Hello and welcome,

Hi, I’m Libby Kinna. I am a personal transformation advisor, learning and training facilitator, ancestral researcher, and writer.   I originally trained as a coach and mentor and received my diploma in holistic counselling (2018) and diploma in family history (2021).   I have run a holistic-centred consultancy business for over ten years.  This has been alongside working in organisations such as Curtin University, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, and Freedom Australia.  I am about to enter my third year of study in the Bachelor of Arts (History) at the University of Tasmania.

During 2021, I merged my training and passion, and am weaving together ancestral/transgenerational research, counselling, mentoring and holistic modalities into one cohesive integrated offering, for individuals and businesses.  I have guided many ones to embrace their uniqueness, discover the ties of the past that might be holding them back and write a new life narrative.

I am on a personal journey to bring kindness, wholeness, healing, and authenticity to our life experience, and to leave a trail of love.

Curious about my story?  Read more about me here.  Find me on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

words, wool and Scottish cows

I have a thing for words, wool, ancestral research, history, travel and personal alchemy.    Oh, not to mention Scottish cows, sheep, a good brew of tea and being with Mother Nature.

It is an eclectic mix but some how they feed my soul, nurture my creativity and connect me.  Connect me to ‘me’, to my sense of place and purpose.

My work explores trans-generational influence, ancestral narratives and the ensuing interconnectedness between people and place (historically, genetically and spiritually).

I express my creativity through written works – my blog, ancestral biographies, photo essays and creative non-fiction works.     I enjoy the tactile nature of working with wool and do so through weaving, crochet and knitting.

ancestral lineage and research

My ancestral roots stem from Scotland, Ireland and England.  The spirit of the lands of Perthshire, Argyllshire, Lanarkshire, Kincardineshire and the Scottish Highlands along with County Clare in Ireland, and the British seaside villages of Portsmouth and Eastbourne travel through my genetic line.   My soul naturally gravitates towards the research of these ancestral lands, the history of its people and place. 

When my ancestors migrated to Australia during the 1800’s they settled and created new lives in the Victorian towns of Ballarat, Bendigo, Dunkeld, Tarraville and the inner city suburb of Richmond, along with Hobart in Tasmania.  Richmond is where my story begins and it is a place that still feels like home.  

Historical periods of keen interest include the British Empire during the 19th century (most notably the Highland Clearances and the Irish Potato Famine), assisted migration to the colonies, Australian convict history, Australian colonisation and pastoral settlement in Victoria, the Gold Rush period and both World Wars.   As a student of History I am continually discovering new moments in time that capture my attention and guide further research projects.

I continue to actively research my ancestral families that include (but not limited to) Kinna(ne), McPherson, Dickie, Jenkins, Dennis, Collis and McOwan.

With a deep appreciation for my ancestors that immigrated to Australia during the 1800’s, I respectfully research and share their stories.  Through their stories I am connected to place and historical moments.  In bringing them to light I become a conscious co-creator of future moments by letting go of past ties and owning the strengths passed down genetically.

place and travel

Born in Melbourne, Victoria (a place fondly in my heart),  I currently live in Perth, Western Australia.    My adult-kids are all now walking their own path, so I too am walking a new path. Some days courageously others with trepidation.

In 2015 during the midst of my divorce, I took my first solo trip overseas and experienced the historical beauty of Italy. For four glorious weeks I awakened to the cultural delights of Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria and Venice. It began a deeply healing process for me and awakened me from a deep, deep sleep.

In 2019 I undertook an ancestral pilgrimage to Scotland, immersing myself in this land, her people and culture (that of my ancestors).  This facilitated an inner transformation resulting in a deeper sense of connection to self and land;  one which is now fuelling my creative endeavours. My ancestral roots were awakened and now I feel out of place here in Australia. It is an interesting process this one of connection and belonging.

My love of travel has seen me explore Central Australia (an ancient land that resonants with my spirit),  the Northern Territory, ‘the Kimberley’ region of Western Australia,  South Australia and Tasmania. When we moved from Melbourne to Perth back in 2009 we drove ‘the Nullabor’.

Posts

Ancestral roots – ‘the ties that bind’

Ancestral Roots   In her book ‘Core Light Healing’ Barbara Ann Brennan introduces the concept of ancestral roots.[1]  My sensory experience as an ancestral researcher and storyteller reinforces what she shares.  I ‘feel’ my ancestors with each record I uncover and use these sensations as a guide as to what within my genetic line needs …

Richmond and the five stages of grief

A light hearted yet real article highlighting that the experience of grief can and does arise in various ways. For many our football clubs are like family. The highs and lows we learn to ride. https://footyology.com.au/richmond-and-the-five-stages-of-grief/?fbclid=IwAR2PDNqOuvk7ziW2QcbkwakeAGWFyYJyY1zmY6qGNIfsci-J1DUuqd8301c

Kimberley Knowing

How is it that with every kilometre that we drove deeper and deeper into the country, the more suffocated and claustrophobic I felt?  This land is ancient, untamed and uniquely stunning.   She stands still.  Unwavering.  She moves for no one.  Any preconceived ideas I had that this would be a short drive down a dirt …