A pioneer in the Chronic Illness space, Michelle Irving is the Queen of the Underworld. She mentors women around the world, teaching them how to create a life filled with love, meaningful work and deep personal power.
In her forthright style, she provides practical relationship and self-care strategies for the whole illness journey through diagnosis to ongoing management and survivorship. She believes we can all have a positive relationship with ourselves even in the midst of experiencing illness. Michelle is a gifted mentor, and is in demand globally as a teacher, speaker and writer.
Michelle gets it. While extensively bed-bound twice in the past decade, she mastered the practical demands of medical appointments, insurance, relationship dynamics and working. She also immersed herself in mythology, mysticism and embodiment teachings. She emerged with an understanding of the deeply spiritual dimension of serious illness.
She is driven by a mission to de-shame our conversations around illness.
Michelle has created a methodology for women to claim the precious power that lies at the heart of any underworld journey. She knows that the grit, vulnerability and tenacity required to face illnesses are also amazing tools for creating a life filled with flexibility and creativity.
Her work is underpinned by extensive professional development including being personally mentored by Marianne Williamson. In addition, she has completed training with the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre and The University of Melbourne Primary Practitioner Survivorship Training. She has also studied as an embodiment therapist and apprenticed with Gyanamala, a renowned Melbourne elder.
Prior to this work Michelle had an extensive career in government, not-for-profit and the corporate sectors focussed on women's health policy and health service delivery. Her academic background is an honours degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies.
Michelle is passionate about working with both individuals and organisations who have the desire to create a much greater depth of change.
Combining over 15 years experience in living with Chronic Illness and extensive professional development in the emerging cancer survivorship care sector, Michelle’s talks are real, raw and highlight her depth of experience.
Finding Freedom with Chronic Illness
Working with Chronic Illness
Getting Grounded with Chronic Illness
Badass Boundaries for women living with Chronic Illness
Keynote, Speaking Engagements and Workshop Presentations
Consulting with organisations
Speaking at events and forums
Writing in publications