Birthing, Bill Plotkin and Bringing Back the Sacred

Soooo much has changed since then, but one thing hasn’t.

It was April, 2001. My (then) husband took the advice from the hospital staff to get me out for a couple of hours for fresh air.

We needed to release a momentary out-breath from our ordeal.  He parked the car the nearest possible to darkening water’s edge of Coogee Beach, Sydney.

My insides felt like they were outside, and I borrowed some sense of containment from the glass and metal perimeter of the car. As the car came to a stop, my eyes came to rest on a sight that drove deeper into the heartbreak I was feeling for my baby’s birth – and death.  In a mix of fury and futility, what I saw stung deep into the same place inside that reveres the gift of this life and this planet.

What triggered me wildly was merely an everyday event throughout the world at this point, a small pile of McDonalds litter and a passing group of intimidating, energetically aggressive, lost, over-entitled hollering and bottle-swaying young ‘men.’

No big deal, but… I wanted to scream. To wail. Like the mama in Avatar when Home Tree was struck down.

I buried in my throat, this primal roar that came fresh from the gateway of life and death with something of a mandate to wake up the de-sacralized world. As it is in grief and shock, I had been bargaining with the Mystery to give me back my baby, to have another chance at successful delivery, to do anything it took, anything at all, to nurture, guard and protect this precious life that, in an instant, slipped through our waiting hands. I bargained equally to give my other twin son, just born alongside him, for a chance to re-do-it-better-this-time, to go back in time and erase the harrowing start to his first breaths on life support and first days in intensive care. Though unrealistic, I was looking for some reflection in the world outside the hospital that would say, “Yes, we agree…life is so precious.” And I took the litter personally.

As the breeze carried the shouts of displaced testosterone and hamburger wrappers together in one waft, I begged quietly to the forces to give us a moment to sit at the loving arms of the Pacific Ocean without noise and interference…a moment to pray into the evening sky over the water, as though that ocean was like a grandma that could hold us for a moment. I wished for the litter-tossers and aggressors to sense something sacred here too. Did they have any sense of their own depth of being outside of overinflated self-importance or power-tripping? That there is an adventure out of the lost-ness? Did anyone know how to show them?

Since then, seventeen years, a divorce, an existential wander through the desert, tree-change, a relationship journey, miscarriage, and lessons galore have passed…Events and experiences that have pulled me into the dark mysteries of soul whilst outwardly doing my work in the field. My surviving twin is a fine young man himself now, (if I do say so), and our reconfigured family has been blessed with a new life to bring forth into our world. It is my sheer delight to share with you that my daughter joined us Earth-side early this year.

After the previous birth trauma, and the long journey of nearly 17 years since, I had but altogether given up hope that my daughter would manifest at all. How the Mystery pulls this off, I don’t know. But my baby girl incarnated against the odds, and delivered strongly, as if to say her time was now.  All our plans for her birth went out the window and yet an auspicious plan beyond ours seemed to be in motion. We had to pull over (“Now!”), ending up at a local lookout to the Pacific that receives some of the first rays of sunlight on the Australian continent. Within moments she birthed into her daddy’s hands, ushered in by a song that happened to be playing in the car that you couldn’t pick better. Angelic verse fit to herald this sacred, sweet arrival of a life. An orchestration of timing beyond fathom.

Her presence, just six months old at the time of my writing, continues to strike awe in me everyday. Love, and resolve. Resolve to help her stay true to who she is, and help our world be one in which that can be most likely.

I see in her the Original Self tucked within us all, full of soul sensitivity, soul memory, soul medicine, and code. I want her to keep it, and I want us to find our way back if we lost it.

I see her trusting openness and how she flinches and contracts, when something course or harsh in volume or stance passes by. Amidst the occasional assaults to her nervous system and energy body, even in our semi-rural idyllic area of Byron Shire, I wonder how long I will be able to manage to hold her within the sacred, enchanted, nature-based, soul-based realms, before the wider out-of-control, ego-born influences vie for her consciousness, energy, and identity. This is not just our journey of course, but a wider one.

