"There is no greater reward than to witness deep transformation and the journey to reclaim our SHINE." Lara Wilson
"By jumping right in, trusting Lara and her processes (that aren’t always predictable) you can feel more centred, balanced and free...
“There was life before Retreat, and life after Retreat. The latter is infinitely richer. It is as simple and profound as that....
“It’s been the most phenomenal experience. I feel like I’ve shed a couple of skins, my smiles got wider, my hearts got bigger... I would absolutely recommend you do this”.
- Katie Barget
"I cannot recommend highly enough Lara's Bali retreat...
"To anyone with anything to let go of, any unresolved issues, any room for more than their current thoughts. This is a retreat for you...
"To anyone who has wondered if they have anything to let go of, any unresolved issues, any room for more than their current thoughts. This is a retreat for you. It’s a deep dive into what makes you tick - seeking out the baggage that no longer serves you. That was my experience anyway. It was an amazing atmosphere, very safe and nurturing, respectful and empowering.
Lara as a facilitator is what makes this retreat and experience so amazing. Her warmth, kindness and empathy is exactly what is required for a soul searching experience like this. The minute you surrender, is when you start to benefit. I came away form this retreat, lighter, happier, full of joy and energy. I’ve let go of things I was carrying around for years. I wish I had done this in my 20’s".
- Graeme 48
"I believe that Lara and her work will be one of the best experiences anyone could do in their life...
"If you are interested in making powerful changes within yourself and this Earth, do this...
“Wow, this has been a truly profound week for me. I came to connect with more of who I am; right now I feel I connected with that and some more. … This is something that really needs to be shared, so if you can make your way to this, please do”.
- Timothy Slater
"I strongly believe everyone should experience a retreat like this at least once in their lives, especially those that think they don’t need to...
"Boy did it exceed my expectations...
"What I found is that not only did I experience a shift in my mindset but a check on my overall health and wellbeing...
"Try it. You wont be sorry...
How absolutely magical this experience was!
"I did this retreat with my sister; admittedly it took some convincing. l now look at the photos capturing this time and feel goose bumps and so absolutely blessed to have done this and also have shared this with such amazing warriors. How absolutely magical this experience was!
You are an amazing beautiful being Lara. Thank you for changing my world. Some days as a mum of four it’s tough and I get annoyed and shout. Then I take a big breath and this inner voice says to me 'now there was no gentle loving kindness in any of that’. I notice if I am using the work and I immediately recognise when I’m not. It's so good how it's a constant reminder just there for me straight away. My eyes are wide open. I can now dissect and realise the BS at play using Lara's work and become more attuned to my true nature.
I think about how I was before Lara and Bali and I have a chuckle of all the shitty stories I had rehearsed over and over in my life!! The chuckle turns into a one of my big belly laughs. Your work, kindness & love has been so life changing. Life is so good and nice to be feeling control, happiness and moving forward everyday. I love your work Lara. I think I’ll do Retreat every year".
– Kaylene, Queensland, Australia
“There was life before Retreat, and life after Retreat. The latter is infinitely richer. It is as simple… and profound, as that.
Retreat opened a door, that, provided I live and work the principles and ‘knowledge’, leads to place of soul enrichment that ever evolves”.
- Isaac Xavier
I feel stronger emotionally than I have in years...
"I feel stronger emotionally than I have in years. My stress levels are also lowering, and basically, I don’t let anything much get to me, without working out why it triggers me. I am amazed that so much could be achieved in 6 months. Thank-you so much and hope that you continue your good work". - Laura
I'm in CONTROL!
"I began my journey with Lara in a one on one setting and relished every meeting with Lara. She stretched me, challenged me and made me see that it’s me and my thoughts and I’m in CONTROL!
Lara offered the You I.N.C program to me to enable me to bring together what we had worked on in a very adhoc manner (one on one sessions), in a more structured environment and take my development to the next step. I was very sceptical in the beginning of moving into a group environment.
