Yaama maliyaa – Hello friend

My name is Rachel Shields – Nainiouman Coya Coya, I am the founder of Knowing In Nature.

Through my Ngambaa (Mother) I am a descendant of the First Peoples of the land known as Australia, more precisely a descendant of the Weilwan and Gamilaroi peoples (within the North Western region of New South Wales). I also have my heritage in other lineages from around the Earth, I am comfortable with and acknowledge this,  respecting my ancestry and the ancestry of all humans who walk the Earth today.

Knowing In Nature is underpinned by Indigenous ways of knowing and being and nature based activities that encourage sharing and learning together, that support balance. Utilizing Natures as “our Sharing place!” KIN aims to reveal the fact that we are all indigenous to the Earth, and that we each hold within us a deeper knowing beyond social conditioning.

In a physical sense, I see that we are all Indigenous to this great Planet Earth!

Knowing In Nature was formed as a means for sharing, healing and bringing community together via an Indigenous Lens.

This website serves multiple purposes, it is a platform for sharing,  an access point to services provided and community links and knowledge; and a  living portfolio that is both personal and professional. 

I work both independently and alongside others in sharing and learning, with a focus on encouraging custodianship, understanding, care and healing within community and developing deeper relationships between people and nature.

Photo by Mel Anderson

I feel importance in keeping our humanity intact by engaging with people  & the environment respectfully. This is what makes sense to me. keeping it real in our modern world of technological inter-faces.

We all walk in many worlds, I do my best to respect all and keep the balance within.

Formally I am involved in Consultancy & Connection based Learning underpinned by indigenous ways of knowing. I am  employed as a Director and Cultural Integrity Coordinator and am active as a Youth Advocate with Indigicate, an Indigenous Outdoor Education Company Owned and operated by Shawn Andrews and Geoff Martin.

Indigicate are Based in Melbourne working throughout Australia & abroad with a focus on helping young people live and succeed into the future, rather than becoming a statistic of disadvantage!

Within the diverse scope of areas I work within, I find that operating holistically and relationally is the master key to working with a balanced approach. 

Experiential learning and discovery are keys in igniting awareness. Through this, our relationship to the environment becomes a relational intelligence. We can become attuned and present with the land, the animals, the plant life and with the spirit of life in all things.

Unlearning to remember is an opportunity of which all are welcome to. We acknowledge all are able to both share and learn and nature does not discriminate nor limit possibilities, neither do we. At K.I.N our intent is to support in inspiring respect for life, for the Land, for ecological Health & healing and for growing both independently and as a part of a greater environment and community.

Throughout all, my intent is to respectfully contribute to social wellness and environmental care in an inclusive manner. I do this by drawing upon my experience and connection to nature and my heritage, applying this wisdom in ways that are relevant and useful.

I understand that offering  experiences assists people to gain insight and develop richer connections, this is invaluable. Not only does it support the individual, it can expand out from within to create a healthy community and better support the natural world. 

The foundations of which I work from are through the understanding that we each are but a small part of a greater environment. We exist within an ecology that is always offering up life, and within this life there is an intelligence. We can learn from this in ways that support balance for the benefit of all involved. Through being aware of this, you will find that there is really no need to recreate the wheel so to speak, for in truth; what we need is all ready right here, staring us in the face.

The Name Nainiouman is a name my Waabi (Mother’s mother) called me by, it simply means “nanny’s woman”. I tend to be guided by the knowledge of old and balance this in a contemporary environment. I have found this knowledge in itself to be timeless;  it is from a foundation that includes all life into it’s reasoning.

It is a sustainable knowledge and when one looks deep enough into the life that exists all around us, they will inevitably arrive back to these foundations and revive the inner knowing and understanding of our KINship within Nature and and deepening our relationship with oursleves.

Please explore the site further to learn about programs, workshops, learning resources, community links and  services offered. 

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