Who are your co-creators?   What will they be sharing?

(These were the 2015 Offerings)

SEAN O'CARROLL

WILD MIND: A DANCE JOURNEY

What: On Friday night I’ll be offering a dance journey to help us put aside what we think we know, drop into relationship with the land and each other, and arrive more completely in our embodied selves. Collectively we’ll shake off 'domesticated mind' and begin our descent into Wild Mind...

Who: Sean O’Carroll is me. He is an 'embodied philosopher', psychotherapist, teacher, and dance facilitator. He’s a goodie, not a baddie. ReWilding Minds is his passion.

MIRA MELALUCA

Techgnostic Nature: reimagining technology with soul

What: This is a pixelated invitation to breathe curiosity and life into our relationship with the technological world, starting with the devices and processes which connect us all to each letter we are seeing on this virtual page, right here, right now. Technology has significantly blurred and shifted our boundaries around Self, other, time, space, limitations, knowledge, and what is 'real'. For many of us, there is a strong love-hate relationship with our devices and virtual realms, and often a frustration around their involvement in our mental, physical and emotional experiences.

Techgnosticism is an attempt to seek soul through the complexity of technology, to look deeper into the intimate and bizarre relationships we have with and through it. It is a quest for the soul of the city to find its place in eco-psychological dialogues, and a more creative exploration of the myths we hold around 'technology' and 'nature'.

This offering is a space for finding a richer sense of embodiment, environment and empowerment in a wild relationship with the digital dimensions of existence. Let's have a practical chat about applying earth wisdom to transhumanism in the Aquarian age. If you feel, please bring your devices (aka phones/ipads/computers) to our technological medicine circle, especially if the idea of being connected to a device whilst you're out in nature repulses you.

Who: Mira likes to dabble and dive in any creative modality or psycho-spiritual grappling that crosses her path. After years of hardcore undergraduate psychology, cross cultural studies and mind-body training, she's coming out of the star child closet with a fierce passion for the mythic dimensions of life, astrology, and allowing art and absurdity to pervade and enhance academic notions. Mira is a sporeganizer in the Evolver network and gets huge love hearts in her eyes at the thought of people getting together to jam on ideas, music, art and the things that really move them. She works at a large variety of festivals each summer as a body painter, sustainability cult-preacher and creative-learning-jam facilitator, and Wild Mind is one of her ultimate favourites.

GEOFF BERRY

WHITE FELLA DREAMING

What: White Fella Dreaming responds to the modern quest for spirituality that is embodied, true to the earth, intellectually gratifying and enacted in everyday life. White Fella Dreaming is a way of being that celebrates our lives as self-aware beings in an amazing universe, and which can be told in story and enacted in experiential exercises.

“Dreaming” is successful myth – a story that ties the individual and collective into a sacred world, drawing on deep mythological and ancestral roots and combining these with indigenous and mystical wisdom traditions as a way of teaching a relevant, contemporary, planetary spirituality.

Join Geoff Berry in revisioning this way of being for the modern age.

Who: Dr Geoffrey Berry’s PhD (Monash University, 2010) was on the symbol of light, written from an ecological perspective. His MA (Deakin University, 2005) was on underworld journeys, written in a Shamanic vein. He spent 2012 in Ireland undertaking post-doctoral research on utopian thinking and during 2013-14 he was Director of Studies at the Phoenix Institute of Australia, where he teaches myth, symbol and ritual. He is a keen Zen practitioner and reports on his current adventures in embodied spirituality at whitefelladreaming.wordpress.com.

PAUL HUXFORD

The fractal-intercourse of Personal Mythology

What: Using the metaphor of the ‘container’ we will explore the tapestry of mythology that binds together to create our reality. Using story, art and experiential exercises we will look at our unique configuration of inner Selves, and the core fragments of narrative that define them.
Based on the idea that wounding is more about the meaning we made of an experience, rather than the experience itself - we will look to
re-mythologise our past thus giving more freedom to consciously create our present.

Who: Paul is a Transpersonal Counsellor and a lecturer in counselling and art therapy at the Phoenix Institute of Australia. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, and is currently completing an arts-based research Masters on the topic of ‘home’.

KIRSTY MORPHETT

The path of the voicE

What: The voice, being the most personal, intimate and embodied instrument is a precious tool available to us all. Many of us are afraid to use it, but through it we can discover every level and layer of our inner landscape, and connect this with our outer landscape, in a bi-directional loop. This is an ever-unfolding life practice, but in our session I hope to introduce a way of approaching, meeting and embracing our voices in a way that welcomes them home. Journeying from the finest nuance of our own, unique experience of our bodies, into presence, recognition, felt response, then sound, we establish a pathway from inner to outer, from self to other. We will then use this connected voice to sing some simple, harmonised songs together to finish.

Who: I am a musician, teacher and facilitator deeply committed to the path of music as the journey to self realisation. Music has been a focus of my life for a very long time, but it is only in recent years that it has become clear to me how much it is simply the vehicle for the greater unfolding of our understanding of ourselves. It is from this place that I encourage engagement with self and others through music and voice.

JORDAN SCOTNEY

Origin & Motion

What: At times turbulent and joyous, at times melancholy and introspective, my music can move people to tears of joy and sadness, bringing them to points of stillness or offering a time for reflection. I invite you to experience this performance in any way you want. You can dance with the music or immerse yourself by lying down close to the speakers with your eyes closed. The beautiful thing is, this is your journey as much as mine. As performer and audience, we are one.

Who: Jordan is a musician and composer who loves writing music for piano and strings.

JACQUI GRACE

Eco-printed soulskins

What: Eco-printing is a form of dyeing utilising botanical matter, scraps of metal, water, time and heat to create alchemical prints and intriguing colour scapes, which can speak to the microcosm within . . .the inner landscape of our experiencing selves.

In this workshop we will gather botanical matter from Wild Dog, bundle these in silks, papers and wool, wrap them up; then offer them to the dye pot where they will simmer away on the open fire overnight. We will gather again to unwrap these bundles, engaging the mysterious story of these Soulskins, co-creating meaning with this animate other, all the while staying present to our experiencing. Please note this will be a two-part workshop.

Who: Jacqui is completing her Masters in therapeutic arts practice, adopting a phenomenological position of inquiry, engaging art as an animate “other”, who is open to dialogue in multiple ways.

JAMES O'BRIEN

What is meditation?

What: What is meditation, exactly? There are a lot of different answers available, given by different groups. The various Buddhist traditions will give their own answers. New Age practitioners will give another. Medical and psychological professionals will give yet another answer.

All three of these answers are problematic. The answers of ritualistic Buddhism and the New Age, while having very different historical contexts, are burdened by metaphysical beliefs. The answer of Western medicine is incomplete, as self-actualisation remains as yet blissfully unmeasurable.

This is not these answers - in fact you won't be required to believe anything in particular. Meditation can be presented without mystification or statistics. This is for people curious about what it feels like to be in a body, and how we can benefit from paying attention to the many sensations that make up our experiencing.

The class will give an overview of the two types of meditation: concentration, and insight. It will focus on the general intention of these two methods, distilling and presenting the essence of some popular methods of undertaking each. Key philosophical concepts required for insight meditation will be presented. We will do a short meditation together using a basic concentration practice. Finally, suggestions as to how to practise in an ongoing way will be presented, and what to expect if you do.

These concepts will be presented mainly as taken from the work of Daniel Ingram.

Who: James teaches counselling at the Phoenix Institute of Australia, and is committed to helping people be what they are.

JOE OPPENHEIMER

LOOP SALON

What:  Loops are one of the fundamental flows of nature. Planets, electrons, blood cells and lifestyles all revolve in temporary Loops - a part of their greater narrative alongside Change and Chaos.

