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23 January 2021

Is Positive Psychology Sabotaging Your Happiness?

Facilitator: CHARLOTTE THAARUP

How difficult is it for you to admit to yourself and others that you feel anxious, tired or unhappy? Do you berate yourself when you are not happy because after all, you have it all? Do you sometimes feel trapped that you ‘should be happy’? At first glance positive psychology is all about feeling better right? But is there a cost, is there a downside? I think so and in this session I am going to share why and how as well as give you some ways to ensure you get the best from positive psychology rather than suffering from it.

30 January 2021

Eat Your Way To Good Health

Facilitator: LEE HOLMES

Discover how to ‘Eat Your Way to Good Health’, with information about using food as medicine, the top medicine chest foods, how to get started, what to avoid, pantry makeover tips, the low down on labels, detoxing, superfoods, ingredient swap outs and quick switches, recipe ideas for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Lee Holmes is a Holistic Nutritionist, Hatha Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef. She is also the author of five best-selling books Supercharged Food, Eat Yourself Beautiful, Heal Your Gut, Supercharged Vegetarian and Supercharged Food for Kids. She is a columnist with Wellbeing Magazine and a regular contributor to Lifestyle Food (Yahoo), and her articles have appeared in leading Australian newspapers and journals, as well as The Times and The Daily Express in the UK and The Huffington Post in the US.

Lee’s website www.superchargedfood.com encourages S.O.L.E food; sustainable, organic, local and ethical. It features delicious anti-inflammatory recipes, information, news, reviews and menu planning ideas to make it easy for people to enjoy a satisfying, wholesome and nourishing diet. She created a petition to improve food in hospitals in Australia and as a result a healthier menu has been introduced by the Minister for Health. In addition to passionately creating change at government and policy level, in 2013 Lee won the title of Health Influencer Blog of the Year.

6 February 2021

The Personal Trainer for the Mind

Facilitator: SABINA VITACCA

Sabina, known as ‘The Personal Trainer for the Mind’ will present how integral mindfulness is to lead successful professional and personal lives. Sabina will set the scene by introducing the concept of mindfulness, dispelling some commonly held misconceptions about what mindfulness is and what it entails. Detailing scientific evidence behind why mindfulness works, Sabina will explore with her audience how they can use mindfulness to positively shape their actions, thoughts and behaviours. You will leave with techniques and tools to commence practicing mindfulness in your own life. The workshop will be a mix of education, collaboration and immersive activities to map out current opportunities and challenges.

Sabina is an effervescent speaker, 1:1 mindfulness coach and runs corporate workshops. With over a decade of experience working with organisations to integrate mindfulness practices to overcome feelings of stress, overwhelm, lack of focus and engagement in the workplace, Sabina’s knowledge is captivating and inspiring. Sabina’s professional experience in the mental health field informs both her understanding and teaching of mindfulness. She is a proud member of the national peak body- Meditation Association of Australia.

Sabina is passionate about supporting busy professionals in learning how to utilise mindfulness alongside their role and is here today to provide practical strategies. She believes that mindfulness is not something that you put on occasionally but rather it’s a whole way of life.

13 February 2021

The Productivity Ninja

Facilitator: MATT COWDROY

In today’s fast paced world, we’re often overwhelmed with too much information and distraction.  Introducing positive lifestyle changes can therefore be challenging at times.  Applying the Characteristics of the Productivity Ninja to habits can help make new habits sustainable.  Zen-like calm, mindfulness, preparedness and unorthodoxy are just a few of these characteristics.

Join Matt for the opportunity to reflect on your habits and lifestyle choices.  We’ll look at  how habits are formed, what triggers them and discuss how craving is the fuel for habits.

Matt is passionate about understanding people, their motivations, their wants and needs.  His personal mission is to help others “alleviate unnecessary stress” in their life. Matt is the owner of Think Productive Australia and has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, Yogic Studies and Meditation.

