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Upcoming Weekend Guest Speakers

30 October 2021

Being Mentally Healthy

Facilitator: MATTHEW JOHNSTONE

Matthew Johnstone originally had a diploma in Fine Arts but then changed course and went on to have 15 successful years as a creative in advertising. He worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York, for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards. He has published a total of 9 books, the majority on mental health and wellbeing, most of which have gone on to be best sellers locally and abroad. Matthew’s company DFE develops various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health and resilience for schools, communities, eHealth and the workplace. Matthew spends much of his time in the professional orbit of the leaders in mental health and wellbeing arena such as the World Health Organisation, the Black Dog Institute, Elysia Wellness retreat and Geelong Grammar.

6 November 2021

Making Habits Stick

Facilitator: MATT COWDROY

Are you challenged when trying to introduce positive lifestyle changes? Would you like to develop sustainable new habits to be zen-like, mindful or prepared? Are you overwhelmed with too much information and distraction? Matt will review how habits are formed, what triggers them and discuss how craving is the fuel for habits. Matt is the owner of Think Productive Australia and has qualifications in Business Management, Marketing, Yogic Studies and Meditation.

13 November 2021

Facilitator: DR GERMAINE SALIB

20 November 2021

I know what I should be doing, why don’t I do it?

Facilitator: MARTINE BEAUMONT

Learn why New Year’s resolutions rarely succeed. Tips for ways to increase your motivation levels on low energy days. Why design power is so much more important than willpower. The top 3 mistakes people make in attempting to change and how to avoid them. How to tailor-make your personalised path to successful change. Join behaviour change and wellbeing expert Martine Beaumont and learn how to turn your life goals into sustained lifestyle changes and why these feel even harder when working from home.

27 November 2021

Facilitator: KERITH DUNCANSON

4 December 2021

Being Mentally Healthy

Facilitator: MATTHEW JOHNSTONE

Matthew Johnstone originally had a diploma in Fine Arts but then changed course and went on to have 15 successful years as a creative in advertising. He worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York, for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards. He has published a total of 9 books, the majority on mental health and wellbeing, most of which have gone on to be best sellers locally and abroad. Matthew’s company DFE develops various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health and resilience for schools, communities, eHealth and the workplace. Matthew spends much of his time in the professional orbit of the leaders in mental health and wellbeing arena such as the World Health Organisation, the Black Dog Institute, Elysia Wellness retreat and Geelong Grammar.

11 December 2021

Facilitator: MARA LYONE

18 December 2021

Sound Baths

Facilitator: ANNA RUSSELL

Sound healing is the practice of using sound and frequency for relaxation, meditation, healing and consciousness transformation. This is an ancient practice, mastered by healers and shamans of many cultures, to heal all forms of ailments through rebalancing our inner resonance. According to the laws of physics, everything in the universe, including human beings, vibrates with frequency. Sound healing is based on the belief that disease in the body is a result of our natural resonance being out of tune or off balance, and that healing sound frequencies can help bring our bodies back into healthy vibration. Sound healing can help improve sleep, gain relief from pain, balance our brains, release blocked energy and calm our nervous system. Anna uses crystal singing bowls, chimes, medicine drums and her angelic voice to guide you to other realms and dimensions where deep healing can unfold.

18 December 2021

Cacao Ceremonies

Facilitator: ANNA RUSSELL

Anna is a trained Cacao Ceremony Facilitator and is deeply honoured to share the traditional Andean way of serving cacao and the wisdom passed down to her through the ancient lineage of ‘The Seven Rays’. Working with the sacred plant medicine of Cacao in ceremony is a beautiful way to connect with ourselves and with others. The spirit of the cacao plant, known in the Andes ad ‘Mama Cacao’, offers us gifts of heart opening, healing, and connection with our inner wisdom and with nature. Cacao has been honoured, revered and drunk ceremoniously for thousands of years in South and Central America. The ancient Mayans called it ‘The Food of the Gods’, and it was believed to bring us closer to God because of its psychoactive properties. Cacao brings us back into our hearts, back into the rhythms and cycles of nature and back into connection with something greater than ourselves. Working with cacao helps us restore harmony within ourselves, harmony within our communities, and harmony with our planet.

We are pleased to announce that Elysia Wellness Retreat will be reopening on Friday 5 November 2021. We look forward to seeing you again soon.