Are you looking for a Wayapa® class or workshop in your local area?
There are currently 56 accredited Wayapa® Practitioners throughout Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
This is a Directory for the Wayapa® Practitioners (aka Wayapa® Wuurrkers) who are currently offering a variety of Wayapa® Workshops, 6-8 Week Courses and regular classes in their local areas.
All of our deadly Wayapa® Wuurrkers have:
- Received a Diploma Qualification from us;
- Have been licensed by us;
- Must adhere to a strict Code of Conduct; and
- Have their own insurance in place.
Location: Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs
I was privileged to be part of the first group of Wayapa® Wuurrkers that Jamie and Sara unfurled into the world. They were perfectly prepared for our group; sharing cultural, professional and Wayapa® guidance with each session delivery.
I felt confident, excited and inspired throughout the process as they took care of us. I strongly feel their success is our success and vice versa, so it was the perfect learning environment. To top it off Jamie makes great power balls! So we were all blessed with the content, support, venue choice, cultural insights, cultural care and most importantly an authentic manifestation and recognition that we are all Indigenous to the planet. I also enjoyed getting to know the group, a diverse group of individuals, all united with a shared commitment to the Earth!
Stumbling across Wayapa® was an exciting surprise. It is everything I’ve been talking about for the last few years.
I’m passionate about taking care of our land and encouraging other people to do the same, but for some people who are disconnected to nature, reconnecting them is the first priority, as well as everyone’s birthright. Wayapa® allows me to share connection and protection of nature while also giving me the to opportunity to connect more with my own Aboriginal Yorta Yorta heritage while sharing aboriginal concepts of caring for nature with a wider community.
Jamie and Sara’s Wayapa® Wuurrk Diploma course, left me feeling well prepared to share this practice with as many people as I can, all the while feeling extremely grounded and relaxed.
Phone: 0412 667 636
Location: Essendon North, Melbourne
Being a clinical psychologist and mental health professional for over two and a half decades, I’d learned many healing, cultural and treatment modalities. While community-networked, directly supporting individuals professionally, something inexplicably bigger, had felt lacking. In Jamie’s beautiful country connections and stories, internal missing links emerged. A spirit of strong physical and emotional strength grew, in learning to practice the Wayapa® life and earth connection.
Tapping into my own deep Irish lineage origins, guided by Jamie and Sara, I also found remarkable overlaps in all indigenous land, earth, water, animal and sky stories. Stunning bridges emerged in sharing ancient human Aboriginal Australian and Gael cultures.
These deepened my own intergenerational connections, with pre-historic Druidic tales, French cave painting rituals, Celtic legends and other older, European nature traditions. Ways all people with long family origins on land, once supported positive culture and all life, based in respect, were affirmed. Through Wayapa® Wuurrk, I re-connected with nature and country and self-connected, with our truest, common human life necessities.
Exploring my own Wayapa® with Jamie and Sara, was life uplifting and personal path re-affirming. I completely recommend the course to anyone looking to raise their own health, body and spirit, get closer to the natural world and more humbly embrace their personal and collective humanity.
My name’s Rowena Price and I’m a Yorta Yorta/Palawa woman.
Originally from Swan Hill, I have lived and worked in the Western suburbs of Melbourne since
2009. I’m a mum and a step mum to two amazing kids.
Over the years, for various reasons, I had become completely disconnected to
myself, country, culture and community. Both my mental and physical health were
in very bad shape. Wayapa® has provided me with a holistic way of healing. It is
both simple and yet quite complex in its teachings and message.
Every time I deliver a workshop I am in awe of the learning I also receive from the
participants. I absolutely love being part of the Wayapa® family.
Please note that I’ve recently changed my business name from Tunapri Connections to Eternal Earth Connections which is more aligned to my purpose and vision. Big thanks to photgrapher Maki Egan for my new images!
Phone: 0419 527 255.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
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!
Wendy is continuing to develop her Wayapa® practice with friends and through learning about the knowledge that has kept Aboriginal people well and strong or thousands of generations. She hopes to share her practice more broadly later in the year.
Grounded Mind Reconnection Therapies
Phone: 0447 984 315
Location: Gippsland and Latrobe Valley areas but willing to travel.
