Illuminate : Educate : Empower

Let Trauma Be Your Teacher

Resolving Trauma Offers New Growth from Old Wounds

"The past doesn't haunt us, we haunt the past." Augusten Burrows

Honestly, I'm So Excited You Are Here

Welcome to this part of your journey and the beginning of the path of returning to your whole self. I'm excited for you because you are making steps toward taking back the reins of your life. I am here to give you information that will help you recognise and understand trauma and I will be your biggest advocate for your change.

You truly do have everything inside you to recover from trauma, even if it doesn't feel like it, it's true. I know you have and I will help you to connect in a healthy way to the strength that allowed you to survive whatever your circumstances have been.

Transform your trauma into your superpower!

"Look inside yourself for the answers - you're the only one who knows
what's best for you. Everybody else is only guessing." Charles de Lint

We may subconsciously sense our inner spirit smouldering away while we are stuck in surviving our life, but not consciously knowing what to do to free ourselves from this unfulfilling way of being in the world. At some point questions and longings come from deep within us and thus sends us on a path of exploration to 'Find Ourselves'.

Life's experiences shape us and often we are forced to creatively adjust who we are to keep ourselves safe. Because we become so familiar with that way of being we continue to operate from this subconscious familiarity, that is more than likely not who we really are, hence our longing and seeking for answers to that age old existential question;

                                                                       Who am I and what is my purpose for being here? 

One thing I truly believe is that we are all seeking FREEDOM from suffering! Once you are reconnected to who you truly are, this is where you finally experience true FREEDOM.

"Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied,
misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering." Peter Levine

Jellyfish or Whale?

Most of us spend our lives living external to our own being. What I mean by this is that we seek from the outside world that which we need to find within. The external world is really an unreliable place. I have this analogy that I use to explain the difference between living with unresolved trauma and living after trauma has been resolved and integrated.

When I think of jellyfish they are at the mercy of the ocean, they don't have the capacity to move from their own will (except one species I believe). They end up wherever the ocean takes them and they are ruled by the outcomes of the interaction of the ocean and the weather. They are not in charge of their own destiny.

Whereas the whale follows it's instinct and knows exactly when to swim north and when to head back to the south. What the ocean does is irrelevant to the journey of the whale and it's intrinsic nature. It follows it own inner wisdom.

We human beings are the same. Some of us are jellyfish and haven't found the way to take charge of our own life and listen to our inner wisdom. We continually get knocked over, pushed down and are at the mercy of our repeating patterns caused by unresolved trauma. Some of us are whales and we have reconnected to our inner wisdom after being able to resolve our trauma/s.

I want to invite you into the realm of the whale.

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start
where you are and change the ending." C. S. Lewis

Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma

"The wound is the place where the light gets in."  Rumi 

Investing time and energy into your personal empowerment is the best gift you can give yourself, and then as a bonus others around you benefit as well. As you do your inner work so your outer world changes. Doing this work in a group may be challenging for many people, and I also know the amazing benefits of being in a group. Because trauma happens in disconnection one of the benefits of being in a safe group is that healing happens in connection.

When I start to talk about trauma, the usual response is; "I don't have trauma", BUT, if I share with people some of the symptoms of trauma (see below) then that's a different story.  I can see them mentally ticking off what is relevant to them. You can take my trauma quiz above and see how many symptoms you become aware of.

I was one who never considered I had lived a life of trauma and was comfortably unaware of my habitual subconscious way of being in the world until I was sick of tolerating my comfortable-ness with discomfort. Trauma responses create isolation and disconnection. The healing is in connection - connection back to self, connection to others and connection to our environment.

The thing is; if we are to be leaders whether that is in our business, workplace or in our home, then I believe we need to start with ourselves. Underneath whatever our title or role, we find the common ground of  being a human who longs for connection and is hardwired for community. Being with others is a mechanism that is linked to our survival.

"Trauma is a fact of life, however, it does not have to be a life sentence" were the words I read in Peter Levine's book 'Waking the Tiger'. These words had a profound impact on me and were the beginning of my trauma recovery. I never recognised the symptoms of trauma that were in my life and was just bumbling along in my repeating patterns and re-enacting (Levine) the unresolved wounds from my childhood. Later, family constellation work supercharged my recovery as I worked on my ancestral wounds that have been carried generation after generation. We explore this in the next program - Invite Your Ancestors In.

