|Santa Teresa Immersion - 31 July 2017|
It was with much anticipation and excitement that the 11 members of the 2017 Santa Teresa Immersion embarked on their week-long journey on Sunday 16 July. Being of service to this remote Aboriginal community located approximately 80km from Alice Springs, in Arrernte country, was both a challenge and a joy.
From the talented artists sharing their stories with us in the Spirituality Centre, to the running of the kitchen in the Women’s Community Centre and the smiles of the children in the classrooms, each day was truly a blessing.
As teachers, we were so proud of the maturity, grace and humility that each of the girls demonstrated on a daily basis. The experiences they encountered will enrich their lives for years to come and provide them with meaningful and lasting memories.
Uluru was a wonderful way to round off the immersion experience and prepare us for our transition back to life in Brisbane. The stories we encountered with our exceptional guide on the Mala walk around Uluru allowed us to gain insight into the deeply rich culture and spirituality of the Arrente people.
The pilgrims of the 2017 Santa Teresa immersion were Cassidy Davies, Lucy Gallagher, Chelsea Groundwater, Gemma Lucas, Grace Nakamura, Rebecca Parantainen, Isabella Reid, Ella Sendall and Holly Wilmett.
Belinda McGleenon and Gina Heidke
Leaders of the 2017 Santa Teresa Immersion