20 February 2021

Being Well and Staying Well – Body, Brain and Mind 2021

Facilitator: NICOLA GATES

Being healthy takes time and attention which we often feel we don’t have. However, investing in our health – brain, body, and mind health is the best investment we will ever make.  Learn how amazingly complicated your home is and how your choices can impact wellbeing. This is a big picture presentation covering up to date research on lifestyle factors like sleep, diet, exercise, and mindstyle tendencies like optimism and stress all interact and impact wellbeing. Learn what to do more of in your daily life and what to save for special occasions.  Nicola will share her personal story which reconfirmed what her research was indicating.

Dr Nicola Gates is a clinical neuropsychologist, author, presented and neuroscience researcher. She has over twenty-five years clinical experience working with adults so they can achieve their optimal wellbeing for brain, body, and mind. Nicola is the author of the best sellers ‘A Brain for Life’, and ‘The Feel Good Guide to Menopause’ and has dozens of international research publications and articles for magazines. She is often talking on radio and television, and her private practice is in Sydney CBD, Brain and Mind Psychology. She makes neuroscience accessible and entertaining and providing practical take home strategies to improve wellbeing.

27 February 2021

Living an Authentic Life

Facilitator: SOPHIE SCOTT

What’s stopping you from living the life you love? Join the ABC’s medical reporter Sophie Scott as she takes you through the science of happiness and wellbeing. Learn practical tips on resilience, recovery and managing stress, particularly in the time of a pandemic. Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is one of Australia’s leading journalists. She is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness, particularly in the coronavirus pandemic. She will take you through her 3 step plan CALM, CONNECT, COMMIT.

Having written two critically acclaimed books, and receiving numerous awards including the Australian Museum’s Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought-after health presenter. She is the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7:30, ABC radio and online. Follow Sophie on www.instagram.com/sophiescott2 for more resources on managing stress and the latest health news as well. Sophie is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW and the author of two books, Live a Longer life and Roadtesting Happiness. She is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia and on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize. Sophie is a mother and step mum to four boys. Check out the resources on self care and recharging your wellbeing on Sophie’s website www.sophiescott.com.au

6 March 2021

Stress Management 

Facilitator: AMY GAJJAR

“Stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century.” – World Health Organisation

We are living in unprecedented times. 2020 was particularly challenging for so many people in many different ways.  Stress to our body is not just emotional stress – but anything that “stresses” the body. Poor dietary choices, “leaky gut”, inadequate sleep, doing too much or too little exercise and exposure to environmental toxins. In this talk, Amy will discuss practical strategies to reduce our stress looking at each of these components of lifestyle medicine, with particular emphasis on meditation, breathing and yoga postures – for which there is now substantial research.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Victor Frankl

Dr Amy is an Integrative Physician (GP), working at the Wholistic Medical Centre, Surry Hills where she combines Functional Medicine, Coaching, Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle. She trained at the Imperial College School of Medicine in London and worked as an NHS GP for several years. In Sydney, she has undergone extensive further training and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and a Board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Her main areas of interest are thyroid health, gut health and autoimmunity.

20 March 2021

Is Positive Psychology Sabotaging Your Happiness?

Facilitator: CHARLOTTE THAARUP

How difficult is it for you to admit to yourself and others that you feel anxious, tired or unhappy? Do you berate yourself when you are not happy because after all, you have it all? Do you sometimes feel trapped that you ‘should be happy’? At first glance positive psychology is all about feeling better right? But is there a cost, is there a downside? I think so and in this session I am going to share why and how as well as give you some ways to ensure you get the best from positive psychology rather than suffering from it.

27 March 2021

Discovering Why I Do What I Do – The WID Factor (and what to do about it)

Facilitator: PATRICK KAYROOZ

Have you ever thought, “Why do I do what I do?”. When it comes to decision making, are you ruled by your heart, your head or your gut? All three play a factor, one will dominate your personality and influence the way you view the world.

The WID Factor – Why I Do What I Do – has taken the complex theories of Enneagram’s personality types and translated them into an easy-to-understand methodology which introduces a three-step practice to personal freedom. This practice helps you to recognise and further understand your path of purpose.

