A Community For Women Seeking Heartfelt Connection"Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakes," Carl Gustav Jung
The FEEL Collaborative provides a road map to help women navigate their personal journey towards a life that is more aligned with their true beliefs and core values. FEEL provides an inclusive environment to encourage heartfelt conversation, empowering women to generate a personalised tool kit to make their travels through life more joyous and meaningful.
The FEEL Collaborative was founded in 2019 in response to the growing number of women seeking deeper relationships with ‘self’. The Collaborative provides inspiration, encouragement and heartfelt support to help women navigate their personal journeys with greater self confidence and ease. The journey of self-discovery has been around since ‘Eve bit into the apple’ and contrary to popular belief, it’s not an easy path to travel. Most women who have walked this path will tell you that it’s unchartered, uncertain, unnerving and unpredictable. So we totally understand that you might need a little extra support from time to time.
FEEL is here to offer you support. We provide practical wisdom and insightful perspectives to help you stay positive, focused and open to all parts of the journey, because we know there are times where it can get really tough.
“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives” Marianne Williamson.
WHAT WE DO
Whether you are at the beginning or already on your journey, it doesn’t matter we are to support you along the way. We know that you are the most important person in your life, and that everything you will ever need or want is available once you reconnect with the real you.
So, we’ve put together a range of reflective tools, exploratory exercises and mindfulness practices. To help you deconstruct some of your more out-dated beliefs, values and mistruths and get better acquainted with the real you. Our resources promote an inquisitive, mindful, self aware and heart centred approach to living.
“Each of us are not lost, that our true self is right there buried under the years of cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions we drew as a child that then became our beliefs about who we are. Returning to self (the heart) is an unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you” Emily McDowell.
“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s’ fabled beggar who spent his whole life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
About FEEL’s Mission
We support women to achieve greater self awareness in order to experience a greater sense of self.
Imagine having the opportunity to develop a beautiful relationship with yourself, one where you direct your love and attention to you. And in making this your regular practice you create a new, more authentic way of being in the world. One where you are the centre of your universe.
The FEEL Collaborative is the space and means to help you find your path to the authentic you.
Hi, I’m Nadiene the Founder of the FEEL Collaborative, it’s really nice to meet you. I founded the FEEL Collaborative because I’m super passionate about getting women totally invested in a worthwhile cause. That cause is YOU.
I’ve never felt comfortable with living a mainstream life. By the time I reached 45, I’d spent a lot of time acting in the usual ‘mainstream’ roles e.g. university student, mother, wife, solo parent, career woman. I’d also acquired everything I needed on a materialistic level, yet none of this really ever satisfied or resonated with me. I was at the stage where I felt pretty disillusioned with life and I couldn’t understand why the outside world didn’t provide me with the deeper meaning I was searching for.
Eventually, I reached a point in my life where I could no longer deny the urge to escape. That was a really low point for me. And after much deliberation, I decided to make some major readjustments. So I took a couple of years off work and travelled solo around the world. All in the hope, that I would find what is was that I was looking for.
At the end of those two years, I didn’t have any answers in fact, I was even more uncertain about what I should be doing with my life. But, I knew one thing for sure, it was time to cut loose from my ‘current’ life. So, I left my job and my friends and reduced my life to three suitcases. In May 2014, I hopped on a plane to start afresh in Colombia, where I was going to open a restaurant. Yes a pretty brash move, but at the time it felt right.
The experience of living in South America taught me a lot about who I actually was, and the absolute value of listening to my inner voice. Colombia was not easy it’s a third world country. There’s unimaginable poverty, homelessness and crime. I had my personal belongings stolen, my reputation questioned, and my safety compromised. The environment was so overcrowded, dark and polluted that it sometimes overwhelmed me. I had major issues with my restaurant and got regularly ridiculed for being a ‘gringo’ (foreigner). I felt totally alone, vulnerable and completely out of my depth. In the beginning, it was like ongoing episodes of ‘Faulty Towers’.
Yet that experience totally served its purpose. It literally kicked me on my butt, chewed me up and spat me out and if I hadn’t stepped up, it probably would have consumed me as well. During the next three years I learned more about who I was, what I was capable of and what I wanted for my life. And, for that, I’m eternally grateful.
In 2017 when I returned to Australia, I realised it was time to share some of what I’ve experienced and learned along the way. So I established the FEEL Collaborative. Because I know there are lots of women out there, who are also searching for something ‘more’. FEEL is an expression of my heartfelt love and desire to support you to something new and better.
”Finding oneself and one’s path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen.
The path is already there to follow.”
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