As part of unresolved trauma we learn to not trust our own body and inner world. It becomes distorted with the words of our inner critic, that are usually repeating what others have told us or said to us and we have taken on. As well as being reactive to triggers that are usually in our subconscious, unless we have done some healing work, then it may be more in our awareness.

What is really important to remember is, whenever we make a shift within there’s no going back. There has really been a lasting change!

Mental
Health

Suicidal ideation or attempt
Depression
PTSD or CPTSD
Anxiety
Panic attacks
Eating disorders
Addictions (all kinds)

 Health
Issues

 Insomnia
IBS
Excess weight
Conception issues
Chronic fatigue
Cancer
Auto-immune disorders
Chronic illnesses

Emotional
Issues

Overwhelm
Excessive Stress
Being bullied or bullying
Domestic abuse
Feeling unhappy
Feeling unsatisfied
Feeling blocked
Feeling stuck in life

Spiritual
Issues

 Feeling disconnected
Lack of life purpose
Aversion to previous faith
No spiritual connection
Searching for meaning
Sense of feeling lost
Unable to find your place

"Trauma survivors have symptoms instead of memories" (Harvey, M. 1990)

What my clients have said about our work together

Testimonial given by Kylie

Will I be judged? Will I be in a safe space? Will this work? Will I ever shift this stuff and be free? This is a snippet of the thoughts going through my mind as I first arrived to see Linda. I was promptly greeted by the warmth from Linda herself and the warmth of her safe space. Aahh, breathe… I knew I had to shift some serious childhood trauma that has challenged me my entire life. Let me assure you, continuing to ‘push down’ unresolved emotions just doesn’t work and it’s hard work!! In a short space of time in working with Linda I have achieved some great results. Admittedly, sometimes it would be easy to ‘take some time off’, from these session - it can be draining, but at the same time rolling with the momentum and releasing/shifting this ‘stuff’ is now beginning to be empowering. Patience and I are becoming great mates. My sessions with Linda are like a rainbow of emotions…some are heavier and more challenging, though powerful and freeing at the same time. Others are lighter and happier, kinda like those ‘a ha’ moments where you go ‘Now I understand’. It’s not only whilst I’m with Linda that I feel empowered, it’s as I move through life when I’m not with Linda that also empowers me. Linda has provided me with many practiced strategies for me to use in day to day life. Big thumbs up for all the strategies, I’ve used them in different moments for different occasions but they have all worked. I also know that on those really challenging days (like one Monday recently!!) Linda was on the end of the phone for me. Feeling grateful . Kylie

Testimonial given by Nadia
Where to begin. When I met Linda I was barely functioning due to anxiety. I was an international Master's student in Australia. The fear and anxiety came on suddenly and unexpectedly for me and I just collapsed. Anxiety was so debilitating that I was in a constant state of panic. I couldn't get out of bed, but at the same time I didn't want to be awake and face life. I was so ashamed of this, and not having a "legitimate" reason for feeling the way I did, that I wished I could just get hit by a bus and be in the hospital so I had a legitimate reason not to continue. It was so hard. Fortunately I met Linda. So grateful to my cousin for her help while I was in crisis and connecting me with Linda. I had other supports in my life, good friends back home, and my amazing mother who flew all the way to Australia. But I knew if I went back home, it would be too scary to go back and I would give up on the opportunity to study. 

Fortunately, Linda helped me take it day by day. I'm not sure how she did it. But it was the only thing I could do in a week, go to my appointment with Linda. I am not sure how she does it, but manages to help me cut through the narratives, stories and inner critic in my head, and connect with my truth. Well ok, I think I know some of the ways she does it. She is supportive and kind. She helps me question my beliefs and fears, look at where they come from, and ask what do they need. She has helped me learn to identify when I am getting triggered, or if I miss that, what to do to bring myself back down, back "into my body". I have gotten quicker at being able to do this, and recognizing at when I am going to get triggered and either preparing for it and engaging and managing and making new pathways in my mind, or consciously choosing not to engage. Basically, learning to do things with more awareness. She has helped me to develop the skills needed (still in their developmental stages lol), to navigate negative emotions and fears, be more accepting of myself, be aware of patterns and coping mechanisms I may have developed to cope and deal with situations when I was young, but which no longer serve me. She helped me to realize that transition times are hard for me, patterns where I may be self-sabotaging, etc.

