Jo, 2016 2017, Sydney
I had no idea what to expect when I went on my first desert journey, I just had a sense that I knew I needed to go. So, despite my fears, I borrowed a sleeping bag, left my kids behind and went. Turns out it is probably the best thing I have done to take care of myself in many, many years. I loved being outside, seeing the stars, the sunset and wide open spaces. I loved the balance of fun and play and laughter alongside moments of profound depth and silence in a context of overwhelming natural beauty. I loved sitting around the campfire, hearing others share their stories, embracing the invitation to be present, to be changed, to see things a little differently. Spending time with others with a sense of shared journeying.
It wasn’t so much about giving me something new to take back with me, but that my time away helped me to see what I already had, what I already knew. I was able to slow down long enough to hear myself, to be honest and take the time to sit with that.
JULIE, 2017, perth
This journey made me stop and listen. The blue sky was endless and it seeped into my soul. I would feel as if our vehicle was a bubble floating in slow motion through roof high spinifex. We met a convoy travelling in the opposite direction, the first people we had seen in five days of isolation. While chatting with these strangers, I met someone who was also dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. We just couldn’t help it that we were both drawn into an incredibly intense conversation... a completely random and unexpected connection with another human being in the midst of endless desert! I was buzzing from this experience for the rest of the day.
Gordon, 2016 2017, Perth
Someone famous said that the best things in life can not be talked about and the second best things in life are always misunderstood so we settle for the third best things like talking about sport and politics. Any attempt to describe the wonder of the landscape or the settling of the soul in solitude and nature would be futile. Some experiences in life are beyond language. Don’t settle for the third best things in life.
2019 JOURNEY DETAILS - FINAL DATES CONFIRMED
In 2019 we are planning a number of journeys running consecutively from mid June to mid July. One of the main features will be a Simpson Desert journey starting and finishing in Alice Springs - dates for this journey are now confirmed:
Depart Alice Springs - Monday 24 June
Return to Alice Springs - Wednesday 3 July.
The second feature will be a Centre to Edge journey starting in Alice Springs and finishing in Perth. This is a long journey but provides exposure to both the Great Victoria and Gibson Deserts. Dates for this journey are now confirmed:
Depart Alice Springs - Sunday 7 July
Arrive Perth - Thursday 18 July
A third mini journey is also planned to help transport our vehicles and equipment to the Centre in preparation for the other two major journeys. This will be a shorter and lower cost journey, dates now confirmed as follows:
Depart Perth - Sunday 16 June
Arrive Alice Springs - 20 or 21 June