Chandu is a gifted transformational coach, a savvy business & leadership trainer, an engaging facilitator & story teller an intrepid traveller & a lover of life.
Chandu educates & inspires with a fresh, calm & creative spirit that reflects her diverse & inspiring life.
With poetry, pragmatism & a passion for living out our true potential, Chandu offers individuals & groups unique and authentic ways to experience & embrace real & lasting change.
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“As a facilitator, Chandu is generous, challenging, extremely competent & supportive” – workshop participant
“Chandu gives you her all. She facilitates a safe & nurturing space, guiding you to a deep place of healing. Working with Chandu allowed me to open & release on deep levels. Her support & commitment to my process were unwavering. Thank you beautiful woman.” – Julian Latham, Organizational Development Manager
UPCOMING on MARCH 20 & 21ST 2021 – AUTUMN EQUINOX RETREAT As women we are both thinking and feeling creatures.
We love to share and grow. To explore our inner world and express ourselves in spaces that feel nurturing and safe.
Our Equinox Retreat offers you two gentle days to: – rest and sit quietly with yourself, reconnect with like-hearted women
and renew your vision for your life and its direction
Through guided, experiential activities, we will explore how to:
– hone your intuition to help you make you make choices and decisions
– find the tools that bring calm and clarity to support you as you face the changing seasons of your life.
Chandu began her career as a nurse in the beautiful Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia.
In her early twenties, she developed a strong inner desire to answer some of life’s bigger questions.
She set off on a seven month journey to the ‘developing world’.
This journey ended up taking 12 years and took her to some of the most difficult & remote places on the planet.
Journeys & Learning ~
From the high altitude plateaus of Tibet, and the open, wildlife-filled savannahs of Africa, to the deserts of India & the endless mountains of Nepal & China , Chandu travelled, seeking out teachers & opportunities for learning about culture, diversity, change & divinity.
New Eyes, New Beginings ~
Eventually she settled in a tiny traditional East African village where she lived in a mud hut & toiled as local, fetching water & farming corn & beans for many years.
It was here, living intimately with the seasons & without even the basics of electricity, running water, transport or telecommunications that Chandu discovered her true love of business – by watching the local village women.
Over time, she created an international fair trade enterprise to support the impoverished villagers. This provided opportunities for local women to continue their traditional tribal arts & crafts while providing them with the much needed income to support their families.
To compliment her grass roots enterprise work in Africa, Chandu also established herself as a Cultural Educator in Australia – bringing African culture to Australian audiences in the Early Childhood Sector, Primary and High Schools. As a gifted, story teller, performer & educator, Chandu introduced and explored the challenging subjects of culture, diversity, inclusivity & prejudice through the fun & creative programs she developed.
Her love of business & communication found her engaging in further studies & she began a life that straddled two continents & two unique worlds of business, nature, art, change & communication.
Chandu now lives in Australia full time. She continues to draw on her diverse life experiences of travel & time abroad to ever deepen her ongoing studies & work with individuals & groups as they navigate the new territory & times of change, risk & transition.
She is an avid & vibrant writer & poet, an engaging speaker & leader, a dedicated trainer & educator for business students, an advocate for the disenfranchised, a true lover of life & a believer in the deepest potential of anyone who really wants to try.
“Today I learned that the world is an exciting, variable & imperfectly perfect place, filled with imperfectly, perfect people”
– Women’s Retreat participant, March 2017
Coach ~ Mentor ~ Guide
I tailor make intuitive programs for individuals, groups & organisations to support them through times of change, transition & transformation.
I offer specialised small group coaching for workplaces and organisations with a special focus on communication, customer service, team work & change.
I offer private coaching programs for individuals who wish to work on the diverse & multi faceted layers of their lives.
I love to work with both men and women who are ready for:
deep self enquiry & change
lasting, sustainable transformation
exploring opportunities to expand their creativity, dreams & purpose
choosing to live from their greatness.
Group Leader ~ Facilitator
I love people. Especially groups of people.
I love the energy, the collective wisdom, the inspiration, motivation & breakthroughs that happen in shared space.
I create short & longer term workshops & activities for organisations, industry & not for profits that:
boost team-building & team effectiveness
support better communication processes
increase creativity & inspiration in the workplace
promote the acceptance & transition of necessary change.
Benefits for workplaces & groups include:
better communication & feelings of cohesion between individuals & groups
greater understanding of group & individual needs
increased creativity & ability to creatively solve problems
increased ability for individuals to self reflect & self manage
better communication & understanding of organisational vision & values
I create & host intimate, peaceful & inspiring one day & residential retreats to support individuals & groups on the deep journey’s of learning, growth & transformation.
