MEET THE SPEAKERS
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Presentation Title #1: Stress Management
Understand the effects of stress.
Learn a simple meditation that you can use at any time to bring you into the present moment (where stress doesn’t exist) and which quietens the mind.
Learn a simple technique to release stress.
Presentation Title #2: Yoga – Reconnect, Revive and Energise
Reconnect to your breath and essential nature, engaging you with the present moment.
Oxygenate and awaken every cell, organ and system in your body.
Stimulate the flow of energy around the body and mind, stimulating your enthusiasm for life.
Tanya Levy is a natural health and wellness powerhouse. Passionate about inspiring others to
lead a limitless and purposeful life, Tanya educates and empowers people to become their best
Tanya has been studying and teaching yoga and meditation for 25 years. She also runs international and national wellness retreats, facilitates intuitive healing sessions and is a positive mind set coach.
Tanya has a particular interest in stress management and regularly delivers workshops to corporate clients about creating positive habits in support of a healthy work-life balance.
In 2019, Tanya joined MeTreats Retreats. Together with business partner, Vikki Friedman, Tanya conceived the idea of a free online health and wellbeing festival for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They founded Vita VITA VIBE Events™ and have managed to assemble more than 70 exceptional presenters who will share their expertise with 10,000 attendees.
This festival is the culmination of Tanya’s education in business and marketing, her early career as a corporate events manager, her lifelong spiritual quest and her dedication to bringing like minded people together and helping others.
Vikki Friedman is a passionate mental health and self-care advocate. She prides herself on her great organisational skills and ability to foster authentic and deep connection and support in both her personal and business life.
Vikki grew up in Hertfordshire, UK and gained a BA (Psychology) from Manchester University. At the end of 1999 Vikki migrated to Melbourne, Australia after she fell in love with both her husband and the city she has called now called home for over 20 years. She had first spent a year in Melbourne in 1997 when she had been backpacking around the world for 20 months.
Vikki has worked in a variety of organisational, editorial and marketing roles during her professional career which has covered a wide variety of industries including business publishing, mediation and dispute resolution, university administration and online fundraising. She was also President of children’s school’s parent’s association for 3 years.
In 2018 Vikki founded MeTreat Retreats. She started the business following a long and difficult history with anxiety and depression, which resulted in her being hospitalised for five weeks when her three sons were very young.
Once Vikki recovered, she made a promise to herself to attend a retreat every year as part of regular self-care and prevention of relapse.
After 5 years of enjoying attending other companies’ retreats, Vikki decided to create her own retreat company which focused on wellness, friendship and fun.
She wanted to bring her love of retreats and her understanding of the huge benefits they provide to women, and in particular to mums who often struggle to find the time to look after themselves and are often busy, stressed and overwhelmed.
In 2018, Vikki partnered with Tanya Levy, an incredibly experienced wellness practitioner, yoga & meditation teacher and retreat facilitator.
Vikki is responsible for planning, organising, marketing and co-facilitating MeTreat Retreats.
In 2020, when it became clear that running face-to-face retreats would not be possible, Vikki & Tanya were seeking a way to help those who were facing immense stress and overwhelm due to the COVID pandemic.
With their combined wealth of knowledge and contacts in the health and wellness arena, significant event facilitation skills and a strong desire to ‘give back’ to the beleaguered frontline workers, Vikki & Tanya formed a new partnership VITA VIBE Events™ and the VITAlity Festival™ for Frontliners was born.
Presentation Title: Courage in your JOY!
Rediscover your Joy!
Let your body bring your laughter!
Be a JoyFool!
Diana is the co-creator of Phi and Me, the first-ever Vietnamese Australian family comedy series web series. She has appeared on The Project, Q&A and Friday Front Bar, and her stand-up comedy shows include, “Naked,” “Dirty Diana,” and the postponed “Chasing Keanu Reeves.”
She is the host of the LinkedIn Live Interview Show The SnortCast, where she’s interviewed funny people from around the world including Jo Stanley, Kevin Kropinyeri, Peter Helliar, Nina Oyama, Ian Edwards and more.
In her recent TedTalk, titled “Joy is my Caffeine – JoyFool” she expressed the importance to enjoy the little pleasures adults forget to have in their daily life. And it goes back to the childhood joy, and how you can be a JoyFool everyday.
She encourages people to connect with their seven-year-old selves to reset their boundaries for spontaneity and joy. Are you ready to be #JoyFool?
Presentation Title: Breathing and Laughter
Learn 3 styles of breathing to assist you in your daily workplace or home challenges.
Coffee breathing – helps energise you and maintain alertness.
Water breathing – for bringing your body into a state of equilibrium.
Whiskey breathing – to bring you into a state of relaxation.
Braith Bamkin is an expert in connecting people to themselves and others. As the franchise owner for BNI Melbourne, Braith has worked with thousands of business people, helping them to grow their businesses. But it was when he contracted Bell’s Palsy that he began to explore therapies to aid in his recovery, which is where Braith came across Laughter Yoga and Breathwork.
Initially using it as a therapeutic tool, Braith quickly saw the benefits of Laughter Yoga and Breathwork in the workplace. Braith now combines his business skills, Laughter Yoga and Breathwork in the wider
business community and has a particular interest in working with Associations, Franchise groups and SME’s.
He is a much sought-after post lunch conference speaker and also delivers sessions into client workplaces to meet their needs and always leaves the team wanting more. Braith knows that business doesn’t have to be serious and by using the tools and skills developed as a Certified Laughter Yoga leader and Breathwork Coach, his sessions connect people to themselves and others around them.
With a holistic approach to business, Braith has helped organisations create vibrant and connected cultures.
Presentation Title: Thriving Not Just Surviving During COVID
Understanding how this period is a Rite of Passage.
Finding the opportunities for growth.
Building stronger interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on Childhood Development and Rites of Passage. His programs have been attended by over 200,000 people in more than 20 countries around the world and are now a part of over 50 schools around Australia.
Dr Arne is a medical doctor and specialised first in Family Medicine and then spent 15 years in Emergency Medicine until he moved full time creating programs for parents and their children.
He is the author of the best-seller ‘The Making of Men’ and has won multiple awards for his work including being nominated in 2008 for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth, providing much-needed answers and tools to support a generation of young men and women be happy and motivated about life.
Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.
Presentation Title: Experience Strength and Hope in the Face of Adversity
Hear Zamil’s experience through some of life’s major challenges.
Discover the strength and resilience it takes to get through.
Understand the concepts of Hope, Faith, Love and Courage.
After 25 years in the corporate world Zamil’s life was turned upside down surviving 2 rounds of Cancer, Chemotherapy and A Brain Tumour. Zamil will share his experience strength and hope of his incredible journey and more importantly what makes him the best version of himself today.
Zamil is a loving father of his 5 year old son, he dedicates his life to serving others the Faith and Hope as his guiding light.
Zamil is a Director at Virtusa where his focus is on Helping Healthcare and Lifesciences companies transform their use of Technology through Human Centred Design.
Presentation Title: Extreme Wellness: How to Find Extreme Comfort in Any Situation
Gives you simple practical solutions for relaxing on demand and Emotional first aid tools to switch you from fight and flight to rest and digest.
Reveals simple, low-cost lifestyle practices that will help you cultivate physiological and psychological resilience.
Allows you to find the fun and reveal the gift in any situation.
Dr Marc is a medical doctor, university professor, author, poet, entrepreneur and wellness trailblazer who has spent more than 30 years practicing and researching holistic health.
He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books and technical texts on wellness and natural medicine and is the author of the illustrated children’s book “The Beautiful Mare and the Boy Who Gave Thanks“.
He is the Founder of the Extreme Wellness Institute and Co-Founder of the Bathe the World Foundation.
Presentation Title: Creating Balance Amidst Chaos
Being able to create an inner peace even when external reality is chaotic.
Being able to respond to external chaos with both logic, reason and compassion.
Being able to leave the chaos at the end of the shift and create some at home. harmony.
