Better Relationships Course – St Kilda

An effective and empowering 6-week course on Better Relationships.

Could your relationship/s do with a boost? Some sorting? Resolving or healing an issue/s? Or would you like your next relationship to be better, easier, closer or deeper?

Thursdays 7pm-9.30pm from March 7th to April 11th 2019

Location: Alma Road Community House, 200 Alma Rd, St Kilda, VIC 3182
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Cost: $25 (full) $20 (conc.) per night if all six sessions are pre-booked via the “Book Now” button below

or $30 ($25 concession) cash only on the door.

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.

This safe and effective series provides participants with the groundwork and sequential experiences to better navigate the challenges of relationship and improve any kind of issues into healthy and beneficial connections and outcomes.

Who is it for?

Briding the divides better relationshipsThe course is designed for couples, singles and people in intimate connection of any configuration who may wish to improve or heal past, present or future relationships in healthy ways. Issues may include:

  • past or present trauma
  • lack of healthy role-models
  • parenting
  • stress
  • sex and intimacy
  • mental health
  • negative experiences
  • struggles with emotional, psychological or physical conditions
  • simply wanting to generally improve understanding of relating in different ways

Course content:

Week 1: Introductions. Getting to know each other. Guidelines for creating safe space. Practising Active Listening. Exercises for building trust.
Week 2: Understanding the different Masculine and Feminine patterns of handling stress (gender fluidity is also acknowledged). Exploring our own stress patterns, including addictions and avoidance patterns.
Week 3: Working with emotions. Understanding the difference between emotions and thoughts and behaviour patterns. Practising cycling through emotions.
Week 4: Exploring in Masculine and Feminine groups. Understanding triggers. Practising healthy ways to express anger, shame, guilt and other difficult emotions.
Week 5: Conscious communication. Practising expressing what we need without judgement and condemnation. Meeting our own needs. Self-nurture.
Week 6: Consolidation and integration. Where are we in our relationships now? Where do we go from here? What support do we need?

From week 3 onwards there will be opportunities each week for a facilitated process for people to work on whatever is arising for them with the support of the whole group.

Phoenix ArrienPhoenix Arrien has over 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to transform, heal and self-discover. 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.

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 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.


“Phoenix and Mike put so much attention, energy and effort into every person. It’s unwavering the support they provide. In my experience, you may even save money in the long run by targeting the core beliefs or emotional blockages that are creating symptomatic challenges in life. Live a fuller life and dive deep with IWC!” – Christine Do

“The work that Phoenix and Mike do is beyond your wildest dreams. A safe place to face that which scares you most and embrace that which empowers you and allows you to reconnect with your best self; one that you may have even forgotten. I feel so blessed that your paths have intertwined and will keep these magical souls in my heart and in my life” – Anthea Merson

“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 Phoenix & Mike!! I am also very grateful to have been there and connected with such a wonderful, courageous and enriching group of fellow participants” – Denise