Steve Ulula Parker
Phone: 0400 961 811
Location: Phillip Island & Bass Coast Region
Steve Parker, a BoonWurrung and Torres Strait Islander man, runs his own small business, Millowl Dreaming on Phillip Island and around the Bass Coast region. Millowl Dreaming delivers Wayapa® Workshops within the prison system as well as to local government, corporates and schools. Steve also incorporates Wayapa® into his cultural tours of the area and into all of the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies he does honouring the Ancestors. Millowl Dreaming also delivers Cultural Awareness Training.
Lee Ann Couch
L.A. Couch Health & Wellness
Phone: 0400 319 202
Location: Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs
Hi my name is Lee Couch
l am a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi Tribe Northern NSW, however l was born and raised on the lands of the Kulin Nation in Victoria. l am an Accredited Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Earth Educator and Personal Development Facilitator with over 10 year experience in Health & Wellness.
Being a Mindfulness Coach has allowed me to recognise limiting thought patterns and behaviours that keep people hooked in lower vibrations and negative situations that prevent them from experiencing a more meaningful life. The practice of being aware of your thought is the richest part of learning, this knowledge allowed me to transform the areas of my life that were no longer serving me and allowed for something greater.
Deep within me is a growing thirst to immerse in my culture which lead me to study Earth Mindfulness. Wayapa Wuurrk translates to Connect Country in the languages of the Marra and Gunnai people. Wayapa is an Earth Mindfulness movement that weaves Aboriginal culture and connects to the spirit of the land.
I believe acknowledging and embracing spirituality is a gift that recognizes the importance of taking care of ourselves, mind, body and spirit as well as the environment.
l am driven by a deep desire to teach and help others to heal and live a more joyful and meaningful life. l have developed a range of different programs and workshops as well as individual sessions to guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you on your path. My service offers a supportive approach to facilitate and inspire change and provides many effective ways to encourage change.
“I love that my work allows me to think about things from a different perspective, it is a different energy, a powerful energy.” – Lee Couch
Phone: 0420 228 542
I deliver Wayapa Wellness workshops Earth connection practice for youth, middle
age groups, high schools, University students, planning days and organisations.
My desire is to bring you a way of holistic wellbeing so you can gain greater
connection and productivity in life. Wayapa focuses on healing the planet as the
starting point for healing ourselves.
When I experienced my first Wayapa® Wellness workshop, it resonated so much
with me and my love and passion of the earth, people, wellness and desire to make
a difference, I completed my Wayapa Practitioners Diploma with the founders Jamie
Thomas and Sara Jones who had authentically formulated “ Wayapa Wuurrk ”.
I am an ambassador for global change; I am excited and passionate to share
Wayapa, earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and physical movement.
I grew up in Aotearoa New Zealand, with a farming and nursing connection, I have
continued exploring holistic wellbeing. I have been working with asylum seekers and
refugees for many years and have adopted a style of working with others to provide
support and wellbeing. My skills lay in incidental counselling, psychological health,
social connection and Australian cultural competency, shared with the opportunities
of facilitating Indigenous yarning circles.
I m excited to bring Wayapa to you through sharing workshops as an introductory,
half day or a 6 week course of connectivity, understandings reverencing the 14
elements and movement practice.
We all walk in the footsteps of our Ancestors who at one stage all lived in harmony
with their environment? What footprint will you leave on this planet for your friends,
children, grandchildren and future generations?
Would you like to feel more connected and leave as healthy a world as the one we
inherited from our ancestors?
How privileged I am as a non-Indigenous person to be able to share with early childhood practitioners the knowledge of Wayapa® Wuurrk! I have been an Early Childhood Teacher and Consultant for over 25 years; the early childhood space is the perfect place to start children and educators journey ‘Connecting to Country.’
The Early Years Learning Framework mentions how “the Melbourne Declaration commits to improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and strengthening early childhood education.” (DEEWR 2009) We must seek knowledge to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that celebrates culture, developing cultural knowledge through ‘Connecting to Earth.’