These days the loop elements of music have been highlighted by music technology. Variable loops are at the heart of song structure, memorable choruses and danceable beats. However, audio loops also have a useful function in the process of jamming and composing. Sudden inspiration can be looped, and repeated back instantly; one can contemplate the loop to inquire of the psyche's inspiration, and slowly or quickly layer musical ideas in new ways.

You are invited to take part in a morphing loop jam. Everyone can participate on and off the mic, contributing lyrical ideas, melodies, rhythms, and vibe. It's incredible where this creative technique can lead you.

Who:  Joe found songwriting while studying law at ANU. There he discovered a way with storytelling and improvisation that directed his future towards festivals rather than courts. Wielding folk-style guitar, psyfolk electronics, and a voice like James Taylor, Joe's shows are free flowing jaunts packed with meaningful lyrics and catchy tunes.

FAYE BERRYMAN

THE GOOD-ENOUGH MOTHER

What: Many of us aspire to be the excellent parent - the as near-as-perfect parent that we can be.  However, the British paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott (1896-1971 ) rejects this and says that rather we should be the "good-enough" parent.  Further he says that we should progressively "fail" our children.  In my session, let us explore the wisdom in these ideas.

Who:  After a background in secondary teaching and social work, Faye and her tertiary teacher husband, Philip O'Carroll, founded the primary school, Fitzroy Community School.  Faye has 7 children of her own, and almost 40 years experience working with children 4-12 years old.

MARY O'CARROLL

A Conversation on Simple Living

What: I recently read a book titled "Simple Living in History - Pioneers of the Deep Future".  Using this book as a starting point I would like to open a conversation about what 'simple living' means, why and how we practice it.  

The book is a compilation of essays each focusing on an historical movement or individual who promoted simple living. These include Buddha, Aristotle, Thoreau, Gandhi, Permaculture, the Transition Towns movement and many more. 

In my life simple living is manifested in things such as working part time, buying second-hand things, finding treasures in hard-rubbish, having chickens and a veggie patch, having free time and making things.  What does it mean to you?  

Who:   Mary O'Carroll lives in Preston, is an independent midwife and mother of three children.

MIRANDA FRANKEL

YOGA BY THE CREEK

What & Who: 
Hello my name is Miranda. I will be leading a gentle but deep yoga session at Wild Mind. We will move with our breath and spend an extended amount of time in each posture so as to deeply release some of the resistance and blockages we encounter.

We will be assisted by the sound of the creek and the song of the birds at Wild Dog. Please bring a mat or similar.

 

TAS MANOLOPOULOS

The Shadow of shame

What: “You should be ashamed of yourself.” We’ve all believed some version of this through our lives and in particular during tender, formative years - its message weaving in and out of our awareness, shaping how we are, who we are and what we do. It has us disconnected from ourselves, from others, from our environment, and from the world at large. It can hit us head on, or knock us out without us even knowing, luring us into believing the lies we are fed and end up feeding. It’s a destructive cycle that is reinforced by the media and by our institutions of family, school, religion and work; scrutinizing our every move, our creativity and our ability to love. It jolts us into compliance – burying who we really are under a performance of ourselves that we really have had no say in. We are filled with deep sorrow, doubt, despair but don’t know why. We think it’s us. We beat up on ourselves every time a whisper of heart’s desire manages to escape and break through into our consciousness. We beat ourselves into submission long after the external beating has ended. We hate ourselves.

This workshop takes its inspiration from a beautiful reflection made by writer, Maya Ward at a recent Wild Dog gathering. Her words “ashamed of my integrity” touched the shame I felt at that gathering and at all other gatherings – the shame of not identifying with an idea of myself I thought to be true. The shadows cast by our shame are long and dark, and can reach way back to the horizon. In them are all the things we have come to reject in ourselves and in others. It’s important to look to these shadows gently and with great care because in them and under all the wreckage are all the things we once cherished and held very close to our hearts.

This workshop invites us to explore each other’s shadows; to look carefully at the things we automatically hide whenever a hint of the original shaming is in the air. Although we try to banish these things forever, they are never gone; evidence of them exists in the pain we feel when we are moved by a piece of art or when we catch a glimpse of anyone leading lives we were convinced weren’t possible. We turn away and turn to our lies because the pain of this admission is too great. My hope is that we get a chance to turn to our shame rather than turn away- to spend some time with one another and to hold for each other what we never could. Once we begin to see what is in the darkness and to shake off what isn’t ours, we begin to resurrect the songs and the poetry of a soul buried deeply and safely inside of us.

In my shadow lies my desire to be an actor, to travel the world, to want what I want, to love, to be loved, to create, to express myself in ways that feel completely natural, to be celebrated, to be supported and to belong. I was bullied a lot at school for appearing ‘too girly’ and so I began to reject everything in me that looked ‘too girly’. I rejected my own feminine and also the feminine around me. I rejected my mother. This was made even more confusing because I desired men, so naturally I had to reject my desire because my desire wasn’t manly enough or normal. I rejected the outer masculine because he was a fucking asshole and also sadly my own, because I believed that my version of love for a man as a man was not acceptable. I rejected my father. The world of madness that ensued was debilitating. I spent most of my life denying myself of everything in me that felt true and natural. I hated myself and I hated the world, spending my life dodging and shooting bullets. I was in a great deal of pain.

This is just a taster of what’s in my shadow and of the type of enquiry I hope to facilitate for this workshop.

Who: Tas Manolopoulos is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist who works in private practice at the Gertrude Street Yoga Studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne. He believes in gently rummaging through the rubble to find lost treasure. He works primarily within Existential and Emotion Focused frameworks as a way of developing an understanding of how we are in the world and why. He also works at the Victorian Aids Council in promoting freedom.

MOMETJA TJUNGLU (PHOENIX ARMIT) OF BIDJARA NATION

INDIGENOUS RESPONSES TO WILD MIND

What: Respect and thanks for the Gunaikurnai Nation, because we are having this event on your traditional land. As a cultural man grown up in both traditional law and Western society, I feel and understand that for today and the future, we need to reflect on the importance of the land that provides us with our physical, spiritual and emotional needs. I invite you to come along and have a yarn about what you see, feel and believe. Let’s have a gathering during the event. As people, animals and land who have interest in an Aboriginal cultural perspective on living on the country, eating natural foods and bettering ourselves and the environment you are more than welcome to voice your thoughts, ideas, feelings, experiences – good or bad. Some of us know our blood line, some feel it, some want to connect with our Australian Indigenous culture, and we all live within it. Let’s get together. This will be a meeting place to share cultural responses to the Wild Mind gathering.

Who: As a Bidjara man (warrior) my upbringing living in culture and adapting to western society has given me the understanding and knowledge of today’s unawareness of the most unique indigenous culture that we all live within. It has given me a deeper spiritual connection to adapting and relating to all walks of diverse cultural life in bettering our world. I’m currently a guest in Wurundjeri country in Brunswick, Melbourne. I want all multi-cultural societies to have a better understanding that we have access to everything in Aboriginal culture and spirit.  This is the message to send across. Throughout all nations. If you respect the land, the land will respect you. Yawar.

MAYA WARD

A Secret History of the Western Dreaming

What: There is an incredibly rich, little known cultural inheritance within Western philosophy. This is the 2,500 year old tradition of Neoplatonism, which extends through to visionary poets and scientists such as Jung, Goethe, Steiner through to contemporary researchers of entheogens. Like Buddhism, indigenous and Shamanic traditions, Neoplatonism is initiatory; it cannot be understood unless it is experienced through the whole body. I'm interested in it as a powerful and culturally appropriate way to come some way toward understanding the incredible depth of Australian Indigenous culture and relationship to land. Through a combination of conversation, writing and guided exercises in nature, I hope to open a door onto this world.

