Last month Northern Territory Business Events (NTBE) collaborated with Influential Women in Events & Marketing (IWEM) to deliver two workshop experiences for event planners. The workshops presented an opportunity for IWEM members, of which there are more than 400 around Australia, to virtually travel to the Northern Territory and enjoy two iconic experiences.

These were a virtual Dot-Painting Workshop held in conjunction with Uluru-based not-for-profit Maruku Arts, and a relaxing, 20-minute Virtual Yoga session staged by Voyages Indigenous Tourism at Uluru.

Shelley Ryan, co-founder of IWEM, spoke about the partnership with NTBE and the workshop concept.

“During some of the toughest months of COVID, we set about creating a series of virtual events with a difference for our members,” she said.

“Running a dot-painting webinar with an expert Anangu artist and then yoga with Voyages at Uluru provided the opportunity for connection, while exploring some of the unique NT experiences.”

Anine Leakey from A9 Event Design was an enthusiastic participant at the dot-painting workshop.

“It was such a special experience to join the dot painting workshop with the team from NTBE and Maruku Arts,” she said.

“Learning some of the local language and the meaning of the symbols from artist, Valerie Brumby and Sarah from Maruku was a privilege, and being able to sit quietly engrossed in our own artwork was a surprisingly relaxing and rewarding experience. I highly recommend this as an activity where participants learn a little more about the Anangu people and Indigenous art.”

Both workshops provided examples of the type of health and wellbeing activities available for business events staged in Central Australia. These options are also available for event planners to consider for their virtual events during the current restricted travel period.