I seek to share Wayapa® Wuurrk in a way that celebrates the 14 Elements, in the true spirit of reconciliation, re connecting to Earth, Body, Mind, and Spirit, guided by over 80,000 years of Indigenous knowledge, “this diverse nation of cultures can co-exist in harmony ensuring a prosperous future for all our nations people”. (FiELD 2018)
Location: Goulburn Valley, the Murray Region and Northeast Victoria. Happy to travel far and wide
Facebook: Michelle Wayapa Coach
Location: Yarra Valley and surrounds
Wan-Yaari Aboriginal Consultancy Services
Wan-Yaari Aboriginal Consultancy Services is an Aboriginal owned and operated business providing professional and empowering services to the Aboriginal Community and non-Aboriginal organisations in the Geelong Region. The meaning of Wan-Yaari is to Listen, Learn and Understand, which underpins our philosophy in designing and delivering our programs in an inclusive, engaging and culturally appropriate way.
As two proud Aboriginal men, we deliver Wayapa® Workshops with a strong connection to culture and deep connection to the earth and spirit. We have experience in delivering workshops to people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities including school groups, corporate organisations, community groups and also in correctional system.
Location: Surfcoast, Great Ocean road, Geelong and surrounds, happy to travel
Wayapa® wuurrk, biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, Somatic Meditation, yoga.
Surfcoast, Great Ocean road, Geelong and surrounds, happy to travel 🙂
Follow: www.facebook.com/thaedra and Instagram: @thaedra_ for workshops, events and classes
Wayapa for me was life changing from the first time I experienced it. I was never comfortable with Yoga, Meditation or other modalities. I never felt the relaxation that others spoke of. Wayapa gave me the connection, the relaxation, a way to relieve stress, …..being Mindful…..not Mind Full. …..and a new respect for the environment.
I live in Yarrawonga NE Victoria, so blessed with a beautiful environment, lake, river, bush etc.
The practice of Wayapa combines earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and movement in a series of 14 elements to teach participants the importance of connecting to the earth and nature for holistic wellness.
Wayapa brings a new way of thinking, it will awaken your indigenous soul!! We all have one and we all lived in harmony with Mother Earth at one point in our past ancestry, as we evolved we lost the connection.
Through Wayapa you will learn to reconnect the disconnect you feel in life.
You will learn through Aboriginal eyes, the energy connection to the earth and to the spirit in a way that is easy to understand for any age or physical capacity.
You will add the Earth Connection to you mind, body, spirit connection.
You will feel more connected to, and respect the traditional lands you walk, live, play and work on every day.
You will feel a strong sense of belonging and desire to change how you and your family live and care for the earth.
For Non- Indigenous people it will provide an opportunity to be immersed in culture to understand Connection to Country and Community, Aboriginal way!
For Indigenous people, Wayapa provides an easy way to reconnect with or to continue practicing culture everyday whilst enjoying the holistic benefits of it.
Wayapa Wuurrk is the only known indigenous based wellness discipline that is certified by the International Institute for Complimentary Therapies.
Location: Melbourne + Gold Coast
The human race has become so disconnected from everything that is important. People have got caught up in the rat-race of the new modern world, needing everything ‘right now’, constantly purchasing the latest greatest items but at what cost? We hear everyday the impact we as a human race are having on Mother Earth. Through Wayapa Wuurrk we want to remind people to live consciously, care for Mother Earth and for ourselves.
A little bit about us; we work as a team, have known each other for over 8 years and consider each other as family.
Fiona is a Yidinji descendent born and living on Wathaurong country. Fiona’s Aboriginal culture has given her a strong connection to the land. She has always searched for something more, something beyond culture. Through life changes Fiona experienced a disconnect from culture which left her feeling like she had lost her identity. Through various opportunities Fiona found herself completing the Wayapa Wuurrk Diploma course which has reignited the need to feel culturally connected to the land.
Kez has always been deeply spiritual and in touch with Mother Earth. Sometimes as we grow we fall into line with societies expectations and norms, despite having so much in my life to be grateful for there was a void, I found myself feeling lost, disconnected and searching for something. Wayapa has changed my life, I feel so much more connected to Mother Earth, I am deeply appreciative of everything in my life. I love that the universe directs us to our rightful path and Wayapa came into my life right when I needed it, I needed to be reawakened. I needed to live my truth.
Phone: 0407 854 889
Location: From Mildura, currently based in Melbourne , will travel.
Hi There ! I’m a Muthi-Muthi/Gunditjmara woman, social worker and fitness coach and I may as well chuck mother of 2 here as well haha .
