Our Vision

Our vision is to be a sanctuary that provides the right tools for people to heal and thrive; and encourages community change – one person at a time.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to welcome a diversity of clients, embracing their individual experiences of wellbeing, while empowering them to heal by connecting in a culturally safe way, honouring Country and embracing the Ethos of Gudu-Guduwa (Coming Together).

Our Impact & Purpose

Our purpose is to further support the development of strong empowered families and communities. We do this by providing volunteering, training or employment opportunities; as well as facilitating positive mental wellbeing, for Australian First Nations people impacted by trauma.

Warida Wholistic Wellness Encourages Each Of Us To Fully Embrace Who We Are, Stepping Into Our Power.

By all accounts we are a nation in crisis – the statistics are beyond alarming: 45% of Australians will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime; 6 Australian’s per day suicide with another 30 people attempting per day; and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men experience domestic violence. Add to this that the world health organisation has listed burn out as a growing concern.

Our Ethos

We Approach Wellbeing Holistically;

Considering Emotional, Physical, Cultural, Spiritual, Earth Connection And Relationship Aspects. Strong Empowered People Are Pivotal In Encouraging Inner Strength In Their Children, Grandchildren And Partners.

 

The Ethos Of Warida Wholistic Wellness Approaches Wellness From This Viewpoint; Including:

 

– Our Connection With Each Other, gudu-guduwa (coming together)

 

– Awareness And Exploration Of Our Inner World

 

– Our Connection With Country / Earth

 

– Wayapa Earth-Based Connection From Australian Indigenous Wisdom

 

– Experiential And Therapeutic Relationship With Horses in an ethical and honouring way.

 

– Our Groundedness Through An Indigenous Spiritual Perspective Of Warida (Wedge-Tailed Eagle In Our Badimaya / Badimia Language)

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Our 7 Pillars Of Excellence

show what underpins everything that we do – our ethos for being.

Integrity

We are honest, open and ethical. This is the cornerstone of who we are.

Passion

We are passionate about everything we do, including mentoring other businesses and sharing our knowledge.

Culturally Safe and Sensitive

Indigenous cultural safety, competency and the importance of connection to country underpins everything we do. We live “gudu-guduwa” (coming together).

Ongoing Learning

We are avid learners and invest time and resources to keep up to date with new services, techniques and research to better service our communities.

Empowerment

We walk alongside our clients, helping them connect with their inner fire and Country as part of their healing process.  We believe experiences are not something to be “fixed” but embraced.

Global Citizenship

We embrace differences but we also believe that we have a lot to give as an Indigenous social enterprise. 

Challenging

We believe in pushing boundaries and having the courage to tackle any challenges.

Some of the Services That Warida Offer​

Counselling

$ 140+GST Per Hour / person
  • Extended Sessions Available
  • NDIS Plan Managed And Self Managed Participants (No GST)
  • Trauma-informed & culturally safe

Bush Therapy

$ 200+GST Per Hour / person
  • NDIS Plan Managed And Self Managed Participants (No GST)
  • Group Work Available
  • Trauma-informed & Culturally safe.

Transformational Coaching

$ 240+GST Per Hour / person
  • Individual or Group Work Available
  • Coaching Programs
  • Self-Paced Online Coaching Programs Available

Equine Assisted Therapy

$ 200+GST Per Hour / person
  • Extended Sessions Available
  • NDIS Plan Managed And Self Managed Participants (No GST)
  • Group Work Available

About Bianca Stawiarski

Managing Director / Founder

Fiercely passionate about supporting and empowering people to heal their own disconnection

 

We’d love you to meet Bianca Stawiarski, Founder and Managing Director of our Indigenous social enterprise, Warida Wholistic Wellness.

 

She is a strong, centred and purpose-driven healer, culturally competent mental health practitioner, consultant, speaker, lecturer, author, trainer and change-maker.

 

Bianca feels honoured to walk alongside people in their healing journey, and is fiercely passionate about supporting and empowering them to heal their own disconnection. To reconnect to the power of their own innate healing and truly embrace their inner fire.

 

And, she lives “Gudu-Guduwa” (coming together).

 

From the moment you meet her, you’ll discover Bianca’s enormous strength and capacity to hold the space that her clients are in such need of, whatever their experiences have been. 

 

She infuses her calming, resilient, earthy, Indigenous connectedness into all that she does and has her own unique way of delivering culturally safe, empowering and trauma-informed support.

 

Bianca is a strong Badimaya (Badimia) woman. As she’ll tell you – “At all times, I draw upon my Indigenous and Ukrainian heritages, my boundless connection to Australian Indigenous wisdom, sense of community, and holistic healing approach.

 

It’s been such a beautiful process to truly settle into my uniqueness.

 

I feel that my work now is the culmination of decades of work experience across private sectors, as well as State & Commonwealth Government. That and the vast amount of qualifications and accreditations I’ve gained through an absolute love of learning! It also draws upon my own lived experience, traumas and healing, and my love for my culture and Country.

