I walk like a country girl, eyes to the horizon, scanning and open to possibilities. Not fast, yet from my perspective not slow. Comfort within ones skin such an enabler for a complete experience earth side.
Being able to resonate with the essence of self; what lights you up and brings you joy is such a privilege. It creates alignment and the ability to move with purpose in all the ways we understand existence; physically, spiritually, environmentally, economically and so on…all whilst being nested in Country.
For me weaving together new strands from the potentials around me into a tapestry of beauty, function and life is an act of sacred evolution – pattern recognition and recalibration that yields peace and vitality within my skin.
Cultural Regeneration – a weaving together of Cultural Literacy (systems of Knowing), Cultural Respect (systems of Being) and Cultural Safety (systems of Doing) as an intentional Australian is an overarching enabler and motivation for me.
We have such profound wisdoms, joy and life from our many First Nations that continue to be strong, proud and respectful custodians of Country. We enjoy much enrichment from those with lineages from across the waters, invaders, settlers, migrants, refugees and their descendants- everyone needs to play a role in cultural regeneration. I chose to contribute to a future of healing, growth and mutual discovery. One of the ways I’ve been able to make this real is showing a documentary on the colonisation of Gippsland. This clip captures the first screening I was involved in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQb8ln3kgkE
It is such a privilege to play and weave with these dynamic forces, whilst nested in reciprocity with Country. Big swoon as I move with biorhythms that inform, govern and nourish life!
Preparing for, building and reflecting on a nest is a powerful individual or group activity that has nourished, yielded insight and been an absolute delight for alalouie.
Building a nest, is inclusive of all generations. It also spans most physical abilities, literacy, situational and cultural differences, providing a universal prompt for recalibration that works for our whole species.
It provides a safe, energising activity to reveal strengths as well as opportunities and perceived weakness. It can facilitate connection to past patterns and what may need to be released or amplified. It works at the individual or collective level and really sings when bound by relational reciprocity and trust. The exciting potential of nest building is bound by the context in which it occurs and the people/s involved.
When activated at the individual level it offers a resource for reflection, release and reset. This leads to an intentional reanimation and redirection of energy within the body. It is also great for building consensus in group settings and fabulous for strengthening, implementing and evaluating the activity and function of a team or any configuration of humans. Whilst it has not been attempted online yet, individuals can work solo at their own pace. As sharing and weaving with intention is important to any nest, a connection at some point is recommended. This process is very pliable so talk to me!
I’m so damn excited to be progressing a vibrant, fit for purpose hub for Aboriginal people in the Inner East of Melbourne (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse Local Government Areas).
I have ‘not so secret’ aspirations for this to also be a place of nourishment, cultural immersion and reciprocity for non-Aboriginal Australians. We have so many under appreciated wisdoms and strengths from Country. So many opportunities for healing. So much educative, reconciling work to do…. I’m rolling up my sleeves and opening my heart to lift the weight of colonisation.
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I’m delighted to have just started the work on lifting a hub into reality within the Inner East of Melbourne.
I understand it as an intersectional piece, with lots of moving parts. A place for Aboriginal and potentially non-Aboriginal people to gather, maybe have access to services and program, definitely be immersed in cultural richness – education, healing and continued activation of the entrepreneurial greatness often unseen and definitely latent in the eyes of general society that is within Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing.
This wise, nourishing reciprocity with self, others and Country was prevalent on this continent prior to colonisation…so the potential is… back to the future!!
Going to be an interesting and energising process, tight timeframes and much to reveal….and fun to be had along the way.
This simple alternative to the advent calendar is about elevating our connection to natural cycles….starting with the primary enabling function/energy source and the ‘goldilocks’ bounty of our sun.
I say ‘goldilocks’ as the energy and warmth from this fiery furnace travels the coldness of outer space for about 8 minutes and reaches us almost always at a perfect temperature for life as we know it; nourishing our food chains…providing light and seasons……..I personally love its warmth ….. and know Vitamin D is an essential ingredient for vitality.
The sun does so much! So when I feel that warmth I’m reminded our planet, ‘just right’ as it is for life, also has lots of energy streams and distortion on its surface that can suck me dry and parched like those rolling tumbleweeds in desert cinematography (often with a human source and then non-intentional passing on of someones else’s low vibration)……however that warmth from the sun reminds me we are nested in something much bigger and more magical than what one person or even one profession can understand…..so its a nourishing counter-balance I am grateful for.
You’re invited to contextualise to your nest – within the skin, under your roof or skyline, the neighbourhood or even our southern hemisphere….it intuitively makes more sense for me, than our misguided homage to snowflakes and reindeers at this time of year…..go forth and respectfully make new traditions, scoping up the goodness of previous traditions with love and care. Abundance, joy, gratitude and vitality to you and yours ❤
It is such a powerful feeling, being snuggled in something that nourishes us….warm water, a good relationship, a desired vocation.
