Carrie staged a hostile takeover of the Podcast to talk to Mags about the organization, her own story, and what The Healing Academy means to her.

Inspired by The Life After Podcast episode where Chuck Parson interviewed Brady Hardin, Carrie staged a hostile takeover of the Pint-Sized Healing Podcast to talk to SwanWaters director Mags Thomson about the origins of the organization, her own survivor story, and what The Healing Academy means to her.

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Main Take-Aways

  • It’s common for targets and survivors of abuse to feel like they’re crazy
  • It’s important for targets and survivors to connect with people who understand their situation who will remind them that they’re actually sane in a crazy situation
  • The story of The Ugly Duckling (the inspiration behind the name for SwanWaters) is the only fairytale where the main character simply grows into who they are—he didn’t have to DO anything to be beautiful or valuable. He simply, inherently was
  • The Healing Academy is a place for survivors of abuse to learn new skills to build a healed and happy life. It’s not top-down teaching. It’s community learning (we learn from each other)

Links to Resources

Event page for the Compassionate Goal Setting webinar

Carrie’s life coach, Liz Smith 

Meet the SwanWaters team

Join The Healing Academy Plus program

Hexxus the Oil Monster from Ferngully if you’re interested haha 

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we love to read your comments below

Mags
While I may technically be the Director here at SwanWaters, my unofficial title is Healing Cheerleader! I’m a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and workplace bullying. And believe me when I say that I’ve walked the walk when it comes to healing from trauma. I firmly believe that we can undo some of the damage that abuse has done to us, and learn the necessary skills to handle life and all it brings us.
Mags

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Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya is an Australian memoirist, blogger, poetry slam champion, and editor. She has a background in journalism, manuscript development, and activism against religious abuse. Her work as a non-fiction writer has been praised by international, best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. In 2012, she released Charcoal and Red Lipstick--a collection of poems about the way femininity emerges from brutality. This was followed by the 2015 release of Chase Down Your Freedom--a memoir which documents her time in a Victorian-based cult, the aftermath of leaving, and the steps she took to get her life back. It has been well-received and has been the catalyst for people in religious sects to have the courage to leave. Currently, Carrie is studying her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology at Federation University, Australia.

Carrie staged a hostile takeover of the Podcast to talk to Mags about the organization, her own story, and what The Healing Academy means to her.

Carrie staged a hostile takeover of the Podcast to talk to Mags about the organization, her own story, and what The Healing Academy means to her.


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