More than ever, I envision the deep inner self that we were born as, to come to fully be.
More than ever, I trust in the mysterious ways of soul to guide our lives.
More than ever, I mean business when I say let’s do what we can to make a global home that the human soul can flourish in and the wild of this Earth is given the status of the utmost sacred.

Rain Czupryna, July 2018

If depth work for the soul is your work too,
we are blessed to have…

Bill Plotkin in Australia in November 2018

For the past decade or so, no matter what course, workshop or ceremony I have facilitated, I have literally taken my marked-up, tattered and worn version of Soulcraft with me. So many of us have found relief and guidance in Bill’s ability to name and support the journey of descent into soul, especially in a way that is grounded, relatable, and encouraging of psycho-spiritual maturation (not just love and light and thankfully not towards disembodied spirituality nor spiritual ego). I am so grateful for his work to provide the maps and articulation that has made so many of us feel sane when we have left the consensus reality of ego, when we have yearned for communion between the wild within us and the wild of Earth; when we have taken into our bones, the imperative to honour the sacred.
I am beyond excited that Bill is coming here, and hope you can join.
So, to work directly with the genius behind the books: Soulcraft, Nature and the Human Soul, and Wild Mind; and the Founder of Animus Valley Institute (USA), here is the first opportunity to do so on Aussie soil.
Go to These programs are for those already familiar with depth work and/or are Professional Human Development Guides, (psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, ceremony facilitators, those engendering humankind and future generations with soul-based consciousness.

How transpersonal practice and awareness helped thread a fine needle for an unlikely miracle.

I am now underway with an unexpected, blessed and miraculous new direction, like a bird suddenly wing-stretched in a powerful current. Spirit-willing, something my heart has always dreamed into, has happened, and at a time when I emptied out the barrel of any hope or energy left for it. The time came to let go, and offer the full willingness to do so through ceremony, through the actions of giving away the objects connected to this dream, and by opening myself to the wow-fullness and immense yay-gratitude of the nothing-missing-ness of my life. I poured out the last drop at the bottom of barrel and released the last drop from my eyes. I turned towards another horizon. Fully.

How the transpersonal transforms.
Now, I have yet to crack all the codes of manifestation as I type from my rental home dreaming of acreage for family, tribe, and soul-based nature work, but something in this experience here seemed to be worth sharing with you.

I preface my thoughts with the suspicion that at a soul level, I doubt there really is any guarantee that the soul-Self will always wield up what our heart sorely desires and perhaps less so to what our ego has in mind.

And I don’t know, after years of vision questing and intention-setting at the start of every year, that even with all the resulting evidence of magic and ‘wins,’ that I could ever subscribe to a formulaic method for manifestation.

But certainly some things help.

And if I can take any active credit at all, I would like to offer you my encouragement that living an honesty intimacy with one’s soul, with the way it talks to us through the body, and with a commitment to transpersonal consciousness has had a lot to do with it.

It takes courage to be vulnerable to – and married to – life as it is. Surrendering to it, letting the little self die every day and see what it doesn’t want to see… So we can look afresh at what is here, and thus allow the miracles. We can discover and participate with the myth that is living through us, more than the story we want to tell ourselves that soothes the ego.

Case in point, just before this miracle occurred, I was teaching, “Ritual, Myth, and Healing” at an IKON campus, yet with an unfortunate full case of pneumonia that was disruptive to my communication (cough cough cough) and downright embarrassing as a living example of what it is to be glaringly symptomatic of unresolved grief.  Here I was with the job of bringing students on an experiential and academic journey towards the profound power of myth and ritual to bring healing and wholeness. And, ahem, here I was, a picture of not using that technology very successfully.

So, I went back to my hotel, and coughed from the place that only the soul can cough from. Deep, wrenching, real. “What is your story?” I asked of my lungs, and let them speak back through gasps of fear, of sorrow, of a pit so deep there was no faith left to turn to.  Expulsions of tears, phlegm, and hopes. Sorrow squeezed out of my body with each contraction, primal movement and sound as I got behind it like a fighter in the ring who is fully IN till it’s done.

