Bulwalwanga Ran Festival

14th - 17th of January, 2017

Welcome to the website for Bulwalwanga Ran Festival!

Bulwalwanga Ran (‘We are strong, you all” in Dhurga language) is a four-day festival celebrating wisdom traditions, both indigenous to Australia and from other parts of the world that honour Mother Nature. It will take place on land that Noel Butler and his family have been the custodians of for thousands of years.

Our intention is to share and learn from different traditions that honour and support Mother Earth. It will be an event that acknowledges our common humanity and gives people from different backgrounds and cultures an opportunity to learn from each other and about each other, something that did NOT take place when Europeans and Aboriginal people first encountered each other almost 230 years ago.

There will be a strong focus on healthy nutrition and we are engaging the services of a number of organisations to make available delicious vegetarian and traditional Aboriginal food. At night participants will be able to experience Aboriginal dance and music and there will be live music performances.

Bulwalwanga Ran is a family friendly festival and on Saturday and Sunday we will have a Kid’s Tent. There will be plenty of fun activities for children including kids yoga, ochre face painting, boomerang painting and Aboriginal storytelling. There will also be the opportunity to sow your own native millet seed which can be taken home in a pot. This kind of seed was ground up and baked to make the world’s first bread by Aboriginal people over 30,000 years ago.

Speakers and Talks

The first two days of the festival will feature talks from leading exponents in their fields on a diverse range of subjects, including bush tucker and medicine, meditation, Aboriginal approaches to land management, Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, reading country, yoga, Aboriginal story telling, Vedic fire ceremony for land healing, biodynamic approaches to improving soil, Aikido principles in conflict resolution and healing using kitchen herbs, to name a few.

Food and Drink at the Festival

Healthy, nutritious food will be available at reasonable prices at Bulwalwanga Ran, including vegetarian and authentic Australian indigenous bush foods.

Volunteers associated with Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi*, an internationally known South Indian spiritual leader, will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner over the weekend of the festival. Many of their dishes will be gluten free.

There will be fresh fruit, muesli and buckwheat pancakes in the morning, lunch will feature vegetable, dahl, rice, pappadam and pickles and dinner seasonal summer salads and savoury south Indian pancakes. For morning and afternoon teas there will be carrot cake and chai. Fresh fruit and sandwiches will be available through the day for children.

Fred’s bush tucker will be offering Australian indigenous bush foods made with native herbs and spices. You will be able to experience crocodile marinated with wild lime and ginger, lemon myrtle cheese cake, Kakadu plum kangaroo tartlets and lilli pilli cordial, to name a few.


Participants will also be able to buy freshly brewed coffee and pastries.



*Spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known throughout the world simply as “Amma” has served the world community for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. Amma has a deep respect for the Aboriginal people in Australia, and Aboriginal elders have been invited and conducted welcoming ceremonies at many of Amma’s public programs in Australia, on behalf of the traditional owners of the land. An Aboriginal dance group also travelled to India to perform at Amma’s 50th Birthday program of international celebrations in 2003.




Breakfast – 7.30 – 9 am , Lunch 12.30 – 2 pm, Dinner – 6.30 – 8 pm.

Festival Menu

Choice  1 (Gluten Free)

Muesli + Stewed Fruit + Yogurt


Choice 2  (Gluten Free)

Buckwheat Pancakes + Mango


Choice 1 (Gluten Free)

Masala Dosa + chutney + dhal


Choice 2 (Gluten Free)

Quinoa & Rice Salad


Thali + Green Salad (Gluten Free)

2 Vegetable + Rice + Dhal + Raita


Varda   $1.00 each

Samosa   $3.00 each

Cakes   $4.00 each

Chai   $3.50

Bottled Water  $2.50

Herbal Tea $2.50

What’s included in my ticket?

Morning yoga class

All daily talks and workshops

Evening Aboriginal dance and live music performances.

Most Kid’s Tent activities



What’s not included in my ticket?

Vegetarian meals, chai, bottled water and coffee, which will be offered at reasonable prices by specially organised caterers.