R.A.W Australia

About us

“When women thrive, communities thrive.”RAW

In 2012, an idealistic collaboration between Mariam Issa from Somalia and Ina Kons from Germany birthed RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women) Garden in Brighton, Melbourne, Australia.

Our grassroots, community-based organization has since blossomed through the partnership of many dedicated volunteers and their belief in the power of connection, women, and diversity.

The nurturing of aspirations, holding healing circles, story-telling, cross-cultural conversations, educational programs, volunteering, gardening, crafting, and cooking have formed a vibrant space to learn from each other and grow in.

As we continue to actualize our goals, we invite you to share in creating an ever-widening, sustainable, well-resourced, safe space for the flourishing of women, local communities, and beyond.


RAW’s garden and its beautiful all-weather pavilion are peaceful, nature-filled spaces which provide a relaxed, meaningful environment for community, private, and corporate events.

We follow COVID-19 safe practices, are family friendly, and offer live and online opportunities for:
~ Educational and personal/community growth programs

~ Partnerships with other gardens, businesses, and organizations

~ Volunteer experience

~ Gardening

~ Storytelling and creation of art

~ Inter-nation and inter-generational conversations

~ Diverse culinary collaborations

~ Use of RAW’s space, resources, and equipment to host your own events

~ A healthy place to share a cup of herbal tea fresh from the garden, warm smiles, unconditional friendship, and quiet reflection.

~ Hosts Chatty cafe

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