Note: Participants should bring a pen and paper or other way to take notes.
Rosi has a 30 year background in health and optimal well being. She has run a successful multidisciplinary clinic in Canberra for the past 25 years and enjoys a collaborative approach towards all things wellness.
Rosi has a Bachelor of Health Science (Comp Med) and as her understanding of the importance of mindset grew, she worked towards becoming an Instructor of PSYCH-K®. She now spends her
time being of service in a teaching role, as well as working within Vitality Health Centre.
She has a keen interest in working with people to help them reach their full potential and minimise the perception and effects of stress. An authentic and effective mind body spirit approach.
Presentation Title: What Switched the Bitch – How our Thinking Creates our World
Change your thinking, change your life.
What you believe is what you get.
You can create an incredible life.
Mary Jensen is a Human Behaviour Specialist, Mindset Master and professional public, keynote speaker. Mary has designed, led and built teams for over three decades with accolades and award-recognition, both locally and internationally.
Mary is passionate about empowering people and driving change with individuals and teams that can be mentored and developed into quality, high performance. She works extensively with CEOs, C-Suite and Senior leadership teams to guide them through challenges. She trains and studies continuously in the latest models and methods of altering the brain and behaviour to assist her clients to be the best they can be.
Mary created M Power Services focusing on business growth, problem-solving and increasing profits through changing the way people think, act and react after a long- term, very successful finance career with large ASX listed companies and some of Australia’s biggest multinational brands. Particularly within her expansive work in mergers and acquisitions – and being tasked with melding teams together – she recognised a gap and urgent need in Human Behaviour skills.
Mary teaches strategies to help us contribute to create the environment we are in and firmly believes with persistence, resilience – and against great adversity – anything is possible.
Presentation Title: Renew Habits to Reenergise and Refocus!
Walk away with a better understanding of the habits that play out in your life.
Reflect on the habits that serve you in each of the 8 areas of the self-leadership wheel.
Gain new insights and an actionable plan so you can be in a better service to yourself and those around you.
Leadership and communication expert, Renée Giarrusso is an accomplished speaker, author, educator and coach. She works with leaders, teams and organisations to energise mindset and accelerate communication and leadership to lift culture and performance.
Since 2006 she has attracted thousands of clients from over 24 industries at all levels. She is obsessed with working with those seeking growth to help them realise and achieve their limitless potential which results in increased performance and success.
She enables leaders & teams to move from “human doings” to “human beings.” By taking a step back and becoming self-aware this prevents the overwhelm of a management mindset and opens the space for an adaptive leadership mindset where leaders do the things that really matter & create future leaders.
Her expertise is in growing and developing capability and behavioural change around leadership, communication, coaching, culture and motivational intelligence. Her work leaves her clients inspired, re-energised and with improved results. Renée’s gift and point of difference is that whatever she educates her clients in, she lives and practices in her business and life.
Some of her clients include: GS1 Australia, Metricon Homes, EY, Intrax Engineering, SPC, MasterBuilders, Tip Top, Don KRC, Openpay, Grain and. Bake, William Adams and many more.
Designing and running over 3,000 workshop programs and close to 2,500 coaching sessions her clients walk away equipped with key enablers and tools to ensure success and feel even more confident, motivated and connected to their teams and their leadership brand.
Renée published her first book “Limitless Leadership” A guide to leading from the inside out in 2016 and has recently co authored a new book “Leaders of Influence”! Her 3rd book The Gift Mindset is to launch early 2021. In her spare time Renee loves to cook, entertain, travel and do yoga.
Presentation Title: Avoiding Burnout – From Surviving to Thriving
Learn the top three emergency hacks to find more balance throughout the day.
Walk away with a felt experience of the practices and understand how to implement them in your everyday life.
The opportunity to explore your Burn Out Quiz results, to ask questions and receive heaps of free practices, videos, articles, downloads and top tips specific to where you are at on the scale.
Url of Burnout Quiz to come…
As Director of Cool Karma Collected, A modern school for mindfulness, Marike has over 12 years’ experience creating dynamic, engaging and experiential training for individuals, groups and organisations.
Marike’s main areas of expertise lies in helping people better understand stress, learn how to manage their minds and move from a place of surviving our modern lives to thriving in them. All of her programs are based upon the world renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Once a lawyer, Marike holds a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of Monash and is also a 2014 University of Massachusetts Centre for Mindfulness graduate with
extensive experience learning from and working with the world’s leading mindfulness experts including Jon Kabat Zinn.
In 2019 Marike became the first Australian to be certified with and recognised by Global Mindfulness leader, Brown University. The Mindfulness Center at Brown brings together top academics in research with leading educators in mindfulness with the goal to offer programs that improve individual lives and organizational effectiveness.
Presentation Title: Find the Source of and Ease your Muscular/Joint Pain
Gain an understanding as to why your muscles and joints are sore, so that you no longer get held back by the pain that currently stops you participating in your favourite activities.
Equip yourself with a variety of techniques that will help empower you to reclaim your best self.
Preferred requirements to attend session: Pen and paper + Tennis/spikey/golf or any other type of ball that can be used to roll on + Foam roller (not essential if a ball is used) + 2 x beach towels (if roller is not possible) + TheraBands if available (not essential).
With over 19 years Personal Training experience, Rehabilitation Training, High Performance and Strength and Conditioning coaching, Ronnie is passionate about helping people find their best self, both physically and mentally.
Ronnie has studied extensively since beginning his Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) degree at Deakin University, majoring in Psychology; attaining the qualification of a certified Rehabilitation Trainer, as well as a Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport (ACU) and a Master of Strength and Conditioning (ECU).
Completing research in the field of Strength Training for Youth & Adolescents, Ronnie is an accredited Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
Having experienced a number of sports related injuries himself, he is particularly sympathetic to those who suffer from pain or injury, and are in need of rehabilitation.
Ronnie is driven to help everyone he comes into contact with improve the quality of their life.
Presentation Title: Optimism Your Superpower: The Why and the How
You will learn the science and take away habits of optimism.
You will share your optimism.
You will surround yourselves with optimists.
Victor Perton asks people what makes them optimistic. Victor is the Chief Optimism Officer at the Melbourne-based Centre for Optimism.
Victor’s underpinning beliefs are “The leader looks like the person in your mirror” & “All good leadership is infectiously optimistic.”
He is the author of “Optimism: The How and Why” and “The Case for Optimism: The Optimist’s Voices”.
He is the editor and founder of The Australian Leadership Project.
His life experience includes stints as Commissioner to the Americas, 18 years as a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service.
He was a Senior Engagement Adviser to the Australian G20 presidency focused on the G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors Meetings & Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit described by the Prime Minister as “the most important gathering Australia has ever hosted.”
Presentation Title: 5 Steps to Building Mental Health Resilience
Simple and straightforward.
Based on research.
Will teach you how you can build up your mental health resilience.
Simon Madden has a unique outlook on what it takes to be successful. With an initial career in education he still managed to fit in 19 years of Australian Rules Football atthe highest level after making his debut at just 16 years of age.
After finishing his playing career, he moved into the dynamic world of business and in sales and management roles successfully dealt with many large corporations and government bodies. During this time his football career was further acknowledged when he had the dual honour of being inducted into Essendon’s Hall of Fame as well as the AFL Hall of Fame.
While he has never been far away from football and is now a Director of the Essendon Football Club, he has not been content to just be involved in elite sport.
He has continued to build his professional skills in business, media and high-performance people development.
Simon has a wealth of business experience in sales, marketing, media and information technology and now consults into organisations on “Sustainable High Performance” – how to “GET GOOD and STAY GOOD”.
Driven by his underlying belief that if you improve your people you improve your business, Simon is an engaging and entertaining speaker. Swapping between his “two hats” – his “serious hat” and his “funny hat” Simon has audiences changing their views on what it takes to be successful. Combine this with a passion for improving people and you have a powerful presentation.