I haven't even told her half the things I talk about in my head, but I'm trusting her more and more to share them with her. She has always been there for me. From urgent skype calls, to just being there supporting me in spirit. I was in a highly vulnerable place when I met Linda, and she has supported me with love, guidance, patience and gone at a pace I can handle in facing my fears. On top of that, she reminds me of how far I have come and what progress I have made when I am being hard on myself when I make mistakes and thinking I shouldn't anymore, or that I somehow "failed" by making a mistake, or I should have known better, rather than learning - and thinking I should have "mastered" a skill, when I am always learning. We grow by learning. Sometimes this learning takes mistakes. Thanks for teaching me this Linda. She also taught me that we never go back to being the same person, so we don't need to be fearful of that, or of happiness getting snatched away. I still have lots of work to do in this area - but at least I have become aware of it.......I could go on and on, but will stop here. Thank you Linda, for who you are. What a gift you are to this world. Lots of love Nadia
Testimonial given by Frances
There are some people that you know you will remember for the rest of your life, because they go that little bit extra, and then there are some people that go well beyond that call and walk with you to the ends of the earth, that you know you will remember forever. Linda is such a person … a true gem… able to step up and meet you in whatever is happening, with grace and validation for your situation.

For me, it has been deeply reassuring to have someone I can count on, through the dark moments and the joy, while unravelling the depth of my trauma of childhood memories. I am deeply thankful for the generous nature of Linda sharing her time and wisdom, fully understanding the need within the soul’s journey through the depth of fear, pain and more…. Truly a remarkable human being to be able to go there with me, when I needed her, whilst also teaching me how to feel safe, resourced and honour what is. Real healing occurs. You can tell Linda really gets it, really understands the process and really knows her stuff. Yes she has done all the right training as well, yet it goes beyond that… she is someone that makes you feel safe to go there, to do your work, and supports you, no matter what. A rare quality. 

There are no words that can express the depth of gratitude I have for Linda and how she has helped me through my process of trauma. This work is deep and often painful, so to have someone walk with you and meet you where you are at, help you feel so validated and heard, which is so important for the healing to occur… you know you then have a chance to get better, to heal and to move back into life, realigned and on your path again… to live in peace, to finally understand or accept what happened, and to feel love again.

No words are sufficient here… Linda is a rare woman… willing and able… capable beyond measure… down to earth, practical, comforting, nurturing and more. If you are looking for someone to work with you, you have found her… and like me, you will be forever grateful for the time you spend together. Thank you Linda, from the depth of my being, thank you. With love & heartfelt gratitude, Frances (Holistic Practitioner)
Testimonial given by Cheryl
I had a family constellation facilitated by Linda and I've done them before but nothing quite like the one with Linda. It has had such a profound healing in my life, allowing me to reconnect with some family members, allowing me to be in a space to do some phenomenal healing, particularly generationally. I can't wait until the next one I do to really create more opportunity to heal. Thanks Linda. Cheryl.
Testimonial given by Lucy
I am so grateful that I found Linda when I did! She helped me to get out of my head, which I have always thought was the problem and feel and listen to my body. That in itself has made a life time of difference for me. Lucy 
Testimonial given by Kirstie
Linda Conyard is a therapist specialising in trauma recovery and is skilled in somatic knowledge. Her wisdom and support is genuine and useful. She has a myriad of strings to her bow including Masters in Gestalt therapy, Yoga and Ayurvedic knowledge. Her sessions are nurturing and create positive change. You have the genuine thing with Linda! Kirstie
Testimonial given by Lenore
I woke up this morning thinking of how I can put something into words to thank you for all the help you have given me. I suppose that I am looking for words to describe a “miracle” and that is very difficult. Linda, your gentle understanding and empathy allowed me to articulate the stresses and psychological burdens of a lifetime, where I felt ‘not good enough’ no matter how hard I tried. I never expected to gain such a sense of freedom and relief in letting go of old unhappy memories. I can now say with great happiness and joy ‘I am good enough!’ What a wonderful gift! Lenore
Testimonial given by Abbey
Some counsellors I have been to show off their knowledge before I finish talking but you allowed me to take my time and listened to me with minimum distraction. My mind has become much clearer with your assistance. Now I can set clear goals for the next year. Thank you so much for your guidance. Abbey.
Testimonial given by Tom
I have always loved a good massage and when I was diagnosed with cancer over two years ago I thought my days of having a relaxing massage where over, with different professionals telling me it wasn’t a great idea. Then a couple of months ago I heard of Oncology Massage, and the wonderful Linda became a very important part of my week. So much so we saw each other twice weekly. All other appointments had to work in around my massages as I was not going to miss out.
It is hard to put into words the feeling and sense of peace that this type of massage brings. It is so gentle and soothing that I have noticed that I don’t have to take as much pain medication after my visits. Linda’s gentle presence, kind and calming ways is exactly what is needed while going through the stress and uncertainty of a life threatening diagnosis. Tom
Testimonial given by Maryanne
Linda’s knowledge and experience in natural health is vast and uncompromised. Linda incorporates Ayurveda, Gestalt and everything she has studied, into her every day life and so it is natural for her to help clients incorporate better practice in their every day lives too. I appreciate Linda’s authenticity, kindness and professionalism and highly recommend her programs and workshops, which are educational, interactive and of great value to me in my life. Maryanne
Testimonial given by Anne
Set in a beautiful environment of mountains, bush and birdlife, I'm blessed to have participated in 'Growth through Trauma Retreat' held at Ocean View, facilitated by Linda Conyard. The Retreat was held over 5 days and during this time I truly did grow!

