KNOWLEDGE IS
THE HEARTBEAT OF
OUR SURVIVAL

NgAtanwarR

Yarn Bark truly acknowledges the Cultural Stories, Significance and history of the Traditional Lands and Waterways
of which we live and work and pay our deepest of respect to the Ancestors and their spirits, all past and
present First Nations Peoples and the Future Generations to inherit the knowledge, responsibilities,
strength and wisdom to keep our culture alive.

gUIDINg VALUES

At Yarn Bark we are guided by values that are inherit to the survival and continuation of First Nations Peoples, culture and society.

gUIDINg VALuES

At Yarn Bark we are guided by values that are inherit to the survival and continuation of First Nations Peoples, culture and society.

RESPECT

We are guided by a genuine sense of admiration and appreciation of self, others and land (country) and traditions.

RESPECT

We are guided by a genuine sense of admiration and appreciation of self, others and land (country) and traditions.

Connection

We exist to create an environment that inspires individuals and groups to strengthen their linkages and bolster the core essence that their foundations are built on.

AUTHENTICITY

We believe in the quality of being yourself at the very deepest possible level. Your true self guides your mindset, behaviours, actions and ways of being in the world.

ConNection

We exist to create an environment that inspires individuals and groups to strengthen their linkages and bolster the core essence that their foundations are built on.

AUTHENTICITY

We believe in the quality of being yourself at the very deepest possible level. Your true self guides your mindset, behaviours, actions and ways of being in the world.

WHO WE ARE

Yarn Bark is a First Nations led organisation surfacing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and values and embedding them across all aspects of program functions. We thrive of creating content that is relatable and inspiring, creating opportunities that influence the personal and skills development of current and future generations of First Nations leaders.

THE VISION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and young Indigenous Peoples are at the front and centre of how we move forward as a nation, creating opportunities for all people to develop an authentic connection to the essence of First Nations Peoples, Culture and Community.

OUR VISION

To mentor young First Nations People’s on their journey of reconnecting to their cultural foundations and pathways, whilst providing tailored, immersive and meaningful experiences that support the growth of cultural intelligence of all Australian people.

OUR JOURNEY

 

Will Austin is a proud Keerray Wurrung and Peek Wurrung man, born and raised on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Daylesford, Victoria.

Will is a grounded, resilient, values-driven young man who is committed to creating grassroots community change. Throughout his career, which has been predominantly working within the First Nations youth space, Will has been dedicated to supporting the development of strong young leaders, who are each confident in their individual stories, connected to their cultural identities and strengths, and motivated to be the best version of themselves.

Will has extensive experience in program design, management and facilitation and has done significant work at a National scale within the Aboriginal community.

 

Alex Splitt is a proud Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) man, born in Tennant Creek NT. Over the last seven years Alex has worked extensively in the field of Indigenous Affairs in areas relating to strategic and policy development within government, operational management for not-for-profits – including the sporting industry and youth sector and worked closely with universities in a number of capacities.

As an Aboriginal man I’ve has experienced first-hand the strong cultural identity that our First Nations peoples share. I truly believe the capabilities and capacity of the young people within our communities have the potential to create generation change and end the social disadvantage experience by many Indigenous people across Australia.

‘We were lucky enough to have Will and Alex at our National Reconciliation Week event for the Melbourne Football Club.They were such a pleasure to deal with and went out of their way to assist at short notice. On the day, they did a wonderful job of sharing their culture with us & had everyone captivated with their beautiful storytelling, traditional song and Yidaki/Digeridoo playing. The traditional song and digeridoo were an incredible experience that will not be forgotten by our players and staff. Thank you, Yarn Bark, for making our event so special!’

– Brooklyn ~ Melbourne Football Club

What a truly inspirational and culturally significant learning opportunity, thanks for
organising Yarn Bark, Loved it!

– Participant

What a great Session, Yarn Bark staff are such an inspiration, makes me want to connect more to my own culture.

– Participant

Will introduced a fully understood theoretical and spiritual underpinnings of Wayapa Wuurrk. As he took group through the 13 different elements of Wayapa Wuurk he forged new relationships and connections in the most honest and genuine way. Will’s energy and enthusiastic cultural experience. Participants were then invited to go outside to participate in traditional song and dance. Even those who normally do not engage in practical, mental and physical movement fully embraced this incredible cultural experience.

– Maurice ~ DHHS

WHAT WE OFFER

Yarn Bark provide a range of cultural learning, strengthening and immersive offerings delivered by highly skilled First Nations facilitators, that can be tailored to create meaningful and engaging experiences for all levels of education, community and corporate organisations.

PRIMARY & SECONDARY
SCHOOL CULTURAL
IMMERSION AND
EDUCATION EXPERIENCES

At Yarn Bark we believe creating immersive, fun and engaging experiences for the younger generation to connect to the essence of First Nations Culture is the most effective approach in achieving a movement of adequate education and understanding towards First Nations Culture, People and Community.

