About Us

Awareness Institute is an organic community of professionally trained facilitators, clinicians and healers committed to inspiring an evolutionary shift in human consciousness. We value community, personal empowerment, integrity and self-responsibility and seek to provide the highest quality training and support for personal and community evolution. While not forgetting to sit back on occasion, kick off our shoes and have fun!

jodyhaywood2Jody Haywood Master of Education (Adult Education), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology); Graduate Certificate in Communication Development; Diploma of Energy Psychology- the Grace Method; Diploma of Naturopathy; Diploma of Botanical Medicine; Diploma of Nutrition; Diploma of Remedial Massage; Reconnective Healing Practitioner; EFT Level 1 and 2, Quantum EFT; Reiki Master. Member International Energetic Healing Association.

Jody is the Director of Awareness Institute. Starting her career in corporate finance, her life long interests in human development and consciousness led her to complete a degree in Psychology. This pursuit deepened her passion for learning and exploring the mind-body connection. Her own pursuit for wellbeing led her to qualifications in a range of complementary medicine modalities. Her love of learning culminated in a Masters Degree in Adult Education. Jody’s range of education, coupled with her work experiences has led her to be a highly regarded peer in the complementary medicines community. She contributed to this community of education and healing as Director of Studies and Principal of Nature Care College, executive member and advisor to various boards and associations including the advisory committee for the Bachelor of Health Science at the University of New England. Jody has been involved in government and professional accreditation of a wide range of educational programs covering both vocational and higher education. Her experiences and success in facilitating effective educational environments, consulting, mentoring leaders and driving change has inspired her to pursue a path contributing to a journey of  social transformation. Jody’s passionate interest in social change and healing combined with her extensive experience in educational design and management led her to co-create platforms of delivery for those seeking transition and change at every level; individually, communally and globally.

You can book a session with Jody by calling 02 9436 1644.

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Cameron is only young, but he already knows that he can be what ever he wants to be. Real power and confidence comes with that inner knowing. As a power animal Chameleon teaches how to show true colors of the self in your environment and in your sincere emotional nature. Quickness, sharpness in endeavors, he shows how to be tough on the outside with emotional/spiritual/mental armor when facing one’s fears. Chameleon shows a talent of adaptability to the environment and surroundings and can teach the art of sensitivity and independence to master changes of the mind, body and spirit. He encourages us to listen carefully to our intuition and inner sight as we navigate our way through this life.

VioletaVioleta Araya Certificate of Shamanic Psychotherapy (Canada), Psychological Tarot, Reiki, Sintergetica Healing, Pedagogy 3000 (Education for the 3rd Millennium Children), Bush Flowers. Member-Sintergetica International Association

Violeta is a grandmother and healer from the soul. Originating from the Andes Mountains in Chile, Violeta has practised shamanism and ‘journey drumming’ for more than twenty years, & has participated in ceremonies with aboriginal people and native people from diverse cultures. Her passion is service and mentoring, re-establishing love and peace for people and this planet.

An experienced light-worker who constantly participates in events for human consciousness such as Pachamama ceremonies and healing caravans, Violeta practices locally and overseas including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Spain. She has actively run for many years group healing services for diverse  communities including the elderly and mentally/physically disabled.

Violeta has facilitated and created workshops including ‘dreamers of the mountain’ and ‘andiosas’ (wise woman workshops and full moon ceremonies). She is also an active participant of ‘un mundo mejor’ (a better world) a consciousness movement that re-establishes the etheric web of the planet through planting ‘antennas’ to promote peace.

Violeta is also the director of Manos Healing Charity which promotes natural healing/medicine in the communities utilising Sintergetica Medicine, which a complimentary medicine born in Colombia.

melisa-arboledaMelisa Arboleda Master in Environmental Management, Natural Science Primary School Teacher, Diploma of Energy Psychology – using the Grace Method, Theta Healer Practitioner, Laughter Wellness Practitioner and Astrology

Melisa has been following her heart into a triad of environment-teaching-self development. Knowing that we are much more than our bodies, and that being in peace with ourselves goes hand by hand with caring about Mother Earth and us as human beings. She has been teaching children and adults to become aware of the choices they have and the wider impact of the decisions they make. Melisa support us at the front desk and leads the weekly Family Laughter Wellness Group, which aims to create a bonding, fun experience for all the family.

