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Marion Miller

Leadership & Life Coach,

Counsellor & Ecotherapist, MBSR Mindfulness Teacher.

 

I have more than 20 years coaching experience working with clients in private practice, organisations and community. I have experience as a leadership and wellbeing coach with organisations, government and community. I'm an ICF Credentialed Coach, licensed PACFA counsellor and a certified MBSR/MBCT Mindfulness teacher and Ecotherapist.

 

I work part time as a Senior Consultant for an International organisation, offer private practice session and a nature-based mindfulness and creativity online class on Mondays and a Women's Circle once a month in Glen Iris.

I love helping clients develop their mindfulness, creativity and sustainable living and leadership potential. I am passionate about nature connection and protection. I help people reclaim an authentic, creative and purposeful path and strong leadership either within the system or working on creating a new life-sustaining one.


I have experience in developing organisational strategy, change management, co-design, contributing to community projects and in organisational coaching. I am passionate about sustainable community development, social and environmental advocacy, imagination and creativity.

I'm a systems thinker with a unique mindfulness centred, dynamic and creative approach. I believe humans are intrinsically resourceful with the right conditions like a garden they will grow. We all have a responsibility to navigate the big challenges of our time, working together with resilience, creativity and connection to the earth. 

Coaching Melbourne

My Professional Education and Training includes:​

 

• Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Australian Colleague of Applied Psychology (ACAP)

• MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), Mindfulness Training Institute Australia.

• Advanced Eco-Therapy, International Ecopsychology Society Certified, Dr. Geoff Berry

• Introduction to Eco-Therapy - Online, Wilderness Reflections, L.A.

• Diploma of Coaching, The Coaching Institute of Australia.

• Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training with Christopher Germer, PhD. & Kathleen Cator.

• Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: David Trevelen PhD.

• Trauma Informed Practice in Education: Smiling Mind.

• Aboriginal Narrative Practice Course, Dulwich Centre. 

• Mental Health First Aider Accreditation Certificate.

• Meditation Teacher Training, Melbourne Meditation Centre.

• Mindful Leadership and Compassion Masterclass with Emiliana Simon Thomas PhD.

• Environmental Champion Program, Stonnington Council and Port Phillip Ecocentre.

• Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) with Simon d'Orsogna.

• Gestalt Art Therapy for Therapy and Counselling, Helen McWilliam, 2023.

• Cultural Counselling Therapy, Mindfulness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: Clinical Counselling Centre.

Professional Projects

Mindfulness in the Park in collaboration with Boroondarra council and Victoria Walks was a pilot project located at Anderson Park throughout June-July 2022 and is now permanently on the Victoria Walks website.

• Stonnington Environmental Champion 2022. Developing an urban eco-retreat and ecotherapy practice at The Eco Retreat.

• Counselling and Coaching Services for employees at the following organisations YWCA, Rome to Rio, ENS Trading, Bunnings, Coke a cola, Hodylandco, Merrihealth, Australian Environmental Auditors, ASRC, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Sportsgirl.

• 2019 - 2021 MBSR 8-week mindfulness training followed by weekly group mindfulness sessions and individual counselling and coaching sessions for Bueno Systems.

• 2020 I delivered a series of 20 Leadership Wellbeing workshops to The Supreme Court of Victoria online during lockdown. 

• In 2019 I delivered a series of 15 Leadership Wellbeing workshops to Target HQ. I provided coaching videos and articles for their internal community wellbeing publication.  

• In 2018 I was on the Coles HQ Internal Coaching Panel and provided mindfulness workshops for staff.

• I self published my first book The Mindfulness Workbook: An 8-week guide to being present in 2016.

• I work as a facilitator in the education sector providing wellbeing and leadership coaching for the DET. I was also involved in facilitating a yearlong leadership wellbeing pilot called the Principal Wellbeing Program Smiling Mind and Work Safe program.

• I helped develop and facilitate Early learning leadership and wellbeing program for the DET with Smiling Mind.

• I co-developed a four year mental health and wellbeing strategy and implementation framework for William Angliss Institute in 2023

• Provider of EAP services and Wellbeing Coaching.

• I am a committee member and volunteer with Rewilding Stonnington.

Writing & Creative Projects 

• I have been drawing and painting for several years and feature some work on the website.

In 2014 I created a yearlong street photography series called "Face and space" that took me from the streets of Melbourne to Manhattan, NYC. 

