Pete's PTSD Testimonial.

I came to Orion 3.5 years into recovery from ice addiction, I'd previously tried all therapies available (medications, c.b.t, d.b,t, e.f.t. meditation, journaling, art therapies, music therapies, counselling etc) without much success. I had PTSD from my childhood followed by a life of living on the edge. I have served in the Army including a tour of East Timor.

I arrived at Elebanah and was met with compassion, empathy and fortunate to be among a community of healers training under Orion. I was surrounded by nature and given time to adjust to being back in a natural environment - away from the concrete jungle. I had forgotten how peaceful and healing the forest environment is.

With Orion, during various ceremonies and healing rituals I was able revisit childhood trauma which underpinned my addictive behaviours. Post the ceremonies and in the ensuing weeks I've noticed a remarkable shift in my abandonment fears, my rejection issues, and not being heard, I've also not had a single nightmare which I previously would wake 2-3 times a night in panic.

A massive gain in my overall sense of being has been achieved. My memories are now forming a lot differently and my overall perception of life has shifted. My relationships are a lot better, now with a sense of clarity in my own mind and the head chatter has stopped, a real sense of peace and calmness is within me.

Elebanah is healing. I would not hesitate to recommend Orion to any man who is wanting to become a complete man, at peace with himself and the world.


August 2019

PTSD Testimonial

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD. I was a professional fire-fighter. I was shattered. I was depressed, had anxiety and felt that I had failed. I was a failure and I was angry. My family bore the brunt of this anger. I had no motivation and felt like my life was wasting away.

An opportunity arose to try an alternate source of therapy, Integrative Medicine Healing. I had nothing to lose. I attended the weekend retreat with an open mind, although I was a bit anxious and apprehensive. With each session I began to feel calmer, more trusting and grounded. Living in the bush seemed to be connecting me with nature, and myself. I was losing my anger, becoming more at ease with who I am, and that felt great.

I came away from this session a new person and my wife could see a different person walk back into our home. I felt like I had been re-born. Everything was going to be ok now!

I would have no hesitation in recommending this alternate therapy. After all, we only have one life!

February 2019

PTSD Testimonial

I'm a couple days away from being back with my beautiful family. I left Orion's house and land today. I can't begin to tell you how deep we went into shifting my PTSD/whole entire reality!. Orion has changed my life and I feel full of love, gratitude, excitement, inner strength and most of all love for myself. I have also participated in making this change with every ounce of life I have in me. There is no half way. It's a decision we all have to make in life and when we make that decision we must follow through all the way. If we don't, we see the same old patterns re-emerging and most times even worse than before.

I'm grateful beyond words to my beautiful magical wife for being there for me these last 10 years through all of the hard times I have put her through with my PTSD. She is a warrior. She is very very strong. I'm a very lucky man to have her in my life. I'm so excited to be able to share this life with her and all the lessons in it, until the end of my days. I love her so much.

I hope anyone that deals with this kind of issue can find it in themselves to take a step in the right direction. Give into yourself the right way by listening to your heart. Just take a step that's all you need to do. One step at a time. Each step gets stronger and stronger.
I feel like I've found a friend and teacher for life with Orion. When I first met him I was blown away by his huge spirit and commanding presence. He is a grizzly bear and will not let your inner demons hide. I was immediately humbled and full of respect for him.

When I got to his place I felt I was home. I felt a brotherhood or kinship like I've never felt before. This made me feel very open and safe which I never expected. I slept in the beautiful forest on his land in a swag for 3 nights in the rain every night which was good for me. A huge amount of healing took place in a 4 day period and now I must fill that space, where the old story was, with gratitude and love. I must be vulnerable.

I am grateful to be here.

November 2018

PTSD Testimonial

I came to you with PTSD symptoms unable to go out in public on my own, having body tremors 24 hours a day which affected my speech, convulsions at night, nightmares and I was on suicide watch. My days were spent either in bed or on the couch on high alert listening out for danger. I could not do any house chores because if my attention was moved to the task at hand I felt like I was in danger of attack. I had just been prescribed Seroquel (anti-psychotic) and it was a difficult thing to accept as I don't even like taking panadol.

I am sorry I had to put you through 101 questions before I booked in, I was scared about coming to see you, spending money and walking away without any major difference. To be honest, if this didn't work my next step was to kill myself.

You were so gentle but didn't take any rubbish either so I felt like I could trust you a bit. Trust is a major issue for me. I really enjoyed each of the four healing rituals and the way you conducted them with integrity and care. Your huge bear hands on top of my head made the world feel safe. The healings were all so different and being carried by so many people for the Spirit Canoe was incredible. It was amazing to be sent so much love from all of those people, I feel indebted to them.

Throughout my life I would feel so much rage inside of me when I had the convulsions and thought the only way to release it was to have a massive accident or illness and go into a coma, leave my body to get it all out and then come back into my body. Because of the intensity of these emotions I was terrified of the Rock of Emotion and was surprised when I did the process, it wasn't anything to be worried about and it was more effective than I imagined it could be.

Each week I could feel the changes taking place, my confidence in the process and in myself was growing with each step of the way.
The last week I left feeling a new sense of who I am rather than who I was conditioned to be through the sexual assaults. I left Elebanah that day feeling nervously excited about my future and while it is still daunting to know how to go about things it is so wonderful to be able to get out of bed in the morning and stay out of bed. Go grocery shopping for my family on my own again, sleep soundly and not need for prescription drugs.

My trust in relationships and people was also restored during our sessions.

To you Orion, your forest and the people who assisted in the Spirit Canoe process.

Thank you

July 2017