Kkaren-2HRaren Bowller  Commonwealth Diploma of Journalism, Crystal Awakening Advanced Healing Certificate.

With a background in journalism, Karen has used her writing skills in a long career of sales and marketing. For 10 years she was the Marketing Director of CTi Australia, and then worked with an international direct selling team in the wellness industry. Through her own wellness journey Karen developed a deep connection with nature, and a love for meditation and healing crystals. She is passionate about the impact of words and how they shape our world. It is no surprise Karen loves helping wellness practitioners express what’s in their hearts as part of their marketing message. In her programs she combines practical business experience with her intuitive skills. She lives with her husband in the Blue Mountains where she hosts workshops, enjoys bushwalking and is inspired to write poetry.

Jacqui Bushell Jacqui bushellRegistered Nurse, Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Botanical Medicine, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Diploma of Nutrition, Reiki Master Teacher, Certificate in Humanifest Essences, Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training.

Jacqui has been working in private practice in natural therapies and energetic healing for 18 years. As well as people of all ages, she also works with animals and environments. Over the last decade Jacqui has been teaching at Natural Therapies colleges in Sydney as well as facilitating retreats, courses and workshops in the areas of Vibrational Remedies, Herbal medicine, Reiki and spiritual healing. She is also actively involved in community health work. Jacqui is passionate about sharing knowledge and supporting people to become more aware of their true potential. Her hope is that this may sow the seeds of greater compassion, kindness and wisdom, to be of benefit for all beings. Jacqui’s intention and focus is always to co-create healing – only in this way can we truly empower ourselves and others. She is full of enthusiasm, respect and passion for her subjects and delights in teaching.

Kathleen Byers

Kathleen Byers Certificate in Astrology, Diploma of Energetic Healing, Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies, Reiki Mastery.

A passionate and intuitive Astrologer, Kathleen was inspired by insights and understanding she gained from a birth chart interpretation and commenced her journey as an Astrologer in 2008.  She finds Astrology a fascinating and empowering healing modality, a vehicle to enable clients to understand their innate energetic makeup, along with the planetary cycles that propose growth and development. Kathleen’s intention is to provide a sacred and safe space to facilitate healing.

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Desley Creedy Masters in Adult Education (partial); BA Leisure Studies (Sociology, Psychology & Social Psychology) – Major in Outdoor Education, Group Work & Personal development; Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training; Certificate for Professional Supervision; Certificate in Psychodrama; Certified Instructor Mental Health First Aid; Certificate in Counselling;  Certificate in Advanced Counselling skills; Experiential Psychology & Psychotherapy Levels 1 & 2 (including New Gestalt, Somatic, Grief Counselling, Addictions, Relationship and Relationship training, Families, Boundaries, Structure and Change); Other training programs include: Trauma, Dissociation & Psychosis; Shame & Pride Theoretical Framework: Working experientially with clients; Results Life Coaching;  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism & Aspergers Personal & Social Skill Development; Post-Abortion Trauma; Writing Life Stories; Working with “at risk” Adolescents; Child Protection Training; Child Sexual Assault; Security Awareness Training Correctional Centres; Alcohol, Other drugs and the Family; Aboriginal Cultural Training; Results Life Coaching. Recognition Award: Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Community Relationships

Desley has been in private practice as a Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 1990 and now offers Professional Supervision. Desley has taught Counselling at Nature Care College and Community Services/Mental Health at TAFE, designing and developing courses to Advanced Diploma level. Desley brings a very grounded approach and a wealth of experience and knowledge through 25 years of professional development and supervision and her own personal, emotional, mental and spiritual development. Desley has been involved in complementary healing practices  since 1985 through her own personal work and training in Breathwork, ReBirthing and Wet Rebirthing, transpersonal experiences in Shamanism and various mediation practices including Vipassana. Desley is also a Reiki 2 and Seichem practitioner.

