Irene Goikolea has been working in the field of consciousness and facilitating personal development groups for more than 25 years.
During this time, she has developed a work of integration and personal transformation that she has enriched with diverse perspectives. Among them, the shamanic tradition, Eastern philosophy, the discipline of yoga, and deep psychology, not to mention the wisdom of the ancestral legacy of her Basque roots.
She is also in line with contemporary movements that are encouraging the development of a collective paradigm, where the culture of the “we” prevails over the culture of the “I.”
Her commitment with the awakening of the feminine and its impact on the development of collective consciousness, led her to inspire the materialization of the Amalurra project, made up of three intentional communities1 in the Basque country, Andalusia, and Catalonia. In addition to being Amalurra's founder, she was the project's general coordinator until April 2017.
Her contact with different cultures has provided her with a broadmindedness that stimulates her commitment to diversity.
Irene is a Doctor in Depth Psychology by the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Besides, she is also guest faculty in Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an active member in the GEN Council and, since the beginning of 2018, and Ambassador of this organization, a position that enables her to represent the GEN at local, national or international levels.
She is also trained in family constellations and new family constellations with Bert Hellinger, systemic rituals with Daan van Kampenhout, shamanism with Michael Harner, Hakomi, Integral Coaching ®, Process Work, NLP, and yoga, among other disciplines.
1 Intentional Communities: According to C. McLaughlin and G. Davidson, authors of Builders of the dawn: Community lifestyles in a changing world, an intentional community is made up of a group of people who have joined around a common purpose. They share the commitment to cooperate and create a sense of unity together. Such communities can combine the technological advances of the modern times with the values of our tribal roots, as well as a sense of belonging and closeness to others.
The purposes of intentional communities vary, from the sharing of resources, the creation of family-oriented neighborhoods to the practice of environmentally sustainable lifestyles (ecovillages). Many intentional communities focus on the importance of living together and sharing life, in contrast to the individualistic trend perceived in Western culture.