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25 July, 2020

THE BALANCING ACT: How do your personal dietary needs compare with ‘planetary health’ guidelines?

Facilitator: DR 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 for 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.

1 August, 2020

Mental Brilliance: How to deal with change and challenge in an uncertain 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. 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. This is especially crucial as we all emerge from the confines of ISO-life and the mental toll that has been placed on many.

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.
Clare is on a mission to enable people to find more energy, passion and purpose in their work and life. Following 15 years as a leader in the advertising industry, Clare found business success but this came at a cost to her personal health and relationships. This drove her to explore why and how to re-dress the balance. 6 years ago, she stepped away to work with us here and re-train in wellness coaching, coaching psychology, NLP & mindfulness.
She went on to found a leadership coaching and wellbeing training business that exists on the edge of what is needed now and into the future for people to flourish & grow. Clare also speaks passionately and hosts podcasts on the topics of mental health and building resilience for the 21st century workplace.

8 August, 2020

Going Dry: How to be sober and still have a sparkling good time.

Facilitator: FLIP PRIOR

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you quit drinking, or even cut down significantly on the amount of alcohol you consume? Or does the threat of social exclusion and what feels like the certain end of your social life make you cling on to your glass? Just before midnight on December 31, 2018, lifelong “enthusiastic drinker” and ABC journalist Flip Prior swigged one last glass of champagne before embarking on a big challenge – a whole year of sobriety – an experience she wrote her way through for the ABC.
When she hit her 12-month milestone, instead of celebrating with a drink, she decided to keep going because of the hugely positive effects on her physical and mental health she had discovered along the way. In this lively, candid discussion, Flip will share the surprising things she learned about her own and other people’s relationship with alcohol, practical strategies she used to stay on track, and explain how she managed to keep her social life kicking along.
Flip Prior is an award-winning journalist and content/audience development specialist with ABC News in Sydney. She’s worked on many major news and investigations projects and is especially passionate about developing and telling more stories that represent the views, perspectives and experiences of women. Flip occasionally appears on ABC Radio and writes for ABC Local (formerly ABC Life) – a solutions-driven site aimed at helping Australians to live better lives. In her downtime, she sings and performs in two acapella choirs.

15 August, 2020

Stressed Out?!?

Facilitator: BELINDA KIRKPATRICK

Stress and fatigue. It gets a bad rap from most of us, being blamed for everything from weight gain to bad moods to energy levels…. Women’s health expert, naturopath and nutritionist Belinda Kirkpatrick is here to help us debunk everything there is to know about how stress affects our adrenal hormones, how our busy lives can impact our health, what might be causing our fatigue, and most importantly, how to get back to feeling like our fabulous selves again!

Belinda will chat about the way our stress hormones work and how to use food and practical lifestyle tricks to help keep our adrenals, thyroid and mood in tip top shape.

Belinda Kirkpatrick is an expert nutritionist and naturopath with over 15 years clinical experience. Besides running a busy clinic, Belinda lecturers in nutrition and naturopathy and is a regular television and media presenter on health and dietary topics. This year, Belinda published her first book Healthy Hormones with Ainsley Johnstone, which features expert naturopathic advice, 50 recipes plus tips on lifestyle and nutrition.

22 August, 2020

The Productivity Ninja and Making Habits Stick

Facilitator: MATT COWDRY

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.

29 August, 2020

Integrative medicine: an extraordinary journey of joy, ease, depth, grace and connection

Facilitator: DHEVAKSHA NAIDOO

IDhevaksha is an integrative medicine scientist, speaker, and PhD scholar. She has spent the last 15 years immersing herself in Eastern and Western medicine philosophies, travelling and healing through different cultures, in her work as a scientist and journey as a patient.
At age 15, diagnosed with a chronic endocrine condition, she became quietly obsessed with scientific discoveries on the therapeutic and curative pathways for ‘lifelong’ conditions. Having been told by specialists from Abu Dhabi to Africa that she would live with varying symptoms of the disease throughout her adult life. Though she and her family firmly believed otherwise. Dhevaksha has since healed holistically with irrefutable evidence in the normalcy of her biomarkers (including BMI, insulin resistance, depression and anxiety).
She now shares her story and journey and has seen hundreds of others heal. In this talk, she will share strategies to prevent and overcome disease using the scientific and soulful method of integrative medicine. Ultimately, to experience life as an extraordinary journey of joy, ease, depth, grace and connection. That which she believes, is infinitely and abundantly possible!

5 September, 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 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.

12 September, 2020

Living an Authentic Life – the key to wellbeing and happiness

Facilitator: SOPHIE SCOTT

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

19 September, 2020

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 is 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.

26 September, 2020

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Facilitator: CRAIG HAMILTON

This session focuses on Craig’s own experience with mental illness including depression and bipolar disorder and the recovery steps to get back to full health and function. Craig will also cover extensively the importance of good lifestyle choices and this can all contribute and what that looks like.
Craig is best known as a member of the “Grandstand” Rugby League commentary and has worked on the past 17 Grand Finals, State of Origin series and a number of Test Matches.
In the year 2000, on the eve of the Sydney Olympic Games where he had been assigned to work as a broadcaster, Craig experienced a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
He spent 12 days in hospital and, since his recovery, has become one of Australia’s most high profi¬le speakers on Mental Health and Lifestyle.
In 2004 Random House released his highly acclaimed memoir “Broken Open” which gives a very personal account of living with bipolar disorder. His second book was released in 2012 and titled “A Better Life”
Craig is now a much sought-after motivational speaker around Australia who tells what it’s like to battle a serious illness.

3 October, 2020

The crew within – how microbes help us sail through life.

Facilitator: MICHAEL TROY

If you have ever felt you are not alone in your voyage through life, you’re right. There are literally trillions of invisible creatures within us all known as our “microbiome” … that many scientists now believe hold the key to our wellbeing and happiness.
Join Yachtmaster and senior ABC journalist Michael Troy as he takes us on a voyage of discovery in this complex invisible matrix all around us.
Learn some practical tips on how to understand and feed your crew within so they can do their thing… keeping your body sailing through life in top physical and mental shape.
Award winning journalist, foreign correspondent and former newsreader Michael Troy has had many adventures in his life, but wars and natural disasters were not nearly as challenging as a mental illness that struck out of the blue in 2005. He’s now on a mission to help inspire people by what he and many scientists have learned about our second brain.

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!

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.

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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