PLEASE BE ADVISED DUE TO THE TRAGIC PASSING OF DON OÇONNOR & SUE EWART. ALL SALES & SERVICES (INC. TIPI PURCHASES, TIPI CAMPING ETC.) AT GENTLE EARTH WALKING ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. KIND REGARDS T.OÇONNOR
Welcome to Gentle Earth Walking.
As well as being our business GEW is a way of living. Many aspects of our property Dja Willam are directed to teaching and sharing our beliefs.
From the tipi camping which help teach the basics of living on the earth to our composting toilets, strawbale house and building workshops, our veggie garden and our healing work and our tipi and whurlie manufacture. We welcome both paying customers in our tipis (see camping page) and WWOOFERS/HelpX travellers.
Our property is just 10 minutes North East of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Sue and Don’s journey to their way of life at ‘Dja Willam’ their 40 acre property, Daylesford, has been varied but dedicated. Sue from Melbourne and Don originally from Mildura and then Walwa.
Don has always maintained a close relationship with the earth through his early education in agriculture, his life as a shearer and for the past 30 years, as a tipi maker. Don has been a writer for many years and is passionate in his search for spiritual and native understanding.
Sue has been a restaurateur, a promotions agent, a teacher, and a real estate agent’s rep. For many years Sue has been committed to promoting community being involved in a few local groups – her passion is people and their personal journeys. Sue has a healing practice in Daylesford with her QUIT cigarettes in one session – NLP and Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, and Medicine Wheel 4 Directions Healings.
Together they have built their strawbale home and are passionate about sustainability and the environment and teach owner builder strawbale building.
Together they make beautiful tipis and are also making aboriginal Whurlies (steam bent dome shaped aboriginal housing with canvas covers). Rustic Yurts are in the pipeline.
Sue and Don are inspired by native beliefs and the spiritual links that they see existing between all native people. They believe that healing comes through our acceptance of the wisdom of the tribal elders, be they native American, Australian, Asian, African, Celtic, or Norse.
In 1998 it was decided to form a committee and bring Spiritual Unity Gatherings to Australia – Don had been asked by foundation Elder Jim Walton to do this as quickly as possible. A very successful 1st Gathering was held in 1999 and 14 more have been held sprinkled around Australia.
The 18th SUT Gathering is set for May 2016, please visit the site.
Sue and Don fell in love with a historic set of machinery for steam bending solid timber back in 2000 – they purchased the equipment in 2001 and after many years in rented premises in Hepburn Shire they now have a purpose built shed at Dja Willam and run The Timber Benders from home.