Soulcraft™ Australia & New Zealand offers programs and training in partnership with the Animas Valley Institute (AVI) based in Colorado, USA.

Founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980, the Animas Valley Institute has created and continues to evolve a contemporary Western, nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation, drawing inspiration from modern depth psychology, nature-based cultures, wilderness rites of passage and the poetic tradition -  to our knowledge, the first of its kind.

Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand takes its name from Bill Plotkin's seminal work: Soulcraft – Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.

You are invited to join one of our multi-day immersions into the wilds of nature and psyche for the purpose of retrieving the unique, mysterious identity hidden in the soul-waters of each life.

  • encounters with nature and soul
  • nature immersion programs
  • wilderness rites of passage
  • cultivation of all facets of innate human wholeness
  • guided descent to soul
  • nurturing visionary leadership and cultural artistry
  • partial scholarships - see

Upcoming Programs

Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand offers a range of programs which support connection with nature and soul. Go to our Upcoming Programs page for details of our 2020 offerings. 

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About Soulcraft

Learn more about Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand and how we can facilitate your journey to soul.

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Contact Us

For all your questions and comments please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Update from the abyss...

In March of this year, we ran two camping based programs at Hawk's Nest NSW - Soulcraft Intensive and The Way of Council and the Art of Mirroring with Animas guides Rebecca Wildbear and Doug Van Houten. Against the background of the unfolding Corona virus pandemic, the programs provided a space for deep communion and reflection on our relationship with our world and with each other. We were grateful to be able to go ahead before we all entered strict lockdown.

During the "pause" we have been taking some time to nurture our not-for-profit organisation. We are now incorporated as Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand and have been listening in and dreaming up clear and equitable structures and processes so as to be able to take our work forward with flow and responsiveness. We are currently exploring the possibilities for 2021 Australian programs - face-to-face if possible and otherwise online. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook. Drop us an email us if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Animas Valley Institute currently has a couple of online offerings: Art and Soul with Doug Van Houten and Radical Dreaming: Weaving Mythos and Revolution with Rebecca Wildbear .

AVI is offering free Council in the Commons...We might sit on a ledge overlooking a vast serpentine chasm of deeply carved redrock or dabble our toes in the cool rushing waters of the River of Dreams or perch near a portal to the Underworld. Perhaps we’ll gather beneath the branches of the World Tree and listen for Earth’s deep imagination pulsing through the roots.... .

Bill Plotkin's weekly Soulcraft Musings are also a precious source of nourishment and inspiration for these transformative times .

Here at Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand we encourage you, dear nature loving soul seeker, to continue to engage wholeheartedly with our wild world and the depths of yourself, calling forth dreams, visions and actions to play your part in reweaving a vibrant and healthy planet. From Palika Rewilding

"Without knowing this — what our ecological niche is — what beneficial relationship we provide to the tapestry of interwoven, interdependent, collaborative, shared body of us — there is no possibility of a long term, healthy, social structure convened in right relationship with the web of life." From Corona Virus: Portal for Big Existential Questions  .

With wild love and tender hope,

Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand Inc. Committee (feathered, furred, scaled and green shooted)

Click on Register and Pay above where you will find registration forms and payment details. For each program you must complete a Registration Form and Confidential Health Questionnaire and Waiver. Some programs require a separate Application form.

You will also find here a Scholarship application form. Click on Scholarships for more info about what is required of you if you are seeking a scholarship.

When you are ready to pay, click on Make a payment  in the Register and Pay drop down menu. You will need to pay a thirty percent deposit to secure your place and the latest date the final balance can be paid is one month before the commencement of the program.