The Orange Wild Weekend

In-between NSW lockdowns, I was so lucky to sneak up to Wiradjuri Country for a week to help out my go-getter friend Ali Shillington of Lokale Blumen, host The Orange Wild Weekend.

This eco-adventure was the second location in her series after the Flinders Island Wild Weekend, that I was also fortunate enough to head along to right before we were corralled into Covid-19 lockdown for the first time.

Our gatherings aim to make a difference to people’s lives, and in turn, the earth too.

We have deliberately paced our weekends for you to slow down and take pause. Across the four days you will learn about foraging, making and edible plants all in the company of legendary local characters, new friends and delicious produce and wine.

Lokale Blumen

Ali is a floral artist, designer, writer and event creator. She and I share much enthusiasm for plants, wandering in wild places, deep conversations and learning new things. Book recommendation constantly fly back and forth between Ali in beachside Coogee, Sydney and me, here in country lutruwita.

Pulling all of her talents together, Ali creates beautiful 3 day retreats for small groups to reconnect with nature, learn, wander and create with their hands. The group becomes tight-knit towards the end of the 3 days, because there’s a real emphasis on turning off phones, slowing down, and connecting.

We rambled around the top of Ghannabulla/Mount Canobolas, learned how to forage for saffron milk cap mushrooms, ate the best produce from the region and finished our time together with a foraged floristry workshop led by Ali and her wing-woman Lexi. It was rejuvenating. I’m grateful to have tagged along.

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