“The basic principles in IWC that make it so real for me, I’d summarise as: ‘Learning to know one’s own (emotion/mind/experience) so that one may tunefully engage with right action for the self’. This quest for self knowledge & acknowledging the truth of what’s happened is the path of healing. The group work is a quantum process because we are both actor & observer – as many are in life. We don’t place ourselves in the hands of a healer who ‘does it to us’ we are guided as a group to heal ourselves .” – Catheryn Thompson
“Phoenix and Mike just wanted to say thanks for holding such a safe space for the 6 week personal development group. It was great to meet people and build trust to share how life has been for myself during the COVID experience. I was feeling very isolated so an option to connect was great. I always feel nervous around joining groups but the both of you work so well together holding space for people. I looked forward each week to connecting with the group and each week I took something away to support myself. I loved the way we could share with each other and how flexible you both were to support what was coming up in the group and how adaptable you both where. I loved that anything was welcome and that I could cry laugh or feel any emotions l was feeling. I love that nothing was too much. It was pretty special and I’m looking forward to the next one. Feeling grateful to all involved thanks so much.” – Liz
“I came to innate wisdom connection knowing that something was very wrong in the way I live my life. I was miserable, angry, alone. Blaming others for my problems. Feeling very stuck. Desperate for help. Phoenix and Mike have given me tools to understand myself and my problems so much better than I could ever have imagined. Using these tools I have been able to begin unlocking the chains of my social conditioning wrapped around me. They have helped me realise I can’t keep blaming other people for my problems. That most of my problems are within me, how I see things, the situations that I create, the parts of myself which I reject and try to bury.” – Nicholas
“I’m so grateful that you have shared yourselves and your work with me and the world. I put it out to the universe that I find someone doing a mix of Psychotherapy & Shamanic healing that I could learn from only about 6 weeks ago and here you both are!
I didn’t know what to expect but wow you exceeded any and all idea’s I may have on what that may look like. Your work is beautifully paced. I loved the combination of both your energies, Mike’s theory/science explanations as well as his grounded shamanic practice to back up Phoenix’s light and playful yet deep shamanic healing art sometimes subtle and sometimes more obvious. I saw so much in the healing/therapy, elements of somatic bodywork, energy work, mindfulness and psychodrama – all the things I love and probably more I didn’t see or have yet to encounter. I experienced personal healing on a profound level and feel very excited about what possibilities may lay ahead.” – Heather Cavill Greer, Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master
“Phoenix and Mike do super transformative work that’s really changed my life. I just love the way Phoenix and Mike create safe space for people to share so honestly about our pasts, whether we’ve been hurt or done the hurting (and it’s always both), and to let our emotions run free and to really see each others humanness. It’s a sacred thing to behold. So sad how much pain there is…and so freeing to know it’s not just me.. thank you to Phoenix and Mike and to the whole beautiful group.” – Theo Kitchener
“Having attended a Friday evening, Saturday / Sunday Healing and Transformation workshop, the space opened and the container that space was held within, was remarkable.I witnessed the combination of Phoenix and Mike working in tandem, as they brought strength and light as required, whilst our group journeyed to unite disparate perspectives, air deep wounding and move towards new ways of relating to old trauma. The experience was unrushed, challenging, deep, heartfelt and healing. Starting with grief and anger, the combination of verbal knowledge, shared activities and tools for our group to take home and use in our lives was of great quality. Not only did I witness the rebonding of family relationships in front of my eyes, we went back through time as a collective, and on into our potential futures. I learnt a lot about starting with what is, as it is, right now. I am very grateful.” – Philip Bateman
“When I discovered Innate Wisdom Connection with Phoenix and Mike, I discovered much more: – a space where all was welcome; a space which was held in order for my story or worries to unfold; and, on the retreats, a space to be connected with others in a group situation. I realised how much we learn and feel and experience from each other. I realised I am not alone – and that was comforting and confronting to let people in. The power of being witnessed and supported by the community, however I was in that moment, was amazing.
“When I sat on the mat of transformation I remember sharing a few stories – I wondered at times if I was rambling – but then I discovered they all played a role in allowing me to go deeper, to unfold the essence of what I needed, and to trust that if I didn’t know, my innate wisdom did. And sometimes it wasn’t what I thought I needed, but the experience was what I needed in order to heal and to create new ways of thinking and being.
