Caitlyn Cook

Caitlyn was 10 years old when she first worried that she wasn’t good enough. She started believing she must earn love by being impressive. Transforming into perfectionism and performance anxiety, she developed clinical anxiety, depression and disordered eating as a young woman.

Caitlyn’s journey to freedom is what led her to become an international coach, facilitator, writer and multidisciplinary artist working in mindfulness, Self-Love, sacred sexuality and shamanic healing. She now shares the exact tools and magic that helped bring her back to Life.

Her work centers embodiedness and explores Love, freedom, body-image, authenticity, surrender, and power. Her influences are broad, including meditation, shamanism, Christian mysticism, sexual alchemy, acting, psychodrama, nature, movement and ritual.

With extensive academic and fine art education as well as and comprehensive training with International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), Shamanic Studies Asia, and mentorship with multiple leaders in the field, Caitlyn facilitates groups and coaches internationally.

Caitlyn is an apprentice ISTA faculty.

She currently lives in Pai, Thailand and spends a lot of time patting cats, enjoying warm breezes, geeking out on Soul stuff, and eating cheese.

Read more about Caitlyn’s story here, in NEXT Magazine, or on this podcast.

SELF-LOVE, MINDFUL SEXUALITY + SHAMANIC HEALING — COACHING + EVENTS

Completing a comprehensive training with International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), Shamanic Studies Asia, and mentorship from multiple leaders in the field, Caitlyn teaches independently as well as with the renowned ISTA in sacred sexual shamanism and sexual alchemy.

Caitlyn facilitates groups and coaches 1:1 and couples sessions internationally.

WRITING

Caitlyn writes articles on themes exploring mental wellbeing, intelligent spirituality, self-love, body-image, authenticity, relationships (including conscious non-monogamy), and empowerment. She investigates and illuminates healing modalities including meditation, plant medicine, shamanism, sexual alchemy, nature, movement and ritual. Her work is gender-, race-, privilege- and queer-conscious.

For commissions, please contact Caitlyn.

She is currently working on some children’s book manuscripts with themes around body positivity, being kind to nature, and family connection. They’re super cute!

ART

Caitlyn works across performance, digital, video and installation media. Her work is largely participatory, including 1:1 and group engagements. Experiencing her work, you become the art and experience the art in your body.

Caitlyn has presented group and solo shows and performances internationally. She's presented at Performance Art Week Aotearoa (2018), Darwin Visual Arts Association (2015), Month Of Performance Art-Berlin (2015), George Paton Gallery (2015), Victorian College of Arts (2014), Remedy Performance (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2014) and Signal Live Arts Festival (Melbourne University, 2014). Caitlyn has also presented multiple group and 1:1 works in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in non-gallery contexts (2016-to date).

Trained in screen-acting, Caitlyn also completed a Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, and a BA/BSc and BSc (Hons.) in New Zealand.

Contact Caitlyn for her artist CV.

EXPERIENCE DESIGN

Caitlyn is a trained Experience Designer. Using her expertise in embodiment, Design Thinking and Human Centred Design, Caitlyn offers event-based Experience Design for brands who are interested areas of wellbeing, human connection, communication, playfulness, expression or social change. These brands want to elevate the experience of their brand, the way they promote and connect with their audience. 

Caitlyn has worked internationally with public service and private clients (including Department of Education, Victorian Government, South East Melbourne Public Health Network) and has also taught Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design. She focuses on mindset and embodied experiences in her approach to design.

To contact Caitlyn, email her.

TRAINING

SELF-LOVE, MINDFUL SEXUALITY + SHAMANIC HEALING

Apprenticeship with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), 2016-2019

Completed Fly Deeper Aquatic Therapy Training (Thailand), 2019

Completed ISTA level 3 (Turkey), 2018

Completed ISTA level 2 (Byron Bay, Thailand), 2016-2018

Taught ISTA level 1 (South Africa), 2017

Completed ISTA Practitioner Training (Byron Bay), 2017

Completed ISTA level 1 (Melbourne (twice), Brazil, New Zealand), 2014-2017

Completed Taoist Inner Alchemy with Mantak Chia Level 1 (Thailand), 2018

Completed Taoist Sexual Alchemy with Mantak Chia Level 2 (Thailand), 2018

Completed Shamanic Core Methods training (Basic and Advanced) with the Centre for Shamanic Studies (Thailand), 2018

Completed Reiki level 1 (Om Reiki, Melbourne), 2018

ACTING + PERFORMANCE

Vocal training with Find Your Voice Singing School, 2016        

Voice training with Rob Meldrum at 16th Street Acting Studios, 2015       

Psychodrama with Beverly Hoskings, 2013        

Screen Acting – Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced with Rene Naufahu, 2009-10

MENTORSHIPS

Chantelle Raven (founder of Eliyah Tantra School, Perth and Global), 2016-date

Baba Dez Nichols (founder of ISTA and lead facilitator, Global), 2015-date

Komala Lyra (ISTA lead facilitator, Global), 2017-date

Araminta Barbour (ISTA lead facilitator, Global), 2017-date

ACADEMIC + ART

Bachelor of Arts (Auckland University, Auckland), 2006-2010

Bachelor of Science (Auckland University, Auckland), 2006-2010

Bachelor of Science, Hons. (Victoria University, Wellington), 2012

Post Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts (Victorian College of Art, Melbourne), 2014