- Lee Holmes , Heal Your Gut, 10 December, 2016
'The road to health is paved with good intestines'.
Lee Holmes, nutritionist, whole foods chef and author of the Supercharged Food book series will be giving a presentation about the gut and the impact that it can have on your health and wellbeing. Lee will talk through the four phases of gut healing and provide tips and information about the best practices, foods, ingredients and recipes for a happy and healthy gut. You will learn how diet and lifestyle affect the gut micro biome and how to bring the gut back into balance. You’ll also hear about the gut-brain connection and its link to mood and behaviour as well as examples of recipes you can make for a healthy gut.
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.
- Therese Kerr, How environmental factors impact our health, 17 December, 2016
During this presentation you will learn how to navigate around environmental chemicals. You will leave with the ability to identify products that are and aren’t safe to use. Your eyes will be opened to the repercussions of toxicity levels to your health and be left empowered in understanding that even though this information is confronting, it is not all doom and gloom. On the contrary taking little steps can alleviate, and in fact, prevent many of the health challenges we now face as a society.
Therese Kerr, Author, Public Speaker, Co-Founder of The Divine Company was voted Australian Organic Industry Leader in 2015 and one of Australia’s Top 50 Most Influential Women. Therese is a passionate holistic health advocate. She works with professors and shares evidenced-based research on the harmful effects of chemical toxicity within the human body. Therese’s talk, whilst somewhat confronting is educational and inspiring, She will leave you empowered and knowledgeable with the ability to make informed choice. This is a talk not to be missed as it covers the rarely spoken about impact of what we put on our skin through. After having had tumours in her spleen in 2001, Therese believes optimum health is achieved through taking a holistic approach to wellness, creating then nurturing a physical, emotional and spiritual alignment within the body. Her overriding desire is to have people take a journey and discover for themselves how easy it is to have total vitality, inner peace, acceptance and happiness become their way of life.
- Justin Robinson, Fostering a growth mindset, Monday 19 December (AM session), 2016
Fostering a Growth Mindset (80 mins)
Do you believe you have a certain amount of intelligence and that there is not much you can do to change this, or do you believe that you can grow your intelligence through effort and appropriate strategies?
This question is tapping into whether you have a fixed or a growth mindset. Understanding your mindset for the different areas of your life (intelligence, artistic ability, musical ability, co-ordination, leadership, public speaking, relationships and more…) is important in determining your development and long-term success in any particular field. Justin will share a range of scientific evidence that shows the significant benefits of adopting a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. Benefits include increased levels of motivation, an ability to persevere in the face of setbacks, to overcome challenges, to seek and learn from constructive advice and to accept and even embrace failure.
In this workshop you will also learn how to foster a growth mindset in children and teenagers. A rich exploration into the messages we provide to young people when they experience success and failure will be shared. Participants will learn that not all types of praise are the same and that protecting children from failure can lead to adverse outcomes.
Whilst a fixed or growth mindset is simply a belief, it is likely to result in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Learning about the recent research in this field and understanding the supporting evidence from the field of neuroscience can provide individuals with a host of motivational benefits. Come along to hear ways to nurture your growth mindset and ways to support a growth mindset in those that you love.
Justin Robinson, M.Ed. MACE, is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Positive Education, based at Geelong Grammar School. He leads a team dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Positive Education through research and providing training for other educators. As a passionate leader in the field of student and staff wellbeing, Justin has been invited to write for a number of publications and speak at conferences both in Australia and around the world. Justin is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Check in for a 5 night stay from Sunday 18 December and save $800 contact us for more information
- David Bott, Flow – The science of optimal engagement, Tuesday 20 December (AM session), 2016
Flow – The science of optimal engagement (80 mins)
Would you like to understand and harness the benefits of experiencing a state of flow? Flow is recognised as the blueprint for optimal performance, as well as being the benchmark for peak experience.
Flow is defined as a state of intense absorption and optimal experience that occurs during inherently motivating challenges. Recent research in this field shows that flow opens up the next level of human performance. People in flow experience: heightened creativity; increased performance and an accelerated problem-solving ability. Interestingly, people describe being so deeply immersed during flow that they are largely unaware of feeling anything, but when they reflect on the experience they recall feelings of joy and exhilaration.
