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Abiding as Peaceful Loving Presence

Non-duality | TRE |Meditation | Music

Overcome Trauma & Suffering – Awaken to Peaceful Presence

If you’ve landed here then you’re tired of suffering and ready for real change. You’re ready to overcome trauma and its effects, grief and loss, burnout or perhaps life has worn you down. 

Everything in your life has led you to this moment, to this page. And, if willing, to overcome the effects of trauma and suffering. To be free.

I get it, after my brother, then son took their lives I was there too. I struggled with all the what if’s and if only’s of grief and loss too. Now after some deep realisations I am free. And I love to share all that led me to abide in a state of joyful and peaceful presence.

Human suffering & trauma can lead us to ask some very big questions. And so it should.

To realise we are not what we thought ourself to be. But in fact to discover ourself to be far greater than we ever could have imagined. That is before we believed false thoughts that told us otherwise – for we are not the programmed thoughts we have taken on.

A shift in perspective can lead to profound understanding & this can change our life.

Imagine living in a state of natural peace with no resistance to the arising moment. Acceptance of whatever is happening right now can set one free.

To choose to rest back into presence awareness as if you are resting back in a comfortable armchair, relaxed, calm, open, fully alive, fully present – ready to experience the show in the unfolding moment. It doesn’t mean that life will be instantly perfect. Challenges will still be there – but we will deal with life differently.

Listening, feeling, seeing whatever is arising in each moment…as it is. 

First we need to recognise our attachment to past patterns, programs, beliefs and fears. And to realise that we are NOT our thoughts, fears, attachments, cravings or aversions. We are the aware presence – the silent witness of awareness.

True embodiment is an important part of this coming home to self. Feeling comfortable in our own skin. Our offerings include mindfulness, yogic breath-work, TRE tension & trauma release, live healing music and an understanding of our energetic makeup. These processes bring us home to a whole new understanding of the age old question, who am I?

What is offered here is simple, honest and holistic if you are ready for change.

Mangalam Meditation Retreat

Soraya and musician husband Terry Oldfield own and manage Mangalam Meditation Retreat. Surrounded by nature Mangalam lies between Palmwoods and Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Mangalam offers classes, personal consultations, retreats and online courses. You may also wish stay for 2 day or weeklong personal retreat.

TRE Trauma Release Exercises - embodiment

The Awakening Hearts Mentorships

A supported three or six month journey of healing, awakening, reclaiming your confidence to relax into peaceful presence and love this gift of life. Release past mental and physical stress, trauma and the associated anxiety, depression and limiting beliefs. Restore your vitality by becoming fully embodied and grounded int presence.

Overcoming trauma and healing means the past no longer defines how we express ourselves in the world. We become present and conscious to this arising moment. This moment.

Discover the magnificence of our true being. That sublime consciousness that is expressing here through this body-mind we call I. 

Nourishing Day Retreat: TRE | Mindfulness | Embodiment

To overcome bodily held tension, ongoing anxiety and the effects of past trauma we need a toolbox. This workshop offers that toolbox. It’s designed to support you to release past trauma and better deal with ongoing daily stresses and triggers. This is an experiential workshop with lots to learn and incorporate into your self-care program.

SHAKE IT OFF & RESTORE CALM   -   6 week Courses

This course is offered online and in person. You will discover how by regulating your nervous system and developing greater embodiment you can restore as state of inner calm. You’ll learn how to practice and implement TRE tension and trauma release into your life and  develop greater resilience. Powerful self-care practices such as yoga nidra, breath, mindfulness practices and vagal toning are included. These practices help restore energy levels allowing greater mental and physical calm and vitality. 

Learn to harness the wisdom of your body, shake off stress and nourish your nervous system.

More Offerings for you
Awakening Hearts 3 day Retreats

Awakening Hearts Retreats run bi-annually at Mangalam on the Sunshine Coast. A deep dive into living AWAKE

TRE Trauma Release Exercises

Personal sessions in TRE to release Tension & Trauma. Yoga, breath, TRE & Yoga Nidra Classes

Awakening Hearts Mentorship

A 3 or 6 month journey spiritual awakening with Soraya for self-empowerment, purpose & prosperity.

Yoga Therapy
& Clarity Sessions

Ancient Science of Yoga & Ayurveda for healing, balance & spiritual clarity. One on One sessions

Yoga Nidra – Rejuvenating Meditation- A Modern Panacea

An important part of our holistic healing program is yoga nidra, which can support the body-mind to relax and heal. by anyone. Yoga Nidra as a classical meditation or relaxation practiced either lying supine comfortably in shavasana, or sitting while traveling or even from your hospital bed. Deeply relaxing and rejuvenating for body, mind and spirit, yoga nidra is the perfect antidote for life’s everyday stresses. In fact it is a modern day panacea which can be incorporated with any healing modality to enhance rejuvenation. It develops awareness, mindfulness and boosts energy levels. Being deeply calming it is perfect for many forms of anxiety, trauma or periods of rehabilitation after illness. It can be practiced in hospital, while traveling for jet-lag and in bed for insomnia.  It is undoubtedly a practice that will benefit everyone who uses it, and you need no prior knowledge of meditation… more

Click to Purchase Soraya’s Yoga Nidra recordings in the shop

The practices are enhanced with calming flute music from Terry Oldfield

Shining Through From Grief To Gratitude

by Soraya Saraswati
A journey with grief that led to profound Awakening

Soraya Saraswati’s memoir ‘Shining Through From Grief to Gratitude’ is a parents rite of passage, of coming shining through the traumas of suicide, secrets and spirituality. From Outback Australia to Indian Ashrams, Greek temples and American Indian Sweat Lodges this is a journey a soul yearning for freedom from the pain of grief.

This book is a priceless gift 

“This book is a priceless gift from a courageous, beautiful soul and a shining beacon for our troubled modern world. If you have ever tried to find comfort and healing through spiritual paths when in deep pain and grief, then here is a guide who can assist your out of the darkness into a new dawn of forgiveness and freedom.” Sally Oldfield – Musician

From the readers…
I just finished your book and I’m about to lend it to Vedanta who’s keen to read it.
It was a strong read …..I could relate to so much of it….the naivety of youthfulness, spiritual utopian ideals, the intensity and journey of motherhood (and single motherhood) and the angst we go through as mothers, the wisdom and equilibrium we acquire as we get older and so on.
Thank you for writing the book (I was nervous about reading it), it has inspired me to stay strong in my own journey and to practice gratitude and loving kindness. Also a reminder to stay present. (I need constant reminding).
Christina 2017

“To be free, first we need to clear the story of me. Clear our trauma story and the associated patterned and reactive behaviours. We retain our unique character but without the limitation of unconscious unexpressed vrittis  (whirling and fluctuations of the mindstuff). And as we become clear of past samskaras (psychological imprints) we are more available to this moment, to presence.” Soraya 💛