What is an Amazon?

How strong are you?

How wise are you?

How easily do you ‘walk in beauty’?

Are you abundant enough to feel you can give it away, and still wear your treasures each day?

How interconnected are you to all-that-is?

Brawn — Brains — Beauty — Bounty — Community

It can be a challenge to call up our inherent strength, wisdom and beauty as women in the modern world. And yet, these qualities are our birthright and our fundamental nature, and the support that we need to embody them is all around us, if we choose it.

Historically, the Amazons were warrior women, known for their self-sufficiency, ingenuity, strength, truth, love and valor.

These ancient world Wonder Women have inspired us to offer a framework of support for modern women based on the principles of

embodiment, empowerment and emancipation.

Yours is the journey only you can make…

…but if you suspect you really are stronger than you think…

…and you’re drawn to the idea of an Amazon,…

then read on, step closer,  and inquire deeper.

Why an Academy?

The Amazon Academy is a training ground for women, founded on the principles of                                              embodiment, empowerment and emancipation.

Rarely these days is an Amazon born an Amazon, so anyone who desires to be one must train to uncover their inherent Wonder Woman nature.

With The Amazon Academy, you begin where and how you are, understanding that there could be no better place to begin.

We’ll support you with physical practices, virtual interactions and in-person gatherings and training so that you can begin to access your true Amazonian nature.

You’ll develop your Amazonian-ness in these arenas:

Brawn–How strong are you?
Brains–How wise are you?
Beauty–How easily do you ‘walk in beauty’, as the Navaho/Diné say?
Bounty–Are you abundant enough to feel you can give it away, and still wear your treasures each day?
Community–How interconnected are you to all-that-is?

With an aim to “awaken the heart to action”, the Amazon Academy offers you the playing grounds to know the powa of sensitivity that horses live by, to learn how to hit a self-selected target, to experience fire-making in the rain, to meet the land, water, air, animals and plant beings, not as a tourist, but as a comrade.

Is this for you in 2019?

You’re invited to join us in 2019 to cultivate your unique Amazon nature.

Brawn: Your Physical Practice

Online • NZ$49 per Season or NZ$333 for the year.

This level is your regular investment of time, space and energy into the physical realm. Our offering to support you is MYOGA Seasons:  an online series of seasonal yoga practices for you to practice at home.

Each Season builds upon the last and prepares for the next so you all-ways start wherever you step in. Yet, year after year the evolution continues as you spiral-ascend yourSelf.

Purchase MYOGA Seasons & begin your Amazon journey

Brains: Virtual Interaction & Support

Online • Included in the MYOGA Seasons package

How much are you aware of what it is you do, and ‘who you be’?

When you enroll in MYOGA Seasons you can opt-in to receive weekly live videos of further provocations, tips, insights and support, as well as interactive Q & A’s that will take you to deeper levels of the home practices.

With the added virtual-interaction layer, of live videos providing deeper meaning and a wider gaze of the material we’re exploring privately in home practice, we develop awareness, accountability and the beginning levels of Amazonian-ness.

Learn more about the virtual interaction layer

Seasonal Gatherings & Trainings

Locations around New Zealand • Dates & Prices TBC

In these, we’ll go deeper and wider yet again as we actively take the Seasons trainings off the mat, out of the house or studio, and out into what we think of as the wilds. Now, together in person, all of the provocations, awarenesses and skill-building we’ve been working on privately will be put into action. We’ll learn combat skills, how to build fire, connect to horses, try out marksmanship, explore conscious communication and much more! Check out our amazing Amazon facilitators to get a greater sense of what will be on offer. As much as possible, we’ll have a concurrent Amazon Ally offering.

Explore the 2019 Gatherings calendar

Who’s behind it all?

