Hi, my name is Lee Couch
l am a proud First Nations woman from the Gamilaroi Tribe, Northern NSW, born and raised on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation.
I am driven by a deep passion and desire to teach and encourage others to heal and live a more joyful and meaningful life. l have developed a range of different programs, workshops, and individual sessions to guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you on your path. My service offers a supportive approach to facilitate and inspire change and offers no discrimination. My gifts are open for all to enjoy.
My Services Include:
Dadirri, Earth Mindfulness
Being mindful is a gift, a conscious way to live your life and the benefits are endless! Learn the discipline of mindfulness through a range of various classes and techniques including Dadirri Aboriginal meditation & Aquatic Mindfulness guided by an experienced Mindfulness Coach.
Access Consciousness is a different point of view about life. It allows you to change anything you cannot change and create everything you desire in a different and easier way. The aim of Access is to create a world of consciousness and oneness.
Regression Therapy ultimately brings you to the truth of your being, the truth of who and what you really are, which can only be experienced when limiting thoughts and beliefs from the past are no longer part of the equation.
Earth Mindfulness & movement Retreat- Wayapa Wuurrk
Give yourself a well deserved break. Your Retreat involves relaxation,meditation, yoga session, essential oils workshop & a healthily & nutritional lunch.
The Art Of Listening- Winangali
Winangali translates to listen in the Gamilarray language. We listen to the stories of our elders, our land, our people, and ourselves. We listen to each other. Winangali offers a new approach to healing by providing an interactive session through cultural meditation and art.
Often parenting can be stressful for our families, we want to encourage more fun, easy and joy with our gunidjarr (mother) and birralii (child) through an Aquatics Mindfulness program developed to assist parents/ carers to connect with their child through mindfulness activities and play.
Wayapa Wuurrk is a unique mind-body practice that combines multi-sensory meditation with traditional movement. It maintains the importance of Australia’s Traditional Custodians – the practice features Aboriginal languages, shares Aboriginal culture with all participants and supports environmental sustainability learning.
NAIDOC Week Celebrations:
Lee has developed a template that encourages schools to celebrate NAIDOC Week with Aboriginal lead activities.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This committee was once responsible for organizing national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week
Lee Couch is a proud Gamilaroi woman from Northern NSW currently living on Taungurung/ Dhudhuroa Country in Bright, Alpine Shire. Lee has worked in the education space for over 5 years across Regional Vic and Melbourne Metro providing support to leadership and teachers on protocols for teaching Aboriginal culture, Koorie cultural inclusion, and expression in the classroom or remote learning, working with Koorie communities and the Koorie Education Department. She also provides an Aboriginal lead program for primary-aged students.
- Leadership Support
- Koorie Cultural Inclusion
- Teaching Aboriginal Perspectives
- Aboriginal Lead Program
- Outdoor Education
- Remote Learning
- Cultural Events
Aboriginal Lead Program:
Ngamilmali Maarumali is a combination of outdoor education and classroom inclusion that encourages Koorie expression, through health and wellness, art, and music.
The program recognizes the importance of Indigenous knowledge and concepts and works in educating students and teachers to connect to Country, exploring Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and thinking as a pathway to a greater understanding of the land, water, and our peoples. The program is guided through, Aboriginal language, earth mindfulness, and activities, Aboriginal meditation, identify systems of connectedness, consciousness, and movement (the rhythm of Country) whilst healing our relationships with Mother Earth and ourselves.
The program is weaved through the “8 Ways of Learning” pedagogy that is based on research conducted by Aboriginal education scholars in NSW.
Dadirri is inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognizes the deep spring that is inside of us. While Dadirri is a word that belongs to the language of the Ngan’gikurunggur peoples of the Daly River in the Northern Territory, the activity of Dadirri has its equivalence in many other Indigenous groups in Australia.
- Reconciliation Week
- Sorry Day
- National Close the Gap Day
- Harmony Day
- International Day of Indigenous People
Accreditations & Affiliations:
- Dadirri – The Ancient Aboriginal Tradition of Mindfulness
- Wayapa Practitioner Diploma Course. IICT Certified Member
- Certificate of Mindfulness & Meditation
- Supply Nation Certified National Aboriginal Business
- Kinaway Certified Victorian Aboriginal Business
Pictured- Thornbury Primary School winner of the Victorian Excellence Award for Outstanding Koorie Education. The Leadership Team in Koorie Education; Aunty Terri Lee-Fitzpatrick: Culture & Language, Principle: Leon Bell & Lee Couch: Ngamilmai Maarumli Educator.
The program seeks to protect the integrity of Aboriginal cultural expression in a way in which all Australians can engage respectfully and feel connected. It supports schools to use Koorie cultural expression in the classroom.
What people say
Lee Couch brought genuine compassion and warmth to the women of Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation, as the facilitator of her deadly program Connection to Country Healing Journey.
Lee is one of the kindest, most gentle souls I have had the pleasure of spending time with. Her commitment to the women in our group, and her empathy for what we as Aboriginal women live with, and need, in order to heal from intergenerational trauma, ensured the sessions were heartfelt and designed to give us the tools we needed to move forward and thrive. I cannot thank her enough for what she has brought to our community and eagerly look forward to ongoing work with Lee as she continues to share her love and knowledge with us.
Ngamilmali Maarumli has been enthusiastically embraced by all of Thornbury Primary’s students, teachers and community. The practice features Aboriginal language, shares Aboriginal culture and supports environmental and sustainability learning as well as promoting health and well being.
Lee is a wonderful Earth Educator using her incredible ability to provide a diverse range of educational tools and understanding of childhood development to allow our children to explore a Connection to Country. Lee is warm and empathetic in her teaching style as well as holding a great professional standard within the school community.
Our teachers have said:
“The Connection to Earth and Country is fantastic for grounding the children and allowing them to experience Aboriginal culture. It provides a calm focus for the day”.
“It has opened my eyes to what I can do in my classroom. I have been incorporating the tools in my lessons”
Thanks so much Lee!
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“Walk gently on this land, sit with me and listen, listen with your dreaming ears to the voice of our Earth Mother. Feel her presence with your heart, mind and Soul.”
– Lee Couch