Presentation Title: How to Reduce Unhelpful Overthinking and Get Your Clarity Back
How to be less yanked around by your mind even when things keep hitting the fan.
An unexpected trick for calming your mind which doesn’t take any extra time out of your day.
How to get more clarity when your mind seems to be going a million miles an hour.
How to get less caught up in overthinking and let go of unhelpful thoughts that keep you awake at 2am.
Participants should bring a physical household chore along with them, for example:
Some clean/dry washing that hasn’t yet been folded.
Some wet washing to hang up or peg onto a clothes horse/ washing line (providing you can take your Zoom device with you to your washing line).
Dishes to be washed (providing you can take your Zoom device with you to your kitchen sink).
Something that needs cleaning (eg a phone screen, keyboard, or window) plus a cloth / spray.
Andrea Featherstone is an unconventional mindfulness consultant who helps practical overachievers and skeptics to tame their mind, get clear on their direction, and stop snapping at strangers. Without a single mention of chakras.
Andrea facilitates workshops across Australia, NZ, the UK and Europe for corporates (including Victoria Police, Electrolux, OMEGA, ExxonMobil, Swatch Group and BMW), schools (in partnership with Smiling Mind) and for the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University.
Presentation Title: The Intelligent Heart
Build coherence and resilience (reduce stress).
Improve cognition, clarity and focus.
Tap into your innate intuition.
Over the last decade, Asher has grown to become a globally recognised mindset coach and meditation teacher.
He is the current president of Meditation Australia.
Combining heart intelligence with Eastern philosophies, practical shamanism and the mythopoetic, he provides an approach that will connect you to the unlimited potential of your own true nature.
Presentation Title: How to Gain Self Awareness After A Crisis
Gain an understanding of old patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you.
Where do I lose my energy and to what?
How can I become more self-empowered?
Barb Stone has been working for many years in the alternative health field. The self-development journey started in 1976 studying lay psychology, doing crisis phone counselling work, etc. In 1986, Barb became proficient in Reiki which brought forth her natural intuitive/psychic potential.
Many years later and countless trips overseas, she feels blessed to have worked with many gifted teachers. Along the way she has learnt many different modalities, commencing with Reiki and moving onto Seichim, became a Newlife Reiki Master, studied NLP, Cutting the Ties that Bind, Energy Anatomy, Archetypes, Astrology, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Pranic Healing, Bowen Therapy, Neuro Structural Integration Technique, flower essences, tarot, meditation and others.
Barb’s main work in the last 25 years has been around archetypes.
Barb and her partner built a a successful meditation retreat place, called Jamieson Sanctuary, which ran for 18 years. She is now semi-retired and living on the Surf Coast.
Presentation Title: Strength Training for Back Pain
Explains common causes of back pain.
Find out how we can manage and reduce back pain.
Introduces specific strategies that people can start implementing now.
Participants should bring the following to the session (if they can):
Bring a mat or towel (both if you can).
A couch/chair (something to use for sitting).
A tennis/cricket ball (any ball should do the trick).
Disclaimer: “This session provides general advice only. If you are suffering from a chronic back condition, make sure you seek the advice of the appropriate medical professional.”
Ben joined the fitness industry in 2012 after completing a Certificate III & IV in Fitness. Shortly after, he decided to broaden his understanding of the industry and wider health. This sparked the decision to complete further studies in Exercise Science at Victoria University.
Ben believes optimal movement mechanics are key to improved physical performance and are the building blocks for living a healthy life. Focusing on these two aspects and utilising scientific principles, Ben strives to enhance the sporting performance for clients, juniors, and athletes alike.
At the forefront of Ben Geron’s formal training is a personal dedication to teaching the effects of forces and motion on sports performance. This physically prepares the body and minimises the risk of injury. This motivation sets the stage for designing training programs which focus on preparing the body for the physical demands of any sports.
Drawing on experience from working with elite athletes, Ben is able to help juniors & adults across a wide range of disciplines, improve confidence, performance and strength!
Development and implementation of ACL post-op physiotherapy;
Strategic development and application of pain management for shoulder, back and neck imbalances;
Selected by Victoria University to complete work experience with Tennis Australia, and the AFL Draft (Western Bulldogs).
Presentation Title: Yoga – Morning Slow Flow
Will leave you feeling nourished and revitalised and ready for the rest of your day.
Uses fluid, dynamic and mindful movements and breath.
Will help you find a little more freedom in the body and the mind. (Suitable for all levels).
Discovering Yoga and Mindfulness in the midst of a fast-paced career in media and marketing, Ais very quickly realised that these tools would become an integral part of being able to hold the balance of a high-pressure corporate life while maintaining health and happiness in her personal life.
Ais has since trained with some of the best Local and International Mindfulness and Yoga teachers in the world and has moved away from her former career to become a full-time teacher, corporate facilitator of Mindfulness and Yoga, and Co-Founder of Social Enterprise Conscious Conversations.
As an intuitive teacher (ERYT 500+) and facilitator registered with Meditation Australia, Ais’ style is fluid and thoughtful, always with a mindful thread throughout. More than anything she offers a safe space for participants to go on their own journey so that participants can take that with them post-session and integrate them into their own world.
Presentation Title: Land of Abundance
Explains the power of focus, which creates your reality.
Offers a guided meditation to explore your Land of Abundance – all areas of your life at their most Abundant and expansive.
Anchors your vision through a powerful anchoring technique leaving you with inspired action steps to move forward.
Jason’s personal growth journey started in 2005 when he learnt that our focus creates our reality and the power of intention especially when it is created from a state of presence. He became really aware of how much he had been focusing on what he did not want, and how that was limiting results, so he got clear on what he truly wanted, from his own truth. It was then that he also learnt about intuition and harnessing the spiritual laws of attraction, through presence and the power of
mindset and focus.
Taking what he had learnt, Jason founded Love Property, a successful Sydney based, real estate business through which he created financial freedom by the age of 45.
After losing his Mum to cancer in 2014, he began exploring his greater purpose, and his truth at a deeper level. What has unfolded is a uniquely powerful ability to coach and to activate the abundance that is inherently within all of us, through creating space to allow what is within and to get clear inspired action plans in place. Jason has recently published his first book Abundance 101.
Presentation Title: Mat Exercises with a Physio
Improved body awareness.
Increased strength and flexibility.
Better health and wellbeing.
Adam is a licensed Physiotherapist and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He graduated in 1995 and has worked in Melbourne, Sydney, U.S.A and the U.K.
Adam specializes in the treatment of postural ailments, musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. He has worked with circus arts performers, sporting teams and Moomba Masters water skiers. Adam has been commended for his unique healing touch.
He is also trained in clinical Pilates and teaches using the reformer, other Pilates equipment and with floor-based exercises.
Adam also practices other body/mind related traditions such as Yoga, Meditation and Shaolin.
Adam is a qualified Yoga instructor and a certified Zero Balancing practitioner. He also uses acupuncture and offers a unique, holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Presentation Title: The Opportunity in the Crisis
How to use adversity as a platform for growth and true transformation.
Learn simple tools for working with excessive worry, compulsive thinking and stress.
Discover simple yet profound practices to work with intense feelings and emotions during times of hardship.
Iris Bar is a Mindfulness therapist. She is committed to guide, inspire and empower people to view their life crisis as a platform for growth and transformation, so they could cope, respond and instil deep meaning in any given life circumstances.
Iris is the founder of the program ‘The opportunity In the Crisis’, which is based on her journey with stage 4 breast cancer. Iris Bar is located in Melbourne, but works also with people all around the globe, holding a space for deep transformation, using mindfulness tools to shift unconscious behaviour into new ways of being.
Iris is married, a mother of two, a literature and a poetry lover.
She meditates every day and walks her life with a sense of wonder and joy.
Presentation Title: Nutrition and Resilience – 8 Nutritional Keys to Building Resilience in Stressful Environments
Understanding what’s important (nutritionally speaking) in a world seemingly saturated in information.
Practical messages with practical tips.