I am 68 years of age and for much of my life I suffered from unresolved grief and complex trauma brought about by the death of my Mother when aged 12, followed by sexual and physical abuse from my father which began within weeks of my mother's death and continued until I reached the age of 17 years. I had suicidal tendencies and struggled with my spirituality. I had no direction, believing I had lost my way and I had a sense of hopelessness. The 5 days of Retreat were a well-balanced mixture of working through the pain of the trauma, discovering my life's purpose, becoming 'unstuck' in matters which had me bound, understanding what gets in the way of achieving my desires, and appreciating the value of gentleness and love of myself.

I'm now aware how the impact of trauma has played out in my life. It followed a pattern, reflected by years of living an existence of bearing responsibilities which were way beyond my tender years, of being misunderstood, of being voiceless, of reacting fearfully to certain sounds and smells, living a 'double' life, afraid to take risks and being scorned for my failures. All these led to my belief of unworthiness, severe depression and other health issues.

New possibilities and hope were presented and lovingly guided by the skilful hands of Linda. I was exposed to amazing insights and became aware of the triggers to the trauma response. I was given tools to recognise these signs and work with them. I was nurtured, challenged, encouraged and most of all loved by Linda through the entire process, a process which has me realise my empowerment and strengths, and I learned vulnerability is a gift! The fog in my mind has lifted and now I see and accept the abuse was not my fault.

The 5 days included space for relaxation, rest and lots of laughter. Linda prepared the most amazing meals, including her speciality, 'Chai', truly the best chai on earth! I was greeted each morning with a huge smile and a warm drink, a prelude to some gentle yoga and meditation. The days included time for reflection, connecting with nature, walking and soaking in the stunning view of the Glasshouse Mountains.

I have come away from Retreat with a sense of purpose and fulfilment. I have a voice now and have created my own mantra 'I am strong, I am safe, I am adult, the nightmare is over'. I see rainbows all around me, the colours vivid and full of promise, beckoning me to step into a brighter future. Already I have taken steps to achieve this by making known my interest to an organisation where I may utilise my gifts. I'm excited at the prospect of a life freed from nausea, doubt and the minimising of self, knowing when issues do arise I am capable of seeing it for what it is and using the knowledge I've learnt to resolve the current issue.

I whole-heartedly recommend Linda to anyone who has trauma related issues. Go to her website, check her out, you won't be disappointed. Linda is the real deal...compassionate, empathic, kind, loving, understanding....and lots of fun! I am living proof of what is achievable when you put your trust in Linda. Anne

Additional Testimonial: Six weeks have passed since participating in the Growth through Trauma Retreat and I’m continuing to grow, reaping daily the many benefits gained from the experience.

Over a number of years I spent many hours with a variety of therapists and it was usual for me to come away with a spring in my step, full of hope and the promise of a new beginning only to find myself, in a short space of time, feeling disillusioned and eventually discouraged as old (negative) habits resurfaced. There was no follow-up support. The difference between then and now is Linda and the continued support she offers afterwards. The support from Linda is on-going…and that makes a huge difference! When Retreat was over and I returned to my daily routine it was heartening to know I wasn’t alone, that her support was always accessible if there were times I needed a word of encouragement, a ‘lift-up’, or a reminder to practice the methods Linda had taught me, which dissolved my moments of self-doubt.   

I’m now experiencing a renewed sense of energy, thirsty for information, hungry for new adventures. I’m calmer now in my daily approach to life, less rushing around and content to just ‘be’. My self-belief expands daily…I am strong, I am safe. Learning the art of creating boundary’s is of benefit not only to myself but includes all those around me. Some things I’m still learning and I know in time with practise all will come to fruition.

