Meet Our Team – Mette’s Institute
Dawn Albinger is an award winning actress, a gifted Ka huna body worker, an experienced retreat facilitator and a purveyor of rare and antiquarian books. in 2000 she co-founded the women in contemporary performance network Magdalena Australia, and was artistic director of the 2003 International Magdalena Australia Festival, Theatre-Women-Travelling. She has taught drama, theatre, and performance at Griffith and Edith Cowan Universities, and gender studies at the Australian Catholic University. She is now co-director of Ladyfinger, a contemporary performance company that is ‘hand made’ by women, gives voice to the female imaginary, and is perceptual, exploratory and sensory in nature.
Since 2006 she has co-facilitated Spirit of Woman Retreat with Mette Sorensen and is deeply committed to the work of helping women unfold their full potential to the benefit of themselves, their families, and their communities.
Since 2010, while making theatre, writing, publishing, running women‘s retreats and massaging, Dawn has also been co-proprietor of Archives Fine Books, Brisbane’s premiere second-hand and antiquarian bookstore.
Michelle Walker helps women shake free of their blocks to creativity and success, so they can have a joyful life, and create a bigger, more positive impact in the world.
As a creative business coach and artist, Michelle is passionate about showing women who are called to blaze their own trail, how to do so without losing their inspiration, or their sanity.
As well as running her business, Michelle has a vibrant art practice in jewellery and painting. In 2019, she became a resident at the Northern Rivers’ Lismore Art Space. Michelle’s artworks are in private collections in Australia and north America.
Michelle is an author, speaker, creativity coach and facilitator. She is also an earth child, lover of nature and playful, joyful soul.
Miles (or Masterful Miles as referred to by Mette) first came to High Spirits in 2008, where he found a love and passion that changed his life forever. He has worked at High Spirits ever since. Miles marvels at doing things well. He is an accomplished bodyworker and facilitator. His passion for the art of KaHuna and enthusiasm for life is infectious.
Miles joy for working with people lead him to continue studying. He now also practices from an integrative medicine facility in Byron Bay, offering KaHuna bodywork and Somatic Experiencing, specialising in trauma resolution. Miles unique ability to pass on knowledge in a tangible way, makes learning with him both easy and enjoyable.
Paul is a highly skilled facilitator, coach and speaker with 25 years’ experience in developing people. His background includes successful careers as a British army officer, marketing manager, company director and self-employed consultant.
He delivers experiential programs that help individuals and organisations thrive, through improved Leadership, Self Mastery, Resilience and Well Being.
Paul enables leaders to slow down, gain perspective and master their ‘inner game’. He empowers people to be the best version of themselves and be more authentic in how they show up, thus enabling them to connect on a deeper level with their colleagues, families and communities.
At the heart of Paul’s teaching is the practical application of modern theory and ancient wisdom drawing from the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness and sports psychology.
Paul has lived, worked and travelled in 45 countries and now lives in Byron Bay.
Since 2005 actualizing a heartfelt calling into helping others, Duncan completed a Diploma of Remedial/Sports massage at Nature Care College in Sydney.
Also a Shamanic practitioner using Kahuna bodywork and ceremony steeped with a deep connection to the elements, it was through these very channels that inspired him to assist others to manifest their dreams and goals.
With a rich knowledge in traditional Hawaiian healing methods and philosophies has allowed Duncan to now share this as a course facilitator at Mette’s Institute.
Over the years working with other experienced practitioners, professional sport teams, and elite professional individuals has given him a vast knowledge of the bio-mechanics of the body, as well as a holistic healing of the soul.
With a rich background and knowledge in serving up wholesome and clean organic food as a retreat specialist chef, Duncan will also tantalise your taste buds and nourish your bellies.
I am Jacque, Kahuna Bodyworker, Facilitator and Teacher and I am blessed to call High Spirits Retreat my spiritual home.
One of my biggest passions is supporting others to see and feel the magic and power that is within. Kahuna is much more than just a massage, it is a soul to soul dance where I meet you, breathe with you, connect deeply with your body and listen to the messages within. Through bringing touch, breath and awareness to all parts of you; body, mind, heart and soul; I am your guide as you heal yourself one touch, one breathe, one heartbeat at a time.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing with you on your journey of personal discovery at Mette’s Institute.