Desley’s wide range of counselling expertise includes: trauma counselling, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, sexual assault, self-esteem and social skills, victims of crime, workplace problems, rehabilitation, family issues and post traumatic stress disorder, including recovery from trauma, sexual abuse and other assault, violence and self-harm. As a survivor of child sexual assault herself, she understands the need for a wholistic approach in healing. In particular Desley works with the complexities associated with recovering memory and the process of integration towards mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wholeness.

heidiHeidi Drieschner Bachelor of Arts (Soc Sci), Diploma of Holistic Kinesiology; Diploma of Energy Healing; Diploma of Reflexology; Certificate in Channelling & Mediumship, certified Reiki Master and Astrologer. M-ATMS. Currently completing-Diploma of Past Life Regression

Heidi is enthusiastic about empowering people with their health. Down to earth and passionate about her craft, she loves nothing more than seeing clients walk out the door with a sense of calm across their face, ready to face the world again. She believes that we walk together down the road to your health, working together to re-align you with your highest potential.

One of Heidi’s loves is assisting people with rediscovering their soul path & sense of direction in life. Her other calling is supporting those on their fertility journey and helping them through challenges faced along the way.

Heidi facilitates her clients to reconnect to their truth & align with their soul’s purpose- to reach an optimal state of vitality on all levels-emotional, psychological, spiritually and physically.

As well as working as a practitioner, Heidi also shares her wonderful knowledge and passion in the classroom teaching in the Diploma of Energy Healing, mentoring students, supervising clinical practice, and is an integral part of the Awareness Institute team.

Amanda Easthorpe  Certificate Meditation Facilitator, Diploma of Meditation Teachingamanda-easthorpe, Reiki Master, Member Australian Reiki Connection, Member Meditation Association of Australia Inc.

Amanda has had careers in the banking and legal sectors spanning 30 years and continues to work part-time in her “day job” as a Legal Secretary.  As much as she loves her day job – Amanda’s true passion lies in meditation.  She has been facilitating meditation classes in the community and corporate settings for over 10 years and has a particular interest in mindfulness, self-development and personal growth.

Amanda is just as passionate about introducing meditation to first-time beginners as she is about guiding more experienced practitioners into the realms of higher consciousness.  Amanda has received instruction and teachings from wise Rishi’s of the Yogic traditions, Western teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Tibetan masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  She regularly attends retreats and conferences to keep connected with the wisdom teachings and to stay in touch with the latest meditation research.

She continued to practice under the guidance of her teacher, Louise Gilmore, at Awareness Institute for 6 years before co-facilitating and eventually taking over the Meditation Mastery classes here at the college.  Inspired by the wisdom school tradition of Transformative Meditation, one of the things Amanda enjoys most about facilitating the Meditation Mastery group is the freedom to draw on the various wisdom traditions including yogic, Eastern and western practices.  Having been attuned to Reiki Master level, Amanda also feels that this compliments her work with the Meditation Mastery group in exploring the various realms of consciousness that lay beyond the physical.  She also receives ongoing mentoring from Transformative Meditation author and founder, Gayle Clayton.  Her greatest influence has been the gentleness of her own teacher, Louise Gilmore.

nicole-feledyNicole Feledy member of the Diploma of Meditation Teaching team. Teaching Children to Meditate

During her 15 years teaching Secondary School English Nicole’s passion was helping frustrated students feel more relaxed and in control. She challenged students to think critically and creatively about the thoughts and emotions beneath their behaviours. Nicole equipped them with the critical, creative and emotional literacy skills required to be the person they wanted to be. She encouraged them to accept responsibility for their thoughts, emotions and actions. Now she brings the same strengths to her adult clients and students. At Awareness Institute Nicole teaches students how to teach meditation to children and teens.


