About

‘Sal Lavallee’ from ‘Bogong Moth Art and Holistic Services’ is an Artist, a qualified Meditation Teacher and experienced workshop facilitator. Sal Lavallee holds qualifications in Meditation Teaching, Chair Yoga and Holistic Counselling recognised by the IMTTA and internationally accredited with the IICT and, having agreed to uphold the standards prescribed, has been granted full membership to the IMTTA. 
She is a Ngarigo Buhlung (Ngarigo woman) from the Ngarigo and Yuin nations – Ngarigo is her Grandmothers country, Rae Solomon-Stewart from the Snowy Mountains Region NSW through to Gippsland Victoria and Yuin from her Grandfathers country, Claude Stewart from South Coast NSW.

Sal's art is inspired by traditional Ngarigo and Yuin art that was taught to her by her uncle but her interpretation and style is very contemporary. Inspired by stories from her Grandmother and Grandfathers country but also her own personal spiritual experience and understandings. 

In 2012 Sal was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, art and meditation gave her a way to connect to her spirituality and cope with the mental and physical stresses of cancer treatment and being stuck in hospital for many months. This has given Sal deep insight into the therapeutic benefits of art and meditation, it has lead her to learning art therapy techniques, meditation teaching, holistic counselling and chair yoga instructing. 
Sal is bringing her knowledge and experience to the community via her culturally appropriate workshops.

Meditation

Cultural Arts Workshops

Expressive Arts Workshops

Chair Yoga

Meditation for Corporate

Why is meditation important?

Meditation is important for cultural and spiritual reasons as well as physical and mental. 

Culturally and Spiritually:

Part of culture is deep listening - in Sal’s Ngarigo language this is called ‘gurric’ – to be quiet/ the act of deep listening and silent awareness.   When we entre this deep awareness we allow room to hear our ancestors, the land and our spirit, to bring us into healing.

Physically and mentally:

Meditation trains our mind for peace and calm, gives us insight into our stress triggers and physiological responses and teaches us techniques for removing them.

Benefits of meditation include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of calm
  • More clarity of thought
  • Greater self confidence
  • Better sleep
  • More physical energy

Why is Art Important?

Art is a healing and is powerful way of connecting to spirit and culture.
Through the process of creating a piece of art our story is reflected back to us and insights are gained. This includes visual arts such as painting, sculpting, weaving, writing, as well as dance and song. Traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Arts allow expression of emotions and trauma, particularly when verbalising is difficult. 

Testimonials: 

"Honestly had a brilliant time, you are a natural facilitator helping everyone to feel at ease and supported to participate as much or as little as they wanted.
I felt so open to express myself while dancing (I often have difficulty with free flow movement) and I felt magically supported in your circle. xx"

Chelsea Young, workshop participant
  

“Sal is a dynamic, energetic artist who is so easy to work with. We've collaborated on a number of projects and she's always thinking of ways to make things just that much better. Her work reflects the resilience of her people, and is helping us educate the region about the Ngarigo connection to Country.”

Community Development Officer, Snowy Monaro Regional Council 2017
 

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so much fun. Sal was amazing. Can't wait till she comes again.”

Elder at Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation, workshop participant


“When I saw Sal's Snowy River painting, I couldn't take my eyes away. There is magic in the work; it's enchanted. I had to have it.”

Meghan Quinn, art lover 


Services can be tailored to your needs, please contact Sal for a consultation:
Contact:   sal@bogongmothart.com.au