“The key for me was to allow all feelings that presented. For getting in touch with an array of feelings allowed me to know myself more. If it sounds heavy, the truth, for me, was that at times it was intense. Is there fear? For sure! I feel I have walked to my edge of knowing. But here I am sharing with you. YEAH!!!!!!
“I have received so much more on the other side of the experience, and changes simply unfold in their own time. My awareness to check in, or understand situations with clarity is an ongoing work, and the insights keep presenting. Time seems irrelevant, but the healing keeps unfolding, so for this I am grateful. It’s important to know it’s your experience whatever that is for you. Phoenix and Mike check in constantly while holding the space. And on the other side. I was held/ I was safe/ I was sooo supported by Phoenix and Mike and the group participants in the most amazing way. Was there judgment? No! Was there compassion? Yes, all within a session. I have to say, there have been many sessions over the past year – you just never know what your innate wisdom needs. But when I trust the process and simply allow, the possibilities for me have been endless and I know myself much more. Thanks Phoenix and Mike. I am looking forward to the next workshop KNOWING ALL IS WELCOME HERE.” – Liz Kinnane
It’s been over one month since I completed the 3 week “Deep changer” retreat which afforded me the most profound healing experience of my life. Being part of the group was intense but with Mike and Phoenix’s guidance it felt very safe. I came with long term physical pain which was greatly reduced through emotional release. The pain has not returned. Much gratitude to Mike and Phoenix and everyone who was part of my journey. – Russell Barrett
“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
My innate wisdom has always known that I would need to grieve for all that I have lost on my journey through life. I feel this year marks the beginning of my return to self through grief, joy and love. The serendipity of discovering Innate Wisdom Connection at this time in my life leaves me speechless in gratitude. After the workshop this weekend I wrote a poem as part of my integration, called “Her Life Boat”, that I’d like to share:
She found herself out at sea
And realised she had been there a long time
Like coming out of a dream
Where she had been swimming, swimming for years on end
But now she had awoken
And could feel how her arms had tired
And she knew the only thing to do
Was to let the waves
Carry her to shore.
Is a feeling so great
That our minds will do all they can to fight it
Like a small child in a storm
Trying to swim further out to sea
Calls out to us
To let the breath of acceptance fill our lungs
So that we might float on our backs
And with mighty sobs of trust
Let Grief carry us
Like a life boat
– May Kavelin
Trauma Trust and Sex WOW what a week. What did I learn?
Phoenix and Mike are incredibly skillful compassionate healers.
Emotions are held in our body until they are fully felt and expressed.
Emotions are a gift and when fully felt and expressed they become integrated.
If I don’t allow myself to go all the way through them then I will not be able to integrate them and I will remain in fear, fear of the pain, grief and the vulnerability loving entails.
When my emotions are integrated I can see them, feel them and allow them to be as they are or to leave with grace.
At the end of the week with Phoenix and Mike I’m feeling incredibly grateful, more skilled, deeply grounded and confident in empathically connecting with everyone from me to anybody I come in contact with. I also learnt to have faith in myself and others and know that all beings have the capacity for emotional healing.
Give yourself a wonderful gift, it could be a week that changes your life forever, like it did mine.
“Phoenix and Mike created and held a space which allowed me to go where traditional psychotherapy has not allowed me to go. Thank you. I have immense gratitude and respect for the work you both do with both love and compassion that is so evident. I felt safe and was able to openly express my emotions without fear or judgement among my tribe. I’m filled with a deep sense of calm and leave with an open heart and a thirst for gathering in your safe presence again.
I am lost for words to describe anymore of what I feel and have felt the past 48 hours so I shall leave it at that and sit with love, connection and warmth that is overflowing. With love and gratitude.” – Angela Scott.
“I have been waiting for years for something like this [Trauma Trust and Sex workshop]. Two decades of intense internal dialogue, working through anxiety, addiction, depression, dissociation, isolation, all neatly covered over with a light hearted workaholic got-it-all-together mask to hide the black hole inside. And in perfect timing I was invited to the Trauma Trust and Sex workshop last weekend. I had a feeling it would be profound, and it was, so much so that I have committed myself to the upcoming fortnight retreat in the busiest time of the year, because my belly and my heart know it’s the work I need to do right now.
