Walking Together

Our Walking Together story began 7 years ago when Frank Ansell, traditional medicine man, and I began working together to offer retreats to introduce Australian indigenous wisdom to the modern world. http://www.healthyoutlook.com.au/UpcomingEvents-AboriginalHealing.html

In conversation one day, we decided to call our journey Walking Together. It has been our experience of learning to combine the best of both worlds – the skills and strengths of our different cultural backgrounds – to create something greater than either of us could have achieved alone. It has required learning from each other, and to listen deeply for those opportunities for trust, understanding and generousity. Little did I know these experiences of Walking Together would one day reconnect me with my Tasmanian roots and further opportunities to Walk Together.

As a child, I did not know any indigenous people, although at a deeper level, I carried grief related to the atrocities to our first peoples. When we were invited to attend the Bruny Island Indigenous Healing Festival I experienced the power of the Tasmanian men’s dances and ceremony they had revived from historical journals. It helped to heal this grief and led to meeting Sheldon Thomas and Tasman Langford.

Not long after, they visited Alice Springs and spent time with Frank being guided in culture to reconnect with the world they had lost. They also invited me to speak with them at an indigenous conference about my experience at their Festival.

A small profit from our retreats enabled Sheldon to attend our retreat and learn the spiritual and practical aspects of running such an event. A company director on our retreat, offered to support them with business knowledge. Now, Sheldon and Tas have set up Tasmanian indigenous cultural tours www.trowunnatours.com. Thus, the ripple effect of Walking Together is beginning ever widening circles.

As a simple, grassroots process that has naturally evolved, Walking Together has touched others and ourselves with the greater understanding that we are all one spirit.

Perhaps the ripple effect will touch you also and you will, some time, in the future, come to our retreat http://www.healthyoutlook.com.au/UpcomingEvents-AboriginalHealing.html

Aboriginal Healing Retreats

Where your mind, spirit, and soul open to discover
In the heart of Australia, magic wraps itself around you. This is the place where the country’s spirit can be felt in the tingle of warm red sand beneath your feet, and in the flooding of your senses as a trillion stars make your light. It is here that your mind, your heart and your very soul can open up to discover, or rediscover anew, space, peace and purpose in your life – for you to transform and learn to help others more effectively through exploring indigenous healing.

How will this retreat benefit you?
You will discover the effortless flow of wellbeing that nestles in the quiet waterholes and experience how the healing energy handed down through aboriginal traditions of millennia can change you, your work and the way you live. You will be different afterwards – perhaps more loving, easeful, open, clearer in your direction or transformed in some way that you don’t yet know, and can look forward to.
Who is this for?
Coaches, Facilitators, Health Professionals, People with an interest in healing – for themselves or helping others through change in a personal or professional capacity. Numbers are limited so register now.
When – 14 – 17 August, or 17 – 21 Sept 2012
More info

For more information about our work check out www.frankansell.com. Read Sue’s blog www.healthyoutlook.com.au/blog or email your queries to Sue at sgregory@healthyoutlook.com.au and Phone 0419 119 744. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future events please click here.

INVITATION TO DESERT WOMEN’S BUSINESS at UMUTJA 30th Aug – 3rd Sept 2011

Nellie Patterson and the Pitjantjatjara elders in Central Australia invite you to share in Women’s Business at a very sacred healing area approximately 150 kms from Uluru. (This is a long drive on a desert track).

Dates: 25th to 29th March 2011 Cost: $1500.00 Pickup: The Outback Pioneer Motel, Yulara. Tel: (08) 8957 7888 Deposit: $500 by 31st January, 2011
Balance: $1000 by 28th February, 2011

SORRY NO REFUNDS AFTER 28th FEBRUARY
Fee covers transport to and from Yulara (also there is a free shuttle bus from Yulara Airport to the Outback Pioneer), all meals, swag and cultural fees.

