Cultural Wellbeing Workshops

IAHA Cultural Wellbeing Workshops

IAHA are hosting a series of workshops throughout September and October to support the wellbeing of our members. A priority for IAHA is for people to remain well and strong, through connection, care, and culture.

This series of fun and cultural activities is intended to help empower you to maintain your cultural strength and connections in the lead up to, and beyond, the 2023 Referendum on the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

The series of workshops aims to cater for all different styles and preferences of tapping into our wellbeing: by creating space to come together and laugh, and to connect with culture.

Each session will go for around 1 to 1.5 hours and will be run via Zoom. Where there is equipment required, we will send you a pack with everything you need to take part.

Workshops being offered:

  • Jewellery Making
  • Cultural Plant Use
  • Cooking Damper
  • Writing for Wellbeing
  • Clap Sticks– Sanding and Arts
  • Trivia!


Details are provided below on what each workshop will involve, just follow the Registration Link.

Workshops will be held subject to interest, and certain workshops may be capped and/or closed at a certain time due to logistical considerations in posting equipment and resource, so we encourage you to register early. Closing dates for each session are also listed below.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, due to issues such as timing, please let us know the name of workshop you were interested in, and additional workshops might be scheduled in response to demand.


Trivia – Thursday 21 September, 6:30pm AEST   

What to expect:

Get ready to have a laugh with the mob and bring your best trivia game hosted by IAHA staff Gabe and Jed.

Dress up in your craziest hat and set your funniest zoom background. There will be four categories across the evening, but we don’t want to let you study before the evening so you’ll find out on the night.

We will find out who are the IAHA deadly trivia champions are by the end of the night.

Register by Wednesday 20 September, COB


Jewellery Making – Thursday 28 September, 6:30pm AEST           

What to expect:

Learn how to make earrings and a lapel pin using polymer clay. Use the clay to roll out your tension while having a yarn, getting creative and learning a new skill. This session will be run by Melinda Ingram, a Wandandian and Wiradjuri woman who is also a member of the IAHA team.

IAHA will send you a box of supplies to take part in the workshop.

You will require access to an oven.

Register by  Wednesday 20 September, COB


Cultural Plant Use workshop – Thursday 5 October, 6:30pm ADST

What to expect:

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn an in-depth introduction to different native plants used as food, fibre and medicines. You will have a chance to taste traditional foods and try traditional medicinal products in an interactive setting. This workshop will run for approximately 1.5hours and is an informal space where participants have the chance to ask questions and provide input. 

This session will be run by Adam Shipp, a proud Wiradjuri man. His bloodlines through his father extends across Dubbo, Parkes, Trangie and Nyngan regions of NSW. Adam was born and raised on Ngunnawal country in Canberra where he lived for 37 years before making the move with his young family back to country in 2022.  Adam has spent the past 12 years in various working on country roles and from 2018- present has been director of his business Yurbay which specialises in showcasing his love for Wiradjuri and Aboriginal plant use.

Supplies will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Register by Thursday 21 September, COB


Cooking Workshop – Thursday 12 October, 6:30pm ADST

What to expect:

This cooking session will be run by Nornie Bero, from Mabu Mabu and you will use a range of native ingredients. Ingredients will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

You will require access to an oven.

Register by Thursday 28 September, COB


Clap sticks – sanding and arts – Thursday 19 October, 6:30pm ADST         

What to expect: In this session you will sand and personalise a set of clapsticks, guided by Ngyampaa artist Michael Mitchel and Barkindji artist Jenna Mitchell of MJ’s Designs. They source and prepare their own clapsticks, and all participants will receive a pair, along with other supplies required to decorate them.

Register by Thursday 5 October, COB


Writing Workshop – Thursday 26 October, 6:30pm ADST               

What to expect:

Hosted by award winning, Murri author, editor and researcher, Lisa Fuller.

Put pen to paper and learn some free flow writing techniques that can be used to unload your thoughts, or get your creativity flowing.

IAHA will send you a journal and pen to use in the workshop.

Register by Thursday 12 October, COB

 Registration Link

If you would like more information relating to the workshops please do not hesitate to contact or phone: 02 6285 1010