Manataka American Indian Council







September 26 - 28, 2009

Australian Manataka

Spiritual Gathering

Camp Bornhoffen

Numinbah Valley, S.E. Queensland, Australia


The inaugural MANATAKA Spring Equinox Gathering in Australia coincides with September School holidays in Australia allowing families to participate. Camp Bornhoffen is an easily accessible, beautiful and well equipped facility that will provide an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun for the entire family.


Come join us in ceremony and interactive events to promote peace and unity.  Limited to 120 participants





Camp Bornhoffen is a 98 hectare (242 acres) property situated at Natural Bridge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Just 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Bornhoffen is set against a beautiful backdrop of high rainforest covered mountains, spectacular cliffs, crystal clear running creeks and waterfalls. Our elevation of 400 metres above sea level and high average rainfall means that the vegetation remains lush and green all year round.   Location: Bornhoffen is located approximately 45 kilometres from Nerang at: 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Road Natural Bridge, Queensland.



Ceremonial Fire

Large camp accommodate up to 120 people in dormitory style - bunk beds which look very comfy rooms.  The few separate private rooms are reserved for honored guests. 

Communal modern shower and toilet facilities. 

Catered meals and a big, modern kitchen so we can easily work together to cook.

Inside meeting spaces to gather in case of inclement weather.

Australian and New Zealand members of Manataka will be on hand to assist you.



Local Aboriginal People will perform a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony in recognition of their sacred custodianship of these ancient lands.

Ceremonial Fire and Ceremonies to establish the Manataka family in Australia and New Zealand

Drumming and Singing

Giveaway Ceremony - Bring gifts to share with Elders and other guests

We have a diverse range of activities to choose from.  We aim for our activities to be fun, adventurous, challenging,  hands-on, and spiritual.

Outdoor multi-sports court, playing field, swimming pool and plenty of open space walking tracks which lead to some of the special natural features on the property including two waterfalls, two waterholes and a lookout. Activities comply with the requirements of Education Queensland Health and Safety Guidelines.

Special Appearance:


Bunna Rupert Lawrie, a spiritual elder, songwriter, author and musician and from the dispossessed aboriginal Mirning tribe, has consented to assist with ceremonies during the Gathering.   In 1978, Bunna founded a musical group called the Coloured Stone at a little community called Kooniba, 50 km west of Ceduna, South Australia. Over the years they have been based in Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin in the Northern Territory, and Townsville in Queensland.  Awarded the Don Banks Music Award in 1999 for his outstanding contribution to Australian Music - the first time this award has ever gone to a rock musician, let alone an indigenous one.  From the start he was the original drummer for the band, but went onto rhythm, when his brother, Neil left the band over ten years ago. He then became the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist.  The band has had many changes in line up over the years. Presently, the other members of the band include Bunna's son, Jason Scott, playing lead guitar, while another young relative, nephew Duane Lawrie, is on drums, with brother, John John Miller, handling the bass. Joseph Williams and Darwin-born Ash Dargan, who is from the Larrakia Aboriginal Nation, alternate on didjeridu and percussion.  Constantly touring Coloured Stone has been a big drawcard at festival throughout the year, including the Woodford Folk, Big Day Out and were headliners at the Laura Cultural Gathering on Cape York. At a recent gig Bunna Lawrie sat cross-legged on the stage as he began the Coloured Stone set with "Mouydjengara", a traditional whale-dreaming song of his people - the Mirning.   Playing what he described as the oldest musical instrument on the planet - the bundawuthada or gong stone - Bunna created an eerie, ringing percussion, over which the wailing lead guitar feedback simulated the song of the whale.  Bunna Lawrie is featured in the award-winning film "Traditional Whale Dreamers"


Lee Standing Bear Moore, Kituwah, Keeper of Manataka, volunteer Secretary and Historian for the Manataka American Indian Council, Storyteller, Medicine of the Bear, and Keeper of the Sacred Manataka.  Grandfather Bear is an author, lecturer and editor of the Smoke Signal News.  Bear is a long-time resident of Hot Springs and studied American Indian history and customs for more than 35 years.  He is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran with purple hearts, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Gallantry In Action medals.  Bear and MAIC has been honored with letters of recognition and by the elders of many tribal nations and is regularly invited to conduct ceremonies in various parts of the country.  During the late 1980’s, Standing Bear served as advisor and special liaison our people, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.  A documentary film titled, “The Story of Manataka” features Standing Bear.   He has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and newsletters and appeared on radio and television talk shows.  Standing Bear is frequently presents programs to schools, civic groups and churches. Moore is a graduate of LaSalle University with degrees in business law and business administration. He is married to Rebecca Owl Woman with two daughters and three grandchildren.  His youngest daughter,  Amanda Morning Star Moore, 22, is the Drum Leader for the Manataka Drum Society. 




September 26, Saturday
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration.  Assignment of volunteer roster positions. Mix and mingle party
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck dinner preparation
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Informal welcoming of overseas and invited guests in the central courtyard
6:.00 – 7:00 p.m. Pot-luck Dinner
7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Welcome to Country ceremony by Aboriginal Elders.  Drumming with the *World Drum
9:30 to bedtime Open visitation with new friends, elders and family
September 27, Sunday

5:30 a.m. Pre-Dawn

Dawn Ceremony at the Sacred Fire to greet the day … as guided by the Manataka Elders

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Communal Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Brekky Clean Up

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Open Time; Prepare for the day

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Group teaching and sharing -- beverages and refreshments will be served

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Open Time; Meditation; Exercise; Play

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Catered Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 p.m

Community teaching exchange, crafts/arts, traditional songs and dances.  Workshops; Meditation

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Open Time; Meditation; Exercise; Play; Afternoon Tea

3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Waterfall Journey; crafts/arts, meditation; drum circles, sports (Aussie Rugby with the Elders?)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Catered Dinner
7:15 – 9:30 p.m.  Manataka Sacred Ceremony led by Elders and Guests
9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Open Time; Mix and Mingle

September 28, Monday

5:30 a.m. Pre-Dawn Dawn Ceremony at the Sacred Fire to Greet the Day

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Communal Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Brekky Clean Up

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Prepare for the day; Pack Belongings
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Workshops, Learning Circle, Share cultural wisdoms, teachings, and healing methods
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Open Time; Meditation; Exercise; Play; Afternoon Tea
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Community Prepared Lunch  -- Community Giveaway - Thank you Ceremony
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Clean up
  *** Arts/Crafts vendors are invited to submit a request to display. 