Each step along the road to recovery has led to a path of discovery and each time I came upon it Linda’s assurance and encouragement spurred me to continue on the journey to growth.    

Linda is an amazing woman, she cares deeply for her clients and truly wants them to live a fully empowered life, free of the burdens which bind and disempower them.

I so hope for others to discover the amazing benefits gained by participating in Retreat facilitated by Linda. There is a way out of the darkness and Linda is your guiding light. Put your trust in Linda and reap the rewards of inner peace. Anne

Testimonial given by Danielle
I’m pleasantly surprised how at ease I felt from so early in the day. The perfect dynamic of people were present of whom I felt safe. Fantastic experience with so much love and compassion in the room (when’s the next one?). I became aware of how important other people (women) are for feeling supported. My experience of the workshop was enlightening and profound. I would love to be involved in more systemic constellation work. Dannielle
Testimonial given by Ken
My father died when I was 7 years old and, I can remember the message I took in as a child…… "that's over, just move on, no need to talk about it" At just 21 years of age, I served 12 months in Vietnam experiencing some unimaginable human sufferings and as an adult, I remember the message I absorbed when I returned to Australia……“that’s over, just move on, no need to talk about it…” My first marriage broke up when I was around 30 and by then I had well learnt that every traumatic change in my life came with a similar message……“that’s over, just move on, no need to talk about it…” At almost 70, I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and the ‘professionals’ recommended invasive surgery followed by radiation and maybe all will be OK – which, of course I took to mean something like……“that’s over, just move on, no need to talk about it…” A relative of mine had met Linda Conyard and she was impressed with her messages, her persona, her amazing outlook on life and the universe and suggested I make contact to just have a chat – what harm could visiting a Holistic Stress Reduction and Trauma Recovery Centre do me?

I regard myself as a fairly open person and at this stage of my life (or death), was willing to embrace any message or healing that came my way. Linda put me at ease immediately and it soon became clear that I had been living my life with trauma upon trauma and until this moment they remained unresolved and more alarmingly, unacknowledged – by me! I’ve now visited Linda a handful of times before my cancer surgery and plan to continue until I feel relieved and safe – and de-stressed enough to stop for a while. In every session, we have explored my feelings and ‘spoken’ messages of love, fear, thanks and support with my parents and grandparents and received back strong indications that broke down barriers that I had built for years and years and years. I had never really known my father but Linda helped me to make him real and to know that he was looking over every step of my operation and recovery since. I have learned to live in the present so much more, find that the world doesn’t end if some menial tasks are not done on time and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds me. Linda is an exceptional person of this earth and she has guided me to see more of what truly matters. Ken  
Testimonial given by Anne
While struggling with ongoing issues in my life a friend suggested I contact Linda, however my negative ‘been there done that’ mentality prevented me from taking action. It was Linda’s Rainbow Atma logo which beckoned me to take the first step! Rainbows are one of my ‘signatures’ as they signify hope and the promise of new beginnings. 

Her clinic and surrounds radiate a sense of calm and coupled with her warm and engaging smile I was soon at ease. Linda has a beautiful spirit. She is gifted with gentleness, empathy and love and always listens with compassion and respect – her greatest gift! The path to wholeness is achievable with Linda walking beside me, offering encouragement when I stumble and inspiration to be courageous in becoming the person I was created to be. I’m never alone on this journey. I encourage those who are bound by past traumas and unresolved issues to seek the support of Linda. She is a beacon of light! Anne

Testimonial given by Therese
As a 5th year student of a Batchelor degree on my final practicum with you, I was initially nervous and excited at the same time. I didn’t really know what to expect and was fearful of making mistakes. Since having you supervise me I have been able to implement what you have shown me and I have seen the results in my clients, especially from our many discussions on phenomenology. I have found that working with phenomenology has given me a deeper insight into my client’s world and so far my clients have responded well to me using this in our sessions. Another main learning is that I don’t have to work so hard in the therapist seat. I have learned new skills from observing your work.