However, I trusted in Lara and decided to begin the journey with the 2 day intensive workshop. The first part of the first day was tough and definitely out of my comfort zone, however this is Lara’s mantra and trusting in her made me grow within those two days and realise that I am not the only one on this journey and to be able to work and learn from other people just helps to reinforce that you are right where you are meant to be.
Lara is a shining light who does not try and make things all pretty, easy and wishy washy. She makes it real and does not hide the fact that sometimes you have to go deep to move forward. Lara’s ‘Tool Box’ including the Drama Triangle and Choice Point are ‘light bulb’ moments that puts everything into perspective and enables you to work through the challenges in your every day life.
With Lara’s guidance, expansive knowledge and passion for making a difference my life is now empowering and whatever I want it to be. Through this journey I believe I am in ‘greatness’ and Lara is and has been the enabler of this."
- Courtney Deans
I am giving myself permission to dream the dream
"Since being on the You Inc journey I now question a lot about my current beliefs and challenge if they are true. I am giving myself permission to dream the dream. I made it my mission to get to know myself and I'm going to continue this as tenaciously as possible. This is by far is the hardest work I've had to do.
In this mission, I've so far learnt how important acceptance is, self love and that you do not need a mask to be loved. Each day is a new day, I am doing my best with responding, experiencing life moment by moment and I'm learning to let go. I feel liberated, free in my thinking and being, I feel alive because I know in each moment I have a choice.
Thank you Lara for being an exceptional guide and leader - for always playing full out and giving all of you, thank you for the state of the art tools, the laughs, the dancing and aha moments - from my soul to your beautiful soul. I thank you wholeheartedly. This is not goodbye, this is hello to a new perspective and being".
- Kristine Tuazon, Good People HR
I came to you fragile and overwhelmed with the complexities in my life over 9 months ago....
"The process of realigning and healing commenced the day you touched my life, this will be an unforgettable day as it was the beginning of renewed hope, direction and learning to love once again. You challenged me, grounded me, and reminded me to believe that I am worthy, loving and have a powerful force within.
My tank started to refill once again and I now have finally found my groove, feeling so blessed and joyful that I have managed to accept and work through the storm. The awareness you have instilled in me will help in riding through future challenges, breathing it in and accepting no matter what.
Our latest deepest dive at the retreat awakened a very powerful call to action to nourish myself, be even more gentle and embrace the truth the truth and stay present connected and alive.
No amount of words can express the love and gratitude I have for you.
I look back and am amazed at how far I've come and learnt so many great lessons along the way....
"I came to you last August, feeling quite anxious, deflated and lost. For the first time in my life I was acknowledging the fact that I was feeling unhappy and uninspired and didn't know which steps to take to come out of the rut I was in.
I can't thank you enough for helping me to identify the fact that the first step was to accept that it was time to 'sit in my shit'. To accept that I (like everyone) was made of everything, and that we need to allow ourselves to feel all things.
Since then, I have gone on a personal journey to re-evaluate what's important to me in life, set some intentions and take deliberate actions to being that to fruition. I look back and am amazed at how far I've come and learnt so many great lessons along the way.
I feel really fulfilled but also so aware that with life, we get challenges, but what challenges is- serves us!! I am so thankful for the learning and your insights Lara. Thanks again, Kim."
I feel empowered and back on track already...
Today I started Lara’s Thrive 12 month program. What drew me to this program is that innately I knew what I needed, I had somehow lost my compass and needed to get back on course.
I’ve completed deeper work with Lara and have built amazingly solid foundations. But I just found myself stuck recently. Basically getting in my own way of where I want to be. I’d returned to old habits. And knew I could be navigating through life as a better version of myself. I just needed to return to my inner work but felt like I’d lost touch.