An opportunity to ask all your burning nutrition/diet Qs.
Mark Surdut is an Accredited Practising Dietitian / Nutritionist and member of Dietitians Australia. Mark grew up in the city of Cape Town, South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Physiology. He then completed a post graduate Bachelor of Science in Medicine (Honours) in Nutrition and Dietetics in … the last century.
Mark began his Dietetic and Nutrition career in the UK. Mark returned to South Africa to hold a position as a consultant nutritionist at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) where he remained for a number of years.
In 2001 Mark moved to Adelaide to take up a senior position with the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Subsequently, he accepted a clinical dietitian position at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, followed by many years at Cabrini.
Mark runs a private practice in North Caulfield, now solely online. A Male Dietitian is a rare breed indeed! Mark is passionate about nutrition. He is a popular speaker and presenter to business organisations and contributes to a range of publications. Mark has also featured on numerous national TV shows.
Presentation Title: Yoga
Will take you into a state of relaxation commencing the class with a meditation and mudra practice in a tropical location.
Will awaken your body with rejuvenation postures.
Will feature a leaving practice with restored energy and balance in mind and body.
Note: Participants have the option to bring the following props:
Yoga Alliance Registered 122921
ERYT-200 – 400hr CYT
Leanne is the founder /creator of Yoga 4 Yachties – Namaste Ocean Yoga and Sail Wellness™.
Leanne entwined the benefits of Yoga into her impending cruising lifestyle, sailing from Australia in 2009. A practicing yogini with over 12 years’ experience, holds a 200-hour certification, and is 400-hour Blissology Certified Yoga Teacher with internationally renowned yogi Eoin Finn.
“I am honoured to have introduced Yoga to many in the Sailing Community during my world travels and Fiji community since 2013, and I have had the pleasure of helping many regain wellness and live a Gut Healthy Lifestyle through my Sail Wellness mentoring program since 2018.
I am deeply grateful to share my passion for all Yoga offers, opening “Namaste Ocean Yoga School™.”
Train with Leanne & Co Trainer Susan Richardson online to become a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance Certified. Certified by RYS Driftwood Yoga/Aerial LLC Nomadic Studios NY.
Presentation Title: The Art of Communication – Reviving Relationships
Know yourself better and how others see you.
Read and understand other people the moment you meet them.
Build instant rapport by speaking to others in their preferred style.
Alan Stevens is an International Profiling and Communications Specialist regularly featured on National TV, Radio and in the World’s Press, profiling the likes of our leading politicians, TV and sports stars as well as Britain’s Royalty.
He’s been referred to by the UK Guardian as the leading authority on reading people, globally and the mentalist meets Dr Phil by the Herald.
Alan has worked with international clients, the likes of Disney Films and Gillette, and high-profile organisations like the Australian Federal Police to help them to understand how people tick.
Alan works with business owners and executives, helping them to understand and engage their clients and prospects, enhancing their presentations and negotiation skills. And with parents and teachers to help them enhance the ability of their children to reach their full potential while improving the experience of parents, teacher and student.
Presentation Title: Release, Shimmy & Shake with Zumba Queen, Keren
Release any tension in the body.
Have fun, smile, laugh and sing-a-long to familiar tunes.
Get the heart pumping and muscles stretching.
Leading one of Australia’s biggest teams of Zumba instructors for over 10 years, Keren (based in Melbourne, Bayside) is a veteran of the Zumba world running her small Zumba business UNITED BY KEREN.
Keren is also a long standing fitness professional, with experience spanning almost 2 decades.
With a passion for music and dance and a true ZEST for life, this mother of 2 will show you how to shake your booty, swing your hips and have a great time in an easy-to-follow, yet high energy 30min Zumba session.
Keren takes pride in not only transforming peoples bodies through personal training (online and face to face) but also motivates in a genuinely caring way & helps people to feel better mentally & physically.
Don’t miss this Queen of Zumba who is ready to roar, shake and bounce through your screen.
Presentation Title: Discover Qigong
Experience an embodied exercise therapy of presence and awareness.
Come home to yourself, connect to your personal power.
Embody ease and grace.
Note: Participants should wear comfortable clothing for their Qigong session.
Nicole Lee is an internationally certified Qigong Teacher, trained in both Modern and Classical styles. She’s also trained in meditation and mindfulness and holds a Bachelors Degree in Complementary Medicine.
Nicole has taught hundreds of Qigong classes, delivered many workshops, teacher training programs and corporate events. She works 1:1 with people to help them with various lifestyle related challenges such as anxiety, sleep disorders, recovery from serious illness and fatigue related dis-ease.
The regular practice of Qigong can enhance quality of life and help us to live a life filled with more inspiration, ease and joy. Nicole is dedicated to purposeful work and service and believes that feeling aligned, inspired and joyful is what taps us in to our personal power and meaningful connection with the world around us.
Presentation Title: Managing Your Boiling Point
Learn how to keep control in difficult situations.
Negotiation techniques to avoid reaching your boiling point.
Practical strategies to help you manage stress at work and at home.
Kevin Kosky is a communications skills expert, and an award winning speaker.
He has presented extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
With a background in the entertainment industry, Kevin’s sessions are lively and entertaining, and he has gained the reputation of being the “enterTrainer”.
Presentation Title: Self-Compassion: A Potent Self-Care Tool
Uncovering the three main qualities of self-compassion.
Identifying how compassionate (or otherwise) your inner voice is.
Participating in a short self-compassion break.
Ros is founder of LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, a leading provider of positivity, resilience and wellbeing programs. She is author of the critically acclaimed “Laughing at cancer – How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness”, part memoir, part healing guide based on a series of journals written following a shock diagnosis of bowel cancer at 42. She has a Master of Public Health and is Adjunct lecturer at The School of Public Health and Psychology at La Trobe University.
Ros has written for an extensive media including The Canberra Times, Huffington Post and Wellbeing magazine and has been widely interviewed on national radio including Radio National Life Matters and Dr Norman Swan’s Health Report. Ros is Ambassador for the digital CancerAid app and Global Laughter Yoga Ambassador.
Presentation Title: Mindful Chair Yoga with Sarasvati
You will move your body and support your wellbeing in a gentle way with a balanced selection of seated yoga postures, you don’t have to get up and down from the floor.
You will feel calm and mentally quiet afterwards, reducing stress and mental exhaustion.
You will practice mindfulness tools to quiet your mind that you can do any time.
‘I want to help you reach a state of physical wellbeing and inner freedom through Yoga and Meditation. Whatever your age, size, gender or shape, I am here to help you be fit, healthy and the most authentic and joyful self you can be.’
Originally trained as a Medical Scientist, Sarasvati has been practicing Yoga since 1996 and after training with the Australian College of Classical Yoga (ACCY) in 2001 she has been teaching Yoga and Meditation ever since. She is based in Mt Waverley and Mordialloc, with all classes are currently on line.
She is a Senior Member of Yoga Australia and Meditation Australia, and teaches on the ACCY Yoga and Meditation teacher-training programs.
Sarasvati’s book ‘Yoga off the mat, freedom in everyday life’, her pack of 52 Contemplation cards and her deep relaxation/meditation CD/mp3 are some offerings to inspire and aid your yoga journey.
Presentation Title: Building a Positive Mindset for Uncertain Times
Discover three practical steps you can take to create your own leadership mindset.
Feel more in control in uncertain times.
Understand how your thinking can empower others.
Note: Participants should bring a pen and paper or other way to take notes.
Simon Osborne has had 20 years’ experience in and is passionate about creating amazing workplaces. He has worked with CEOs to team leaders and frontline staff in Australia and in Asia.
He now specialises in the healthcare sector and empowers people to be more constructive thinkers and leaders in all aspects of their lives.
In this session he will give you some practical tools to help you to take control of what is happening around you, enable you to thrive in uncertain times and be your strongest and best self. He will focus on why “leadership” is not a position but a mindset that we carry with us in everything we do – in the community, in our personal lives and at work.
