Who’s behind it all?

Melissa Billington

The Amazon Academy is where my instincts and keen interests currently lead me, as a means of taking the unity consciousness off the yoga mat and out into relationship with the wider community, especially the innocent and unprotected–the women, children, animals, water and trees. If you’re curious, you’re welcome to join me in these adventures. I can’t say where they will lead you, for only you can discover that for yourself… 

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Miriam Lancewood

Miriam Lancewood was born in a small village in Holland. Miriam wrote a book–“Woman in the Wilderness”–about her adventures living with her husband in the wilderness of New Zealand. They lived for 7 years in a tent, walked around like nomads, cooked on a fire, and completed the Te Araroa Trail. Their life is about embracing insecurity and stepping into the unknown.

Miriam wanted to be part of the Amazon Academy, to encourage other women to find inner fire, inner light, inner power and independence, as well as always remaining gentle to the earth and all the men and children. Miriam will be facilitating in a number of Seasons, starting in March with dates TBC’d.

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Lindsay Alderton

Lindsay is passionate about the importance of a spiritual practice grounded in the lived experience of the body. She is committed to combining this with collective social action to birth more life-affirming cultures into being.

Lindsay will be facilitating in our First Spring Season (Sept, date TBC’d) with its energies of earth-centred security & embodiment, as well as learning to individuate & heal from ancestral lines.

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Sonia Waters

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. Sonia now offers herself to you as guide in your journey to your Wildself.

Sonia will be facilitating in our Brightest Spring Season (Oct, date TBC’d), the relational realm of coming home to your own sweetness, but with an inquiry into the dynamic between ‘the hunter & the hunted’.

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Rebecca Bee Gunson

Rebecca has been working with vocal opening, womb toning and accessing orgasmic sound for many years now. Her main practise has been connecting with her own sound as she enjoys playing in Nature and feeling the wild freedom and liberation of feeling sound move through the body.

Rebecca will be facilitating in our Autumn Season (April/May date TBC’d) with its focus on sounding our truth by opening into space in the Vishuddha energy centre of purification.

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Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie is an artist, author, filmmaker, theatre director/producer, healer and teacher of inspirational creativity. Her book, Creative Alchemy, will be published in 2019.

Stephanie will be facilitating in the transition between Autumn and First Winter (May, dates TBC’d) which is exactly the place for “The transformation of imagination to activated Living Vision.”

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Marjan van den Belt

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Marjan has always felt a longing to be in nature and with horses. She also has an unstoppable drive to understand and change the way we – collectively – seem intent on wrecking this planet.

Marjan is facilitating the first Classroom Alive in New Zealand, co-created with ZInzi Wits. This is a journey, a school and a movement, where groups of people come together to go on a mindful walkabout, with the intention for self-study and reflective learning.

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Lucinda Staniland

Lucinda is passionate about living in connection with plants, animals and all of nature and she is an enthusiastic wild food forager. She is also the Editor of The Yoga Lunchbox, New Zealand’s most popular yoga website, and has a long term commitment to embodiment and movement practices.

Lucinda works behind the scenes on the Amazon Academy, assisting Melissa with all kinds of amazon-related jobs. 

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