Deep Healing & Transformation Retreat, Murray River Region

An expansive time to go deeper into wholeness: transforming, renewing and emerging into new life

The Deep Expansive Healing & Transformation Retreat: Healing Your Hurts, Living Your Essence, Flowing Your Bliss

Immerse yourself in this deeply transformative journey into wholeness. Feel yourself releasing old wounds and awakening into new life as the group grounds and connects with the renewing energies of Springtime in the beautiful Murray region. This is your invitation to spend up to 20 days to change your life in the safety of a supportive healing community, connecting with the energies of nature and guided by your own innate healer, the group’s wisdom and the synchronicity of Spirit.

Group hugWhy nearly three weeks? In our retreats we find that as time passes the sense of safety and trust within the group grows deeper and deeper. This foundation of trust and safety is what makes courageous and lasting transformation possible.

In 2016 and 2017 we ran 14-day retreats and by the time they finished we found people were ready to continue the journey, to go even deeper for more profound and lasting change. So in 2018 we are extending our Deep Changer retreat for an extra 6 days.  Our weekend retreats are amazing ….. and yet for many people they are just the beginning, and the soul cries out for more!

One or two weeks also available. While we encourage everyone to commit to the full three weeks if at all possible, we recognise that for some people this is very difficult.  So we have structured the retreat in such a way that people can do either just the first week or the first two weeks (everyone has to be there for the first week as it is too disruptive for the group dynamics to have new people joining us part way through).

We will work from Monday to Friday each week and if people are leaving at the end of the week, we will spend the Saturday morning with integration and wrapping up sessions. Those continuing will have the weekend to relax and integrate in the beautiful surroundings, do their own integration, visit nearby Echuca or even return home (there will be a 5% discount for people away for the weekends). Those completing the full 3 weeks will finish together at lunchtime on Friday 2nd November.

Mini-vision quest. On the third week of this retreat, there will be an optional opportunity to have a mini-vision quest.

Camping alone for 24 hours in the lovely redgum bushland near a river, within our own sacred circle, connecting to earth and sky, the elements and the directions, we open ourselves to allowing the emergence of deeper and meaningful aspects of who we are and how we live.

A life-changing experience and a meaningful and special culmination of your three weeks of healing, transformation and journeying.

Finding reconnection. For thousands of years, the medicine men and women of indigenous cultures have understood the physical and spiritual interconnectedness of all things. This retreat follows the Shamanic perspective on healing. It is about restoring balance, right relationship with the earth and with Spirit and retrieving the aspects of Self (or Soul) that become fragmented through trauma. You don’t need any prior experience of shamanic, energetic or earth-based work and this work does not involve use of substances or plant medicines.

October 14–Nov 2 2018

Investment: All prices include GST, accommodation at Wakiti Creek Resort, near Echuca Vic, all meals (vegetarian), materials, facilitation, individual and group healings. Accomodation is in shared rooms or teepees or camping in your own tents/vans. (You can also arrange to have your own private cabin for an extra cost). Please contract us if you are experiencing financial hardship. Payment plans are available.

Deep shamanic healing retreat photoThe Full 20 days: Sunday 14 Oct to Friday 2 Nov: $2970 full ($2550 concession).

If you can’t commit to the full 20 days, then these options are also available: Monday Oct 14 to Saturday Oct 27 only: $2145 full ($1760 concession)
or Monday Oct 14 to Saturday Oct 20 only: $1155 full ($965 concession).

If people book for just the first week or two weeks and at the end of that decide to stay on, this will be available for an extra $1100 per week.

Book_Now_Button_BlueA $250 deposit will secure your place, payable by e-banking, credit card or chequel. For more options, call 0407 650 026 or email

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.