Presentation Title: Yin Yoga: A Meditative Static Practice
You will feel relaxed.
Your body will get a good stretch.
You will have a better insight into yourself.
Bring along a couple of pillows.
Try to secure a nice quiet calm space with minimal disturbances.
Turn off your phone (unless you are on call).
Dim room lights.
Bring a blanket for Savasana at the end of the session.
I have been practicing yoga intermittently for close to 20 years.
Six years ago I decided to embark on Teacher Training and now teaching is my life. Being able to
facilitate personal experience and exploration and share the benefits that Yoga has to offer is a gift.
Teaching Yin, restore, slow flow and flow, (all Hatha Yoga) allows me to be creative with sequencing, themes relevant to my life as well as students experiences. Teaching to all levels from beginners to intermediate enables me to encourage and support my students, and throw in a challenge sometimes as well!
Using breath (pranayama), asana (physical postures) and mindfulness (Dharana) to connect the practitioner to their essence will benefit their mind, body and spirit. From relaxation, to focus and meditation, the benefits of yoga continue to be the gift that just keeps on giving.
Presentation Title: Sound Healing
Healing and relaxing.
Encourages better sleep and releases stress.
Calms your fears and reduces pain.
Amos Hasson is a Melbourne-based musician, music producer, healer, meditation instructor and a sound therapist, working professionally in Australia since 2007.
Amos is also the creator of Australia’s 1st sound healing centre in which he holds regular private healing sessions and group meditations.
Through his Sound Therapy company ‘Healing Delight’ (Formed in 2010) Amos facilitated many Meditation groups, private sessions and special events/retreats to a vast number of people from a wide variety.
He has produced a successful number of sound therapy Workshops, seminars, and concerts throughout Victoria, all of which created an impressive recognition towards Amos and his activity within the community.
In 2020 Amos has created an online community with weekly livestreams, chat rooms and sound healing meditations. Amos is now also teaching and guiding people about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
Presentation Title: Qoya: Movement with Meaning
Qoya is based on the idea that movement equals nutrition for your body.
Qoya connects us into how the intelligence of the body can help us release attachments of the mind. You will have a better insight into yourself.
Qoya offers an invitation and opportunity to release inhibitions around what movement looks like, and instead focus on what it feels like.
Jennifer Annette is your sister in healing. She is a creator, connector, visionary and master appreciator. Inside her many years of practice and experience Jen is known as Mama Jen Pleasure Queen, co-facilitator of A Book Club With A Difference, qualified Qoya Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and Time Line Therapist. And more than that, she is connected to source and inspired to bring change, wellbeing and community to all.
Jen’s passion is reconnecting people back to all parts of themselves and to healing their relationship with self, others and the earth through the sacred art of pleasure. Jen makes you feel welcome, young or old. Female or male. Shy or outgoing. She makes you feel at home.
Presentation Title: Staying Mentally Fit with Gratitude
Tackle the obstacles to living in gratitude.
Learn how to “do” gratitude properly to maximise your practice.
Tap into new sources of gratitude you didn’t know you had.
As the CEO & Founder of JuJu Maurice’s mission is to help people find a deeper sense of gratitude in their life. He focuses on practical strategies that work over just theory and feel-good fluff. He sees gratitude as a core tenant of mental fitness and believes that proper and frequent practice is the best way to achieve a higher sense of life satisfaction, resilience and mental wellbeing.
Lastly, he has seen how powerful gratitude is when it’s expressed in the way we interact with others and the world around us. It’s what he calls living in gratitude and is what allows us to focus on our own growth and that of the people around us.
He believes sharing the insights & tools he has developed for himself and his clients is one of the fastest ways to accelerate positive global change.
Presentation Title: Eat Right for Optimal Immune Power
Which foods should be recommended for the best protection against microbes, including the coronavirus?
Which supplements should have priority in a strategy for heightened immunity?
How do factors such as restful sleep and stress reduction support balanced nutrition as a stable immune foundation?
Steven Acuff, BA, from the USA, is 75 years old and has 50 years of experience with macrobiotic whole food. He has worked more than 40 years as a lecturer and health coach.
Steven wrote a health book in German in 1988 that sold nine editions. The book was also published in Swedish.
Steven founded a macrobiotic health study house in 1987 in Sweden, which ran until 1998. Steven worked as a nutrition counsellor at a medical clinic in Kassel, Germany for several years. He has lectured in 27 countries and continues his international activities, including personal consultations on the internet.
Steven spends half the year in Melbourne and half in Scandinavia, where he has four daughters and nine grandchildren.
Steven’s second book, Eating the Wu Way – for a longer, healthier life, was published in 2016. Steven’s partner, Angelika Bertacco, Melbourne, wrote the recipes.
Presentation Title: The Nina Ferro Hour
“She’s a fabulous performer with a knockout voice.” — Tony Bennett
With 8 solo albums to her credit, guest appearances on ARIA award winning albums and a performance history longer than ones own arm, it’s no wonder Nina is one of the most sought after vocalists on the international circuit.
Whether she’s swinging out a Jazz standard or belting out a soul ballad, there is no underestimating her unequaled talents!
Nina continues to tour the world performing at festivals, clubs, concert halls and arenas and has appeared regularly on TV and radio throughout the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Nina has performed alongside artists such as Tony Bennett, Hugh Jackman, Jose Feliciano, Jessica Mauboy, Zac Brown Band, Renee Geyer, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Vanessa Amorosi, Jon Stevens, Guy Sebastian, Kate Ceberano, John Farnham, Kyle Eastwood, Billy Ocean, Ricky Martin, Chris Botti, Dave Sanborn, Frank McComb, Juanes, Chick Corea, The Cat Empire, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Commitments and many, many more…
Nina has opened as the special guest artist for Grammy Award winning industry legends Gregory Porter, Charles Aznavour and Neil Sedaka. Most recently Nina’s voice could be heard as part of the music for ‘Dancing with the Stars, Australia 2020) and wowed not only the judges but also Aussie audiences when she appeared on Season 5 of “The Voice Australia” (2016).
Presentation Title: Yoga Nidra Meditation for Deep Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Soothes the nervous system.
Enhances sleep patterns.
Note: Participants can bring props for comfort – not essential but nice to have:
Pillow for head and under knees.
Blanket for warmth.
Zoe Kanat is a qualified meditation teacher, mindfulness educator, trainedPsychotherapist and Counsellor. Zoe currently facilitates meditation classes and workshops in various studios, corporate organisations and schools around Melbourne, and privately.
She is a tutor at Monash University, Department of General Practice, as part of the Health Enhancement Program led by Associate Professor Dr Craig Hassed.
Zoe is also deeply passionate about the art of relaxation, the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra and has spent several years personally and professionally practicing and studying in this area. She is a qualified Yoga Nidra facilitator, specifically in The Daring to Rest Program developed by teacher and author, Karen Brody.
In 2019 Zoe assumed a position on the board of Meditation Association of Australia, the national peak body representing meditation and mediation teachers. Zoe is passionate about sharing the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation in a direct and accessible way.
Presentation Title: Sound Healing Guided Meditation
This unique experience is set to relax, empower, and inspire you.
We invite you to relax, enjoy and empower your heart and soul.
This is an incredible deep diving experience that will leave your heart full of joy and flow to embrace everything that is presenting in this new world.
Jay Hoad has recently arrived back in Australia after his 2019/20 Earth Music World Tour which ran through 28 countries and featured him performing at some of the biggest music festival in the world including Glastonbury (UK), WOMAD (UK), and Bob Marley Music Fest (USA).
Susan Vu is a Transpersonal Therapist who specialises in helping people merge their spiritual world into their physical reality for greater health, wellbeing and fulfilment. She is a way maker for the Divine Feminine as she helps people reconnect to their inner power and gifts through psychic activations, intuition development and intentional meditative journeys.
Presentation Title: Shiatsu At Home
Relief of sore and stiff necks, shoulders, hips and backs.
Calms the mind.
