Wala means water in Yorta Yorta Language, the ancestral connections of
Co-founders, Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett.
Wala Connections provides opportunities to connect to self, culture and Country through creating safe spaces to learn, grow and share creatively.
Wala deliver workshops, programs, performance and mentoring with a focus on connection, expression and empowerment through movement.
We have collective expertise in education, performing arts and within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Thara Brown is a proud Koori woman with maternal connections to Yorta Yorta Nations and honours her European heritage and fathers connections as a child migrant from Malta.
Thara is the Founder/Director of Wala Connections and the Education and Advocacy Manager for Culture is Life.
She is passionate about culture, community, young people and performing arts and has experience dancing professionally, teaching in secondary schools and managing Indigenous youth programs.
"I am inspired by dance and education's ability to unite, heal, empower and keep stories and culture alive."
Nartarsha is a proud Yorta Yorta, Gunai, Wiradjuri & Walpiri woman with Scottish heritage.
Born and raised in Shepparton Victoria, Tarsh is a proud mother, multi business owner, teacher's aide, Community Radio 3KnD volunteer, member of the First People’s assembly having advocated for Treaty for Victoria and storyteller.
Tarsh loves being able to tell her story and create and journey through dance and movement.
Through Wala Connections Tarsh hopes to inspire others to connect, express and become empowered to live their full potential and thrive.