Supporting Awakening women to make Positive, Conscious
& Creative Choices
Hey there, Greetings and Welcome!
My name is Yia Alias, I am a first generation Greek Australian woman, living and working at HearthGround.
HearthGround is nestled in a beautiful valley at the Colo in the Northwest Hills of Sydney.
This land is dedicated to sacred ceremony and community gatherings.
I pay my deep respects to the Original people of this area, the Darug, Darkinjung and Wiradjuri. We at HearthGround acknowledge the tragedy of the colonial invasion of these lands, and pay tribute to, and offer our respect to the oldest continuous culture in the world.
I am a Ceremony Woman, a Transpersonal Counsellor/Mentor, Artist, Writer and Women’s Mystery Teacher specialising in Healing through Ritual.
In my counselling/mentoring work I see myself as bearing witness and holding space for people to navigate through Life's Thresholds. Walking through the beautiful bush, sitting, talking and holding space within embrace of nature enables people to integrate the past, heal the present and inspiration to embrace the future.
My deepest learnings have been gathered from living a rich Life full of diverse experiences and from the many years of sitting in circle and bearing witness to the rich wisdom and stories of women.
My inspirations have been guided by:
My Greek heritage that has a lineage of story tellers, healers and midwives;
The community of extraordinary women I have had the privilege to be sharing this Earth walk with;
Rudolf Steiner's philosophies of Spiritual Science: Anthroposophy;
The Buddhist Spiritual Practice of the White Tara;
Indigenous teachings by Minmia Senior Wiradjurii Law/Lore woman;
Jean Shinoda Bolen author of Goddesses in Every Woman;
Miranda Gray's work Understanding the Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle;
My festival family, folks living creative lives, and my beautiful family of course;
And my greatest inspiration, Mother Earth and her extraordinary bounty and Intelligence.
I studied at the College of Complementary Medicine and have Diplomas in Transpersonal Counselling and Shamanic Practice-Mask and Traditional Healing. I have membership with the Australian Counselling Association. Member number 9259. Level 2.
I have a long established counselling practice which started at Dural. This was home to the beautiful Women's Shed, a converted old fruit picking shed dedicated to women’s sacred space which has birthed:
The Hestia Heart Flowers Women’s Circle;
A weekly women’s circle spanning 13 years;
Offering Ceremonies for Blessing Way, Menarche, Queen of the Harvest. Seasonal circles;
Yearly mid winter Spiral Walk;
Journey with the Seven Greek Goddesses: a deep exploratory journey into feminine psychology, spirituality and women’s mysteries;
GirlStory: offering guidance and support for girls through the passage of puberty;
Crafting circles for women and girls.