E-sensual Sandalwood Day Workshops

The feel and taste of the Western Australian Bush

Women were invited to four events held in the Wheatbelt during 2012 -2013. This was a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in making products from the Western Australian bush, talk with other women about what they have done, become inspired and see what the future could hold.

Not just sandalwood, the day included a two hour workshop with Vivienne Hansen making basic ointments, sandalwood moisturisers and creams, as well as learning how to make bush cordial and more. Vivienne is a Noongar Yorga (woman) with Balladong and Wadjuk connections. Vivienne is a trained herbalist, makes bush medicine and promotes the healing properties of the plants to assist with treating various ailments. She makes ointments for external applications or minor wounds and grazes and bush teas from the plants that are safe to take internally.

The workshops also featured women from the Wheatbelt who have been successful in business ventures creating products and services using Western Australian native plants. The first workshop featured Ray Watson whose homestay business, Watson’s Way in Mukinbudin, is an excellent example of how a ‘dream’ idea can become a reality. Ray’s clients enjoy quandong jam and wattle seed ice cream as well as wildflower tours. Ray’s business in a fantastic example of using the environment sustainably. Her story was both inspirational and entertaining.

Through the workshops participants got to taste and touch samples of products such as beautiful woollen garments dyed with colours obtained from native plants and taste jams, ice creams and dukkah, be inspired by business women in the Wheatbelt including an succesful internet business developed and managed from the town of Merredin.

The workshops were funded through Wheatbelt NRM’s Soil Conservation Incentives Program with funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program.

The E-sensual Sandalwood Day Workshops were just one of Avongro’s many educational activities.