Lindsey Stillwell

Artist. Activist. Alchemist. 

I'm Lindsey, also known as Zee, Stillwell and Lady Zee. I've come to love and accept that I'm a chameleon - highly adaptive to my environment and others. I am a multi-faceted, complex being with a myriad of contradictions, and know that this is simply part of being fully human! 

I love dancing wildly, giving love generously, and being awed by the spirit of children.

I am highly influenced by the natural world, connection with ancestors, deep ecology, and mysticism. My work is informed by and built on connection with what I call the 5 Key Relationships: Self, Source/God, Others, Earth and Ancestors. I’ve written a brief e-book on these relationships and the cultivation of inner peace which can be found here.

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Since launching my business in 2015, I've been building and creating my work, and it's had many iterations, just like me. Key themes and offerings have included: Grief & Loss Counselling, Tea Ceremony Meditation facilitation and online course facilitation, Creative Arts Therapy practices, Sexual Assault Recovery and Mediation, Spiral Emotional Clearing, Sexual Empowerment mentoring, Womb Wisdom & Miscarriage support, Intuitive Massage & Sound Alchemy, etc.

As I continue to evolve and growth, so does my business. 

As a multi-disciplinary performing artist, I span the worlds of music and songwriting, spoken word poetry, theatre making and acting, cabaret and drag, MCing, improvisation, vocal toning and beatboxing,
dance and movement, installation performance art and comedy.


Whether I'm on stage presenting, performing or facilitating, or am sharing my heart in 1:1 and group coaching sessions, I create a safe, full-permission space where every part of you is welcome.

I envision a world where people are deeply connected to their potent, powerful potential as the authors and creators of their life.

My preferred pronouns are 'she/her' or 'they/them', and I identify as a queer, androgynous womon… but beyond labels and titles, I am simply human.

My ancestors are of the Sioux Tribe of Lakota Nation, the Greek Island of Samos, the Celts of northern Europe, and of England. I acknowledge that I live and work on the sacred land of the Gundungurra and Dhurag People of Eora Nation, on what is currently called the Blue Mountains, NSW. This land is stolen, was never ceded, and always was, always will be Aboriginal Land. Respect is given to the Indigenous Elders of the past, the present, and those that are emerging.

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I am an Artist, Activist & Alchemist; a qualified Therapeutic Arts Practitioner, a performing artist, facilitator, storyteller and intuitive healer.

I have been exploring the realms of shame, desire, sexuality and personal power for many years, and have worked psycho-socially across the globe in the red light districts of Eastern Europe, slums and rehabilitation homes for young women that've been sex trafficked in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. I've facilitated counselling and mediation for people who've experienced sexual assault and those who've perpetrated sexual violence against them, and as a caseworker for those with a lived experience of domestic and family violence throughout Australia. 

Unafraid of the 'shadows', the areas of life considered 'taboo' in mainstream culture, and the dark underbelly of spirituality, I create a space of curiosity, exploration, and liberation with the intention of embodiment, emotional intelligence and holistic wellbeing.

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Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma Therapeutic Arts Practice, MIECAT Institute, Melbourne, Victoria

  • Certificate in Social Justice, University of the Nations, Denver, Colorado, USA

  • Certificate in Music & Worship, University of the Nations, Denver, Colorado, USA

  • Associate Degree in Liberal Studies, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA, USA

 

Certificates:

  • Trauma Informed Art Therapy, Art To Healing, Melbourne, VIC

  • Trauma & The Triune Brain, Art To Healing, Melbourne, VIC

  • Aboriginal & Islander Domestic Violence, YWCA Darwin

  • The Spiral Practitioner Training, Byron Bay, NSW

With Appreciation for my Teachers, Sages and Influencers:

Wu De & Tea Sage Hut, my Tea Master, fellow Native American brother and Author of Tea Medicine, Faces of the Master, and Zen & Tea: One Flavour, thank you for the cultivation of sensitivity and equanimity through the lineage that is Cha Dao (The Way of Tea). Thank you for passing on this tradition and entrusting me with the wisdom of the Leaf. Thank you for your humour, humility and the homage you offer to all life. You’ve made me aware of my linguistic ‘allergies’, and help create pathways for dealing with emotional triggers. Thank you for you.
“Love is changing the world bowl by bowl.”

Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk and Author of No Man is an Island, Seeds of Contemplation, Zen and the Birds of Appetite and many other titles, though we never met in this lifetime, your writings and sharing in the Christ lineage have brought me much reflection, inspiration and growth. I honour the direct lineage by which we are connected - your student the teacher of my philosophy lecturer.
"My greatest joy on earth is to escape from the prison of my own false self, and to enter by love into union with the life that dwells and sings in the essence of all creation, and within the core of my own soul."