I completed my diploma in 2018 and have been working with both Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal Organisations and individuals since then. I have delivered work shops with Djirra, VACCA, Red Cross Australia, Merri Community Healh services and a few more , its been a deadly start to the year.
I love working with my community and sharing my own cultural journey through Wayapa and inviting others to do the same. Wayapa is needed more then ever in this world and I am blessed and love nothing more then to deliver sessions so that we can heal mother earth and make this world better for generations to come.
We are based in Melbourne but happy to look at travel especially if it means going home to deliver Wayapa Wuurrk back on country .
Mobile: 0408 308321
Sandy Barber is a Dja Daj Wurrung/Yorta Yorta woman and part of the stolen generation.
Sandy worked in the fitness area for over 20 years, had a break and changed direction in career but is now back in the industry to support people through movement to return to their roots through the Wayapa Wuurrk practices. Sandy has previously managed a gym in Palm Beach Queensland, has run exercise classes with the elderly and children. Sandy has coached year 1-10 students to participate in inter school aerobic competitions, she has participated in aerobics competitions herself. Sandy has been a personal trainer and loves to see people reach their goals and learn how to take care of her.
Wayapa Wuurrk is a wonderful modality, bringing culture, mindfulness and movement all together to bring us back to connecting with all the elements that keep us sustained on this earth. By practicing this wonderful modality, we can all be more connected to mother earth.
Sandy loves working with children and loves to see them grow into the people their born to be. She believes that building Wayapa Wuurrk into their lives is a very positive step to having children growing up into connected adults with a love for mother nature and with a desire to look after her.
YimbaYumba (Karan Kent)
Phone: 0428 393 575
Working Region: Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Kingston, Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia.
A proud Bidjara women, passionate, enthusiastic and energised practitioner, with a professional background of over 25 years in the Community development sector in Local Government, Aboriginal Health and Not for Profit organisations, currently embracing and thriving in managing and building my own business of Yimba Yumba, in part incorporating Wayapa Wuurrk
Through career and life experiences I continually see the damage, trauma, identity crisis, and health impacts caused by living in this ‘modern’ world as we’ve left behind and detached from the thousands of years that our peoples had lived in harmony with mother nature.
Wayapa was introduced to me a number of years ago whilst working within the maternity area of the Aboriginal Health sector, I recall the feeling that resonated through me during that first session- a familiar yet intangible connection , a sense of knowing, belonging and of been ‘home’– I knew intuitively whatever ‘this’ practice was, it had awoken me at the core and this experience had to be shared .
In March 2017, I was blessed to successfully complete the 2nd Wayapa Diploma Course.
I know share my Wayapa practice with Government, Health and Educational organisations, community groups and individuals, having a focus towards the Health, Early years and Primary school sectors
To book your next session or for further information call me on 0428 393 575 401 765 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I look forward to Wayapa sharing with you.
New South Wales:
Website: coming soon!
Location: Cammeraygal Country, Sydney. Offering workshops for Sydney area, rural NSW and Victoria
The Wayapa® wellbeing practice enriches all children, families and communities with an understanding of Gunditjmara and Gunai worldviews and is underpinned by the importance of an Earth connection.
As an education consultant, I am always looking to create the space for Aboriginal pedagogies and knowledge systems within education and the community. Wayapa® workshops are holistic and shared through Aboriginal pedagogies of oral storytelling, songs and music, dance and movement and embraces arts-based storytelling.
The national educational framework and curriculum for primary and secondary schools both link to the core messages of Wayapa® through the environmental, sustainability and wellbeing aspects. Within the early years settings Wayapa® has a strong connection to the environment, communication, identity and wellbeing outcomes of the national framework. Wayapa® invites and encourages all educational settings to engage with this unique Aboriginal practice which provides not only the important curriculum links but a strong wellbeing program for students, educators and communities.
As a Gomeroi Yularoi yinarr (woman) guided by the pedagogy of Gunimaa-gi (with the Earth), I am grateful to the Jamie and Sara for sharing Wayapa® with me. It is through the practice of Wayapa® that together we can provide all children, families and communities with a deeply beautiful and healing modality that strengthens everyone’s connection with the earth, Wayapa® Wuurrk!