Patrick Kayrooz is a transformational-innovator. He is a business development educator and motivator with a Masters in Education and a Degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is an internationally certified Enneagram trainer and teacher in Narrative Tradition. Patrick’s passion is to foster self-awareness to deepen understanding of living, learning, loving and leading. He is a passionate advocate of the WID-Factor, endeavouring to ‘walk the talk’ in his own personal development and spirituality.

3 April 2021

The Balancing Act – How Do your Dietary Needs Compare With ‘Planetary Health’ Guidelines?

Facilitator: KERITH DUNCANSON

Sustainability is the buzz word of the decade, but is it possible for dietary guidelines to be healthy for both people and our planet? Considering nutrition at a ‘global’ level is a novel concept for most of us, being more familiar with the idea of receiving specific dietary advice tailored to our individual health issues, nutrition goals and dietary preferences.

In this session we will explore whether ‘sustainable, personal and practical’ is possible when it comes to dietary intake. You will come away from the session with ‘takeaways’ (ideas, not food!) about how you can make specific actions to contribute to ‘planetary health’.

With a diverse dietetic and research career, Kerith describes her unique approach as ‘pragmatic dietetics’, grounded in a love of food and lived experience with the challenges of achieving energy and nutrient balance. Kerith is a research dietitian investigating gut nutrition at Hunter Medical Research Institute, and is the Principal Dietitian with Help Yourself Nutrition and Dietetics.

17 April 2021

Finding Your Magic Within

Facilitator: LINDA THACKRAY

Your body is your vehicle which takes you through life.  In reading your body’s form, it shows your attitudes in life and how you have experienced life to date. By becoming aware of how your body communicates to you and how this reflects in your face and form, you gain great insights into how change can be integrated.

This presentation will provide you with some practical awareness on how you can improve communication by learning to read how “habitual thoughts and emotions” become part of the human form.  Linda will demonstrate how this information is available to read and how it can create more effective communication and to deepen your understanding of the differences between people’s perspective.

As a registered Teacher of the Psychosomatic Therapy College, Linda facilitates training and workshops within Australia and internationally, helping others to find that special “magic” which resides within all of us. She feels privileged to share her passion for this ancient practice and facilitation of deeper awareness and connection to all.

24 April 2021

Working and Living in a Disrupted World – Practical Insights and Proven Strategies for Better Wellbeing

Facilitator: AUDREY MCGIBBON

Audrey will entertain and inform with a crash-course in:

  • The 8 essential concepts that underpin our wellbeing
  • Why work-life balance is a useless concept
  • A framework for wellbeing which will sustain and energise you
  • Understanding your stress triggers and defence mechanisms.

Changing unhelpful thinking, managing self-doubt and difficult emotions.

Audrey is a leading international workplace psychologist who specialises in helping individuals, teams and organisations think, feel and perform to their best.   She is the CEO and co-author of the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey, a sought after executive coach, researcher and public speaker. She has an MA (Hons) in Psychology and Business and an MSc in Psychotherapy and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist in the UK and a registered Psychologist in Australia. In addition to her thirty years of professional expertise where she has worked across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia, Audrey is also a daughter, mother, wife, sister, friend, dog-lover, frustrated traveller, foodie and passionate mental health advocate. She herself is no stranger to anxiety and depression and supports a close family member with bipolar.

8 May 2021

The Productivity Ninja

Facilitator: MATT COWDROY

In today’s fast paced world, we’re often overwhelmed with too much information and distraction.  Introducing positive lifestyle changes can therefore be challenging at times.  Applying the Characteristics of the Productivity Ninja to habits can help make new habits sustainable.  Zen-like calm, mindfulness, preparedness and unorthodoxy are just a few of these characteristics.

Join Matt for the opportunity to reflect on your habits and lifestyle choices.  We’ll look at  how habits are formed, what triggers them and discuss how craving is the fuel for habits.