• In 2015-16 I project managed several creative productions in the fashion industry including editorials, catwalk & film.

• In 2014 I volunteered for Prahran Mission in the Jenny Bannister Fashion Retrospective fundraiser event. Roles included social media marketing, hosting at the Deutscher & Hackett Gallery in South Yarra and managing the filming the event.

• In 2015 I did freelance writing for Elements; an independent fashion magazine based in NYC.

• I host a video series called On the Cushion sharing empowering tools and practices for wellbeing, life and leadership.

• I now write weekly articles in The Coaching Journal a blog on my website.

• I write and record my own meditations and am a featured mindfulness teacher on the Insight Timer app & share free meditations with millions of users online.

• I self published my first book The Mindfulness Workbook: An 8-week guide to being present in 2016.

Mentors & Supervisors:

Simonne Jameson PhD

Arian Young

Subhana Barzaghi

MembershipsAccreditations

• Current member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

• Psychology for a Safe Environment (PSC)

• Environmental Leaders Action Network (ELAN)

• International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coaching training (ACAP)

• Member of the Stonnington Climate Emergency Advisory Committee

Humans who have inspired my work:

• Jon Kabat-Zinn

• Gabrielle Roth

• Theodore Rozack

• Carl Jung

• Joanna Macy

My Founding Story


I'm the spirited daughter of German immigrant from Hamburg and a rugged farmer from King Island. My life begun on the land in country Tasmania before moving to Melbourne during early childhood; for as long as I remember I have always experienced a deep, sacred connection to nature and my creative practice. Like some of my clients I've had to navigate generational trauma and that made me more aware we live in a culture that tends to pathologise and medicalise our disconnection. I witnessed a mother who was a high achiever and led a psychology and neuroscience research project at Swinburne University right before suiciding at age 50. It was a heartbreaking experience in my early adulthood and has influenced my life direction and motivated me to become a leader and strong advocate for systems focussed primary interventions and preventative mental health and wellbeing. 

 

I grew up in the world of mindfulness in Melbourne (before it became popular). 

When I was twenty years old my mother took me to an event with a visiting mindfulness teacher from the United States. I learned contemplative practice and in my early 20's I started meditating regularly and exploring the bigger questions of what it means to be human and why are we here? Nearly 30 years on, I'm just as curious, a little older, more compassionate and hopefully a little bit wiser...

I've attended silent Insight mindfulness retreats annually with the insight community since 2010 and sat with some of the worlds leading mindfulness and meditation teachers. I receive mentorship and supervision from some remarkable psychotherapists, Tibetan Buddhist, Zen teachers and inspirational coaches. I returned to University and graduated as a mature aged student in both coaching and counselling and continue to have a love of learning.

 

Life experiences that have helped shaped me include a 9-month road trip around the Australian coastline and spending time in indigenous communities in outback country W.A and N.T. Working as an English teacher in a Buddhist temple in Ogaki, Japan and visiting Hamburg my mother's land. I love adventure, being outdoors in nature and cultural travel experiences.

 

I've the privilege of naturally birthing four beautiful daughters and learnt so much about who I am in the birthing rite of passage and raising them. I share my life with my partner and best friend Richard, a lifelong commitment in learning in love and companionship. I learned to sail at RMYS and helped charter a yacht with my partner and children in the Whitsundays for two weeks. I also sailed aboard a tall ship in S.A. for four days, which was a hairy adventure to say the least! I've hiked the Grampians, snowboarded Gifu and taken a pilgrimage to the summit of Fuji. The best part about all these adventures was being so close to the land and sea.

 

I love making art and being creative and have since early childhood. I practice yoga and 5 Rhythms dance, enjoy creative writing, drawing and painting and spending time at the beach and wilderness with my family. I am active in local environmental care and protection and volunteering projects.  I love supporting my partner on his leadership journey and very proud of him growing a successful sustainability technology company. We are focused on learning what we can about our leadership roles and helping people transition to a more natural and sustainable way of life. We are working toward our dream of establishing a coastal wilderness eco-retreat for landcare, creativity and environmental wellbeing. I love helping others awaken their authentic self and find the path to a meaningful, creative and more sustainable way of life! Thanks for reading : )

Marion Miller

 

Connect with me on socials:

  • YouTube - Black Circle
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