Communtiy of Changemakers: Kate Harland, Wattles in the Wings
It always makes me smile when I see the bubba's (like mine) that won't really go to anyone, time and again gravitate to Kate. I met Kate right after my eldest was born in a mums and bubs yoga class. We all used to laugh as every baby in the room would set up camp on her mat, and she would generally end up doing yoga on the floor next to her mat. Somehow they just knew instinctively that she got them, and she was good to be around. Nothing has changed. Children love her. They feel safe and know they are free to express their magic.
Kate's magic in turn shines best when she is amongst children, or helping adults find their inner child and inner peace. And so she gravitated toward the babies as they did toward her. She is instinctively perfect for children, and has built on that with her own education in a variety of childrens' classes (to teach, not attend. That way she gets to attend every day) We could not imagine having a kid friendly International Women's Day without providing a world of imgaination and play for the kids too.
Kate also encourages relaxation and peace through reiki healings. She is a gentle soul with a mountain of strength, and she has a gift in understanding that the true needs of people really are very simple.
Happiness. Trust. Love. Play. Joy. Health.
Hear more about what Kate has to say about her decison to follow her hearts passion and give up the desk job:
Tell us a little bit about who you are, and who is your business.
I am a qualified Reiki practitioner and a Childrens Creative Workshop Coordinator. I am passionate about healing through movement, kids yoga, dance and creative expression. My Business, Wings in the Wattles, offers a range of services including Reiki, Kids Yoga, Fantasy Healings, Gifts and I am the Coordinator of the Magical Pixie Playgroup. My peaceful Reiki Healings allow your soul to have a rest in this busy and chaotic world. My healings are very gentle, balancing and rejuvenating. I love to meet people from all walks of life. Come and relax with a gentle reiki healing or come and meet me for a creative workshop and let your inner child play!
What made you choose this path? Was it always in the plans for you or something you kind of fell into?
I am very passionate about dance, yoga and active movement. I was a passionate gymnast as a young child/teenager. Gymnastics was a way of life for me as a young woman. It has inspired me to stay active and play in my day to day life. As a mother of two I have used Reiki in my life for rest, peace and as an effective way to balance my energy. I find it very calming, peaceful and restoring. I enjoy playing with children and I love being able to let my inner child play with others. Growing up is very often a Trap!! Because I have a playful spirit I really enjoy connecting with the young children in the community. I particularly love teaching young children dance, yoga and I love encouraging creative expression.
This years theme is Be Bold For Change. What was your bold moment that convinced you to take the plunge and trust in yourself?
I don’t really have one moment. LIfe is a bit of a roller coaster. Like most mothers I have had a series of really beautiful moments in my life and some really dark moments. It is the bright moments in my life like Samba Dancing down the street that has really help me dive into the unknown. It takes a lot of courage to perform on and off the stage. Performing has encouraged me to stay strong and to trust myself.
Making a change and plunging into the unknown can be really daunting. Terrifying even. How did you do it? Both practically, and emotionally?
Sometimes I find it really hard to put this sort of thing into words. I have been through dark times. But I like to challenge myself. If you are brave enough to face your fears and you do it over and over again, you start to believe that you really can do anything! Overcoming fear is about having enough courage to face your demons and then have a cup of tea with them!!
What motivated you to make the change?
Growing up can be a trap and I want to share my joy and my passion for life with others. I want to help others on their path. If you don’t stop now and then you will miss what life is all about. Now and then take the day off, lie in a park and watch the birds fly. Let your inner child play. I am passionate about sharing the world of fantasy and flight with our young children and the young at heart.
You are a mother too. There is no doubt that the 2 roles of business and family overlap. What came 1st? The kids, or the business?
It is all about balance. I can’t put my business first. My business has to work around my two young children.
What difference do you think you have made to your life by choosing this path?