We specialise in designing and delivering tailored half day, full-day or ongoing workshops for all levels of education. Utilising a combination of the below activities we can provide a powerful, educational and memorable experience for your kindergarten or school:

  • Traditional Dance
  • Traditional Song
  • Traditional Storytelling
  • Caring for Country activities.
  • Traditional games.
  • Cleansing Ceremony Experience & Education
  • Traditional Craft Workshops – Clapstick’s, Didgeridoo’s, Boondi’s, Boomerangs, Necklaces and Smoking Bowls.
  • Traditional Fire Starting
  • Authentic Craft Show and Tell.
  • Traditional Art
  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Refer below)

It is important to note that Yarn Bark experiences do not intend to provide education on the history or specific cultural practices of the Traditional Custodians on which your education facility is located. Yarn Bark utilises the Cultural Knowledge of our Aboriginal Facilitators to create an authentic experience for young people to connect to the heartbeat or First Nations Culture.

We will always seek the permission of Traditional Owners when appropriate.

 

WAYAPA WUURRK
(CONNECT TO COUNTRY)
EARTH
MINDFULNESS
PRACTICE

Wayapa Wuurrk is an Earth Connection Wellness Practice based on Aboriginal wisdom of how-to live-in harmony with environment. It combines earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and physical movement to create holistic wellbeing & sustainability.

Wayapa Wuurrk Teaches the importance of Earth, Mind, Body and Spirit well-being, supports in establishing a healthy relationship with the Earth through connecting to 14 fundamental elements, reconnects all people back to their responsibility of looking after the planet and is extremely Immersive, engaging and experiential practice suitable for all levels of education and corporates.

Wayapa Wuurrk workshops create safe spaces for significant personal and cultural stories to be shared and supports in surfacing how traditional knowledge can be utilised in a modern context.

Yarn Barks Wayapa Wuurrk workshops offerings include:

  • 1-hour introduction to Wayapa Wuurrk session (engaging and immersive session perfect for schools, corporate forums and workplaces).
  • On-going or a series of Wayapa Wuurrk sessions (perfect for wellbeing, mindfulness and deeper cultural education for primary / secondary school and community groups)

CULTURALLY
IMMERSIVE KEY
NOTE PRESENTATIONS
& CORPORATE
FORUMS

At Yarn Bark we provide a popular culturally immersive key note presentations and corporate workshops that can be tailored to suit any level of education, corporate or community event.

Our Culturally Immersive Presentations & Workshops Conducted by Will Austin & Alex Splitt can Include:

  • Traditional Language Songs, Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and Popok (Clapsticks) Experience
  • Traditional Storytelling
  • Unpacking the deeper context of what Acknowledging Country truly means.
  • Personal Story and Cultural Journey of Will Austin and Alex Splitt.
  • Story of Neville Austin (Will’s Dad) as a Stolen Generations Child.
  • A Cultural Lens / perspective on various topics such as community engagement, working in partnership with Aboriginal Community, Aboriginal values and ways of life and drawing upon Traditional knowledge in a modern context etc.

We are very happy to tailor our presentations to any key theme / discussion that aligns with your event or professional development purpose. Our presentations can run for between 15 – 30 min or tailored workshops can be designed for between 1 – 4 hours.

CORPORATE CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE &
STRENGTHENING
TRAINING

At Yarn Bark we pride ourselves on working closely with all people on their journeys of developing authentic relationships with First Nations People, Culture, History and Community.

We don’t believe this can be achieved through a standard structured Cultural Awareness PowerPoint, but rather through facilitating spaces that are culturally immersive, encourage knowledge sharing, allow for learning and support personal growth.

Using the power of Culture, Yarn Bark provide participants from all walks of life the opportunity to develop a shared respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of life; challenging perspectives and embracing culture as the foundation of reconciliation.

Our sessions unpack significant moments in history, current practices, approaches to partnering with community and encourage the curiosity for ongoing learning. In additional incorporate traditional song, yidaki, dance, storytelling and the Wayapa Wuurrk Practice.

Further to our induction to Cultural intelligence session, Yarn Bark can also provide ongoing support and professional development to your workplace through the design and delivery of tailored modules to ensure continual growth. This includes the opportunity for the training to be taken out of the board room setting and delivered outdoors, around a camp fire and embracing the experience of connecting into the Natural Environment.

KARREETA MEERTA PEENEEYT – “GROW & RISE UP STRONG”
ATSI YOUTH PERSONAL
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Karreeta Meerta Peeneeyt – “Grow & Rise Up Strong” is Yarn Barks personal, skill and cultural development programming aimed at building the capacity of young ATSI people in having the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to navigate their future, and a strong sense of cultural identity and understanding of how to foster their passions.

Our workshops are thoroughly  designed and delivered by highly skilled Aboriginal facilitators and encourage personal growth through experiential learning, providing opportunities for young people to step outside of their comfort zones and ordinary worlds to connect to and explore their true selves.

Our workshops are suitable for young people in years 8 – 12 and are based on five key modules (below). Modules can be delivered as individual 3-4 hour workshops, designed as a program delivered over 2-4 days or structed as on-going sessions over a number of years and can be tailored to specific groups and communities.

