Wyld Woman Goes Bush

A radical life changing story of how a woman walks away from her 'norm' seeking ancient knowledge first from the Aboriginal Australians and then finding her path being steered towards Tibetan Buddhism.

About Wyld

This is not so much an eloquent blog than it is a true story of a mind that’s not so sure.

The writings you read are not truth but rather a simple perspective of a time that existed and passed. No thought or belief remains the same unless one puts a focus on keeping it the same – and what fun would that be.


At the beginning of writing this blog I introduced it as the writings below. However, after a year, or so, the energies of my thoughts have shifted. I expect it the flavour of my writing to change too – and hence I have written a blog introducing this change. However, for your interest you might like to read the below as it was written when I first started the journey.

carmenI’m a passionate Personal Development Coach (similar to Life Coaching), author of 5 books, and public speaker. I conduct positive psychology staff workshops and positivity laughter yoga sessions for businesses, schools and community groups. I’m also a Reiki Master/Teacher and have led many Reiki and meditation groups and individual sessions. I am dedicated to exploring and expanding myself and my knowledge of reality.

This blogs begins with my insatiable curiousity about the Indigenous people of Australia. Their culture and sustainable way of living intrigues me. I start my wild journey by getting rid of all my possessions and travelling with minimal things to North Australia. I made a few connections with Indigenous people in my home town – which is a great help because they know people in the North who will lead me to knowing even more people, etc. My goal is to listen to the stories of Indigenous people and learn as much as I can about bush living. I further challenge myself to unplug from my current ‘white man’ way of viewing Indigenous culture; to fully immerse myself in their culture to see and feel it through their eyes. What knowledge do the Indigenous people have that can help our crumbling world?  My overall goals are: to learn my skin name, song and totem animal, go through tribal initiation(s), and go bush for 30 days (or more) by myself and live off the land. I start with a very basic knowing of camping.


I was born in Ontario, Canada in a Dutch Christian Reformed Church upbringing with caring parents who gave their four children all the right things.  Oma and Opa spoke dutch occasionally and we were familiar dutch biscuits and dropjes. Dad was the outdoorsy type and taught me how to clean a fish (It was back in my early teens since I’ve done that!), and took us camping, tobogganing, skiing, camping, swimming, fishing, etc. Mom made hearty meals of meat, vegetables and potatoes and made sure we were happy every day.

In Australia for nearly 20 years, and continue to find that Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t feel right in a warm climate. However, the Rainbow Lorikeets always delight and fascinate as they chatter all day, and as the sunsets. I never have to shovel snow or plug in my car to defrost. And I love how fruit and vegetables grow all year round – outdoors!

At a later age I discovered that I am indeed an intelligent woman (something primary school never taught me) and now hold 5 University Degrees in Counselling, Psychology, Human Resource Management, Childhood and Youth, and Education.

I self-published 5 books.

And published 5 online courses.

It baffles me as to why they come in 5’s! It certainly wasn’t planned that way!

I’m an extremely proud Mother of an HD University student (*frown* she gives me for saying that – as it may not be true for the rest of her degree).  Daughters are the greatest, aren’t they? I love her heaps and meaps and forever!  And, she’s is the greatest teacher of Snapchat!

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