My name is Denis Welby. After many years of study and practice I am a firm believer in the ancient Asian wellbeing philosophy of endeavouring to maintain balance physically, emotionally and energetically.
The desire to assist people achieve this all-round balance has led me to provide Shiatsu and Oriental therapies. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing treatment of stretching and mobilisation of the body as well as the application of relaxed pressure applied to the whole body as well as specific areas of tension applied to meridians and acu points of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
An ideal form of body work that is able to be practiced to treat work colleagues and loved ones currently assisting with the current pandemic.
Presentation Title: Pilates Mat Stretch Class
Will leave you feeling stretched out.
Will help release stress and tension, giving you a clearer mind.
Can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility.
Note: Participants should bring a pillow or a towel to use a pillow.
Lee is the founder and owner of Core Physio + Pilates. Her hard work and infectious optimism makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002, Lee is a Polestar Pilates certified rehabilitation clinician, an alumni ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and a regular presenter on health and wellness for allied health clinicians, health and
industry bodies and businesses.
Lee is passionate about professional development and sharing of knowledge. She has attended conferences globally on Pilates and health, including the International Pilates Conference in Boston and the Pilates on Tour Conference in San Francisco.
Presentation Title: Healing Touch: An Introduction to Art Therapy
Engagement into a supportive creative environment.
To honour and explore our hands for the work and emotion they transfer to us personally and to others.
Provides insight, resilience and empowerment.
A4 sheet of paper with a weight of 150gsm. Please do not use photocopy paper as this is not suitable. It needs to be paper of 150gsm, as sewing the paper needs to have that strength to be successful.
2 x sewing needles, double threaded with ‘red’ cotton or embroidery cotton.
Coloured pencils and coloured fine line markers.
NB: Please have extra red cotton or embroidery cotton on hand in case you need extra, for the activity.
I am a professional registered Art Therapist and founder of ‘Victoria Art Therapy’. I am also a practicing artist for over 40 years. I currently work in both clinical and community- based settings and during COVID -19, I have been delivering online Art Therapy sessions.
My expertise is in the mental health sector working with children, adolescents and adults, using Art therapy as a therapeutic approach.
My Art Therapy practice is informed by current and emerging research, thus supporting people to shift and develop. Through the facilitation of activities either in groups or individual sessions, my aim is to provide education, inclusivity, improvement of self-esteem, confidence, development of healthy coping skills, increase self-awareness, personal growth and empowerment through the creative process.
Presentation Title: BaiLa – Dance Fitness
Get fit while having fun.
Learn authentic Latin dance moves with an easy to learn and follow ‘numbered dance system’. Anyone can learn to dance.
Dancing is great for the mind and the body. Moving your body to music makes you happy. Learn to express yourself without words.
Michelle has been dancing since the age of 3. Training in Jazz, Classical Ballet, Tap, gymnastics, and later in the Latin Styles. With a degree in biomedical science and postgraduate studies in psychology and counselling, Michelle has always followed her passion for dance and performance.
All through high school and university, Michelle was either performing, participating or choreographing school musicals.
Michelle started an entertainment company, Krazybar,over 15 years ago , dancing and entertaining at over 100’s of events all over Australia ;providing high energy interactive entertainment at a wide scope of events and managing a team of entertainers.
Michelle started with BaiLa Fitness at its inception almost 10 years ago!! She loved the program so much, Michelle became a BaiLa dance fitness instructor. Becoming a BaiLa instructor allowed her the opportunity to infuse this passion for dance and music to her students. Sharing her passion for dance, Michelle has been teaching Baila at fitness centres all over Melbourne !! (Goodlife Armadale, Goodlife Glen Iris, Goodlife Camberwell, Recreation East Brighton, Recreation Hampton, Satori Studios to name a few).
Michelle’s passion for all things health and fitness has seen her take Baila Fitness to both high schools and primary schools all over Victoria, as well as BaiLa Streetdance, Capoeira, Warrior Fitness, Boxing and Power Pilates.
Presentation Title: Chemistry of Connection:
Using a neuroscientific lens, in this interactive session we will look at how we are hardwired for connection and how we subconsciously influence the level of trust within our relationships. You will leave with practical ways to influence your own and others’ neurochemistry
Gain a basic understanding of the neuroscience behind trust and connection.
Appreciate the vital importance of belonging and meaningful contribution to building resilience in our constantly changing world.
Learn simple techniques to influence our neurochemistry to strengthen and develop trusting relationships.
Integrating 25 years of Physiotherapy experience with a strong neuroscientific grounding, gained through certifications in Coaching, Conversational Intelligence® and Neurozone®, Andy addresses all aspects of mind and body in order to achieve optimal wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle. She believes that in order for individuals and organisations to thrive, we need to first focus on building a strong wellness foundation.
Andy’s core values of connection, growth and authenticity play a large part in all that she does, including integrating these into her NFP experience as Co-founder and CEO of Bicycles for Humanity, Melbourne. They are also incorporated in her passion for developing collaborative teams, cultural diversity/inclusion and empowering individuals, teams and whole communities.
Andy lives in Melbourne, is married with two beautiful children and, as an ultra-marathon runner, she embraces living outside her comfort zone, believing we can achieve whatever we put our minds to.
Presentation Title: Qigong for Vibrant Health and Wellbeing
Discover how Qigong builds health in the body and mind.
Learn some simple practices that will help you connect with your body as your friend.
Learn to de-stress and feel rejuvenated.
Should wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for moving the body.
Can sit and/or stand, so you may want a firm chair (not a squishy overstuffed chair) available for part of the class.
Annya Ishtara has studied qigong since 1998, both in the US and in China.
Qigong and energy practices were one of the primary tools that she used to recover from many years of severely debilitating illness.
She has been sharing her love of qigong with others through her classes, in which she desires to inspire and empower others to take excellent, loving care of themselves.
She has a Qigong Instructor certification and Tai Chi Instructor certification from Qigong Academy.
Presentation Title: Listen to Your Body’s Messages for Improved Health and Longevity
Body signs to look for that show deeper physical stressors and how to take control back of your health.
How to decipher Emotional vs Hormonal changes.
How “nutritional” gene mutations affect our health and longevity.
Michelle is a professional Naturopathic Practitioner and a PSYCH-K®️ , PER-K©️ Business Catalyst, Wellness and Mindset Coach with over 30 years of experience in preventive healthcare.
Michelle’s purpose is to educate and support people in business who are committed to helping others with a three tiered approach to their health and longevity.
Presentation Title: Simple Rituals to Help you Stay Grounded
Receive tools to stay anchored and grounded in turbulent environments.
Enjoy spacious sacredness in day to day living.
Understand that rituals are a loyal friend and have empowering benefits for
Baci Hillyer is trained as an End of Life Doula but likes to refer to herself as a “Death Coach”.
A passionate advocate of death literacy, Baci encourages people who are healthy and have full agency over their life decisions to plan for a “good death”.
She will guide, support and inform you in all areas of death preparation and will nurture and identify all your emotional, mental, practical, physical and spiritual needs.
Baci truly believes that when we shine light on our death, we can live in greater peace and harmony with ourselves and those we love.
Baci is a Medicine Weaver & has worked as a Spiritual Healer over the last decade.
She is known amongst her family, friends & peers as the “Ritual Queen”.
Presentation Title: Sharpen Your Mind and Prevent Memory Loss
Improve your day to day health, build a routine, find your focus.
Teaches you how to check your memory health risks with an easy to follow tool and framework.
Helps you build a personalised map to better brain and ‘memory’ wellness.
Occupational Therapist, Speaker and Memory Health Advocate, David Norris is the founder and CEO of Memory Health Made Easy Memory Health Academy, and Occupational Therapy Brisbane specializing in services and memory health education programs to transform lives and communities by helping prevent avoidable memory loss.
For too long as a therapist he has seen the devastating impact memory loss has on individuals, families and communities.
His inspiration is drawn from his loving family and a commitment to help as many people to have memory health for life.