Who: I’m a writer and writing teacher, currently completing a PhD in altered states of consciousness and the creative process. My three week walking pilgrimage along the Songline of the Yarra River was my introduction to the astonishing world I now research. I continue to walk the country where I live, getting to know it, learning ever deeper how to belong.

DR EMILY SHUB

A LETTER TO MYSELF FROM MY VAGINA

What: I’m interested in exploring the wisdom of our bodies and the way in which they express our experience. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with their fleshy, animated, knowing bodies and pen a letter to themselves from some part of their physical being. Together we will share the collective wisdom of our embodied selves and explore the possibilities of our bodies as vehicles for self-reflection.

Who: Emily has been working with people and their bodies for over 15 years. She is an Osteopath interested in working with whole beings and recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Relational Gestalt Counselling. She has a boundless curiosity for the human experience. Outside the clinic, Emily’s heart sings when she is with her children, cooking up a storm, riding her bicycle and submerging herself in cool bodies of water.

PAUL HOBSON

Cymatics, Ancient Mega Structures/Cultures, The Universe and You!

What: Join me for an interactive Presentation, sound therapy session and Q and A.
From a grain of sand, to a giant galaxy, nature is putting on a show for us the likes of which is beyond words: By travelling through time and space to see how ancient peoples of this planet harnessed the creative mathematical principles that drive this universe – from Ancient mega structures, plant medicine, Mandala/Yantra, Sound/Music and resonance healing techniques, it is my intent to expose your heart, mind and soul to the infinite creativity that resides everywhere in this universe and you and learn to harness these techniques in your everyday life for improved vitality and connection to source.

It would seem that us westerners have been very slow on the uptake (as least as ‘adults’) to the creative principles that drive this holographic universe we live in. We have been given all the tools and means, right in front of our eyes and on our breath, to restore paradise to the inner and outer world that at this critical epoch in human cyclical history is an imperative for the inner and outer republic to actualize and expand. We have the technology and know how to achieve what would otherwise be called miracles.

This is an interactive workshop, with 1/3rd Presentation of materials, 1/3rd exploration with sound and resonance techniques and finally interactive discussion and Q and A. This is a workshop not of learning but of remembering who and what we truly are.  All workshop attendees are invited to bring along something of which they know in their hearts contains the majesty and self-organizing principles of the Universe – a nautilus shell, a flower, a sound healing instrument, a crystal and a beautiful smile.

Who: Paul Hobson is what you would call an avid explorer of all things wonderful and weird – having spent 20 + years of his short 32 on this planet being magnetically drawn and studying Ancient Music composition, global and shamanic healing modalities, plant medicines, superfoods and nutrition, Mathematical formulae of Mega structures, Sacred Geometry, Astro/Quantum physics, para-physics and para-psychology (just to name a few) it has taken some time for the rich threads of each of these disciplines to coalesce into the rich tapestry of the work that he intending to bringing to this world with the hope we can once again walk in harmony on this planet and once again reach for the stars."

SAM MENZINES & JEREMY COLLINGS

Feet FIRST

What: We call Feet First a dance meditation because we hope to set up the opportunity for you to observe your thoughts, movements, and emotions without judgement as you ‘drop in’ and start to let go of your self-talk and inhibitions. There is no wrong or right way to go about it, and we provide support at the beginning of the dance for people new to the practice. As a participant I think of it as a real gift to yourself – releasing physical stress, shaking loose any knots and blocks, becoming more aware of your body and emotions, often getting clarity on things happening in your life and also developing warm connections with the other dancers from the shared experience. Basically it’s a fun way to work out with heaps of added bonuses. There is plenty of exciting movement and dance based things going on in Melbourne at the moment but it is very rare to find live music being provided. There’s something very special that happens when the music is being created in the room, in the moment- it’s a joyful, invigorating and ultimately relaxing journey for the dancers (and us!).

Who:  Sam Menzies is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter/performer, choir leader, dance meditation facilitator and musiceducator. He has had over 15 years’ experience in performing and teaching music at festivals, venues and schools throughout Europe and Australia.  (B.A. Contemp. Music, Dip. Ed.)  http://www.sammenzies.com/

Jeremy Collings is a multi-instrumentalist, music and media educator, sound engineer and producer. He currently teaches music and media at Croydon Special Developmental School and with the AYCE distance education program and co-facilitates the Feet First dance meditation (www.feet1stdance.com), and produces music in the duo jak (www.jakflute.bandcamp.com).   (B.A. Music Hons, Dip Ed.)

JANOEL LIDDY

Daughters & Sexuality

What: Your awareness, self-image and approach to bodies and intimacy directly influence how your young daughter feels about her body and later in life about sex. We'll cover practical ways to positively influence her from toddler to teen and well beyond.

Who: Janoel runs mother daughter retreats in Bali, Celebration Day for Girls workshops locally and teaches sexuality education in schools. She is a mother of two and has done sacred women's work for years, holding a safe and deep space as an engaging facilitator & trainer. She also runs Step into Womanhood & has worked in TAFE, university & community for 20+ years with a BA, several training quals & Steiner Teacher Training. She also offers Cool on the Inside for mid-teen girls and Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops. She writes about women, our cycles & self-care. A foodie and storyteller, Janoel practices yoga and sweats her prayers weekly in 5Rhythms dance. (BA (Monash), Grad Cert Training Mgmt, Adv Dip Hosp, Cert IV TAE)

CARLA VAN LAAR & NIC MORREY

The sacred art of relating

What: Nic & Carla team up to take you through a series of exercises which will increase your level of presence within relationship. The exercises will help you to understand your own psyche, sit in paradox, how we are different from our partners, your attachment style and how to consciously get along and expand your freedom and fullness whilst remaining in relationship. This link/inventory will help prepare you for the workshop http://www.integralpsychology.org/save-relationships-invent

Who: Carla Van Laar: With over twenty years experience as an art therapist, Carla has a deep commitment to creativity and the arts as ways of enriching the lives of individuals, communities and our environment. Carla loves to work with others with similar values, holding the belief that “Together we create ripple effects that continuously expand. When we work together using the arts and our imaginations, the amazing, surprising and unexpected become possible.” Carla will share a number of her artistic therapeutic tools to enhance connection and presence.
(Doctorate in Experiential Arts Practice MIECAT (completing) & Masters of Creative Arts Therapy RMIT)

Nic Morrey: With over twenty years of experience in the Community Health sector & in private practice, Nic’s therapeutic & teaching style is influenced by his experience in Hakomi, Insight Meditation, Mondo Zen, The Diamond Approach, Integral Psychotherapy & the psycho-neurobiological approach to couples therapy (PACT). Nic is the Victorian Convener for the Australian Psychological Society’s Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group.
(MAPS, M. Psych (child and family), B. Sc Psych Hons, Musician, Yoga & Zen practitioner.)

MIKE LOWE

MEN & THE RISE OF THE DIVINE FEMININE

What: The global shift that is happening towards a more feminine and earth-centred paradigm can be liberating for men just as much as for women. In fact I believe it will only be truly liberating for women if it also liberates men. Drawing on my own experiences I will offer a conversation about, and tools to help, the journey that I believe all men are invited to take: a journey away from stifling patriarchal programming and into Divine connection - with our souls, with our inner child, with our bodies, with our loved ones and with Mother Earth and Father Sky. But this journey is not plain-sailing: there are dragons to be slain, sirens to be spurned and maiden's to be wooed. It really is a Boys Own Adventure!