These sessions are no fluff, straight to the point game changers. I love that I can just say things as they are with Lara, and there is no judgement, no right or no wrong. I am so excited to see what these shorter frequent sessions will bring, for me they work. They are to the point, and bring things into action. No more over thinking!
I feel empowered and back on track already. Lara will help me from here to cement the changes I am ready to make for good.
What I need now is ongoing, consistent advice to bring my visions to life. They are so close now! I just need a little patient and remember the beauty is often in the journey, not the destination.
Today was a beautiful reminder that I have everything I need already within, I just need to manifest it to life!
Her teachings have given me to confidence to look F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) criticism, judgement and adversity in the face and say ‘thank you’!
"By attending Leaders INC Mentoring Program and learning Lara’s CEO (Consciously Embrace Oneself) model, her teachings have opened me up to see that everything is a possibility, and given me the permission to see myself as a leader when in the past I had only viewed myself as a support person. I have gained insight and skills into self-inquiry which has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of my goals, passion and values in life and to consciously embrace myself. This has also led me to be able to consciously embrace others. I have learned so much about human behaviour and now have the tools to relate to anybody and everybody at a much deeper level from a place of compassion and acceptance, instead of righteousness or judgement. As a result, my relationships (to myself and others) are more engaged, free and fulfilling.
Lara has helped me find the courage to question everything I’ve ever been indoctrinated or socially conditioned to believe about myself and the world. She’s given me the education and tools to recognise that with awareness and acceptance, that I have the choice to change the things that no longer work for me while still giving myself and others love and compassion without judgement while I navigate my way through those changes.
Her teachings have given me to confidence to look F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) criticism, judgement and adversity in the face and say ‘thank you’! Thank you for these gifts as they are nothing but feedback shining the light on areas of my life that I may need to look at, and that I have the choice to change them or not. Because on the other side of fear, criticism, judgement and adversity is my personal GREATNESS.
We are all leaders – leaders of ourselves and others. Not just through our careers, but with our friends, family, children and peers. Sometimes we just need to be given permission and tools to find the courage to authentically show up for the world to see our gifts, and to share them. This is what being the CEO in your life is. - Jodie Klijnsma
Lara helped me stop being so narrow minded...
"Lara made me dig inside myself and really think hard about my core values and aligning everything else in accordance with those values. She helped me look at things from a whole range of perspectives and stop being so narrow minded.
This was more difficult than it sounds because while I entered the process with an open mind, the cynic in me was alive and well. Lara managed to strip that away, challenge me and help me on the path to getting my priorities back on track and most importantly to be true to myself.
If you are after a Mentor my experience is that Lara is professional, insightful, creative, persistent and committed to her clients well being.” - Scott Shearer, Consultant
Helping me resolve many issues with an amazing "tool set"...
"Initially, I was skeptical as to how this would go, having never felt that I required help in this area being a self motivated and focused personality. After my first session, I realized her knowledge and techniques were just what I needed to move on with the next phase of my life.
Lara mentored me through many stages helping me resolve many issues and supplying me with an amazing “tool set” including The Choice Point and C.E.O which has had a major impact on my life moving forward. Lara’s warm and exuberant style has changed my life for the better and I have already highly recommended her to friends and colleagues who have need of her wonderful and inspiring journey to Successfully Embrace Life Fully. - Tim Barnett, Business Owner and Entrepreneur
I can choose the life I wish to live...
"This is an incredible experience that i feel everyone would go through at least once. It sounds cliche, but if someone told me where i would be at the end of this, i would have laughed in their face. Lara is an incredible, mentor, teacher and friend. She has taught me to honour my emotions, all of them. To respond and not react, and most of all she has taught me that i can retrain my thoughts into those i wish to have. I do not have to accept what has been slapped down in front of me. I can choose the life i wish to live."
Lara is the real deal...
I loved the Self Leaders in Action Workshop...