The myth of my life appeared to me as having been like a ship on course, revealed through soul-images. And then more images the deeper I went into the bottom of the lungs….the myth of shipwreck, sunken long ago, and I was just seeing it now. I was squaring up to the update of my life, the version I hadn’t wanted to see…That there was no ship now, now captain taking me anywhere, no course held together by a sense of belonging and direction towards a place my heart held dear.

That ship had wrecked. And I saw that whilst a ghost of me was insisting on a new ship, I had actually long ago swum to shore.

Then came the peace. Deep acceptance. Stillness. And a look around at this place.

Softly, the air glided through my lungs. No more coughs.

And, the shore I was on, as it turns out, was gentle. Willing to see it for what it was, well, it was…Beautiful. Restful. Warm. Playful. Fertile. Free. So much to love about it.

My personal myth of ships dissolved into the shores of a beautiful island of ‘real.’

And with that, what I thought I was on course for and dreamed of…


May you discover the language of your soul through body and through myth, as a practice that can serve your heart.

I truly believe that living from a transpersonal, soul-centred orientation can help regenerate a deeper sense trust in an intelligence at play in our lives, felt connectedness within ourselves and the web of life, a stronger base of safety and security than what the ego or personality layers of self are capable of, and to grace us with the experience of wholeness within a fragmented world.

Why Vision Quest?

Why quest?
Why go without food, shelter (other than a tarp), comforts, contact, variety of scene, and promises of staying warm and dry? Why expose yourself to insects, unpredictable turns of Mother Nature, and the insanity of the programming lurking within your own mind? Why have people been doing such a thing for 1,000’s and 1,000’s of years, and still hurl themselves like freight trains towards the threshold? 
When you are called, you are called, and you can ignore it, but it won’t let you go until you do go into the wild, alone, and give yourself over to the sacred, holy, conversation to be had between your own soul, the Great Mystery, and Earth Mother.

Some never will quest, some will be complete having done so once in their lifetime, and some return to this ceremony as part of their spiritual path. To convey something of the quest spirit, the process, and what it takes us to, is somewhat of a daunting, impossible task, but here are some points from my heart to yours. May these words help you to cross its threshold one day, or deepen your integration from your last quest.

Why quest then, eh? We quest in this strong way when we are ready to cast off the false, the accumulated debris in our psyche and that which has knocked us off our path or disconnected us from our heart’s truth and soul’s code. Even just by degrees of misalignment.
We quest to stand firm on our Home, the Earth, and take our place in the purity of natural law, and in the web of life. From here we untangle from the webs of lies. We quest when we need to immerse in Nature’s medicine and frequency, for that salve to soak through our every cell and into our bones, into our cellular memory of how we are meant to function without noise, toxicity, wifi, and countless invasions to our senses and rhythms.
As we find our home here, we trust our home within, and take that into the world where our ‘place’ is more able to be taken.

We quest when we know we need to wake ourselves up, shake ourselves up, or deeply rest in the sweetness of effortless spirit, our radiant light.

We quest when we need to test ourselves, birth ourselves, feel our edges, our shadows, our untapped power. We meet ourselves, and learn what we had in us that didn’t know we had.

We quest when we need help and no human aid can seem to do the job of taking us to the places within that lay waiting to be reached. These are the places that are reached by the softening of our personality over days in the bush, and activated by the grace of Spirit.

We quest when we need to pray, to have those prayers make a big ripple from the super-charged power of a 10-foot circle that is a portal to the Mystery. And to receive, to hear the voice of guidance that surely comes. We quest to seek spiritual truths, open the doors to spiritual perception, experience the profound Silence and world beyond the veils.

We quest when we need get closer to the mystery of who we are, why we are, what our life is about, and what then to do with that. We quest when we need the power to walk that path, make the tough decisions, or proclaim a new way of being….

We quest when it is time to celebrate a newfound stage of life, or mourn the last, with dignity, with sacred witnessing, with firm completeness that says, “My old life is over, that part of me has come to rest, and now I begin.”

I feel the quest releases back to the community, people with vision and a greater level of psycho-spiritual maturity than they had had before… Men and women who have been deeply touched by the natural and spiritual worlds, their paradigms relocating into more eco-centric, soul-centric, unity consciousness, even as the ceremony-induced expansion states return to the normal fluxes of human cognition and shadow.

