Who's Who at Heartland

Les Dyer, Retreat Director
Hi, I am a Retreat Director, Spiritual Author and Teacher, Spiritual Healer and Counsellor. I’ve been a Healer and a Clairvoyant for around 35 years. Since the early 80's I have facilitated over 1,000 self-empowerment seminars, retreats and major workshops utilising psychotherapy, gestalt and other transformative techniques alongside Spiritual, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Zen processes as tools for inner unfoldment.

I’ve written seven books on meditation, self-realisation and healing (and have another three on the way!). I just love helping people to find their path, heal their lives, reconnect with the power within – and make their life “zing” with enthusiasm again! You can read my fortnightly newsletter (regularly read by people living in some thirty different countries!) at www.inspirationalweekly.com

In my business life I have directed, managed, and launched numerous small and large businesses ranging from charity, to advertising and marketing to fast food.
I have lectured in Marketing and Financial Management at the University of New England and have assisted over 100 major companies to improve their bottom line.
Today, I provide real life mentoring for executives, ministers, psychologists, doctors, and individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to achieving true success and happiness as a human being.



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Trudi Dyer, Creative/Arts Director/Resident Artist

The quiet creative strength behind Heartland. Artist, sculptor, potter, writer, carer, healer, therapist.

When I was a teenager, if someone asked me “what do you want to do when you leave school?” I remember saying “I don’t know, but I just want to help people”. Then after the suicide of my brother Mick when I was 16 and he was 24, I went into the pits of darkness for a few years. I took drugs and alcohol to numb the deep anguish inside myself. Then, when I was about 19, I recognised that I hadn’t actually grieved for my brother. The years I spent trying to numb the pain I had simply avoided really feeling it. At this time, I began my search for understanding…. about life and about death and the possibility of reincarnation and spirit. I read everything I could that helped me to learn. No-one around me at that time understood my need to learn the truth of my existence. “What’s it all about?” was my mantra!

My life now is simply an unfolding of myself…. like the petals of a flower coming into its own beauty by gently unfolding layer upon layer. I have learned lots of wisdoms from many teachers, but always my best teachers have been my family and friends! One of my son’s has asperges/autism and I have to say that it has been a gift to me to have raised a son who thinks differently to me. He has challenged me – and helped me to learn many different lessons. Having a step daughter has also been a wonderful gift and has taught me many things too. I am SO lucky to have our 3 beautiful children in my life! And I am proud of each one of them. It is so wonderful to watch them grow into their own selves!!

Most afternoons you will find me in Artland, teaching art and hopefully inspiring others to express themselves using different art techniques. Art has been healing for me in my life and I hope to pass that on to others.


Trudi Barron, Retreat Co-Ordinator and Les Dyer’s Personal Assistant

Trudy handles Heartland bookings and enquiries as well as helping out in any other areas when the need arises.

“I have always thought it would be a dream to work with a knowledgeable spiritual teacher, and that dream has come true.

I am so blessed to have the opportunities to learn and grow at Heartland.

I enjoy what nature has to offer and the tranquility and peace that lots of kayaking/ stand up paddleboarding gives me in the most beautiful surroundings.

I am excited to live this journey of self realization and growth and hope to help others find their’s.”


Skye Grimshaw, Chef Extraordinaire.

Skye is a local gem and our most wonderful chef, preparing the freshest and
most beautiful meals ever!

Skye has a keen eye for ensuring that each meal not only tastes good - but
looks awesome and is extra healthy, too!

With her kitchen staff to support her, you can always be assured of the finest innovative nutrient-rich cuisine from the Heartland kitchen!


 Darren, our Tai Chi instructor

Darren has been studying this art for over 10 years & is an Accredited level 2 Instructor in Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi For Health Program under instruction from master trainers Elva & Denis Arthy at Redlands Tai Chi School in Brisbane.

Tai Chi for Arthritis - Qigong breathing Exercises - First Aid & CPR Certified

The best movements from Yang, Chen and Wu styles were taken to form SUN style tai chi with a higher stance and flowing movements, cater for people of all ages, with many medical conditions and is gentle but effective. Helps with memory through focus, balance through co-ordination and also oxygenates the blood. Tai Chi has a long history in the east some say it’s the secret to longevity, Tai Chi is a lifestyle.


