Marissa Nolan is a professionally qualified and highly experienced therapist, social worker and teacher based in Nepal. She works primarily in Asia and Australia. Through her social enterprise Gone Far Beyond, Marissa also offers once in a lifetime transformational treks and retreats in service of local communities.
As a Therapist, Marissa's intention is to empower you to understand yourself and develop your own abilities to face the highs and lows of life. She uses many methods to help you process emotions, work with reactions and manage stress.
As a Teacher, Marissa's aim is to help you find the techniques and practices that work and make sense for you. Combining the benefits of Neurobiology, Psychology, Therapeutic Yoga and Buddhist Philosophy, Marissa provides group meditation and yoga experiences that are fun, encourage connection and show you how these disciplines can be beautiful, deeply enjoyable and genuinely beneficial.
As a Social Worker, Marissa acts socially and politically to promote a world where: equality, respect for difference and access to achieving ones potential - is a realisation for all and not just an ideal.
As a recovery therapy and social change Researcher, Marissa promotes the cultural and Social Aggregates that highlight why different countries experience varying rates of trauma. Bringing into the professional and public domain the ‘social determinants’ and ‘social aggregate’ conditions that cause long-term trauma, which has been systematically avoided socially and politically.
To also change government and professional practice policy around how trauma is treated internationally, the way disasters are responded to, to increase recognition, and encourage greater funding and resources toward Social Aggregate factors that protect citizens, communities and cultures from long-term traumatic stress.
Through Gone Far Beyond, Marissa creates life changes retreats and treks in service of local communities. Using ‘direct micro' social work methods for elevation and prevention of individual, family and community targeted issues of those experiencing extreme hardship or oppression . Focusing on empowerment of clients strengths, resources, spirituality, culture, creation of self-sustaining opportunities and client choice and participation. While also providing a meaningful, uplifting, fascinating and rejuvenating experience for all retreat or trek members.
Gone Far Beyond programs are an opportunity to provide: a 'profound once in a lifetime experience' for all members, to introduce groups to to elevate the damage done by volunteer tourism in developing countries, educate participants on local social issues, to create real social change and to redirect tourist funds back into the communities to those that most need it.
Her work is an authentic and comprehensive synthesis of ancient Eastern philosophy and practice combined with modern, evidence-based, Western scientific research, theory and practice. The wisdom of the ages and modern knowledge happily converge and learn from each other in a meaningful and useful way for the long-term benefit of all. More information on Gone Far Beyond treks and retreats can be found here.
Further details of Marissa's qualifications, research and services can be found by clicking Learn More below.
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GONE FAR BEYOND
Gone Far Beyond is an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible travel venture established by Marissa Nolan. Its mission is to offer "treks and retreats in service of local communities". Gone Far Beyond offers transformational treks and retreats for those wary of volunteer tourism but interested in social change and profound experiences.
Every year, Gone Far Beyond creates treks and retreats in places such as Nepal, Cambodia and Bali that offer a healing and rejuvenating experience that are specifically designed to help individuals, families and communities in crisis. Your participation in every life changing experience changes the lives of others, whilst connecting you to the local culture, its beauty, wisdom, traditions, practices, attitudes, humanity, life and yourself.
Marissa uses ‘direct social work methods’ for elevation and prevention of individual, family and community targeted issues. With special emphasis on ‘micro level social work’ by working directly with clients to take them from hardship to independence. Focusing on empowerment of clients strengths, resources, spirituality, culture, creation of self-sustaining opportunities and client choice and participation. While also providing a meaningful, uplifting, fascinating and rejuvenating experience for all retreat or trek members.
Come on one of this year's life-changing adventures or let Marissa design your own unique experience. Upcoming trips are listed below. Group numbers are limited to provide a special, individual and unique experience, so please book early.
To learn more about Gone Far Beyond, as well as information and reviews about past trips, click the Learn More button. For the latest updates and past projects, you can also see the Gone Far Beyond Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gonefarbeyond).
Bali Yoga Retreat 2017
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