"I believe that we are all Earth people, some are just more disconnected than others. As a Traditional Custodian, it is my responsibility to share my connection to this Country and teach others how to respect and care for it, to heal it and let it heal us. So that is why I created Wayapa."
- Jamie Marloo Thomas, Co-founder of Wayapa® Wuurrk
Wayapa® Wuurrk is a holistic wellness modality based on the wisdom of Australia's First Peoples. The modality was developed by Jamie Marloo Thomas, a Peek Whurrung Gunditjmara and Gunnai senior knowledge holder, and his partner Sara Jones. The modality is gaining significant recognition as Australia's version of yoga as it uniquely shares practices and philosophies that sustained the oldest living culture for over 80,000 years.
Wayapa Wuurrk translates to 'Connect to Country or Earth' in the combined languages of the Gunditjmara and Gunnai peoples of Victoria, The modality draws upon physical movement, storytelling and earth-based meditation to catalyse an embodied connection to the Earth, resulting in enhanced wellbeing for both our inner and outer environments.
The physical practice includes a flowing sequence of 14 movements that reflect various natural elements in the Australian landscape. Similar to eastern modalities such as Qi Gong, Wayapa works with the energetic body through these specific movements. During a Wayapa class, participants are invited to embody each element as a medium of connection to the Earth through the body. These movements are appropriate for all levels of mobility and can be tailored to suit all bodies.
The modality is best practiced outside so participants can engage directly with the natural world, however it is adaptable for all environments.
In addition to being the only known Indigenous modality certified by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists. Wayapa is also unique in its approach to overall wellbeing. Rather than focusing solely on body, mind and spirit as the foundational pillars for wellness, Wayapa also considers how the Earth fits into our models of health and healing. The modality encourages us to reflect and act upon the importance of nature connection and earth mindfulness in our pursuit of holistic wellbeing. As such, Wayapa proudly teaches a lifestyle of connection informed by a felt sense of kinship, rather than just a psychical practice.
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Brittany is an Accredited Wayapa® Practitioner and offers regular Wayapa workshops and classes for corporates, wellness centres, schools, community groups and individuals in the Byron Bay/Gold Coast region.
Brittany is incredibly honoured to offer Wayapa with full permission to share its message; acknowledging its great importance for all people during these transitional times.
If your business, retreat, business, studio, school or community group would like to host a Wayapa workshop or regular classes, please get in touch.
What People Say About 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 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 all. As a non-Aboriginal woman, Wayapa® has also helped me to remember my own indigeneity to the planet; reawakening my own sense of belonging as a steward of the Earth."