Sophia Ovidne Workshop Presenter/Facilitator and is Heartland’s visiting Astrologer.

Having come from a corporate background, she was inspired many years ago to leave behind her career and inspire people through her astrology readings. Sophia has written several books and continues to assist people through her readings and her writing. She intuits the astrological information and makes it easy to understand. You may book a reading with Sophia while you are here at Heartland.

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Dagmar Ganser, facilitator.

After using natural remedies when her children became ill and regular medicine failed, Dagmar decided to undertake formal studies in this field. During the past 14 years Dagmar has worked in clinics – both her own and as part of a multi-disciplinary practice – helping patients regain what she feels is our most precious gift …. health.

Dagmar’s qualifications include Bachelor of Health Sciences (Complementary Medicine); Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine; Diploma of Aromatherapy and Remedial Massage; and Certificate in Integrative Medicine from University of Queensland.

Your body is a temple. By understanding how it works, you will be empowered to take control of your health. Learn about the links between nutrition, moods, hormones, vitality and environmental factors that may be preventing you from feeling fabulous all the time.

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Siona Howard, facilitator.

Siona is a Life Coach and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner based on The Sunshine Coast. She is a Mother, Wife, Lover of Nature and a Passionate Healer.

In 2012 Siona wrote, photographed and Self Published her first book “Inspirational Sanctuary – Love, Logic & Happiness”

Since the release of the book, she has gone on to support charities, host workshops and has helped many people realise and reach their goals.

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Suzanne Crosdale, facilitator.

Sue has been a kinesiologist for 16 years. She lives in Cessnock NSW with her family. Sue was introduced to kinesiology when she was searching for something to help her son get through school after he was diagnosed with ADD.

This search led to her training in kinesiology and to a spiritual path that became the foundation of her principles for life.

Sue opened and run a healing centre for 8 years and found her passion in teaching kinesiology and sharing information with others. She is also an experienced Theta healing instructor.

Her aim is to teach techniques and life skills which encourage greater health and personal effectiveness with a focus on measurable and achievable outcomes which are realistic and practical.

Sue is excited about being part of the Heartland team of facilitators.

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Katie Webber, facilitator.

Katie is an international healer and personal development facilitator. Her natural ability to listen and observe herself and the life around her, without judgement, has enabled her own deep healing and self realisations. The profound effect this has had on her life has fuelled a passion to help others find inner peace, love and freedom.

Katie conducts self development workshops which bring balance to every area of life. Participants are guided and supported in a deep inner journey that is absolutely life changing. This journey uncovers the fear, beliefs and conditioning that have kept them trapped empowering them to live the life of freedom and love that they were born to live.

Katie has been a teacher and personal development facilitator for 25 years. Chronic life threatening illness led her to be on the path she treads. With a degree in Science majoring in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Qld, her clairvoyance and deep understanding of the world of unseen energy, she has a deep passion to guide people to find the truth that will set them free. Katie’s love, grace and passion for helping people infuses her workshops with such a dynamic, gentle, and supportive place to share, that their lives are touched indescribably forever.

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Victoria Imber, facilitator.

As a facilitator of Transpersonal Art Therapy, Victoria creates a space for healing, empowerment, growth and self-realisation, through the use of various creative processes and relaxation/meditation techniques.

She studied art therapy at the College of Complimentary Medicine, Sydney NSW and previously completed a BA in Performing Arts at UWS.

Victoria has been interested in a wide range of healing modalities and spirituality for many years and through her business The Creative Soul has worked with clients in mental health recovery programs, in aged care facilities, and has run women’s groups. She believes that the whole creative process is of value, not just the end product and loves the notion of exploring the self through creativity!


Kylie Daniel, Yoga Teacher.

Kylie incorporates several healing modalities into her approach to helping people back to a high sense of health and wellbeing.

Naturopathy and Homoeopathy were the first areas of study that Kylie undertook, and a few years later added Yoga teacher to her qualifications.

Kylie views good health and wellnesss not just in a physical way, but also in an emotional and spiritual way – heal the mind, heal the body. She is passionate about helping people reclaim their health and happiness.

Kylie's qualifications include: Advanced Diploma Naturopathy, Diploma Homoeopathy, Diploma Nutrition, Diploma Herbal Medicine, Level 2 Yoga teacher and Reiki Master.


