Dadirri – Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Traditions


We Ali-li
Monday 13 May 2024

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Room: Delacombe

Pre-Conference Workshop

Dadirri – Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Traditions

Dadirri has been called “the Aboriginal gift”. It is inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness-something like what you would call contemplation. This training introduces Dadirri as the core of all We Al-li practices and skill-based learning outcomes. Dadirri provides the foundation for culturally safe practices and establishes a respectful healing environment for skills transference in all We Al-li professional development trainings.

Learning to communicate with ourselves and each other at deep levels is primary to effective practice. Participants are introduced to many key therapeutic approaches used by We Al-li including story mapping, sand-play, music, art therapy, movement and guided imagery.

The main aim of this workshop is to locate the ancient Aboriginal tradition of mindfulness within the work of trauma recovery in Australia and elsewhere.

The workshop objectives is to introduce participants to and build capacity towards using mindfulness in self-care and in the development of communities of care, and communities of practice in all trauma recovery work.

On completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of the practice of Dadirri as an Ancient Mindfulness tradition essential in all trauma recovery – community healing work.
  2. Recognize the importance of cultural fitness in all community work.
  3. Use the cultural tradition of mindfulness in self-care and care practice while undertaking trauma recovery work.
  4. Identify issues of self-awareness and demonstrate the skills of journaling or story mapping as a conscious and cognitive record of the self-awareness, self-reflective process.
  5. Begin developing the skills and knowledge necessary to enable effective communication in trauma recovery work using symbols, art, and music in storytelling and story-mapping.
  6. Define and support the development of communities of care.
  7. Begin developing the skills and knowledge required to implement community development processes for building community-healing networks.

This workshop is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.

About the artwork: Dadirri represents ‘our people’. We are standing in the middle of the forest and despite everything being upturned, underneath we still have strong roots and the power to be re-born, our relatedness and connectedness to the world. The Black Boy, just like the tree, is not only resilient to the flames but relies on the bush fires for its regrowth and survival. The fire is symbolic of our need to regenerate ourselves. As a people, we need and have been through hardships to identify and find our real strengths.

© Artwork and narration by Christopher Edwards- Haines