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Upcoming Events: Land, sky and waterways: imagining correspondences with country


This workshop will be a hands-on workshop that will trouble the dominant educational discourses about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s correspondences to country.
During the morning we will explore a local park where we will sit, listen, feel and explore.
Intentions of the workshop:  For participants to:
Reflect on the ecological and cultural perspective of removing materials from country
Sensitively explore the environment as hunters and collectors ecologically and spiritually
Investigate the qualities of collected materials to learn to respect Aboriginal cultural integrity
We will draw on Tim Ingold’s definition of correspondences.

“Correspondence is a process,
Correspondence is open-ended: it aims for no fixed destination or final conclusion,
Correspondences are dialogical” (Ingold, 2021, p.11).
Participants will be guided to tread carefully and quietly, respecting, listening and caring for country. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and experience uncertainty.
The design of this workshop only allows for small numbers therefore it will be offered on two occasions for two different groups.  Don’t miss out!
Dates:    Saturday 30th April - Booking Link available below  OR
              Saturday 14th May - Booking Link available soon
Time:         9am-1pm
Address:   Unit 4, 18 George Street, Sandringham, Victoria.

All participants must be fully vaccinated and provide proof on the day or will not be permitted on the premises.
Morning Tea provided.
Booking Link for Saturday 30th April   imagining-correspondences-with-country-tickets-291599119817

Booking Link for Saturday 14th May


Presenter:  Deb Mann

Deb Mann is a Wakka Wakka woman born in Queensland, she has lived in many places across this land and is currently living and working on Gadigal Land.

For over 35 years Deb has working in early education and community programs that are developed by and for local Aboriginal children and families. Deb holds University qualifications in early childhood teaching and education and is currently employed as a Cultural Facilitator in KU Children’s Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs team.

Deb advocates for local solutions that are designed and driven by Traditional Custodians and Knowledge Holders safeguarding that the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities are not lost in partnerships with larger organisations, and that ‘Community’ protocols and procedures are locally determined and followed as the way to self-determination.

Collaborator:  Kerrie O’Neill

Kerrie O’Neill, M.ED (Early Childhood) is an Early Childhood Consultant and author.

Kerrie’s experience with the early childhood sector spans over 30 years.She has worked as a kindergarten teacher, a Director of an Early Learning Centre, a trainer and assessor delivering the Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and as a tertiary level lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). She has worked for the Department of Education and Training in Victoria as both an Authorised Officer and as a Senior Policy Officer.

Kerrie is a founding member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange in 2000 and is a current committee member. Kerrie’s work in the early childhood sector has been profoundly influenced by the educational project of Reggio Emilia, Italy, since her first study tour to the city in 1996.


  • Ingold, T. (2021). Correspondences. Polity Press.