Melissa Billington

Melissa Billington’s hippie parents introduced her to yoga while still in the womb. At 6 she went to Kripalu Ashram, at 16 she began Kundalini Yoga and, after leaving the US in 1999 to roam India, she returned to Kripalu for her 200 hour certification in 2002. Although privileged to teach in a number of countries, Aotearoa New Zealand is where she’s lived the longest (since 2005) and feels the most at home. In 2008 she opened Powa Centre in Wellington and organized her teachings as MYOGA—freedom to unfold, with the aim to empower others to empower themselves. Melissa has certifications in Pregnancy Yoga, Radiant Child, Forrest Yoga Advanced, and has been an ERYT with the Yoga Alliance since 2004. She formulated and led two 200 hour teacher trainings, taught on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show, and in the local women’s prison, for two years. In 2014 she put her teachings online and in 2015 she took a “spiritual sabbatical” to question the Yoga Industry, and to write a memoir for her Seasons teachings. On walkabout, Melissa connected deeply to the welfare of water, women, animals, trees and children, which has led to the next up-leveling of MYOGA–The Amazon Academy–launching soon!

Miriam Lancewood

Miriam Lancewood was born in 1983 and grew up in a loving home in a small village in the Netherlands. Nature, theatre, art and music were the pillars of her childhood. At the age of thirteen, Miriam started pole-vaulting and, as a result of many hours spent training, she won a great number of competitions. It was, therefore, an obvious choice for her to study Physical Education when she left high school.

At 21, upon completing her Bachelors’ degree, she set off for Zimbabwe to spend a year volunteering in a school. From Africa, she flew to India, where she met her partner and companion, Peter. Together they travelled for several years throughout Asia and Papua New Guinea, and eventually arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand, Peter’s home country. Miriam and Peter then made the decision to live in the most primitive manner in the wilderness of the Southern Alps.

Sonia Waters

Sonia Waters Wildself

Creator of Wildself, mother of two, lover of one, wild woman adventurer. From
corporate success highs and deep dark holes, to life in the mountains and
flowing rivers. I now offer myself to you as guide in your journey to your

I started life in the tussock covered mountains of Lake Tekapo. As a family we
moved, we lived like gypsies around the North Island in a gold miners’ hut
without power, across a flood-prone creek without a bridge, in caravans and
houses. Childhood dreams and bare-footed freedom. Then somehow, along
with the rest of the world, I was caught in the inherent turbulence of adulthood. When a relationship ended in tears, I moved south, back to the high country; my turangawaewae. I am asked often “why did you move?” “for my love affair with tussock and rock”.

On your Wildself journey, you will dance, meditate, and shamanicly move
through the wilderness, becoming friends with the unknown. Hike, walk, play,
ride through nature with mindfulness, wildness and connectedness that lets you simply BE nature. Invite the elements in. The journey is physical and
metaphysical, hard and soft, light and dark, and filled with the superpowers
of your pure essence.

What about the men?

For those male-identified folk keen on upping their Amazonian-ness, we have the Amazon Allies. In ancient times the Amazons were actually whole nomadic tribes of the Eurasian Steppes, made up of women, men and children.

As women gain ground in their embodiment, empowerment & emancipation, everyone benefits, yet the realm of true equality is relatively new. We want to offer the opportunity for the men to evolve with us.

The best description we’ve heard of an Amazon Ally is ‘a man who can handle a woman who can handle herself’! Our in-person Amazons Amass gatherings will include a facilitator for the male focus separate from the female. Then we’ll gather together to collaborate and unify forces.

Here’s what Phil Townshend, our key Amazon Ally facilitator has to say:

What is our true potential? What are the mechanisms that allow us to go from a constricted life, to an open, expanded life? I’m excited to see what we can  embody, and to observe how that radiates outward. It’s my honor to offer my knowledge of energy cultivation through meditation, qi gong, and understanding the body. By transforming ourselves we can transform our world, and we can have loads of fun while we are at it!

I’m interested in learning about the body and how to make it thrive, through:
– movement, including awesome combat skills
– diet
– and harnessing the sexual energy (potentially be a big conversation for Amazon Allies)
I’d like to learn about:
– foraging and wilderness survival skills
I have an interest in:
– transformative rituals, ceremony, and the shamanic pathways to
– healing and opening the heart.
I think that heart based awareness (and just generally getting out of our heads) is a big factor for Amazon Allies, in terms of being allies to women and balanced human beings. Also it’s an absolute prerequisite for anything more powerful or magical in terms of doing ritual.