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    True Belonging

    Here is an extract from a great read that I think many pioneering slackliners will resonate with. 

    “Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

    This definition has withstood the test of time as well as the emergence of new data, but it is incomplete. There’s much more to true belonging. Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone. It’s not something we achieve or accomplish with others; it’s something we carry in our heart. Once we belong thoroughly to ourselves and believe thoroughly in ourselves, true belonging is ours.

    Belonging to ourselves means being called to stand alone — to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability and criticism. And with the world feeling like a political and ideological combat zone, this is remarkably tough. We seem to have forgotten that even when we’re utterly alone, we’re connected to one another by something greater than group membership, politics and ideology — we’re connected by love and the human spirit. No matter how separated we are by what we think and believe, we are part of the same spiritual story.

    The special courage it takes to experience true belonging is not just about braving the wilderness, it’s about becoming the wilderness. It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt. We’re going to need to intentionally be with people who are different from us. We’re going to have to sign up, join and take a seat at the table. We’re going to have to learn how to listen, have hard conversations, look for joy, share pain and be more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness.

    True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It’s not fitting in or pretending or selling out because it’s safer. It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable and learn how to be present with people — without sacrificing who we are. We want true belonging, but it takes tremendous courage to knowingly walk into hard moments.

    You don’t wander into the wilderness unprepared. Standing alone in a hypercritical environment or standing together in the midst of difference requires one tool above all others: trust. To brave the wilderness and become the wilderness, we must learn how to trust ourselves and trust others.

    As I often say, I’m an experienced mapmaker, but I can be as much of a lost and stumbling traveler as anyone else. We all must find our own way through. This means that, while we may share the same research map, your path will be different from mine. Joseph Campbell wrote, “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

    We’ll need to learn how to navigate the tension of many paradoxes along the way, including the importance of being with and being alone. In many ways, the etymology of the word “paradox” cuts right to the heart of what it means to break out of our ideological bunkers, stand on our own and brave the wilderness. In its Greek origins, paradox is the joining of two words, para (contrary to) and dokein (opinion). The Latin paradoxum means “seemingly absurd but really true.”

    True belonging is not something you negotiate externally, it’s what you carry in your heart. It’s finding the sacredness in being a part of something. When we reach this place, even momentarily, we belong everywhere and nowhere. That seems absurd, but it’s true. Carl Jung argued that a paradox is one of our most valued spiritual possessions and a great witness to the truth. It makes sense to me that we’re called to combat this spiritual crisis of disconnection with one of our most valued spiritual possessions. Bearing witness to the truth is rarely easy, especially when we’re alone in the wilderness.

    But as Maya Angelou tells us, “The price is high. The reward is great.”

    Brené Brown.



    Slacklining and/or  putting yourself into something that doesn't yet exist places you in such a beautifully vulnerable sweet spot.  The connections you make with others is life changing. Im so stoked to be apart of Slackline Australia. Here is another juicy piece from Brené Brown that is worth watching. 





    SA Pro Teams keep going Pro Bono



    Since 2007 Slackline Australia and its members have set up many social groups to help share the slacklining gifts of balance and awareness.  

    From the Gold Coast to India, to Mt Isa, to the Solomons to Europe to Brisbane to Sydney to the black stump, for kids, community groups, mental health groups, mens groups,
    womens groups, youth groups we've been sharing the love of slacklining for the pure joy of it.

    More than ever before we all need to take time to be in balance to breath, to connect with self to be supported and to support others. 

    We've seen slacklining help people with depression, other mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, attention deficit, confidence and trust issues from trauma, body issues and its really good for people with the 'on my devise all the time' dis-ease. 

    Keep an eye out in the Slacklining workshops for free or discounted lessons. If you have a group of individuals that would really benefit from some time on the line with a professional Slackline Australia coach let us know and we will do our best to make it happen for you. 

    Email learn@slackline.com.au


    What is Slackline Australia?

