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Interview: Life of a Naturopath and Life Coach – David Arenson and Blog Update

Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery.

WHO IS david arenson? 

A qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Life Coach, David’s extensive holistic healing expertise includes working at some of the world’s top luxury destination spas as a “Visiting Master”, including Chiva-Som and Six Senses brands. He has an intuitive gift, which helps guide those seeking clarity and results, and has a background in theology, meditation, and spiritual counseling. David’s specializes in supporting people realize their true potential, managing stress, overcoming difficulties, and dealing with change.



#1 – Where are you originally from? Please describe in few sentences of your background, including where and how you grew up. 

I was born and grew up in Cape Town, at the foot of Africa. It was an era of dramatic change and epic transformation with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, and the liberation from apartheid. My earliest memories are of pain, growing up with a tumour that was only diagnosed at age 10. By then my leg was broken and fortunately I had a great surgeon who removed the tumour. I recovered quickly and had one further tumour removed 4 years later. It was early on that suffering, healing and personal transformation were firmly rooted in my psyche as significant in my life.

#2 – How do you get to do what you are doing now? 

Growing up in Africa with a lot of pain helped me to understand suffering from the earliest age.

My first study was Architecture and graphic design, and my love of aesthetics and beautification of the world began. I think I also learnt early on that when you change how you look at life, life changes.

After working in the media, IT and Advertising industry, I made a dramatic decision to search for God. I spent some years studying theology and the ancient biblical texts in Aramaic and Hebrew with 3 years spent in Jerusalem. My family moved to Australia, and I spent some years studying naturopathic medicine there. In the last few years, my passion has been more for Eastern philosophy and healing.

I was always interested in the journey of the soul, and how to alleviate human suffering. Meditation practice became my source of wisdom and knowledge instead of seeking answers outside of myself. Divinity became something within, without needing guidelines or religious rules to follow.

#3 – When is a recent ‘a-ha’ moment, or a wake up call for you that you would like to share?

I realised that I was trying to create my destiny and in being achievement-oriented, I was losing the magic innate in letting go and letting God. I am finding the balance between conscious creation and allowing or surrendering completely to God. The alchemy happens at that fulcrum between choice and trust, conscious volition and letting go. My path is about allowing a balance between masculine and feminine forces, much like following the Tao teaches. I am consciously allowing more mystery and releasing expectation from my life (easier said than done, of course!). It is a journey of self-discovery and awakening

#4 – What is your motto, or if the essence of your retreat/workshop is boiled down into one sentence – what would it be and why?

Expect Magic!

Always when we make a commitment to shift our perspective on life, it is that decision that defines the result. Decisions like that define our destiny. Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery. My retreats are always about inspiring and awakening souls via gentle leadership and support.

#5 – Who is your Museflower – something from nature that inspires you the most along your spiritual journey & why?

The stars. I have a significant relationship to the stars and stargazing. For me it is about connection, or reconnecting, coming back to my true home. We are all children of the stars, created from stardust. I remember even as a child lying on my back on the grass looking up at the heavens and pondering our position in the cosmos. Now it allows me to envision, connect and puts my life into perspective.

#6 – Why should people join a retreat with you? 

I am passionate about retreats.

My work is in connecting people with their souls, helping people realise their true connection and potential. The tools we will be exploring together include ancient Qi Gong practices, Mindfulness, Meditation as well as supporting our body in transformation through a detox cleansing diet. It is through cleansing the body, that we invite cleansing of the mind, and open up a space, or a portal for change to naturally occur.

A retreat is a space of potentiality, of possibility, of awakening, and of change. A lot of suffering happens because of what we think our lives should be like. Retreats always create more perspective, open up and reveal hidden truths we have been escaping from. I also invite in gratitude. Fear cannot happen in the context of gratitude.

I welcome all souls seeking to learn and know more about the self, seekers of wisdom, transformation and healing.



David will be holding his Detox Retreats at Museflower Retreat & Spa this July 2015, including a Weekend Detox Retreats from July 17-19 (3D2N), July 24 – 27 (4D3N) and July 24 – 29 (6D5N), 2015, Spiritual Alchemy Retreat: Meditation & Qigong from July 20 – 23 (4D3N), and Sacred Meditation and Detox Retreat from July 31 – Aug 2 (3D2N), 2015.

Check out more retreats in Museflower Retreat & Spa here!




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I apologize for being silent on the blog for the past month!

I was reconsidering and evaluating the direction of where the blog is heading, how it should create and add more meaning to all of you dear readers and to myself. The past two months I have been learning and receiving many new healing modalities and I needed a break and a chance to integrate everything.

Again, the daunting question: “Is this what I’m doing adding meaning to my life?”

Having read Arianna Huffington’s wonderful book called Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, I want to re-evaluate my priorities in life and really focus on what I love to do. As a business owner, I basically have to do everything myself which is fun in some way but also challenging at times, especially the mundane details and tasks to run and maintain a business that is still new – some days I really want to give up!

