Starting Out ~
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