 

I’m someone who is incredibly passionate about everything that I do, whether I’m walking alongside my clients, supporting First Nations people impacted by trauma, or facilitating change in businesses, workplaces and organisations right across Australia & the world.”

 

Here at Warida, our sanctuary is on Kaurna Country, and we get outside of four walls to connect to country, animals and ourselves.

 

Whether it be working with our horses and facilitating equine assisted therapy, taking a walk on country, using bush therapy or drawing on the natural wisdom of the grandmother tree, Bianca loves to take an intuitive and integrative approach.

 

For so many people, their experiences in the mental health system have been of being a helpless, disempowered ‘ill’ person who is secondary to the therapist. That’s not the case at Warida, and Bianca has created a manifesto to remind all of us of how amazing we are.

 

As well as the work she does on country, Bianca is often sought out by leading organisations, companies & media outlets from across Australia and around the globe. To create and deliver sensitive and engaging programs both online and in person, or to educate wider audiences through their publications.

 

Bianca has become a preferred provider to Local, State, National and International organisations, as well as Government departments and agencies. She is in such demand due to her dynamic, uplifting and engaging training style – across areas of wellbeing, business and support of First Nations peoples. 

 

She has the specialised ability to create, facilitate and deliver unique mindset changing programs, provide therapeutic support that is culturally safe, trauma-informed and empowering, as well as develop and present customised wellbeing training.

 

Here at Warida Wholistic Wellness, Bianca spends her days facilitating change in individuals, communities and workplaces, knowing the immense potential for that change to then break through intergenerational trauma, disconnection and disempowerment. 


“I can’t do all that’s needed by myself. But, what I can do is support and influence a group of people. I can help them improve their confidence, work through their complex trauma and starting having more successes.

 

Then children see that. Communities see that. And it’s the ripple effect that drives me forward every day to keep on pursuing my purpose.”
 

Qualifications:

Currently studying PhD in Indigenous Studies (Allied Health)

Master (Counselling Practice)

Certification Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (Equine Psychotherapy Institute model)

Diploma (Life Coach)

Certificate (Aboriginal Narrative Practice)

Diploma (Wayapa Practice)

Post Grad. Diploma (Counselling)

Blue Knot Foundation – Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (L2) – Three Phased Approach

Accredited in Acculturation Scale for Aboriginal Australians (IPS)

Accredited in Acculturation Stress Scale for Aboriginal Australians (IPS)

Accredited in the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist – Adults and Youth (IPS)

Cert IV Government (Contracting)

Diploma of Government (Contracting)

Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies)

Horse Archery Instructor (Level 2)

Equestrian Australia Vaulting Coach (intro)

Equestrian Australia (horse management)

Equestrian Australia (official lunger – vaulting)

Equestrian Australia Steward (vaulting)

International Federation for Equestrian Sports Vaulting Steward (Level 2) – to be renewed

 

Professional Associations

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

PACFA Leadership Group of College for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP)

PACFA Mental Health Practitioner

Australian Counselling Association(ACA)

Australasian Association for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine Assisted Learning (AA-EAP-EAL)

Blue Knot Foundation

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D)

First Person Plural – UK

Equestrian Australia (EA)

 

Clearances

Working with Children check

National Police Check

Childsafe RAN

Working with Disabled persons clearance

First Aid & CPR

Testimonials

kind words from our clients

We haven’t ever experienced anything like what you’ve worked to intentionally create for the therapeutic space. It is just that actually …. space …. safe space.... our body hasn’t ever experienced being in a space where it’s so supported to be calm and connected to deep energies and then to share this with you …. another person. Totally new experience for us all ….It actually helps us trust when there is no pressure from the therapist or agenda or assessment of everything we say into their framework of understanding that they then put onto us to define who we are and what our dysfunction is that requires fixing. There’s never been safe space in relationship for us to explore who we might be …. you hold space in such a large way including the earth and elements and nature and the animal beings help because they haven’t ever been so disconnected from it all …. they have so much to show us. Our brain can’t learn to be less fearful if we aren’t actually having better relationships and environments and experiences. Yet no therapy has ever considered this … then our ‘failure’ to think ourselves ‘better’ got us rejected and shamed by the very people who were supposed to be helping us.
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“The online course offered by Bianca Stawiarski from Warida wholistic wellness made me completely change the way I think about myself. Despite not looking back (because it’s a can of worms and I didn’t want to go there) but looking forward, I have learned to value, like and love myself. This has lifted my self-esteem, which has resulted in a more confident and assertive me … and I like it! I found Bianca professional yet approachable. Personally, I am more confident, content and aware of my needs and how they fit in with other people in my life. I’m happier to say no in a constructive manner, happier to do things for myself and find a balance so I continue to help others without jeopardising my needs.'
Name withheld (United Kingdom)

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