Hello and welcome to Inner Alchemy!
My focus is on assisting people to live their greatest lives through healing trauma and the resulting blocks in their energy systems.
My name is Michelle Taffe and I am a writer, yoga and meditation teacher, self-empowerment mentor born in Australia in 1974. A frequent traveller I have visited or lived in more than 30 countries and I speak four languages (Spanish, French, Italian and my native English). I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
At the age of 29 I had a realisation at my first Vipassana meditation retreat in Thailand that my thoughts were causing my suffering. This was the first step into delving into the reasons behind persistent and ongoing depression that had dogged me since my teenage years.
From 2000 to 2011 I lived in Spain, where I worked in online media as a webmaster, writer and translator. I also investigated other vocations such as cheffing on Superyachts, English teaching, freelance writing and tour guiding. From 2011, I moved back to Australia and launched my business, The Global Yogi, where I travelled the world reporting on yoga and spirit events and destinations worldwide until early 2018.
I am grateful for the practices of yoga and meditation, and for all of my teachers in learning to heal the self, from Eckhart Tolle, to Louise Hay and Marianne Williamson, and many teachers and guides on Youtube.
My mission at Inner Alchemy is to help you to live your greatest life!
I do this through helping you to heal from trauma, dissolve inner and outer blocks and reconnect to your true self. I use the tools of self-enquiry, witness consciousness, meditation and yoga to help you become empowered to create a life you love.
In my work with clients as a Self-Empowerment Coach and Spiritual Mentor, I primarily use the technique of witness consciousness developed from my fourteen year meditation practice. I also integrate the teachings of NLP, hypnotherapy, and the Work of Byron Katie, affirmations, journalling for self-enquiry as well as Reiki energy (the healing energy of unconditional love). Depending on the specific needs of my client I will use a combination of these methods.
It is my life’s purpose to be a Boddhisattva and alleviate suffering in the world for as many people as I can.
QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE
Since my first 10 Day Silent Meditation (Vipassana) Retreat in 2005 i have completed two more, in 2013 and 2017, the last two as yoga teacher and then facilitator.
I have a daily sitting meditation practice based in the Vipassana (insight meditation) tradition. I also have a daily yoga practice which is based on the Ashtanga primary series, and qualified as a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher at Samma Karuna School for Awakening and Healing in Thailand in 2017. I have also completed my Reiki I Certification, and am qualified to give hands on Reiki treatments.
My greatest teacher has always been my inner self, and I have learned the most through working through my own traumas and gradually healing into a healthy and happy human being. Of course this is a lifelong process and I will never claim to be ‘done’! or ‘cooked’ as some of the meditation teachers say. My professional qualifications are as below.
- Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Classical History, Monash University, 1997)
- Grad Dip Applied Media (Swinburne University, 1998)
- RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher (Samma Karuna School of Awakening and Healing, Thailand, 2017)
- Certified Reiki Level One Healer (Margot Brock, St Kilda, Melbourne, 2017)
- Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher (Mindfulness Works Australia, 2018)
- Facilitator at Vipassana Meditation Retreat (Wat Kow Tham Monastery, Thailand, 2013 / 2017)
It brings me great joy to be able to assist others in the deep and courageous journey of healing the self because the life transformations that result are so fantastic.
Feel free to contact me for more information about either courses and other events or a one-on-one session.