Facilitators

Phoenix Arrien: I am passionate about supporting people’s journeys towards connection with themselves and others for personal and community, healing and transformation. I believe that deep listening, safe space, supportive community and sacred ceremony can help provide paths to a happier life and a better world.”

I am a workshop facilitator with over 20 years experience working with people in private practice, corporate and community.

Growing up in Australia along with several years living in the Middle East, I emerged from a traumatic childhood that has seen me journey from victim to survivor to thriver, now allowing me to be able to be clearly present and deeply support people through the kinds of difficulties or traumas that often require great sensitivity and depth.

This deep presence is coupled with an unshakable belief that people can heal, get through the worst, recover and come out the other side stronger and empowered, proven over and over in sessions, circles, presentations, workshops and retreats. Please see the testimonials page.

I live and work in the mountains of the Yarra Valley, as well as from rooms in Melbourne. Annual visits to NSW, WA and Tasmania as well as other areas of Australia and overseas, allows me to be available for sessions, workshops and retreats in many places. I also work with people on skype, facetime, fb chat and phone.

My training and experience includes counselling, Core Shamanism, Australian indigenous healing, Cherokee and Maori bodywork, Native American and South American healing, dance/movement, Adventure-based Counselling, Process-oriented Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Deep Ecology, Healing Ecology, massage, reiki, writing and meditation. I have a deep interest in eco-psychology, shamanic traditions, indigenous healing, community and authenticity. And bringing up two amazing sons 🙂

I was a manager of the ground-breaking ‘Body-wise’ program at the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assualt, was head-hunted to conduct meditation classes for the Bushfire Recovery Program for survivors of Yarra Valley’s 2009 bushfires and worked with street kids and youth at risk in the outdoors using nature, challenges and recreation as a medium for change. I am also a widely published writer including two books and articles appearing in publications around the world.

I acknowledge and am very grateful for the generous training of my main teachers including Aunty Jenny (Australian indigenous healer), Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona (Cherokee/Lakota healer and doctor), Dr Robert ‘Rocky’ Crocker (Choctaw healer and doctor), Wikitoria (Maori Healer), the Maria Elena’s (South American), Silvia Calisaya Chuquimia (Peruvian), Kevin Turner (Foundation for Shamanic Studies), John Seed (Deep Ecology) and all the others who I have been fortunate to learn from, and so assist others.

Mike LoweMike Lowe has over 20 years international experience leading transformational workshops in the areas of trustbuilding and reconciliation. He has worked with politicians and young leaders in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism and has worked on programmes of reconciliation with police and former militia leaders in Solomon Islands. His particular gift is in creating safe spaces in which transformation can occur, and he has a particular interest in earth-based spirituality, indigenous wisdom, Process Work, Focussing, Voice-Dialogue, archetypes, and supporting the rise of healthy and authentic Masculine and Feminine energies as we transition from patriarchal and colonial ways of being.