What makes someone courageous? It’s hard to sometimes know until you start thinking about your life and your own story.
When did I start being courageous? I’d say when from the time I was little. I am a first generation Australian and lived a childhood in a bilingual household with a father who was a gambler and a mother who worked way too hard. I was a child of domestic violence and witnessed it regularly. Being exposed to it as I was, taught me resilience, the power of silence, being a very good listener and to be empathetic and tolerant. Speaking up is still something I continue to work on.
I was bullied in high school. I remember times when I was ready to take on the perpetrators because I had had enough. When I was ready to stand up for myself they left me alone!
My early life made me question parental authority, cultural identity and was a rich landscape for learning, growth, challenges and healing. I loved learning, drawing, meditation and being in nature and it was (still is) these things that have kept me calm, provided a well of stillness and nurtured me through choppy waters.
To date I have had three major career changes and at one stage contemplated becoming a nun. I have travelled solo to a number of countries, been a healer, taught healing, worked and lived overseas, had to deal with some complex health issues, worked with the dying and people with dementia and MS and back-packed around India and Europe.
I have also hitch-hiked (not recommended), written a couple of books, dated scoundrels, studied A LOT, walked the Camino (Portuguese coastal route), ballooned across the Atherton Tablelands, abseiled in the South West, lost a parent, been discriminated against, survived a break down and come through with great respect and understanding for the body’s ability to heal and recover.
About 18 months ago I created a bucket list and am happy to say I have started my adventure.
To my mind, being a mother and wife is courageous – especially when shizzle hits the fan and you know it is important to stay present.
I have made a decision to be a seeker of courage, especially around things I would really like to do or say, be a part of or move away from.
I want to skydive, walk and hike more in different parts of the world, learn Italian, continue deep spiritual development, promote courage-conversation starters in workplaces (especially around health and well-being) and foster positive change for businesses and staff. I also want to grow a courage seekers movement.
Will you join me in becoming a courage seeker?
Qualifications and professional experience
Road tester – of products and services
Business advisor for small businesses and intending small business owners.
Education facilitator (short professional development courses) for small businesses and intending small business owners.
I have worked as a practitioner, educator, program developer, researcher, writer and consultant in aged, palliative care, VET education and private practice since 1998. Group facilitation and working one-to-one motivates me to do my best for you.
Master of Education (Adult learning)
Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education
BA in Communication studies
Advanced Diploma in Aromatic Medicine
Diplomas in clinical aromatherapy, reflexology, massage and professional writing
Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment
Advanced practitioner certification in Bush Flower Essences
Reiki master qualification in the Usui system of natural healing.
Short courses and experiential learning
Foundations of Buddhism/Mahayana Buddhist studies (since 1989)
Pranic healing & various forms of energetic medicine
Medicine Buddha Reiki
Foundation online herbal medicine course (awarded a partial scholarship)
A variety of meditation practices (since 1989)
I would like to acknowledge all who have made me the practitioner and person I am today.
Aromatherapy/clinical aromatherapy/aromatic medicine – the late Donna Arthur, Ron Guba, Dr Daniel Penoel, Gabriel Mojay, Dr Jane Buckle, Deby Atterby and Dr David Stewart.
Reiki, Pranic Healing and Energetic Medicine – Christine Alicia Braid, Melaney Ryan, Master Greggory Castenarez, the late Grand Master Choa Kok Sui and Lawrence Ellyard.
Buddhist studies – His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Tashe Tsering, Venerable Robina Courtin, Venerable Chodron, Tenzin Zopa, Venerable Thubten Dondrub, Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo, Ajahn Brahm
Australian Bush Flower Essences – Ian White.
Herbal Medicine – David Crow