Who: Mike is making a gradual recovery after being surgically separated from his emotions at birth on account of being (a) English and (b) Male. Prior to coming to Australia he spent a lot of time training leaders in places like Ukraine and Russia on Ethical Leadership and Trust. (Look at how that turned out!) and has worked with police and former militia leaders in Solomon Islands on programmes for reconciliation. Mike is an accredited mentor in Soul Resonance and Inner Work. In his spare time he coaches leaders on how to find and work with their own unique strengths and how to build trust within diverse teams.

PHOENIX ARRIEN, CHRISTINA REEVES & LIZ DOWNES 

The COSMIC WALK

What: The Cosmic Walk: under the stars we unfold the birth and evolution of our majestic, mysterious cosmos...an interactive magical journey where every step transports you a million years in time! Using story, song, music, flame, spiral and more from stardust to the present, walk the story of the earth and embody the the many ways in which you are connected to it! It will at night under the stars. We invite you to bring a drum or instrument or just yourself and enjoy the trip! This is also an intro to the Triple Ecology Gathering to be held at Wild Dog, 6 weeks after Wild Mind over the Anzac Day weekend.

Who: Phoenix Arrien, Christina Reeves, Liz Downes are collaborators and part of the Deep Ecology Network in Victoria. We are Earth-lovers who are skilled in facilitating the 'Work that Reconnects': a diverse set of processes re-engaging us with the web of life, the Earth and the Universe Story.

ALEX JENKINS

INTERACTIVE FAIRYTALE

What: I will be offering an interactive imagination journey into the wild mind. I will be guiding a fairy tale style narrative while encouraging an active participation from the audience to follow along and ‘try on’ archetypes. Through this these forces may become inner resources for each participant to take away.

Who: I am Alexander Jenkins, Transpersonal Counsellor, Game Designer and Myth Maker from the UK. My passions are in self-empowerment and personal development, being with the truth in each moment and discovering the hidden drives of personal relationships and the soul.

SIMON THAKUR

Altered States of Embodiment & Ancestral Movement

What: At Wild Mind I will be sharing some of my work relating to "Altered States of Embodiment", and "Ancestral Movement": two somewhat separate but very closely related concepts which can help us make sense of the many varied physical, mental and medical practices from all sorts of diverse cultures and traditions, and which then allow us to freely create our own practices to progressively feel and know more of ourselves and better sense and engage with the natural world, through the vehicle of our own bodies and senses.

Who: Hello! I am a long-time explorer and practitioner of body-mind traditions from around the world, as well as a bit of an innovator, or a synthesizer, if you like. Since I was a little kid I have been fascinated with meditation, martial arts, magic, nature, life, the universe, and everything, so as a teen and an adult I went about learning as much about those things as I could. I studied and continue to study all of the sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, physiology, neuroscience; and the humanities - archaeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religion - while constantly engaging in an ongoing exploratory practice of embodiment, and travelling to far-away (and often extremely crowded and polluted) places for long periods to learn from the best teachers I could find. All of this "work", "study" or "practice" is for me now essentially a process of worship: worship of the infinite, interconnected, evolving living universe.

CARRIE BARNES

LIVING VEGAN

What: Living Vegan is about how easy it is to maintain a healthy vegan diet for all the family and embodying the true nature of the spirit through non-violence towards all sentient beings. Never has there been a time in human history when it is more important to tread lightly on the planet and I can help show you how.

Who: I am a Vegan Food Alchemist! I'm passionate about cooking & creating sumptuous, healthy vegan food and sharing my knowledge of this to the world. I incorporate truth, integrity, compassion & a little bit of magic to create delicious and nourishing foods for body, mind & spirit.



AISHA TJ

Inviting the Fairies to Play

Bush craft for children and grown-ups with an expressive inner-child. This workshop is a space for the embodiment of freedom in creative expression, creating from the place where our imaginations meet the subtle realm of spirit, using materials from the earth. We will gather twigs, sticks, leaves, gum-nuts and other bush treasures and create houses for fairies, elves, elementals, bush-spirit visitors. This is a hands-on craft workshop. I ask that you bring leaves, sticks and gum-nuts that you find about the Wild-Minds gathering site as the raw creative materials for the fairy houses. By using the gifts of the earth, we connect with the fun and playful potential of our environment to give us all the toys we need. At the same time we will show gratitude to the earth for the gifts we create with.  

*Children under 8yrs need to be with a grown-up or a caring big-kid as they will need help with the glue-gun- it gets hot.

 

ALEX JENKINS

INTERACTIVE FAIRYTALE 

What: I will be offering an interactive imagination journey into the wild mind. I will be guiding a fairy tale style narrative while encouraging an active participation from the audience to follow along and ‘try on’ archetypes. Through this these forces may become inner resources for each participant to take away.

Who: I am Alexander Jenkins, Transpersonal Counsellor, Game Designer and Myth Maker from the UK. My passions are in self-empowerment and personal development, being with the truth in each moment and discovering the hidden drives of personal relationships and the soul.

 

BRETT GARTNER

SHAMANIC DREAMING

What: Shamanic Dreaming; the art of manifesting through sacred ceremony, pacha creation and fire ceremony. Experience the merging of environment and you, where borders and boundaries collapse into the eternal union of the all. Awaken your senses to the constant communication offered to you every day.

Who: Brett Gartner, a soul who has traversed the world wearing many different guises only to find himself recently “stripped bare” and walk further into his shamanic rites of passage through the Q’ero Inca lineage. Acting as a conduit for bringing heart and head alignment into the world through the connection to our beautiful Pacha Mama.

 

BRIGITTE KUPFER

Birthing our Wholeness

What: Our personal stories of transformation weave the fabric of the emerging new story of humanity.The more we create spaces for listening to what is emerging in and between us, the more we can make sense of who we are becoming, individually and collectively.
Our "collective birth" of the new story requires us to let go of old certainties and to re-learn our lost abilities of listening and sensing the "whole". By paying attention to how we pay attention and how we listen we are creating the container, the womb, the birthing
place for our transformation, individually and collectively. Women's voices and the voice of the feminine life-giving power are needed now as an essential element for moving us towards wholeness. Birth is no longer a metaphor - the earth has called us, men and women, to labour with her.

For too long our stories of what is going on inside of us and between us have been locked away in the safety of therapy rooms. We are now discovering that nothing is wrong with us, that all is right with us and that trying to escape human suffering creates more of it. Our fragmented minds have created a fragmented world which lives at razor's edge. We are now able to choose to get real, to heal, to become whole. Our stories are our gift to each other. I will start with sharing mine to start a conversation about birthing our wholeness.

Who: I have been working in arts and cultural change projects as a puppeteer and poet in Europe and as a psychologist in Germany, USA and Australia. I left my career as clinical and research psychologist 20 years ago after a "near life experience" which made me embark on a journey of 'being, having and doing enough'. I work now wholeheartedly as a mother and as a mentor, coach and facilitator, cultivating conversational intelligence, participatory leadership and community well-being.

 

 

CHRISTINA REEVES

Sacred Women's Circle

What: I invite all women to join me in honouring the divine feminine in celebration of International Women's Day. By sitting Circle on this day we join hearts and souls with the global sisterhood deepening our connections with each other and our Sisters across time and space. Gathering to sit in sacred circle is an opportunity to leave your external 'roles' behind and drop into your authentic self allowing the opportunity to be truly seen and heard.

It is an honouring of your higher self and connection to mother earth and divinity. In this Circle we will hold a safe, respectful, nurturing and supportive space for each other to share and connect deeply through ritual, ceremony, medicine songs and chants. Maidens are welcome to join us.

Who: Christina is the Founder of the HillsTribe Sisterhood and facilitates monthly New Moon & Full Moon Women's circles and other HillsTribe events in the Dandenong Ranges.

