• Matt Sykes

NAIDOC Special - Acknowledgement of Country meditation

First shared by Matt Sykes at the inaugural Melbourne Regen Roundtable, October 8 2020

Nerm / Port Phillip Bay, near Sorrento, communal meditation garden during COVID lockdown


I invite you all to gently close your eyes for a short, guided meditation.

Taking three deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Grounding yourself, letting go of any stress that you might be carrying, and coming into this moment.

Enjoying that stillness as we acknowledge Country …


We acknowledge Birrarung, the Yarra River, the lifeblood of our community.

We acknowledge Nerm, Port Phillip Bay, which filters all of the water that comes from the land and our communities. It has provided a meditation garden for thousands of people during this COVID lockdown.

We acknowledge the parks and gardens that form a nest of biodiversity and sanctuary around our city.

And we acknowledge the First Nations people of the Kulin Nation; the Boon Wurrung and Bunurong to the South, the Woiwurrung to the East, the Taungurong to the Northwest, the Dja Dja Wurrung to the Northeast and the Wathaurong to the West.

We acknowledge their continuing and living connections to land and sea Country through Elders past, present and emerging.

And we also acknowledge the many paths of migration of our ancestors and the business cultures that they have carried with them to this ancient meeting place, that we now call Melbourne.

May we draw on all of their wisdom as we start to dream of new horizons.


Extended silence.

Taking one last deep breath in and exhaling.

Gently open your eyes and come back into this shared space.

If it can be of benefit, readers and listeners are welcomed to adapt this meditation in their own work, carrying on the same deep respect for our Earth that inspired its formation.

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