Auntie Wendal is a proud islander woman and an Aboriginal Elder connected to culture and Country. Her birth country was Wiradjuri due to the Assimilation Act, and her Grandmother Country is Lutruwita, where her blood lineage comes from. Birthing her own children as well as others, she has also in another sense, birthed members of the Aboriginal community by way of supporting them in coming out and claiming their own sexual identity. A mother of 4, a grandmother of 3 and an Auntie to all! She cares deeply about her family and community, and has also been strongly involved in various cultural activities from mutton birding and fire camps, to Indigenous art as well as the performing arts.
A born artist, she has always been driven by her creative passions. When her mother passed away, Auntie Wendal pursued her artistic talents and it was from there that she found her calling to work with women. She was a pioneer in setting up the first community-volunteered Aboriginal women’s shelter in Launceston, and since then has facilitated numerous women’s circles amongst other healing workshops.
The majority of her focus is usually with women and children, however Auntie Wendal is also excited to create and hold sacred circle’s at Nayri Niara, where men will be welcome and included into an accepting and supportive space. A source of unconditional love and a family song line keeper.