“I realised how much had shifted when I was at a social event last night, surrounded by a tribe I have known for years and have loved but never felt I belonged to due to severe social anxiety and a myriad of other psychosomatic illnesses. Half way through the evening I realised I was in each moment so wholly that I had forgotten to feel self-conscious, had forgotten I didn’t belong, had forgotten how to be insecure, had forgotten to be exhausted, had forgotten to put up boundaries. I had remembered to embrace and be embraced by many beautiful souls, embraced by their arms, embraced by their open smiling faces, embraced by the warmth of their hearts.
“I remembered how to be ok in the presence of others, and a huge part of that is because of the incredibly supportive and transformative space Phoenix and Mike hold together. They have a gift of witnessing unflinching each person in their whole messy chaotic perfect humanness without judgement. An unconditional acceptance of every participant teases their pure light to surface with a gentle invitation to explore inner landscapes in the safety of community. It’s the kind of space that allows you to shred all that holds you back, the kind of space I would love all I hold dear to experience, the kind of space that makes you feel at home in yourself.
How truly valuable. Thank you Phoenix Arrien and Mike Lowe, I look forward to unraveling and unfolding with you again.” Tjoni Johansen
“Dear Phoenix and Mike. I want to thank you deeply for inviting the Foundation for Shamanic Studies to Australia. It was a fantastic week of courses, but not only that, I feel that it really helped to bring contemporary shamanic practise into our country in a way that all people can practice, no matter where they are from. I personally believe contemporary western society is deeply ill and in dire need of shamanic help and you have helped open a door to that in a very real, practical way. Thank you so much for all the work you do in this space. xxx ” Fam Charko
“It’s been a month and I still feel ongoing positive change in myself after the Tarkine, a definite shift in my ability to love and be kind and accepting to myself which is such a blessed relief and all thanks to you guys. (And so amazing after EVERYTHING I’ve tried) I think of you all often with love ‘n gratitude” – Dale Shaddick
The Trauma, Trust and Sex 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 and Mike 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. – Keppel Cassidy
“Your ability to create safe space, and hold it with and for our group was magical. I loved being in the bush environment, connecting so deeply and having opportunity to explore new paradigms. It was an amazing opportunity to feel and shift some old stuff in a such a real and safe way, and with such gentle and kind support.
As things are starting to settle and integrate, I’m really starting to notice some things that have changed and improved for me. Here’s a few of them:
- I haven’t had a migraine since leaving the retreat!! My longest break in years! Almost a miracle! I’m now re-pondering my migraine causes and management
- Feeling joy in simple things for the first time in years
- Feeling more playful – finding myself laughing more, and generally lighter & brighter
- Have been drawn back to Zumba, and am experiencing joy in dance again
- Feeling more confidence, inspiration, energy and enthusiasm
- Noticeable improvements in clarity in my thinking and ability to communicate
- I’ve had some interesting and very real conversations that I couldn’t have had before without experiencing emotional overwhelm.
- Feeling drawn to connect – reaching out to people that I’ve known for a while, but not really connected with. Generally, wanting to be around people more.
