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Marion Miller

Holistic Life Coach & Counsellor
MBSR Mindfulness Teacher, Ecotherapist & Artist

I have more than 20 years experience working with clients in private practice, and facilitating in large organisations and the community. I'm an ICF Credentialed Coach, licensed PACFA counsellor and a certified MBSR/MBCT Mindfulness teacher and Ecotherapist. 

 

I work part time in a a Senior Consultant role for a national organisation providing counselling and leadership coaching. I also offer some private practice and small group sessions in a studio based in Glen Iris, Victoria. I assist with Ecotherapy training retreats and provide PD for practitioners. 

My specialty is helping clients develop their mindfulness, creativity and leadership potential. I am passionate about helping people reclaim an authentic, creative and purposeful path and ethical leadership either within the system or working on creating a more life-sustaining one.

I'm a systems thinker with a authentic mindfulness centred, dynamic and creative approach. I believe we are intrinsically resourceful and adaptive and with the right conditions able to rise to the responsibility of navigating the big challenges of our time on earth with creativity, care and resilience.

Marion Miller

My Professional Coaching & Counselling 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, DET, Bunnings, 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

Nature Calling Ecotherapy Training Retreat Wrangler (Manager) and facilitator, 2024.

Writing & Creative Projects 

• I am a painter and feature some of my artworks in the website gallery.

• 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

Susie Raz

Memberships & Accreditations

• 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)

• Current 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 my early childhood. For as long as I remember I have always experienced a deep, sacred connection to nature and it's made its way into my creative practice and deepest longings of my heart. Like some of my clients I've had to navigate generational trauma and that made me 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 do my own personal work. I've become a leader and strong advocate for an open systems focus, feminist and ecological approach to mental health and wellbeing that recognises the on-going trauma and damage caused by systems like colonialisation, war, religion, capitalism and patriarchy. 

 

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 it helped me understand some psychedelic experiences in my early 20's. I started meditating regularly in my 30s and exploring the bigger questions of what it means to awaken and be human and why are we here? I devoured books on philosophy, art, anthropology, history, psychology, science, indigenous knowledge, reformation and enclosure, the witch trials in Europe, folklore and mythology and many more.. Nearly 30 years on from my first meditation, I'm still 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 Jungian 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 rewilding road trip in my early 20s 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 homeland. I love adventure, being outdoors in nature and cultural travel experiences. Im an earth mother who has had 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 - now teenagers. I share my life with my partner and best friend Richard, a lifelong commitment in love and companionship and learning about our families of origin and making connection to our original ancestors and ancestral lands.

 

I learned to sail at RMYS and helped charter a yacht with my husband and family in the Whitsundays for two weeks. I also sailed aboard a tall ship in S.A. for four days; 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 the wilderness and being so close to nature. Nature has always been calling me home. I love making art and being creative and have since early childhood. I am mostly an acrylic painter but enjoy all forms of creativity. My studio is based in Glen Iris and I am increasingly integrating art into my work and life. I practice yoga and 5 Rhythms dance, writing, drawing and painting and spending time at the beach with my family. I am active in local environmental care and regeneration projects. 

 

I love supporting my partner on his leadership journey and very proud of him growing a successful international sustainability technology company. We are focused on learning what we can about our leadership roles and helping people transition to a more nature-based and sustainable way of life. We are working toward our dream of establishing a coastal wilderness eco-retreat for landcare, creativity and 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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