The Old New: contemplating Country today

The interweaving of self-Country-community has been practiced by Australian Aboriginal people, within one of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures, for tens of thousands of years. Country encompasses the sky, water, land, wisdom and communities of human and non-human life; without Country, we would not be. By bringing our sensory awareness to the world around, and within us, we can reconnect to the source of life;  this brings feelings of restoration, renewal, and creativity, inspiring us to care for the world.

This workshop, presented by the Contemplative Studies Centre, will guide participants through some approaches to connecting with Country. Hear from First Nations people on their ways of being in, with, and through, Country. Be guided through a series of meditations and learn the skills to build your own practice of contemplating Country in your everyday life.

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Dr Nicholas Van Dam, Director, Contemplative Studies Centre (facilitator)


Movement practice | Wayapa Wuurrk

Jamie Marloo Thomas, GunaiKurnai man, founder Wayapa Wuurrk


Co-sensing with radical tenderness

Professor Yin Paradies, Deakin University, Wakaya man and Indigenous Knowledges expert


Images and language | guided meditation session

Dr Jennifer Evans, Queer Dharug woman, University of Tasmania, gender and Country expert


Creating a heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country

Jem Stone, First Nations woman, Connector, Conscious Creator, Educator

This event is being held in collaboration with:

Contemplative Studies Centre
The Contemplative Studies Centre fuses contemplative wisdom, innovative research, lifelong education, authentic dialogue and practice in the pursuit of knowledge to allow us, our society, and our world to flourish.

2021 Being Human Festival
Founded in the UK as the only national festival of the humanities, Being Human is now a global celebration dedicated to demonstrating the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities.

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