What is Gamarada?
meaning ‘comrades or friends’ in the Gadigal
language of the Eora Nation is the name that has been given
to our program by Uncle Shane Phillips (Tribal Warrior
Association). The Gamarada men’s group emerged out of
recognition of unmet needs and lost potential among men in
Redfern. It is an organic, community developed and driven
program which is providing a safe way for Indigenous men to
come together to heal themselves and aid in the healing of
“Healing is a spiritual process that includes therapeutic
change and cultural renewal.”
(2008 Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner’s Social Justice
Traditional Indigenous healing methods
form the core of the program with some Eastern and Western
influences. Throughout the program there is also an emphasis
on practical techniques including stress and anger
management and the promotion of life skills.
a grass roots program driven by goodwill. The principles of
the program are age old. Its about respect for self,
continuing our culture and taking responsibility for our
- Ken Zulumovski, Gamarada Leader
Gamarada is owned by those who
attend the program. It is an opportunity for participants to
join together as brothers, to create a safe space for
self-growth and healing, and to support others. The program
aims to build greater respect for Aboriginality, equip
participants with practical skills, and to empower them
within their wider community. Achieving these aims is
supported through the building of inner strength,
discipline, willpower and self-control.
Gamarada recognizes a necessity to heal those
who will become leaders so that their full potential to
achieve their own life goals and to help others is realised.
By empowering individuals we hope they will use their
knowledge to teach others. David Leha is the first graduate
of the program who has done this. He has been approved by
Corrective Services to run sessions within the department.
To see Gamarada in action please watch short
or check out our YOUTUBE page
for more videos.
Gamarada Men’s 10 week program
Two day Healing and Life Skills Workshop
Anger Management and Self Healing Session
For more detail on the programs
listed above please head to our Programs Page (LINK)
Biyang Naminma is currently running at from
5:30-8:00pm on Monday Nights until the 19th
December at the Redfern Community Centre (corner of Hugo and
Please email Ken Zulumovski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for further information regarding the programs listed above.