Louise Gilmore Certificate in Counselling; Cert in Group Facilitation; Diploma of Shamanic and Energetic Healing; Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training; Reiki Master; Cert Professional Skills in Conflict Resolution; Adv Certs in Bereavement Counselling; Cert in Shamanic Counselling; Cert Soul Care and Shamanic Healing; Member of the Energetic Healing Association; Inaugural board member of the Australian Meditation Teachers Association (ATMA); author and presenter of Transformative Meditation Facilitator’s Certificate course; author of The Carer’s Handbook, conference presenter in Australia, UK and USA, past President of Carers Australia and Carers NSW, awarded OAM for services to family carers

Louise Gilmore is a long-term teacher of beginning and advanced meditation in college, health and corporate settings as well as a teacher of shamanic practices. She has worked as a senior journalist and researcher, Community Educator in Area Health Services, trained graduate and palliative care nurses and coordinated and facilitated groups for people with life-limiting illnesses. She has developed and taught many specially tailored courses and one-to-one trainings. She has also written and currently teaches the Transformative Meditation and Shamanic Practices courses and the advanced course, Meditation Mastery, at Awareness Institute. Louise offers clinic healing sessions using ancient Energetic and Shamanic healing systems and altered consciousness. She conducts individual meditation coaching and also mentoring/supervision sessions for people who are working as healers and meditation teachers.


Natalie Grace AB(High Honours) Music; BTeach; MBus(Marketing); Dip.Professional Voice, Dip Meditation Teaching; Reiki Master; Cert. Channelling & Mediumship; Cert. Sound Healing

Natalie is a passionate Meditation teacher who also moonlights as a vocal coach, musician and healer. Coming from the corporate world, she has been practicing Meditation, Mindfulness and Intuition for some years as a compliment to her professional activities and is now certified in both Meditation Facilitation and Mediumship & Channelling.

Her experience in the corporate world and the frantic lifestyle it entailed – especially when coupled with parenthood – compelled Natalie to return to the Music and Wellbeing/Healing fields. Now her mission is to help people slow down, reconnect with themselves and enable them to incorporate their True Nature into their daily lives with clarity and confidence.

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Taryn is a qualified Tantra Teacher and Relationship expert, who has run her own successful practice on the North shore for over 6 years. Prior to this, she was a successful PR Manager in Pharmaceutical Healthcare, working on the launch of Viagra which leveraged her focus on men’s & women’s health strategies.

Today she regularly conducts workshops nationally and is known globally for her vision in presenting human sexuality as a personal developmental gift, plus health and pleasure as our birthright. Taryn honours Tantra and Sacred Sex as it was once recognised in history and specifically within indigenous cultures today.


Jennifer Houston Professional Astrology Counsellor; Angel Intuitive Course with Doreen Virtue USA; Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training; Professional Member of the Tarot Guild of Australia.

After a long career in fashion and the world of modeling as a Cleo cover girl all of which involved presentation, staging and choreography of fashion shows, TV Commercials. Jennifer pursued her interest in the New Age to a professional level. Jennifer has been an Astrologer, Numerologist and Psychic Tarot Consultant for 20 years. This is her passion and she enjoys passing on her knowledge and experience. Jennifer has been a tutor at Nature Care since 2002. She endeavors to empower others through her consultations. Jennifer is the current coordinator for the Tarot Guild of Australia in Sydney.

phillip-waterPhillip Kayrouz Completion Process Practitioner (Trauma based counselling), Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Certificate in Counselling, Certificate in Mediumship & Channeling, Mediumship at the Arthur Findlay College (UK), Certificate in Pranic Healing, Certificate in Energy Healing, Member of the Spiritualist National Union (UK), MIICT.

Phillip Kayrouz is a specialist in trauma counselling, who combines his training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist with the application of Teal Swans Completion Process trauma modality.

His work incorporates working with spirit, while using his psychic faculties and Psychotherapy training for the purpose of healing & assisting people to clear through trauma, so they can once again find a life with purpose and direction.