Please see my events page for upcoming dates and venues.
Writer ~ Poet
I love words.
I love the quiet potency
the moment of opportunity
that sits poised
beneath a pen
as a poem forms
in my pulse.
I love the way words capture the curious, the chaotic and sometimes crushing truths we can’t we won’t touch.
Please see my poetry and blogs for my recent and archived writing.
Trainer & Mentor
Business and leadership are two powerful ways we can bring our passion into the world and make a positive impact.
As a trainer and mentor of both business and leadership, I bring my own inspiration and passion to fan the flames of your ideas and dreams.
Specialty areas include:
presentation & interview skills
change & its management
culture, diversity & inclusion
Keynote Speaker ~ Story Teller
With passion, humility & humour, I bring my real life experiences as an Australian woman living & travelling Africa, India, China, Nepal & Tibet to your local audiences.
I draw on decades of thrilling travel & at times diabolically diverse lifestyle choices to tantalise & encourage audiences to reflect upon their own lives, unique gifts & circumstances.
I use story telling, poetry & prose, to help us all find our common ground. I speak not to the ears, but to the heart.
“I speak not to the ears, but to the heart.”
With passion, humility & humour, Chandu brings real life experiences and the sometimes tough topics to your corporate, organisational, women’s and youth audiences.
She draws on decades of travel & diverse lifestyle choices, to help listeners enquire deeply, think differently and find their own place in humanity’s common ground.
Using story-telling, poetry and the art of conversational leadership, Chandu invites each listener into her dialogue with thoughtfulness, pragmatism and wit.
As an advocate for equality, diversity and clear, courageous communication, Chandu champions those who work for and support others.
She has been an educator, trainer and performer, leading groups in Australia and around the world for over 15 years.
What others say about Chandu: “Chandu is a compelling speaker and great facilitator.” – Fiona Kane
“Chandu is a wonderful speaker and extremely inspiring.” – Mandy Searle
“Chandu has great empathy and insight and was able to guide a practical and helpful discussion.” – Fiona Donnelley
Upcoming Events with Chandu
2020 VISION – A SUMMER RETREAT FOR WOMEN
It’s been a big year.
We can feel it ending, slipping away.
And the whole new decade that is coming to take its place.
Ladies, let’s pause and breathe out.
The year is almost over, Christmas is done and a new year yet to commence.
Let’s take a day for ourselves.
Let’s look back on all that has been and let go of all we no longer need.
In our gently held space we can reflect, release and begin to refresh our vision for not only the new year, but the new decade ahead.
Part of Chandu’s seasonal support program, this popular retreat is your day to relax, be nourished and also dream big.
Forget the hollow promises of new year resolutions, take the time to really connect with and create your vision for 2020 and beyond.
Date: Saturday December 28th 2019
Venue: The Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, 30 Park Road Woodford, NSW
Investment: $155 or $99 (for concession card holders)
Early bird tickets $135 available before December 13th.
Inclusions: Refreshments, lunch, all resources and a guided labyrinth walk.
Your facilitator and guide: Chandu Bickford is a multi-faceted coach, mentor, medicine woman and guide with over 15 years leading groups and providing support to women to lean into and create the life they love.
Words of praise from Chandu’s recent retreat and workshop participants.
”As a facilitator Chandu is warm, invitational, strong, wise”. B.R.
”I particularly loved Chandu’s presence as a facilitator – the way she holds space, full of permission…” K.P.
”As a facilitator Chandu is an empathetic, intelligent woman. It really helps to have her humour and gentle torch when making change.” F.D.
CLICK ON LINK to book your place
SUCCESSFUL RECENT EVENTS Business Women’s End Of Year Gathering
– Friday December 6th – 9.30-1.30pm
Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat Woodford, NSW
Has this year felt huge for you?
Have you moved through some tough territory, but also had some joy and success?
Would you love to rest, acknowledge it, move on and get ready for something brand new?
Well ladies, here’s your chance!
Join our end of year gathering and farewell the learning and lessons of 2019 and create a strong sense of clarity, vision and purpose for 2020.
Designed especially for Business women, this 4 hour workshop gives you the opportunity to:
– join with like-mind others
– step out the day to day rush
– review your year
– re-set your focus
– and re-ignite your passion for you work as we step into the new decade
Feel l into your heart and listen deeply to your intuitive voice.
