#025 Extra - Creating the Kachana Vision

A conversation with Jacqueline Henggeler

 
 

The story of Kachana Station and its success is steeped in a family’s adventure. Jacqueline Henggeler is the Swiss paediatric nurse who joined Chris in the remote East Kimberley with their 3 children, to follow a vision for living together as a family on the land. 

 
A view of Kachana homestead from the Henggler’s light plane, the only way in to the Station aside from on foot. Pic: Anthony James.

A view of Kachana homestead from the Henggler’s light plane, the only way in to the Station aside from on foot. Pic: Anthony James.

 
There is one important thing. And that is being able to sit in silence. That is the most important thing that I’ve learned with Indigenous people.
— Jacqueline Henggeler
 

It has been rich, and challenging. From sleeping in the back of a ute in the early days, to home schooling, to facing down the deep trials of life, she has ultimately revelled in a path less travelled. 

Jacqui’s insights on the broader project that Chris spearheaded, of regenerating the land, present a fascinating and moving outsider’s view of sorts. Including into how they’ve made it work as a family, financially and socially, how she has sustained a life many couldn’t, and ultimately how her work with the local indigenous folk has taught her the most important thing in life.

You'll hear the sounds of family in the background of this podcast. As with the main episode at Kachana, and consistent with the theme of this podcast, we wouldn’t dream of editing that out.


Get more:

Kachana Station.

The main episode #025 The New Megafauna, and the 2nd extra to this podcast The Kachana Back-Story.

This is a special extra to the 3rd and final part of our Kimberley series of podcasts. Listen to podcasts #021 and #022 for the 1st and 2nd instalments.

 

Music:

Barcarolle 'Tales of Hoffman', by Jacques Offenbach, from the soundtrack of Life is Beautiful.


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