Ali Conroy-Doust is our Welcomer and Guest Facilitator.

Ali has been associated with Heartland for several years now. We are delighted to have her on our Team! She’ll make you feel extra special when you arrive and answer all your questions about your stay.

Ali knows Heartland from both sides of the fence and you’ll find her an indispensable font of know-how and gentle wisdom!


Kylie, Millie and Simonne – Therapists

Millie is a fully qualified professional Remedial Therapist who supports our guests with her finely attuned massage techniques. No matter how difficult your condition may be, Millie is sure to be able to assist you.



Simonne offers a most relaxing and healing massage. She also offers our clients both Reflexology and Reiki.



Kylie is Heartland’s visiting Naturopath who is also qualified in Homeopathy, Iridology and other healing modalities. She visits Heartland during each 5 day program to present a talk on naturopathy & nutrition. Kylie uses her many skills to help people during their healing – and to assist them to better understand any issues they may have within their body.

Her passion is to be of service and help others to heal. Kylie is also available to give one on one consultations during your stay at Heartland. 

Other therapists may be available at the time of your visit – please enquire when booking.

Our beloved Will passed away in November 2012. We no longer have a special 4 legged friend in charge of “meet & greet” at Heartland. Sadly, no-one can fill his big-black-paws.


The sculpture of Will that Trudi created sits proudly at the front entrance so our guests can at least know he’s always here in spirit!

(Trudi and Will with his look-alike sculpture a few weeks before he passed)






Heartland’s Healing Horse Oliver - Arriving here just 3 weeks before Will passed away. Oliver has helped heal some of the grief we have all felt with the loss of Will. We are blessed to have “Ollie” as our newest member of the Healing Team – a new 4 legged friend (and a big one at that!) He’s a beautiful thoroughbred horse that we were lucky enough to be chosen to take care of. His role here is being the loving presence that he is! There is really nothing more he has to do.


Phil was once a racehorse (although the couple of times he raced… he came last…) but after a leg injury his racing career was over. So, he came to us in November 2012 so Ollie had some horsey-company. Phil is so quiet and docile & loves a good scratch around his head! Phil used to be the lowest on the “pecking order” before he came to Heartland, but now he’s gone up in the world and is “2ic” to Ollie – ahead of the donkeys and cows!! He’s in horsey-heaven!


WWOOFAS - That’s “Willing Workers On Organic Farms”!
From time to time, we have the most wonderful wwoofas who come and stay with us & help with the many jobs around Heartland.
They help out in a variety of ways depending on how long they stay with us. Heartland is very appreciative of the helpers we attract.
If you are looking to volunteer here, join the wwoofas organisation & then let us know.
We would love to have you!


Wildlife - Heartland is the home of the Red-Necked wallaby.
We see them in the early morning and early evening.
They are shy of people – but are getting more used to us and at times we can get quite close to them.




Yoshoda, Pastures Maintenance Team

Yoshoda is the white & grey donkey and her offspring Mani was born at Easter 2009.

Patty is the oldest donkey & Aggie is the most timid.

The donkeys have a very important role here at Heartland, as they are the ones who eat the grass! They’re always happy to oblige you if you are holding a carrot or a banana and always love that little extra bit of attention (don’t we all!).

Our donkeys are a constant reminder that love heals all (Aggie has recently healed from a serious eye cancer through the loving attention of many of the guests!)

Please Enjoy Our 3 Photo Galleries
by clicking the links below.
Gallery ONE  -  Gallery TWO  -  Gallery THREE


Let us find peace and delight in it!
Let us find tranquility and keep it!
Let us find patience and own it!
Let us find empathy and share it!
Let us find honour and commit to it!
Let us find selflessness and become it!

Let us find tolerance and express it!
Let us find joy and thrill to it!
Let us find worth and value it!
Let us find Love and be it!
Let us find Real Self and live it!
Let us truly find the Divine and rest there!


More info at   http://www.LesDyer.com

and   http://www.InspirationalWeekly.com

Please Enjoy Our 3 Photo Galleries
by clicking the links below.
Gallery ONE  -  Gallery TWO  -  Gallery THREE


Heartland is a Healing Retreat
This Means It Is :-

  Unable To Accommodate Children
  Pet Free Zone
  * Designated smoking area available

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