I walked away feeling inspired, motivated & ready to hit the ground running. I got very clearly that I am the creator - it's very easy to sit with the theory but putting into practice is a choice in every moment. I had a few aha moments recognising a few old patterns. I feel very clear and ready to GO! Thanks Lara and to the others that shared the day! Angela Bellew
I can choose the life
Working with Lara has been an awakening...
I began working with Lara as I needed tools to constructively manage a large diverse set of business stakeholders. I felt I needed a non standard approach to mentoring as the dynamics that required attention were diverse and the personalities involved were strong. I needed to understand myself better in order to respond to the dynamics at play in a different and more productive way. I feel like I achieved this by working with Lara.
Working with Lara has been an awakening, she has the ability to take complexity and make it simple, she builds confidence by revealing that the answers to both business and personal questions can be found in you. Lara’s approach to mentoring builds, supports and encourages an ownership of outcomes.
- Lee-Ann Breger - Director of Partner Relations, Digital Health CRC.
Thank you will never seem enough...
I signed up to the Leader's program on an earworm I couldn't shake. And in the last 12 months I haven't looked back - even if it didn't always follow my current understanding of life.
I am a Leader's, Ignite your Greatness and Greatness Warrior graduate who has jumped right in and trusted processes I couldn't understand. Lara will gently but firmly guide you through some confronting self-development and self-awareness to release a lifetime worth of baggage without the intricate details.
Leaving you to come home to feel more centered, balanced and free - it is truly enlightening. This is one of those experiences when Thank you will never seem enough.”
- Sarah Goodhart
She's taught me more about myself in the last 3 months than I've learnt in my entire adult life...
I've taken my business to a new level with the expertise of my new business coach – Lara from The Shine Academy. She's literally turned me inside out, back to front and stretched me in ways I never knew possible. She's taught me more about myself in the last 3 months than I've learn't in my entire adult life. She's helping me grow into something I never knew possible – oh and then there is the business – she's taking that somewhere else dreams are made of – but it's real.
Lara has many tricks in her 'tool box' (that's what she calls her little bag of tricks she carries around within). I love this woman. She offers so many more insights into how to make everything run optimally – be it life, business or personal growth – bringing holistic solutions by education, empowerment and inspiration. She's taking me somewhere special too! Maybe she could do the same with you?
- Natalie Kringoudis, CEO -The Pagoda Tree
I cannot recommend her highly enough....
I had the good fortune of meeting and working with Lara some four years ago in a sales business where I was the General Manager. Lara was engaged for an ongoing contract to provide key business guidance through her expertise in coaching and inspiring people to be the best they can be. Lara was very successful in motivating and awakening the passion in the sales force and I personally benefited from her many talents.
I now run a business with a sales force of 30+ staff and we are continuing to grow and make our mark in the industry of charitable fundraising. There are many times when I reflect on my learning from Lara and use these to overcome the many challenges I face within this industry.
Lara is a true professional with a unique talent for identifying the source of issues and addressing them in such a way as to create a new perspective of the possibilities of success. Engaging Lara in your business will not only produce a result, it will produce long lasting effects to the individuals involved and the business as a whole.
I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you need further information, I would be delighted to elaborate. I can be reached on 0433 439929.
- Susan M Hoiles, MD Fundraising Results Pty Ltd
Asking the hard questions and supporting me all the way...
Lara's unique ability as a business and life coach, asking the hard questions and supporting me all the way, has enabled me to search and find within the strength to start to transform myself for the next stage of my life.
To trust someone enough to allow them to see you at your most vulnerable is an enormous step, one that I felt possible with Lara's intelligent and intuitive coaching. I am more than happy to recommend Lara to anyone seeking improvement in all areas of their life.
- Janine Barrett, Training Facilitator and Instructional Design Consultant.
I am continually amazed at what I learn from Lara....
Every time I speak with here and/or engage at one of her events I am both captivated and present to the importance of listening to every word. It resonates on so many levels incorporating numerous doctrines in a symphony that would put the MSO to shame.