Quest is also so much more than what I’ve touched on here. A vast and enigmatic ceremony as it is, I offer these insights to honour those who have gone before, and those yet to come.

-Rain Czupryna

Congrats to the latest Questers – An all-men quest and baptism by floods. It was February of this year, when Steve and I were preparing for the (then) upcoming March bi-annual quest, when I realised I had no business being there. All the questers on approach were, one by one, all men. Having just come back from the same land immersed in an all-women retreat with Kate, I felt the two wings of the masculine and feminine flapping assuredly, as though across the land itself. There was a sense that men had work to do there to do too, and so seamlessly, my man, Laurent (also a trained Quest Protector in this lineage) took my place (while I took his with his with his boy). I felt the power of non-attachment to the work, that sometimes it chooses to move through us, sometimes it doesn’t. And my non-service was better service on this occasion, as evidenced by what the men came back with, stories of great healing and transformation, of bonding and tales only they and the land can carry. The depths they went to were palpable.
These “Magnificent 7” were poetically met with a personal circling of 4 wedge tail eagles, and the strongest torrential rains and floods our team has ever encountered there, making access to the quest sites was eventually cut by the rising creek…all men evacuated just in time with 30 minutes to spare. Congrats to all of the men for coming back to our world with more of you to offer.

With love,

Integration and intentions for powerful turning points


Turning points such as New Year’s, birthdays, and anniversaries offer us a potent time to reflect upon our previous stretch of life’s journey, to consciously pause in the freedom of choice we are given to live our vision. Take this pause to bring closure to your last cycle, thereby letting go ways of living and being that you are ready to leave behind and to take forward the gifts from your experience.

Further, take this pause to ask questions that bring you back to your purpose and your centre, from which intention and goals can spring forth authentically.



CLOSURE and INTEGRATION of the last annual cycle:

Of this cycle that is closing and coming to pass, what stands out? What are your fondest memories of this past year? What were the gifts? That which you are most grateful for?

What was the hardest part? What had you tolerated? Been impacted by? Grieved? Lost?

What did you learn? (Skills, lessons). In what ways did you grow, mature? What did you outgrow? What did you achieve?

What were the strongest themes of your last year?

What do you let go of now?


VISION, PURPOSE and INTENTION for the next year:

What do you really want? What is your wish list for the coming year? What do you wish to attract to you, let come to you?

What inspires you and what are you looking forward to?

What sense of mission or purpose do you have for the next year?

What way of being or qualities do you wish to embody more?

What and whom will get your energy and focus this year?

What practices, habits, or activities will you do more of?

What do you needs do you need met? And supports or resources to put in place?

Any specific goals (not resolutions) for the year? Things to complete?

What might the themes of the coming year be?


Questions compiled by Rain Czupryna

Transpersonal Coaching for Meeting the Contemporary Soul

Transpersonal Coaching for Meeting the Contemporary Soul

By Rain Czupryna, MTP, Transpersonal Coach,
Psychologist, and Vision Quest Protector

As the coaching profession matures and the world quickens, in what ways are coaches now called to serve? Within the diversity and complexity of both our human family and of the times we are in, one answer to this enquiry is to engage with our clients at the level of their soul, with its ability to navigate itself into, and through, experiences that initiate the Self towards a further level of consciousness development and authentic expression. Observably, working at the level of soul is freeing for our clients, encouraging a life a full self-authoring beyond identification with the personality and all its trappings. Working at this level meets the human longing for depth of connection, as well as helps to psychologically equip one for navigating and embracing uncertainty, radical change, and profound life transitions.

Some contributions of coaching to date:

So far, our collective skill set has created waves of positive impact by generating profound results for our clients and drawing out their magnificence. We are astutely attuned to what people value, what they fear, and to see the potential they hold. We hold spaces for inner world exploration and raising awareness. As our laser-like questions and bell-ringing reflections alchemise into conscious conversations, we create a field of awareness that sets in motion a momentous activating power we see permeating into the ways our clients think, live, and work. In short, the art of coaching conversations and the coaching profession as a whole has been a timely contribution to the individual or organisation searching for solutions and growth.

