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 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.
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.