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Beautiful setting for lesbian summercamp

Mon 22 Oct 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

January's lesbian summercamp in Kiriwai will be a great opportunity to rest and recover under canvas in the peace of the countryside near the ocean and native bush, says organiser Aggie Jakubska. "There will be activities too if you want to participate, but it's fine if you don't," she says. A clay oven building workshop and bread and pizza baking are planned, with more activities to be announced. Kiriwai's campground is located an hour and a half drive from Wellington over the Rimutaka Hills - 35k south of Featherston on Western Lake Road. Jakubska is a resident there in the strawbale house she built with help from friends. 2008's Summercamp is happening 2-6 January, but camping in the area is available throughout the summer months. The lesbian camp at Kiriwai was re-established last January after a break of a few years, and was considered by those who came to be a huge success, explains Jakubska. "Fifteen women came and the weather was great. There was flax weaving and stonecarving or walking or chilling to occupy campers." The cost is $10 per night, or $30 for the five nights if paid in advance. This covers simple lunch and cooked dinner using our organic vegetables from the garden. Campers need to bring breakfast food, personal necessaries, usual camping gear and wet weather clothes just in case. The facilities are very basic – like a cold water shower - hence the cheap price, but the ambience and surroundings are beautiful, near wild bush and ocean, says Jakubska. UPDATE 10 December 2007: Summercamp has now been cancelled due to an upcoming legal case. will update with more news when possible.     Ref: (m)

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First published: Monday, 22nd October 2007 - 1:42pm

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