An Aboriginal owned and operated leadership enterprise using solution focused engagement methods that help people to Engage, Explore and Express across the challenging issues in their lives, community or workplace.
"95% of our work come via 'word of mouth' recommendation
from previous programme participants".
Natjul began as a small business providing Aboriginal story-telling and didgeridoo playing at primary schools and community events in 2000.
During the past 20 + years, Natjul's proprietor Anthony Newcastle has engaged with community members, community entities, NGO's, Government and the corporate sector across Australia on a broad range of topics and challenges with participant numbers reaching into the thousands.
Anthony is an Aboriginal man originally from the Northern Territory; Wadeye on his mothers side and Tjingali / Mudburra on his fathers side.
Anthony has lived in Queensland for 25years and has worked in five states across Australia.
A didgeridoo player, actor, playwright and cross cultural awareness programme facilitator, Anthony has worked with government, the community and corporate sectors to develop and deliver cultural competency training, men's behaviour change and community development in Queensland and interstate.
He continues this work with individuals and groups across grief and loss, trauma and in-community strategies for across community harmonisation.
Anthony has a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy and Community Work from the University of Melbourne, is currently completing his PhD, a thesis on Indigenous Australian Masculinities, is a nationally accredited counsellor and a conflict resolution facilitator.
At Natjul we chose early in our establishment not to rely of government funding. Instead, Natjul is engaged on a fee for service basis, partnering with communities, organisations and business that seek assistance to work with communities to address challenging issues and concerns.
We have engaged extensively in a diverse range of remote, rural and urban community, and in the justice, courts, prison and correctional settings.
"If its important to you, you'll
find a way"
Stated earlier, our philosophy is that, 'those who have to live with the outcomes, should be the ones making the decisions'.
In the interest of good ethical engagement however, when working with people around the things that really matter to them, there must be be space and engagement that ensure as mush as possible that the decisions they are making are fully informed.
Our philosophy and experience remind us that we are all storytelling beings. At Natjul, regardless the topic, we make room for the telling of stories that may inform, provide clarity, or background around discussion on the way to decisions. Stories as an opportunity to learn from another persons experience as it can shape, strengthen and challenge our own opinions and values.
"Yep, Natjul came out to Ceduna (South Australia) and performed Theatre for Change in our community.
There were fellas there in our men's group who we thought wouldn't get involved, but they were up and talkin and even playing some of the actors parts!"
Malcolm, Ceduna, South Australia