Coaching has dynamically supported not just results and client agendas, but the truth within. Our interpersonal skills and expertise evoke honesty in our clients, drawing out the hidden truths that need to be uncovered, spoken, and, with courage, lived. How many times have we heard a CEO, General Manager, or spouse confess, “You are the only one I can really talk to and say it how it is.” Further, we have put into practice the best in evidence-based research as well as the latest theoretical trends in personal, professional, and spiritual growth, eg. Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity, Presence-based work, EQ, SQ, and the Law of Attraction to name a few.

The list of contributions coaches make – on both individual and wide-scale levels – goes on, from the power of honest connection, to mastering ourselves into more optimal states of being, to what coaching is most known for – results.

The deeper work for today:

Yet, even with this sophisticated offering, the reality of what we may be called to work with at any given time, may call us into mastery of different kind altogether, that of the transpersonal stance. Whilst it may still bear relevance to draw upon evidence-based techniques and our favourite coaching tools for, perhaps, stilling the mind, envisioning and co-creating the future, and generating solutions, this transpersonal form of mastery is essentially a soul-level engagement. There are times when our clients do not need to move along in a coaching agenda, but be witnessed in the depth of their complexity and times of dissolving the glue that holds their life orientation and identity together. When the life or self we once took comfort in is confronted,

destabilised, or no longer holds true, chances are the soul has arrived on the scene to usher us into a and into a world of deeper discovery, of truth, and of transformation. From a transpersonal perspective, coaching the human soul through an underworld passage can be a transformative event, a birthing place for a larger self to discover itself in the meeting of that crisis.

If it can be said that we are now working and operating within a global and personal context of rapid, unforseen change, of commonplace spiritual emergence, and of frequent crisis, then the dynamic space of coaching can be offered as one that reaches beyond the “I want” driven coaching agendas our role has previously assumed. Our role can expand and deepen into an embodiment of elder-like psycho-spiritual maturity, holding our clients’ range of experience in the context of a significant journey of the soul.

Activating a soulfully transpersonal orientation to our coaching work takes great skill and courage of our own. Alongside our professional coach-coachee engagement “role to role,” lays the artful, sensitive, and powerful dimension of non-separate being-ness, engaging openly “soul to soul.” This draws not from our coaching toolkits and techniques, but from our own substance and willingness to be both relationally vulnerable and surrendered unto our own path of moment-to- moment truth, even when we’d rather shy from it.

Embodying a transpersonal stance and perspective in our work with the human soul is increasingly relevant for 2014 and beyond: In one sense, to help address the wide-scale impact and affliction of “soul loss,” the disconnection from Self, humanity and Earth by re-membering our sacredness, our realness, our sensitivity. Additionally, serve to those who actively seek evolution through stages of consciousness, access transcendent states of consciousness, and live with vision through an undefended heart.

Transpersonal Coaching Demystified, and how to recognize the transpersonal operating through your own coaching style:

Transpersonal work in action invites creative, dynamic, courageous and transformational growth to come about. “Transpersonal” literally means ‘beyond the personal’. The transpersonal dimension acknowledges the person as a multifaceted being (mind, body, heart, soul, spirit) and the “trans” also refers to working across the multiple dimensions of human experience. Coaching, psychotherapy, and development work ‘beyond and across the person’ acknowledges that the individual does not stand isolated and alone, but is intricately inter-connected to the systems and rhythms of which they are a part eg. within, community, planetary, and universe. Further, “beyond the personal” refers to facets of the self beyond the level of, and identification with, the ego or persona, such as one’s spirit, soul, and body-mind. A transpersonal approach is presence-based, process-oriented, soul-centred, integrative, holistic, and sophisticated. Drawing from both evidence-based methodology as well as qualitative and intuitive ways of knowing, transpersonal work bridges East and West philosophy, left and right brain hemispheres, and is often regarded as the interface between spirituality and psychology. Transpersonal practitioners are likely to offer a high quality professional relationship and masterful listening at a deep level. The practitioner works with your organic, unfolding, and emerging process, not just the aims or result-oriented agenda. Techniques involved may reach beyond the cognitive/mental level into, for example, your higher awareness, body-mind wisdom, or creative capacity. When “shadow” or resistance arises, this is welcomed with curiosity, consciousness, and honouring of its expression. In this way, shadow forces can be actively worked with to harness its power. Instead of trying overcome or willpower through potential blocks the way forward can involve galvanizing potential and resolving or dissolving inner conflicts.

