Annual Deep Life-Changer 1-Month Retreat, VIC
October 9, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - November 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
An extraordinary month to change your life!
The Deep Life Changer Healing & Transformation Retreat: Healing Your Hurts, Living Your Essence, Flowing Your Bliss
Precious time to get away and be in nature and community to heal, recover, take stock, find direction, be supported and find yourself.
Immerse yourself in this deeply transformative and nourishing journey into wholeness. Feel yourself releasing old wounds and awakening into new life as the group grounds and connects with the renewing energies of Springtime in the beautiful Murray region.
This is your invitation to spend a month in the safety of a supportive healing community, connecting with the energies of nature and guided by your own innate healer, the group’s wisdom and the synchronicity of Spirit.
Why a month? It can take 28 days to change a habit many people feel. In our retreats we find that a month allows the time for a substantial sense of safety and trust within the group to grow deeper and deeper. This foundation of trust and safety is what makes courageous and lasting transformation possible. A month offers the time and connection to create lasting change.
Soul Quest. In the final week of the retreat there will be an optional opportunity to have a 24hr/48hr/72hr Soul Quest (similar to vision quest, but without cultural appropriation): Camping alone in the lovely redgum bushland, within your own sacred circle, connecting to earth and sky, the elements and the directions, we open ourselves to allowing the emergence of deeper and meaningful aspects of who we are and how we live. There is adequate preparation and lead-up to this experience.
A life-changing experience and a meaningful and special culmination of your one month of healing, transformation and journeying.
Finding reconnection. For thousands of years, the medicine men and women of indigenous cultures have understood the physical and spiritual interconnectedness of all things. This retreat follows the Shamanic perspective on healing. It is about restoring balance, right relationship with the earth and with Spirit and retrieving the aspects of Self (or Soul) that become fragmented through trauma. You don’t need any prior experience of shamanic, energetic or earth-based work and this work does not involve use of substances or plant medicines.
October 9–November 5, 2022
Investment: All prices include GST, accommodation at Wakiti Creek Resort, near Echuca Vic, all meals (vegetarian), materials, facilitation, individual and group healings. Accommodation is in shared rooms or bell tents or camping in your own tents/vans. (You can also arrange to have your own private cabin for an extra cost). Please contact us if you are experiencing financial hardship. Payment plans are available.
Price: Sunday Oct 9 to Saturday Nov 5: $3545 full ($2960 concession).
A $250 deposit will secure your place, payable by e-banking or credit card. For questions, call 0407 650 026 or contact us via the contact page.
During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to:
- Heal and transform issues that are affecting you in your life including both physical and emotional aspects
- Discover deeper personal expression and authenticity
- Feel your personal space within the group and yourself and let go of that which doesn’t support your current situation
- Expand your ability to connect with yourself and others in different ways
- Be supported and held within circle in deep unflinching ways that nourish mind, body, emotions and soul
- Increase self-empowerment by understanding boundaries of where you end and others begin, while stepping into the paradox of one-ness
- Explore aspects of the sacred masculine and feminine in connection and communication
- Deepen awareness of your priorities and values and how to stand firmly in them in the world with compassion and personal power
- Connect with nature in exciting and profound ways
- Touch upon the wild nature in us all
- Move forward with understanding and awareness to make positive changes in your life
- Connection, deep listening and inner awareness
- Individual and group work
- Process work
- Shadow work
- Optional shamanic healings and journeys
- Ancestral healing
- Men’s business and women’s business and exploring how the Masculine and Feminine within each of us interact in healthy and unhealthy ways (gender fluidity is also acknowledged).
- Deep relaxation and time in nature
- Embodiment and movement
- Sharing and circle time
- Connection to self, others and nature
- The 4 elements and 4 directions
- Connection with the community of all living beings
Jung inferred that the loss of instinct, the loss of soul…can be restored through reconnection with the sacred aspects of the natural and imaginal worlds.
In our descent to reconnect with our roots in wild nature…we may navigate unknown territory, dark waters, and close, tight spaces. We may even enter in that impenetrable dark night of the soul where all hope seems lost. But Jung urged us to look for the seed in the darkness that will come to fruition and light.