Modules / Themes:

  • Tackling shame, removing your masks and finding strength in vulnerability.
  • Personal Narratives, values and storytelling.
  • Connecting to your shared and individual cultural journey.
  • Connecting to and caring for country.
  • Understanding grassroots issues, social action and the power of being a young ATSI person.

YARN BARK – KOYTPA
KOY KOY MARRA
(STORYTELLERS)

Yarn Bark – Koytpa Koy Koy Marra (Storytellers) Is a movement of First Nations Young People taking a stand against mental illness and Indigenous youth suicide, through proud and strong cultural expression.

It is an active social media platform of purpose, belonging and connection utilised to share our stories from across the land. Where young people can inspire each other to embrace and celebrate their own cultural identity, and to form a solidarity through focusing on the inherited strength, love and spirit of 75,000 plus years of a living, breathing and healthy cultural survival.
Young People that wish to become a member of Yarn Bark – Koytpa Koy Koy Marra will have access to close mentoring of Yarn Bark staff in capturing, articulating and sharing their story around particular themes in their own unique way.

We believe in utilising all traditional and modern forms of Cultural Expression.

Yarn Bark – Koytpa Koy Koy Marra aims to generate causal employment opportunities for its members to share their stories at events, schools, organisations and leadership programs across the Nation in the future.

Contact us to become a member

AUTHENTIC
CRAFT

At Yarn Bark we specialise in traditional, authentic Aboriginal craft.

Available upon order, our craft items are:

  • Yidakis (Didgeridoos)
  • Clapsticks
  • Individual Boomerangs
  • Clapping Boomerangs
  • Boondi Stick’s
  • Digging Sticks
  • Smoking Bowls
  • Coolamons
  • Necklaces – Shield, Boomerang and Clapstick necklaces.

Yarn Bark is able to accommodate bulk orders; however, it is important to understand that all of our items are hand crafted, meaning each piece of craft is unique in its own right. Please contact us for orders and information on prices.

Yarn Bark is also able to deliver crafting workshops, delivered on country, where all materials are collected and knowledge is provided through a facilitated experience and participants leave with their very own piece of craft.

WHAT WE OFFER

Yarn Bark provide a range of cultural learning, strengthening and immersive offerings delivered by highly skilled First Nations facilitators, that can be tailored to create meaningful and engaging experiences for all levels of education, community and corporate organisations.

PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL CULTURAL IMMERSION AND EDUCATION EXPERIENCES

At Yarn Bark we believe creating immersive, fun and engaging experiences for the younger generation to connect to the essence of First Nations Culture is the most effective approach in achieving a movement of adequate education and understanding towards First Nations Culture, People and Community.

WAYAPA WUURRK (CONNECT TO COUNTRY) EARTH MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Wayapa Wuurrk is an Earth Connection Wellness Practice based on Aboriginal wisdom of how-to live-in harmony with environment. It combines earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and physical movement to create holistic wellbeing & sustainability.

CULTURALLY IMMERSIVE KEY NOTE PRESENTATIONS & CORPORATE FORUMS

At Yarn Bark we provide a popular culturally immersive key note presentations and corporate workshops that can be tailored to suit any level of education, corporate or community event.

CORPORATE CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE & STRENGTHENING TRAINING

At Yarn Bark we pride ourselves on working closely with all people on their journeys of developing authentic relationships with First Nations People, Culture, History and Community.

KARREETA MEERTA PEENEEYT – “GROW & RISE UP STRONG” ATSI YOUTH PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Karreeta Meerta Peeneeyt – “Grow & Rise Up Strong” is Yarn Barks personal, skill and cultural development programming aimed at building the capacity of young ATSI people in having the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to navigate their future, and a strong sense of cultural identity and understanding of how to foster their passions.

AUTHENTIC CRAFT

At Yarn Bark we specialise in traditional, authentic Aboriginal craft.

Available upon order, our craft items are:

  • Yidakis (Didgeridoos)
  • Clapsticks
  • Individual Boomerangs
  • Clapping Boomerangs
  • Boondi Stick’s
  • Digging Sticks
  • Smoking Bowls
  • Coolamons
  • Necklaces – Shield, Boomerang and Clapstick necklaces.
YARN BARK - KOYTPA KOY KOY MARRA (STORYTELLERS)

Yarn Bark – Koytpa Koy Koy Marra (Storytellers) Is a movement of First Nations Young People taking a stand against mental illness and Indigenous youth suicide, through proud and strong cultural expression.

@YARN.BARK

 

GET IN TOUCH

 

Get in touch via the contact form below, or give us a call if you have any questions about what we do or if you would like to book a session.

Postal Address

McMahons Rd

3461 Glenlyon, Victoria, Australia

Phone

0413 873 996

Email

yarn.bark@gmail.com

 

 

Yarn Bark acknowledges and pays our respects to the past, present and emerging traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are advised that this website may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Copyright © Yarn Bark 2019

Made with love by Daryl

Copyright © Yarn Bark 2019 

Made with love by Daryl