Sarah is a qualified Wayapa practitioner and cultural consultant, trainer and educator with more than 15 years experience in healthcare and health education.
She is also a proud Darkinjung woman from the Central Coast, who is now living and working on beautiful Awabakal and Worrimi Country.
Sarah says Wayapa’s full body movements carry a sense of mindfulness, so people feel connected to their own bodies, more grounded and more aware of themselves in their own environment. It aids in processing ... anxiety or a sense of being overwhelmed.
Although Wayapa is based on Indigenous culture, Sarah chose Wayapa because she believes it’s something everybody of all ages can benefit from, offering an alternative model of care, and a different world view.
Above all else, she believes Wayapa connects people – giving meaning to caring for Country and using Country as a healing resource.
Sarah says Wayapa is most suitable for children and gives parents an alternative option to “time out” as well as encouraging them to tell stories and become physically grounded.
Her one on one Wayapa sessions extend this yarning idea, working through a person’s unique narrative.
Sarah feels very rewarded that through Wayapa, she is able to share a concept deeply embedded in her culture - caring for Country – with everybody.
She first pursued health care because of her belief in holistic wellbeing, with the approach of being person-based not problem-based.
Using the analogy of an Aboriginal coolamon (carrying) basket, Sarah says people need to consider what they’re carrying – if they have too many negative emotions, for example, then the coolaman will be unbalanced. People need to find all the right resources to get their balance right and create a holistic life.
Sarah established the Rainbow Crow Cultural Collective in response to the need for accessible, affordable, Aboriginal-led social emotional (mental health) care for the Indigenous community.
The Wayapa workshops and classes are offered on site however Sarah is also willing to travel to bring classes to people in their location. Read more
Membership of professional associations
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board (AHPRA)
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia
Education and training
Diploma in Mental Health- Graduate 2021
Wayapa Practitioner Diploma Course 2020
Certificate in Training & Assessment 2020
Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) 2019
Certificate IV in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs 2018
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 2016
Nationally recognised qualification in Community Breastfeeding Mentorship 2017
Peep Learning Together (Parenting Program) Facilitator 2019
Holds a relevant Working With Children Check
Sarah Corrigan’s studio location
Cooks Hill, NSW 2300 Australia