Being on the receiving end of a transpersonal approach can feel like being “plugged in” to intuition, and a meaningful and sacred connection to one’s own life and to the world. As issues, goals, and teachings are

explored, shifts in states of being, and in the nature of one’s own consciousness, is likely to occur. Being in the presence of one whom is operating from a transpersonal stance is often very freeing, and invites transcendence of ego and of it’s defensive strategies, and access to one’s own inner wisdom. The high level of real-person engagement in a transpersonal stance can in part meet the human longing for depth of connection.

Transpersonal work is NOT: new age, religious, magical thinking, or overly concerned with the paranormal.

Tips for activating the essence and power of a transpersonal stance in your work with others:

  •  Work less ‘role-to-role’ and more ‘soul-to-soul’: Beyond our professional engagement is a human- to-human meeting of two beings, coming together in a deeply trusting and intimate form of relating. The transpersonal professional stance is freeing, relating from an equal, non-separate, open, transparent, and being-to-being orientation. We do our best to ride the paradox of strong professional boundaries whilst offering soulful presence, vulnerable and responsive to the moment in a true, un- masked, spontaneous, non-manufactured way.
  •  Befriend your own and your clients’ shadow. Embrace the whole of the client, including their shadow aspects, without bias. Shadow has power to tap into, like a hidden ally within the self, and this ally may often attempt to express needs or the language of the soul. Celebrate with clients when they are courageous enough to be brutally honest about difficult parts of themselves and their lives.
  •  Work with the emergent process, what is alive and arising, not a formula. Work with what is presenting in the now moment of a person’s process beyond the content of client words. Forward movement may come about through circular discovery, through nuances of non-verbal communication, shifts in energy, and what you hear through your head, heart, & gut. As much as we challenge and move clients forward, a transpersonal stance also receives, holds, and follows the pulse of client process.
  •  Bear witness and know that process has its own timing. View the client as someone heroic whose life is part of a sacred, mysterious, purposeful unfolding, of which we can never know the full significance or power, holding a sense of respect for the unknown, bigger picture at play that does not ask of us to problem-solve on client’s behalf. There is less emphasis on designing questions that are intended to create a shift or result there and then, trusting that shifts do occur when there is room for spirit to enter and do the work.
  •  Listen deeply, from a state of receptivity, not-knowing, and beginner’s mind. Listen through your own intuition and with genuine curiosity. This means working beyond our scripts and over-reliance on methods, models, linear sequences of steps. Allow extended silence when you can see clients are inwardly processing, without interruption.
  •  Work with the field energy present, e.g., by paying attention to the overall tone, feel, or quality of the space. Be open to coinciding changes in the environment as possible symbolic expression of the client’s process or as forms of interaction with their process.
  •  Coach with non-duality. As occurring, name and hold the tension of any dilemmas at hand. Work beyond an “either-or” level of solution to a “both-and” paradigm as appropriate, where solutions arise from a third position and new level of consciousness.
  •  Release any attachment to the client’s success or your own worth riding on their success. Continually approach the client’s agenda without attachment, that is, without attachment to where the session needs to go, goal achievement, and any outcomes of the coaching work. Naturally, a transpersonal coach wants and works towards the best and highest outcomes/agenda for the client, yet the energy of attachment is tangibly absent in a transpersonal engagement. Rather than apply the subtle energies of force from behind or ahead of the client, remain supportively neutral.

Coach at the level of “Who” the client is becoming, not just “What” they want and “How” they are going about that. Work with clients’ body-mind awareness, states of awareness, and movement through stages of consciousness, beyond tangible outcomes.

