Over here at Rumpus, we are following the media, watching the news, reading the articles, listening to the podcasts, feeling the feelings.
We are learners, our work is about learning.
Learning will never stop.
National Reconciliation week has driven home just how much further we have to go in truly working towards healing. We recognise that there can be no healing without addressing the continuing forms of oppression that are taking place, here and now.
We wake up each morning to scenes of intense racial hate in the US as it plays out on our screens. We mourn for the lives lost to violence.
While it’s hard to “stay with the trouble” and lean into the heaviness, we must try. There’s a chance here to reflect and pause on what we as humans are creating as a whole, and use this time for deep listening and learning.
Now and every day, we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the Indigenous Nations of New South Wales on whose land we live and work. There is so much to learn from them.
We will continue to learn.
Here’s a list of things to read, watch, listen to and learn from.
Talking to My Country - Stan Grant
The Yield - Tara June Winch
Tell Me Why - Archie Roach
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia - Anita Heiss
(Readings bookshop has a great list of books by Indigenous Authors.)
How to be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy - Layla F Saad
Race Matters - this episode with poet Kirli Saunders is a good place to start.
Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast
ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler - Uncle Jack Charles: Not True Blue, True Blak
Deaths Inside - an interactive and thorough investigation of Aboriginal Deaths in Custody via Guardian Australia
Common Ground - a collection of original and curated learning articles on culture, history and reconciliation.
Sisters Inside - a fund to support Indigenous women in WA, who have been imprisoned due to unpaid fines.
Did you know that drawing, singing, dancing, knitting, any creative practice, actively reduces stress hormones and promotes calming of our nervous system?
Rumpus delivers a range of training and creative programs on mental health and psychological safety for teams. We are based in the beautiful Illawarra, the perfect spot for team off-sites and retreats, just 90 minutes south of Sydney.
Mental Health First Aid is the nationally accredited training for individuals and teams to be able to effectively respond to mental health issues. Rumpus is providing Online Mental Health First Aid to individuals, organisations and workplaces throughout Australia. We serve people in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.
Are you feeling wired, hyper-vigilant and awake? Panicky, fluttery in the belly, a bit shaky? Or exhausted, flat and drained?It’s so very likely that right now many of us are in Survival Mode: our flight/fight response is ON, adrenaline is surging and we are unconsciously and consciously primed to perceive danger. This is so understandable right now. We’ve never been through this before.
As we try and find a rhythm in this new way of being and living right now, try to remember to include a dose of nature, each day. It will do us all the world of good.
The Irish Government are choosing to describe ‘self-isolating’ and ‘quarantine’ as Cocooning.
Folks, let’s talk about ‘Social Distancing’. Us humans are ‘social’ beings which means we seek and crave companionship and are suited to living in communities, yes? It’s wired into our DNA, our bones. Ya feel? Well, nothing about that has changed. We are seeing, and sure you are too, humans getting real creative with ways to continue to connect, and be connected in these times.
Skillshare invites anyone in the community to share a skill by teaching a class. We are not seeking experts, we are seeking passionate individuals who are eager to pass their knowledge along.
Pay-it-forward for an artist from bushfire affected South Coast to attend retreat. Make a donation to support the Giving Chair at Jamboree Creative Escape.