Location: Byron Bay Region
Brittany is a somatic ecologist, dancer and permaculturist with a strong passion for reuniting the embodied arts and ecology. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Sustainable Enterprise and a Master of Environment where she explored somatic dance as a medium of connection to the natural world. Her thesis was largely inspired by Indigenous cultures who use movement practices like Wayapa® for cultivating an embodied awareness of their interconnectedness with the Earth. Honouring this wisdom, Brittany now offers Wayapa® to help us re-imagine dance and movement a central way of knowing and expression for our collective wellbeing.
Why I love Wayapa®: In a time of unprecedented disconnection and socio-ecological crisis, I believe Wayapa® offers us a holistic way forward with Indigenous wisdom as the guiding force. This wisdom helped to sustain the oldest living culture on Earth for over 80,000 years, however the general accessibility of this knowledge to date has been very limited. This is why Wayapa® is so important – not only does it actively help to restore and conserve this ancient wisdom, but it also uniquely shares it with the world; thus empowering a more sustainable and healthy future for us all. As a non-Aboriginal woman, Wayapa® has also helped me to remember my own indignity to the planet; reawakening my own sense of belonging as a steward of the Earth.
Phone:0423 712 999
I am duruninang…
I am daughter…
I am duruninang to Graham Farmer…
I am daughter to Graham Farmer…
I am duruninang of a child from the stolen generation…
I am daughter of a child from the stolen generation…
I am duruninang of a survivor, of a warrior…
I am daughter of a survivor, of a warrior…
I am duruninang to Wayapa…
I am daughter to Earth…
I am Duruninang a poem written by Jaz. A Dharawal woman whom teaches Visual Arts, Visual Design, Social & Emotional Learning and facilitates Wayapa Wuurrk workshops.
Red Tail Connection
Phone: 0414 412 507
Location: Albury Wodonga
Wayapa Wuurrk® is a new and unique earth connection & wellness lifestyle practice. It is based on ancient knowledge and wisdom that focuses on taking care of the earth as the starting point for healing ourselves.
Wayapa Wuurrk® translates to “Connect to the Earth” in the languages of the Maara people from South West Victoria and the GunaiKurnai people from Gippsland, Victoria.
Wayapa® is used to reconnect the disconnected and can help you find your purpose through a connection with Mother Earth. Wayapa sessions combine earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and physical movement to create holistic wellbeing and sustainability. It has been referred to as the Australian Yoga!
Our community is overcome by stress, depression, anxiety, disconnection, unhealthy lifestyles and an unhealthy planet. Wayapa will help people reconnect and live a happy, healthy lifestyle and look after Mother Earth.
Phone: 0404 476 915
Location: Northern NSW
Jem Stone is a Bundjalung lady from Northern NSW who has been living on Wurundjeri Country for nearly nine years.
Working in the wellness industry for over twenty years, Jem became a Wayapa Wuurrk Practitioner to heighten her Indigenous knowledge and connection to Mother Earth. She has since been presenting Wayapa Wuurrkshops all throughout Melbourne, facilitating to various forms of audiences, including corporate settings, community, staff development days, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, hospitals, kindergartens, festivals and Yoga studios.
Jem tailors her presentations in alignment with the requirements of her clients, ensuring the best Wayapa experience possible. Jem especially likes bringing forth the incredible connection and healing benefits of Wayapa to all seeking a deeper connection within themselves and to Mother Earth and will often include a smoke ceremony if the setting allows. Presenting to children is also a favourite, sharing the Wayapa message through the physical practice, storytelling and song, ensuring a more interactive experience for young children.
Jem is also trained in Breathwork, Yoga, Meditation, Counselling and Trauma Therapy and feels that Wayapa Wuurrk has been integral in her vision to integrate Ancient Indigenous Wisdom into our modern day lives with hopes of bringing connection and healing to all people.
Phone: 0416 031 705
Location: Offering workshops for Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
This (Wayapa® Diploma Course) was the most fulfilling course I ever completed!
As a non-Indigenous Australian, I had always wanted to learn more about the culture and ways of life of the First Peoples of this land. More specifically, I wanted to know more about how the Traditional Custodians of our land lived in harmony with it. This course provided all that information and more. It instilled in me the wisdom of how to take care of Mother Nature, while also taking care of ourselves. Furthermore, it gave me the skills to go out and teach this to others.