Part ceremony, part celebration, part planning day and review, this is day for you to drop deeply into the soul of your work and hear its own sweet song.
Venue: Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, Woodford NSW
Investment; $88 or $77 Early Bird ends November 22.
Inclusions: All resources and a delicious morning tea are provided.
Chandu Bickford is a multi-faceted facilitator, mentor, coach and guide with 2 decades experience in education, business and leadership. In both her private practice and her larger group work, Chandu passionately supports women to create sovereign and deeply inspired lives.
Chandu brings her heart, skills and soul to this unique gathering . She has especially designed this day to meet the needs of business women who would love to end this year and start the new decade well.
Chandu is passionate about supporting other women through education and empowerment.
A percentage of each ticket sold goes to educating and supporting women and girls throughout the world.
For more details and to book, follow the ticketing link below or Pm me.
So looking forward to journeying with you.
As part of my seasonal support program, this one day retreat offers women a unique opportunity to let go of their old ways and refresh themselves, ready to bring in the new.
A whole day immersion – only one day each season I offer this chance to rest deeply into a day of guided care and release for your and your dreams and vision.
Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please email me or give me a call to book.
For more information click the link https://www.facebook.com/events/2177355122505924/
SundayJune16th10 – 4.30pm
In winter we naturally feel like we want to be quiet, still and warm.
But our lives don’t follow the seasons, and we find we are still busy, rushing and racing from one task to the next, one day to the next.
Nature provides spaces for us to pause, but we often don’t.
And with all our different roles and responsibilities, we can begin to feel lost, lose our focus and become fatigued.
Dancing through the chaos of the day to day, we can begin to feel we have lost ourselves.
Find yourself again!
Join us for a day and –
REST – into a beautiful, natural space, be nourished, guided, heard and held.
REFLECT – on who you are, how your life is and what you would love to find more of in your world.
RELEASE – the old, outdated and unwanted obstacles that are holding you back.
RECONNECT – with your heart, your vision and the sense of your roots that hold you to the earth and will help you grow when spring-time arrives.
Give yourself a day to recharge.
Come, sit and sip tea, be warmed by the fire and unwrap the layers of your life with a gentle labyrinth walk.
Held in the beautiful Blue Mountains, this retreat is fully catered and hosted by me, Chandu Bickford.
I have been leading groups, and mentoring, coaching and training for over 15 years, both in Australia and overseas.
This year I am only offering 4 solo retreats – one for each season.
This retreat offers you an opportunity to work deeply with your life’s visions and dreams as well as clearing out any old deadwood that no longer serves you.
Lunch morning and afternoon tea are provided.
All activities including discussion, meditation, craft and group work are carefully planned and fully facilitated.
You need only bring your lovely open heart.
Here’s the details
Date: Sunday 16th June 2019
Time: 10am – 4:30pm
Cost: $140 (or $95 concession)
Please email me for more information and bookings – email@example.com
Limited spaces are available.
To find out more about my work and events please visit.
Business For Practitioners – a day to ignite your passion, purpose and practice
You know what you do.
You know how it benefits others.
You know how much time you’ve spent developing your skills and techniques to become good at it.
But are you lacking direction or focus?
Do you struggle to find the right words to explain what you offer?
Does your motivation wane because your practice or work-life is not how you imagined it would be?
Have you hit some barriers or obstacles either with your confidence or out there in the world?
Perhaps your business or your vision are in transition?
Maybe you’re just not sure how to move forward?
We all want to serve others. We all want to do meaningful work, but our dreams and our reality can be very different things.
Leave your clients for a day and come and treat yourself.
Give yourself one day and
– Clarify your ideas, your words and your business vision.
– Learn techniques to tap more fully into your intuition and use it to serve your work.
– Explore and identify your barriers to success and learn ways to overcome them.
– Gather your internal resources and be guided to better use them to meet the needs of both your self and your clients.
– Align your business vision with your life vision so you can move forward with confidence.
Who is this workshop for?
– Therapists, coaches, mentors and practitioners of all modalities.
– Group leaders, spiritual midwives, yoga teachers and one-on-one mentors and guides.
– Women and men who have established practices of varying sizes and client base.
– Women and men who are new to business and/or are just finding their feet as they walk the path doing what they love
– People who have established practices but would love the space to generate new ideas, refresh their spirit and/or work more deeply on themselves and their dreams.
Who am I?
I’m Chandu. I am a practitioner, a business woman, group leader, writer, mentor and mum.
