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'If children can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn'.
Ignacio Estrada

Kathryn Arbuckle

Kathryn Arbuckle is an experienced Special Education Teacher and has worked in a diverse range of roles. Her experience includes classroom teaching, specialist roles in Music, Dance and Drama, Social and Emotional Learning and Creative Arts.
Kathryn is passionate about social and emotional learning and teaching children the skills to develop their self-awareness, social-awareness and self-management skills.
Kathryn works with students in a holistic way, adapting her teaching style to suit children's individual learning needs. This empowers and encourages them to embrace their individuality
and shine their light.

Kathryn also works as a homeschool educator and has extensive experience working with children with complex sensory & communication needs and challenging behaviours.

Kathryn is passionate about children's self care and wellbeing and teaching them tools and strategies to understand and manage their feelings, emotions, sense of self and problem solving skills.

Workshops include a variety of mindful awareness activities which give children tools & strategies to use in their daily life.  These include:

  • breath awareness

  • body awareness

  • connecting to our senses

  • connecting with nature and the elements.




  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

  • Graduate Diploma of Special Education

  • 25 Years Teaching Experience

  • Meditation Teachers Certificate

  • Accredited Facilitator of the Holyoke DRUMBEAT program and Rhythm2Recovery model

  • African Drumming Teacher Training, level 1 & level 2

  • Post graduate certificate in Conductiv​e Education

  • Completed The Zones of Regulation workshop

  •  Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration

  • Completed Seasons for Growth Companion Training
    (Innovative, evidence-based change, loss and grief education program 
    this draws on the metaphor of the seasons to understand the experience of grief)


  • Registered training in Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Laura Battley

Laura Battley, a distinguished allied health professional with over 16 years of experience in Creative Arts Therapy, excels in Education and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

As Principal Arts Psychotherapist, Laura has been instrumental in positively impacting the lives of individuals facing diverse challenges.

As an arts psychotherapist, Laura loves working with Beats from the Soul, as it harnesses the power of rhythm and creative expression to foster emotional intelligence and social development in children. Having witnessed the long-term benefits firsthand,


Laura is deeply committed to co-facilitating workshops where students can engage in evidence-based practices, such as drumming, dance, creative expression and mindful awareness, which have been shown to not only enhance emotional regulation and self-awareness but also lead to lasting improvements in interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.



  • MSc in Art Psychotherapy

  • Psychology Doctorate

  • Advanced Diplomas in Transpersonal Therapy

  • Registered Principal Arts Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with PACFA & IICT. 

Kirsten Haworth

Kirsten has worked with Primary and Secondary School Children as an Artist in Residence for over 20 years. 

Kirsten specialises in puppet making and performing and has made puppets for Teachers, Schools, Performers and for Television. 

Kirsten trained as a designer, has her own Design business and has been creating ever since she can remember. 

Kirsten is passionate about giving children a voice and helping to support their creativity, growth
and development.



  • Diploma in Textile Design

  • Certificate in Art, Craft & Design.

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