In all seriousness, I have grown as a result of my association with Lara and can't recommend her enough if you are looking for results and improved self-improvement and performance.
Thanks again Lara :-)
Julian Thorton - Emerge Comsultant & Coach
Lara will accompany you all the way through...
I was advised to engage Lara’s services by a good colleague when he realised I was going through a tough time professionally.
As a young corporate female who thought I knew it all, I was definitely apprehensive as it was my only introduction to the world of professional development. I did not know what to expect, as it was the first time I needed assistance in handling people; it is not something we get taught in school or university.
From Lara’s office setting, to her gentle nature, I found myself in her world and trusting her beyond what words can express for someone I had just met.
Right from the introductory session to the 6 month Leadership Workshop, it has been continual progression and an investment in me. Blurred are the lines of professional and personal growth, as understanding, acceptance and self awareness positively affects all facets of life. From Disc assessments, to vulnerability, to unpacking, and how to feel (sounds simple right?),
Lara will accompany you all the way through. From something that started as assistance with corporate matters, Lara has guided and provided me with the tools I need in life. Not only am I an improved and more understanding manager, I am getting the same results with a much softer approach. The best part is that I am also, personally, the best version of me. Thank you Lara.
- Mathanki Aru, Business Manager
This program increased my effectiveness as a people manager...
Working with Lara has benefited me in many ways. It has given me the further confidence to explore alternate solutions to business challenges, utilising techniques learned and experienced. This in turn has increased my effectiveness as a people manager, improving my skills and ensuring I can add more value to my employer. I would recommend Lara to any “people” manager, or aspiring manager to further develop those important communication and “people skills’, the essence I believe, behind effective management.
Tim Carter Sales Manager, Gunnersens
I believe Lara is a great coach and an outstanding peer in the community. Lara gave me a sense of being very confident and competent in my business and life.
-Geoff Currie, Business Growth Leaders
I found her insights and leadership coaching to be invaluable...
"I have personally worked with Lara and found her insights and leadership coaching to be invaluable. She has given me a "toolbox" filled with ways to handle different situations, and to encourage growth and innovation within myself to assist individuals in my team - which helps me to facilitate change and growth where required.
I have also recommended some of my team members work with her to in order to identify and achieve their goals. Through the process I have seen their personal an professional growth flourish - enabling them to achieve more, and be excited to learn how to grow themselves and the team!
I highly recommend Lara to anyone who would like to implement changes for the better!" -Kellie Jansen, GM Finance & Operations, EcoVantage
"I was initially hesitant because I have done similiar training and practiced it in the past. Lara picked up my individual need highlighting my desired outcome. She was spot on. I gained new clarity and step by step tools to refine and reboot my small business with renewed passion. I would recommend Lara and her workshops to anyone who has a passion to succeed in life."
-Justin Pattison, Chief at Brand Communications
Her style was something I had never seem before...
"My time with Lara, at first, I believed was just another training session, in which I had attended many before and found quite ineffective due to the same old methods. I quickly discovered my assumptions were incorrect and that her style was something in which I had never seen before. For the first time I was actually finding solutions for myself and being inspired by the positive things I was already doing.
Lara helped me find my motivation and life goals and put me back on track to where I wanted to go. As a result my career has grown considerably and I am now the national enrolment manager for a multimillion dollar marketing firm specialising in the travel and tourism industry. My personal and work life has taken a new step for the better and will keep exceeding anything I ever thought was possible."
I would recommend Lara to any of my work colleagues, or any of my friends and family for career or personal growth. This development has been most beneficial and successful in all facets of my life". - Marc Wynn, National Sales Manager
Lara skillfully guided me through a tough transition into a senior leadership role...
Lara skilfully guided me through a tough transition into a senior leadership role and the associated and unique challenges and issues that arose as a result of this career change. With the help of Lara’s skilful and intuitive coaching, I was able to better understand and deal effectively with my peers and subordinates in my professional role.