Presentation Title: Establishing Being (Meditation & Satsang)
Demystifying the myths around mediation and why it’s a vital daily practice in our lives.
Will lead you through a simple and elegant process that will enable you to connect to the deepest parts of yourself.
Will help you gain a sense of empowerment, focus and clarity to be able to help both yourself and others around you.
Josh has garnered quite a following in Melbourne where he is known for his energetic, transformative and inspiring classes. Deeply respectful of the origins of yoga and acutely aware of modern day needs, Josh brings everyday balance and flow to his teachings.
Forever a student, Josh spent time training in L.A with acclaimed Black Dog Yoga and global training hub Sri Dharma Mittra at Dharma Yoga Centre in New York City, as well as taking many trips to India to connect with the origins of this ancient practice.
One of his talents lies in supporting and facilitating teachers and students of all levels to embrace their fears through focusing on alignment, technique and gaining a deeper understanding of the purpose and place of each asana. Josh’s commitment to a daily practice and his own desire to deepen his own knowledge makes him an inspiring teacher.
Josh’s passion is to guide people to a place where they can feel more connected to themselves. In this quest to facilitate a higher state of consciousness in his students, he brings pranayama, meditation and kirtan to his classes.
Josh’s personal mantra is fostering a deep connection to self as he believes when this occurs, we can begin to live life in a state of balance and flow.
Presentation Title: Hatha Yoga: Steady Amidst Turbulence and Change
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Irene Ais is passionate about supporting people to thrive.
After 20 years studying Yoga and Meditation she takes her students on a journey to discover the power it has to transform and empower our lives.
Her extensive experience working with the mind/body connection through Hatha Yoga, Holistic Physiotherapy and Mental Health has established her as a leader in wellbeing and a bridge for western science and eastern wisdom.
Irene’s is known for crafting rich and masterfully layered experiences, exploring how we move, breathe, think and feel down to the subtest parts of who we are.
She has worked with thousands of students and teachers around the world as a facilitator, speaker and writer. Irene is cofounder of global teacher training school @ompeopleyoga and the
wavelength podcast @wavlengthprojects.co.
Presentation Title: 5 Hacks to Maximise your Energy Levels
Remove unwanted habits that only boost your energy for short periods of time only.
Master and install new habits for maximum energy levels fast and effortlessly.
Gain absolute control of your mind to switch on and switch off when you need to.
Karen Ai Lynn Tan is a wellness and built environment expert, change-maker, facilitator and passionate thought leader in the space of people, health, and the built environment.
She works with busy individuals, organisations and teams overcome burnout and fatigue to get their real energy back fast and effortlessly. She helps them build and maximise their energy levels for life, work, fun and up-level how they see themselves working well, living well, eating well, playing well, staying well individually and together through evidence-based bio and eco hacks, strategies,
Through her own lived experience, Karen founded The Wellness Keeper to teach the foundations of wellness as a critical tool for the future of a happy healthy individual and has set off on a mission to empower each person she meets to make their wellness an everyday priority and elevate wellness to a new state of excellence.
Presentation Title: Why Inspiration Matters
Discussion of inspiration’s important role in our lives.
What inspiration brings to our lives.
How to find and nurture inspiration in your own life.
Michelle Vassallo, Director of Rhythm Massage Development and Education and fellow therapist has specially designed her workshops and webinars with a focus on making them comprehensive and relevant to therapists and health care workers.
Michelle teaches a range of unique and original training courses and seminars for massage therapists and bodyworkers.
You’ll discover how to enhance your skills with these well-structured and highly informative workshops and webinars.
Inspirational and rewarding, these workshops also allow you to band together with like-minded colleagues – sharing knowledge of your profession and expanding your invaluable network.
A dedicated educator with many years of experience in the field of bodywork, she
guarantees a fun and dynamic learning journey for her students.
Presentation Title: Flexxd™
Works through all 16-muscle groups, which have been shown to correspond to TCM meridians that have physical, mental and emotional balancing effects.
Stretch, strengthen and release for deep realisation and stress management.
A balancing and deeply relaxing class.
Fiona Goldsmith has over 26 years experience and is approaching 40,000 hours of classes, workshops and private sessions, Fiona completed first teacher training at the world renowned YOGA WORKS in Santa Monica, California in 1994.
She has merged yoga, Pilates, Dragon’s Gate Chi Gong, and an awareness of the fascia and the
meridians and the importance of using resistance into her practice.
Her clients are seeing physical improvement in their flexibility and strength. She calls her sessions Flexxd™. It is yoga with a twist… resist!
Presentation Title: Healing your Heart with Kundalini Yoga
Emotional wellbeing: The signals sent to your brain by heart neurons can affect your emotional wellbeing.
You can feel more grounded and stronger: Your heart is 500 times electrically stronger than the brain and up to 500 times magnetically stronger.
Balance your mind: Your heart sends more information to the brain than your brain sends to your heart.
Calm your environments: The electromagnetic signal produced by your heart is registered in the brain waves of people around you.
Alexandra was introduced to yoga at a young age and has studied & practised yoga for over 30 years. She is infinitely grateful for the teachings of Yoga which have transformed her life, she has more than 10 years experience as a Yoga Teacher Trainer in both Kundalini and Classical Yoga.
She has a joyful nature, her classes are uplifting and energetic. Her training also includes Prenatal & Children’s Yoga, Transpersonal Counselling, and Ayurveda.
Her wish is to share these sacred teachings each day inside and outside the classroom, she believes we need to be the change we want to see in the world.
Alexandra is the creator and founder of Kundalini Moon Woman Trainings and the Radiant Pregnancy Teacher Training Program. She has owned and operated 3 yoga studios, was a member of the board of the Kundalini Yoga Festival and is a former president of KYTANZ the national Kundalini Yoga Association in Australia.
Presentation Title: Join us for a Conscious Conversation
Will spark real and honest connection, to inspire purpose-driven lives.
Share and celebrate all the wonderful things that make us incredibly human.
An interactive session that will empower meaningful connections.
In 2019, three like-minded friends; Aisling, Maritza and Tamzine, joined together to start something new.
Armed with their past struggles and shared desire for greater fulfilment, they created Conscious Conversations: a platform to inspire purpose-driven lives by sparking real, honest connections through their thought-provoking and engaging panel events and workshops.
Their community connects people from all walks of life with a common thread of curiosity, listening and authenticity.
Conscious Conversations is taking the world’s 2020 rapid changes as ammunition to expand.
In eight months since the start of Covid-19, the company has grown from the seeds of their Melbourne-based events to a global virtual business, attracting guests from around the world.
Presentation Title: Physical Freedom
Increased energy and boost in endorphins (happy hormones).
Strengthening your body and increase in flexibility/mobility.
Stress management and increasing social health (feeling connected with others during this time).
Please feel free to have the following items ready:
A Yoga mat (or use a comfortable surface on the floor).
Favorite scented candle (optional).
Alice Hall is known in the health and wellness industry for bringing the “fun” back to exercise and working out.
With a Bachelor of Education and qualification as a Personal Trainer, Alice combines her ability to create a supportive environment and passion for helping you feel energised, balanced and free.
Her holistic approach to achieving wellbeing together embodies the key areas of physical movement, social connection, emotional expression and an exploration of discovering peace within.
Each session with Alice empowers you to feel more connected to self and to the wider community
Presentation Title: YID! at the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto (supported by Creative Victoria).
The brainchild of Melbourne musician Simon Starr (Frock, NLT, Joe Camilleri, Suze De Marche, Ian Moss), 22-piece musical behemoth YID! is an extraordinary collective of virtuoso musicians including Willy Zygier, Adam Starr, Husky Gawenda & Gideon Preiss (Husky, The Bashevis Singers), Tomi Kalinski, Alex Burkoy (Tinpan Orange), Josh Abrahams (Puretone) and David Haberfeld (Honeysmack) that takes you on a joyous, spiky, edgy and ferociously danceable trip into their Jewish musical roots.