Wayapa® is a new way of life for me and I can’t wait to start helping others understand how amazing it is!
Dr Louise Richardson
Phone: 0418 172 016
Location: Gold Coast
Profession: Medical Doctor, Audiologist, Wayapa Wuurrk Practioner
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), M Clin Aud, MD, Dip Wayapa Wuurrk
Special Interests: Clients with intellectual, physical and mental health challenges
Scope of Work: I mainly work with individuals in private sessions. I am currently renovating my facilities and looking to introduce small group sessions by the end of 2018. In partnership with one of my fellow practitioners, Stephanie May, I have submitted a proposal to conduct a Wayapa Wuurrk Workshop at the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association Conference in September 2018.
Wayapa in my life:
Wayapa Wuurrk has been a unifying practice for ideas and convictions that I have been working towards for a number of years including: connecting with nature, walking softly on the planet, caring for the environment, minimising consumerism and working co-operatively as a community.
What is unique about Wayapa is the movement practice which helps the mind focus on the elements of nature and our connection to biosphere. It is an active meditative practice, and therefore ideal for individuals who find it difficult to completely still themselves. Sara Lazar, a Harvard Neuroscientist, has demonstrated through brain scans that meditation not only reduces stress but literally changes the brain. She has documented increased gray matter in the sensory regions of meditators, likely due to the attention to breathing, sounds and experience of the moment.
The Wayapa movements encourage the same mindfulness. Additional findings included more gray matter in the frontal cortex which is associated with working memory and executive decision making. The movements of Wayapa also provide important exercise for holistic well-being. These movements not only cycle through the elements of life but provide balanced stretching across major muscle groups.
Facebook Page: WayapawithMarie@healingthroughreconnection
Offering services to QLD Logan and surrounds and will travel on request.
I am a Birri Gubba woman from North Queensland that feels very honoured to be able to share Wayapa with you all. I am thankful to both Jamie and Sara for gifting me Wayapa. This practice has given me the opportunity to rebirth the connect that I have been missing for sometime. Now to be able to help others reconnect to Earth and the spirituality that they hold within gives me a sense of gratitude and fulfilment. There are many of us that work tirelessly to help others, but at times forget to look after ourselves. Not only do we need self care, but we need to go that extra step. If we look after Mother Earth, she will in return look after us, which enables us to look after others.
My scope of work includes:
Workshops tailored to specific organisation / community needs
Workshops for for all ages
I have extensive experience working with Young People, Women and Children experiencing Domestic Violence and Individuals that are at Risk or Vulnerable.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Mobile: 0410 843 696
My name is Antonia Burke and I am a Yanyuwa (Borroloola) woman who grew up immersed in Tiwi Islands culture in the Northern Territory and grew up in Darwin and Pirlangimpi, Melville Island.
I am an Aboriginal woman with a strong connection to Aboriginal cultural protocols.
In my work I engage with people who are experiencing trauma and high levels of adverse childhood experiences, either directly, or through front line workers who support people with trauma.
I noticed something missing from the work I was doing, I wanted something that created a connection that was greater than to ourselves or others, something that could give us a felt-sense of being connected to everything to minimse the feeling of disconnection.
Then I discovered Wayapa! I knew immediately that it was the answer to what I was seeking. 2 years later I completed the Practitioner Diploma and am now using it in all spaces that I step into professionally.
I personally use it on a daily basis, the same way people use yoga or walking or meditation, as a part of my own self care.
– currently studying Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice (Uni of Wollongong)
– I have served on the Qld Premier’s Advisory Committee as part of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Advisory Group
– provide educational programs on youth suicide prevention, healing work with diversionary programs in Youth Justice.
– Associate Faculty Member & Adviser – Gestalt Therapy Australia (VIC)
– Wayapa Practitioner Diploma
– Athletics Australia Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach
– Stronger Smarter Leadership Program Alumni with Stronger Smarter Institute
– Lead Facilitator of We Al-Li Generational Trauma & Healing Programs
– Pre & Post-Release Healing with Criminalised Women and their Families in Queensland with Sisters Inside
– Facilitator of Cultural Diversion Camps for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women – Sisters Inside
– Garma VIP and Corporate Co-ordinator for Yothu Yindi Foundation
– facilitate personal growth, empowerment, leadership and awareness programs and staffing self-care practices across organisations.
