BAANYA BIAMI, meaning Camp of Great Spirit in Indigenous language, is also a name remembered by thousands of children as a place of Adventure since the 1980s. In 2013, Jeffrey Brook purchased the camp to create a Place of Purpose for people, especially teenagers, to reconnect with the bush and so reconnect with themselves.
Jeffrey has nearly 40 years of experience working with young people. Jeffrey has spent nearly 20 years living and working in the High Country of Victoria leading people on foot and horseback exploring and connecting to the mountains. His final few years in the mountains were as Head of Outdoors for Geelong Grammar School at their Timbertop campus where each year over 200 Year 9 students would live for a year experiencing, connecting and personally growing in the mountains. Jeffrey and his wife Robyn then created Avalon College in 1997, a unique and exceptional ELICOS boarding school in Victoria, Australia, where young international students live and study to further improve their English before heading into Australian Secondary Schools. Jeffrey is still currently CEO of Avalon College.
Louise has worked as a Health Professional for nearly 30 years. Louise has worked as a Physiotherapist in acute hospitals, rehab, community health, private practice and the disability sector. The last 20 years has seen her study and work concurrently with Energetic Medicine – the Body-Mind-Spirit connection where the focus of Louise’s work shifted to the emotional and mental wellbeing of people and how this affected their physical wellbeing. Louise was able to offer this combined service of Physiotherapy and Medical Intuition from Karuna Maya Medicine – a Medical Centre in Jan Juc – for 16 years but has now chosen to focus solely on the wellbeing of all those who come to Baanya Biami to participate in the programs.