social worker


onlinE counselling × Outreach × workshops × retreats


ABOUT Marissa

Marissa Nolan is a professionally qualified and highly experienced therapist, social worker and teacher based in Nepal. She has worked extensively in both Asia and her native Australia for many years. Through her social enterprise Gone Far Beyond, Marissa utilises her skills and knowledge to offer once in a lifetime treks and retreats that benefit local communities.

                     Kagbeni, Lower Mustang, Nepal. 2017.

                     Kagbeni, Lower Mustang, Nepal. 2017.

Marissa has been a practicing therapist for eight years. She holds both a bachelor's degree in counselling and social science and a master's degree in social work from the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney. Marissa specialises in trauma, recovery and cross-cultural approaches to psychology.

For the last six years, Marissa has been a social worker and trauma therapist in Nepal. During this time she experienced firsthand the devastation wrought by the 2015 earthquake. This event inspired her call for a new framework for humanitarian interventions in developing countries based upon 'social aggregates' - social risk factors that become preventative strengths when accessed as resources.

In addition to her other work, Marissa continues to teach courses, lead workshops and lecture at academic and healthcare institutions both at home and abroad.

Marissa's methods are a synthesis of ancient Eastern philosophy and modern Western science. It is her belief that the wisdom of the past and the knowledge of the present can be combined for the benefit of all.

For further details of Marissa's qualifications and services, please click the Learn More About Marissa button below.

Marissa's Vision

As a therapist, Marissa's intention is to empower you to understand yourself and develop your own abilities to manage whatever life throws at you. She utilises a variety of methods to help you process emotions, work with reactions and manage stress.

As a social worker, Marissa acts to promote a world where equality, respect for difference and the ability to achieve one's potential is a realisation for all and not just an ideal.

As a teacher, Marissa's aim is to help you find the practices that work and make sense for you. Combining the benefits of neurobiology, psychology, trauma and recovery therapy, therapeutic yoga and Buddhist philosophy, Marissa promotes the benefits of meditation and yoga for both body and mind.





TREKS × retreats × Social change


Gone Far Beyond is an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible travel venture established by Marissa Nolan. Its mission is to offer "life changing treks and retreats in service of local communities". Gone Far Beyond offers unique and inspirational experiences to those wary of volunteer tourism.

Every year, Gone Far Beyond creates once in a lifetime trips that also benefit local individuals, families and communities in crisis. Marissa calls her retreats 'giving and receiving experiences', your participation in a Gone Far Beyond trek or retreat positively enhances your life and also changes the lives of others. 

Marissa brings together her work as a therapist, social worker and yoga/meditation teacher, along with her years living and working in Asia, to create special, rejuvenating journeys to Nepal, India, Cambodia and Indonesia that connect you to the local culture, traditions, spirituality, beauty and to yourself. 

During your trip, you will be introduced to local social issues and the damage created by volunteer tourism and charities in developing countries. You can learn how to help and give skilfully, consciously and wisely. A share of all retreat fees goes towards the local cause that Marissa has personally identified.

So come on a life-changing adventure this year or contact Marissa to design a bespoke adventure for you!

Upcoming trips are listed below. For updates and reviews, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages by using the social icons below and join the mailing list to be notified of coming dates and offers.

You are strongly urged to book early as group numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure a personalised and profound experience every time. 


Bali Yoga Retreat 2017

Professional Fees

All fees are listed in US Dollars.

Payment can be made via PayPal, Credit and Debit card.


Consultations can be amended by registering during your first booking and logging in.

24 hours notice must be given for any amendment otherwise Cancellation Fees will apply. See Terms and Conditions for further details.




For any further enquiries about Marissa's services or her treks and retreats, please fill in the form below.

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