A mother's wish
Growing up surrounded by mental dis-ease within her immediate family as well as substance abuse running rife throughout her entire extended family, Kat could see the relationship between childhood trauma, negative thought patterns, substance abuse and the continuing cycle this creates, not only in one generation, but many generations.
It was on her mother’s whispered wish, over 30 years ago, for a half-way house between a mental health ward and home, that first sparked Kat's vision....The Shambhala Shelter.
Kat has always been intuitive and consciously began her own spiritual journey in 1997. With regular practice of certain techniques and therapies, Kat has led a life of inner peace and has an outlook on life that has empowered her through many challenges.
It is these techniques and knowledge that will build the foundations of The Shambhala Shelter....a lifestyle change and a holistic approach to mental dis-ease.
This outlook and knowledge is shared by many, who now support Kat's current and future visions.
Shambhala United Network Inc.
As the creation of The Shambhala Shelter requires quite a few resources that are beyond our reach at present, we have decided to bring the client to the volunteers in the interim.
This is what we have today - Shambhala United Network Inc. (or SUN for short).
President: David Fennell
David is a professional musician and composer of many years, and continues to write and record his compositions as well as play keyboards with a number of other musicians.
Vice President: Kathryn Fennell
Kathryn has been a registered nurse and midwife for 40 years, with a special interest in breast -feeding and vaccination issues.
Both David and Kathryn have had a life-long interest in body, mind and spirit wholeness. Kathryn and David are very interested in supporting the SUN’s desire to assist people with mental dis-ease.
Secretary, Treasurer & SUN Co-ordinator: Katrina Semple
Kat is a certified practicing BAS Agent and Company Accountant. Kat is happy to take on all roles involving the administration and co-ordination of members, volunteers and clients as she sees her vision come to life.
The intention is to have a large property set in the beautiful green, luscious hills of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. This shelter will provide transitional accommodation to people discharged from a mental health ward or drug and alcohol rehabilitation….to home.
The Shambhala Shelter will run a minimum month-long residential program that will ultimately empower their ‘patients’ with skills and techniques in managing their dis-ease. The patients will also be responsible for the day-to-day running of the household, such as shopping, cooking and cleaning.
The volunteers that make up the current Shambhala United Network will visit the Shelter daily to impart their skills and knowledge, to pamper, to listen and to help support this transition to home and daily routine. (This shelter will replace the current practice, whereby the patient comes to the volunteer.)
The patients will leave the Shelter enlightened and empowered: with the confidence to manage their daily lives, the self-esteem needed to get back into their community and positive skills to help with many of life's challenges.
The Shelter will be staffed 24/7 with qualified mental-health nurses and security staff, and is expected to be funded by donations, grants and reasonable contributions by the patients.