Caitlyn Cook is a South African-New Zealand multidisciplinary artist, international mindful sexuality and shamanic healing facilitator, coach, writer and speaker. Caitlyn’s work centres embodiedness and explores themes of freedom, authenticity, intimacy, desire, trust, affect, vulnerability, power, enchantment and spirituality.
Caitlyn’s work is intimate and invites you into her own life and experiences. For 12 years, Caitlyn experienced clinical depression and anxiety, disordered eating. Her journey to get free is what informs her art, healing and Experience Design practices. Her influences are broad, including shamanism and sexual alchemy, acting, psychodrama, mindfulness, the senses, movement, her mother (the female David Bowie) and ritual.
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 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.
MINDFUL SEXUALITY + SHAMANIC HEALING — COACHING + EVENTS
Completing a comprehensive training with International School of Temple Arts (ISTA) and mentorship from multiple leaders in the field, Caitlyn teaches independently as well as teaching with the renowned ISTA in sacred sexual shamanism and sexual alchemy.
Caitlyn has been facilitating groups and coaching 1:1 and couples sessions for over three years. She shares her work internationally.
Caitlyn is a trained Experience Designer. She 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 Centred Design. She focuses mindset and embodied experiences in her approach to design.
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 was born in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand. She currently resides in Thailand and presents her work in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. She loves adventure. And cats. And cheese. And warm breezes.
To contact Caitlyn, email her.
MINDFUL SEXUALITY + SHAMANIC HEALING
Apprenticeship with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), 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 ISTA level 2 (Byron Bay, Thailand), 2016-2018
Completing ISTA level 3 (Turkey), 2018
Completed Reiki level 1 (Om Reiki, Melbourne), 2018
Completed Taoist Inner Alchemy with Mantak Chia Level 1 (Thailand), 2018
Completed Taoist Sexual Alchmey with Mantak Chia Level 2 (Thailand), 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
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