About Catherine Potter
I’m a marriage celebrant, yoga teacher, retreat leader and ecologist, as well as a mother and grandmother. As a celebrant I provide beautiful unique ceremonies in beautiful places. As a yoga teacher I guide and support others in their yoga journey. As a retreat leader I create and facilitate spirited earthy experiences.
The sun, the sea, the beach, sea eagles. The bush, trees, flowers and gardens. Songs, music, dancing and books. Dogs, kids, grandkids and friends. Spirituality, nature-spirit connection, ritual and community. These are some of the things I love in life. These things inspire me as a celebrant, yoga teacher and retreat leader.
I have recently relocated from South Coast NSW to Agnes Water, a beautiful coastal location at the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
During my 25 year professional career I worked in conservation, environment, horticulture, national parks, botanic gardens, Indigenous affairs and communications. I bring experience in leadership, facilitation, communications, public speaking and event management to my roles as a celebrant and teacher.
Combined with my insights, knowledge and skills as a yogini, ecologist, deep ecologist and writer, I have much to offer as a celebrant and retreat facilitator.
My yoga journey began when I was a teenager some 44 years ago when my sister took me to a yoga class. I trained as a yoga teacher in 2007 as I wanted to share the joys and benefits of yoga with others. My personal yoga practice is a vital part of my life – bringing me focus, energy, inner and outer strength, balance, stillness, calm, inner connection and spiritual sense.
I am taken with the concept of yatra or pilgrimage, a spiritual journey, and love to travel to wild bush and beach places around Australia. I have run Yoga Earth Retreats since 2012 in regional and remote parts if Australia, guiding others to reconnect to earth, water, fire, air and spirit in awe inspiring natural environments.
Master of Arts in Leadership
Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecology
Diploma in Horticulture
Certificate in Marriage Celebrancy
Hatha Yoga Instructor Level II
Australian Marriage Celebrants
Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants
International Yoga Teachers Australia
My diverse experience as a yogini, ecologist, conservationist, deep ecologist, shamanic practitioner, activist, facilitator, director, celebrant, mother, grandmother, writer, walker and wanderer means that my ceremonies, classes, retreats and walks are different and unique.
About Walirryuna – Radiant Sun
Walirryuna means ‘radiant sun’.
Walirryuna is the name given to me by a Yolngu woman from Arnhem Land. Yolgnu are the traditional Aboriginal people of the north east part of the Northern Territory.
I was privileged to attend a cross-cultural mediation workshop and traditional conflict-resolution, peace-making, healing ceremony known as Mawul Rom, on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land in 2007.
The fact that the name chosen for me means ‘radiant sun’ makes me beam! I use this name for my businesses with gratitude, respect and love.