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. I see that we are all Indigenous to this great Planet and we hold within us a connection that has been passed on from generation to generation!
Knowing In Nature was formed as a means for sharing 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 kind of 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 within community and developing relationships between people and nature.
I feel importance in keeping our humanity intact by engaging with people & the environment respectfully. This is what makes sense to me.
We all walk in many worlds, I do my best to respect all and keep the balance.
Formally I am involved in Consultancy & Education underpinned by indigenous ways of knowing, applying processes that support the many ways of teaching, learning & sharing. I am also employed as a Director & Cultural Awareness Facilitator with Indigicate, an Indigenous Outdoor Education Company Based in Melbourne.
With a broad skill set I am experienced in counselling & advocating for children & youth. Being a voice for the natural world. Mentoring, Public speaking, Ecological sharing through an indigenous lens and re-engaging traditional practices within community. Creating & Facilitating nature based programs for groups, organisations & individuals to assist with life skills and personal development.. alongside being a Musician, Visual artist and Author.
Among all this, I am also very passionate about health and Well being and I operate a Wellness Centre called ‘Nurture In Nature’ based on Dangar Island in the Central Coast of NSW.
Within the diverse scope of areas I work within, I find that operating holistically is key to working with a balanced approach.
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.
Please explore the site further to learn about programs, workshops, learning resources, community links and services offered.