During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Heal and transform issues that are affecting you in your life including both physical and emotional aspects
  • Discover deeper personal expression and authenticity
  • Feel your personal space within the group and yourself and let go of that which doesn’t support your current situation
  • Expand your ability to connect with yourself and others in different ways
  • Be supported and held within circle in deep unflinching ways that nourish mind, body, emotions and soul
  • Increase self-empowerment by understanding boundaries of where you end and others begin, while stepping into the paradox of one-ness
  • Explore aspects of the sacred masculine and feminine in connection and communication
  • Deepen awareness of your priorities and values and how to stand firmly in them in the world with compassion and personal power
  • Connect with nature in exciting and profound ways
  • Touch upon the wild nature in us all
  • Move forward with understanding and awareness to make positive changes in your life


  • Connection, deep listening and inner awareness
  • Individual and group work
  • Process work
  • Bodywork
  • Shadow work
  • Men’s business and women’s business and exploring how the Masculine and Feminine interact in healthy and unhealthy ways
  • Deep relaxation and time in nature
  • Embodiment and movement
  • Sharing and circle time
  • Connection to self, others and nature
  • The 4 elements and 4 directions
  • Connection with the community of all living beings

If you have any questions please call Phoenix on 0407 650 026 or email or through the contact page.

Jung inferred that the loss of instinct, the loss of soul…can be restored through reconnection with the sacred aspects of the natural and imaginal worlds.

In our descent to reconnect with our roots in wild nature…we may navigate unknown territory, dark waters, and close, tight spaces. We may even enter in that impenetrable dark night of the soul where all hope seems lost. But Jung urged us to look for the seed in the darkness that will come to fruition and light.

What is broken into pieces can be re-membered and begun anew like the initiate who emerges as a powerful shaman. It is possible, through the process of descent to reconnect with the sacred earth, to restore our souls to their rightful wholeness, both individually and as a culture.
By re-membering our roots in the sacred, by re- establishing right relations with nature and the imaginal, we renew our trust in the power of soul to help us find our way home. – Bonnie Bright


Phoenix ArrienPhoenix Arrien has over 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to, heal and self-discover. Her training and experience includes Aus indigenous healing, Native American healing, Maori Bodywork, 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.


“OMG! What an amazing, powerful, transformation, letting go… Thank you so much for the opportunity to connect more deeply with my body, emotions and soul. Than you for the opportunity to share in community. So much gratitude and love.” Sharrn Earthwise

Light through the trees

Light through the trees

“Exceeded my expectations. Nurturing, growth, support, love, community, fun, deep support, nature. Utterly professional, caring, knowledgable, intuitive. Would recommend your special and deeply necessary work to anyone.” Rob Lamicela

“This workshop…deep and expansive with Phoenix holding the space for each unique individual participant. There was a rich variety of processes and balance between being inside th workshop space and outside in nature. Very heartfelt and beautiful space to share and be!” Claire Lamicela

‘How to articulate the gifts received from this intensive…deeply loving, nurturing, unravelling…and honest, deep healing. Phoenix has held us so well…I feel overwhelming gratitude, thank you!’ Saskia Post

Morning meditation walk

Morning meditation walk

‘An amazing gift. this fantastic experience of 7 days…beautiful time spent with amazing, real, heartfelt, genuine people. A heart opening experience. My heart, my life, has been renewed and I have a new strength now within to start a new (another) journey – a new beginning.’ Amara Shepherd

group work

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‘A real experience! If you are seeking to open your soul and your heart…I am really thankful I put myself in this space for the week which opened up pains I had shut down in my body but also opened up the possibility to let go of them. I felt safe.’ Stephen Cooper

‘I had little knowledge of what was in store for this retreat, but it exceeded anything I could have expected and needed. A wonderful balance of connecting with nature, connecting to self and most importantly being held so deeply in vulnerability. Thanks for offering such a powerful space for growth and nurturance.’ Ariana

‘A fantastic week in a fantastic location. Beautiful people, land, river, birds, bush and food. A week embracing healing, letting go, laughter, dance, stillness and contemplation.’ Shauna Cotter