Rachel: Firstly, can you tell us about your current projects and what goodies you have in store for the coming year?
Freea: At the moment I have a few projects blossoming into fruition. I am facilitating regular breathwork ceremonies at YogaShack Sawtell and other venues in Coffs Harbour. I also do private sessions. This will continue in 2018.
In May this year my fiancé and I are travelling to Hawaii for an Audio Alchemy music production retreat in which I will be facilitating some breathwork ceremonies at. His music is a beautiful complimentary journey to the breathwork. Circada is the name of his project and if you have not heard the music you should definitely check it out on Bandcamp or Soundcloud.
I will also be offering some breathwork sessions this year and donating the profits to a local Mid North Coast charity as part of the Global Breath of Bliss team for a project we will be initiating towards our mission to awaken 10 million hearts and evolve humanity as a species.
I will be helping with larger Breath of Bliss ceremonies at Byron Spirit Festival, Earth Frequency Festival and I will be attending Breath of Bliss’s Global Summit. I will also be involved in Australia’s first ever Breathfest which is very exciting.
Performing fire shows and doing various hoop workshops and events around Coffs Harbour has been so much fun and will continue on this year, with some exciting new choreographed fun shows in the making. I enjoyed roving with Sistars of the Infinite Circle at Earth Frequency Festival in February.
I will be performing at a local music festival in Bellingen called Cognitive Roots and also the International Buskers Festival and the annual Winter Solstice Festival.
I will also be performing on stage at upcoming festivals in a collaborative project alongside my partner Circada. This is super exciting for us both!
How did you get into the practice of ecstatic breath work, and what inspired you to want to bring this practice to others?
I actually experienced breathwork at an international hula hoop retreat in Bali around 6 years ago. It sparked something extraordinary inside me. I never felt so much love and life force pulsating through me. It helped heal past traumas, alleviate symptoms of ill health, I was flooded with new creative ideas and I was able to fully recognise the power I had inside of me. I felt so connected and electrified and could not believe the infinite possibilities this medicine could bring. A few years later came the opportunity to study this amazing practice and I knew deep in my heart this is what I am supposed to do so I quit my job and went back to Bali to complete the Breath of Bliss facilitator training program with Christabel Zamor. This changed my life and everyday I feel so honoured to be able to bring this wonderful practice to others so they too can experience spiritual breakthroughs, expand consciousness and feel more alive!
It is a Breath of Bliss belief that nothing is broken in you that needs to be fixed, changed or saved. Healing is a revelation of the fundamental wholeness that already exists within. Bliss is your birthright and everything is perfect just as it is! Breathwork helps us live with this understanding so we can love all aspects of ourselves.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Hehe, there is no such a thing as a typical day for me! Each day varies to the next and depending on what is happening in that week my days are so full with a mixture of different creative projects and self-care practise. I do my own regular breathwork journeys, I do research, make music, I hoop and play in my backyard, I run workshops, youth events, garden and a favourite is yoga and going to the beach with our beautiful dogs.
I studied Social Science at University so I also work part time at a refuge for homeless teenagers. There is one practise that is a regular occurrence and that is a morning prayer ritual which I do every morning when I wake. I write a gratitude list of all the things in my life I am grateful for. This sets the tone for the day and helps me launch into the day with a thankful and positive attitude.
You recently travelled to beautiful Peru. Can you tell us how your trip has influenced your personal practice and have you got any holistic travel tips for our readers?
I spent time with local Shipibo Curandera’s learning different spiritual practises and exploring the mysteries of the universe using various plant medicines such as Ayahuasca, Rapé and San Pedro.
The entire experience was truly inspiring and the teachings of these shamans and their connection with land, plants and great spirit will forever be integrated into my daily life as well as the energy I bring to my breathwork ceremonies.
I would recommend anyone who feels called to travel to Peru to honour this call so they too can explore amazing possibilities. However I recommend to choose the shaman you wish to work with with precaution (as some their intentions are not in line with the true ideals of medicine but rather a monetary force behind their workings). I am more than happy to share more and give recommendations on various organisations who offer ayahuasca and other plant medicines. Please email me and I will be happy to support Freea@freeflowbliss.com
Between performing, designing and attending market with your label Fractal Dreaming, working with your performance group and facilitating breath work ceremonies, how do you stay on top of it all and stay organised?
Haha! Well I used to try and do a million things in a day and I loved that. But lately my intention is to simplify my life and workload so there is more time for the self care and pleasure activities I love to do such as getting massages, exploring nature, hooping, dancing in my lounge room, gardening and spending time with family and surrounding myself with positive and inspiring people.
I feel it is crucial to have a good balance, I also feel family time is number one and I look forward to these shared moments. I have a very supportive and loving partner and family. It’s these moments of love and connection that keep up my motivation for organisation in tow. Also my regular breathwork at home helps bring clarity and let go of that which no longer serves me.
And of course practising mindfulness in the moment now!!
How do you separate work from play and maintain a balanced lifestyle?
I read in an article the other day that the secret is to see your work as play and if it doesn’t feel like that you perhaps need a change. I very much see my work as an element of play. I feel doing what sets your heart on fire is key, defining your life priorities, as well as regular extreme self-care to maintain this balance.
And lastly, what is your favourite quote or piece of advice that keeps you motivated and inspires you?
There are so many but one of my all time favourites is the Serbian Proverb;
Be humble for you are made of earth, be noble for you are made of stars.