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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In March 2020 we will be returning to NSW with Soulcraft Intensive 13 - 17 March 2020 and The Way of Council and the Art of Mirroring 18 - 22 March 2020. Guides for these programs will be Rebecca Wildbear and Doug Van Houten - see Guides - biographies to find out more about Doug and Rebecca.

For program descriptions and further details, see our Event pages under Upcoming Programs.

Any enquiries please go to Contact us or drop us a line at

Hoping to see you at one or more of these wonderful offerings,

Carin and David - Soulcraft Australia Producers

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.