Into the Garden is a song about Relating, about connecting.

Both my parents have past now, yet they were the initial contributors who helped me build the foundations for relating, both to myself, to others and the world around me.

My mother had a gift for seeing humans as humans, without labels or status, she treated everyone with a special kind of respect, always ready to have a laugh and lend a hand of support and most of all, she could always see my heart and reminded me to simply be myself no matter what.

My father was old school, strong in his ways, strict about responsibility and doing the right thing, but he had a softness that held deep wisdom and was there if you really needed to talk.

Between the two, I learnt much, I pay my respects to all that they gave and carry the best of them in my heart and especially thank them, for giving me a life that was in the real world, in nature…

In a world whose tapestry is built upon relationship and balance.

Rachel Shields – Knowing In Nature 2020


Indigenous and Western Science with Dr. Peta-Marie Standley

Dr. Peta-Marie Standley is the training services and research manager at Firesticks Alliance. She has worked alongside Traditional Owners on Country for the past two decades in assisting mainstream Western systems of knowledge in being able to understand and value the extensive depth of Indigenous Science held within the First People and the Lands Ecological systems.

Peta shares her insights and feelings with Rachel Shields from Knowing In Nature at Hypipamee National Park in Far North Queensland, in the lands of the Jirrbal and Ngadjon peoples. The area is a home to lush old growth rainforest, wet sclerophyll woodlands, unique wildlife and a large crater that is a volcanic pipe formed by a massive explosion of subterranean gas. A platform allows a spectacular view into the crater 58 meters above the lake which has formed below. The lake is about 82 meters deep.

Filmed by the waters where the Barron River begins its journey in the Atherton Tablelands all the way down the mountains to the ocean on the coast in Cairns.

Peta Standley is an amazingly persistent human who has managed to support bridging sciences for the greater good!

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Rainbow Child – Yuluwurri Gaayli

An Indigenous Bilingual Dreaming Story about how the Rainbow Child – Yuluwurri Gaayli came into being. Recorded for a project called “Green Please For the Kids”.

The story is shared here in both the English and Gamilaraay Language. An original story created by Rachel Shields – Nainiouman Coya Coya, a descendant of the First Peoples, the Wailwaan and Gamilaraay people in the continent known as Australia.

Filmed sitting by beautiful flowing waters where The Yidi Bama have lived in relation to the spirit of the land and life for thousands of years.

The Land is alive and the Spirit still exists here, as do the descendants of the First peoples.

Thank you to Ky Allan for your assistance with filming and preparing this video ready to share with all.

Johannes Selhofer Music as Therapy

Knowing In Nature is joined by Johannes Selhofer, a musician living in Cairns who sees music as therapy and a medium that offers an opportunity for Authenticity and transformation.

Filmed in the beautiful rainforests within Djabugai Country at Stoney’s Creek. A fusion of conversational and musical sharing accompanied by the gentle and ever present song of Nature!

If you would like more information about Cymatic Sound Therapy contact Johannes Selhofer at:

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A protest song that shines a light on Australia’s recent bushfire crisis and Nainiouman’s frustration with the mismanagement of country and responses from politicians.

At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Fires raged throughout parts of Australia. The impact both on human life, animal life, insect life has been devastating!

Emotions were felt by all, no matter your status in society. The impact has effected all in some way or another.

During this time I felt deep concern for all the animals that could not escape the fires in time. I made myself watch the news and social media to keep up to date with what was happening, in my local area I was a new member of our rural fire brigade, yet not able to go out and assist as I hadn’t finished part of my training yet… This was a very emotional time for all.

The song Dominion was my release, my way of getting it all out of my system.