WEEK 23 – THE 52 WEEK LOVE PROJECT

Welcome to Week 23 of The 52 Week Love Project – Acts of Kindness. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration. 

The project will showcase LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it!  It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.

Meet Jamie, Co-founder of Wayapa Wuurrk

His advice for those that want to make a difference in the world:

‘Start small, the smallest changes can lead to the biggest outcomes’

 

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WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

I didn’t grow up knowing the secrets of Wayapa®. In fact, I grew up cut off from my Gunnai culture. I’m here as a result of a brief love affair between my Australian mother and Aboriginal father. I didn’t even meet my father until I was 17 — another brief encounter – and I didn’t see him again until before his funeral. He died at just 52.

When you consider my upbringing, you could say I’m lucky to be alive. But luck has nothing to do with it. My childhood was marked by severe trauma’s. Seeking protection and solace, Mother Nature was my safe place. In fact, the origin of Wayapa® could be traced as far back to the many hours I spent playing in the bush as a small child, becoming one with it.

Wayapa® organically grew from an earth connection practice that I use to do about 18 years ago when I was teaching young Aboriginal boys traditional dancing. It was a way to centre and ground them, to get them to understand that they were connected to everything around them.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

We share Wayapa through our business Wayapa Wuurrk (which means to Connect to the Earth) as well as running the Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation which delivers traditional mentoring programs for the whole community, reconnecting Aboriginal people back to traditional culture.

Wayapa is an internationally-accredited Earth Connection Wellness Practice, based on Indigenous knowledge, that focuses on looking after the environment as the first step to our own wellbeing. Wayapa combines earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and a physical movement practice to create Earth Mind Body Spirit Wellness.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

My connection to Mother Earth is what inspired me and that connection has been passed on to me from my Ancestors who have lived in harmony with this country for the past 80,000 years.

HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?

I focus on the bigger picture, of what my purpose is…which has been given to me by my Elders and my Ancestors.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?

Start small, the smallest changes can lead to the biggest outcomes.

DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?

Be the change you want to see in the world

HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?

The purpose of practising Wayapa is to create intergenerational wellbeing for us and the planet. Wayapa is about encouraging everyone to connect with their environment so that they care enough to take daily action to look after it whether it be buying a stainless straw or keep cup to buying organic to picking up litter to consuming less…all of these things can contribute.
People can visit our website: here to learn about how they can participate in a Wayapa Workshop, purchase the online course or become an accredited Wayapa Practitioner.
If people want to donate to the revitalising of traditional culture work we’re doing through our Foundation, they can visit: here to donate.
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