Sara Jones | Co-Founder & Director
I grew up as disconnected from Indigenous culture, as I felt disconnected from myself. So how did a white woman from Canada stumble upon the ancient wisdom that would ultimately heal my life?
I wish I could say I stumbled into this practice, but my path to Wayapa was actually through the familiar tale of a woman caught in the cycle of domestic violence.
I was 45 before I finally stopped suppressing my memories of sexual abuse. By then I’d lived most of my adult life moving from one abusive relationship to the next. My coping strategies were the usual suspects; alcohol, partying, drugs to make me feel happy, drugs to help me sleep…Xanex was a fave. I was addicted to western medicines to make me feel better or at least numb me….
In 2003 I started working within the Indigenous Community and found my passion. I don’t believe it was a co-incidence that it was also around this time that I started to explore alternative modalities from yoga, meditation and visualization to sacral cranial treatment and kinesiology. I was healing and cleaning up my life one day at a time. But the disconnect remained.
By 2011 I thought I had broken the cycle of abuse in my life; my diet was cleaner, I thought I was thriving. So when the relationship I moved to Darwin for turned violent, as any victim of domestic abuse would confess; I couldn’t believe it was happening again.
Until I had to choose life over death. Returning to Melbourne, I was broken and broke, but alive. I decided it was time for me to get real with myself and take responsibility for the life I wanted to create. Little did I know that I was about to discover something that would change my life forever, heal my heart and unveil my life’s purpose…
I re-connected with Jamie through organizing a White Ribbon event. We had first met years earlier, while working within the Indigenous Tourism Industry. Introducing me to the Practice, we would go on to name and share as Wayapa, I found a depth of connection I had searched for my entire life.
Wayapa gave me the strength to stand strong, to know that I was supported by Mother Earth, finally liberating me from the substances I thought I needed to get through the day.
Wayapa connected me to the earth, which connected me to spirit and to my truest self.
To say Wayapa saved me is no exaggeration. Besides providing me with a powerful way to feel whole and well, Wayapa connected me to the love of my life as well as unveiling my life’s purpose.
My story is not just about receiving the gift of Wayapa. My story is about sharing it.
United by a sense of purpose, Jamie and I are here to share a connection practice that serves individuals but most importantly focuses on healing the planet as the starting point for healing ourselves. We believe that through re-connecting people to the Earth, to Spirit and their true self, we are working to prevent violence. When you embrace Wayapa, you are financially supporting the work of our Foundation too. That’s why Wayapa “wuurrks” for everyone.
We are living proof, that no matter who you are, or where you’ve been, ancient wisdom is available to all who seek to respect it and use it to heal themselves (and the planet.)