I am now at a point in my life where my happiness is really important. I wanted a career that would fit around my two lively young children. I wanted to start a business that represents who I am as a person. Wings in the Wattles really reflects who I am. I am a child at heart. I love to stay active. I love to dance, sing, dress up, play and I love to connect with people from all walks of life. I am a gentle old soul in an active mothers body who loves to connect to people in my bayside community. I also really enjoy providing clients with peaceful and gentle reiki healings. It is very important for all people to take time out for themselves whether it is for creative play or for a peaceful relaxing break from the chaotic world. I am happier and healthier for finding a path that reflects who I am in mind, body and soul!
What difference do you think you have/can make to others?
I can provide people with gentle, balancing and peaceful reiki healings. I have a safe, quiet and beautiful home healing space where I can immerse a clients soul in a world of love, tranquillity and rejuvenation. Reiki is an ancient form of Tibetan healing rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki rebalances your chakras. Chakras are wheels of spinning energy and each Chakra has its own vibrational frequency. Each Chakra is connected to different emotions, feelings and belief patterns. By cleansing, energizing and balancing your chakras you will be more in line with your true self/higher self.
As an Intuitive Reiki Practitioner, I cleanse negative energy, balance stuck energy and reenergize natural chakra centres using my hands. After each healing I provide all clients with a hand written message from their angels. Through Reiki I can provide clients with a beautiful relaxing experience that allows chakras to rebalance. Reiki allows one to feel more in line with ones true self.
I also run a magical Pixie Playgroup in Manly. This is a new service for families on the Bay where parents and children are encouraged to dance, sing, dress up, be creative and play with like minded souls in a fun air conditioned environment. The Pixie Playgroup is for Babies, Toddlers, Kids and Guardians. It includes Free Tea for the Pixie Parents. The playgroup is a fun environment that allows adults with children to connect. It also allows children to play with other kids and to make new friends! It is a class that brings joy, laughter, magic and free expression to a world where many of us are stuck in a boring day to day routine. Through the playgroup I aim to bring joy, laughter, dance, connection, free expression, singing and playtime for the young and the young at heart.
I will soon be running creative workshops for families including Fairy House/Elf House Workshops and Flower Press Workshops. I love to bring the world of magic to the children and their families!!
Mary Poppins, Maria from Sound of Music and Tinkerbell are my Heroes!!
How can others learn from your story? What message do you have for them?
With growing up comes entrapement to too many! The world can be so structured, busy, chaotic, boring, relentless, cruel, demanding and upsetting but there really is a simple joy beneath it all.
Through a lot of ups and downs - I have learned to find my inner Tinkerbell. I would be happier lying on the grass in a park watching the birds than sitting at a desk doing data entry or writing a report. I am an active joyful soul who needs to follow her heart. If I get stuck in an office job 5 days a week my soul suffers. I need to listen to my heart.
You really need to find that inner Peter Pan or inner Tinkerbell. It really is one of the secrets of life. Once you tap into your inner child the world starts to change. You can jump over a puddle, look for images in the clouds, talk to the birds, dance on the sand and I swear it will put a smile on your face. Find that inner child and listen to him/her. What does she love to do? - Paint, run, dance, swim, rock climb, write or read???? Listen to your inner Peter Pan or inner Tinkerbell and he/she will help you find the path that is right for you. We all can fly!!
Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust - Peter Pan
To Contact Kate:
Instagram - @wings.inthewattles
We are absolutely delighted that Kate will be joining us this International Women's Day so we can truly claim to be the best possible event for you to attend with your kidlets in tow. It is an absolute gaurantee that your kids will have a ball as well as you! Come down and see them delight, but remember also to take time for you to do a bit of valuing you too. We have been certain to provide for both parties in your parent-child team.
Kate is kindly donating a Mumma Angel Show Bag (earrings, Angel necklace, meditation notes, Indian bindi and an oil) and a Fairy Journal Pen to our raffle. Your children and inner child will float and release that creative energy under their influence.