The support I have received from you Linda is multifaceted and the cost of not working with you would have been the same, I would not have had the opportunity to become aware of how the pain and unresolved issues in me stopped me from being fully present with my clients. It would have been more difficult for me to move beyond my pain to work effectively with my clients. You have given freely of yourself, you’ve shared your time, your knowledge and your wisdom – and to me, that is priceless. I absolutely would recommend supervision with you and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from your work. You have encouraged me to step beyond my comfort zones. You are authentic and inspirational. Thanks for being you! Therese
Testimonial given by Rowan
As a fourth year Pscyhotherapy student and currently training in Family Constellations I have had the priviledge of experiencing Linda's presence and depth of understanding in her work, and its emphasis on trauma. My experiences with her have given me an understanding of the effects of trauma and how this is replayed throughout life in relationships and choices made. Having worked in many different capacities as a Yoga Teacher, Counsellor and Energetic Healer-­‐ and receiving my own healings and practices – I found that, in working with Linda, I have experienced the most profound shifts and integration of all of these years of work in the therapeutic field. I believe this is due to her own personal journey and challenges, which she brings to her work in the most profound way.

I felt immediately impacted by her way of directing me to a felt sense of my situation and, being able to go deeper into the work of accessing the core issues of my family system through Constellations. Linda brings to the therapy work her wisdom, knowledge, compassion and empathy, with a lifetime of learning in many different areas that enables her to access what ever is needed to support the process. Her wisdom, clarity and patience has been so much a part of liberating me from past mindsets and patterns that kept playing out, and no longer served me. She is extremely insightful, with knowledge of the foundation principles of systemic work which I am now understanding in a more complete way.

Thank you so much for your love and willingness to patiently stand along side to find the jewels. I personally feel very blessed to have worked with you and would highly recommend your work as a Therapist and Family Constellation facilitator. Very soon, I know you will also be offering Yoga to your clients and they will be blessed. Rowan
Testimonial given by Marina
Thank you for an amazing session. How rewarding is that for you to see people finding resolution to issues they are stuck in. I am truly amazed and very, very grateful. You have unlocked yet another door to my subconscious mind. The colours of today are so much more vibrant and clear. There is a lightness in my mind and in my heart. As I walked around my home this morning expressing my gratitude for what I have experienced here, there was a sense of appreciation and acceptance for the outcome, whatever that may be!

We will always be connected in spirit, I felt that the day I met you. Yesterday, sharing with you reaffirmed that soul connection and sisterly bond that I feel with you. I love the way you carefully pull down walls and gently expose the rawness of truth. THANK YOU for shining your light around me and always nurturing me. I feel truly blessed. Marina
Additional Testimonial given by Marina
Thank you for guiding me through some amazing counselling sessions. You seem to have the ability to extract hidden problems that the conscious mind is not aware of but continue to cause anguish and stress in every day life. I am feeling at peace with the decisions I have been able to make since having the sessions with you and feel able to move forward honouring myself and allowing myself to heal in a positive way. It has allowed me to build my confidence in areas that a serious illness had managed to crush. You have guided me through some dark days with your sensitivity and loving heart. I now have the courage to take ownership of my life without guilt. I will be singing your praises to everyone I know who has a situation they are not sure how to deal with. Many, many thanks and I wish you God’s blessings always. Thank you. Marina

