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ECO-HEALING ADVENTURE: Tarkine Wilderness, Tasmania

Eco-Healing: Shamanic Deep Ecology, Sacred Ecology & Healing Ecology in the Tarkine Wilderness

An incredible experience not to be missed! For the Tarkine is like nowhere else on earth and an unforgettable experience!


One of the world’s greatest remaining wild rainforests and the largest temperate rainforest in Australia – 447,000 hectares of World Heritage significance in the North-West corner of Tasmania. Enter into an ancient slice of Gondwanaland, with over 60 species of rare and endangered species.

We enter the forests of myrtle, leatherwood and Huon Pine. Deep we go, exploring beyond the surface and immersed in the vast visual beauty, as we open and strengthen our connections with all beings and the spirit of the country and the energies that create an unique web of life in this ancient ecosystem dating back millenium.

We explore that human identity exists at the intersection of the ancient cycles of air, water and soil. In spite of the pervasive illusion of separation, in reality no separation is possible between nature and ourselves.

cindy and phoenix in grove of elders tarkine 2016Arne Naess, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Oslo University, suggested that what is needed are community therapies “healing our relations to the widest community, that of all living beings”. By acknowledging our interconnectedness we invite the spontaneous healing of the psyche.

In this workshop we participate in a series of processes and rituals informed by those used by indigenous peoples throughout time. Using experiential processes, Sacred Ecology, Healing Ecology – the two way process of healing the earth and the earth healing us – and Deep Ecology, exploration by car, foot and canoe and senses, we dissolve the separation between person and planet. Vision and empowerment arise naturally from realigning ourselves with the living Earth.

Dates are Wed 14 March – Thurs 22 March 2018 consisting of:

Retreat 1. Wed 14 – Mon 19 March: Deep & Healing Eco Adventure, Corinna. $1050 full or $975 early bird / concession (early bird till 31 Jan)

Retreat 2. Mon 19 March – Thurs 22 March: Meditation, creativity, journeying and integration camp, Arthur River (Tarkine Coast) (optional yet highly recommended) $375 full or $250 early bird / concession (early bird till 31 Jan)

Prices include all accommodation (in shared rooms), meals and facilitation. For the Arthur River segment, the price includes camping fees and meals.

Book_Now_Button_BlueA $250 deposit will secure your place, please book via the trybooking button on the left or contact us on 0407 650 026 or email info@innatewisdomconnection.com.au

To read an article by Phoenix on Eco-Healing published in Living Now magazine click here >> Healing ourselves Healing the Earth – eco article

To see a photo essay by Mike featuring photos from last year’s Eco-Healing adventure in Living Now magazine click here >> The Tarkine Wilderness in Tasmania

Please let us know your interest and any questions here

More info on the venues and locations here

Price includes facilitation, meals, materials, venue, shared bedrooms. Camping also available (inc in price). Arthur River segment is camping with basic facilities and upgrades to cabins are available.

Approx program as this is an experiential unfolding:

Day 1: Gather, overview, intro, sharing, community creation, connections, groundings & relaxation

Day 2: Sacred space in nature, Deep Ecology experiences, deep relaxation

Day 3: Healing Ecology experiences, deep nature connection, elements, ancient wilderness immersion, night experience

Day 4: Emotional connection, nature, canoe adventure

Day 5: Ritual, sharing, sacred ecology

Day 6: Travel to the west coast, coastal walk

Day 7: Coastal walk and shamanic journey by the sea

Day 8: Circles, opening to country, consolidation, integration, connection

Day 9: Completion, moving forth, celebration


Phoenix Arrien has 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to smilingtransform, 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 then included 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.

DSC_3656Mike 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.

A profound affinity with nature and a passion for photography has led him to explore a variety of forms of nature contact. 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.

Be inspired, invigorated and be part of nature like never before!

To see a short video of the Tarkine click here

For more information and booking details  info@openheartedtransformation.com.au or through this website


“The greates gift of space and time – to re-discover self, connect with the energy that nutures. To lie in the safe embrace of deep rooted forest. To breathe deep and remember I am part and always coupled with these trees, rocks, insects and animals. At times risky, but with all new adventures are. To find childlife job in the play of the breeze in the leaves to a profound conversation with the spirt of the myrtle beech giant. It is and will always be a gift to myself – these 4 days :-)” – Cass

“A gift form you, other humans and nature. I recognised a deeper need for recommuning with nature more often; listening to ‘her’ messages and offering back to ‘her’. The retreat gave me an opportunity to reflect and connect to myself to be held and give to others in community sharing, food, friendsip and new experiences.”

“My “Mother Tree” connecting me to the earth…….. a 4000 year old Huon Pine deep in the Tarkine (Tasmania). Such happiness and emotion after a long, deep, meaningful and often painful journey to finally be connected to find peace and contentment in my life. Thank you Mother Earth.

Thank you to facilitators Phoenix Arrien and Mike Lowe for guiding our ‘journey’, Tobias Wiseowl for feeding us and especially the other participants who without sharing their souls honesty, trust in each other and love, this would not have been possible” – Andrew Browne

“Thank you so much for your support and caring. I feel encourage to open again and shine.” – Menka

What a great experience. The forest , swimming, kayaking – a first for me – have loved it all. Thank you,may the journey continue.” – Cynthia

“An amazing time in the Tarkine – in a sacred space that you crated. Yes we co-created but you created that space for us to grow into. Tha’s magic you weild lady.” – Phil Harrington

“Laugh, new friend. A new community, a furthering and extending of a special web. A new seeing, a learning to smell, breathe, touch and take in nature and an urgency to protect her. Love, Rob” – Rob Lamicela
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Cancellation policy for this workshop: refundable – less 15% admin/bank fees if cancelled 30 days before the workshop or 50% refundable less admin/banking fees 14 days before the workshop begins. No refund 14 days before the workshop begins, during or after the workshop.