Much gratitude to you! I am very happy to recommend you, your retreats and your wonderful transformative work” – Denise Belling
“What a special weekend and group of people. The care and support and nurturing space is prime for healing. I feel blessed to experience the journey of the last couple of days. Thank you Phoenix & Mike” – Jude
“After attending the 14 day retreat last year, I thought ‘How will I get back to normal’ but I realise my life was not normal and that the retreat opened many new neural pathways, my thinking is different, my sense of being is different, I am different and the changes continue. So the more I feel, the more I experience the more l discover aspects of who I am becoming and all that from the retreat and time to be how ever I needed to be and profound healing being within a group and being held and supported by Phoenix and Mike. I still wonder how did you know what l needed. The unspoken, Everything happened as required. There was no sense of time just being. My mantra continues ‘It’s all good’ words can’t express the experience as it is such a somatic Healing experience.” – Elizabeth Kinnane
Since my soul-retrieval with Phoenix last year, I have been able to regain my health & hope for the future. My pet-sitting practice is positively growing and as an Animal Caregiver, I am able to meet each animal’s individual needs. I love this work and believe it is my calling to care for animals and establish a refuge for them to reside. Now that I have addressed my heath concerns, I have been able to find a balance between my work/life and my writing/spiritual practices. I have learnt to moderate my workflow and prioritise tasks to meet my intentions/life goals.Thank you so much for facilitating my soul-retrieval and for giving me this new lease of life. Thank you too for inspiring me with your healing work. I feel fortunate to have participated in your shamanic healing & look forward to more of your offerings. – Elizabeth Sterling
“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. Phoenix and Mike 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
“I am more ready than ever to get out closer to the wilderness and embrace a new job, scene and lifestyle. It was such an amazing opportunity down in the Tarkine to set some intentions and heed the calls to open some new doors and windows.” – Naomi Smith
“Wow, what an amazing weekend. I arrived despondent with a sense of doom and gloom with the world I live in and no trust in the systems. I walk away feeling hopeful and inspired to continue on the path of healing of myself, my family and those that come my way…” – Jen
“The deep connection I found through out the retreat was truly wonderful especially for a group of people who did not know each other. What a wonderful safe space you created and for you and Mike to now be teaming up I can only imagine the amazing healing and connection that will take place.”
“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
“Just wanted to let you know how refreshed I feel after the weekend…this morning I woke up feeling renewed. The weekend started off slowly for me, thinking I wasn’t going to get much out of it but that shifted on Sunday. I learnt so much about “holding sacred space” and on a personal level I am feeling a shift occur. The forming of a new neural pathway perhaps!! Anyway it’s exciting and I am very interested in the “mysterious”way you 2 work individually and together. It’s mysterious to me in a positive way and I know I will have this experience again one day. Thanks so much.” – Andrea francine
“Thankyou Mike Lowe & Phoenix Arrien for another life changing weekend of healing. I feel blessed to have you both as part of my journey. You have changed my life forever & helped me to release so much pain & anger. You are both such a gift to this world & the people you work with. I can not thank you enough or recommend your workshops highly enough to anyone who wants to change their life for the better. The work you do is unique & amazing. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou.” – Kim Cameron
“I’m starting to see the light again and even working out what road/path I’m on and where I would like it to go or take me on this life journey…a shift/change in my life where the physical chronic pain that I had experienced for years changed and went away…I no longer feel numb with pain! This is such a relief to not be in physical pain anymore! I’ll be forever grateful to the people who supported me during that time… you know who you are.” – Teresa Buchanan
“Experienced rich and deep connection at the recent Innate Wisdom weekend…with Phoenix Arrien and Mike Lowe – Margaret Schubert
“Thank you Phoenix Arrien, Mike Lowe and the group for providing such an incredible space for transformation and healing at HugTrees over the weekend. The experiential journey through supporting as part of an amazing group contributed so much to my personal healing and expansion of my awareness. I was so grateful that my route home passed by an area where I could stop by the beach and immerse myself in the sunset as I reflected on my journey. I’m now entering uncharted waters as I set forth to see where this takes me 💛” – Vanessa Beckitt
“I had been longing to have time in the forest to tune in to a deeper connection with nature and I certainly had that experience with you. As I lay on the forest floor in my sacred space the wind whipped up and I raised my arms and they began to dance with the wind and then dissolved becoming the wind. This for me is a taster of things to come and I am profoundly thankful for your facilitation of such an opening.
“On another note I had had a profound connection with Mike and within the safeness of the space created I was able to heal long time wounds of mistrust with the masculine.
“Gratitude abounds for this profound open healing and nature connection that you have facilitated, I highly recommend any one who has such a desire to take the plunge and plug into what your years of connection have led you to offer.” – Ursula
“Thank you Phoenix and Mike for a great 7 days in the Transformational Workshop. It was great to feel the love from the participants and see them transform. I know I have just touched the surface of my depths which is why I am signing on for the annual 10 day retreat on 23 August.” – Cynthia Luckman
“So glad I took this opportunity to come. It was a brilliant experience and totally enjoyed the letting to and healing it gave me.”
