Hi, I’m Melanie. Welcome to my site. I’m a shamanic crystal healing and Reiki practitioner, card reader and doTerra Wellness Advocate based in Brisbane, Australia.
If you found your way here, you too are probably a lover of crystals, cards and all things mystical.
I’ve been interested in all things metaphysical since I was about 18, and have been exploring astrology, tarot, oracle cards, numerology and mythology ever since. I was gifted my first crystal at about the same time, and that started a lifelong love affair with these natural little beauties. I’m also passionate about natural health, personal and spiritual development, and lifelong learning, and have done many courses, workshops and retreats over the years.
About 15 years ago, I became interested in studying Reiki and energy work, and that led me into more study as a certified massage therapist. I then spent several years teaching other therapists how to market their businesses.
For a number of reasons, I ended up back in the technology marketing space, an industry in which I had built my career.
But it’s funny how life runs in cycles. In 2015, I began working in the marketing team at one of Australia’s largest health educators, and it completely reignited my passion for holistic therapies. I completed several crystal healing certifications and in doing so, became even more passionate about crystals! I truly believe in their healing qualities.
I realise now that it is very much part of my path to combine my passions in holistic therapies, cards, crystals, essential oils and all things mystical, with my passion for marketing, writing, photography and creativity. And so A Surplice of Spirit was (re)born. You can read more about that journey in this post.
My intention for this site is to inform and inspire!
I am constantly learning about crystals, energy work, shamanic practices, and the broader areas of holistic therapies, personal and spiritual development.
I also LOVE oracle cards and other self-awareness tools such as oracle stones. I believe all of these tools help to surface within ourselves, the answers we are looking for. My posts provide practical advice on how to use these tools in your own life.
The crystals, crystal kits and spiritual tools I have curated in my Gift Shop reflect those things which personally inspire me, and which have helped to deepen my own self-awareness over the years. I hope you find them as inspiring as I have!
The crystal pendants and jewellery I stock are high quality pieces created in Australia by a passionate jeweller who has been working with gemstones for over 20 years.
A Surplice of Spirit reflects the things I’m most passionate about, and I hope you find inspiration here. I welcome your feedback and look forward to connecting with you on Facebook, Instagram or in person for a 1:1 healing session.
- Diploma of Crystal Awakening and Crystal Shamanism (including Oracle Card Reading)
- Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer Program
- Certificate in Crystal Healing
- Certificate in Australian Bush Flower Essences
- Certified Angel Card Reader™
- Graduate of the School of the Modern Mystic
- Cert IV in Massage Therapy Practice
- BTEC Professional Diploma Course in Holistic Massage Practice (UK)
- ITEC Diploma of Holistic Massage (UK)
- TouchPro Chair Massage Certification (UK)
- Usui Reiki I and II (UK)
- doTerra Wellness Advocate
- Fully insured member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)
Professional Qualifications & Certifications
- Master of Arts in Journalism majoring in print and online journalism
- Bachelor of Business Degree majoring in marketing
- Diploma of Photography
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Copyblogger Certified Content Marketer
- Hootsuite Certified Professional
- Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), have been a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) since 2003
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