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Women’s Trauma, Trust & Intimacy Workshop, Vic

Trauma, Trust & Intimacy workshop

The Trauma Trust & Intimacy workshops invites us to the deepest places in ourselves and our intimate relationships. By shining a light of compassionate love and understanding into these depths, where the shadows of shame, unconscious blockages, fear and mistrust dwell, we open into healing, expanding and improving our relationships at a fundamental level. This will be a safe and nurturing time for everyone.


Benefits include better health, more fulfilling relationships, deeper intimacy, more substantial connections, easier flow of emotions, clearing blocks, moving out of ‘stuckness’, happier life and greater awareness.

Joyful, fulfilling and harmonious relationships are essential to our happiness and success. Let’s go beyond addressing the usual aspects of relationships such as conscious communication, techniques for sexual intimacy, managing anger, understanding differences between the masculine and feminine.

Let’s address the elephant in the room that creates difficulties in connection: healing from trauma. All of us carry trauma unlesscaged Wild Woman L we have completed the unfinished business that trauma creates when it is experienced. If we did not have time, space, support and understanding at the time of the trauma, we will be carrying the unexpressed emotions and held body symptoms that are the result of unfinished traumas.

Trauma affects us whether we know it or not and it is like the unwelcome neighbour that often pops up when least wanted. The effects of trauma are many and varied and may include behaviour, patterns, illnesses, difficulties connecting or being with people or certain people, relationship or family issues, pain, etc.

As renowned psychologist Gabor Mate writes, “the essence of trauma is disconnection from ourselves….separation from the body and emotions. So, the real question is, ‘How did we get separated and how do we reconnect?’”

The answers may lie in our personal or collective experiences. They are also found in our cultures which are interwoven with thousands of years of patriarchy which has left deep wounds in both women and men.

7pm Friday 3 May – 4pm Sunday 5 May

Melbourne, Victoria

Investment: $325 waged, $245 concession.
Early Bird pricing (until 10 April) $250 waged, $195 concession.

A $150 deposit will secure your place, payable by clicking on the button to the left, by e-banking or cheque. For more options, call 0407 650 026 or email info@innatewisdomconnection.com.au

We identify and discover together how to move through the difficulties in relating and connections. We have many types of trauma that have not been resolved so we still carry it. There is sexual, physical, family, ancestral, cultural and herstorical traumas. health problems. Some recent research indicates that for children, growing up with care-givers who were emotionally absent can have impacts similar to severe trauma.

centrepeice at byron workshop july 2015Other people are dealing with the legacy of being born to parents who were traumatised. Trauma affects and gets passed on in our genes, so that a person can be living with the symptoms of trauma even when their own life has been free of traumatic events.

Trauma undermines the feeling and sense of safety. It means that all experiences tend to get filtered through a lens of fear. Over time this can damage relationships and it is a major barrier to physical and emotional intimacy. While it is possible for both women to have relationships when they are not feeling safe, there are depths of intimacy union involving mind, body and spirit which can only be achieved when there is a deep surrender into trust: trust of self, trust of the other and trust in the dance of intimacy that is co-created.

The Trauma, Trust and Intimacy workshop works at a deep level, creating a sacred, safe space in which healing can occur. It draws on ancient shamanic and indigenous practices, as well as cutting-edge scientific understanding of trauma, trust and sexuality.

Safety is at the core of what we do. The workshops are fully clothed at all times and there is no sexual touch involved – though guidance may be given on possible lines for exploration involving sexual touch with partners after the workshop.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:women fantasy dark forest 1680x1050 wallpaper_www.wallfox_net_11

  • identify, heal and release old patterns which do not serve you
  • deepen connection to yourself and others
  • reclaim your personal power and presence as a feeling, loving being
  • experience deeper safety in relationship
  • heal the shame that binds you
  • move from fear to love
  • understand how trauma can be held in the body and how it can be released
  • explore archetypal patterns of masculine and feminine in relationships
  • learn what issues are yours, what issues are your partner’s and what belongs to previous generations.

The workshop is suitable for women only. Mixed workshops are also available.


phoenix flyer picPhoenix Arrien has over 20 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to transform, heal and self-discover. She was a manager of the ground-breaking Bodywise Project at the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault and is an incest survivor thriver.

Her training and experience includes Aus indigenous healing, Native American & 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.

GraveMatters.ChristinaReeves.jpegChristina Reeves has been part of the Innate Wisdom Connection team for 4 years. She is a Way Shower, a Space Holder, Community Builder and Event Manager. She is the founder of various groups in the Permaculture, Deep Ecology and Women’s Mysteries movements – all striving to make a change in the world in different ways. Christina is an experienced facilitator of Women’s Circles, hosts Sacred Ceremonies and is a Death Doula. She is passionate about the work that Innate Wisdom Connection is bringing to the world and feels privileged to witness the deep transformation and healing that this work brings.



“While I really did not know what to expect from this retreat it surprassed my expectation and I was able to tap into a deep part of myself that, as a 57 year old woman who has done many decades of work, I have not been able to access before. So while there may be more work to do as yet as a childhood abuse survivor, many doors have been opened. Such love was shared by all and this experience will stay with me forever. Phoenix and Mike may our paths cross again“ – Di James“Arrived into the unknown with such vulnerability. Hour-by-hour, day-by-day to have the support and nurturing to help heal in a community. Phoenix and Mike have such a gift in allowing me to just be and guide me on a my journey of transformation. I leave today feeling a huge weight has been lifted and my heart open. Thank you.” – Amanda

“Thank you for providing this healing experience – I feel I have been connected to my inner self and believing now no matter what the circumstances I have the truth and strength to stand tall. I love me and I need to take care of her, we are all connected” – Jennie

“The deep connection I found through out the retreat was truly wonderful especially for a group of people who did not know each other. What a wonderful safe space you created and for you and Mike to now be teaming up I can only imagine the amazing healing and connection that will take place.”

“…I had had a profound connection with Mike and within the safeness of the space created I was able to heal long time wounds of mistrust with the masculine. Gratitude abounds for this profound open healing and nature connection that you have facilitated, I highly recommend any one who has such a desire to take the plunge and plug into what your years of connection have led you to offer.” – Ursula

“Words can’t express how wonderful and transformational this was! I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. I am so grateful for such talented, inspired and supportive facilitators who created such a safe transformational space and opportunities – big big thanks Phoenix & Mike!! I am also very grateful to have been there and connected with such a wonderful, courageous and enriching group of fellow participants” – Denise xx

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Questions or to discuss call/text 0407 650 026 or email info@innatewisdomconnection.com.au or via this website