You are warmly invited to join us for season two of Mental Health Matinées, a series of online presentations promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts.

As we begin to navigate new ways of working, the unknown of how we operate can feel daunting or frightening. These sessions again look to offer a small respite to the challenges and equip you with practices of self-care and practical ways of traversing the ‘new normal’.

Every session is free to attend. Simply register online to receive the Zoom link.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks.

You can watch all of season one here.

We can’t wait to see you.



The importance of purpose for positive mental health and wellbeing

Thursday, 12 November 2020

2pm to 3pm

Are you feeling overwhelmed, uncertain or exhausted – even when you’re loving what you’re doing? You’re not alone.

The performing arts industry can feel relentless and overwhelming, especially as we start looking to recommence working in the “new normal” that is COVID-19. The churn of grant applications, deadlines, negotiating, contracting, and hundreds of other jobs that build up can all take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. This sessions explores purpose as an antidote to this challenge, and the way in which knowing our purpose is one of the key contributors to maintaining our wellbeing.

Presented by Glenda Chi, WHY Discovery.

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Emotions and presence

Monday, 16 November 2020

2pm to 3pm

Garner techniques for riding the emotional roller coaster that is COVID-19.

This session will give an introduction as to how to build awareness and tolerance of our emotional experience, and how to use it to better understand ourselves. One of the keys to doing this is developing presence. The session includes optional experiential participation.

Presented by Dr Louise Cooper, Talking Emotions.

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Feeling good in the right now

Thursday, 26 November 2020

2pm to 3pm

This practical session focuses on how to use meditation to create space and energy in your everyday life.

Deone will share how meditation works, the importance of breath and how we use it, as well as several practical exercises including a mindfulness technique, guided meditation, and Moment Awareness Technique.

Presented by Deone Zanotto, Performance Based Meditation.

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Sustainable creative practice

Monday, 30 November 2020

10.30am to 11.30am

Creating great art is one thing we’re all very good at, but how do we do it without burning out, going broke or damaging others in the process?

This session will explore why good art-making is as much about healthy processes as it is about a good final product. We’ll also discuss how to make art while ensuring the wellbeing of yourself, your audience and your colleagues.

Presented by Eugene Wong, Chief Story Shaper at A Stronger Narrative.

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Looking after the Earth to look after yourself

Thursday, 10 December 2020

1pm to 2pm

Learn how you can reset your understanding of wellbeing by embedding ancient ways of knowing, doing and being into your daily lifestyle.

Create a deeper sense of belonging, a more purposeful life and greater health through the practice of Wayapa Wuurrk®, an internationally-accredited earth connection embodiment practice that draws on Indigenous wisdom of living in harmony with the environment.

Presented by Jamie Marloo Thomas, a GunaiKurnai man and Maara Descendant, and Co-Creator of Wayapa Wuurrk®.

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Self-compassion break

Thursday, 17 December 2020

3pm to 4pm

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.”

— Rumi.

This session is an invitation to stop, attend and explore taking care of yourself through the practice of self-compassion. This involves becoming aware of, validating and transforming tiredness, stress, isolation, and self-judgment into connection, understanding, kindness and compassion. If possible, you are invited to sit in a quiet and peaceful space –comfortable clothes are encouraged.

Facilitated by Jossy Jimenez.

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