Sylvia Fischer, the owner of Spirit of Metamorphosis. Sylvia is a holistic bodywork practitioner offering modalities of KaHuna bodywork, Lomi Lomi Heartworks, pregnancy massage & Reiki. Sylvia is a Lomi Lomi Heartworks instructor and facilitator at High Spirits Retreat. She passionate about sharing the knowledge of Hawaiian culture, bodywork, movement, energy systems & healing in a fun practical way.
Sylvia’s intention is Wholeness, and through ritual, ceremony, Ka Huna, Lomi & Reiki these practices bring harmony to mind, body and spirit.
Tara‘s passion interest is the holistic understanding of the Mind Body Connection and how to benefit from this knowledge to achieve optimal health and happiness. Her mission is to provide transformational body work, and share personal development tools and life skills; that aid people in living a more stress free, satisfying & joy filled life. Tara’s massage style is deep yet gentle. Whether you choose a therapeutic, deep tissue or relaxation massage, you will walk away feeling relaxed, supported, loved, nurtured and free.
Her massage & stress management coaching service specialises in Hawaiian massage and healing philosophy, Faster EFT and other emotional healing techniques where the focus is on helping her clients heal Emotional & Stress related issues.
She studied at Mette’s Institute and is a Level 7 KaHuna Trained Practitioner. Her Faster EFT Training is with The Skills to Change Institute. She is also a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Heartworks Massage Instructor.
Julian Eyre Simcocks
Julian began his journey into massage quite unexpectedly in 2014. After attending his first KaHuna Massage training, purely for personal development purposes, he returned home a changed man! Realising massage, more specifically Hawaiian Massage and it‘s healing philosophy were to become a major part of his life, & life’s work. He brings to the table deep & soft tissue techniques, along with a gentle & nurturing massage style.
At High Spirits Julian has many hats! From being in the temple to cooking delicious food, holding space and so much more. He supports in so many ways. Also with his great sense of humour and easy nature, he creates an easy and fresh environment to learn and to relax in.
“It’s a good day, if you’ve learnt something!”
Food, exploration and fun are my mantras in life. At home cooking up a storm in the kitchen, wood fired oven or on the BBQ mixed with my Italian heritage and passion for great food, is one of my favourite pleasures.
I love hitting the road in Australia or overseas to secluded camp sites or places that never sleep. Soaking in the atmosphere of an incredible sunset either alone with my partner or howling with thousands.
My partner introduced me to KaHuna and Mette’s Institute in 2016 through her leanings. It was a life changer for me leaving the building industry (sort of) and finding myself, literally - mind, body and spirit.
What I bring to Mette’s Institute is a combination of my love of cooking with the ingredients of self discovery, the elements of nature, a smile on ones face, a heart full of love and the beautiful massage that is KaHuna.
A mover, a groover and an explorer of creative expression through the hands and heart! Abby has always been drawn to movement therapies and hands on modalities. She began her massage journey whilst working in France in 2014.An opportunity to learn Swedish massage was offered by her hosts.. So she dived right in and hasn’t looked back!
When she returned to Oz, she went on to formally study Swedish and Remedial Massage. It wasn‘t long afterwards she was led to High Spirits and discovered the magic of KaHuna massage. She fell in love with the heart-full act of giving and the chance to witness the body’s aliveness and incredible innate healing abilities.
Forever a student, she is always looking to dive deeper into bodywork and how we as human beings can connect to the people and world around us through movement, massage and loving touch.
You can find her in the High Spirits kitchen, the massage hall or just having a boogie outside in the sunshine!
Neikah Verlinden is passionate about inspiring in others a fostering of optimal mental, emotional and physical health along with facilitating radical transformation of the human experience.
A born health fanatic, Neikah was aware early on of the requirements for a holistic and vigorous approach to health and well-being, as the cornerstone to a happy and fulfilling life.
Her life long study and practice of bodywork, movement, vibrational healing, breath work and nutrition, allows Neikah to deliver a rounded approach to her skill as a Heartworks Lomi Lomi and KaHuna
bodyworker, facilitator and trainer.
Her love of Ka Huna bodywork, its ritual and transformative process, allows her to take clients and students on journeys of self discovery and personal mastery.
In her current role as facilitator and Temple Keeper assistant at Mette’s Institute, Neikah now brings all that she has learnt into a greater practice.
I like to think of KaHuna Bodywork as a journey…..from the moment you start thinking about having a KaHuna session, your session has begun. Equally, the moment you think about training in KaHuna
Bodywork your training journey has commenced.