Marion Miller: The Founding Story
I'm Marion, I have over 15 years experience empowering people across multiple platforms including The Coach Hub, an Australia wide coaching, mindfulness and counselling service based in Melbourne.
I'm the spirited daughter of German immigrant from Hamburg and a farmer from King Island. My life begun on the land in country Tasmania before moving to Melbourne during my childhood. Like everyone, life has thrown me some curveballs, like my parents splitting up when we moved to the city, an abusive step father coming into my life, losing my mum to suicide in 1999 and the end of my marriage years later. I have also has some incredible adventures that have shaped me; like a road trip around Australia for 9 months, living in Japan, birthing and raising four beautiful daughters and meeting my beloved partner and best friend. We've shared adventures like hiking the grampians, sailing, exploring the Daintree and immersing ourselves in profound and enlightening silent meditation retreats.
But does anyone live to 45 years old without heartbreak? I survived the early years and rose up stronger, kinder and wiser because I chose love. With some incredible teachers to guide me and the blessings of daughters and a loving partner and community. Making meaning from the setbacks, recovering essential aspects of my soul that I had lost and showing up whole in the present moment. Now I am sharing the skilful pathway of self-discovery, living purposefully and the inner work of being authentic. It's a process that's always evolving.
Before founding The Coach Hub (formerly Melbourne Coach) I worked in beauty, fashion and content/digital marketing, I've developed business start ups, and creative projects in both Melbourne and NYC. Changing careers and pursuing my dream was a challenge but step by step it has transformed my life and given me a sense of purpose and joy to do what I love. I'm a mum of four daughters, an artist, published author, nature lover and content maker.
The mindfulness journey began in 1996 when I was just 20 years old my mother introduced me to a visiting meditation teacher and soon after the meditation practice claimed me. In 1999 I travelled the coastline of Australia for 9 months and spent time with indigenous communities in northern WA and the NT learning about my connection to the land. I was fortunate enough to spend a day with an aboriginal community in NT and walked on foot and crossed Mary river to meet an aboriginal elder named Cedric Fortimer and his young nephew at a site located at Shady Camp in NT. At Shady Camp I received teachings about aboriginal culture and art and watched a traditional ceremonial initiation and hand over of a didgeridoo buried in Mary River. I also witnessed brumbies galloping through the land and was gifted a wild turkey wing with a beeswax handle.
In 2001 I spent a year teaching ESL in Japan, including classes at a Kindergarten on the grounds of Koju-ji Temple in Ogaki. A monk swept the grounds one morning as I arrived for work and his spiritual presence was so powerful I was moved deeply and it awoke my curiosity for Buddhism. I immersed myself in the seasonal festivals and was invited into students homes and families to experience ancient cultural traditions. Having been profoundly moved by eastern and indigenous culture; these early experiences were the seeds that inspired me to dig deeper into life and give back by becoming a mindfulness teacher & coach in 2009. I have since been exploring my own ancestry, learning about Germanic folklore and my families roots in Europe.
My professional education and mindfulness training includes:
• Coaching Diploma in Career, Business and Life Coaching from The Coaching Institute of Australia, 2015.
• Meditation Teacher Training, Melbourne Meditation Centre with Matt Young, 2009.
• MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) MTIA, 2015.
• Mindful Leadership, Compassion Masterclass with Emiliana Simon Thomas PhD, 2016.
• 3rd year student of Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Australian Colleague of Applied Psychology, 2016- on-going.
• Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills with Christopher Germer, PhD. & Kathleen Cator, 2017.
• Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness online: Theory and skills to make meditation safe and effective for trauma survivors with David Trevelen PhD, 2019.
• Introduction to Eco-Therapy - Online, Wilderness Reflections, 2020.
Mentors who have influenced me:
Simonne Jameson PhD.
Teachers I have sat with:
• Insight Meditation Retreat: How the Dharma Informs Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bob Stahl and Timothea Goddard, NSW, 2016.
• Insight Meditation Retreat, Open Heart, Open Mind 7 day silent retreat, Subhana Barzaghi and Carol Perry Victoria, 2017.
• Insight Meditation day retreat, Equanimity: Finding Balance in our practice, James and Jane Baraz, 2018.
• Insight Meditation 3 day Silent Retreat, Opening Heart, Anton Eastick, 2018.
• Insight & Eco-Dharma retreat: Earth in Mind, Robyn Gibson and Rupert Marques 2019.
• Insight Retreat: New Years Retreat, Anton Eastick and Neli Martin, 2019.
Approaches that influence me:
The modalities and techniques I draw from include: Solution Focussed Approach, Narrative Coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Positive Psychology, Person-Centred Coaching, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Insight & Zen Buddhism, NLP, Organisational Behaviour, Psychodynamic Coaching, German folklore & Nature-Based Counselling.
When I'm not working I'm spending time with my four daughters and beloved partner. We enjoy travelling the world, the beach, nature, sailing, gardening, painting, yoga, writing and doing other projects in our community.