Contact: Lynn Dream Dancer or Chrissy

07 3382 7949 in Oz, 61 7 3382 7949 Overseas



*Special Announcement!

The WORLD DRUM will travel from Europe to take part in the inaugural Manataka Gathering in Australia.  Guests will be invited to play the drum and take pictures. 


The World Drum has visited countries all over the world bring its special message of peace and love.


The World Drum is a call to action to reduce and stop pollution and poisoning Mother Earth.


Come to the Manataka Gathering and experience the awesome power of the World Drum.


Read  The World Drum Project and Experiencing the Drum  






Two catered meals - Sunday Lunch and Sunday Dinner

Saturday Night ‘PotLuck’ with everyone bringing something yummy to share

Sunday Breakfast, Monday Breakfast and Lunch Pot Luck

(See Check List Below)


Special or restricted diets - Bring food appropriate to your needs

Barbecue facilities available


Individual Challenge:


By encouraging people to take risks within a safe and supportive environment, individuals can explore their own potential and build their confidence and self-concept. Examples include abseiling, climbing, flying fox and high ropes activities.




The experience of traveling as a self-sustained group over land or water provides many opportunities for growth through real life physical and mental challenges. Examples include bushwalking, overnight walks, canoeing trips and multi-method expeditions. We have experience in developing journey-based programs in remote areas of regional Queensland.


Environment and Heritage:


Activities that explore the natural world and promote conservation and sustainable living


Adventure for All Abilities:


Everyone has different needs, strengths, experience and abilities.  Outdoor recreation programs for people with special needs including people with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities and mental illness.






Bornhoffen is located approximately 45 kilometres from Nerang at: 3510 Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge, Queensland  4211.   Just 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Brisbane.





Local Attractions:

Bornhoffen is located two kilometres from the Natural Bridge National Park which is a small but magnificent remnant rainforest with a ‘natural bridge’ formed by a waterfall running into a cave. This cave also supports a colony of glow worms. There are two cafes and a horse trail riding company located in the Natural Bridge/Numinbah Valley area. Springbrook and Lamington World Heritage National Parks, magnificent beaches, theme parks and other attractions of the Gold Coast are all within easy day trip distance.


Gathering Contact:

Lynn Dream Dancer and Baz Guy

7 Kelly Street

Eagleby, Queensland  4207




$160 per adult / $80 per child and includes dormitory, bunk-style accommodation for 2 nights and 2 days, 2 catered meals on Sunday 27th, and all activities.

All other meals will be jointly prepared in the large modern kitchen, "pot-luck" style by participants.  A 50% deposit is required.


This event is sponsored by the Manataka American Indian Council, a nonprofit organization.


STEP 1:  Complete This Form:

Full Name:

Street Address:


Territory / State:

Zip Code:


Email Address:

Number of Adults:

   Children: *Disabled: 

*Type of Disability:

 STEP 2:                                                                                      


STEP 3: Submit Payment

Reserve Your Space


Items to Bring to the Inaugural Australian Manataka Spiritual Gathering

Saturday Sept 26 – Monday  28th Sept, 2009





Toiletries (no aerosol cans)  

Swim Suit

Towels   Sun Hat  
Mozzie bug repellant   Sunglasses  
Sunscreen   Backpack  
Medications   T-shirts, Shorts  
Cooking / Meals: Long Pants  

(Two meals are catered on Sunday)

  Tracky Daks  
Tea / Paper Towels   2 x Jumper / Sweatshirt  
Saturday Pot Luck Dinner   Underwear, Socks  
Pot Luck Breakfasts & Lunch   Walking Shoes  
Fresh fruit and Vegetables  



Barbeque Facility Available


Rain Poncho


Sleeping Gear:

Other Items:

Swag / Sleeping Bag

  Diary, Journal, Sketchbook  
Sheets, Blankets, Pillows   Pen/pencils  
Ceremony: Garbage Bags  
Suitable Clothing (modest)   Camera / Batteries  

Medicine Drum, Clapsticks (optional)


Water 2 Liters pp  / Water Bottle  

Didjeridoo, Flute, Rattle (optional)


Torch and spare batteries  

Wood for the Sacred Fire


Folding chair, mat or cushion  
DO NOT Bring: Notes:

iPods, MP3, CD Player

  Changeable Weather Possible  

Aerosol Cans

Personal Valuables

Expensive Clothing

Alcohol and Other Drugs

  A "Burden / Worry Basket" will be at the front gate to leave your troubles behind, so enjoy your time in the sacred community.  Caution:  Awesome sites, sounds and feelings possible.  

[Overseas visitors please note, Australian Customs are notoriously strict about prohibiting items which have animal skins and/or wood into our country .. please check with Australian Embassies before bringing your sacred tools like drums and rattles with you, as we have heard of many who’ve had beloved drums confiscated at our borders due to quarantine restrictions]





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