Additional testimonial - You are truly an amazing woman with a generous heart and a beautiful soul. I would like to thank you for taking such good care of me during my darkest days of chemotherapy, the gentleness of hands as you massaged my sad body every week for months to help me gain some kind of inner peace in my mind and my devastated body. I know that some of the techniques the Ayurvedic doctor wanted you to work with were new to you, but you persisted until it was perfected and the programme was complete. I would certainly be more than happy to recommend you to anyone who needs an Oncology or Ayurvedic massage, counselling or guidance with their diet, lifestyle and nutrition to make positive, lasting changes in their life. Marina
Testimonial given by Kelly
I have been studying with the lovely Linda and overtime she began educating me about Ayurveda. It sounded exotic, new and interesting. I didn't realise it but Linda was providing some gentle guidance about my health. We would be having all sorts of discussions around food, headaches, diet drinks, exercise and carrying excess weight. Linda came back from her trip to India and she looked shiny, new and had that "glow". She looked amazing! I was even more fascinated and I was certainly intrigued. I absolutely jumped at the chance to participate in her Ayurveda residential program. Linda's residential has been such a learning experience for me. Before I went to this residential I hardly utilised my kitchen as my husband did most of the cooking and shopping. Food intake to me consisted of calorie counting of food and exercise. During the residential I learnt to cook some yummy healthy meals and really explored the experience of cooking with love and nurturing my body with food. I have a new awareness of my relationship with food and how it impacts my body. I have walked away from the residential with practical tools and have become thirsty for knowledge of living a healthier lifestyle. I am in the kitchen cooking more and my pantry has been transformed with jars and jars of spices, herbs, flours, grains and lentils. I would recommend Linda's residential, she is an excellent facilitator and so very inspiring as she is genuinely interested in people's health and well-being. Love your work Linda! Kelly
Testimonial given by Leanne
I recently saw Linda for her expertise as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. She was very easy to talk to and her calmness immediately put me at ease. the massage treatments were wonderful and I felt the benefits for days following. Linda is very caring and listens intently to what you are saying to her. She also allows the time to spend with you and you don't feel rushed out the door for her next appointment. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Linda for any of the therapies she offers. Leanne
Testimonial given by Allison
To anyone out there who is feeling a little bit out of control, out of sorts or just not themselves, I suggest you see Linda and have an in depth and comprehensive consultation and I promise that you will feel better immediately, just by listening to her.
She has such a calming demeanour and you just know you have done the right thing by seeing her....Then, do as she suggests.
I changed my daily routine and my food regime and have never felt better. I am now totally vegetarian, although this wasn't something she pushed. I get more than enough protein from the foods that were on my Ayurvedic plan and found that I didn't need to eat meat, chicken or fish to feel like I'd had a meal. I feel full of life, vitality and can't begin to thank her for her help.
I implemented changes to my daily routine, and try really hard to stick to it. It isn't always possible every day but I certainly know when I've strayed from my quiet time, morning and night. It is really something that we should do for ourselves yet "self" always seems to miss out when we are busy.
To say that I would recommend her highly is understating how I feel about this amazing woman. Please call her if you need centering in you life. She is someone you can trust to care about you and do her best to help you be the person you wish you could be, inside and out. Allison
Testimonial given by Jenny
I have advanced breast cancer and after a second progression was feeling extremely overwhelmed by not only physical and mental tiredness but also suffering from feelings of dissatisfaction of where I was in my life. I have worked with Linda and the support that has been provided has made it possible for me to feel physically healthier through Ayurveda. Emotionally, Linda has provided techniques to help me recognise the issues in my life that were dissatisfying to me and ways to deal with them. These techniques have helped me achieve a more peaceful frame of mind which has flowed through to my family and allowed me a place from which to enjoy life more fully. If you are truly wanting to change your life through emotional healing and physical strength, I wholeheartedly recommend working with Linda. Jenny
Testimonial given by Robyn
I recently attended the 'Retreat for a Day' facilitated by Linda. I had never been to a Retreat Day before and meditation was always one of those practices that never seemed to come naturally to me, so I was very excited at the prospect of indulging in a day just for me. My main objective was to learn some skills that would help me to relax my mind. A relaxed mind is a healthy body.

From the moment I arrived, Linda created a wonderful atmosphere that was very warm, friendly, open and sharing. Linda navigated us through the day in a flowing connectedness with great precision and management that felt easy to enjoy and experience.

The day was relaxed, calming, peaceful and punctuated with periods of silence that allowed us to contemplate gratitude as so often in life, we don't stop to really appreciate all the gifts that are right in front of us. I was also fortunate to feed my body and taste buds with a delicious Ayurvedic lunch prepared by Linda.

Linda taught a few different meditations and the experience was amazing for me. Under Linda's guiding influence I could meditate and was elated by the experience. Unfortunately, the day came to an end, however, I left the Retreat Day, so relaxed and calm physically but also clear and energised mentally.

I would absolutely recommend Linda's practice to anyone who wants to renew or create positive health for their mind, body and soul. I believe that with good health comes good quality of life. Thank you Linda for the healthy impact that your Retreat Day has had on me. Robyn
Testimonial given by Dee
From the moment of walking through the door, I felt welcome and nurtured. Linda's wealth of information and instinctive abilities created a space where I could learn about my body and help create balance in all areas of my life. After one week, I felt more in tune and balanced in body and mind. With Linda's guidance, I was able to realign with my body and make more conscious choices in my day and in my meals. I was able to take a breath and listen to my body...a simple process that isn't always as easy as it seems.

Her approach is fun and incredibly empowering to the individual. Knowing that I am creating a healthier lifestyle is an incredible gift to myself...a gift that Linda and her expertise helped create!! Love your work Linda !!!! Dee
Testimonial given by Claire
What a great and amazing experience today. It was a great, non-judgemental space to share and open up in and I felt very safe. I’m very thankful for all the women in the group. And................How strange as I was typing this, my mum sent me a text so I skyped her! Didn't bring anything up but was good to see her and talk with a new view towards her (We usually only speak for birthdays and Christmas). How special that that happened today! This stuff is powerful! Claire
Testimonial given by Abhirami
I watched your videos on YouTube and I liked how clear and warm you are. You really speak to the ordinary person, explaining trauma so simply and beautifully with your own experience. A lot of trauma education out there is technical so your approach is needed! Wishing you all the very best with it. Abhirami

What We'll Cover in our 6 Weeks Together

There will be plenty of space for the learnings to integrate which is crucial to true transformation. There will be opportunity for you to have any questions answered as you move through your week. If we don't get to questions in the zoom call we will answer them in our group during the week.

