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10 October, 2020

Finding Your Magic Within

Facilitator: LINDA THACKRAY

Your body is your vehicle that 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.

17 October, 2020

Transformation Through Movement, Breath and Sound

Facilitator: 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 harmonize 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!

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 her programs and workshops.

24 October, 2020

Building Secure Personal Relationships

Facilitator: DR MICHAEL J. PLAYER

In Building Secure Relationships, Michael shows you how you can turn your unhappy relationship into a safe haven!

Michael’s instruction is founded on developing secure attachment bonds that connect us humans at our very core. His work is grounded in the most successful couple’s therapy of all time, with research showing that around 90% of couples report significant improvement, while up to 75% of couples recover from their distress.

“I feel completely stuck – “I don’t know what to do – everything I seem to do is wrong. “

Want to know what your partner is thinking and why they act the way they do? Michael will help you uncover the things that are driving your relationship distress, and teach you to turn them into opportunities for greater closeness and safety. You’ll get to view your partner’s behaviour in a completely new light, stop reacting, and change the spiralling dramas that end in frustration, anger and feeling alone, develop greater understanding of your partner and bring happiness to your life!

31 October, 2020

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 traveler, foodie and passionate mental health advocate.

7 November, 2020

Living an Authentic Life – the key to well being and happiness

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 living a meaningful life, techniques on quietening your thoughts and ‘mind chatter’, finding a sense of purpose and why the most important key to wellbeing is accepting our own vulnerability.

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness. 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.

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. Thousands of her readers regularly respond to her blog on health and happiness. www.sophiescott.com.au

14 November, 2020

The Positivity Prescription:
A Proactive Approach to Mental Health

Facilitator: DR SUZY GREEN

In this presentation, Dr Suzy Green, a pioneer and leader in the science of Positive Psychology, and author of the newly released book “The Positivity Prescription”will speak to the benefits of taking a proactive approach to mental health.

Suzy will provide a snapshot of her 6M Model which includes 6 key psychological capabilities that evidence has shown to be essential to reducing mental health issues, enhancing psychological wellbeing and increasing overall capability and performance.
Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder & CEO of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology. Suzy has published over twenty academic chapters and peer reviewed journal articles including the Journal of Positive Psychology. She lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of East London and also holds Honorary Academic positions at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, the Black Dog Institute and she is an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University. Suzy was the Stress-less Expert for Australian Women’s Health Magazine and the Positive Psychology Expert for Muse Magazine. Suzy is an official ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and she maintains a strong media profile appearing on television, radio and in print.

21 November, 2020

The Game of REAL Good Health

Facilitator: JUDY DAVIE

Audience participation is what it’s all about in The Game of REAL Good Health.

There are questions, special “ladder” cards, teams, human players, and lots of laughter. The game was designed to teach people about health, nutrition, and other lifestyle choices. It’s light-hearted, educational, interactive and extremely good fun!

Judy Davie has studied psychology, food-as-medicine and macrobiotic cooking. Under her guise as The Food Coach, Judy develops recipes and guides you in the background of food and how it can fight disease and the ageing process. Food columnist, editor, author of three books and co-author of one, her latest book The Greengrocer’s Diet is a weight loss book with a collection of recipes designed around the seasons using primarily fresh seasonal vegetables.

28 November, 2020

Brain on Nature: How going outside into the natural world can change your brain

Facilitator: OLIVIA ROSENMAN AND SARAH ALLELY

In 2015, Sarah Allely was hit by a car and knocked off her bike on the way to an exercise class in the park. She sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and was unable to function in the modern would. She couldn’t read, write, watch TV or use her computer.
She discovered her path to recovery was through nature. In 2019, she teamed up with audio producer Olivia Rosenman to make Brain on Nature, a podcast about her quest to find out why the natural environment helped her recover. The podcast takes listeners back to the morning everything in her life changed and brings them on her tumultuous journey of recovery, replete with twists and setbacks. Brain on Nature also explores the science behind Sarah’s experience. Many academics acknowledge nature’s health benefits, and scientists are yet to pinpoint exactly what it is that heals. Join Sarah and Olivia as they discuss the healing power of nature and play key insights from the podcast that will inspire you use the natural world to improve your mental and physical health.
Sarah Allely is an audio producer and award-winning journalist from New Zealand. She previously produced Insight on SBS TV – Australia’s multicultural public broadcaster. Sarah worked in print for seven years,
holding staff reporter roles at daily and local newspapers. She also freelanced as a music magazine writer. She travelled to Serbia to cover a festival in Belgrade and then was the Australian correspondent for New Zealand’s Rip It Up magazine.
Olivia Rosenman is an award-winning audio producer and journalist. She has made audio content for broadcasters and clients including ABC, SBS, Monocle, Bauer Media, Newscorp, The Wheeler Centre, and the Digital Writer’s Festival. She spent 18 months working with Google’s Creative Lab on projects exploring storytelling, sound and
technology. She is a senior producer with the investigative history podcast History Lab. She has also written and reported for publications including the South China Morning Post, Storyful News Agency, and DestinAsian Magazine.