– Delivered federally funded National Health Promotion programs.
– Young Women’s Healing and Empowerment Programs
– Founder of Breaking Limits healing, empowerment and personal growth programs
My passion is Healing Healers and Empowering Leaders, creating work/life balance and being in control of vicarious trauma and burn-out.
I am a mentor to anyone who needs guidance and support.
Practicing and sharing Wayapa keeps me strong and connected and I’d love to share it with you.
I’m looking forward to connecting with you
Days after completing the Wayapa® Wuurrk training it is still hard to put into words the experience of being totally immersed in Wayapa® for seven days with like minded souls. I am not Indigenous, however I have worked alongside many Indigenous colleagues in the health, education and training sectors, and I have a deep respect and love of Indigenous culture and wisdom. Wayapa® training created the space for deep connection on a soul level and a celebration of oneness with all that is. It was wonderful to hear everyone’s stories and learn how to weave the elements of Wayapa® into our lives and workshop delivery. It truly is a lifestyle modality promoting and fostering a deep connection to Earth, Mind, Body and Spirit.
I believe the world is ready to learn about and accept the deep wisdom of Aboriginal culture and knowledge that underpins Wayapa®. It is an absolute honor to be a part of Wayapa® and so much gratitude for Jamie and Sara for doing the hard yards to get it accredited and delivering the training in an intuitive and highly effective way. Native Americans talk about “Walking the Red Road” it is a road of balance and connection with nature, each other and spirit. I feel as I if I am travelling the Australian version of that – the “Wayapa® Road”. I have a deep love for and connection to nature. Now, I have the teachings of Wayapa® to connect me in deeper to the Australian landscape, elements, creatures and the ways of the longest living continuous culture on the planet.
I can’t wait to start delivering Wayapa® Wuurrk Workshops as it is something I believe in with my whole heart and it will be a joy to share this Earth Connection and Wellbeing practice with others. I believe it will also promote a much better understanding of Indigenous culture in our country, which is long overdue. Much gratitude to the co-creators – Jamie and Sara.
My motto has always been ‘life is a journey not a destination’.
My connection to Mother Earth began barefoot on a farm in southern Queensland, my birthplace. My life has taken many turns since then. In the late 1990’s I started a journey of 13 years of travelling and working around Australia and hence returned to that barefoot connection. My travel experience was mostly in remote regions where I became a keen photographer and bird watcher. I spent many hours meandering through the local terrain, quietly sitting, observing, waiting for birds or any other critter that presented itself I could photograph of just observe. Enjoyed many overnight hikes sleeping under the stars, camping by a creek in a basic old motorhome for days, boiling the billy, cooking on the fire, exploring and being still. In one of my workplaces I did the weather observations for BOM and became fascinated with the clouds, began to notice the phases of the moon, and often sort special locations to observe the full moon setting and rising.
When you live with nature you learn so much.
My introduction to Wayapa® started barefoot on Ngarrindjeri Country in the Coorong South Australia with Jamie Marloo Thomas having conversation around a campfire as the sun rose, followed by the 14 Element Wayapa Movement Practice. This experience resonated with me so much I felt drawn to do the Certified Practitioner Course. Once again the river of my life took another turn, a journey into a deeper connection with Mother Earth, connection to spirit and to my inner knowing. Understanding we are all the same but different. A world united in one heartbeat of connection.
Join Bea from Sending Nature :
Wayapa Wuurrkshop deepening awareness and connection with the elements of our natural environment through movement and mindfulness meditation. Caring for our planet through Conscious Living with our daily actions where we return to a sense of community, share a sense of oneness with Mother Earth and each other.
Women’s Circle where we honour ancient ceremony and rights of passage, understand the cycles of life as women, re-member who we are. In Circle we can rewrite out history as we heal, celebrate and rejoice with our sisters.
Sensing Nature Walk on a slow gentle meander we share the concepts of Wayapa and learn to understand Deep Listening through a Wholistic Sensory Connection experience. By connection and observation we can return to Indigenous concepts allowing nature to show us how to live in harmony with Mother Earth, the Elements, all living beings
Shopping at Willunga Farmers Market where we meet the caring and welcoming growers, take home organic produce and share community spirit.
