I recently got to spend a month working with Mele at a Retreat Centre in Peru. I was taking part in a 30 day immersion program using the plant medicine Ayahuasca as a means to approach the childhood trauma of sexual abuse. i had spent almost 4 years working diligently on this through other healing modalities as well as having spent many years working with body centric arts, martial arts, surfing, long distance running, yoga, etc. I've always known that reconnecting with my body was the key to my healing.
From the get go, I found Mele to be an intuitive, powerful and dedicated healer. I was actually blown away by how easily she could switch hats from art therapy to nutrition to archetype work to dreams.... She has studied and understands many different modes of healing and interweaves them together to create a very forceful wave of healing. Most importantly, she is a dedicated healer and is well versed in plant medicines. She was committed to being present and went out of her way to make time to explore and employ her varied skills.
I'll never forget one particular night where Mele dedicated three to four hours of her free time to me as we explored my dreams and she blew me away with her level of insight and understanding. It really shifted my understanding and my commitment to understanding my dreamscape because, with her help, I had gained clear insight into my past and my future and how I already knew how to heal myself - my subconscious was speaking loudly and clearly, I just had to listen and trust it. For me it felt like a huge gift and ended up being a fundamental part of the success of the month.
Mele breathed new energy into the Art Space and created a place that was open and free for us to come and create. I had an ongoing art project that I was working on for the month and found solace and safety in the Art Space. More so, I was just fully inspired watching Mele working as she clearly loves what she does and is very good at it... She speaks and works directly from her heart. We couldn't have asked for a more multi-faceted facilitator nor one who could be more selfless with her time and energy.
I'm personally deeply indebted to Mele for her commitment to my healing and helping me come to see, believe and trust in things that I wouldn't have been able to admit before. If you're looking for someone that understands plant medicines and is a skilled facilitator, I'd urge you to consider her carefully. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions. I'm happy to elaborate as needed.
- Christopher Wang
I first met Mele whilst she was volunteering on the Moringa Project in India that OHO was supporting. During this time I observed her to be a dedicated and passionate individual. Deeply committed to creating more sustainable and humane cultures.
- Dr Jimi Wollumbin, CEO, One Health Organisation
Having been a teacher of writing and creativity for thirty years, I’ve used a lot of artistic methods in my work (created an entire business around this, in fact). So what really impressed me about Mele's classes is that I didn’t feel like I’d seen it all before. There’s incredible diversity and freshness to her work - it’s very invigorating and inspiring. It was fun too, getting stuck into clay, wire, and paint, but my favourite thing was using a simple coloured pen to create a unique personal symbol. I might even get done as a tattoo!
Everything felt free, everything opened me up. It’s not just her art or movement classes either - Mele’s beautiful voice and ukelele-strumming had me weeping. What she's really good at, therefore, and what I think sets her apart as a teacher and as a woman too, is her ability to create and hold the space for people, and to inspire.
- Julia Goldsworthy (52) UK and Singapore - Creative Director of 'Kippers’
I found deep healing through Mele's ability to share her voice. I realized by listening to her share her story through words and song, that my own words and song also wanted to be expressed. She gave me space to be listened to and she taught me what it meant to be in touch with my femininity.
- Stephanie Hill
I had the privilege to meet Mele in Peru where I was on a significant life journey which I feel was deeply enriched by the energy and wisdom she shared. Her open hearted nature and enthusiasm for working with creativity inspired and encouraged me to challenge myself in uncomfortable situations like dancing and singing. Mele helped me discover something I’d suppressed decades ago…a desire to be musical. Unafraid to be vulnerable or stand in her power, Mele embodies a truly conscious woman living life connected to spirit.
- Miles White
Personally, Mele influenced me greatly. I look at art totally differently now. The idea of letting the art develop in its own way is life changing for me. I was always so intimidated but now, even with my lack of innate talent, I just want to make stuff and let it be what it is. Mele gave me that great gift and I'm endlessly thankful for it.
- Deborah Sanchuk
Mele worked and taught in many various capacities during her time in the Amazon Jungle. Both professionally and personally, I have so much respect for her. She worked with impeccable integrity. Her voice and her skills were an essential component for the guests to explore, express and process the deep healing work they were doing. She has a deep warmth, empathy, and compassion combined with her many skills and wisdom that created a very safe, sacred space for the guests to process what they needed. She was an essential asset, and I as well as so many people who had the pleasure to know and work with her, have nothing but the deepest gratitude and love.
- Jennifer Shin (33) USA and Peru - Healing House Cusco