Maureen’s Journey- The Land that Healed Her.

Synopsis: Maureen Pickstone began her life in a little town on the South Island of New Zealand 86 years ago. At the young age of 13, Maureen’s mother passed away and she had to leave school and raise her 4 siblings. Eventually travelling to Australia and surviving a marriage of 13 years of domestic violence, Maureen left her husband and discovered 40 acres of Virgin bush with no power or water. She worked the land for 2 years. The land healed her. In 2005 she opened her land to others by creating a healing space called Kupidabin Wilderness. A place of peace and harmony with the goal of helping to preserve the beliefs, traditions and ceremonies of indigenous cultures of Australia and world wide. Since 2007, Maureen has hosted the Bi- Annual Gathering of the Four Winds. A diverse group of Cultural Leaders, Teachers, Elders of Aboriginal, Hawaiian, Pacific Island, Maori, Native American come to share their Traditional Teachings. Maureen also sponsors a program for high functioning ASD (Asperger’s Syndrome) students in her Cultural Centre on the land restoring their lives back to Peace and Harmony Learning Social and Life Skills.


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27 comments on “Maureen’s Journey- The Land that Healed Her.”

  1. How wonderful to take the journey of self healing, in nature. The landscape is a testament of the healing power of nature. Maureen’s life vision of creating a sacred space for people to come find balance, empowerment, connection to all things, as this is what the land gifted unto Maureen. I am so inspired by the vision, and now the opportunity to have her story told. I feel blessed to be able to share this story.

  2. This land is special, and heals everyone who steps foot here. Maureen’s vision is one of connection. This has sure been achieved (and more)

  3. Maureen is an inspirational woman with a heart of gold that embraces and loves others from all walks of life. The land heals and restores so deeply and is worthy of preserving, respecting, and honouring. I have no doubt that this film will capture love in all it’s expressions and showcasing it’s healing power.
    Thank you Maureen for your heart, your vision, and determination. Congratulations!

  4. I have had the honor and privilege to meet Maureen and Des. The story of Lyell Deer Farm and the birth of Kupidabin must be shared with a broader audience. Great gift for us to have Maureen’s story..

  5. I have always loved this place and loved the warmth and welcome that Aunty Maureen has always given me and Uncle Des this place has given me somewhere to go when I needed space and time out from my busy life and when I needed time just to be in nature I’m so grateful

  6. Richard littlefeather

    Kupidabin is a Spiritual Wonderland. It has brought various people and cultures together over the years and brought healing to many. Mareen’s dream has influenced many lives in positive ways and, no duobt, will continue to do so for years to come.
    From a dream to fruition this journey has taken many years and lots of self sacrifice – both of which Maureen and Des have freely given.
    I am grateful for their gift to the people. They and this place – “kupidabin” – will always be a part of my story.

  7. I have experienced Kupidabin the yearly event some years ago and loved it .It was such a wonderfully diverse mix of people..
    Maureen is a wonderful spiritual ambassador has transformed the land to a environmental wonderland healing trees, animals , a place with a magical fairy dell.
    I feel drawn to return to Kupadabin soon. Thank you Maureen for your life’s good work!!

  8. My wife and I have been attending gatherings in Kupidabin since 2014. Marueen and Des have a wonderful vision to bring people from all cultures, races and colors together and create harmony. I just love this place and feel grateful to have met such inspiring souls such as Maureen and Des.

  9. Sounds amazing, I would love to find out more about the lovely Maureen and her journey of healing, very inspirational and I personally want more info on her healing workshops
    So excited for you guys to make this into a documentary xxx

  10. Maureen has a heart of gold. She has now locked the land in trust so generations can come and enjoy the sacred place where she healed. I have been to Kupidabin and it is a place of healing for all cultures.

  11. Wonderful story of resilience about Maureen! What an amazing life of facing challenges and healing, while also helping others ! Very inspiring! Look forward to seeing this in film !

  12. Lovely story and l specially love that Maureen managed to come out of the trauma of domestic violence and is now helping other people to heal …Thanks for the great work Maureen.l hope to watch and share the story to my clients, friends and family who have had trauma from domestic violence so we can spread the message of hope.

  13. Maureen is my friend. I’ve known her and her husband Des for 3 years. In that time I have spent a lot of time at Kupidabin with Maureen helping her in my own small way to realise her vision. In turn, like everyone who comes, I recieve learning and remembering and connection from Kupidabin and Maureen. Maureen’s story deserves to be told and would make an excellent addition to Inspireflix’s library of moving films.

  14. I can’t wait to see all your visions come in to fruition Maureen. KUPIDABIN Wilderness (The Land) was always there, and like Maureen, many people come to find healing on the land. May KUPIDABIN always be a place of peace and harmony to meet those in search of healing. Thank you Maureen and Des.

  15. I love stories about people preserving and sharing cultural heritage. This film is going to be so inspiring!

  16. Can’t wait to see how this 86-year-old woman is making a difference in the lives of Indigenous Elders in Australia.

  17. Documentaries that showcase the power of community and cultural preservation is what I look out for in a film. intrigued

  18. I’m sure this film will be a beautiful celebration of Indigenous culture and traditions from around the world. Excited!

  19. I can’t wait to see how this woman’s vision is bringing Elders together to share their stories and traditions.

  20. I’m sure this film will be a beautiful celebration of the diversity of cultures and traditions around the world.

  21. I’m a big fan of movies that bring people together to share their stories and experiences. This film is going to be so powerful.

  22. Stories about people giving back to the world always inspire me. What a strong lady Maureen must be.

  23. I’m sure this film will be both educational and emotional. What a life Maureen must have had. This will be a moving story.

  24. Can’t wait to see how this woman’s vision is making a positive impact on Elders from around the world. Maureen must have so so many stories to tell xx

  25. I’m always in awe of people who have the courage to start over and find happiness in a new place. Maureen’s story is no exception. Looking forward to her story being told.

  26. The connection between humans and nature is so powerful, and this woman’s story is a perfect example of that.

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