Trauma and grief impact us on many levels and the impact differs greatly from one individual to another. Over the days, weeks, months and years as we change and adapt, so do our needs for support and guidance, and at times, some approaches seem more relevant than others.
Showing up can be hard! We found that costs and distance to therapy can be prohibitive. It’s too hard to get there, it costs too much and sometimes it’s tricky to get an appointment at all. Some general practitioners may not truly get it, as they are not specialised in grief and trauma. Access to the right support, at the right time, matters.
Conversations around grief need to happen. We sadly learnt that our society does not know how to help people who are dealing with grief and trauma. Many people describe feeling isolated, alone or misunderstood. We need to change the conversation around grief, because how we talk about grief is important.
We need to make space for those who are no longer physically with us, as much as those who are. Our love for those who have passed does not change.
Living her best life, Sara took the rite of passage that so many young Australian’s do and travelled to London, UK, to explore, work and travel. Sara never returned home after unknowingly walking into a terror attack on June 3rd, 2017. Sara is the youngest of eight victims who were murdered that night.
Sarz Sanctuary is a private, members-only community designed to provide a safe and supportive space for those who are grieving or who have experienced trauma.
Our members come from all walks of life, but they share a common understanding of the challenges you are facing. Think of us as a community made up of smaller communities. Each offers its own unique perspectives and experiences, but we are all connected by our common desire to find some way to heal and to live with this pain.
A library of resources, created by our expert practitioners, to support you in your journey to find peace. Here you will find guidance and direction to Mind-Body-Spirit-Soul. Resources including videos, courses, fact sheets, podcasts, webinars, workshops and live events.
We know that traumatic grief, loss, PTSD, and secondary trauma are all incredibly difficult to deal with. Here you can find a range of articles, offering valuable insights and perspectives that can be helpful to understand and navigate the challenges you are facing. You are not alone
Sarz Sanctuary offers expert-led courses on healing trauma, grief, and loss. Courses are designed to guide you through your healing journey, and some are designed for caregivers who want to learn how to better support others. Work at your own pace in a safe and supported environment.
Sarz Sanctuary e-books provide a comprehensive look into topics relevant to grief and trauma. Some informative, some inspiring, some offering practical advice and others connection and empathy; take a look and see which ones speak to you.
Check out current Sarz Sanctuary community events from all across the world and save them into your calendar. From fundraising events and live online and in-person meet-ups; to upcoming courses and workshops, we are certain you’ll find something here for you.
These downloadable fact-sheets provide you, or your support person, with useful overviews and easily-digestible information related to traumatic grief, loss, PTSD and secondary trauma.
Whether you're looking for guidance on how to live with your own trauma, or you're hoping to gain a greater understanding of various topics, the Sarz Sanctuary podcast series is an essential listen.
Our webinars are an opportunity for you to connect in real-time with our knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, who are passionate about sharing their evidence-based information with you. Whether you're looking for live or pre-recorded sessions, we have something for everyone.
We know that grieving is a process that looks different for everyone. That's why we offer a variety of workshops, led by our experts, across all elements of mind, body, spirit and soul. We hope to provide something for everyone, in a safe and supportive place for all of our members.
People often think of healing as something that happens in one isolated area of their lives. However, the reality is that healing is a much more holistic process. In order to truly heal, we must address all aspects of our being – mind-body-spirit-soul.
When we are struggling with traumatic grief, loss, PTSD and secondary trauma, we often manifest physical symptoms; but we also need to pay attention to our spiritual and emotional needs as well.
Sarz Sanctuary practitioners offer a range of evidence-based healing therapies that can help to heal across the elements of Mind-Body-Spirit-Soul. By working on these areas simultaneously, we can create lasting healing in our lives.
The mind is the interactive mechanism between the body and soul. The mind enables us to think, judge, reason, perceive, desire, imagine, dream, to feel and remember. The mind connects the body and soul, making us whole.
The body is our physical structure, including the brain, and is receptive to our senses. It automates our nervous, respiratory and circulation systems. The body's daily magical formula for survival is sleep, diet, environment, and exercise. Our daily habits and choices determine how healthy we are; and how we can sustain and energise our body. The body is an amazing machine that is constantly regenerating itself. If we take care of it, it will take care of us.
Our spirit is the connection to all things, including the earth and self, to passed loved-ones, the universe and to the divine or your higher self.
It connects us to all that is. Many do not understand or acknowledge that this Spirit element exists. It has little to do with what we believe culturally when it comes to religion or spirits—it is more the understanding that no one and no situation stands alone; that we are all connected through life force energy.
The soul is a distinct entity separate from the body. It is the part that exists before you are born and after you die; the fingerprint of God (or your creator) that connects both the Mind and Body. The Soul is the innermost essence of what makes us unique, comprising the mental ability of a living being’s character, morals, beliefs, feelings, consciousness, memory, perception and thinking. It is an essential part of who we are.
Credentialed, evidence-based experts with specialised experience in the areas of traumatic grief, loss, PTSD and secondary trauma. Our practitioners provide support, guidance and healing across all elements of Mind-Body-Spirit-Soul. They understand that your needs will vary depending on where you are in your journey and will assist you in exploring those elements that may be new or unfamiliar to you.
Sarz Sanctuary enables practitioners like the ones above to host their personal profiles and to offer a range of resources to the people who need them most. These resources can include educational courses, workshops, live events, webinars, e-books, podcasts and articles.
If you are a qualified and/or evidence-based practitioner who wants to reach clients beyond your physical location and have practical experience in your specialist modality, we invite you to join Sarz Sanctuary.
For me, I found that there was no one place where I could truly share my thoughts and feelings. I would share photos of my baby girl on social media, but felt that people were getting sick of seeing it, or perhaps sick of the constant reminders of grief and sadness. They wanted to go back to seeing happiness on their news feeds. Sarz Sanctuary provides me with a place…
Carly - 2022
Talking with Mark & Julie is a healing in itself. They are both so kind, caring and inspirational. The loss they have suffered has led them to a place that no-one should ever be. Through their journey of healing they have tried many different therapies, I have been lucky enough to share some of these experiences with them. Art Therapy, Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation and Equine Therapy with the beautiful horses Flynn & Ellie. Everyones journey of grief is different, there is not right or wrong. To have all these healing tools available in the one place, when some days it’s just hard to take that next breath or step is a wonderful gift. Thank you Mark & Julie for your endless hard work and passion to help others. Your angel Sarz will be beaming with pride.
Laura - 2022