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7-Day Trauma, Trust & Sex Workshop

The Trauma Trust & Sex workshop invites us to the deepest places in ourselves and our intimate relationships.

Exploring, with compassionate love and understanding, the 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.

12pm Sat 28 – midday Fri 4 May 2018

Iluka, Northern NSW

Investment: $1075 waged, $860 concession. (Includes accommodation, meals, materials, facilitation, etc.)
Early Bird pricing (until 16 March) $990 waged, $795 concession.

To book: www.trybooking.com./SCYS

A $250 deposit will secure your place, payable by e-banking, credit card or chequel. Payment plans available. For more options, call or email info@openheartedtransformation.com.au

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: the trauma caused by thousands of years of patriarchy which has left deep wounds in both women and men and which affects almost everyone to varying degrees.

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For questions or discussion please call Phoenix on 0407 650 026  email info@openheartedtransformation.com.au or contact us via the contact page

Some people are dealing with the effects of trauma in their own life. In Australia one in three women and one in five men experience sexual trauma before the age of 17. Other kinds of trauma which can affect relationships include physical injury, family and domestic violence, the loss of a loved one, living with addicts or people with mental 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.

Other 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.

group photo of byron 2015 workshopTrauma 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 intimacy. While it is possible for both women and men to orgasm when they are not feeling safe, there are heights of sexual pleasure 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 Sex 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:

  • identify, heal and release old patterns which do not serve you
  • experience deeper safety in relationship
  • heal the shame that binds you
  • move from fear to love
  • understand how trauma can be held in the sexual organs 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 both couples and singles. If you suspect that your relationships are being adversely affected by trauma, or if you think there is room for improvement, then this is the workshop for you.

To book: www.trybooking.com./SCYS

A $250 deposit will secure your place, payable by e-banking, credit card or cheque. Payment plans available. For more options, call or email info@innatewisdomconnection.com.au or contact us through this contact page


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

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. 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.

Testimonials from other workshops:

“The Trauma, Trust and Sex workshop was a powerful experience for me. I felt I was stepping further into reclaiming my power and my presence as a feeling, loving being. The processes you led us through were each doorways into healing, deeper experiencing and relating, and there was a beautiful balance between heart, body and mind in them.
I want to thank you and Mike deeply for sharing this work with us, and for holding the space for our personal and collective processes to unfold. You both have deep integrity and a passionate commitment to the work, and were always willing to show up to work with whatever was happening for us and gently guide us towards our growth point” – Keppel Cassidy

“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 sruvivor, not wth edoors hav ebeen 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

“This opportunity is a great healing opportunity not to be missed and I wish the 30% of B- who have been traumatised by long civil war and didn’t have the opportunity mourne or farewell their relatives would have this healing workshop. Well done Phoenix and Mike. Please keep it up” – R.M.

“…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

“I have been waiting for years for something like this. Two decades of intense internal dialogue, working through anxiety, addiction, depression, dissociation, isolation, all neatly covered over with a light hearted workaholic got-it-all-together mask to hide the black hole inside.

And in perfect timing I was invited to the Trauma Trust and Sex workshop. I had a feeling it would be profound, and it was…I remembered how to be ok in the presence of others, and a huge part of that is because of the incredibly supportive and transformative space Phoenix and Mike hold together.

They have a gift of witnessing unflinching each person in their whole messy chaotic perfect humanness without judgement. An unconditional acceptance of every participant teases their pure light to surface with a gentle invitation to explore inner landscapes in the safety of community. It’s the kind of space that allows you to shred all that holds you back, the kind of space I would love all I hold dear to experience, the kind of space that makes you feel at home in yourself. How truly valuable.

Thank you Phoenix Arrien and Mike Lowe, I look forward to unraveling and unfolding with you again.” – Tjoni Johansen

Cancellation Policy: refundable (less 10% admin and 5% bank fees) if cancellation up to 30 days before workshop begins; 50% refund if cancelled up to 14 days before workshop begins; no refund less than 14 days before workshop begins, during or after the workshop.