Being it: Focus on the Coach as an agent of psycho-spiritual maturity:

Self as a living example – and experiment. Willingly commit to the path of living our truth, vision, evolution, and to giving up our own ego defences, whatever that takes us through. In so doing, we are an inspiration and guide to others. This deepens us. Clients will only share the stories they think we want to hear, and dive to the levels of depth within the containers we create for them. Willingly, continually, be committed to our own heroic walk, facing challenge and change with a willingness to be with what is.

Be a conduit of wisdom that wishes to operate through you. Take off the mask, any pressures of professional expectations, and sense of our own performance to do the work. Rather, how may we be of service to the work that is at hand, that we can simply be a vehicle for, in the right time and place?

Undertake your own rite of passage experience, such as a vision quest. Allow yourself the gift of an ancient, proven method for shifting from an ego-approach to life to one of the heart and deepened quality of awareness.

Deepen/cultivate your own spiritual growth practices, mindfulness, care of your soul, and integral/holistic wellbeing. Your wisdom and sense of the sacred and deepened connection with a larger existence provides solace and guidance to others.

For examples and assistance with integration of these concepts and tips into real-time application, please enquire to Rain on +61402130972 or Training and mentoring programs are available. A free download copy of transpersonal coaching questions is available via the contact page at


About Donna “Rain” Czupryna,
Master of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), BSc.,(UMass) PGDip Psych(Macquarie), DipTLC.

Rain is a Registered Psychologist, Transpersonal & Executive Coach, Coach Trainer/Mentor, Vision Quest Retreat Facilitator, and mother. With a focus on soul-level, consciousness evolution work, Rain offers unique Mentoring, Coaching, & Psychology Programs; Personal Immersion Programs; training and Shamanic facilitation. Through these vehicles, personal, professional, and spiritual development is evoked and integrated into daily visionary living. Her work is regarded as a catalyst for activating and making accessible a powerful realm of awareness and connectedness.

She has had a consistently successful private coaching practice for over a decade (7,000+hrs), many of her clients being coaches themselves. Rain co-founded and lectured in the transpersonal coach training programs at Nature Care College from 2002-2009, bringing the best out the personal and professional best in 100’s of trainees. Rain is the Founder of SoulScapes Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation dedicated to global transformation, healing, and soul care, through both 1:1 sessions and unique Soul Immersion Retreats based on rites of passage work and sacred earth ceremony. She co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Coaching, catering to the development of experienced and new coaches. Rain’s presentation at the 2009 ICFA Conference in Adelaide helped to demonstrate an understanding of, and increase the profile of, Transpersonal Coaching in Australia.

Crossing the Sacred Threshold Sept 7 2012

Queensland ICFA Events
Crossing the Sacred ThresholdCoaching the soul through critical times11.45 am to 2 pm Friday 7 September 2012


with Donna ‘Rain’ Czupryna, MTP, PCC,
Transpersonal Coaching Psychologist
Do you want your coaching work to be more relevant for the needs of our time?

Both coaching as a profession, and our place within it, is growing up. As the profession matures and the world quickens, in what ways are coaches now called to work?

As we consider what is being asked for now, Transpersonal Coaching Psychologist, Donna Rain Czupryna, demonstrates how our own soulfulness, wisdom and interpersonal depth can meet the contemporary needs of our clients. In particular, she points to the critical moments during a coaching journey where our quality of presence and perspective brings transformational agency and meaning-making to the lives of our clients, offering ourselves as a sacred witness, elder, and “Threshold Guardian.”

Adopting a transpersonal stance and perspective in our work is increasingly relevant for 2012 and beyond: On one hand, to help address the wide-scale impact and affliction of “soul loss:” the disconnection from self, humanity and Earth. On the other hand, for riding at the crest of the wave in service to those who actively seek evolution throughstages of consciousness as well as accessing transcendent states of consciousness.

Creating a transpersonal field of presence can exquisitely meet the inner human longings for deep listening, connection, and being understood, particularly in the context of these consciousness shifts.

Activating a soulfully transpersonal orientation to our coaching work takes great skill and courage of our own. Alongside our professional coach-coachee engagement “role to role,” lays the artful, sensitive, and powerful dimension of non-separate being-ness, engaging openly “soul to soul.”