“While I really did not know what to expect from this retreat it surprassed 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 yet, as a childhood abuse survivor, doors have been opened. Such love was shared by all and this experience will stay with me forever. Phoenix and Mike may our paths cross again” – Di James
”I feel so deeply transformed after experiencing the Eco Healing Adventure in the Tarkine with Phoenix and Mike. I experienced such deep connection to myself, the other particpants and Source through the magic of the Tarkine Wilderness and the profound and powerful processes that our Facilitators guided us through.
Phoenix and Mike created a safe sacred space for authentic relating, allowing participants to unfold, release and transform in their own natural rhythm. It was such an honour to be a part of a process that enabled men and women to come together in this way and to witness, honour and bless each others journey as we brought our shadows into the light and worked through the processes in a very real way, enabling us to express our rawness and our vulnerability and be held safely in this space.
What I loved most about this retreat was that the Facilitators were an equal part of our group, experiencing the journey for themselves as well as holding the space. It was very humbling and made it a very real experience for me – we were all traversing this together. Rather than being dictated to by experts Mike and Phoenix skillfully opened the space for each participant’s inner wisdom to shine through and guide their own journey through the process. I highly recommend this experience for anyone wanting to experience deep connection on all levels” – Christina Reeves
“I felt so deeply grounded & connected to my inner knowing through the processes Facilitated by Phoenix & the tribe that I want to learn more fully about how these processes of tribal connection & communal support allow for this deep healing between self & other. I recommend this weekend retreat not only for the rediscovery of ones innate connection to self but also for the mediator – one who facilitates this deeper connection between each other. Phoenix is awesome. She’s a magic woman, a true shaman, and Mike, a respectful guide, assisting particularly the men on the journey“ – Catheryn Thompson
“Thankyou to Phoenix Arrien & Mike Lowe for an amazing weekend at the Trauma, Trust & Sex Workshop retreat. It was truly such an invaluable experience which has helped me clarify, clear, heal & release so much that was needed (to be)! And to all the beautiful souls i shared the space with, thankyou so much,“ – Carolyn Davies
“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 xx
“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
“I’ve had my great epiphany and answer to my pressing questions last night after I got home! Goes to show that the energies are still working on us after we leave the safe space smile emoticon Thank you everybody, it was so special!” – Fam Metje
“The greatest gift of space and time – to re-discover self, connect with the energy that nutures. To lie in the safe embrace of deep rooted forest. To breathe deep and remember I am part and always coupled with these trees, rocks, insects and animals. At times risky, but with all new adventures are. To find childlife job in the play of the breeze in the leaves to a profound conversation with the spirt of the myrtle beech giant. It is and will always be a gift to myself – these 4 days :-)” – Cass
“A gift from you, other humans and nature. I recognised a deeper need fo recommuning with nature more often; listening to ‘her’ messages and offering back to ‘her’. The retreat gave me an opportunity to reflect and connect to myself to be held and give to others in community sharing, food, friendship and new experiences.”
“Thank you so much for your support and caring. I feel encourage to open again and shine.” – Menka
What a great experience. The forest , swimming, kayaking – a first for me – have loved it all. Thank you, may the journey continue.” – Cynthia
“Laugh, new friend. A new community, a furthering and extending of a special web. A new seeing, a learning to smell, breathe, touch and take in nature and an urgency to protect her.” Love, Rob
“What an amazing weekend. I did a retreat. I put my stressed-out and confused pieces back together in the right order, reconnected with Nature in the rainforest and found the next step to take on my way to fulfilling my life’s purpose. Not a bad result for one weekend of work! – Fam Metje
“OMG…. Such opening to everything that is real… Heart especially…. So so grateful to you and to every person there… Love love love xo – Paul Constantin
“I am changed today and forever. Blessed we have been and blessed we are.” – Becky Lee
“Nothing could have prepared me for the beautiful surprise and gift of friendship, kinship and spirit friends as we all gathered in honour of connecting back to Mother Earth, Gaia, Spirit, Source. In love.” – JoaAnne Hewatt