What is broken into pieces can be re-membered and begun anew like the initiate who emerges as a powerful shaman. It is possible, through the process of descent to reconnect with the sacred earth, to restore our souls to their rightful wholeness, both individually and as a culture.
By re-membering our roots in the sacred, by re- establishing right relations with nature and the imaginal, we renew our trust in the power of soul to help us find our way home. – Bonnie Bright
Phoenix Arrien is passionate about supporting people’s journeys towards healing and transformation. She over 25 years experience, providing sacred transformation and healing spaces for people to transform, heal and self-discover.
Her training and experience includes Aus indigenous healing, Native American & Sth American healing, Maori and Cherokee bodywork, dance/movement, Adventure-based Counselling, Process Work, Jungian Psychology, Core Shamanic Healing, 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.
Mike 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.
“After attending the Deep Changer retreat, I thought ‘How will I get back to normal’ but I realise my life was not normal and that the retreat opened many new neural pathways, my thinking is different, my sense of being is different, I am different and the changes continue. So the more I feel, the more I experience the more l discover aspects of who I am becoming and all that from the retreat and time to be how ever I needed to be and profound healing being within a group and being held and supported by Phoenix and Mike. I still wonder how did you know what l needed. The unspoken, Everything happened as required. There was no sense of time just being. My mantra continues ” It’s all good” words can’t express the experience as it is such a somatic Healing experience – Elizabeth Kinnane
“As I think back on my time at the ‘Deep Changer’ Retreat, there with 20 other people committed to their own healing and journey, my eyes well with tears. I’ve never felt so alive so often as I did those three weeks.
Sometime in the second week, we were invited to connect into our physical bodies, our senses and environment. Under the Taurus full moon I stripped off my clothes and tied a bandana over my eyes. With a blanket draped through my elbows and Luke an as my spotter, I made my way through the bush to a fire following the distant sound of a drum.
“I felt my feet firmly on the earth. I heard the crunch of branches and bush underneath me. I felt my way, step by step, breathe by breath, drum beat by drum beat. There were times I felt like I couldn’t do it. Like it was taking too long and I couldn’t find my way. There were moments I felt fear rising from within. I felt frustrated, panicked, trusting, connected and so many other emotions.
“It’s hard to put words to the experience and what it meant to me. The final moment when I reached the drum and the fire is indescribable but I’ll do my best. I felt a rush of relief, inner fire and ecstasy. There was peace, joy and passion.
“Later, after I’d spotted Luke on his journey through the bush, I jumped in the Murray river naked and warmed my skin by the fire. I laughed with and hugged dear friends as they each arrived at the fire from their own journeys. I wasn’t worried about the past or planning the future that night. I simply was. Naked under the light of the moon with my bare feet on Mother Earth!
“Do you know what it feels like to feel truly alive?” – Lotus Argyll
‘How to articulate the gifts received from this intensive…deeply loving, nurturing, unravelling…and honest, deep healing. Phoenix has held us so well…I feel overwhelming gratitude, thank you!’ Saskia Post
“Exceeded my expectations. Nurturing, growth, support, love, community, fun, deep support, nature. Utterly professional, caring, knowledgable, intuitive. Would recommend your special and deeply necessary work to anyone.” Rob Lamicela
“This workshop…deep and expansive with Phoenix holding the space for each unique individual participant. There was a rich variety of processes and balance between being inside the workshop space and outside in nature. Very heartfelt and beautiful space to share and be!” Claire Lamicela
‘A real experience! If you are seeking to open your soul and your heart…I am really thankful I put myself in this space for the week which opened up pains I had shut down in my body but also opened up the possibility to let go of them. I felt safe.’ Stephen Cooper
‘I had little knowledge of what was in store for this retreat, but it exceeded anything I could have expected and needed. A wonderful balance of connecting with nature, connecting to self and most importantly being held so deeply in vulnerability. Thanks for offering such a powerful space for growth and nurturance.’ Ariana