I have studied and taught business and leadership skills for over 15 years and have been leading groups and helping individuals find their passion and apply it practically in the world for the last 10.
In addition to formal business, management and leadership studies, I have undertaken training in conventional coaching as well as Somatic Alchemy Coaching accreditation.
I have studied communication and speaking truthfully with the late Robert Rabin, studied for over two 2 years with Rewilding and have recently completed 18 months training in experiential and therapeutic astrology with a specialist focus on facilitation, voice dialogue and primal therapy.
My work and my approach to it, is diverse and multi-dimensional.
In my own practice I have created a unique mix of contemporary coaching and mentoring skills and complement them with knowledge of archetypes, intuition, ritual and deep embodiment.
I first discovered my passion for business while living in Africa. My decade there showed me how business was a powerful vehicle it was for helping people change their lives. I started my first business supporting African women almost 20 years ago and since that time, I have created both international and local businesses.
I now specialise in supporting practitioners, therapists and coaches to deepen their intuition and understanding of their own journey, so they can serve their clients with more depth, integrity and heart.
What others have said about workshops with Chandu –
“Chandu is present, fun, loving and professional” M.L
“As a facilitator Chandu is brilliant and masterful. The strong space holding facilitated a major breakthrough for me. Her facilitation was so skilful and caring that I could navigate my own obstacles. Todays work got me to completion for the first time ever.” Jill Lacina
“Chandu is intelligent, gracious, clear, vulnerable and a good role model” D.S.
“Chandu is intuitive and respectful in her holding of personal process.” Liz Rummery
This workshop is a whole day immersion for you to work on yourself, your passion and your practice.
It is filled with practical tools for you to take away and use immediately in your business.
We will do a mix of activities throughout the day including movement, written reflection, group activities, guided meditations and visualisation as well as fun and play.
About our venue: Nestled in a beautiful private valley in the heart of blue mountains, this venue offers space, calm, quiet and tranquility for a day of deep work, reflection and learning close to nature.
Date: Saturday July 27th 2019
Venue: Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, Woodford NSW.
Investment: inclusive of lunch, morning and afternoon tea and all resources $225 or $155 concession.
This retreat is an opportunity to get away from civilisation, to open ourselves gently and deeply to the sacred energies of the land and to reconnect with the indigenous archetypes within us, whatever our cultural backgrounds.
Our home base is an established bush camp in the middle of the exceptional Mount Gibson Station, five hours by road from Perth in the semidesert midwest region of Western Australia. The property, a former sheep station and more recently a conservation sanctuary, is a unique and beautiful mix of acacia and eucalypt wood land, quartz ridges, a massive salt lake and multiple micro environments.
Spiritually, it is a powerful place with multiple sites and is the intersection of a number of song lines connecting with Uluru, north NSW and the Northern Territory and extending into the mid and south-west of Western Australia.
Daniel has a long association with the property, having led regular retreats on it from 1996 to 2007, having fallen in love with it on his first visit. For the following decade, it was closed off to the public for conservation reasons and was only recently re-opened.
To enhance our connection to this land and its spirit, the program will include daily circles, meditation, ritual and ceremony, visits to local sites and bushwalks, led by Daniel and Chandu Bickford. This will be supplemented by a presentation from the conservation staff, sessions on the WA bush flower essences with specialist Cloudia Defrenne, and a rich day with the senior Budimia elder Darryl Fogerty.
The pace of the program will be gentle and unhurried, with plenty of time in between experiences for sharing meals, enjoying the campfires under the full moon, for contemplation and private walks.
THE SACRED MARRIAGE INDIA TOUR October 5-20 2019 ~ Ganeshpuri, Maharashtra State, India
* dates subject to change by a day or two. For Both Men and Women, Singles and Couples With Daniel Sowelu and Chandu Bickford.
This tour and retreat is an opportunity to go into the heart of Indian culture to explore inwardly and outwardly the Shiva Shakti traditions of India as reflections of the different faces, the power and the joy of the sacred masculine and feminine within each of us.
Our venue is a home stay in the small pilgrimage town of Ganeshpuri with a local Indian family. From there we will be visiting temples in the region to the deities, including Shiva, Laxmi and Ganesh, Rama and Sita, Saraswati, Krishna and Radha, Lalita, Kali, Parvati and their local representatives.
Our stay coincides with the festival of Navratri, 9 days of honouring the goddess, culminating in the Durga Ashtami, the day of the year dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Each evening the normally quiet village erupts with joyous chanting and celebrations.