Recent discoveries in neuroscience help us to understand how to foster a state of flow in ourselves and in others. Learning about flow and having opportunities to experience this optimal psychological state helps individuals to grow and develop. Once flow is understood, the pathway to enhanced performance becomes much clearer.
David will unpack flow research, describe the defining characteristics of flow and then help you to discover how you can experience greater levels of flow in your personal and professional life. You will learn about the key neurochemicals involved in the flow process that enables this optimal level of performance. You will be introduced to the critical concept of skill-challenge balance and realise that for flow to occur, both perceived challenges and perceived skills need to be high and in balance. David looks forward to sharing his passion for this subject matter with you.
David Bott is the Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, where he leads a team of teachers in the delivery of the Positive Education curriculum across the School’s primary and senior campuses. An inspiring educator, both in and out of the classroom, David is passionate about highlighting the impact of positive teacher-student relationships on learning and dedicated to supporting schools in developing, implementing and embedding Positive Education programmes. David has delivered training to schools and organisations in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA.
Check in for a 5 night stay from Sunday 18 December and save $800 contact us for more information
- Joanne Fedler, Secrets to Living a Passionate Life, Saturday 7 January, 2017
So many of us are living lives of quiet desperation, lurching from one pay cheque to the next, in lukewarm or unhappy relationships, shackled to lives that neither inspire nor energise us. But we all secretly long for more, to live more fully, more presently and passionately. You don't need riches or romance to live a deeply passionate existence. We all have the resources to live in a way that is inspiring, inspired and wholehearted.
During this presentation Joanne will share some secrets for discovering your passion – even the purpose for which you are here.
Joanne Fedler is an internationally bestselling author of 8 books and an inspirational speaker. She has a Masters degree from Yale, is an ex-women's rights activist (she was once Asshole of the Month in Hustler magazine) and mother of two teenagers. Her forthcoming book, Love in the Time of Contempt: consolations for parents of teenagers will be released by Hardie Grant in February 2015. Each year, she takes groups of women on writing retreats to Tuscany and Fiji.
- Craig Hamilton, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Saturday 14 January, 2017
This presentation focuses on Craig’s own experience with mental illness (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.
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.
- Dr Helena Popovic, Turn Stress into Success, Saturday 21 January 2017
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Intermittent, mild stress is not a bad thing. It assists in building up our resilience and it switches on our adrenal glands to release performance-enhancing chemicals. However chronic or severe stress has a detrimental effect on our performance as well as on our physical, mental and emotional health. Unchecked stress is a contributing factor in every major disease we suffer and can lead to erosion of brain function, depression and obesity. Turn Stress into Success explains how we can use stress to our advantage and turn stressful events into successful outcomes.
• Gain a clear understanding of what stress is and how it operates in our lives
• How stress affects our brain and overall health
• How our attitude to stress influences our response to stress
• The stages of stress and how to recognise them
• How to fortify the mind and body to raise our stress threshold
• The five steps to deal with stress so that we not only survive but thrive
Dr Helena Popovic MBBS is a medical doctor, author, international speaker and leading authority on how to improve brain function and how our lifestyles impact our health and performance.
Helena’s philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication and she believes in slow ageing despite fast living. She has been paving the way for a new paradigm in peak health for peak performance and is passionate about empowering people to live longer, stronger, healthier and happier.
- Mel Overall, What about Diets and Detoxes? 28 January 2017
With a myriad of books and products on the market the diet and detox industries are worth multi-millions of dollars in Australia. Each product or new diet professes to be ‘the one’… but not all diets work and some detoxes can be dangerous.
This presentation explores why there is not one perfect diet that fits us all. As well as looking at detoxification, including our body’s role in the process, when you should/should not consider diets and whether a more holistic diet and lifestyle review is a more sustainable way to go.
Melinda is a fully qualified Nutritionist and lecturer in nutritional medicine. Her aim and passion is to help people obtain optimal health and well-being through education and diet & lifestyle coaching with minimal supplementation.
Following a health issue of her own several years ago Melinda recognised the importance of food as medicine and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Melinda believes that education is the key in empowering people to reach their best possible health and to minimise their reliance on practitioners.
- Matt Cowdroy, The Productivity Ninja & Making Habits Stick, 4 February 2017
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.