5 December, 2020

Get Moving: The small steps to finding (and keeping) your sanity, vitality and joy.

Facilitator: LIZZy WILLIAMSON

Movement holds the power to transform how you look, feel and live. However many of us find it challenging to make it a sustainable part of our lives. We face roadblocks of time, motivation and money. We forget to ‘put our own oxygen masks on first before assisting others’ or feel guilty when we do. We look at exercise as a chore or a punishment for eating a certain way. We exercise because we hate our bodies not because we love them.

In this session Lizzy will arm you with the tools you need to breakthrough what is getting in your way of getting your body moving. She reveals the steps that have helped the thousands of people she has coached or done her online workouts plus enabled her to overcome disordered eating and depression. Through her stories, tips and take-home action steps, Lizzy will inspire and empower you to move your body more and feel so good when you do.

Lizzy began her career as a professional dancer working around the world on cruise ships, TV shows and events. Incorporating her love of movement, Lizzy became a Personal Trainer plus an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and has spent the last 15 years helping women feel good in their body, mind and soul through exercise. She is also a fitness presenter, instructor, speaker, soon to be author, founder of The 2 Minute Workout, plus a contributor to several online publications including Lorna Jane’s Move Nourish Believe, BellaMumma and MindBodyGreen.

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12 December, 2020

Being mentally healthy

Facilitator: MATTHEW JOHNSTONE

Matthew Johnstone originally had a diploma in Fine Arts but then changed course and went onto to have 15 successful years as a creative in advertising. He worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He worked for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards.

Since then he has published a total of 9 books (including 1 lateral thinking book and 1 kids book) the other 7 are mental health and well-being books most of which have gone on to be been 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 work place. 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, The Golden Door Elysia and Geelong Grammar to name a few. He has also worked extensively with many major corporations.
Matthew is a passionate public speaker who has delivered highly visual talks all over Australia, New Zealand, UAE, USA, Europe including Iceland. In 2014 he was invited to give a keynote to 87 countries at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
In 2018 he was a finalist in the Australia Mental Health Award.

Matthew’s work has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, Edward de Bono and the World Health Organisation.

 

19 December, 2020

Navigating Relationships . . . An insightful session of Truths and Tips to help deepen and heal your Relationships

Facilitator: LOUISE WALKER

It’s a ‘new’ time for relationships right now.
We’ve gone from feeling free, being busy with our lives and feeling (fairly) certain of what the future holds . . . . to being more constrained, we’re spending more time with fewer people and we’ve been thrown into a deep well of profound un-certainty. This is bound to bring to the surface some of our ‘human stuff’ and potentially make our relationships with others more challenging.

Have you ever wished you could change someone else who you’re in relationship with? Do you feel if they could just see your point of view, and make some changes to themselves, then the relationship would heal? Well you’re not alone.
However . . . .the reality IS that we only ever have control of OURSELVES when in relationships, and no one else. We can only make changes to how we show up and have next to no control over how others show up.
In this session we will be exploring some powerful and simple truths and tips that you can learn and apply to yourself to make your experience in your relationships more easeful.

What we’ll cover in this revealing and healing session:
·      How to ‘respond’ instead of ‘react’ in relationship.
·      Exploring what you’re responsible for in relationship and what you’re not.
·      Learn how to truly step into compassion for others that you’re in relationship with.
·      Getting clear on how to OWN your power when relating with others, so you can show up differently, to create different and better results.
·      Reframing un-resourceful thinking about your relationships

The premise of this talk is to ‘Let go of working ON your relationships and work on YOURSELF instead.’

Louise Walker is a Developmental, Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Meta Coach. She used to work as a ‘Transformational & Resilience Coach’ at The Golden Door Retreat, so Louise is highly skilled at uncovering your blind spots, self sabotage tendencies, and un-resourceful thinking patterns.  She empowers those she works with to ‘Choose Courage over Comfort’ leading to more freedom and happiness. As well as a coach, Louise is a yoga and meditation teacher and the founder of  www.louisewalker.com.au . Her home is on the Central Coast NSW at Kodama Retreat with her partner, dog and many, many trees!

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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.

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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.

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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