I was introduced to Wayapa® last year and it made complete sense to me that we are guided by 60,000+ years of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom in taking care of the Earth and ultimately ourselves! I was lucky to be part of the first cohort of Practitioners certified through the Diploma course. Wayapa® speaks to me particularly in regards to us all being ”Indigenous to the planet”. I find this welcoming, uplifting, and generates for me a sense of togetherness and inter-connectivity that is key for us to be successful in looking after our beautiful planet and our collective and individual health and well-being.
I’m a non-Aboriginal person and my heritage is English. My family has been in Australia for a number of generations however every generation has also included migrants. I reflect on this in my Wayapa® practice and the difference in how my own family has responded to our unique landscape in Southern Australia from finding it foreign and something to struggle with, to shifting to a much more harmonious approach to living with our environment. I am a mother and Wayapa® also helps me reflect on how I’m raising my children and the kind of role model I am.
I’m really thankful that Jamie Thomas and Sara Jones have developed Wayapa® and are offering us the opportunity to share it more broadly. What a great opportunity it provides us!