    Slackline Australia, est May 2007, is the national slacklining body for Australia. Slackline Australia has been around longer than most other slacklining bodies throughout the world and has partnered with as many slacklining organisations and groups as possible in our pursuit to support slacklining in all forms, for all people.  Slackline Australia was originally a slackline manufacturer but has sinced devoted its time and resources to developing slacklining workshops, training technologies, systems to cut bureaucratic ‘red tape’ and a full suite of qualifications to support slacklining growth in Australia.  Slackline Australia began Slackline Instructor training in 2008 and we now have over 50 leaders trained.  90% of these leaders are spread out across Australia 10% are now in other countries (New Zealand, France, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, South Africa).  Slackline Australia and the network members established most of the social groups around Australia and members of the Slackline Australia Professional Network have taught tens of thousands of people basic slacklining at all sorts of events, including the largest Australian Sporting event - The Australian Open, with no major incidents.

    As Thomas Buckingham (from the ISA) said on Slack Chat (24/9/17) “insurance works very different in the US/UK/Australia/NZ than it does for instance in continental Europe. In Switzerland: if it’s [slacklining is] run through members of an assoc. the members and participants are covered with liability insurance (coming from the national federation/association Swiss Slackline). Every company can get insurance here as well - no need for instructor qualifications and special certificates - of course it helps when you can prove that you are qualified. Accident insurance here is obligatory (if you are employed it comes from your employer, also covering you in your freetime) so lots of people have this already.  But in Australia the workplace health and safety legislative requirements are some of the most thorough in the world.  Whilst this has been tough to work with over the past 10 years, it has positioned Slackline Australia to be the world leader in commercial slacklining. In fact many of the slacklining leaders have taught slacklining for free but end up charging to cover the administrative work that is legally required as you professionalise.

    Slackline Australia has attempted several times to form a functioning not-for-profit national Slacklining Association. However because of the culture, legislative requirements and the desire to remain autonomous, self-reliant and not become subject to the controls of government funding bodies, Slackline Australia has resorted to becoming a proprietary limited company. In this company structure, employees are shareholders and ex-employees and key contributors are non-employee shareholders. Some of the leading sporting bodies have adopted this model of operation and this has proved very successful for that national body and for the lovers of that sport/activity.  

    Slackline Australia practices economic democracy and through effective collaboration aims to empower as many individuals, commercial and not-for-profit organisations to share the gifts of slacklining with all people. More details can be attained through the Slackline Australia “Share Share Project” email director@slackline.com.au for more details.  Slackline Australia also has an empowerment program to support not-for-profit societies, associations and clubs.

    Slackline Australia has worked with many councils to maintain access to public spaces and ensure slacklining practices are as safe as possible.  Several local councils have even paid Slackline Australia members to provide slacklining services to their local communities.

    Slackline Australia strives to be a social enterprise that is commercial in nature, but also gives back to the individuals and groups that are less financially able to contribute. We have found that whilst profit (ie being professionally fit) is needed for sustainability, it is through being a prophet of slacklining teachings that true riches are discovered and shared.

    Slackline Australia has provided many workshops and training sessions that have been free or discounted to help share the slacklining gifts with youth groups in Australia or communities around the world.

    Slackline Australia has sponsored many team riders and events to help spread the wonders of slacklining.

    Slackline Australia professional network consists of a range of people from all sorts of career backgrounds including a Recreational Therapist, psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Gymnastic Teachers, Yoga Teachers, a Pilates teacher, Breathe work trainers, meditation teachers, engineers, Life coaches, High School Teachers, Personal Trainers, a Circus Arts Instructor, Surf Coaches, Climbing Instructors, Challenge Ropes trainers, Rope Access professionals/ riggers, an Arborist, Youth workers, Pastors, Research Scientists, Neuroscience graduate, a nurse, a first aid trainer, scuba instructors, and Trainers and Assessors.

    Slackline Australia has witnessed many founders and pioneers of movements, new sports and national bodies do the initial hard work for free, we have also witnessed many great people come and go from the slacklining world. To ensure that pioneers are encouraged, remunerated and the national body retains knowledge / expertise / skills we use collaborative agreements that have been negotiated for contributors in areas such as:

    • Basic Slacklining
    • Yogalining
    • Longlining
    • Highlining
    • Corporate Services
    • Slackline Fitness
    • Youth Programs
    • Slackline Science programs.