Matt is passionate about understanding people, their motivations, their wants and needs.  His personal mission is to help others “alleviate unnecessary stress” in their life. Matt is the owner of Think Productive Australia and has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, Yogic Studies and Meditation.

15 May 2021

Is Positive Psychology Sabotaging Your Happiness?

Facilitator: CHARLOTTE THAARUP

How difficult is it for you to admit to yourself and others that you feel anxious, tired or unhappy? Do you berate yourself when you are not happy because after all, you have it all? Do you sometimes feel trapped that you ‘should be happy’? At first glance positive psychology is all about feeling better right? But is there a cost, is there a downside? I think so and in this session I am going to share why and how as well as give you some ways to ensure you get the best from positive psychology rather than suffering from it.

22 May 2021

Mental Brilliance – How To Deal With Change And Challenge In An Increasingly Fast-Paced World

Facilitator: CLARE ROBINSON

In this talk Clare will explore why it is so difficult for us as humans to deal with challenge and change especially in our current face-paced and always connected world. She’ll introduce the concept of ‘mental brilliance’, which is about the need to spend as much time focusing on cultivating a healthy mind and mindset as we do on our physical health.

Clare will not only share with us the latest research on what is happening to our mind and brain when we don’t apply focus on training our brain to be healthy, she will also share, from first hand experience, what happens when we leave our mental-health unchecked.

The session will round off with a series of practical exercises that can be taken home to cultivate your own personal mental brilliance.

From Leadership Coaching and a Wellbeing Training business that Clare also speaks passionately and hosts podcasts on the topics of mental health and building resilience for the 21st century workplace.

19 June 2021

Finding Your Magic Within

Facilitator: LINDA THACKRAY

Your body is your vehicle which takes you through life.  In reading your body’s form, it shows your attitudes in life and how you have experienced life to date. By becoming aware of how your body communicates to you and how this reflects in your face and form, you gain great insights into how change can be integrated.

This presentation will provide you with some practical awareness on how you can improve communication by learning to read how “habitual thoughts and emotions” become part of the human form.  Linda will demonstrate how this information is available to read and how it can create more effective communication and to deepen your understanding of the differences between people’s perspective.

As a registered Teacher of the Psychosomatic Therapy College, Linda facilitates training and workshops within Australia and internationally, helping others to find that special “magic” which resides within all of us. She feels privileged to share her passion for this ancient practice and facilitation of deeper awareness and connection to all.

3 July 2021

Discovering Why I Do What I Do – The WID Factor (and what to do about it)

Facilitator: PATRICK KAYROOZ

Have you ever thought, “Why do I do what I do?”. When it comes to decision making, are you ruled by your heart, your head or your gut? All three play a factor, one will dominate your personality and influence the way you view the world.

The WID Factor – Why I Do What I Do – has taken the complex theories of Enneagram’s personality types and translated them into an easy-to-understand methodology which introduces a three-step practice to personal freedom. This practice helps you to recognise and further understand your path of purpose.

Patrick Kayrooz is a transformational-innovator. He is a business development educator and motivator with a Masters in Education and a Degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is an internationally certified Enneagram trainer and teacher in Narrative Tradition. Patrick’s passion is to foster self-awareness to deepen understanding of living, learning, loving and leading. He is a passionate advocate of the WID-Factor, endeavouring to ‘walk the talk’ in his own personal development and spirituality.

31 July 2021

Trust Your Voice

Facilitator: PAULA HAGIEFREMIDIS

Trusting your Voice is about trusting You. Our personal lives and creative lives are inextricably linked. Often our pursuits and our passions can make us feel challenged. This workshop has been created to help you regain your confidence, learn to access more of it and begin taking the next step toward doing what you love. Confidence comes from recognising what’s holding you back and being prepared to let go of old habits. It’s time to reclaim your voice and make yourself heard.

