The Practice of Storytelling with Jamie Marloo Thomas

1.5 Hours
Online
Online Experience
Year Round
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Storytelling is a cultural practice that has been used for over 100,000 years by Aboriginal people to survive and thrive.

Join Jamie for this online experience where he will share the many stories of his life including how a traumatised, blakfella kid living with his whitefella mum in a very small country town grew up to revitalise Maara cultural knowledge, practices and ceremonies. Jamie with the support of his Elders then built a highly successful Foundation and launched the internationally-accredited earth connection practice, Wayapa Wuurk, that has quickly become a global movement shared by thousands. 

Location

The comfort of your own home.

What to expect

Jamie is a proud GunaiKurnai man and Maara descendant who is passionate about storytelling as he believes it forms the foundation of everything we do in life - from creating our belief systems to our identities to keeping us safe to keeping culture alive to healing the past to creating wellbeing to protecting our future generations.

This virtual session will start with a cultural acknowledgement in the Peek Whuurrung language of his grandmother and children and with song, join Jamie for this storytelling experience that will include sharing his story, the Wayapa Wuurrk story and the cultural stories that have been a part of the revitalisation of his Maara culture.

Singing in language is another way Jamie shares stories so this will also be a part of this cultural experience.

The session will conclude with a Q&A session with participants invited to ask any questions they may have about this special storytelling experience.

For more information about Jamie see his bio here.

Jamie Marloo Thomas
Co-Creator and Director of Wayapa Wuurrk, Storyteller, Speaker, Author

Jamie Marloo Thomas is the Co-Founder & Director of Wayapa Wuurrk® and is a Senior Cultural Knowledge Holder for his Peek Whuurrung People of the Maara Nation and GunaiKurnai Communities.

He understands the pain of disconnection from culture as he grew up with his non Aboriginal family cut off from Aboriginal community, which is why he devoted 26 years to culturally mentoring young men.

Combining 27 years of vast professional experience in Men’s Health, Well-being, Drug and Alcohol Support, Family Violence Prevention, Youth Mentoring, Cultural Heritage and Ancestral Remains Repatriation, with his personal connection practice rooted in Aboriginal Dance and Ceremony, Jamie co-created Wayapa Wuurrk, the first known certified Indigenous wellness practice, in consultation with his Elders and Community.

Jamie is a regular speaker at conferences and events and is a published author contributing chapters to “Silver Linings” and “