Timothy J. Waters, Philosophy Lecturer at Whatcom Community College (WCC), thank you for challenging my limited worldview at the ripe age of 19, for sharing the richness of many spiritual traditions while not neglecting the soil in which you were planted. You once said to your class “if you learn anything from me, you will be my revenge on death.”, and so when you pass, I intend to continue to honour your teachings as they live through me. Thank you for ‘epoche: the willing suspension of judgement’; and for making me aware of the direct lineage we share with Thomas Merton.

Jim & Laurel Diacogiannis, my parents, thank you for raising me with roots in the rich soil of faith and spirit. You provided me a foundation for growth and exploration, and I honour each of you for playing the great role of parent in my life. I honour each of your ancestors and lineages, and all that you have passed on to me. I love you both wholeheartedly. “Train up a child in the Way, and when they are old they will not stray from it.” (my interpretation of Proverbs 22:6)

Lauree Ellen Fletcher, friend and soul sister, Thank you seems too small a word for your investment in my life. Thank you for the many many years you’ve poured into my life. Thank you for your honest reflections, your truth telling and your strong commitment to Love. Thank you for seeing me… time and time again. Thank for your mentorship and deep friendship, for the wells in your life you allow me to pour into, and for all that you pour into mine. Thank you for shared tea appreciation and for influencing my path towards Cha Dao. Thank you for lovingly accepting Sam. I honour the weaving of our paths and the many lineages we share, I give gratitude for all your teachers (husbands and children too). I love you dearly.

Sam Gibb, previous partner, father of my child and dear friend, Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the deep bond of friendship that continues to grow between us. Thank you for witnessing me from afar as I grieved the loss of our child through miscarriage. Thank you for finding and cultivating Tea with me. I honour your spirit and the natural pull to monastic life you possess and inhabit. I honour your lineage and the land you grew up on, I feel such a deep connection to Aotearoa. I bless you with a thousand thousand bowls of Tea, may your cup always be overflowing. Always loving you.

Atlas Talisman (aka Bravo Child), friend, mentor and soul kin, Thank you for your dedication to art and self-expression, and the creation of Open World Theatre. Thank you for your wild spirit and the organic way we fall into ritual whenever we meet. You’ve taught me much about what it means to be human. I honour you as kin and chosen family; thank you for seeing me. I love you.

Alice Night, friend, inspiration and soul kin, Thank you for choosing sisterhood with me. Your honesty and wild nature inspire me in so many ways. Thank you for continually ‘having my back’ and actively creating space for my voice to be heard. Thank you for co-creating Gracewood Arts Sanctuary, for our visioning, intuitive creations and collaborations, for making fires and baths with me, for tending the hearth of heart and home. I love you. ‘Art + Honesty = Alchemy’

Trevor Wills, partner, lover and friend, Thank you for saying yes to a life that is counter-cultural, to ‘being’ relationship rather than doing. Thank you for giving language to what my spirit and body has known for so long in regards to deep and dark ecology. Thank you for your generous love, support, respect and care. Thank you for facing subtle (and culturally acceptable) addictions with me and pursuing a path of magic, growth and animism. I honour your traumas and how they’ve become your greatest gifts. I honour your ancestors and the way they animate through you. I respect you, I love you, I choose you. May our paths continue to weave between worlds, spreading seeds of love and mystery wherever we go.
“There is no greater medicine than one’s own self acceptance.”

Thanks to the works, practices and influence of:
C.G. Jung, Aidan Wachter, Brené Brown, Warren Lett and MIECAT Institute, 5 Rhythms Dance Melbourne, ‘Dancing Eros' and Alejandra Nicolazzo, Gary Large (theatre director at WCC), University of the Nations and Youth With A Mission, Jeff Pratt and Axiom Community, China Curtiss Kent, Katherine Cobb, Monique Newman, Marc & Lydia Buchheit, Tim & Julie Hansen and Christian Renewal Centre, and more.

To my chosen sisters, brothers and queer kin, Thank you for walking this life with me: Fleassy Malay and Kaia Acacia James, Jordhana Clark, Zoë Nelson, Jessica Miller, Mayanya (Lezlee) Cook, Lauren Castillo, Catherine French, Kaylicia Stott, Naela Rose, Petrina and Tallulah Speller, Natalia Latyzonek, Alphamama, Michelle Dabrowski, Angela Jade, Jessica-Ann Gale, Jacinda Meikeljohn and Ayla Jean, Aisha and Nanette, Hineani Tunoa Roberts, Rhys Paisley Satchell, Tony Martin, Michael Chalk, Matty & Lesley, Matua Louis Kereopa, Christian McLaughlin, and so many others. You’ve helped shape me.

To my siblings: Gregg, Cassie, Jeremiah, my twin Carissa, Joshua, Ben, Hosanna, Sarah, Josiah, Rachel & Elijah, Thank you for you. Each of you have been amongst my greatest teachers. I will always love you.

To the incredible Bea Maz, for capturing my essence in photos and the countless hours of editing and processing. You are a gem!

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