Soulcraft Australia

Soulcraft™ Australia offers programs and training in partnership with the Animas Valley Institute (AVI) based in Colorado, USA.

Founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980, the Animas Valley Institute has created and continues to evolve a contemporary Western, nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation, drawing inspiration from modern depth psychology, nature-based cultures, wilderness rites of passage and the poetic tradition -  to our knowledge, the first of its kind.

Soulcraft Australia takes its name from Bill Plotkin's seminal work: Soulcraft – Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.

You are invited to join one of our multi-day immersions into the wilds of nature and psyche for the purpose of retrieving the unique, mysterious identity hidden in the soul-waters of each life.

What we offer

  • encounters with nature and soul
  • nature immersion programs
  • wilderness rites of passage
  • cultivation of all facets of innate human wholeness
  • guided descent to soul
  • nurturing visionary leadership and cultural artistry
  • partial scholarships - see


Upcoming Programs

Soulcraft Australia offers a range of programs which support connection with nature and soul. Find out about our exciting 2019 calendar.

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About Soulcraft

Learn more about Soulcraft Australia and how we can facilitate your journey to soul.

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Contact Us

For all your questions and comments please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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2019 - 2020 Programs

Building on the success of our 2017 and Autumn 2018 programs (see Past Programs and Testimonials), in November 2018 we were extremely pleased to welcome to Australia Bill Plotkin, founder of Animas Valley Institute and his fellow guide and writer, Geneen Maree Haugen. With warmth and wisdom, Bill and Geneen guided four programs in New South Wales – Training in Human Development, Writing the Wild Soul, Deep Imagination Intensive and Advanced Soulcraft Intensive. They also travelled to Western Australia for Coming Home to an Animate World produced by Jenni York. Each program offered a rich dive into the realms of psyche and nature. We are very grateful to Bill and Geneen, all of the participants, the land and the other than human world for a very successful series of programs – further growing the Soulcraft community in Australia and strengthening ties with the Animas Valley Institute. 

We are currently working on plans for our Spring 2019 and 2020 programs - details to be posted soon.

Registration and Payment

Click on Register and Pay above where you will find registration forms and payment details. For each program you must complete a Registration Form and Confidential Health Questionnaire and Waiver. Some programs require a separate Application form.

You will also find here a Scholarship application form. Click on Scholarships for more info about what is required of you if you are seeking a scholarship.

When you are ready to pay, click on Make a payment  in the Register and Pay drop down menu. You will need to pay a thirty percent deposit to secure your place and the latest date the final balance can be paid is one month before the commencement of the program.