The experience of Wayapa is one of connection. Wayapa Wuurrk means ‘connect country’. In the practice through visualization, storytelling and movement we acknowledge the earth in 14 elements and we relate to those elements through our own experience. In practicing Wayapa we first connect with our own body and then extend that experience to realize our connection with everything and how each of the elements are part of us and how we are part of nature. Wayapa is a fluid movement sequence, while there is a simple movement framework for each element, how we express that movement varies each time. There is no right or wrong, we are meeting ourselves in the now and allowing the expression to arise without our analyzing and interference. Wayapa shows us what we are connecting to and what we are removed from or resistant to and through this we increase our awareness of self and our environment. Awareness is the first step to reconciliation and change. The gentle movements also encourage us to recognize where we feel restricted and to open up to new experiences and growth.
Today I had the privilege of sharing Wayapa Wuurrk® - earth meditation and movement based in Aboriginal wisdom in connecting to and caring for the earth - with a group of women attending a pampering day as part of the Pastoral Health Care Network. Everyone was encouraged to participate at their own level, either seated, supine, standing, active, or simply listening. We began with an earth meditation, connecting to a place in nature that resonated with each person and an acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land, the Wadawurrung and elders past, present and emerging.
The feedback was that attendees really felt the connection with nature and to the life within themselves, leading them to appreciate the elements that could otherwise be taken for granted. The photos speak for themselves. Enquire now if you would like to organise a workshop.