 

DANIEL BANFAI & BECCI MITCHELL

Relaxation and Qi Gong Energy Healing

What: This session will begin with a deep relaxation to help let go of any tension we are holding, and to reconnect with our bodies and the earth. The intention is to come into a state of relaxed presence where we are wide awake and aware of our bodies and surroundings, while still being internally relaxed and calm. Following that we will move into some gentle mindful movements from the Qi Gong tradition.

Qi Gong is a self-healing technique which looks similar to tai chi. It involves simple movements where we are intentionally working with the energy fields within and surrounding our bodies to increase our supply of ‘chi’ lifeforce energy and help it circulate around the body. It is a wonderful practice which feels great and is well known for improving health and general vitality for life.

As we practice we can also explore some of the history and theory behind the practice, which can help deepen our embodied experience.

 

DR EMILY SHUB

A LETTER TO MYSELF FROM MY VAGINA 

What: I’m interested in exploring the wisdom of our bodies and the way in which they express our experience. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with their fleshy, animated, knowing bodies and pen a letter to themselves from some part of their physical being. Together we will share the collective wisdom of our embodied selves and explore the possibilities of our bodies as vehicles for self-reflection.

Who: Emily has been working with people and their bodies for over 15 years. She is an Osteopath interested in working with whole beings and recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Relational Gestalt Counselling. She has a boundless curiosity for the human experience. Outside the clinic, Emily’s heart sings when she is with her children, cooking up a storm, riding her bicycle and submerging herself in cool bodies of water.

FAYE BERRYMAN

THE GOOD-ENOUGH MOTHER 

What: Many of us aspire to be the excellent parent - the as near-as-perfect parent that we can be.  However, the British paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott (1896-1971 ) rejects this and says that rather we should be the "good-enough" parent.  Further he says that we should progressively "fail" our children.  In my session, let us explore the wisdom in these ideas.

Who:  After a background in secondary teaching and social work, Faye and her tertiary teacher husband, Philip O'Carroll, founded the primary school, Fitzroy Community School.  Faye has 7 children of her own, and almost 40 years experience working with children 4-12 years old.

 

GABRIELLE FEATHER

 “The space between stories” - where do we go from here? An open discussion.

What: Many of us are all-too aware of the transitional period we are entering, both individually and as a civilisation, challenging our very sense of self and the world. It is a time when all we have known, believed in and taken for granted starts to break down, and life becomes almost impossible to navigate. Familiar ways of meaning-making become obsolete, and what had previously seemed so permanent, reliable, understandable and real is revealed as an illusion. The questions, “who am I?” “why am I here?” and “what should I be doing with my life?” Are no longer exciting, but terrifying.

This open discussion group is designed as an antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis and overwhelm so many of us may feel on our journey in response to the current state of the environment, society and the world in general. Inspired by Charles Eisenstein’s brilliant book “The More Beautiful World our Heart’s Know is Possible”, we will explore the concept of what he terms “the space between stories”; the place of “I don’t know” and “where to from here?”.

 The intention is to re-empower and re-inspire each other, and get back in touch with our innate compassion, empathy and sense of “inter-being”. A deep exploration of emergence - when the old world falls apart so that something new may be born. There will be a short presentation to establish some foundations, followed by an open forum and group activities through which I hope the discussion will take a life of its own.

"When any of us meet someone who rejects dominant norms and values, we feel a little less crazy for doing the same. Any act of rebellion or non-participation, even on a very small scale, is therefore a political act."

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

Who: ENGO-worker and student of permaculture, yoga and magic. Simply a young human trying to find her way. A voracious reader, insatiable seeker and chronic traveller who would love to enquire about the world with you.

 

GEOFF BERRY

WHITE FELLA DREAMING 

What: White Fella Dreaming responds to the modern quest for spirituality that is embodied, true to the earth, intellectually gratifying and enacted in everyday life. White Fella Dreaming is a way of being that celebrates our lives as self-aware beings in an amazing universe, and which can be told in story and enacted in experiential exercises.

“Dreaming” is successful myth – a story that ties the individual and collective into a sacred world, drawing on deep mythological and ancestral roots and combining these with indigenous and mystical wisdom traditions as a way of teaching a relevant, contemporary, planetary spirituality.

Join Geoff Berry in revisioning this way of being for the modern age.

Who: Dr Geoffrey Berry’s PhD (Monash University, 2010) was on the symbol of light, written from an ecological perspective. His MA (Deakin University, 2005) was on underworld journeys, written in a Shamanic vein. He spent 2012 in Ireland undertaking post-doctoral research on utopian thinking and during 2013-14 he was Director of Studies at the Phoenix Institute of Australia, where he teaches myth, symbol and ritual. He is a keen Zen practitioner and reports on his current adventures in embodied spirituality at whitefelladreaming.wordpress.com.

 

HAL GREENHAM

Embodiment and Eco-design

What & Who: Have you been fantasizing about building a dream home / treehouse / solar powered biopool leisure centre / extreme tinyhouse??? Well! This experiential playshop could be just the space for you to take off those square framed conventional architect glasses, drop a few layers, and slip naked into the bubbling, aromatic hotsprings of an embodied design process.

In offering this space I will be drawing from my varied experiences as a somatic psychotherapist (www.mindbodyhealing.com.au), sustainability consultant to government (www.integral-counsulting.com.au) and bush architect / solar passive house designer.

Having designed a fairly basic low cost solar passive home recently I can lay claim to knowing very little about contemporary architectural theory. I am however passionate about creating spaces guided by a barefoot philosophy which favors:

- simplicity
- beauty
- cost efficiency and holistic return on investment
- minimal environmental impact
- wellness of occupants
- embodiment of occupants

I am excited to offer for your imaginative pleasure an embodying space to birth, explore and/or share your own ideas for spaces you would like to create. I will offer a combination of embodiment practices, cocreative sharing of ideas, plus lashings of butchers paper and drawing implements (BYO also welcome!!!).

JAMES O'BRIEN

WHAT IS MEDITATION? 

What: What is meditation, exactly? There are a lot of different answers available, given by different groups. The various Buddhist traditions will give their own answers. New Age practitioners will give another. Medical and psychological professionals will give yet another answer.

All three of these answers are problematic. The answers of ritualistic Buddhism and the New Age, while having very different historical contexts, are burdened by metaphysical beliefs. The answer of Western medicine is incomplete, as self-actualisation remains as yet blissfully unmeasurable.

This is not these answers - in fact you won't be required to believe anything in particular. Meditation can be presented without mystification or statistics. This is for people curious about what it feels like to be in a body, and how we can benefit from paying attention to the many sensations that make up our experiencing.

The class will give an overview of the two types of meditation: concentration, and insight. It will focus on the general intention of these two methods, distilling and presenting the essence of some popular methods of undertaking each. Key philosophical concepts required for insight meditation will be presented. We will do a short meditation together using a basic concentration practice. Finally, suggestions as to how to practise in an ongoing way will be presented, and what to expect if you do.

These concepts will be presented mainly as taken from the work of Daniel Ingram.

Who: James teaches counselling at the Phoenix Institute of Australia, and is committed to helping people be what they are.

JAMES TONSON

Working with anger and despair in social change - 

 What: Social change is a process of disturbance.  It is both a cause of and caused by anger, despair and other powerful emotions. Different emotions inspire different approaches or theories for achieving change thus contributing to the wonderful dynamic process that is life.  Sometimes we get beautifully lost in the flow of this dynamic but other times we find ourselves stuck and frustrated, unable to move through to another place.

 This workshop will explore the social dynamics of change using the five stages of grief developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s and extended into five stage of forgiveness by Dennis and Sheila Linn.  In doing so I hope to:

  • shed light on the sub-cycles of grief and forgiveness that exist within social change processes
  • show how understanding these processes can help us to work with the emotions and tensions that exist within and between individuals, groups and movements wrestling with social change
  • provide practical advice for helping ourselves and each other flow more smoothly through social change processes and the emotional ups and downs that go with them.

