Dadirri – Explanation

 Learn to “Be” in the space of nature and practice inner deep listening and Quiet, Still Awareness…. the space of Dadirri…

Join us as we venture out onto the various sites around Ma-Yothu Sanctuary (subject to weather conditions) to experience various unique areas of nature and what they share…. As well described by Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann the deep listening or in her language- “Dadirri’  a word from the Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri languages of the Aboriginal people of the Daly River region, 220 kilometers south of Darwin, NT.


Dadirri is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognizes the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what others call ‘contemplation’. When I experience Dadirri, I am made whole again. I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of Dadirri is listening.

My people are not threatened by silence. They are completely at home in it. They have lived for thousands of years with Nature’s quietness. My people today, recognize and experience in this quietness, the great Life-Giving Spirit, the Father of us all.”

Dadirri also means awareness of where you’ve come from, why you are here, where are you going now and where you belong. It can be used as a tool to quieten the mind as it teaches about the quiet stillness and the waiting.

Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait. We do not try to hurry things up. We let them follow their natural course – like the seasons.”

—Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann,

At Ma-Yothu Sanctuary we utilise this deep listening and carefully weave it into a form of meditation practice in the natural surroundings which provide the catalyst for inner change and awakening.