My work in creative practice, workshops, facilitation, editing, and coaching is based on the following beliefs and experience:
- Human beings are infinitely creative. With sufficient insight and curiosity, we can learn to know ourselves deeply and discover what we need to flourish.
- We can find ways to listen to ourselves, and to be listened to, so we can identify and understand our insights, gifts and challenges.
- We meet challenges and crises so we can grow and learn as individuals.
- Our rich emotional lives can be sources of guidance and wisdom.
- We can learn to listen even to the most wounded aspects of ourselves to see how these wounds need healing and what they contribute to our lives.
- The effects of our individual transformations ripple beyond our personal lives to our spheres of influence, our communities and the earth.
- We need to engage all of ourselves – mind, soul and body – to develop new habits.
- Practice and exercise help us learn. We try out new ways of being and then adjust our practices as we see what emerges. Persistence, courage and patience are key.
- We have limitless capacity to encourage and support each other in healthy ways with radical candour, compassion and love.
I’ve coached individuals and couples and worked with groups since 2009 as well as taught and studied in communication and education for the soul and spirit for more than 20 years. I completed a PhD on listening in conflict, and a Masters in Conflict Resolution, following an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology. As well as teaching and learning in conflict communication, storytelling and creative processes as an adult educator, I have also worked in applied communication including stints as a technical writer for Cochlear and in cabin crew communications at Qantas. As a freelance and academic writer I have had pieces published in journals, magazines and newspapers as well as book chapters.
As an educator, I have taught at RMIT, La Trobe and Victoria universities in Melbourne and learned and taught at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College, UK, as well as ‘In the belly of the whale’ school in New Zealand, and I’ve studied and taught in the Steiner education system. I have presented at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, and internationally.
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