Beach Clean up – with no judgement. While picking up any rubbish we discover the treasures that nature presents and ‘Take only photo’s – leave barely a footprint’.
For details please contact Bea from Sensing Nature
Mobile 0408 581077
Wayapa Wuurrker – https://wayapa.com?ap_id=SensingNature
Location: Southern Fleurieu Peninsula Region
My name is Tresh. I live, work, walk, care and kayak around the Ancestoral lands and waters of the Kaurna, Ramindjeri, Ngarrindjeri and Peramangk people. Nowadays also known as the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula Region.
Having spent most of my life working, living and playing outdoors, the Elemental forces continue to have a profound influence deep inside myself, my thinking, interests and awareness.
Experiencing the Wayapa Wuurrk movements for the first time, I recognized it as a comprehensive, authentic, unique and accessible process – acknowledging and honouring the elements of Nature and the vital aspects that give Human life meaning. I thought, “Whammo, this stuff is on the money!”
This sacred but simple, everyday way of using our bodies as the instrument, according to our own capacities and abilities, is a method where anyone can remember and strengthen their connection to Mother Earth and our accompanying responsibilities with Her.
It is my aim to share this growing flame of connection with people however I can – local workshops; in schools; in house workshops with our most immediate land managers – Councils, primary producers, wineries; with retired folk, our Elders, and those who may not be very physically able; then following up with support through on going classes and groups.
I very much look forward to doing some Wayapa together.
GangaDev (John Wright) aka Barrii
Wayapa® came to me as an exciting culmination of events and it consolidated everything I’d been experiencing and feeling for years. Through recent experiences and “coincidences” travelling back to country where I grew up on Kangaroo Island (Karta) brought me full circle in revelation, to a deepness and oneness of my purpose, remembering why I am here on our Mother.
I’m passionate about spiritual growth, remembering who we are as souls experiencing “human being-ness”, and the interconnection of all life not only here on our Mother but all throughout the cosmos.
The Original peoples remember who they are and from where they have journeyed through thousand’s of generations.
They honour and know with every cell of their being that this is our home in the cosmos we are stewards and custodians of this land and we are so deeply connected to all that is.
I am so humbled and so truly grateful to both Jamie Thomas and Sara Jones for remembering and bringing forth the practice that we now call Wayapa and for helping me find another key to being. Blessings to you both!
Taking care of our land our home and encouraging others to do the same, will help significantly with the AWAKENING OF HUMANITY!
For those who are disconnected from nature, reconnecting the disconnect is a priority! Human disconnection, is at almost epidemic proportions, I believe Wayapa® to be a major tool to redress this.
How are you Wayapa today?
Blessings to all
As both a qualified trauma-informed mental health practitioner offering a diversity of services and a strong Badimaya (Indigenous) woman, the approach that Jamie and Sara promote through Wayapa was a logical extension of my life’s work.
Too many people are impacted by their lack of connection: to themselves, each other and the environment. Wayapa is one way of honouring that connection while also moving our bodies in a form of whole of body / mind prayer. I just love the ability to really connect with each element while also bringing my cultural knowledge into the same space. There is some much joy, love and lightness in the process, while also tackling serious issues of what we can each do individually to reduce our footprint on this earth.
PACFA Reg. Provisional 5131
Warida Wholistic Wellness
** Winner of The English Foundation, Wyatt Trust and Fay Fuller Foundation’s bursary fund to attend the 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia**
Location: Southern Tasmania but willing to travel
My passion is to support people in reconnecting, with themselves, with community and with Mother Earth.
I believe that disconnection is the root of many mental and physical issues that are so prevalent in today’s society and that rediscovering our connection can help to heal so much within ourselves and the Earth.
During my time training in the Practitioner Diploma course I realised Wayapa is such a holistic way of achieving this reconnection. It is a beautiful practice that connects Earth, Mind, Body and Spirit. I also love how inclusive Wayapa is, no matter your age, gender, physical level or ancestral background.
We are all indigenous to the Earth, we are all a part of the Earth and we all have a responsibility to live in harmony with her. I cannot wait to share Wayapa in my home state of Tasmania and would love to see it shared throughout communities, schools, aged care homes and deep within our beautiful natural landscapes.
If Wayapa calls to you please get in touch, I would love to share this amazing practice with you and I’m always up for a chat!