SRF Program

  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Connect to the Earth)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, Reflective practice, Equity and diversity, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Assessment for learning and development, Partnerships with professionals, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

    Description

    ​Wayapa is an internationally-accredited and trademarked earth connection wellness practice based on ancient Indigenous wisdom, from Australia and around the world, that focuses on taking care of the environment as the starting point for wellbeing. Combining earth mindfulness, narrative meditation, physical movement storytelling and earth reciprocity, Wayapa Wuurrk creates holistic wellbeing and sustainable behaviour. Wayapa is an inclusive modality inviting everyone to learn how to tap into their own ancestry of earth connection.

    The Wayapa Wuurrk aims to increase educator capacities to embed practices of wellbeing, connection and inclusion for all staff, children and families/carers.

    The program consists of: 

    1. Wayapa Educator Introductory Workshop: a 2.5-3 hour live online workshop that introduces Wayapa and explores how it can be applied within the early learning sector, and specifically how it can be leveraged to prepare children for school.  

    2. Wayapa Introductory Incursion for Children:  an experiential learning session for children with their educators that uses storytelling to introduce Wayapa in a fun and meaningful way.  This session is delivered as a 45-60 minute live online show.

    3. Wayapa Incursion Programs for Children: a series of weekly sessions for children and their educators that explore and connect more deeply to Wayapa Elements. Activities include symbol work, rhythm and song, cycles and seasons and gratitude circle. The providers recommends prior participation in the in the Introductory program. Preferred delivery is in person. 

    4. Wayapa Action Research & Mentoring Program for Educators: provides guided support across a 10-week program, including weekly 45minute group mentoring sessions, the provision of an Educators Teaching and Learning Guide, and access to online resources. It. The program aims to enable educators with tools to integrate Indigenous Wisdom into every day learning using Wayapa, and cultivate the self-reflective process for educators to utilise across all curriculum planning 

    5. Wayapa Platinum Program: features the above four programs that collectively aims to embed Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being, and holistic wellbeing and sustainability.

    It is recommended the Wayapa Introductory Incursion Program for Children is delivered in conjunction with at least one of the workshop or mentoring program options available from this provider.

    Detailed Costs

    ​All programs have been designed and priced for online delivery. Customised pricing is available for additional rooms or participants or for onsite delivery where travel and/or accommodation may be needed. This pricing will be provided on request.

    Wayapa Educator Introductory Workshop: $1500 (excl. GST) for up to six staff/educators. Price includes the 2.5-3 hour live online facilitated workshop, a downloadable workbook, and access to Educator Community Facebook Group

    Wayapa Introductory Incursion for Children: $550 (excl. GST) per group for online delivery. 

    Wayapa Incursion Programs for Children: 

    • $2000 (excl. GST) for four weekly sessions
    • $2880 (excl. GST) for six weekly sessions
    • $3680 (excl. GST) for eight weekly sessions

    Each package is priced per room of up to 22 children. 

    Wayapa Action Research & Mentoring Program for Educators:

    • $4400 (excl. GST) for two educators/staff members
    • $1900 (excl. GST) for every additional educator/staff member to a limit of five participants
    • $1600 (excl. GST) for every additional educator/staff member after exceeding the initial five participants

    Price includes an online-self-paced 10-week guided action research course, weekly 45-minute group mentoring sessions, Educators Teaching & Learning Guide that includes 16 lessons with detailed plans, resources links/templates for each lesson and educator online access for 3 months. Recommended prior attendance of the Wayapa Educator Introductory Workshop

    Wayapa Platinum Program: $9997 (excl. GST) priced per room for online delivery with two educators and up to 22 children. 

    This price includes:

    • Wayapa Educator Introductory Workshops for the entire centre
    • Wayapa Introductory Incursion for Children
    • Wayapa Incursion Program- 8 weeks
    • Mentoring & Action Research Program with Wayapa for Educators

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population:  educators, educational professionals, and children.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: The program has been developed as stand-alone modules which can be built upon or purchased as a platinum program. 

    Program adaptability: the program is a blended program that is able to flexibly accommodate aspects of the training in ways that can better meet the service community needs throughout the duration of the program. 

    Staffing: services should account for backfill by considering the time commitments of the program components.

    Training requirements: no previous Wayapa experience necessary. Wayapa movements can be differentiated.

    Australian experience: the program can be conducted in both the metropolitan and regional areas across Victoria

    Tools and systems: to access the online components of the program, access to a computer or smart phone with access to the internet is necessary. A large space and smartboard is required for the educator/staff member workshop. A smart screen or monitor is required for the delivery of weekly lessons to children.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 5 - Foundational research evidence