Cathy Brown transformed a personal tragedy into something extraordinary. Diagnosed with melanoma in 1989 and secondaries a year later, Cathy was advised “to go home and enjoy her family while she could”, as she only had between 2 months and 2 years to live. Cathy was devastated; her children were 6 and 8 at the time.
However, her prognosis initiated an amazing personal journey, which involved exploration and implementation of self-help techniques including meditation. Once recovered, Cathy trained extensively including as a Clinical Hypnotherapist so she could help others. In 2016, Cathy published her book - My Answer to Cancer. She has worked for many years with Cancer Support WA – now Solaris Cancer Care, as well as presenting corporate wellness programs for Perth businesses and enjoying Public Speaking.
Meditation practitioner with 40 years of practice, and experienced meditation teacher with a professional background in adult education. A senior leader of design and delivery teams, facilitator of leadership and change programs, and executive coach working in professional services, corporate, government and tertiary education settings.
Liz has been committed to working with Mind-Body Medicine techniques for several decades. Originally an Occupational Therapist in Psychiatry, Liz subsequently trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in the mid 90’s before qualifying as a Meditation Teacher. Liz worked with The Gawler Foundation over a 10 year period as a Group therapist, counsellor and meditation teacher. She has also taught meditation and guided relaxation processes individually and in groups over Zoom for many years. For several years she assisted Drs Ian and Ruth Gawler in leading meditation retreats in New Zealand. Liz has a very warm personality and an expansive depth of experience to assist others.
Melissa is dedicated to the practice of meditation and yoga including education and training. For over 20 years she has held regular meditation and yoga classes, courses and residential retreats in her own retreat space. Melissa is highly experienced in working with individual client’s and helping them create a personalised daily practice. Melissa’s husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2005. Having found the work of Ian Gawler extremely beneficial for her husband’s healing journey, Melissa trained with Ian and has been a long-term student of Ian’s ever since. Melissa is accredited as a Senior Yoga Teacher, as a yoga therapist and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher; as well as being an experienced Meditation Teacher registered with Meditation Aust.
Working as a counsellor, psychotherapist and meditation teacher is both my passion and my life’s work. I love teaching a discipline that is so interesting and such a pleasure and privilege to practice. For the past 23 years, Sabina has been a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice. She has run support groups for people with cancer and their carers, taught mindfulness and meditation widely, and worked therapeutically with many people diagnosed with serious illness. Sabina has a Masters Degree in Counselling and is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia and the European Association of Psychotherapists. Sabina speaks English and German fluently.
Siegfried’s life has revolved around his commitment to the quest for truth. Born in Germany and migrating from Germany to Australia in 1981, Siegfried’s early working life was in corporate executive management in IT (mostly with BHP). In his mid 40s Siegfried changed to the NFP sector, working for many years at the Gawler Foundation as Business Director. Siegfried then re-trained as a counsellor, meditation teacher and group facilitator. In the midst of all this, Siegfried spent 5 years volunteering in the humanitarian field in South Africa. He also worked extensively in palliative care, providing emotional and spiritual support for people reaching the end-of-life. Siegfried has facilitated many workshops on the healing qualities of laughter. Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration 1976; Master of Counselling 2003
Steph is a meditation teacher and naturopath with a special interest in mind-body medicine and lifestyle medicine. She presents mindfulness-based meditation workshops and coaches clients all over the world on the ways meditation can transform our lives – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Meditation was one of the most important tools that helped Steph heal from metastatic cancer diagnosed in 2014, and she continues to support others on a similar journey through 1:1 sessions and retreats. Steph lives by the coast with her family, where she enjoys daily meditation, yoga and walking on the beach with her fur-baby Chilli, the golden retriever.