Reconnecting with her love for writing lead Paula to launch her business Mediterranean Wanderer and develop a successful career, pursuing her passion and doing what she loves. Taking action can sometimes be a long, drawn out process, laden with excuses. She’s been there, she’s gotten stuck, she’s felt the frustration of moving through it. It’s not comfortable. But breaking through brings the greatest rewards, reconnecting us to our most authentic selves and living more enriched lives. Whether it’s taking the first steps toward what you want, or reconnecting with your passion, your time together is about breaking patterns, developing your skills and experiencing the ripple effect of change this has in opening our lives creatively, personally and professionally.

7 August 2021

The Productivity Ninja

Facilitator: MATT COWDROY

In today’s fast paced world, we’re often overwhelmed with too much information and distraction.  Introducing positive lifestyle changes can therefore be challenging at times.  Applying the Characteristics of the Productivity Ninja to habits can help make new habits sustainable.  Zen-like calm, mindfulness, preparedness and unorthodoxy are just a few of these characteristics.

Join Matt for the opportunity to reflect on your habits and lifestyle choices.  We’ll look at  how habits are formed, what triggers them and discuss how craving is the fuel for habits.

Matt is passionate about understanding people, their motivations, their wants and needs.  His personal mission is to help others “alleviate unnecessary stress” in their life. Matt is the owner of Think Productive Australia and has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, Yogic Studies and Meditation.

11 September 2021

Living an Authentic Life

Facilitator: SOPHIE SCOTT

What’s stopping you from living the life you love? Join the ABC’s medical reporter Sophie Scott as she takes you through the science of happiness and wellbeing. Learn practical tips on resilience, recovery and managing stress, particularly in the time of a pandemic. Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is one of Australia’s leading journalists. She is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness, particularly in the coronavirus pandemic. She will take you through her 3 step plan CALM, CONNECT, COMMIT.

Having written two critically acclaimed books, and receiving numerous awards including the Australian Museum’s Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought-after health presenter. She is the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7:30, ABC radio and online. Follow Sophie on www.instagram.com/sophiescott2 for more resources on managing stress and the latest health news as well. Sophie is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW and the author of two books, Live a Longer life and Roadtesting Happiness. She is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia and on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize. Sophie is a mother and step mum to four boys. Check out the resources on self care and recharging your wellbeing on Sophie’s website www.sophiescott.com.au

2 October 2021

Finding Your Magic Within

Facilitator: LINDA THACKRAY

Your body is your vehicle which takes you through life.  In reading your body’s form, it shows your attitudes in life and how you have experienced life to date. By becoming aware of how your body communicates to you and how this reflects in your face and form, you gain great insights into how change can be integrated.

This presentation will provide you with some practical awareness on how you can improve communication by learning to read how “habitual thoughts and emotions” become part of the human form.  Linda will demonstrate how this information is available to read and how it can create more effective communication and to deepen your understanding of the differences between people’s perspective.

As a registered Teacher of the Psychosomatic Therapy College, Linda facilitates training and workshops within Australia and internationally, helping others to find that special “magic” which resides within all of us. She feels privileged to share her passion for this ancient practice and facilitation of deeper awareness and connection to all.

6 November 2021

The Productivity Ninja

Facilitator: MATT COWDROY

In today’s fast paced world, we’re often overwhelmed with too much information and distraction.  Introducing positive lifestyle changes can therefore be challenging at times.  Applying the Characteristics of the Productivity Ninja to habits can help make new habits sustainable.  Zen-like calm, mindfulness, preparedness and unorthodoxy are just a few of these characteristics.

Join Matt for the opportunity to reflect on your habits and lifestyle choices.  We’ll look at  how habits are formed, what triggers them and discuss how craving is the fuel for habits.

Matt is passionate about understanding people, their motivations, their wants and needs.  His personal mission is to help others “alleviate unnecessary stress” in their life. Matt is the owner of Think Productive Australia and has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, Yogic Studies and Meditation.

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Storytelling for Healing – How to embrace a painful past, and use it to empower yourself (and other people)

Facilitator: AMY MOLLOY

Bestselling author Amy Molloy knows how to make headline news. As a journalist, editor and columnist, she has written about every aspect of her life – eating disorders, cancer, widowhood and motherhood. However, she has also learnt that you don’t have to be an open book to have an impact.