With awareness of how a spiritual soul may become fragmented as a result of trauma – Phillip is dedicated to assisting and providing support so as to reclaim all aspects of ourselves so our, physical, spiritual and cosmic bodies begin to align and integrate removing the illusion of duality.

Philip has an esoterical understanding to life. As part of his journey he has experienced extensive spiritual pilgrimages which have taken him to visit and connect with the earth’s chakras, working with vibration & frequencies of the land, and working energetically with traditional medicines in South America. When Phillip works within a therapeutical setting he will engage the spirit or an aspect of the soul. He does this from his higher self and receives the information back through his heart.

Phillip offers private Psychotherapy – Spiritual based Trauma Counselling sessions as well as Psychic Mediumship readings at the Awareness Clinic. Click here for his availability.

lynda-kerr Lynda Kerr  Diploma of Health Science; Reiki Master Teacher; Meditation Facilitators Certificate; Cert IV Aromatherapy; Advanced Spa therapies & Ayurveda certificate; Harmonic Sound Healing with Radiant Sol; Pranic Healing (Level 1 & 2); Advanced Pranic Pychotherapy; Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace training. Member of Meditation of Australia Association (formerly ATMA); Member of the Australian Reiki Connection Inc. (ARC); Member of Reiki Professionals Association. 

Following her heart Lynda made a complete career and lifestyle change after previously working in the busy travel and airline industry and stress filled financial sector for many years. Lynda has now been part of the Wellness industry for over two decades. Initially, working in the Beauty and Spa industry, including the position of Faculty Head at the Australian College of Natural Therapy, Lynda now primarily works with corporate and community groups facilitating meditation and wellbeing workshops. Lynda is an experienced, passionate and inspiring teacher with an enthusiasm for sharing the benefits of meditation and wellbeing with others to enhance their own personal development, and bring more peace into their everyday lives. Lynda teaches meditation in business settings at Awareness Institute.

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Leslie spent nearly three decades working closely with his spiritual teacher and mentor and has engaged in an unabated pursuit of metaphysical studies and practices since childhood. His passion is vibration; artistic inspiration; meditation; mantra chanting (vedic & tantric); ritual; shamanism; the sacred language of Sanskrit; the ancient teachings and texts of Sanatana Dharma; the divine feminine and an active appreciation of the beauty of the spirit behind nature.

He has enjoyed a close relationship with the Yogis, Swamis, Pandits and Sadhakas of the Hindu community – and was president of the Hindu Society of Tasmania for nearly three years. Leslie currently manages Heart Aloft publishing (Australia); and Etherica – a spirit, mind body retail outlet in Manly.

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Rebecca Mayhew Reiki Master/Teacher; Certificate in Spiritual Healing I.I.H.T.V.H; Meditation Teacher training; Psychic Development training; Touch for Health (Nature Care College); Cert. IV Hospitality Management; Channelling and Trance Mediumship training; Crystal Healing Certificate I.I.H.T.V.H; Lifeline Counselling course; Planetary Body type healing using Shell Essences; Psych K practitioner; Thrive Life Education training; Dream Analysis training.

Rebecca has spent the last 15 years passionately exploring and teaching spirituality in many forms. She has been a practising psychic medium, healer and meditation teacher for over 12 years, honing her ability and honouring her desire to be of service to the world. Rebecca’s main passion is to help others to empower and enlighten themselves by showing them the gifts they have within. Through teaching, writing and sharing all that the spirit world is willing to bring through her, Rebecca hopes to help all around her to find their own voice and shine their light. She also runs a small children’s charity and hopes to ignite a similar compassionate spark in others, by inspiring people to pay it forward.