DETAILS:
We are travelling to very powerful land and we are asked to come with deep respect for the law and culture of this area bringing only an open attitude and willingness to be guided by the elders.
• We meet at the Outback Pioneer at around 12 noon on 25th March, please be ready to load up into the Troopies by then so that we can reach our destination early. We will return to the Yulara Ceremonial site as usual for rest and integration of our experience at Umutja and then return to the Outback Pioneer around Noon on 29th March but earlier times can be arranged for flights if necessary.
• We travel in 4 x 4 Troopies and space is very limited so luggage must be kept to an absolute minimum (additional items for before and after the event can be stored at the Outback)
• You will need to bring 10 litres water for personal use – can be purchased at Yulara when you arrive.
• We provide swags but please let us know if you are bringing your own so that we do not double up

WHAT TO BRING:
• warm sleeping bag, small pillow and sheet
• large tarp for over and under swag – approx 3 metre x 4 metre
• soft bag for clothes etc – keep it very small for transport
• water and drinking bottle
• torch – headlights are easier and best
• black skirt, knee length or longer. You will spend most of your time in this and will need very little additional clothing for the site other than some warm covering clothes for the evenings and early mornings and maybe socks and beanie for bed if nights get cool. A sarong or two comes in handy too.
• wipes like wet-ones, for washing
• toilet paper and small trowel
• zip lock bags for your own rubbish (incl. used toilet paper!!)
• small towel
• sunscreen and hat
• insect repellent
• Gastrolyte or other electrolyte drink
• additional food for snacking on if you need it. MEALS ARE SIMPLE VEGETARIAN AND

NUTRICIOUS. (Let us know if you have special dietary needs and we will see what we can do, e.g. gluten free).
• willingness to assist in the kitchen for preparation & clean-up at meal times (a roster will be available for you to sign up on)
• willingness to assist with serving our Aboriginal sisters at meal times.
• we are asked not to bring any recreational drugs, alcohol, drums and other instruments, jewellery, healing items like crystals, etc. as they interfere with the way the women work with the land in ceremony. Photography is not allowed and we are asked to keep our writing, artwork for later.
• it is important for you to know that you will be responsible for yourself and your experience at this event as it is not covered by insurance.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS AS GIVE-AWAYS IF YOU WANT:
• the ladies love and need back skirts – mostly large size
• wool – red, white, black and yellow
• white feathers
• paints, brushes
• canvas
Please email Lorraine at lorrainemoses1@bigpond.com to book, also for more information.

Please send deposit or full fee to:
St George Bank
Account Name: Lorraine Moses
BSB: 112-879
Acct No. 473807023

Or: Mail a cheque/money order to:
Lorraine Moses
PO Box 88,
Alice Springs NT 0871

Change your Life: Aboriginal Healing Retreat

In the heart of Australia, magic wraps itself around you. This is the place where the country’s spirit can be felt in the tingle
of warm red sand beneath your feet, and in the flooding of your senses as a trillion stars make you light. It is here that your
mind, your heart and your very soul can open up to discover, or rediscover anew, space, peace and purpose in your life – for
you to heal yourself and learn to help others more effectively through exploring indigenous healing.http://www.healthyoutlook.com.au/UpcomingEvents-AboriginalHealing.html

Frank Ansell, aboriginal Nungkari or traditional healer, and I are now offering experiences for CEO’s,  teams and individuals, to take time out to discover the effortless flow of well being that nestles in the quiet waterholes. It is a chance  to let go of fatigue, busyness and cluttered living for a few days and experience the power of the desert environment and aboriginal healing to recharge, and refresh the wisdom of the mind and the soul. It is an opportunity to look deeply and rediscover the things that really matter to the heart – family, joy, and a sense of well being. The experience of learning from the aboriginal culture has been life changing for me personally. and together with Frank, we  hope that you can join us on one of our retreats to experience it for yourself.

http://www.healthyoutlook.com.au/UpcomingEvents-AboriginalHealing.html

Healing at work: Therapeutic Touch in Rehabilitation

Imagine you are wobbling jelly – trillions of cells influenced by your thoughts and feelings. Every electron, atom, chemical bond, molecule, cell, tissue and organ has its own vibration. Your body changes moment to moment. The frequency of its energetic rhythm will vary according to pain, anxiety, past trauma, degree of health, and positive or negative thoughts. Think of some thing sad – then think of something happy – and check how you feel different. The rhythm of your body will have changed and your energy will be different – more vibrant.

