Barbara Cook

Re-awakening Your Essence
Meditation, Reiki & Soul Focused Psychotherapy

I wrote a book called “Good Choice – A Soul’s Story” and I dedicated it “to those who are sleeping and are ready to awaken”.

Nowadays I’m all about helping people literally change their future by moving through their stuck places to reawaken their essence and higher wisdom.

Through meditation, inner exploration and creative work, they can drop old reactive patterns, gain peace and freedom, and a clearer new perspective on their lives.   They find they’re able to respond more calmly to life’s challenges.

As a book author, soul psychotherapist, reiki therapist, meditation teacher, dance movement facilitator and creativity trainer, I offer a whole range of highly effective modalities from a deeply lived personal experience. 

I invite you to follow my website or blog and join my email list to be kept up to date with upcoming workshops.

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Services I Offer


I offer regular 6-week Beginners Mindfulness Meditation courses.

I am often asked the question, "What's the difference between meditation and mindfulness?" Meditation carries so many different meanings in different contexts. The various techniques  are designed to have a calming effect, promote relaxation, build internal energy and even develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.  

Mindfulness is more specific. While it does stimulate the relaxation response, its focus is on becoming the witness to the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment. The effect on everyday activities, especially perceived stressful situations, can be profound.

In the hour-long session each week, we will do two different mindfulness meditation techniques, building up a toolbox of options you can use at home. The rest of the time will be spent in theory and discussion, such as learning about the mind, the physiological changes during meditation and what may have prevented you from meditating in the past.

Please contact me (0409 166 456)  and I'll send you details of my next course.

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During a Reiki treatment, the client lies down, fully clothed, and receives a channelling of healing energy through the practitioner. One of the greatest benefits of Reiki  is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body's natural healing abilities (immune system), aids in better sleep and improves and maintains health.  Phone me on 0409 166 456 to find out more or make an appointment.


Soul Focused Psychotherapy

This is a groundbreaking type of therapy, one that quickly gets to the heart of your issue and leads to deep and lasting transformation. It goes beyond the intellectual analysis of a situation, gently and wisely offering the opportunity to uncover the emotional charge that is leading to a kind of “stuckness” within you.

Once the charge of this old history is released, your own higher wisdom is accessed to open up a new way of being in the world of the present. 

My own regular sessions with my soul psychotherapist are like four Talking Therapy sessions in one, and have led to internal shifts that have literally changed my life - from helpless, blind reacting to a freedom to respond anew to any situation. I now have a deep compassion and love for how my life has unfolded, and would love for you to receive the same benefits on your own journey.

Phone me on 0409 166 456 to find out more or make an appointment.

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Creative Workshops

Are you ready to uncover a deeper, freer version of yourself? Do you sense that there’s more to life than just the surface? Have you glimpsed your Higher self and ache to embody that more fully?

As a kind of “creativity midwife”, I can assist you to do just that. 

Like your own creative spark, the range of workshops I offer are wide, varied and constantly changing and evolving. 

The sessions are always playful and fun, and often involve a synthesis of Dance movement, Writing, Art, discussion and symbolism.

Like the poet Rumi, I encourage you to “not be satisfied with stories; how things have gone for others. Unfold your own myth.”

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I offer the following workshops:

“Embodied Empowered”

Weaving our gifts together” - helping a group of people find an expression of what their Collaboration involves.

Colour, Sound and Movement” - a creative collaboration with 2 other practitioners to awaken all of your senses, unlock your creativity and find symbolic representations of your inner world. 

In the pipeline is an exciting workshop called “Your Soul’s Story.”   Through meditation, visualisation and imagery I lead you into some of the scenarios from my book “Good Choice - A Soul’s Story”  and stand back in wonder as YOUR higher self brings YOU a unique perspective on how YOUR existence has unfolded.

Here are the ways you can be informed of my upcoming workshops, or to chat about my potential involvement in your corporate, educational or personal growth training:

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories: how things have gone for others.
Unfold your own myth.”


My Story

Barbara Cook was born in Geelong, Australia, and she still lives on the nearby Bellarine Peninsula. She has two children and four grandchildren. Barbara just loves being a Nana!

In her family of origin there is a long history of wise love, humour, silliness and practical creativity. She was supported in finding her passion for Dance early in life by parents who, above all, were inordinately proud of their kids.

Barbara trained and worked as a primary teacher and has since taught dance, dance therapy, and movement studies in various private, therapeutic, and community settings. For the past sixteen years, she has taught dance choreography to teenagers. She loves learning.

Her ongoing journey of personal and spiritual growth resumed in earnest in her thirties. Her need to live an authentic life has taken her on a path familiar to many—pain, awareness, healing, and the sense that she is, after all, a soul on a journey. Her meditation, dance, drawing, and journaling have always helped her find meaning and uncover her truth. 

Her first book, Good Choice, was written (only for herself she thought) in 1990. It was only a personal upheaval in 2014, and the ensuing burst of compassion, that convinced her to share her 'Soul's Story.'

She has recently trained as a Mindfulness Meditation teacher and Soul Focused Psychotherapist. Using any or all of these modalities, along with her blog and social media feeds, she loves assisting people to “reawaken their essence”. 

Barbara is a passionate spirit, aspiring to live an authentic and integrous life.


"I always really looked forward to my meditation class each week as a way to reconnect with who I am and to switch off from the busy working week. Barb provided a calm, welcoming space to explore mindfulness in so many different ways:- meditation, art, touch. This was all experienced with a wonderful group of others wanting to give their minds and bodies a break to improve their health and wellbeing. I really recommend this course if you want to learn more about mindfulness in a safe space. Thanks Barb!"


"Thank you so much for providing a wonderful series of Meditation and Mindfulness classes.  Prior to coming along I’ve got to admit that I was a little scared of the idea of meditation, and certainly unaware of its benefits, which have already impacted positively on my life.    I find myself looking at things differently and am much more aware of opportunities to be mindful during my day. You created such a welcoming, calm and comforting environment in which to learn. I truly felt nurtured and re-energised for the week ahead.  I am already recommending your classes to my friends. 
Thanks again."


"Thank you Barbara. I really loved your book! The idea of sitting down with 2 soul consultants to plan your coming incarnation felt so, so beautiful. Lovely heartfelt souls they were! It had me reflect on the magnitude and complexity of connections we have in life and how they gift us just the right person, location, job etc, for our growth. Your writing is incredibly insightful and thought provoking yet moves along with humour and lightness in tackling some challenging human behaviours. I look forward to your future novels. I highly recommend people read this work to assist their own soul journey."



Diploma of Teaching
Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance
Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness
Reiki - First degree
Reiki - Second degree
Diploma of Soul Focused Psychotherapy

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