Workshop Formats



The Marumali Program® has been developed and are delivered by a survivor of removal policies. The workshops are delivered in a variety of formats; each designed to meet the needs of different groups of participants. In addition to the standard program formats, the program can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a particular client group.

The Marumali Program® supports service providers to: realize the widespread impact of forcible removal and understand the potential paths for recovery; recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma associated with forcible removal in clients, families and others involved with their service; and to avoid re-traumatizating members of the Stolen Generations. This supports participants and organisations to respond by integrating this knowledge into their policies, procedures, and practices.



Marumali Way-Our Way™ for Workers (4 days)

This four-day program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers empowers them to provide a safe, appropriate and effective support to Stolen Generations survivors, their families and communities. Participants are equipped with knowledge and skills to address the  issues of trauma associated with past protectionist policies and practices, and are provided with healing strategies which respect the rights of survivors to control the pace, direction and outcome of their own journey.

'It has taught me to understand in more depth, especially my family and community'

Marumali Way-Our Way™ Risk Management for Workers

The two-day program provides an in-depth look at he Marumali Journey of Healing Model with an eye to identifying the risks and protective factors associated with each stage of the journey and how to manage these to ensure the safest possible journey for the survivor. The Marumali Program (4 days) is a pre-requisite for undertaking this workshop.


Marumali Way-Our Way™ Trauma Informed Care (2 days)

The Trauma Informed Care  workshop is for non-Aboriginal workers working with Stolen Generations, their families and communities. It  offers insights that allow non-Aboriginal workers to avoid reactivating the long-standing burden of trauma found among survivors of the Stolen Generations. It  offers skills in how best to respond if a survivor has been 'triggered' or had their trauma reactivated. It also equips participants with strategies to deal with issues of trauma  in a variety of settings and provides healing strategies which respect the rights of survivors to control the pace, direction and outcome of their own healing journey.

'… what a wonderful experience - enlightening, emotional, exhilarating and exhausting. Such a learning curve. I highly recommend this course to other non-Indigenous staff'.


Marumali Way-Our Way™ for Survivors (in prison)

This four-day program aims to provide a culturally appropriate model of healing for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander men and women within correctional facilities. Based on the Marumali Journey of Healing Model, it equips participants with strategies to deal with issues of trauma associated with removal and offers a culturally safe environment to discuss issues including grief, loss and the spiritual dimensions of healing and encourages re- affirmation and strengthening of their identity. The program contributes to the implementation of recommendations in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report (1991).

‘Thank you for a life changing experience’


Marumali Way-Our Way™ for Young People

While creating an environment that is comfortable, friendly and supportive, the program encourages participation. The Marumali Journey of Healing Model . The Marumali Youth Program is based on the Marumali Journey of Healing Model and is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and offers an overview of a healing journey and how a healing journey may unfold.

Its aim is to empower participants by facilitating the restoration of participant’s social and emotional wellbeing through art and activities whilst providing a safe and supportive environment to discuss sensitive issues such as identity, grief and loss and transgenerational trauma. The workshop aims to strengthen participant’s identity and sense of belonging, while strengthening connections to family, community, Country, culture, spirit and Aboriginal spirituality.

The topics are delivered in an age appropriate manner including art activities, role plays, simulations, demonstrations, group and individual activities and daily debriefing.

This workshop has been successfully delivered for children in Out-Of-Home care, youth at risk and school children.

'It taught me a new found respect for myself and my family’

‘...this program has made me more proud of who I am and has given me the chance to become a more confident person’


Marumali Way-Our Way™ for Survivors (in community)

This workshop offers an effective pathway that supports the healing of all survivors, their families and communities. It involves mind, body and spirit and is seen as an ongoing journey. The workshop will take you on a journey of self discovery, self realisation and healing. 

The healing workshop will provide participants with a group-based opportunity to:

Collectively experience the empowering sense of belonging and acceptance
Draw on personal experiences, individual healing journeys and support one another to progress healing
Gain a sense of empowerment and self- determination, to control the pace, direction and outcome of their own healing journey
Experience a culturally sensitive healing model that offers an effective framework, structure and process which supports the healing of all survivors and allows survivors to find a safe path home to themselves, their families and their communities.
Strengthen skills to act as an education resource for the community
Strengthen participants’ confidence to take on mentor roles to minimise the trans-generational effects of forcible removal in your community.

(This workshop is offered in varying formats of  2 day and 3 day workshops)

‘...faced my demons, opened my heart and connected spiritually’