Eastern Kimberley Retreat – Personal Exploration & Majestic Landscapes

A deep and rejuvenating journey into an immense magical country!

19–23 June 2018

An incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders and depths of the Kimberley Wilderness in Western Australia, where creative energy, deep meditation and integration of your current life journey takes place experientially, easily and profoundly. Suitable for ages 14 and over. (All photos on this page taken by Mike on the 2017 Eastern Kimberley Adventure.)

A world outside of worlds, yet an inner experience of hugely significant proportions! Bigger than many countries, the Eastern Kimberley is an awe-inspiring landscape of incredible magnitude yet allows internal detail to be felt and journeyed into.

Join us for five days in a vast wilderness of over three million acres as we explore country, ourselves, community, art, photography, writing, meditation, relaxation, sharing circles and more.

Designed to unfold an inner and outer journey not experienced anywhere else, this will be an unforgettable experience.

We stay at Aboriginal owned Home Valley Station, located about 5 hours from the Kimberley town of Kununnurra along the iconic Gibb River Road.

Located close to the mighty Pentecost River, at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Range the Station is set in a landscape of breathtaking contrast, where travellers experience a life-changing connection with an ancient land.

 

Dates: 19 June – 23 June 2018

Investment:
Adult: $1995 ($1650 Early Bird price until 31 March).
Under 18/Concession: $1660 ($1450 Early Bird price until 31 March)
Price includes accommodation, facilitation, 4WD transport and transfers from and back to Kununurra.

Cancellation policy for this event: Refundable – less 15% admin/bank fees if cancelled 3 months before the workshop or 50% refundable less admin/banking fees 30 days before the workshop begins. No refund 30 days before the workshop begins, during or after the workshop. Tickets may be transferred to others at no cost.

A $250 deposit will secure your place. To book or for questions please call 0407 650 026 or email info@openheartedtransformation.com.au or contact us here.

Program:

Day 1: Gather in Kununurra, travel by 4WD to Home Valley Station along the iconic Gibbs River track. On the way we will visit the spectacular Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve famed for its bird life, and the Five Rivers Lookout at Wyndham.
Day 2: Morning: creating sacred circle, connecting with the earth, shamanic journey. Afternoon: exploration along Gibb River Rd to Bindoola Falls. Swimming, relaxing, guided connection with country and tactile sensory experience.
Day 3: Day and evening visit to El Questro station for rainforest springs and bathing amongst pandanus palms, meditation and tactile connection with water. Relaxation, art, photography and writing. Night experience.
Day 4: Nature wander, shamanic journey, integration, completion, moving forth, free time, celebration.
Day 5: Consolidation, saying goodbye to country. Experience at Prison Boab tree, ancient Aboriginal rock art, travel back to Kununnurra in time to watch the sunset from Kelly’s Knob.
(Program subject to change.)

Extra activities available (at own cost) include horse-riding, fishing and helicopter rides.

Click here for more information on the venue, transport and locations

Please let us know your interest and any questions here.

Facilitators:

Phoenix ArrienPhoenix Arrien has over 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to transform, heal and self-discover. She began her career in outdoor education taking people into wilderness and the outdoors, letting nature be a medium for personal development and group relating through bushwalking, canoing, rockclimbing, abseiling, rafting, ropes courses and more.

Further training and experience includes Aus indigenous healing, Native American and 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.

Testimonials:

“Thank you for your motivation & compassion. After these 2 weeks (in the Kimberley) I do feel regenerated, emotionally stronger & creatively inspired.The landscape holds so many stories & the water bubbles down, down, deeper & deeper – the frogs speak volumes…Eco-healing, water, land, community & communications. It was indeed an interested quadrant we formed in this space. That bum up head Down trek across the river was both hysterical (to use a Kim word) & instructive – laughter is one of the best medicines & trust in my own ability to ford streams & obstacles.” – Catheryn Thompson

“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.” – Ursula

“It’s been a month and I still feel ongoing positive change in myself after the retreat, 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

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

“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