00.
Includes, airport pickups and drop offs, Aboriginal speakers, food and water, camping, car and swag hire.

Questions? Ask it in a comment below or Get in touch with trip organisers Steve or Emily:  Ph: 042258714| Email:

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