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    Julia Wikeepa

Julia has navigated many challenges in her life, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, a criminal record, solo motherhood, and long-term dependence on social welfare. Her struggles have given her invaluable insights into the human condition and the negative effects of shame, detachment, and powerlessness. Through her personal development journey, she has learned about the power of belief systems, the subconscious mind, and nervous system regulation, and has become well-practised in self-regulation through the Hā. This has transformed her life, and she is passionate about helping others to do the same.As the founder of Hā Habit, Julia has created the first Māori-inspired breathing tool in Aotearoa, which has helped thousands of people manage stress and anxiety. She has shared her knowledge and experience with individuals, schools, retreats, workplaces, and social organisations, teaching both Western and Māori approaches to emotional/self-regulation.Julia holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, double majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She is committed to developing Māori/Indigenous solutions to address PTSD, trauma, and anxiety by promoting connection to Hā (breath) and Aroha (love). She is also passionate about reducing the stigma around mental illness and inspiring whānau to see their challenges from a more empowering perspective.


Session Description:

Unveiling learning resilience: Empowering indigenous & marginalised learners through stress awareness

Embark on an enlightening journey with me as we unveil the profound impact of stress and anxiety on learning. Explore the vital importance of mastering the nervous system and emotional regulation for optimal outcomes. Together, we'll delve into the transformational power of hā—the breath— integrating indigenous wisdom with western science for self-regulation. Let's delve into diverse well-being models and their facilitation to bridge representation gaps in education.  We also look at how we can empower marginalised voices through nervous system and emotional regulation. For many, self-expression, especially to those in positions of power, remains uncharted territory. Let's build the capacity to engage in uncomfortable, but much-needed growth-promoting conversations by learning to navigate fight and flight responses within the tinana (body) and hinengaro (mind). Leave with actionable insights for holistic and indigenous learner well-being and building resilience through self-regulation in education.


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