FAQ

 

TRANSPORT

What public transport do I use from Sydney airport?

Go to Airport Domestic or Airport International Train Stations Platform 1. Catch the train to Central station and change to Platform 18 for your train to Pennant Hills (The Northern line). You must have an Opal Card to use this service. https://www.opal.com.au/ Travel time is approximately 1 hour 6 minutes.

How do I get to the conference from Pennant Hills Station?

You can get a taxi from the station or it is a 15min walk. Please see this link for more details.

 

ACCOMMODATION

What are the sleeping/ bathroom arrangements like?

The Centre provides bunk style accommodation in various sized rooms located throughout the centre. All have adjoining communal shower and toilet facilities. Most are quite close to a kitchen and common room for meals and activities. An early deposit will
secure you the better accommodation — first in first served.

 

Do I need to bring linen?

ALL LINEN is supplied by the venue … pillow (and pillow case), sheets (bottom and top), blankets and towel … the delegates DO NOT have to bring any of this unless they want to have their own.

Can I camp?

Yes. When booking you have the cheaper option of choosing the camping option.

I live in Sydney and would like to attend the conference but not stay on site, Can I do that?

Yes we have Day Tripper passes that will entitle you to all meals and workshops.

Other Accommodation?

If you require other accommodation we suggest two of the closest motels to the venue (both are a 5-10 minute—approx.—car ride away) are: The Waldorf Pennant Hills Apartment Motel https://www.waldorfpennanthills.com.au/ AND Ibis Thornleigh:  http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-3238-ibis-sydney-thornleigh/index.shtml Booking.com have quite a few places listed which are a little further away.  You could also try Air B&B.

FOOD

Will my diet be catered for?

We can cater for meat eaters and vegetarian diets. Once you have registered you will be directed to our internal registration form where you can tell us about any food allergies you may have and we will do our best to accommodate you. However if you have complex requirements we ask that you bring your own food and we can make sure you have access to a fridge.

 

WORKSHOPS

Do I need to book in for my preferred workshops?

Some Wisdom Keepers have asked that their workshop be limited to certain numbers, so we are asking you arrive at your preferred workshop early. Once the numbers are reached you may be asked to move to your next preferred workshop.

 

What do I need to bring?

SUGGESTED ITEMS –

Pay Pal receipt – this is your entry ticket ~ Sarongs – to hang around your bunk ~ Ceremonial outfit ~ Notebook ~ Pen ~ Eye mask ~ Ear plugs ~ Torch ~ Mossie repellent ~ Camera ~ Journal ~ Hat ~ Sunscreen ~ Water bottle ~ Personal fan ~ Sunblock ~ Drum ~ Sanitary items
GIFTS – please bring a give-away gift for the give-away ceremony at the end of the conference. Please purchase something for no more than $15 or no less than $10 – if possible please support our vendors by buying a gift from them at the market place at the conference.

What do I need to bring for the Ceremony? 

Dress in whatever makes you feel beautiful for a ceremony, as many sparkles and bling as you prefer – nothing is too much!

 

Market Stalls

Can I have a market stall/table?

Yes all delegates are offered a place in the market. You must register and book in your spot by the 1st of October 2019. Otherwise you will not be allocated a table.

I only need 1/2 a table is that ok?

Yes, please let us know. You must register and book in your spot by the 1st of October 2019. Otherwise you will not be allocated a table.

 

Volunteer/Melissa

Can I volunteer?

Yes, volunteering will help us manage some of the minor day to day tasks involved in the conference and gives you a cheaper rate. 

Can I be a Melissa?

Yes, being a Melissa involves you in many aspects of the conference and gives you the cheapest rate. 

 

Registration

Will I get a receipt?

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket to the Conference. Please bring it with you as proof of payment when you register.

What time should I arrive on Friday?

Please arrive at the registration desk between 7am and 9am

 

CULTURAL PROTOCOLS FOR RELATING WITH THE AUNTIES

Verbal Communication

Address the Aboriginal women Elders as Aunty – do not call them by their first names unless given permission.

  • Don’t mimic Aboriginal speech patterns or attempt to speak Aboriginal English as a way of encouraging the Aunties to be more open.
  • Use clear, uncomplicated language. Do not use jargon or pigeon.
  • Respect the use of silence and don’t mistake it for misunderstanding a topic or issue.
  • Always wait your turn to speak.
  • Be aware that words might have different meanings in different communities and be mindful of potential language barriers.

Non Verbal Communication

Do not use prolonged eye contact Aboriginal people consider this as rude and intimidating!

Clothing

Clothing should be modest; it is a matter of common sense and if you wouldn’t wear it to church or to your grandmother’s place then do not wear it when sitting down with Aboriginal Elders. The Aunties will find inappropriate attire very offensive and this will impede your attempts to establish a relationship and may block your opportunity for learning.

So remember:  no bum cracks, exposed mid-drifts, tight fitting, see-through and skimpy clothes or your vaginal area exposed and definitely no nudity! Respect yourself and the Aunties will respect you.

Always avoid physical contact – as it may be a serious offence to touch traditional people or their family members, on the shoulders, head or back.

 

 

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What does “Priestess of the Temple of the Global Goddess” mean?

As many of us know,  prior to patriarchy which is only around 5 thousand years old,  prior to Buddhism, prior to Hinduism, prior to Christianity, prior to Islam,  the whole planet worshiped the Divine Feminine.  We know they made thousands and thousands of small figurines, which have been found all over the world, designed to be held in the hand, to keep them connected to the great Cosmic Mother of All, who provided for their every need.  During this period, going back as far as we can, there were no signs of any gods, or any signs of war.

The people were “governed” essentially by the Temple.  As patriarchy became more and more entrenched, we find the appearance of queens and then kings.  But during the Golden Age of the Goddess, only the Priestesses of the Temple, following the leadership of the High Priestess, ministered and governed the secular life and the Spiritual life of the Community.

Priestesses trained for many years to be “ordained” and were completely in service to the Temple.  To day, women who feel the call to be of service in a spiritual sense, can train to become a Priestess of a Temple.  To my knowledge there are only 5 Temples in the world who offer a residential/face to face priestess Training:  The Glastonbury Goddess Temple, the Swiss Goddess temple,  The Italian Goddess Temple,  the San Diego Goddess Temple, and the temple of the Global Goddess in Maitland.

The Priestesses of the Global Goddess are in service to the Mother Temple in Maitland, and 2 of the first of the ordained Priestesses of the Mother Temple in Maitland have now begun to hold the Sydney Temple of the Global Goddess.  All the Priestesses of the Temple are dedicated to building Goddess community in Australia, ergo our desire to present this Conference.