Dr. Loretta do Rozario

“We are our own Centre of Being and Becoming. When this is Felt and Integrated, we are the enduring Magic of hope and new life. We create a Whole and  renewed future for us all.”

Loretta do Rozario, 2009

Dr Loretta do Rozario {B. Occ. Thy. (Qld. Uni.), M.Transp. Psych. (I. T. P. USA), PhD. (Qld. Uni.} is the founder and key facilitator of Spirit Works Australia, an experiential and deepening Learning Space dedicated to integrating Wholeness and Wellness in our lives, professions, workplaces and communities.

For most of my life I have been a Seeker of Other Ways. At 16 years I instinctively chose not to study medicine. I felt I would ‘lose my soul’ through this established way and within the establishment. I knew that the World of Psyche – inclusive of body, mind, heart and soul – called me. I pursued many ways, paths and training courses of Psyche. I found that the Transpersonal and an Integrated Path made holistic and Whole sense. I could never return to parts and fragments of truth, care, growth and living.

Now as I begin savouring my sixties, I know that my essential and evolving Vocation is to bring this inner Whole-Sense practically outward. Through the safe and stirring Container of Spirit Works individuals can discover and deepen their Essential Aliveness and Greater Story.

I have always cherished ‘helping the helpers to help’. I have come to know that when each of us embodies integrated and grounded Wholeness everything Changes. We change and transform. We come Alive, Present, Responsive and Skill-Full. All aspects of our personal and professional lives become coherent, meaningful and Integrated. There is no turning backwards.

Briefly as background: I have a first degree in Occupational Therapy (1977) and a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies (1995) (both from University of Queensland), with a thesis on The Spiritual Nature of Health and Wellbeing of People with Chronic Physical Disabilities and Illness: A Paradigm of Wholeness and Reconstitution. In 1987 I completed a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, USA), with a thesis on Transpersonal Growth Groups: A Peer Paradigm of Learning.

I love learning so have had the pleasure of over 15 years experience as a senior academic at West Australian Universities Curtin and Notre Dame. During the early 1990’s I was President of the WA Occupational Therapy Association. For ten years I was an invited Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University Canada, where I supervised Masters research students, and created an online graduate course in Community Development and Wellness.

In 1994 I became the founder, President and Programme Coordinator of The Australian Transpersonal Institute and Association, a nationally accredited training organization founded in Perth. During this time, I was also an invited External Faculty Member for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, at Palo Alto, California.

Within Australia and Canada I practised in health, psychiatry and mental health, and private practice settings as a therapist, counsellor, transpersonal psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, educator and as a change facilitator in creating well organisations. In early 2000, I was the Wellness Coordinator and Facilitator at The Cancer Support Association of Western Australia.

In 2004 I felt called from the bustle of city life and created Tree Song Retreat in Denmark. This is my home and a beautiful forest Sanctuary, a place of mountain, trees, river and ocean. In these years I have been inspired to more deeply and practically learn about “The Road Less Travelled”. Tree Song offers a spaciousness to simply Be. Through this Being we evolve our ‘Art of Living’. Through conscious living we grow a more creative and compassionate life. My sincerest hope is that those who come to Tree Song and Spirit Works offerings will be called to embody more Whole, Loving and Enlivened lives. Ultimately we contribute to co-creating more caring and empowered communities.