One thing I’ve learned throughout these 3 years of starting and running a business is that I really cannot do everything myself. To focus on what I love to do, I must say “no” to things that are draining my energy. I am still in the process of delegating and hopefully my goal is that everything here can be running smoothly without me to be here physically.

It’s still quite a long way to go. The Museflower Project Blog will also be part of this integration / change process. Some parts of the blog will probably change to reflect on my ongoing self-discovery and healing journey. I still don’t know exactly what the outcome will be just yet. Hopefully I will have a more clear sense of direction soon. I do enjoy writing in this blog though so giving it up won’t be an option.

So thank you to those who have signed up to follow this blog. Please do kindly stay with me during this transition period and hopefully you will find the articles posted in my blog useful and fun to read.

Have a great week!

With Love &  Gratitude,

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Another blog article written by David that may interests you:

Radical Forgiveness 

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Interview: Life of an Energy Healer – Michele Cempaka

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When we free ourselves of judgment and truly embrace our magnificence, anything is possible!


Michele is an Energy Healer, Consciousness Facilitator, spiritual teacher & retreat leader in the international arena. With a background in Hypnotherapy, Reiki and Transformational Coaching, she has spent many years teaching and leading retreats for personal empowerment and deepening one’s connection to Spirit and the collective consciousness.

Michele’s mission is to be a contribution to people’s lives, so that they can fully recognize and embrace how phenomenal they truly are



#1 – Where are you originally from? Please describe in few sentences of your background, including where and how you grew up. 

I’m originally from the USA. I was born in Connecticut and grew up in a small town called Wallingford. Across the street from us, my friends had horses and we lived on 12 acres, so it was beautiful. When I was 8, we moved to Florida which was totally different. I longed to return to the country life where I grew up, but that wasn’t possible because my father got a new job.

#2 – How do you get to do what you are doing now? 

From a young age, I had the ability to sense Spirits and even know what people were really thinking. I was very empathic and didn’t understand how or why I could perceive and know things that other people didn’t seem to be aware of.

As I grew older, my gifts became stronger and after my first son was born 15 years ago, I took my first Reiki class. Then a few years later I moved to Bali and learned Reiki 2 and did my Master level  in 2007.

Since that time my life has opened up so much. I have been strongly guided by Spirit to continue assisting as many people as possible to clear limiting beliefs, release traumas and embrace the greatness of who they truly be. It is a deep honor to do the work that I do.

#3 – When is a recent ‘a-ha’ moment, or a wake up call for you that you would like to share?

A recent ‘Aha’ moment occurred when I was talking to a dear friend and she said, “It’s time for you to realize that you have everything you need. You have all the tools and are ready to do your own thing. You don’t need to follow anyone else’s system. Just trust in yourself!”

#4 – What is your motto, or if the essence of your retreat/workshop is boiled down into one sentence – what would it be and why?

When we free ourselves of judgment and truly embrace our magnificence, anything is possible!

The reason I chose this sentence is because judgment of ourselves and others is the source of our suffering and self-destruction. It is also why there is no peace  on planet earth. If everyone would be willing to be in allowance of others and truly love and accept themselves, we would all be co-creating a conscious world for all.

#5 – Who is your Museflower – something from nature that inspires you the most along your spiritual journey & why?

My Museflower is the bonsai tree. My garden is filled with bonsais that my husband tenderly cares for. They have an amazing energy and whenever I have felt ill or tired, I just go out to the garden and touch one of the bonsais and instantly I feel this beautiful energy enter my body. They are very powerful ancient trees.

#6 – Why should people join a retreat with you? 

To answer this question, I’d like to share some testimonials from people who have joined retreats with me. Here’s what they say:

Aine, Ireland

“I have been fortunate enough in this lifetime to be blessed with meeting Michele and working with her as part of her retreat programme.  Michele has an admirable way of reaching out and touching individual people.  Her capabilities and knowledge amazed me and she truly is a very inspirational woman. She genuinely cares and hand in hand with her skills and knowledge she really wants to make a big difference in this world. She made a great difference in my life and for that i will be forever grateful.”

Michelle, UK

“I have never come across practitioners with such effective tools that clear things so quickly, and not just small things, massive life changing things. Alison and Michelle are effective and very powerful on their own but when they come together for this retreat you have everything you need to make the changes you want in your life. Michelle and Alison’s compassion, empathy, strength and their complete belief in you gives you everything you need to heal things that have been with you a lifetime.”



Michele will be holding her healing retreats series at Museflower Retreat & Spa, including a 4D/3N Empower & Enliven You Healing Retreat from May 29 – June 1, 7D/6N Awakening the Goddess within You! Healing Retreat from June 2 – 8 and November 14 – 20, 2015, and 6D/5N  Release, Realign, Reinvent You! Healing Retreat from November 6 – 11, 2015. Check out Michele’s transformational and powerful healing retreats at Museflower Retreat & Spa here.

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