Our Team

Jane Faulkner- Director, Trainer, Therapisttestimonial-profile-2

Jane supports, challenges, and guides you. She empowers you to live your best life and to walk in awareness and compassion. She has worked with all kinds of people from corporate CEO’s seeking career coaching and support through to teens feeling stuck, frustrated, and lost.

Jane draws upon years of training, study, and her own journey to assist you in your life. She works with Gestalt therapy, Equine assisted psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques, art therapy, yogic philosophy, and horsemanship to support you.

Jane was diagnosed with PCOS and had severe acne, low self-esteem, and chronic fatigue syndrome throughout her teenage years. This led to an exploration of many different modalities of healing, travelling around the world in search of health and wellness. Jane’s personal journey has given her an empathy and insight into others. She provides a gentle, grounded space for people to explore and discover more about themselves, their stuck places, beliefs, and patterns.

Jane started her career as a Registered Nurse and worked in the hospital setting and community both here and overseas. During her career as a nurse, she supported people through the difficult transitions of illness, grief and loss, death, birth, trauma, and mental health issues. Jane has a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, a Bachelor of Nursing, a Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy, a Certificate in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, she is also a Certified Riding Instructor and Trail Guide.

Yoga is an integral part of her life, she is a Certified Iyengar Teacher and continues to study and teach in the Iyengar yoga tradition. She is an accomplished teacher, therapist, and facilitator and has led many women’s groups and Day Retreats, presented seminars and workshops, and worked with many different community groups.

Angie Wicks- Equine specialist testimonial-profile

Angie Wicks has had a strong passion and love for horses since she was a young child.   She spent her childhood riding before and after school and on most weekends.  She got regular riding lessons and attended Pony Club as a child.  As a teenager, she was also competing in Hacking and Dressage. Angie was intrigued by the psychology of horses, so she started to study Parelli Natural Horsemanship after finishing school in 1999.

After graduating from University with a Bachelor of Education she spent a year living with Mel Fleming and Steve Byrne at Tamworth to further her knowledge and skills.  Parelli was a good introduction to natural horsemanship, but she has also studied a lot of other horsemanship training techniques over the past sixteen years and has had experience handling and teaching hundreds of different horses on the ground.  Angie can create a strong connection and partnership with individual horses on the ground in a very short time. Angie has comprehensive knowledge of problem solving, young horse handling, understanding horse behaviour, breaking in under saddle, and liberty training.  Her talent has been developed to a high level and is applied to all the horses that are Started Under Saddle at John Wicks Training Stables. She is also passionate about teaching people practical ground work skills, as it makes such a huge difference to the enjoyment of owning a horse.

Angie is currently competing in Reining but has also trained and ridden at FEI level Dressage on her beautiful big warmblood Northern Invader.

“You never stop learning. You learn a lot from other people, every discipline, and every horse you deal with.  We are very fortunate to do what we love for a living.”

David Smith- Equine Assisted Therapist

David is a third generation stockman. Growing up on properties and stations in Western QLD and North Western NSW where horses were a way of life. He did Pony Club and played Polo X before finishing his education. After college he became a stockman- contract mustering, breaking and training horses.

David has trained and travelled with horses in the USA, NZ and the Phillipines making a career from training Polo ponies.

David struggled when away from his much beloved animals throughout school and later life. Anxiety and depression always had David searching for answers……Through studying equine assisted therapy he learned the answers were within himself.

David is passionate about sharing his journey and the role horses played in him finding his authentic self- by bringing awareness to presence and connection to horses, each other and self. David is living his dream, working with horses reminding people how to connect with themselves. David is a certified Equine Assisted Mental Health Counsellor.  He completed his Diploma of Equine Assisted Counselling through Equine Assisted Therapy Australia in 2019.

Sherilee Melenewycz- Equine Assisted Therapist

Sherilee is a Registered Nurse and certified Equine Assisted Mental Health Counsellor.  She completed her Diploma of Equine Assisted Counselling through Equine Assisted Therapy Australia in 2019.

Caring for others throughout her Nursing career, Sherilee has developed a wealth of experience and is passionate about supporting people through difficult and challenging periods.   Sherilee has a client centred and relational approach to therapy.  Her primary focus is to provide a warm and empathic environment where people feel safe to explore themselves, develop self awareness and make positive life changes.

Megan Bardsley- Equine Assisted Therapist, Journey Practitioner

Megan is a registered Journey Practitioner, equine specialist, yoga and breath-work teacher.  Megan, who currently works at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, brings a unique fusion of therapy skills and horse experience to assist people to connect with themselves once again. A past in professional sports and business, combined with over 17 years in the personal development world, has led her to develop practical methods and skills that empower people to be able to healthily manage and overcome the many stressors that are prevalent in today’s busy world.

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