CREATE, FACILITATE, NAVIGATE
KNOWLEDGE SHARING & STORY TELLING
EVENTS & PROJECTS
Mayala-Bol is a small business focused on holistic wellbeing and wellness.
We create, facilitate and navigate holistic wellbeing workshops and culturally safe spaces and resources.
The Name Mayála-Bol comes from the Ndjébbana and Burarra languages of Maningrida, West Arnhemland
Mayála means "Idea/Knowledge" in Ndjébbana
Bol means "Fire" in the Burarra language.
Mayala-Bol is a business developed by two Maningrida women Menah Mckenzie of the Anbarra-Diyama clan and Noni Eather of the Kunibidji clan.
"Wellbeing is made up of physical health, emotional health, mental health, and spiritual nourishment. ... The holistic approach to wellbeing involves incorporating a range of self-care practices into our lives that satisfies and supports us in all areas"
Our workshops are offered in ''Yuya-bol talking circles'' - coming together around the fire.
commonly known as yarning circles, healing circles or talking circles.
We create a safe space, we facilitate that space and navigate the stories shared in that space.
Mayala-Bol creates wellbeing resources which are shared through our workshops, social media platforms and soon to be hard resources for purchase.
"we encourage self awareness, self-esteem and self love through our culturally safe spaces and workshops"
It is our belief that healing happens when we speak and share our stories in circle.
we have the chance to "get it off our chest", or we share stories that make us proud.
Noni and Menah guide theses spaces in a gentle and trauma informed way, sharing resources, tools for individual development, healing and transformation.
Who are these workshops for?
Mayala-Bol are committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination. We welcome all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.
our workshops are trauma informed and culturally safe
Mayala-Bol offers monthly/Bi Monthly workshops to the wider community of Darwin, each month with a different theme around our wellbeing, environment, mental, emotional, energetic and social health. These workshops are about connecting, sharing, and self nourishment through different activities.
These workshops are advertised on social media and event brite with limited tickets for sale.
*workshops are open to all unless specified*
Business and organisation workshops
Our workshops are also offered to Business and Organisations who are seeking holistic wellbeing in their workspace.
These workshops are offered at a fee for service.
''Restoring the spark in our spirits- Mayala-Bol are determined to guide and inspire the path of wellbeing one yuya/bol at a time''
What our workshops include/focus on:
Mind, Body, Spirit wellness
Knowledge Sharing/ Story telling
Safe yarning circles
Healing through creative expression (e.g writing, dance/movement, art)
Guided meditation and breath
Self regulating tips
Coping with stress
building self-esteem and confidence
building self awareness
Create, Facilitate, Navigate
THE TWO MERMAIDS BEHIND THE VENTURE
Menah Mckenzie is from the community of Maningrida of West Arnhem Land. Following her fathers side she belongs to the Anbarra Diyama clan groups and speaks the Burarra language.
Her mothers lineage tracks to central Australia and to the Kimberley's in Western Australia.
Menah proudly holds bloodlines from saltwater to Desert.
Menah has worked in community services, Youth work, suicide prevention and event work for many years.
Developing and delivering a vast arrange of workshops to youth across Arnhem Land & the Darwin region including social and emotional wellbeing, women's Empowerment, youth re-engagement, Leadership workshops, & music and song writing.
After losing her brother to suicide in 2018 Menah made it a missions of hers to study and really understand mental health Issues, trauma and the holistic approach we can use with approaching social and emotional wellbeing. Menah holds certificates in business, workshop facilitation, trauma informed care, Mental health first aid, Assist suicide prevention, Safe Talk, holistic healing, Reiki, sound healing and Yoga Nidra.
Recognised for her work with youth across Arnhem Land, Menah won a Young Achievers Award for Youth Excellence in 2019.
Menah's passions is to help empower people to take the first step into their healing journey through holistic wellness & creative expression.
"Let your craft become your medicine, then share that medicine with the World"
Noni is recognised as Njawámud/Gotchan, belonging to Kunibídji-Kamúrrbarn Families in the West Arnhem land, with connections through to the East Arnhem coast of the crocodile Islands archipelago, balancing French anglo-celtic lineage.
Noni grew through learning and manoeuvring many worlds, sharing time in and around Mothers homelands of Maningrida, continuously growing & learning of matrilineal cultural responsibilities & the relationships with Country, Waters, Families & language along with her Fathers guidance in the city life of QLD around Artists and Creatives of the 'Campfire Group' collective whilst taking up opportunities of the western mainstream education.
Naturally, Noni grew up learning to bridge cross cultural connections
and she has since been employed through areas of Education, Community Services, child safety & the media & arts co-producing community projects, coordinating programs, facilitating and delivering various workshops with focus on mentoring, leadership through arts & media, preventative education & resource development.
"I lost my younger sister to suicide in 2017.
This tragic event turned everything upside down, inside out & back to front for me & my Family.
Over time, drifting through the tides & going through the many waves of emotions which grief and loss brings, I am determined to tackle the stigma around suicide and work on healing my spirit with hope to make space for others to do the same.
Mayála-Bol is my vessel while I navigate life as I live it now, & I want to share as I learn.