Nature Retreat Reviews

As required by Australian Health Practioners Regulation Agency law, please note these testimonials do not relate in any way to the modalities of Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine. They reflect the experience of clients involved in the other modalities and programs that I offer.

Lorraine Givney

High School Teacher

Dear Terry,

Your Find Yourself processes have been tremendously beneficial to me over the past five years. They were pivotal in my recovery from obesity and various concomitant disorders; physical and emotional. During your skilfully guided processes my experience has been to connect seamlessly with nature; my nature and mother nature, as one. It is amazing, I believe, that a fundamental concept is used in such a powerful way to facilitate the permanent healing shifts I have experienced.

I’ve noticed that my ability to flow with the process has improved exponentially over time. Inevitably, after a Find Yourself process, I leave your studio (with its beautiful view of nature) feeling relieved of whatever had been troubling me as well as having an enhanced sense of my connection with life. I am extremely grateful for the many steps I have taken towards living my authentic life as a result of working with you in this way.

With thanks and love,




I was recommended to go to Terry by my father, 4 years ago-I was experiencing some issues with anxiety and catching colds a lot, dad suggested that Terry would offer a holistic approach to my health. Terry first helped me overcome some of my fears-like that of acupuncture needles, and to gain back some energy and general health.Two years later, I found myself lost, afraid, anxious, completely detached from knowing who I was, and on the phone to Terry. I came to him at that low point in my life thinking I was being insightful by admitting I had an eating disorder. After listening intently, Terry suggested that I didn’t have an eating disorder, but instead I had a thinking disorder, and that’s when the true insight initiated. From that point on Terry has worked with me on mindfulness (among so many other things), he has shared so much wisdom with me which has helped me to understand the effects that my thoughts have on my mental and physical health. We have also explored the effect that my connection with nature has on these things.In this way, Terry has taken our work out into nature-where it all becomes so much more real. We have walked through the bush and spoken about the same issues, but the answers seemed to come so much more clearly, and Terry held a space for me there where I could connect with nature and understand myself in new ways.Terry’s dedication to my personal healing process is inspiring, due to the amount of time he takes to listen and reflect on my journey, he understands what I am going through and who I want to be at the end, and he facilitates me in achieving these goals. Terry provides an open environment where I am able to be completely honest, and he addresses every aspect of who I am and what I’m going through.

I have sought help from so many professionals, but find myself dreading those appointments. I find them to be draining and frustrating because I feel that the experience is impersonal and that their suggestions are to bandaid the situation. When attending my appointments with Terry however, I feel safe and relieved, as I know that I will experience healing at some level each time I attend. Regardless of how bad (emotionally and physically) I am feeling before an appointment with Terry, every time I leave his ‘healing hut’, I leave with clarity, hope and more physical energy.

Following the sessions I always feel more inspired and equipped to give all that I can offer to the world and to stay true to myself and those around me. Terry has worked with me on finding myself again, he provides me with a space where I can explore my true self and how I fit into Nature and what is real and important to me. He has given me so many tools to enable me to take back control of my life. Every person can benefit from spending healing time with Terry; my sessions have opened my eyes to a new level of consciousness, purpose, happiness and potential for who I can be and what I can achieve.


Finance Executive

I had come to a point in my life where I was confused about who I actually was. I was having moments of true happiness mixed with moments of unhappiness which was causing me considerable levels of frustration. On paper my life seemed ideal, good job, car, house, kids, family etc however something didn’t quite feel right. Why wasn’t I getting the highs and satisfaction I expected from these seemingly positive attributes in my life?

Initially I took this challenge on myself, reading a few books that covered self development however it became clear that to do this properly I needed someone to guide me through. Terry was referred to me as someone who could help, and he has lived up to expectations.The first few clinical sessions were not easy. It was during these initial sessions that I quickly discovered that there was no quick fix, and certainly no avoiding some serious self assessment work. Being open and honest about my feelings was not a natural concept for me however before too long I began to feel at ease with Terry and began to share my thoughts and feelings and my strong desire to develop.As I became more comfortable with the sessions they began to move at a more rapid pace. The sessions were well structured and I could clearly see development from week to week which is why I made my sessions with Terry a natural part of my working week.

Terry has really helped me to become more aware of myself and the things around me. I now have a greater sense of awareness in most aspects of my life and this has made me a lot happier. By becoming more aware of who I am as a person I am now more able to confidently make decisions and communicate effectively. This is because I am getting to know my framework for being, an area I feel comfortable in.

I have found my sessions with Terry very helpful and I intend to continue with them as required. It has been a worthwhile investment into my future and my future happiness so from that point of view I would recommend his services to others.



It is difficult to know where to start as my life has changed so much through meeting Terry!

When I first met Terry I was a bored housewife with the usual array of issues: low self esteem, weight problems and a very negative view of the world.

However through Terry’s gentle, supportive and, loving guidance I have been able to develop a completely different and unique view of the world. I am now able to see that I can create anything I want for myself and that my life experience is for me to own. The options I now have available before me are so expansive that I truly feel enormously privileged to be where I am today. I finally feel that I have the world at my feet – I have my own blank canvass – and I am about to create the most beautiful picture the world has ever seen!

Thank you for opening my eyes Terry!

Sharon A

Life Coach/Writer

How were you feeling prior to the program?

I was feeling mediocre and I had a very restricted view of what my life could be.

What was going on in your life that you thought the program could improve?

I actually came to see Terry to deal with a weight issue but realised after a short period of time that the way I thought about myself and my life would need to change if I was going to feel better about myself!

How did you find your first few sessions?

My memory doesn’t go back that far!! (Only joking!!)

The first few sessions were not ground breaking but rather a realisation that life could in fact be considerably better than what I had come to expect! The only catch: I was going to have to focus and apply my energy into realising it.

What kept you coming back?

I got deeper down the rabbit hole! Basically Terry was offering me a compelling way of looking and experiencing the world that was intriguing and I thought would be of great value to my life.

What is it that you have been able to create in your life as a result of the program?

I have created a completely different reality! My view of the world has changed in a way that no words can really describe but I will try…..

My eyes now feel ‘open’ and I see the world from a completely different perspective. I now know that I can create anything I truly want and that I own my own reality and my experience of the world. And that brings an enormous sense of freedom that is impossible to describe.

What is it that you have been able to create in your life as a result of the program?

I have been able to let go of limitation and now I see my life as an infinite array of possibilities. I see my life as a blank canvass on which I can create the most amazing picture the world has ever seen.

What value have you found in the program? Was it worth your investment of time, energy and dollars?

I have found enormous value in the program and I think the monetary investment has meant that I have put more time and physical energy in making it work for me.

What particular components have you found the most powerful?

There has been value and power in all of the components because the catalyst for change is Terry and his perspective on the world. I found the most enjoyable component doing the Find yourself in Nature program because it was personally challenging as well as good to get out of the office!!

Would you recommend the program to others? What would you tell them? How would you explain what value there could be to them even though they haven’t experienced it?

I do recommend the program to others and I tell them about my journey – where I was and where I am going. These days I realise that people often don’t even know what they want and I try to explain that the process starts there …. People usually identify with the need to change versus not knowing what they want their life to change to.

How do you explain the amazing experiences you had that words cannot explain????

These days I realise that most people have some sort of reference (or abstract understanding) so I try to engage my energy and put the energy behind the words. If find that people often get the energy rather than the words that I speak!

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