Being nested in Country is next level! It allows for multiple waves of reciprocity with the ultimate teacher, pharmacy, guiding force, nourisher of stomach, heart, head and hands, provider of O2 and H2O (air and water)….and so much more.
Slowing down to this heart beat of our collective Mother: the Earth has been one of the benefits of Covid. It is also a necessary step in becoming nested in the abundance, vitality, protection and joy of place….and gratitude for what this enables is an obvious energy that weaves amongst these things.
Expectations of neatness, knowing every detail or controlling just about anything is almost alien to this beautiful, messy intersectionality of the living system of place.
Trust is needed to exhale in this uncertain potential…….our contribution to the beauty and continued evolution of our species is nourishing self, in reciprocity with what we share time and space with. If we all did this, we wouldn’t be pondering the result of the speed in which we are creating climate change.
All the best as your navigate into your future…remember the abundance in which we live in, breathe and allow the beauty and messiness to unfold ❤
Thanks to my gorgeous friend, Cathy Austin for capturing this image unbeknown to me at the time.
I have many threads of abundance surrounding me. Exciting potentials, sometimes waiting on this, seeking more collaboration, or just limited with the available hours…. sometimes hurdles are an approval, a date on a linear calendar, an assurance from deep time……a reluctance to push when nice girls are told ‘wait your turn’….
I am getting more insightful about what I control, what I influence and what is up to others (including the universe)…..
Something that is in my realm of control is this website. Tried to engage a friend from a long time ago to ‘do the website’….after a little wriggle and squirm it landed back with me…..
And I’m grateful…it means it’s relevancy and function sits squarely with moi
nervous giggle, deep breath….. here goes as I listen to Jeff Buckley……sweet, melancholy awareness of growth….
Coming back to Melbourne to pay homage to my first born on his 21st anniversary of being earth-side soon…..and a week later..Uncle Shane Charles and I building the container of Knowing Country for the Regenerative Futures event as part of the national Sustainable Living Festival.
I know there have been times when I have ‘sustained’ a relationship with that beautiful young man, my son, but it really hums and the best in both of us comes out when we are in a regenerative state. This is where life lives.
Do you want to sustain? OR do you want to regenerate (you and what happens within your skin, or maybe what is external to your skin).
I’m loving moving with purpose, looking after my internal nest while cognisant, respectful and weaving of most things external to me. Immensely grateful that there is not too much I actively avoid in my life due to some careful pruning and a thirst to understand. Was with a breathtaking two year old today…she kept asking ‘what’s this’, ‘what’s this’. I’m no longer that receptive but still retain a spark.
Giving my gorgeous accountant all the details I need to stay legal and functional is probably the least of my joys….but it provides a certain satisfaction. Better hop to it!
So excited to be part of the hosting team for the first TRP (The Regenerative Practitioner) series that is jointly held by two countries (Australia and Aotearoa – New Zealand).
Moving regeneratively requires tapping into place sourced potential…and Wayapa is a profound way of doing that.
Recorded this little welcome mat to land the participants into our amazing, nested service to living systems – alive with lushness, alive with wildness, alive with beauty, alive with self regulation and autonomous regard……lights me up and reminds me of the journey we all take in-utero. Yarn for another day
As Melbourne emerges from a restrictive bubble, so blessed to have shared Wayapa online with those with a connection to the Brickworks.
It is totally natural we connected through a living, breathing building to be nourished by Country. We sank into the 14 elements of Wayapa and the beautiful interplay between them and other elements which all combine to create our goldilocks planet.
I realised that we contributed to every petal of the Living Building Challenge in doing so! New connections across 3 generations were also made, as we all exhaled into the container of Wayapa, bringing our own unique perspectives and strengths.
I wanted to leave the group with a ‘pivot point’, so the goodness can keep on rippling out in so many unanticipated gorgeous ways. I know this can happen naturally but any assistance I can provide while holding space is a win-win in my heart…and mutual win-wins should be encouraged and savoured.
I am leaning more into helping others find the pivot point – from my unique vantage point….you have a unique vantage point too! You will do things I cannot achieve, and me things you cannot – that’s how a living system works, we are strong with our diversity, so let’s keep the energy and high vibration circulating.
Can I believe my luck that the first retail precinct (IN THE WORLD) to meet the Living Building Challenge is co-ee from where I live!!
Excited to offer two Wayapa shares under the beautiful sawtooth ceiling designed by Mandy Nicholson. The first on 20 March will have a solar theme as it will the autumn equinox….secondly on 11 April we will have a lunar theme as close to the New Moon.
If you’ve been meaning to check out the sustainable, beautiful and very functional brickworks please join me on either of these weekends.
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