Dr Meagan Wilson is a counsellor, Body-based meditation guide and an academic in the field of Public Health & Preventative Medicine. Meagan’s doctoral work involved exploring the lived experiences of illegal migrant women from Myanmar living in Thailand over a period of several years. By deeply exploring emotional trauma in the context of structural violence, she came to more intimately understand the mind-body-environment connection, and ways in which we can release both deep and more subtle forms of trauma by drawing on body focused techniques rather than purely cognitive based therapies, as often is dictated by mainstream psychology. Meagan’s time in the field of Anthropology, saw her sitting with traditional healers/shamans and observing cross-cultural approaches to healing, that are deeply body focused and steeped in ritual.
Many of the women with whom Meagan worked were dying of AIDS. This had a profound effect on her spiritual growth and and her passion to support people through emotional trauma, chronic illness, and through the process of dying. Meagan’s work in chronic illness and trauma and her deep personal meditation practice led to her to Roshi Joan Halifax- Zen Buddhist Priest, who she will study with in 2019, in the field of ‘Being With Dying’.
Meagan first learned yoga nidra meditation at the age of 11 and has had different teachers over the years, two from the lineage of Bhagawan Nityananda . However, Meagan’s body focused meditation classes at The Bridge Space are accessible for all: while influenced by yogic, Buddhist and Shamanic traditions, the classes are practical and encourage the individual practitioner to view themselves as their own teacher.
Meagan is available for individual Embodied Ritual Healing sessions in addition to her regular timetabled classes and private small group classes.
Degrees & Awards- Australia Asia Prime Ministers Award 2011. Gilead Fellowship 2018.
BA (Arts/Psychology), Hons (Psychology), PhD (Anthropology-Northern Thailand), all degrees completed at Monash University.
Stefanie is a warm and nurturing, intuitive counsellor combining both cognitive and body focused therapy. In addition to counselling, she also brings a beautiful breath-centred mindful movement yoga practice to The Bridge Space. Having completed 250-hour yoga teacher training, she is currently undertaking a Yoga Diploma program, The Heart of Yoga at the Yoga Institute in Sydney. Stefanie’s classes are focused on balancing and aligning the mind, body and breath to promote healing and is suitable for all ages with modifications provided where needed. Whether you are searching for more stillness and space in your life, dealing with anxiety or chronic illness, Stefanie’s Mindful Movement classes offer a safe and supportive environment for inner and outer healing and transformation. Private sessions and consultations are also available with Stefanie by getting in touch via the contact page.
Josie is a passionate Yoga Teacher, committed to sharing the transformative benefits of the Yoga Lifestyle and Philosophies with interested students. Josie’s Yin yoga classes nurture calmness, centreing and wellbeing. Josie empathises and develops relationships with people of different abilities and varying backgrounds and she has the technical knowledge to teach safe asanas, pranayama and meditation.
Her style of Yoga teaching is a gentle Hatha/Yin Yoga (Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching) and is suitable for everyone, whether you’re someone with a life long practice or whether you’re restricted by illness or injury.
Josie has 30 years of Nursing experience and also works part time as a university campus Nurse. She also teaches Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation to Deakin University staff and Mindfulness Meditation to students. Josie also lectures Yoga Teachers in training.