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.
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.
I feel blessed to be doing something I love that connects me to people in a very real way whether I’m at the massage table, on my yoga mat or in a facilitation space. Our body doesn’t lie – every feature, every posture, every gesture tells a tale. I continue to be fascinated by the stories our body tell, the tenacity with which it can hold on to these stories and its ability to heal itself when we allow it.
I’m inspired by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I’m driven by the desire to make my time on mother earth matter and meaningful.
Jodie Wagner is a passionate and dedicated bodyworker, healer and sacred feminine yoga teacher, having devoted herself to learning various forms of healing over the last 20 years. The pinnacle of her career so far was the creation of her signature treatment ‘The Goddess Is Dancing’. This unique and transformational offering became one of the most sought after treatments at Australia‘s leading health retreat ’Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat’.
She now dedicates her time and energy to passing on these ancient healing arts through teaching Kahuna bodywork at High Spirits Retreat and Heartworks Lomi Lomi at various locations throughout the world. She also teaches her unique style of feminine embodiment yoga, ‘Priestess Yoga’, and is continuously devoted to the Sacred Feminine Mysteries.
She brings passion, fun and a sense of magic to all that she does!”
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.
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!
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.
Born in South Korea and raised in Australia, Abby Green has explored the world and is influenced by many different cultures. Abby offers Hawaiian Bodywork in Byron Shire and facilitates massage courses at Mette’s Institute. A Registered Nurse since 2009, Abby is passionate about health promotion through the modalities of nutrition, movement and self development. Her cookbook Kai Moana offers healthy recipes & cooking classes are available.