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Keeping our spirit strong healing circles

Esme Holmes

Keeping Our Spirit Strong Healing Circles is a healing & wellbeing program focusing on Aboriginal women and trauma recovery in the urban community of La Perouse, NSW Australia. The program consists of three interconnected circles; Trips to Bush: connection with land, story and identifying healing plants & flowers; Deep Listening & Meditation: skills to cope with trauma & grief; Journey of Healing through Art & Culture: printmaking & weaving (stories of healing). The Healing Circles cover a 10 week period and repeat 3 times during the year. The dream is that individuals, families and community members will keep spirit, culture & healing strong, strengthen knowledge, skills and ownership in healing resources and strengthen leadership in the community. Addressing a community of 250-350 peoples. Opens the pathway for Aboriginal employment, training, ownership & trauma recovery. The project is conducted by 2 Women Dreaming Healing Inc. La Perouse and runs over a two and a half year period. This presentation looks at the first series of Healing Circles, stories, art and evaluation which is self reported by the women at the completion of each circle.

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Esme Holmes

Esmé has worked in counseling & professional development since 1990. Her professional practice is located both in Sydney and on the Gold Coast. Her background as a holistic psychotherapist draws on her professional and academic training in Psychology, Clinical Drug Dependence, Art Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and extensive training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodrama, Narrative Therapy, Music and Sound Therapy and Meditation techniques to achieve the positive change the client desires.
She has also spent many years working as a yoga and meditation teacher and a facilitator for health and lifestyle awareness. She has trained and worked with many indigenous cultures (including the Kahunas in Hawaii) to facilitate healing and wellness between cultures. As a culmination of her knowledge in health and lifestyle Esme´ has recently set up workshops on positive ageing.
Esmé also studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is well-known as a professional singer and songwriter. In 1987 her music was played at the Cannes Music Festival and later shown on European MTV.
Esmé has had to deal with many challenging physical conditions and has healed herself from chronic asthma by using diet, meditation, yoga, music and healing with light. This formed the basis of her soul searching journey to find a source of infinite healing from deep within.
She works with individuals, couples and groups using both traditional and transpersonal counselling. Esmé believes working with the body, mind, emotions and spirit is essential to access the boundless potential within all of us.
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