This draws not from our coaching toolkits and techniques, but from our own substance and willingness to be both vulnerable and surrendered unto our own path of growth. It also requires an informed set of principles and ability to recognize when our clients show signs of spiritual emergence beyond the scope of traditional coaching.

In this presentation, you will be invited to embody a level of coaching presence that opens the heart, invites ego transcendence, and calls forth your clients’ soul expression.

Further, this is an opportunity for you to:
  • Expand your capacity to hold coaching interactions that are daring and intimate; ones that truly respect and empower the mysterious soul, rich with its complexity and capacity for transformation. This sometimes calls for breaking the rules in coaching and asks us to be highly conscious of our rationales for doing so.
  •  Strengthen your skills in the ICF Core Competencies of: Creating Trust and Intimacy, Coaching Presence, Creating Awareness, and Powerful Questioning.
  •  Step up to the opportunity coaches have to provide eldership within a world in need of those who are capable of helping to engender a new era of psycho-spiritually mature men and women, and providing stewardship for our planet.
  • Gain guidance from a Coach Trainer who has evoked the development of hundreds of coaches and assists with ICF portfolio credentialing.
  • Further grasp what Transpersonal Coaching is and can do for you.

About Donna Rain Czupryna:                     

Master of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), BSc.,(UMass) PGDip Psych(Macquarie), DipTLC.

Rain is a Registered Psychologist, Transpersonal & Executive Coach, Coach Trainer/Mentor, and Vision Quest Retreat Facilitator who passionately assists people to successfully walk a visionary, life-giving, and soulful path, meeting times of profound transition and challenge with grace.She has had a consistently successful private coaching practice for over a decade (6,000hrs+), many of her clients being coaches themselves. Rain co-founded and lectured in the transpersonal coach training programs at Nature Care College from 2002-2009, bringing the best out the personal and professional best in 100’s of trainees.Rain is the Founder of SoulScapes Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation dedicated to global transformation, healing, and soul care, through both 1:1 sessions and unique Soul Immersion Retreats based on rites of passage work and sacred earth ceremony.

She co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Coaching,, catering to the development of experienced and new coaches. Rain’s presentation at the 2009 ICFA Conference in Adelaide helped to demonstrate an understanding of, and increase the profile of, Transpersonal Coaching in Australia.

With great respect for indigenous ancient wisdom and concern for modern-day global issues, Rain’s larger aim is to help us move forward to a deepened connection to one another, the Earth, and our own true being. She works on location in the Northern Rivers area and Sydney, and internationally through the virtual world.

Dates: Friday 7 September 2012
Time: 11.45 am Registration for a 12 noon start.
Finish by 2 pm
Venue: Brisbane (Windsor) International, Cnr Lutwyche Road and Bryden Street, Windsor.
Map of venue
Investment: ICF Members –  $40
Non members – $60
Lunch: Lunch is included in the event price
Bookings are essential by Tuesday 4 September, 2012. 
To register now, REGISTER HERE


Queries: Contact Roslyn on 0450 295365
Parking: Complimentary parking on site
CCE units are available for this and previous seminars.Professional Development Seminars5 October 2012 – BREAKFAST FUNCTION – Venue: “Niches Event Spaces”, 433 Logan Road, Stones Corner, 4120.

Arrive 6.45am 7am – 9am  Initial Sticky Tickets info here –  Check it out now

November 2012 Speaker to be confirmed

Townsville Coaches’ Forum
3 September – Yongala Lodge, 11 Fryer Street, North Ward, Townsville.  Click here for more information

Repeated every First Monday of the month. Go to Townsville Coach & Connect on Facebook to register

Brisbane Coaches’ Forum
11 September  2012 Brisbane Club (note new venue) more information

Gold Coast Coaches’ Forum.
14 September 2012.   NOTE: NEW TIME & VENUE Click here for more info
The Red Frog, cnr of Gold Coast Highway and First Ave, Burleigh Heads

Talks from past PD events are available to download: Click here

CCE units are available for this and previous seminars.