JANOEL LIDDY

DAUGHTERS & SEXUALITY

What: Your awareness, self-image and approach to bodies and intimacy directly influence how your young daughter feels about her body and later in life about sex. We'll cover practical ways to positively influence her from toddler to teen and well beyond.

Who: Janoel runs mother daughter retreats in Bali, Celebration Day for Girls workshops locally and teaches sexuality education in schools. She is a mother of two and has done sacred women's work for years, holding a safe and deep space as an engaging facilitator & trainer. She also runs Step into Womanhood & has worked in TAFE, university & community for 20+ years with a BA, several training quals & Steiner Teacher Training. She also offers Cool on the Inside for mid-teen girls and Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops. She writes about women, our cycles & self-care. A foodie and storyteller, Janoel practices yoga and sweats her prayers weekly in 5Rhythms dance. (BA (Monash), Grad Cert Training Mgmt, Adv Dip Hosp, Cert IV TAE)

 

JOE OPPENHEIMER

LOOP SALON 

What:  Loops are one of the fundamental flows of nature. Planets, electrons, blood cells and lifestyles all revolve in temporary Loops - a part of their greater narrative alongside Change and Chaos.

These days the loop elements of music have been highlighted by music technology. Variable loops are at the heart of song structure, memorable choruses and danceable beats. However, audio loops also have a useful function in the process of jamming and composing. Sudden inspiration can be looped, and repeated back instantly; one can contemplate the loop to inquire of the psyche's inspiration, and slowly or quickly layer musical ideas in new ways.

You are invited to take part in a morphing loop jam. Everyone can participate on and off the mic, contributing lyrical ideas, melodies, rhythms, and vibe. It's incredible where this creative technique can lead you.


Who:  Joe found songwriting while studying law at ANU. There he discovered a way with storytelling and improvisation that directed his future towards festivals rather than courts. Wielding folk-style guitar, psyfolk electronics, and a voice like James Taylor, Joe's shows are free flowing jaunts packed with meaningful lyrics and catchy tunes.

 

JORDAN SCOTNEY

ORIGIN & MOTION 

What: At times turbulent and joyous, at times melancholy and introspective, my music can move people to tears of joy and sadness, bringing them to points of stillness or offering a time for reflection. I invite you to experience this performance in any way you want. You can dance with the music or immerse yourself by lying down close to the speakers with your eyes closed. The beautiful thing is, this is your journey as much as mine. As performer and audience, we are one.

Who: Jordan is a musician and composer who loves writing music for piano and strings.

 

JULIE BENKERT

Local Supply Chains as Social Activism

What: Supply Chains – isn’t that all about Logistics?! What does Social Activism have to do with it? “Nothing!”, I originally thought myself - until I entered the dark world of Corporate Management and miraculously found my way into the Management Department of a big university.

On Saturday afternoon I’ll be offering a talk that attempts to shed light into how embedded we all are in the interlaced webs of global supply chains, and how buying locally is about so much more than getting fresh and healthy produce on the table and reducing the carbon footprint of our lifestyles. Inspired by local economy pioneers like Judy Wicks (author of “Good Morning, beautiful Business”), and based on my extensive PhD studies into Supply Chain Management I want to discuss with you, how small scale economic networks can become a real instrument for empowerment and a source for creating life. Maybe together we can address the question: What do local supply chain pioneers in Victoria and wider Australia need to become more empowered?

Who: I am currently a PhD student and teacher in Supply Chain Management at the University of Melbourne. Being a Geographer, nature enthusiast, and confirmed optimist at heart, I believe that all is not lost at the business schools of this world, and that teaching can be a very effective guerrilla tactic for spreading “dangerous” ideas and offering business students an inspiring alternative to mindless end-of-the-financial-year thinking. The motivation for entering this sometimes very technical and top-heavy path has been my excitement about the possibilities of local economic networks that I have seen springing up around the globe – may it be in Germany, Brazil, or my new home Australia. I hope that my work will contribute to empowering these networks and will help them to flourish long-term.

 

KATE BARNARD

Exploring Cyclic Process Through Folding Paper

(or “Why Geometry Is So Much More Awesome Than You Think It Is”)

What: A piece of paper has two sides, right?  And you can’t fold something inside out forever.  Come along and magically scientifically make a piece of paper with only one side and a card that you can fold inside out again and again and again and again and…  If you want, you can use this as an analogy to think about the cycles in your life/the world/the universe.  But really, the main activity is making some shapes that are surprisingly cool and kindof addictive to play with!  Kids, adults and all inbetween will have fun with this workshop!

Who: Kate Barnard is a feminist circus performer who likes geometry.  Quite a lot.  In fact, so much that she wrote an acrobatic show inspired by shapes and angles (and it’s a really fun show!) Kate loves shapes.  She loves playing with shapes in space and on surfaces and turning them round and round and all about and seeing what is created in the process. Also she a science communicator which pretty much just means she likes thinking, talking and sharing science and maths.


KIRA RYLE

The Courting Game of Physical Intimacy

 What:  Guys, Have you ever been so afraid of overstepping a girl’s boundaries, that you found it nerve wrecking to initiate intimacy?  Girls, Have you ever been so afraid of hurting a guy’s feelings, that you found it difficult to say no to his advances?

Come and explore how you can enter the courting game with more ease and trust.

From first kiss to love making, I will be guiding a communal sharing of how each of the sexes experiences the progression of physical intimacy, and most importantly –how they like it done. No nudity, no genital touch, just cheeky suggestions, loving feedback and joyful connections.

 

KIRI BEAR

Talking with trees

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” Herman Hesse

What: Please join me in opening our hearts to an abundance of ancient knowledge and gentle support. I will lead a simple meditation process to connect with ourselves and the Earth through the trees of Wild Dog Valley.

Who: Kiri cares deeply about the whole Earth community including her fellow humans. She has recently discovered that some of her greatest teachers are the trees she passes every day. Kiri writes a blog called http://humansarenature.com

 

KIRSTY MORPHETT

THE PATH OF THE VOICE 

What: The voice, being the most personal, intimate and embodied instrument is a precious tool available to us all. Many of us are afraid to use it, but through it we can discover every level and layer of our inner landscape, and connect this with our outer landscape, in a bi-directional loop. This is an ever-unfolding life practice, but in our session I hope to introduce a way of approaching, meeting and embracing our voices in a way that welcomes them home. Journeying from the finest nuance of our own, unique experience of our bodies, into presence, recognition, felt response, then sound, we establish a pathway from inner to outer, from self to other. We will then use this connected voice to sing some simple, harmonised songs together to finish.

Who: I am a musician, teacher and facilitator deeply committed to the path of music as the journey to self realisation. Music has been a focus of my life for a very long time, but it is only in recent years that it has become clear to me how much it is simply the vehicle for the greater unfolding of our understanding of ourselves. It is from this place that I encourage engagement with self and others through music and voice.

 

LESLIE ANN

humanessense: Your LA Story through Life Anonymous 

What: Life Anonymous is a sacred healing space created out of a place of love and the want to share safely with likeminded sentient beings.  Organic in its evolution, the theme, the session, the healing is all conducive to that which is happening for the individual and the collective.  It has no boundaries and aims to embody healing on all levels.  Bringing forth the essence of U and feel the energy of the group.  See what seed has been planted and what is ready to emerge as you share your LA Story in this powerful and dynamic space.

