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Upcoming Weekend Guest Speakers

21 March, 2020

Mindful Living: Finding calm in the midst of chaos


Join noted Mindfulness expert, Charlotte Thaarup, at 7pm this Saturday as our weekend program guest speaker. Charlottes session is full of mindfulness tools for your daily life – with the intention that you leave the session equipped to make your life journey calmer, more present and more connected. If you have certain habits or situations that cause you ongoing stress and grief you will gain new perspectives and ways of dealing with them. The session will help you learn to reconnect and gain powerful skills and perspectives that will last a lifetime.

28 March, 2020

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, the low down on labels, detoxing, superfoods, ingredient swap outs and quick switches, recipe ideas for breakfast lunch and dinner, how to make a delicious Blueberry Colada and time for Q and A.

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 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.

4 April, 2020

Building Secure Personal Relationships


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!

25 April, 2020

The Game of REAL Good Health

Facilitator: JUDIE 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 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.

Previous Speakers

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.


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.


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.


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!


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