The recipe for YID! is mesmerising. They take centuries-old Yiddish drinking songs, throw them in the pot with the sounds of Duke Ellington’s 1930s big band sound, add a dash of 1960s free jazz, a dose of late 1970s New York avant-garde funk, a sprinkling of 21st century electronica and a hint of sweet indie-folk pop.
The result is a daring new fusion of tribal beats, improvised riffs and angelic indie vocals, channelling the sweet tunes of the long-gone Shtetl.
After a ground-shaking performance at WOMADelaide and a headline appearance at Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival, the band launched their début album, Space Klezmer.
Co-presented by Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre, the launch featured the full 22-piece band, including an eight-piece horn section, a six-piece rhythm section, a two-piece electronica section, Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss singing out the front, supported by the three Zygier sisters, and Tomi Kalinski providing spoken word narration which frames the music while extrapolating on the lyrical themes.
The 20+ players in YID! are among the most credentialled in the Australian jazz scene, each leaders of their own projects. They include Julien Wilson, Tony Hicks, Lachlan Davidson, Stephen Grant, Audrey Powne, Reuben Lewis, Jordan Murray, Niko Schauble and Ariel Valent.
Presentation Title 1: Pilates
Presentation Title 2: Qigong
Learn safe techniques to apply to all your movements.
Challenges everyone from the beginner to the elite athlete.
Discover how mindful movement can shift you on a physical, mental and organ level.
Nicknamed by her clients as ‘The Gut Whisperer’, Tanya’s comprehensive career and search to learn about all things that heal, both personally and professionally, inspired Tanya to combine her western and eastern qualifications and training.
She is known to specialise in discovering where people are stuck.
Like a health detective, Tanya finds the links to your health puzzle and assists in creating anachievable and sustainable plan for your wellbeing.
Passionate to educate others that the body has a massive potential to heal, Tanya herself is living proof.
She has overcome precancerous cells, severe mercury poisoning, repeated shingles outbreaks from low immunity, PTSD, anxiety, Endometriosis, Thyroid imbalances, Polycystic Ovaries, chronic stage four adrenal fatigue, glandular fever, digestive dysfunction, parasites from nearlyevery country she’s travelled to (can’t take her anywhere!), spinal conditions and injuries, amongst other health concerns!
With over 22 years’ experience in teaching pilates both clinically and in a group environment, Tanya emphases alignment and technique for you to gain long term results.
Presentation Title: 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils Effectively & Safely: To Increase Energy, Improve Sleep and Reduce Anxiety
Learn 2 main ways essential oils work effectively and quickly.
You will walk away knowing 3 simple and nourishing Aromatic Techniques (that you can do anywhere, anytime).
Have the top 3 essential oil recipes ready to go to use to increase energy, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.
Simmi has over 30 years’ experience as a Qualified Aromatherapist and Educator.
Her Aromatherapy Master classes are engaging and fun, offering an informative and practical way to learn more about how to use Aromatherapy safely in her own unique style.
Her collaborations include working with some exclusive brands and also Health Professionals to create Aromatherapy Toolkits for their clients.
She has a private clinic, an Organic Essential Oil Range and her latest passion project is a digital online E-Course presenting Aromatherapy tools + strategies to improve sleep, increase energy + experience relaxation techniques, to support the balance of hormones.
Most recently appearing on The Today Show Extra as an Aromatherapy expert.
You can learn more about Simmi, The Aromatherapist and register your interest by visiting her website.
Presentation Title: Relaxation and Sound Healing
Stimulates the body’s natural relaxation response – reduce heart rate, reduce respiration, muscles relax, increase natural endorphins – feel good!
Mental Relaxation as we consciously focus the mind on slowing down, breathing deep and letting go.
Emotional Release – an opportunity to let go within the stillness, silence and the sound – Take time out just for you.
Can be enjoyed seated or lying down – however you are most comfortable.
Suitable for all ages.
Please use headphones or connect to a speaker for the best audio experience.
Katie Underwood is a Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, ARIA-nominated and APRA Award winning Recording Artist & Mother of twin girls.
She has been working in the Wellness industry for over 10 years and Music industry for over 35 years.
Her passion is empowering people to enhance self-healing with regular meditation, healing sounds & strong social connections, online and in person.
Katie is certified in Remedial & Relaxation Massage, Reiki, Sound Healing Therapy, Yoga of Sound & Traditional Tibetan Sound Healing.
Katie is a certified Meditation Teacher & registered Member of Meditation Association Australia.
A prolific music producer, Katie has produced three meditation music albums in the last three years – Madrigal, Journey to Mantra & Awaken – and is currently working on her next album.
All are available on CD, ITunes & Spotify.
Presentation Title: Set Yourself up for Financial Success
Research shows money woes are a source of stress for today, and a blocker for living the dream tomorrow so it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your finances.
If you’re feeling settled and established in your career & lifestyle, it may be a good time to review your financial goals.
Join our webinar to learn about:
1. Money behaviours and personality types
2. Spending buckets and budgets
3. Boosting your balance
4. How is my super invested and key elements of investing
5. Basics of Insurance
6. 5 simple steps to put you in control
Melissa leads the education team in Victoria for Aware Super.
She is passionate about helping people prepare for their financial future by taking the mystery out of super and provide insights into how superannuation can be made straightforward for you.
Presentation Title: Drawing Out Our True Potential Through Service
Learning how to find your life’s calling.
Staying motivated in tough times.
Discover the benefits of serving others.
Stephanie Woollard founded Seven Women, an organization which educates, trains and provides employment pathways for disabled and marginalized women in Nepal.
Stephanie began Seven Women at age 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu.
These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination.
With her last $200, Steph paid for trainers to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad – and Seven Women was born.
In 2016, she was made a Rotary International Peace Fellow and was a recipient of the Rotary International Responsible Business Award presented at the United Nations in New York.
Stephanie was a nominee for Australian of the Year in 2016 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her philanthropy and humanitarian work in Nepal.
She has a Masters in Peace & Conflict Research from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Presentation Title: Boot Camp Circuit
Will challenge fitness levels but is suitable for all.
Will be relaxing and fun.
Be prepared to get sweaty!
Vivienne has 26 years’ experience in the Wellness Sphere, having worked in just about everything and every area including creche, but now sticks with her strengths as a clinical nutritionist, group fitness instructor, Yoga and Pilates teacher.
She has a real zest for life and helping add more life to your years, rather than the other way round. Her mantra is she is getting older as she gets younger, and invites you to try that mantra for yourself, especially if you are ‘ahem’ a fraction over 25.
The class she has especially selected for you is one that will certainly challenge fitness levels, but at the same time it is suitable for all, from the unfit to the super fit.
So relax, enjoy, have fun and get sweaty!
Presentation Title: DJ Set featuring Merengue, Reggaeton, Dancehall and
DJ DM energizes the room with passion from his deep Latin cultural connection.
Streaming influences from Salsa, Reggaeton, Dancehall and Afrobeats.
Josh’s DJ origin story began on the mixer of Melbourne’s Salsa scene, since ’17.
His curiosity for new findings and sharing new vibes is always a treasure to him.
Presentation Title: Impro Melbourne Improvisation Workshop
Everyone can enjoy the laughter and play of improvisation! This class is heaps of fun, super simple and you’ll leave feeling great.
We’ll play games and exercises designed to build the following skills.
Resilience and adaptability.
Being present in the moment.
Collaboration, and idea generation.
Katherine Weaver and Madison Carter will be leading the Impro Melbourne workshop.
Katherine Weaver is an improviser, actor, teacher, and Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne. She has performed and directed for over 15 years with Impro Melbourne.
Her love of performing is only matched by her love of teaching, which she has been honoured to do around Australia and overseas.
She believes Improvisation can benefit everyone.
Mady studied a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin in Media Communication, Literature, and Performing Arts. She fell head over heels for impro whilst studying at The Second City in Toronto and it has been quite the love affair. She uses her impro skills in all aspects of her life and believes impro makes better people!