Who: Leslie is a well rounded gal who originates from Canada and has tried many things in life.  All that she has experienced has moved her into the Transpersonal realm where she is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling from Phoenix Institute.  She has embraced the throes of anthropology, sociology and psychology, as well as tasted the auspicious juice of small business which has led her to her new direction - the Now. 

 

LITTLE FISH

BALLS!  

What:  Baoding balls, Chinese health balls, Chinese exercise balls, Chinese meditation balls…they were a thing, once, and likely still are where they originated, appearing periodically in pop culture. 

Anyone remember David Bowie in Labyrinth spinning his crystal balls?  It wasn’t actually Bowie, but Michael Moschen, and some of what you see in the film is actually contact juggling, but the ‘basic’ rotation of two or more balls in the palm – touching or not – crystal or marble or iron or chrome/steel – are some of the actions performed with Chinese health balls.  The idea, according to Chinese medicine, is that practicing with the balls stimulates the meridians – the channels through which chi, or energy - flows through the body, by massaging the various acupressure points in the palm and fingers, to improve ones physical, mental, and spiritual health.

 Frankly, I do it because the action feels amazing, it makes me feel good about myself, and it looks really cool.  It’s a great conversation starter on the tram.  I’m going to bring a few of my pairs so that people can have a bit of a play (if anyone has any please bring them as my resources are limited) and talk a little bit about what they do for me, personally.  I hope others may have had some experience with them and may have something deeper to contribute as to how they fit into the Chinese philosophical/medical paradigm.  It’s going to be pretty casual and probably very short.   

Who:  I’m the little fish.  I studied counselling at the Phoenix Institute many moons ago, and I’m taking a year out from the double degree in psychology and social work that I’m half way through, to play with my balls, love myself, figure out where I really think commas are appropriate, and to be a better advocate for non-human animals.     

 

MARY O'CARROLL

A CONVERSATION ON SIMPLE LIVING 

What: I recently read a book titled "Simple Living in History - Pioneers of the Deep Future".  Using this book as a starting point I would like to open a conversation about what 'simple living' means, why and how we practice it.  

The book is a compilation of essays each focusing on an historical movement or individual who promoted simple living. These include Buddha, Aristotle, Thoreau, Gandhi, Permaculture, the Transition Towns movement and many more. 

In my life simple living is manifested in things such as working part time, buying second-hand things, finding treasures in hard-rubbish, having chickens and a veggie patch, having free time and making things.  What does it mean to you?  

Who:   Mary O'Carroll lives in Preston, is an independent midwife and mother of three children.

 

MAX MILNE

From digital with love 

 What: This is a personal story that explores the complexities of dependence, pornography, shame and how art heals. Telling of the gifts that have arisen through coming into a healthy relationship to pornography over a three year process the sharing will touch on sound art, non-linguistic story telling, Buddhism and the on-line support community called Re-Train your brain. Following the sharing a space will be opened up to dialogue around peoples experiences of pornography arising during healing process, in personal and professional therapy contexts. The questions intended to explore are  "What is needed in our community to support people working with pornography?" and "How can we reduce the shame own they want to work with my relationship to pornography?" Come to listen and or share.  

*Please consider this before coming: Pornography can quickly polarise and trigger people into groups of good or bad. The space that shall be created recognises the importance  that guilt and shame can be a large barrier to working with pornography.  The space will be a safe one where personal experiences can be shared.So please come with an open mind

Who: Max is multidisciplinary artist currently completing Art Therapy at The Phoenix Institute who working with generosity to be of benefit to all beings. 

 

MAYA WARD

A SECRET HISTORY OF THE WESTERN DREAMING 

What: There is an incredibly rich, little known cultural inheritance within Western philosophy. This is the 2,500 year old tradition of Neoplatonism, which extends through to visionary poets and scientists such as Jung, Goethe, Steiner through to contemporary researchers of entheogens. Like Buddhism, indigenous and Shamanic traditions, Neoplatonism is initiatory; it cannot be understood unless it is experienced through the whole body. I'm interested in it as a powerful and culturally appropriate way to come some way toward understanding the incredible depth of Australian Indigenous culture and relationship to land. Through a combination of conversation, writing and guided exercises in nature, I hope to open a door onto this world.

Who: I’m a writer and writing teacher, currently completing a PhD in altered states of consciousness and the creative process. My three week walking pilgrimage along the Songline of the Yarra River was my introduction to the astonishing world I now research. I continue to walk the country where I live, getting to know it, learning ever deeper how to belong.

 

MELISSA TURNBULL

Camo Fun 

What: Connect to your inner child and your outer animal. Practice the art of blending in to the bush. Basically an excuse to shed the head stuff, paint your face, and play hide n seek!

Who: Mel is: A gardener, healer, real foodie, circus performer, auntie, lover of life and "good hugger"

 

MIKE LOWE

MEN & THE RISE OF THE DIVINE FEMININE 

What: The global shift that is happening towards a more feminine and earth-centred paradigm can be liberating for men just as much as for women. In fact I believe it will only be truly liberating for women if it also liberates men. Drawing on my own experiences I will offer a conversation about, and tools to help, the journey that I believe all men are invited to take: a journey away from stifling patriarchal programming and into Divine connection - with our souls, with our inner child, with our bodies, with our loved ones and with Mother Earth and Father Sky. But this journey is not plain-sailing: there are dragons to be slain, sirens to be spurned and maiden's to be wooed. It really is a Boys Own Adventure!

Who: Mike is making a gradual recovery after being surgically separated from his emotions at birth on account of being (a) English and (b) Male. Prior to coming to Australia he spent a lot of time training leaders in places like Ukraine and Russia on Ethical Leadership and Trust. (Look at how that turned out!) and has worked with police and former militia leaders in Solomon Islands on programmes for reconciliation. Mike is an accredited mentor in Soul Resonance and Inner Work. In his spare time he coaches leaders on how to find and work with their own unique strengths and how to build trust within diverse teams.

 

MIRA MELALUCA

TECHGNOSTIC NATURE: REIMAGINING TECHNOLOGY WITH SOUL

What: This is a pixelated invitation to breathe curiosity and life into our relationship with the technological world, starting with the devices and processes which connect us all to each letter we are seeing on this virtual page, right here, right now. Technology has significantly blurred and shifted our boundaries around Self, other, time, space, limitations, knowledge, and what is 'real'. For many of us, there is a strong love-hate relationship with our devices and virtual realms, and often a frustration around their involvement in our mental, physical and emotional experiences.

Techgnosticism is an attempt to seek soul through the complexity of technology, to look deeper into the intimate and bizarre relationships we have with and through it. It is a quest for the soul of the city to find its place in eco-psychological dialogues, and a more creative exploration of the myths we hold around 'technology' and 'nature'.

This offering is a space for finding a richer sense of embodiment, environment and empowerment in a wild relationship with the digital dimensions of existence. Let's have a practical chat about applying earth wisdom to transhumanism in the Aquarian age. If you feel, please bring your devices (aka phones/ipads/computers) to our technological medicine circle, especially if the idea of being connected to a device whilst you're out in nature repulses you.

Who: Mira likes to dabble and dive in any creative modality or psycho-spiritual grappling that crosses her path. After years of hardcore undergraduate psychology, cross cultural studies and mind-body training, she's coming out of the star child closet with a fierce passion for the mythic dimensions of life, astrology, and allowing art and absurdity to pervade and enhance academic notions. Mira is a sporeganizer in the Evolver network and gets huge love hearts in her eyes at the thought of people getting together to jam on ideas, music, art and the things that really move them. She works at a large variety of festivals each summer as a body painter, sustainability cult-preacher and creative-learning-jam facilitator, and Wild Mind is one of her ultimate favourites.