In 2017, Amy’s memoir, The World is a Nice Place sold out in 12 weeks on Booktopia – Australia’s largest online bookseller. It earned global media attention in the UK Australia and America. However, it didn’t only help readers – it also bought peace to its writer too.

According to studies, conscious storytelling – sharing our pivotal experiences in a supported and safe space – can be a path to healing, both for the storyteller and the people who share your memory. We are all storytellers. Every social media caption, every ‘about’ section, every blog post and every conversation we have in a coffee shop is an opportunity to share our story in a way that heals us or triggers us.

So, how you can tell your own story in a way that fulfils your purpose, raises your profile or promotes a cause – but also helps you to release a painful path, let go of trauma and move forward?

In this session, Amy will use her extensive experience as a journalist, editor and qualified counsellor to arm you with tools to put your own past into words, and share your story in a way that empowers you – and may even kickstart a new career path.

Facilitator

Amy Molloy is a journalist, editor & author who produces uplifting content for the biggest names in global publishing, after her first memoir, Wife Interrupted, shared her experience of being widowed at 23-years-old. A qualified Counsellor, her self-help guide, The World is a Nice Place, sold out in 12 weeks in Australia and made headlines globally. Currently the deputy editor of Mama Disrupt magazine, she is also the creator of the children’s book, How to Recycle Your Feelings – a picture book that emotionally soothes a child, and any grown-up reading it aloud to them. You can listen to the audiobook for free on Kinderling Kids Radio.

www.amymolloy.com.au

@amy_molloy

Mental Brilliance – How to deal with change and challenge in an increasingly fast paced world

Facilitator: Clare Robinson

In this talk Clare will explore why it is so difficult for us as humans to deal with challenge and change especially in our current face-paced and always connected world. She’ll introduce the concept of ‘mental brilliance’, which is about the need to spend as much time focusing on cultivating a healthy mind and mindset as we do on our physical health.

Clare will not only share with us the latest research on what is happening to our mind and brain when we don’t apply focus on training our brain to be healthy, she will also share, from firsthand experience, what happens when we leave our mental-health unchecked.

The session will round off with a series of practical exercises that can be taken home to cultivate your own personal mental brilliance.

Facilitator

From Leadership Coaching and a Wellbeing Training business that Clare also speaks passionately and hosts podcasts on the topics of mental health and building resilience for the 21st century workplace.

Transformation through Movement, Breath and Sound

Facilitator: Fiona Mackillop

An Evening of Qigong, Meditation and Sacred Sound with Fiona Mackillop

Let go of the old, open to the new, as you powerfully transform your energy through movement, breath and sound. Be supported to move towards optimal health, happiness and vitality.

You will be introduced to energy gathering exercises, meditation and self-healing techniques based on the profound healing art of Qigong. Learn to harmonise and powerfully build your internal life force or ‘Qi’- benefiting all aspects of your life.

The evening will complete with a deep body relaxation and soothing Gong Sound Bath. The sound vibrations release blockages and balance our subtle energy field. Bliss out as the vibrations of the Moon Gong wash over you. A Zen experience not to be missed!

Facilitator

Fiona is an experienced Wellbeing Facilitator who is passionate about supporting others to live a more authentic, conscious and fulfilling life. As the Co-founder of ‘Wellbeing Retreats’ and Founder of ‘Inspired Wellbeing’, she has facilitated a wide range of wellness and self-development programs and retreats to assist others to find inner peace and optimal health/life balance. With over 16 years’ experience teaching Qigong and Meditation, Fiona brings her wisdom and expertise to all of her programs and workshops.

Qualifications/ areas of expertise

BSc Science Major, Founder Inspired Wellbeing, Co-Founder Wellbeing Retreats, Qigong/ Meditation Teacher, Laughter Yoga Teacher, Energy Therapist