The focus of this program is to guide you to either begin or strengthen your connection between your mind, your body and your spirit. Becoming aware of what I see as the three major disconnects that cause us to continue to suffer is an incredible opportunity for you to begin to be the creator of your own life. The three major disconnects:

  • Disconnect #1:  Disconnection from Self
  • Disconnect #2:  Disconnection from Others
  • Disconnect #3: Disconnection from our Environment

When you are connected to yourself and your inner wisdom, life becomes more like flow. Any external disruption or disturbance has less of an impact on your inner world. You begin to experience flow and ease in your life.

The intentions for each week will give you the solid ground you need to continue to grow and deepen your connection with yourself. The awareness you build will become your secret super skill.

I do reserve the right to make changes to any intention in any week if there is a need in the group to learn something else. This will be done in consultation and agreement with the group. I always listen to what the need is rather than pushing through with what has been laid out. There is usually a collective need that aligns within a group and shows up telling us that we need to shift our focus. This has always proven to be exactly right for those participating in the group process.

Week 1

Date: 3 August 2022

Intention: Orientation, Set Your Intention and Co-create Group Rules

Week 2

Date: 10 August 2022

Intention: Presentation on Trauma, Trauma Responses & Symptoms of Trauma

Week 3

Date: 17 August 2022

Intention: Awareness Is Key To Transformation and Healing

Week 4

Date: 24 August 2022

Intention: Identify Your Repeating Patterns

Week 5

Date: 31 August 2022

Intention: Befriend Your Inner Critic, Drop the Fight and Discover the Reason it Exists

Week 6

Date: 7 September 2022

Intention: Building a Meaningful Relationship with Your Inner Self

Money Back Guarantee

We offer a money back guarantee. If after the second session you decide that this is not the program for you, we will refund your money for the remaining four sessions less our administration fee of $50AUD. All you need to do is email me directly on (linda@lindaconyard.com) and make the request no later than the day after the second session.

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2023 Dates will be published by end of October 2022

(Payment Plan Option is with OpenPay and only available for Australian Residents Only)

If you are outside of Australia and need a payment plan please contact support@lindaconyard and make a request. Make sure you use the following text in the subject line of the email - "REQUEST FOR PAYMENT PLAN"

"It's the little things you do or don't do every day that creates your health." 
Dr Robert Svoboda. 

Appreciation for Linda

Over the years clients have offered many comments of appreciation on what has supported them in their personal growth with me. Here's a few of them:

  •  I appreciate you taking the time for me to settle in and feel the relaxing atmosphere come into me;
  • ​I appreciate you never rushing things through;
  • ​I appreciate you always ending the session on a lighter note;
  • ​ I appreciate you encouraging me to think outside the square;
  • ​I appreciate you raising my spirits without patronising;
  • ​I appreciate your patience, patience, patience!!!!! Emphatically emphasising your willingness to repeat many, many times over (even 60,000 times if necessary!) or for as long as it takes for me to 'get it' to understand the necessity to create new neural pathways, to understand the function of the thinking part of the brain, the thinking part - engaged and disengaged, to recognise trauma triggers, the nano second it takes for the brain to shut down and zip into fight, flight, freeze and faint - survival function;
  • ​I appreciate your honesty and alertness;
  • ​I appreciate you always listening to my story with new ears;
  • ​I appreciate your eye contact;
  • ​I appreciate you explaining the trigger to trauma and the response I am feeling in my body;
  • ​I appreciate your honouring of my head and the work it has done for me before connecting/uniting with my body;
  • ​I appreciate your joy - for yourself and for me when I 'get it' and the insight lands in my body.

I appreciate and acknowledge every single person who has walked through my clinic door, and for doing something most people don't which is to sit and face yourself. In my humble opinion that is the
hardest thing anyone can do. I know it was for me.
Linda

"Knowing oneself comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is
happening within." Dr Gabor Mate

Testimonials

In my client's
own words

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"I use the presenting symptom to guide me to the unrecognised cause". Linda Conyard

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