Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Tessa Wood, founder of Conscious Travel Community. I was born and raised in Canberra and have always had a passion for community, education and helping others. I am a teacher working in a newly established Canberra school and work closely with not-for-profit organisations to support community initiatives through my business, Conscious Travel Community.

I have an obsession with travel and anything travel related! I’ve visited 50 counties and have gone back to revisit some of these places many times. I love the planning, researching and organising side of things. Mostly, I love the feeling you get from being in a new environment and experiencing different cultures. I feel we can learn a lot about ourselves and others through travel.

Tell us about Conscious Travel Community and how it came to be?

In 2017, while in Canberra, I felt like I was ready for a change, like something was missing. I moved to London in pursuit of something I’m not even sure existed but felt intuitively guided to go there. This was when I was 29 years old and I now know more about “Saturn return”. Astrologically, this feeling of change comes to a lot of us around this age in our life as the planet Saturn returns to the sign and degree it was when you were born. This planetary shift is strongly associated with life changes.

While in London, I started coaching and mentioning teachers which lead me to train as a spiritual life coach, then a yoga and meditation teacher. I love working with people, supporting and guiding them to more happiness and assurance within themselves. From here, I created Conscious Travel Community to connect like-minded people who have a passion for mindfulness and personal development through travel. While living in London, I hosted 19 international retreats all over Europe as well as monthly events and workshops in London. Since returning to Australia in October 2020, I have been running online workshops focusing on self-awareness and relaxation with a hope to return to retreats in the near future.

How can we support Conscious Travel Community?

You can support me and my business by connecting on social media. I would love to connect and to see you join in workshops, relaxation sessions and hopefully retreats in the near future:

Instagram: @conscioustravelcommunity


You can check out my blog, previous retreats and upcoming events on my website:

Any advice for those who are thinking about turning their dreams into a reality

We are all intuitively guided by a feeling of inspiration to do certain things. Trust that guidance! The more you trust yourself and your own guidance, the more you can be in flow with your soul purpose or passion. It is only our own fears and maybe past experiences that stop us from pursuing what we dream of.

Sometimes our mind limits the possibilities or opportunities that are available to us in an attempt to protect us. Understanding and uncovering these subconscious beliefs and re-framing them is what I love to support people in! We all have the ability to do great things. Take small steps towards your goals and allow the magic to unfold. You will find that positive people around you will step up to support you and your passion; we all want to see each other win!

Every opportunity provides personal growth and new knowledge. If you can become more reflective on experiences and see everything as a learning opportunity, you can start to shift your thinking. When you are faced with obstacles, instead of asking “why is this happening to me?” try asking yourself “what can I learn from this?”

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