Childre & Martin (2000) found that an intentional shift from anger or frustration to a centred state of stillness, care & appreciation affects the heart rate frequency and the frequencies of all the body’s cells. This change, as a result of having a different intention and thought is profound. And what’s even more interesting is they found when one person changed their intent, it affected the heart rate variability of someone else up to 10 feet away. Therapeutic Touch, developed for use in hospitals and health care by Dolores Krieger PHD, and Dora Kunz, natural healer, also uses the intention. The intention of compassion combined with a still state of mind to facilitate well being through the consciously directed process of energy exchange.

The therapeutic use of self is fundamental to allied health professionals. In the case of therapeutic touch, the intentional use of self through the ability to centre the mind, become still and intentionally focus and direct energy to facilitate the body’s own natural healing processes has been shown, through extensive evidence based research to help reduce pain or anxiety reduction, increase range of movement, speed wound healing and settle agitated behaviour.

Allied health professionals from Western Canada attended a Therapeutic Touch workshop co-facilitated by Sue Gregory, Occupational Therapist and Qualified Therapeutic Touch Teacher Australia www.healthyoutlook.com.au and Cheryl Larden RN, www.myhealingconnection.com President of British Columbia Therapeutic Touch Network, and organised by occupational therapist Dianna Mah-Jones www.dmjot.com. The workshop focused on the application of Therapeutic Touch in rehabilitation to facilitate health and healing. Therapists developed the skills to utilise Therapeutic Touch in home care, long-term care, hospital settings and private practice, as an adjunct to enhance the effectiveness of their rehabilitation programs.

Research relevant to rehabilitation has found Therapeutic Touch benefits to include improved mobility and hand function, settling of behaviours associated with dementia, alleviation of grief and anxiety, reduction of phantom pain, muscle relaxation and changes in levels of haemoglobin,

Sue described the use of Therapeutic Touch in her occupational therapy practice for reducing muscle tension in preparation for splinting in rheumatoid arthritis, relieving pain associated with severe burns and amputee stumps, settling children with ADHD, alleviating sun downing activity in dementia clients (take a look at the ebook Sliver Energy by myself and Chery Ann Hoffmeyer www.healthyoutllook.com.au/products ), improving sleep in the elderly, and reducing anxiety in clients related to return to work or home visits.

Cheryl emphasised the value of Therapeutic Touch as a self-care tool. The skill of centering used in Therapeutic Touch elicits the relaxation response. Its use at work in a professional setting on a daily basis benefits the patients, and, at the same time reduces professional burnout out and improves well-being for the therapist. It is as though the therapist receives a treatment whilst giving a treatment.

The occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals attending the workshop described the calmness they experienced whilst giving Therapeutic Touch and were enthused by Dianna’s examples of the use of Therapeutic Touch in spinal cord injury. Participants were keen to progress to the next level of training and further workshops are planned for rehabilitation professionals in Canada in the future. Please contact Dianna Mah Jones www.dmjot.com. For general information about therapeutic touch there are some free downloads on my website www.healthyoutlook.com.au/therapeutictouch, contact the British Columbia Network at www.bctherapeutictouch.com or the Therapeutic Touch Association of Australasia www.therapeutictouch.org.au. And if you are interested in the CD  Being on Centre,  DVD’s about Therapeutic Touch in Aged Care, or  Silver Energy – the ebook about the use of Therapeutic  Touch for the Elderly by Dr Chery Ann Hoomeyer and myself, Go to www.healthyoutllook.com.au/products

Welcome to my blog where I will share insights into how you can energise your self and your workplace through creating passion and drive by learning how to control your mind, change your beliefs, and using your intention and intuition.
- Sue Gregory