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Janet McDonnell Aura-Soma Teacher Level 3, Aura-Soma Colour Consultant Level 4 , Monocrom Light Practitioner , Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

Janet is dedicated to enriching the lives of others through colour and energy. Inspired by the process of self-inquiry and the desire to understand her purpose, Janet was led to the world of colour and the Aura-Soma colour system. She is an Aura-Soma international teacher and practitioner since 1992 and has been tutoring at Nature Care College since 2001. Her years of practical work in the field of aromatherapy, massage, beauty therapy and fashion, provides you with the opportunity, not only to learn the theory of colour and the Aura-Soma system, but how to integrate the knowledge with other modalities. Janet has a way of making what seems difficult to understand, a simple process.

Mayte Miguelez

Mayte Miguelez  Certificates: Yoga Instructor, Art of awakened yoga teaching,  Synthergetic Healing Certificate (including, Reflexology, Bio-cybernetics & Bio-resonance, Bio-electromagnetism, Light Biology, Laser and Color therapy, Sciences of Consciousness and Healing), Healing Hands, Neuroscience of Self-Conscious Observation, Traditional Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, Universal Healing Tao System, Astro-Psychology, Tzolkin Mayan Time, Shamanism.     

Mayte is originally from Mexico with a mix of Spanish background. Following a successful career in the Banking and Finance industry across Latin America and Europe for more than 10-years, Mayte settled in Australia to focus on her true passion: the promotion of health and vitality, the connection with your higher self, through conscious yoga practice (MaYoga).  This novel yoga techniques are a result of over 20 years of study and practice of various Yoga styles, Kundalini, Prana Shakti, Sattva, Taoist meditation, Synthergetic Healing, Reiki, Mayan Shamanism, and other energy therapies which focus on self-awareness, the expansion of consciousness and the transformation of stress into vitality by enhancing the immune, neural and pineal systems, restoring the connection with the self and with the Universe.

Lynn Overhill Lynn OverhillDiploma in Remedial Therapies; Certificate III in Remedial Massage; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing & International Management; Diploma of Direct Marketing and many certificates in Animal Care, Natural Health & Nutrition for Animals, Reflexology and Kinesiology for Animals, Bach Flowers and Aromatherapy for Animals. Currently undertaking Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Lynn Overhill began practicing forms of Shamanism in the early ‘90’s when she first began “automatic writing” with Spirit Guides and later when speaking to all types of domestic, native and water based animals & mammals. Lynn also has spent much time with exotic animals who found themselves on “extended visa stays” in Australian Zoos and Animal Parks. Over the past 17 years, she has spoken to hundreds of animals who demanded to be heard and who dreamed of human owners and carers who understood “their inner animal”. Once she helped the animals, the humans wanted help too. She has been featured on many TV programs including “Mornings with Kerrie-Anne” and also in all forms of media in Australia and Japan. Lynn can also be found at pet shows on her mat having a snooze. Meanwhile, her husband Ashley spent his days planting multitudes of olive, cork, pine and fruit trees. During this time, Lynn was approached by the Nature Spirit Union and asked to represent them before , during and post planting to ensure that each tree received what was high on their nutrient wish list. 

tania-sloanTania Sloan Diploma of Meditation Teaching, Diploma of Energy Healing, Reiki Master Practitioner, AromaTouch Technique Certificate; Laughter Yoga Facilitator and Dancing in the Dark/Light Facilitator, Diploma of Business Administration, Essence Practitioner currently studying with Humanifest Essences and Wild Earth Wisdom. Member International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).

Tania is a lover of dance and all things ABBA. With her partner and three stray cats, she enjoys a good belly laugh, and inspires others to live the life of their dreams. Tania is a qualified meditation teacher and lecturer, energy practitioner, wellness advocate and workshop facilitator. A student of shamanism, archetypes and the divine balance of masculine and feminine, Tania brings a sense of joy and fun to her clients and her classes.
Coming from the corporate world, Tania was diagnosed with a chronic illness and left it all behind in pursuit of health and vitality which led her to an absolute love of meditation, essences, essential oils and dance. Being able to share her passion, her wisdom and knowledge gives Tania great joy which she willing shares with those around her. Often referred to as a “breath of fresh air”, Tania’s love of life and teaching shines through and she is frequently sought after for her innate ability to connect people with people, businesses and personal journeys.