    All the assignments that Slackline Australia trained instructors require to complete to gain registration into the Slackline Australia Professional network are from the workplace requirements that we have needed to fulfill over the past decade.

    Slackline Australia is currently committed to taking on a government funded slackline park to share the gifts of slacklining with the wider public. This Slackline Park will be the community hub for sharing safer slacklining practices with Professional Slackline Instructors, Community leaders, Club members and those wanting to gain personal knowledge for a safer and more efficient slacklining practice. This slackline park will also enable professional slackline instructors to share the challenges and benefits of slacklining to corporate, community and government leaders whilst using the raised funds to provide adventure based therapy and leadership training for youth.

    If you wish to be a part of the Slackline Australia Collective please get in contact - email network@slackline.com.au

    Can you stick with it?

    I've seen so many people come and go from the slacklife and the slacklining community. Whether they are the newbie that tries a slackline in the park for 30 seconds and then gives up; a community leader that rules the group for a season and then disappears or a wanna be instructor that never gets to become registered.  

    Then I've seen the real slackliners who stick around- they have the focus and the will to stay open to challenges, relax during intensity and to dig deep and live in the space beyond mere existence within a comfort zone. They find new tricks and new challenges so that they can find their personal challenge point, stick through it and grow.   

    When it comes to positive brain plasticity neuroscientist will tell you this is the way to go; that how when we face challenges the brain changes, it grows - our whole being glows. 

    What challenges have you taken on lately?

    Have you seen Abraham Jesus Hernandez's new world record- I challenge you to simply watch this, to realise the dedication and inner stoke that is being built by this incredible human. 

    Whatever it is stick with it- Grow and Glow! 


    Tree Protection - a balanced step to staying Self Regulated.

    Tree Protection - a balanced step to staying Self Regulated.

    One thing that I really love about being part of the slacklining community is that we really are fortunate enough to be a self regulated community group that is passionate about slacklining.    I remember back in 2008 when we first caught the attention of local council officers, they didn't know what to make of 45 people slacklining in the local park.

    three worlds, matt, Australian Made slacklines(Back in 2008 we didn't know better to use tree wraps but it wasn't long before we realised and made it compulsory on our website to say that you were going to use tree wear when you bought a Slackline Australia slackline kit. Since then its become part of the culture and we rarely see people slacklining with out tree wear).

    When the local council offers first approached our group of 45 slackliners in the park, they had a bit of fear but the group had such a great vibe and was having so much fun that the officers joined in with us.  They loved it. Since then we've had so many local councils pay Slackline Australia instructors to come and share the wonders and benefits of slacklining in their paid community out reach programs.  

    There are only a few places in Australia where slacklining community groups haven't flowed so nicely with the local councils, we do our best to educate councils and general public of the benefits and help slacklining community groups know some of the practices that Slackline Australia Instructors and some of the top social media group admins use to keep things safer with minimal impact.  

    Its only by working together and sharing knowledge can we stay self regulated.  Slackline Australia gives away training courses to community leaders, teachers and sports coaches. 

    We also want you to share this article because below is some information about Tree Protection from our partners at ISA and we've given you the best priced tree wear for the best tree wear we can currently access. 


    Tree protection when slacklining

    The following has to be considered when slacklining with trees as anchors:

    • Tree diameter of at least 30 cm at anchor point, increase the diameter with higher tensions
    • Tree protection under the tree sling, in order to prevent the sling of abrading the bark and distributing the pressure amoung the uneven surface of the tree.
      -> Check out the tree protection consumer report
    • Treeslings which are at least 5 cm wide (Slings should be spread out behind the tree to increase surface area)

    We also recommend you proactively approach slackliners in your community about these issues – this helps the entire community! 

    Can I rig my slackline on this tree?

    More flyers can be downloaded here  

    Thanks to our Partner ISA.

    Stay Balanced! Stay Connected!