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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.

14 August 2021

Mouth-to-Mouth

Facilitator: DR RON EHRLICH

Join Dr Ron in this engaging, empowering, and entertaining presentation as he:

  • Gives an overview of our society’s current state of health
  • Reveals why health messages are so confusing and often contradictory
  • Outlines a simple and logical path to personally empower you to better health and wellness.

We are living longer but are we healthier? Let’s start with a report card on the current status of our health.

What public health messages are being communicated to us in our day to day? The role of the food and pharmaceutical industries in all levels of healthcare is a story that is easy to miss, difficult to ignore, but inevitably personally empowering. Our health is too important to be unclear on how to decipher what these messages really mean.

Dr Ron outlines simple steps to get you started on your journey to a life less stressed – sleep well, breathe well, eat well and you will probably be well. Learn how to implement this into your daily life.

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.

13 November 2021

Evolution Bites Back

Facilitator: DR RON EHRLICH

The story of how the 4 things that protected us and made us great, are now the 4 greatest challenges to our health in our modern world. Dr Ron explores four key drivers that have protected homo sapiens (us) from the beginning of time, set us apart from the rest of nature and served us so well throughout our evolution.

In today’s modern world – what has been our strengths have come back to bite us. They are the common denominators in almost every chronic degenerative disease and are perhaps our greatest challenge.

1) Stress: It protected us from dangers today chronic stress threatens our health. How do we redefine stress in our modern world in order to understand its impact on our health? Outcome: Understanding stress in our modern world.

2) Inflammation: It was our first line of defence but today chronic inflammation is common to all diseases. What causes it and how do we control it? Outcome: The key factors in minimising and reducing chronic inflammation.

3) Food: Our search for food was central to our survival but today over consumption threatens our very existence. How do we ensure that what we are feeding our body is nourishing and not stressing us? Outcome: Understanding the difference between nutritional stress and what foods nourish your body.

4) Communication: Our ability to communicate and pass on knowledge is what has defined us as humans. But today our relationship with technology, social media and the 24-hour news cycle are addictive and polarising. How do we break the habit of digital addiction? Outcome: The key to harnessing technology and nurturing face-to-face relationships that have been shown to be the greatest predictor of longevity, health and wellness.

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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