A safe and nurturing workshop for all who identify as women.
The Trauma Trust & Intimacy workshops invites us to the deepest places in ourselves and our intimate relationships. By shining a light of compassionate love and understanding into these depths, where the shadows of shame, unconscious blockages, fear and mistrust dwell, we open into healing, expanding and improving our relationships at a fundamental level.
Joyful, fulfilling and harmonious relationships are essential to our happiness and success.
We effectively address, but also go beyond the usual aspects of relationships such as conscious communication, managing anger, understanding and navigating differences between people in relationship.
We gently face the elephant in the room: healing from trauma. As renowned psychologist Gabor Mate writes, “the essence of trauma is disconnection from ourselves….separation from the body and emotions. So, the real question is, ‘How did we get separated and how do we reconnect?'”
The answers may lie in our personal or family experiences. They are also found in our cultures which are interwoven with thousands of years of patriarchy which has left deep wounds in both women and men.
7pm Thursday 23 May – 4pm Sun 26 May
Investment: $450 full, $375 concession inc. GST (including all meals and accommodation).
Early Bird pricing (until 10 April) $375 full, $295 concession.
A $150 deposit will secure your place, payable by e-banking or credit card. For more information, email email@example.com or via our contact page.
Cancellation policy for this workshop: Refundable – less 15% admin/bank fees if cancelled 30 days before the workshop or 50% refundable less admin/banking fees 14 days before the workshop begins. No refund 14 days before the workshop begins, during or after the workshop.
We identify and discover together how to move through the difficulties in relating and connections. We have many types of trauma that have not been resolved so we still carry it. There is sexual, physical, family, ancestral, cultural and herstorical traumas. health problems. Some recent research indicates that for children, growing up with care-givers who were emotionally absent can have impacts similar to severe trauma.
Many women are dealing with the legacy of being born to parents who were traumatised. Trauma affects and gets passed on in our genes, so that a person can be living with the symptoms of trauma even when their own life has been free of traumatic events.
Trauma undermines the feeling and sense of safety. It means that all experiences tend to get filtered through a lens of fear. Over time this can damage relationships and it is a major barrier to physical and emotional intimacy. While it is possible for women to have relationships when they are not feeling safe, there are depths of intimacy union involving mind, body and spirit which can only be achieved when there is a deep surrender into trust: trust of self, trust of the other and trust in the dance of intimacy that is co-created.
The Trauma, Trust and Intimacy Workshop works at a deep level, creating a sacred, safe space in which healing can occur. It draws on ancient shamanic and indigenous practices, as well as cutting-edge scientific understanding of trauma, trust and sexuality.
Safety is at the core of what we do. The workshops are fully clothed at all times and there is no sexual touch involved.
During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:
- identify, heal and release old patterns which do not serve you
- experience deeper safety in relationship
- heal the shame that binds you
- move from fear to love
- understand how trauma can be held in the body and how it can be released
- learn what issues are yours, what issues are your partner’s and what belongs to previous generations.
The workshop is suitable for women only. Mixed workshops are also available.
This workshop is a collaboration between Phoenix Arrien of Innate Wisdom Connection and Christina Reeves, a facilitator based in Belgrave.
Phoenix Arrien is passionate about supporting people’s journeys towards healing and transformation. She has over 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to transform, heal and self-discover. She was a manager of the ground-breaking Bodywise Project at the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault and is an incest survivor thriver.
Her training and experience includes Aus indigenous healing, Native American & Sth American healing, Maori and Cherokee bodywork, dance/movement, Adventure-based Counselling, Process Work, Voice Dialogue, Healing Ecology, Deep Ecology, writing and meditation. She believes that safe space, sacred process, loving community and non-judgemental presence allows healing and transformation to emerge and deep profound change to occur.
Christina Reeves is a Way Shower, a Space Holder, Community Builder and Event Manager. She is the founder of various groups in the Permaculture, Deep Ecology and Women’s Mysteries movements – all striving to make a change in the world in different ways. Christina is an experienced facilitator of Women’s Circles, hosts Sacred Ceremonies and is a Death Doula. She is passionate about the work that Innate Wisdom Connection is bringing to the world and feels privileged to witness the deep transformation and healing that this work brings.
“This workshop was a powerful experience for me. I felt I was stepping further into reclaiming my power and my presence as a feeling, loving being. The processes you led us through were each doorways into healing, deeper experiencing and relating, and there was a beautiful balance between heart, body and mind in them. I want to thank you deeply for sharing this work with us, and for holding the space for our personal and collective processes to unfold. You both have deep integrity and a passionate commitment to the work, and were always willing to show up to work with whatever was happening for us and gently guide us towards our growth point.
I was frequently conscious of your patience and caring as we stumbled, resisted and struggled with our contradictions on the journey toward healing, and of the skill involved in what you do. This work has made me feel stronger in myself and more alive, and I also am aware that the journey is an ongoing one and there are indeed ‘many rivers to cross’. But I now feel a sense of excitement and momentum that I am on that journey, and I feel that working with you both is, and will be an important part of that journey for me.“ – K.C.
“While I really did not know what to expect from this retreat it surpassed my expectation and I was able to tap into a deep part of myself that, as a 57 year old woman who has done many decades of work, I have not been able to access before. So while there may be more work to do as yet as a childhood abuse survivor, many doors have been opened. Such love was shared by all and this experience will stay with me forever. May our paths cross again“ – Di James
“Arrived into the unknown with such vulnerability. Hour-by-hour, day-by-day to have the support and nurturing to help heal in a community. You have such a gift in allowing me to just be and guide me on a my journey of transformation. I leave today feeling a huge weight has been lifted and my heart open. Thank you.” – Amanda
“Thank you for providing this healing experience – I feel I have been connected to my inner self and believing now no matter what the circumstances I have the truth and strength to stand tall. I love me and I need to take care of her, we are all connected” – Jennie
“Words can’t express how wonderful and transformational this was! I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. I am so grateful for such talented, inspired and supportive facilitators who created such a safe transformational space and opportunities – big big thanks! I am also very grateful to have been there and connected with such a wonderful, courageous and enriching group of fellow participants” – Denise xx