About Dr Olga Buttigieg
Dr Olga Buttigieg is a member of Meditation Association of Australia and a certified Stillness Meditation Therapy (SMT) teacher.
She is a registered teacher (VIT) with over 30 years’ experience teaching and has special interests in the areas of meditation, spirituality, wellbeing, Interfaith Dialogue, sacred Art and Aboriginal reconciliation.
She is a practicing iconographer and has held various leadership positions: including Director of Religious Education Coordinator and Faith Development Coordinator, and a member of the Leadership Team in several Catholic secondary Colleges in Victoria.
Dr Buttigieg personalises experiences for children and adults, such as stillness and silence days, by creating a space where individuals are able to slow down. It is by slowing down that we allow the body and the mind to rest. We then become more attentive and open to the present moment. Olga’s facilitation enables people to connect to their own inner stillness and silence- a place of great creativity.
Stillness Meditation Therapy (SMT) is the authentic meditation originated by Dr Ainslie Meares. He wrote:
Sit quietly, for it is in quietness that we grow. Sit peacefully, for in this way peace comes to us.
SMT is an effortless experience where people return to a natural state of being without any trying; there is no music, or chanting, no visualisation or breath techniques; there is no focussing or observing anything at all. In SMT the mind experiences rest.
Dr Buttigieg has presented at National and International Children’s Spirituality Conferences. She is a skilled facilitator and skilled dialogue facilitator having trained with Canadian, Renee Stevens, in process facilitation and experiential learning. Her facilitation is suitable for children and adults who are seeking connection to inner calm.
She is also a labyrinth facilitator. She was trained by Dr Lauren Artress, the founder of Veriditas.
Her research into the importance of meditation, and being in the present moment, has been published in various Education and Art journals and two recent books:
Buttigieg, O. (2017). Yingadi aboriginal immersion- a program to nurture spirituality. In de Souza, M & Halafoff, A. (Eds.) Re-enchanting Education and Spiritual Wellbeing: Fostering belonging and meaning-making for global citizens (pp. 161-174). Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.
Buttigieg, O. (2016). Nurturing spirituality through picture books in children’s literature: A focus on the Upton’s Golliwogg stories. In de Souza, M, Bone, J. & Watson, J (Eds.). Spirituality across disciplines: Research and practice (pp. 299-316). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Buttigieg, O. (2010). Dadirri: Evoking creativity, evoking beauty, finding the sacred. Learning Matters, 15 (1), 15-19.
DR OLGA BUTTIGIEG
Grad. Dip. Ed. (Sec)