I am a qualified Meditation teacher, mindfulness educator and trained Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I live and work in Melbourne, Australia.
I first started working in the health and wellbeing industry in 1996 with Human Services Victoria, supporting young people to navigate the realities of growing up in the most difficult and challenging life circumstances. Humbled by the experience, I quickly realised my heart was willing to open unconditionally to all beings. My path was set, I just needed to surrender to it.
After my first child was born I began working with other mothers as a Counsellor at PANDA (Post and Ante Natal Depression Association). In 2017 I assumed a position on the tutoring team at Monash University (Department of General Practice) as part of the Health Enhancement Program led by Associate Professor Dr Craig Hassed. This year, in 2019, I have been appointed a position on the board of Meditation Association of Australia, the national peak body representing mediation and mediation teachers.
My passion to work with people in need and to give back to the community led me to volunteer with The Sacred Heart Mission in St. Kilda, The Lighthouse Foundation for homeless young people and with Caring Mums, a service that provides emotional support to mums of newborn babies and women during pregnancy.
In the early 1990s, I found yoga and have been a practitioner ever since. My interest in meditation and mindfulness (Vipassana – Insight meditation) blossomed while studying Psychotherapy in 2006. I used it sporadically when stressed or couldn’t sleep, when a friend asked me to join her on a silent retreat. I decided I had nothing to lose and the idea of spending time in silence was appealing. I found myself lighting up from the inside out…..my heart was wide open and I felt completely at home. Being silent felt natural, like an ancient memory had been resting deep inside my body somewhere and it needed to be reawakened. Now I practice meditation almost every day. This does not mean my life is perfect, I, like everyone else have ups and downs, but have a relationship with my internal landscape, my inner being where it is always calm, grounded, compassionate and full of love…..all I have to do is remember and connect. That’s where meditation comes in. Everyone has inner peace, it’s our true nature.
“Meditation isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already” Pema Chodron
This is one of my favourite quotes and I would love to share its true felt sense and meaning with you. For me…… it’s freedom!!
Registered Meditation teacher, member of Meditation Association of Australia
Diploma Teaching Meditation, Gita International Yoga Australia – 2013
Diploma in Soul Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling, The Kairos Centre – 2010
Emotional Field Therapy (EFT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dip. Community Services, Community Development, Swinburne University – 1999
Certified Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra Facilitator
Completed Yoga Nidra teacher training with Jana Roemer
Board Member – Meditation Association Australia
Completing the Mindfulness Based Stress reduction course (MBSR)
Attending Melbourne Insight Meditation silent retreats annually since 2013
Riding in the Great Victorian Bike ride 2015
Happily Married for 22 years
Mother to a 20 year old son and a 17 year old daughter.
Facilitator of the Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra Program.