Who we are

Soulcraft™ Australia was created by a group of earth loving soul seekers who believed that Australia was calling out for the work of the Animas Valley Institute (AVI) to be brought to its shores. For thirty years, Bill Plotkin and his co-conspirators at AVI have been evolving a contemporary Western nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation. An overture was made to Bill Plotkin and his brother and sister guides who sensed that our land and people were ripe for their work of reconnection, healing and cultural renaissance.

Since 2016, the baton has been carried by Robert Boyle and Carin Eisen. Robert Boyle PhD, teacher, facilitator, traveller, tree talker, has been working with the Animas Valley Institute for some years and is participating in the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Program (SAIP). Carin Eisen B.A./LL.B., M.A.(Conflict Resolution) has, for many years, been swimming in the waters of community building, dispute resolution, earth communion and deep ecology – taking the Soulcraft path has been an incredible vehicle for consolidating and extending  knowledge and practice.

Animas Valley Institute owes its name to the Animas River snaking through Durango, Colorado where AVI has made its home. Our moniker, Soulcraft Australia, is a big nod to Bill Plotkin’s first publication Soulcraft – Crossing into the Myteries of Nature and Psyche (2003). Many people reference this book as having profoundly impacted their world. 

Soulcraft Australia programs are run in consultation with our American colleagues and mentors, following AVI guidelines and on a not for profit basis.

Our inaugural Soulcraft programs were held in January 2017 on the outskirts of Sydney. Around thirty courageous souls from different States gathered on our ancient country to learn and practice presence and listening, working with dreams, sitting in council, enacting sacred theatre and ceremony. Guides, organisers, hosts, participants and the land were all touched and changed, taken further into relationship with the earth, themselves and each other (See Testimonials for a taste of the experience).

In 2018 we will be offering up to five programs, two or three in Autumn and two in Spring – stay tuned for details.

Before now, those wishing to experience AVI’s unique programs had to travel to the USA. Now AVI is spreading it’s wings, with programs emerging in Scotland, France, Canada, England and Colombia.

Here in Australia, our hope is to create yearly calendars offering several programs, establishing the work of AVI in the Gondwanan roots, leaves and waters. We envisage, too, there being opportunities for those called to undertake training so as to nurture home grown guides who can further AVI’s valuable work on our own soil.

Curious? Would you like to enter into deeper conversation with yourself and the natural world? Are you ready to explore a feast of earth based, soul centered practices to challenge and enrich? Are you called to follow your deepest most secret longing? Are you seeking new ways to respond to what the Earth is asking of us at this unique time?

Check out our Upcoming programs and feel free to drop us a line with any questions you may have.

With wild blessings, Robert and Carin