Hi, this is Helen.
I look forward to helping you find and deepen your inner peace.
Fifteen years ago I had planted myself firmly in the environmental education tribe. I was helping to run a bushwalking lodge, teaching sustainable living with my husband and we were expecting a baby. Things were about to change, but not in the way I expected.
When I gave birth I had to have an emergency caesarean. Lying in a recovery room afterwards I felt disempowerment and anxiety. As with most mental health issues, this was a build up of many factors, including long-term grief about the loss of nature which had started in my teens. As the months passed, my mind and spirit fell into a dark spiral. Something had broken open in me and it would not be busied away or ignored.
I was reluctant to get help, as it felt like losing further control over my life, but eventually a friend suggested I went to my doctor. He said he could prescribe anti-depressants and there was counselling available. I didn’t trust anything coming from outside of myself. I didn't understand my emotional needs. I needed to start calming my mind and listening to my body, but how?
I had done some Yoga from a book before and had some very traditional lessons from a wonderful teacher near Taree. It had proved helpful for stress relief when I was working 24-7 at nature study centres and I had practised it through my pregnancy. I knew I wanted the deepest, most authentic version I could find. I looked up my closest ashram, and checked to see if they had any training programs. Yes, there was a yogic studies program that explored philosophy and six branches of Yoga through an experiential process. It would be a huge commitment and a big change of direction for me.
I took our daughter for a walk up the hill. I sat on a big rock whilst she slept. Looking up in the sky I saw a huge white cloud that opened like a doorway. I knew a decision was needed: I decided to enrol in the course. Saying yes to this was an immense re-grounding of my values and priorities. This started me on a two-year journey into cultivating present moment awareness and the exploring the esoteric mystery and beauty of Vedic philosophy.
I was starting to rewire my consciousness and gain some inner strength, however, the regime was austere. People who know me are aware that I am not good in the early mornings! Parents are often sleep deprived and during ashram stays and back at home the requirement was to get up at 5am daily and do a two-hour yoga practice.
I got really tired and although I was on a good path, I was still not listening to my body's needs. I also lost some faith in the patriarchal and hierarchical nature of the ashram system which didn’t align with my values. What I still trusted was Mother Earth and the truth of the natural world, but I was a bit lost. Things still felt fragile.
Then a massive, vivid dream came. It unfolded like an epic, mythological saga. I am still unpacking the layers of that game-changer night. I dreamt I was hunting a vast, primordial feminine energy in the form of a vengeful sea-kraken. I ended up falling out of a boat and facing down the beast in her element. She turned out to be a mystical, shape-shifting creature who was indestructible. She offered a magical doorway into enlightenment to those who encountered her. Clues from the spirit world can be subtle, gentle, repetitive, or come like a giant gong sounding. This was definitely a giant gong.
The symbols in the dream led me through an exploration of several energy healing traditions. I trained in Reiki, Crystal Vibrational Therapy and then Crystal Shamanic Healing. I was nervous about exploring the spiritual world but I took things at my own pace and gradually learned to trust my own heart as a guidance system, integrating what I learned from others with my own inner experiences, step-by-step.
How to navigate consciousness and how to embody spiritual values in everyday life have been driving questions in my life. I also explored menstrual health and mythology and began to make peace with my body. As I got clearer on my body's needs and brought healing to past emotional wounds, there were many difficult changes in my life. I realised some of my biggest emotional challenges were leading me back to a deeper sense of self and an authentic, calmer connection to people and the Earth.
In 2013 I started this business, Sacred Ground Healing, to offer crystal therapy, workshops and retreats. I travelled from the country to bigger towns - Muswellbrook, Maitland, Newcastle to do energy healing sessions for clients. I applied karma yoga training to everyday life which brought meaning, calm and grounding.
I completed my Yoga teacher training and then studied Tantra with Raja Choudhury of A Thousand Suns Academy which was truly transformative. Where evidence-based discoveries from science are converging with ancient wisdom traditions I found my own deep truths about how to live well and how our universe and consciousness work.
From my early teens I had dedicated my life to helping Mother Earth as something outside of myself. Now I experience myself and all life as unique parts of Mother Earth’s heart in one synergy, and she is guiding us to peace and balance every step of the way if we listen.
Using meditation and energy healing tools inspired by Mother Earth, I help people plug body, mind and spirit back into the grounding and nurturing of her beautiful energies for health and wellbeing. I am not a keeper of an indigenous wisdom tradition. My ancestry is from many places and I have a deep love and respect for Mother Earth as sacred ground wherever I am.
I want to contribute to, embody and connect to others interested in experiencing a new paradigm where we gain safety, connection, belonging and purpose by re-sacredising our relationship with the natural world. I believe each and every moment we experience this connection, can help our world heal and rebalance.
I haven’t forgotten the feelings and challenges I went through and I still experience daily grief and anxiety about what is happening to the Earth. I use the tools I have learned to acknowledge, feel and explore these indicators of honest relationship with life.
I want to help sensitive people, nurturers and empaths to feel emotional support, empowerment, purpose and joy every day. Each person’s unique gifts matter to me and when understood and expressed, I believe they can transform the world for the better. My daughter is my joy and inspiration. I hope we can create a kinder world for all young people.
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2010 to current - Associate Member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.
2018 to current - Member of International Yoga Teachers Association.
Reiki Master - trained by Sonja Bollnow and Keiron Keene of TanRan Reiki Australia (2011-2014).
Crystal Vibration Therapy Cert IV - trained by Susie Nelson-Smith of Crystal Sound and Light Institute (2012-2013).
Crystal Shamanism Level 1 and 2 - trained by Rachelle Charman of The Academy of Crystal Awakening (2013-2014).
Yoga Instructor Level 1 350-hour training - My Health Yoga (2015-2016).
Yoga Therapy for Children Training Course - Zenergy Yoga (2017).
The Inner Goddess Activation and The Kundalini Code with Raja Choudhury of A Thousand Suns Academy (2019-2021).
50-hour Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health and Body Image - Sarah Ball Yoga (2022).
Youth Blended Mental Health First Aid - Lifeline Australia (2022).
2010 to current - Provide First Aid - St John's Ambulance Australia.