My communication skills were honed and developed to meet the new demands I faced daily and I developed the self-confidence I needed to succeed and eventually take the next step up the ladder of success.
- Ingrid Bayer, Call Center Manager
Lara knows how to walk the walk and talk the talk...
"Lara’s teachings have been the glue to put together a lot of what I have learnt elsewhere but never quite got it. Lara knows how to walk the walk and talk the talk that created a greater understanding for me, she spoke my language that then integrated my knowledge and experiences into real life learning’s.
Lesley Cochrane, National Learning and Development Manager
Lara gets results...
Lara's management, training and mentoring style defined her success in the operations internationally. Her style is direct, action orientated and empowering - Lara get’s results. I highly recommend Lara as a business consultant, trainer, mentor and facilitator to engage in your business strategy." 'Dominic Blewitt, Bartercard Broker
Why People are loving The Art of Human Dynamics workshops...
This seminar brought me to the understanding how everyone is wired differently and to be aware of these differences. I have learned to respect and better understand people... - Melissa, Communications Manager
"The world just makes sense now..."
Coralie, Red Robyn Design
"I love DiSC! I now feel confident to 'get' where people are coming from and these new insights have increased my understanding immeasurably. The standout for me is getting the 'unknowns known', this is totally awesome to help me become so much more effective with all the people I work with. This is truly such a great leveller to reduce the impact of negativity. I loved your facilitation style; easy, clear and such great energy and inclusiveness - a totally standout! Thank you Lara."
"What an awesome D.I.S.C. Extravaganza we had last week. And a great bunch of authentic travelers to boot. I've had such fun with this new knowledge... reinventing conversations that could have gone terribly wrong because i now understand what others need to stay with me. An understanding that adds to my intuitive knowing. Making a real difference. Very cool"
Now I have a more in-depth understanding of why my employees behave they way they behave, and I can clearly see that they now have a better understand of my communication and management style.It definitely change the whole dynamics of the workplace. It was transformational! - Michael, Chiropractor practice (and his team)
Definitely a must attend event for anyone! After this seminar I have a much better understanding of my friends, family, co-workers, clients behavioural preferences. Thank you for a very informative and entertaining presentation. - Hailey, Manager
A wonderful learning experience! I enjoyed learning more about the people I work with and being more open and receptive to (individual) differences. - Catherine, Director
The proof in her effectiveness lies in the speed in which I progressed after the revelations...
"I had been through many coaching and motivational training sessions prior to this, none of them carried the same weight as what Lara had to offer. She assisted me in unlocking my own personal subconscious barriers, bringing to light what it was that I personally desired to achieve. I was able to make a connection between what my current situation was, and what my goals, dreams and ambitions were; putting me on a very straight and narrow path to my own success.
The proof in her effectiveness lies in the speed in which I progressed after the revelations she brought out within me, as after only a few months I had progressed from managing a small team to managing an entire state.
I would recommend Lara to any company or person that would like to see a radical improvement in success, in whichever quantity it was to be measured in. She has assisted me with goal orientation, accountability, personal drive and the ability to effectively coach and mentor others. I would recommend Lara to everyone." - Andre Lamprecht, Sales Manager
I would recommend Lara and her workshops to anyone who has a passion to succeed in life."
I met with Lara at a very turbulent time in my professional life, and through her coaching I have gained immense personal insight that has allowed me to breakout of my frustrations.
She has shown me that I have choice in everything and that I am the creator whose choices shape my experiences; she has taught me how to empower myself and that it is an inside-out job.
In addition to self-awareness, Lara has provided a series of tools to enable my success, such as DiSC, which beyond learning about myself - has given me a way to understand other people's behaviours and communication styles so that I can be more effective in working with and leading others.
To create change, we must do something different, and Lara is showing me how that is done! Thanks again Lara, you are awesome! - Meredith Arnold, Project Co-ordinator'