 

MIRANDA FRANKEL

YOGA BY THE CREEK 

What & Who: 
Hello my name is Miranda. I will be leading a gentle but deep yoga session at Wild Mind. We will move with our breath and spend an extended amount of time in each posture so as to deeply release some of the resistance and blockages we encounter.

We will be assisted by the sound of the creek and the song of the birds at Wild Dog. Please bring a mat or similar.

 

MURRAY BARSON & BRIGITTE KUPFER

Parents in Conversation

What: Murray and Brigitte will host a conversation. "How do we learn with and from our children in a time of transition?"

Who: We chose to have a child later in life. Our son is now 13. Parenting is our greatest joy and also our challenge in a time where new and old paradigms constantly interact in our daily family, work and school life. Together we offer 'The Parenting Practice' a place for connecting, learning and exploring relationship and parenting wisdom.

Murray has been a GP with interest in men's health, sexual concerns and family medicine. He now works part time in emergency medicine and this summer has his best ever crop of tomatoes.

Brigitte has been a clinical psychologist and a systemic couple and family therapist. She now loves to co-create learning spaces for a Whole New Story, putting our needs for being, belonging and becoming back into the centre of our life.

 

PAUL HUXFORD

THE FRACTAL-INTERCOURSE OF PERSONAL MYTHOLOGY 

What: Using the metaphor of the ‘container’ we will explore the tapestry of mythology that binds together to create our reality. Using story, art and experiential exercises we will look at our unique configuration of inner Selves, and the core fragments of narrative that define them. Based on the idea that wounding is more about the meaning we made of an experience, rather than the experience itself - we will look to re-mythologise our past thus giving more freedom to consciously create our present.

Who: Paul is a Transpersonal Counsellor and a lecturer in counselling and art therapy at the Phoenix Institute of Australia. He is an experienced workshop facilitator, and is currently completing an arts-based research Masters on the topic of ‘home’.
 

PHILIP KNIGHT

Positive You!

What: A positive you begins with peace of mind.  We will start this workshop with a meditation and discuss the need for interdependence.  To individually & collectively reconnect and reintegrate with nature & the necessity of engaging in a changing cultural narrative. 

How do we want to go about being in the world? "If you participate in something with ecstasy and love, you make it sacred"  -Avatar Adi Da Samaraj

We will discuss why we aren't as positive as we'd like to be & why that is an exact requirement for being more positive! (reframing, referencing, & understanding our mind's nature, and the Hero's Journey).  I will present some inspirational stories and discuss how relating to some of the most inspirational thinkers (relevant to) and of our time can change your thinking. 

We will discuss the infectious nature of being positive and how this can benefit not just you, but our whole community right now and undertake a commitment (to the greater or lesser degree that feels right for you) to follow what arises from this workshop as a way of transcending our barriers for a more expansive life.

 

RICHARD TRONSON

GUIDED ELEMENTAL MEDITATION

Richard Tronson is a qualified dance therapist and facilitator of movement and transformation practice. He regularly shares dance journeys and workshops in Melbourne.

Blurb: In this guided elemental meditation, you will be invited to relax, and remember that you are not on earth but a part of it. Using the incredible power of the imagination you will be asked to allow the boundaries between yourselves and other beings to become permeable and fluid.  This meditation is an opportunity to connect at a deep level to this fundamental understanding of ourselves as connected to all of life.

 

ROSE BAILLIE

Quest for Wild Healing 

What: Come along on a quest into the wild heart of nature to discover our collective wild mind. Explore ways to deepen our  connection with  nature and enter into rich dialogue with the more- than- human- world, opening ourselves to experience  the deep healing that flows from this wild connection. 

Who: Rose Baillie has been researching and facilitating deep ecology and ecotherapy processes for many years. She has trained and worked in psychology and mental health as well as in ecology and environmental education, and has a Masters degree in Social and Sacred Ecology. Her connection to ecotherapy also reflects a deep personal quest for healing through nature and for nature.

 

ROSS INNESS-MCLEISH

Loamy Contemplations 

Are traditional meditative practices effective solutions to the challenges of our contemporary world, or a seductive yet fateful distraction from the urgent work that needs to be done? Will the cultivation of consciousness lead to radical social transformation, will a new politics spontaneously emerge from ecologically informed individuals, or is something more required? Does the development of body awareness naturally blossom into sensitive relations with our scaly, feathered and leafy companions, or inadvertently deepen the rut of anthropocentrism?

 After ogling the tantalising array of workshops at this year's Wild Mind gathering, and trying to settle on an area of expertise to share with you, I have decided that any lessons and suggestions I may have  are vastly eclipsed in scope by my questions. So I invite you to join me, a young, naive and passionately bemused eco-contemplative, to explore, in earthy and visionary ways, the intersection between meditation, psycho-spiritual growth, social activism, and the recollection of intimate relations with the land. I would love to hear your opinions, wisdoms and compassionate contradictions, as we weave our insights into shared understandings through a gently guided conversation, and finish with a meditation combining sensitivity to movement, evocative gratitudes, and lying face down in the soil.  Let's meet together at the confluence of activism and contemplation, to trace the bones and explore the edges of practices that are personally transforming, ecologically grounded and social reformative, and so called for at this time.

Some ponderings for you to ferment prior to arriving could include; which meditative traditions and forms do you think can offer the most to the eco-psychology movement? Is there a dead end in a  contemplative path that doesn't explicitly celebrate our relations to the River and Blue-tongue and Wren? How can we broaden the overlap between contemplation and the practice of relating to the more-than-human world?  And where does politics fit into all this?       

Who: Ross Inness-McLeish is an English-born-Kiwi-raised recent arrival to Australia, with a background in organic horticulture and comparative religious studies, and a budding interest in eco-psychology and the psycho-social aspects of cultural change.

 

RUTH PEARSON

Our universe: a sense of scale.

What: The universe is big.  In this workshop we will begin to grasp the enormity of the biggest thing humanity has ever looked at --- the whole observable universe.  

We will zoom out to cosmological distances beginning at planet Earth, our home.  As we step outwards we will use our bodies to build a scaled version of our solar system, our cosmic backyard.  The perspective developed from this activity will help us understand the scale of galaxies, galaxy clusters and the whole observable cosmic web.

Who: Ruth Pearson is a vegan feminist hula-hooping nerd who enjoys hacking on open data projects and intentional community.  She has her PhD in cosmology and is passionate about empowerment through science education. 

 

SARAH COWELL

TEA CEREMONY 

What: Welcome the new day with a (mostly) silent dawn tea ceremony. Based on the Chinese ‘Gong Fu’ tea ceremony, but imbued with other earthy elements and rituals, this experience is sometimes described as taking part in a moving visual meditation.

Tea longs to touch your heart with her beauty. In the ceremony, she invites you into a gentle, nurturing space to re-connect with yourself, your senses, each other, the precious present moment, and Mother Nature.

Who: Founder of Teasense, Sarah Cowell usually goes by the title tea sommelier, educator and ceremonialist (but secretly prefers Leaf whisperer). Trekking the tea fields of Asia and imbibing countless cups of tea at the feet of the masters was the initiation into her calling as conduit for the spirit of the leaf.  From Vue de Monde, she has worked her way down to where she finds the very essence of tea; grounded in ritual with the spirit of interconnectedness, reverence and simplicity.

 

TAMSIN CHANNING

Sankalpa yoga

What: The practice sankalpa yoga is designed to warm and stretch your body as you set intentions for both your practice and your life using a masala of asana, self enquiry, mindfulness, partner work, and meditation. All levels of experience are welcome. 

Who: Tamsin is a writer, editor, producer, butoh dancer, sometimes yoga teacher, and transpersonal psychotherapist in training. She divides her time between Melbourne and UNESCO-listed 'city of the future' Auroville, in the south of India.