Traditional Cultural Mentoring Programs
Meerreeng Parrayt Warran Warran (Earth Girl Boy)
The Meerreeng Parrayt Warran Warran (MPWW) Program is a cultural learning, strengthening and connection for Indigenous boys and girls aged between 7 to 11 years that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing family violence. The Program is based on saying no to violence and is run by Jamie Thomas, who has been culturally mentoring kids for over 20 years.
Meerreeng Parrayt Warran Warran includes learning about traditional games, traditional dance and connecting into the Earth with Wayapa – a practice which combines earth mindfulness, movement & narrative meditation.
MPWW is an early intervention and preventative program to give young kids cultural tools to handle stress, anxiety and anger while having fun in a supportive environment.
This Program is proudly supported by the Victorian Department of Justice & Regulation through the Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grant Funding.
When: Tuesday fortnightly from 5pm to 5.45pm (during the school term)
Last session for 2017:
- Tuesday 12 December
Where: Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre (WACC) Interim Space at Victoria University Werribee Campus, Hoppers Crossing Lane, Hoppers Crossing – Enter via Gate 3 & drive down driveway until you see an Aboriginal Flag hanging in a classroom
Please call Jamie on 0411 712 948 or Sara on 0488 767 761 for further information on dates and participation in the Program.
Warran Warran Maar (Boy to Man)
Warran Warran Maar (WWM) re-claims the traditional way of mentoring a boy into being a young man by sharing the Aboriginal knowledge of Respect, Accountability and Responsibility that was handed down from the Spiritual Ancestors and Elders for 1000 generations.
“Warran Warran Maar is about giving boys the opportunity to learn how to step into being strong, respectful Aboriginal men – this has been taught traditionally for over 80,000 years and it is so important to give boys of today the same opportunity that their ancestors would have had to go through the process of learning how to become a man. It is about continuing to practice our culture.” Jamie Thomas
The Warran Warran Maar Program is a three year, intensive cultural learning, strengthening and connection program for Indigenous boys aged between 12 to 15 years. The Program is run by Jamie Thomas, who has been culturally mentoring boys for over 20 years. This is an early intervention and preventative Program with a No to Violence focus and teaches traditional non-material culture and behaviour of Respect, Accountability and Responsibility for Country, Culture & Community.
The Foundation strongly believes that justice reinvestment programs like Warran Warran Maar, that are based on traditional ways and are Community-driven, are the solution to the ever increasing statistics for Indigenous youth incarceration, substance abuse and youth suicide.
Year 1 & 2 of Warran Warran Maar includes:
- 20 x one hour cultural mentoring sessions run fortnightly during the school terms over a year period;
- 2 x bush camps;
- Elders & Guest Mentors;
- Passing on cultural knowledge by mentoring younger boys; and
- Graduation Ceremonies.
Year 3 of WWM includes:
- monthly mentoring sessions over 12 months;
- Elders and Guest Mentors;
- 4 x bush camps; and
- Ceremony Business.
There are currently 3 x Warran Warran Maar Programs running within West Metro Melbourne:
Albion – Year 3, all places are filled
- Year 2, all places are filled
- Held every fortnight on Tuesday during school terms, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm @ the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre (WACC) Interim Space, VU Werribee, Hoppers Lane, Hoppers Crossing, enter via Gate 3
- Next session date is Tuesday 12 December
- Year 2, all places are filled
- Held every fortnight on a Wednesday evening during school terms, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Kirrip House, 26 Exford Road, Melton South
- Next session dates is Wednesday 13 December
For further details please call Jamie on 0411 712 948 or Sara on 0488 767 761.
The Warran Warran Maar Programs are proudly supported by the Victorian Office for Youth as part of the Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Project, and in partnership with Koorie Youth Council (KYC) and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic).
Maar Meerreng (Man to Earth)
The Maar Meerreeng (Man to Earth) Program is an intensive traditional cultural learning, strengthening and connection program for Indigenous Men aged 16 years and over. Non-Indigenous partners and fathers of Indigenous children are also welcome to participate. The Program is run by Jamie Thomas, who has been culturally mentoring men for over 20 years and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy.
The focus of this Program will be on strengthening the male’s role and responsibility in Family and Community from an Indigenous perspective.
The Program is free to men from the West Metro Region of Melbourne.
The Maar Meerreeng Program includes:
- 18 x 1 hour cultural mentoring sessions every Wednesday fortnightly
- 2 x bush camps
- A culturally-safe, supportive environment for men
Date: Wednesday fortnightly
Next Session: Wednesday 13 December
Time: 6.30pm-8pm including a light dinner
Where: Kirrip House, 26 Exford Road, Melton South
Anyone interested in participating, please call Jamie on 0411 712 948 or email email@example.com
This Program is proudly supported by the Victorian State Government.
Parrayt Thanampool (Girl to Woman)
The Parrayt Thanampool (girl to Woman) Program is a cultural learning, strengthening and connection program for Indigenous girls aged between 11 to 14 years who live in the West Metro Region who have been impacted by family violence. The Program has a No to Violence message and is funded by the West Metro Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group.
The Program is free for up to 12 girls and includes:
- 20 x 1 hour traditional cultural mentoring sessions run on a Thursday each fortnight within the school term;
- Traditional knowledge sharing includes learning about how we use to live before invasion; traditional dancing and language; weaving; art & design; and womens business
- 2 x bush camps; and
- A Graduation Ceremony
The Program is facilitated by Foundation Director Vicki Couzens as the Senior Cultural Mentor along with Yaraan Bundle, Tania Rossi and Phoebe Watson as Mentors.
This Program is run on a Thursday fortnightly within the school term at the Wyndham Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
This Program is full.
Womens Business Means Business
To provide an opportunity for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women of the West Metropolitan Melbourne to heal and be strengthened from the impact of family violence, the Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation run cultural earth healing retreats during the year.
The retreats provide a culturally-safe environment for:
- Empowering women to heal themselves through learning holistic self-care practices
- Cultural healing and strengthening through Traditional Women’s Business & Ceremony
- Earth healing
- Awareness-raising, prevention & education
The retreats are held over 4 days and 3 nights in a beautiful, tranquil bush setting to provide women with the time, space and knowledge to heal so that they can then support their families to heal.
The camps are facilitated by Foundation Directors Vicki Couzens and Sara Jones.
The next Cultural Earth Healing Retreat dates will be released soon.