Our daily program includes meditations, astrological circle work, chanting, mantras and ceremonies to prepare ourselves inwardly to open to the grace of the sacred marriage, to open to the possibility for life-changing spiritual, emotional and tantric awakenings.
The outer adventures include day long and overnight trips to significant goddess temples, including the great mountain temple of the Saptashrungi Devi, one of 51 Shakti Peethas of the goddess found across India and Tibet.
To honour the sacred masculine, the trip will also take in the ancient Jyoti-linga Shiva temple in Trimbakeshwara and the Kumbla Mela pilgrimage site in the town of Nasik.
THE HARVEST ~ A day retreat for women to rest, reflect & reap. March 23 2019 ~ Blue Mountains ~ NSW.
We are currently in the height of summer.
Everything feels lush, green and abundant.
All around us nature feels full and ripe.
But what is happening inside us?
What areas have we been tending well?
Which parts of our lives could use more care?
What are we ready to end, remove or finish up?
What fruits are we ready to reap?
The seasons are shifting.
Autumn is soon to arrive and with it the natural desire to slow down and soak in its golden sunshine.
Join us for a day of contemplation and conversation.
A day of guidance that will help you enquire into and get clear about what you really want and why it is important to you.
A day just for you, to look deeply within, to soften into the season of autumn and listen to the questions and the answers of your heart.
This one day retreat for women is hosted in the beautiful Blue Mountains by Chandu Bickford. As an educator, coach, mentor and guide, Chandu has been leading groups here and abroad for over 15 years. Her gentle, conversational leadership style invokes, uplifts and inspires others through her one on one work, groups, teaching, writing and public speaking events.
What others are saying about Chandu’s retreats:
“Chandu is respectful, experienced, wise, knowledgeable and caring.” – Y.Sangster
“As a facilitator Chandu makes it easy to work on the hard things.” – D.R.
“I appreciate the non-intrusive style of facilitation and workshop design. It feels honouring of self and personal process.” – L Rummery.
Our day will be a mix of conversation, enquiry, individual and group work. We will include some guided meditation, gentle movement and a labyrinth walk.
No experience is necessary.
Simply come with an open heart and mind.
All resources and a lovely vegetarian meal, and refreshments are provided throughout the day.
Venue: Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, Woodford, NSW
Date: Saturday 23rd March
Cost: $145 or $99 for concession card holders.
For bookings and more information contact Chandu at Email: Connect@chandubickford.com Phone: 0487 808 030
THE GIFT ~ A day for women to relax, reflect, release and renew. December 29 2018 ~ Blue Mountains ~ NSW.
It’s been a long year.
We know. We’ve all felt it.
The demands, the responsibilities, the commitments, the crazy pace and goings on.
We have done well.
We’ve made it… almost to the finish line.
But we are tired.
All year we have been showing up, serving and giving to others.
Fulfilling so many different roles. Not checking in with ourselves as often as we’ve needed to.
It is time to pause. To rest and breathe out.
The year is almost over. Now it’s time for you.
Join us and give yourself – The Gift.
The gift of –
time & space.
To review your last twelve months.
To release any of its hurts, disappointments, stress & strain.
To restore your energy and
Re-ignite your vision, your inspiration and focus for the year to come.
We will gather.
In the gentle and sacred space of the Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
We will connect.
As women, as mothers, sisters and friends.
We will create.
A safe and welcoming environment for all of us to relax and lean into.
And we will journey.
With guided activities to help us reflect on our year, release the old and renew our vision, choices and intentions for the year ahead.
Our day will include gentle movement, solo and shared reflection activities, guided meditation and a beautiful labyrinth walk.
My name is Chandu and I will be your host and guide for the day. I was born and raised in the Blue Mountains and I have been leading groups both here and overseas for over 15 years.
I am an educator, a facilitator, a poet, mentor and mum.
I am passionate about creating opportunities for connection, conversation and change, and am so looking forward to sharing this day with you.
Please wear clothes you feel comfortable in.
Bring a water bottle, a shawl or yoga mat and a journal to write in.
All other resources will be supplied for you on the day.
A wholesome vegetarian lunch, morning and afternoon tea and refreshments are provided.
Cost: $135 or $85 for concession card holders.
I am also creating a number of places for women facing financial hardship.
Please contact me if this is you and you wish to join, or if know of a woman who would benefit from joining the retreat. There is also an option for waged women to give back and help subsidise the gift of this day for a less fortunate sister.
For bookings and more information contact Chandu at Email: Connect@chandubickford.com Phone: 0487 808 030