Season One

Mental health fundamentals
Thursday, 17 September 2020

Mental health has understandably been in the spotlight throughout COVID-19. What is ‘mental health’, though, and what impacts it? This session will explore risk and protective factors, and support services, and how to access them. You will also learn some tips and techniques for asking someone else about their mental health, and helping them to get the support they might need.

Presented by Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Sage Psychology.

Dr Jane Miskovic Wheatley

Understanding self and identity
Monday, 21 September 2020
3pm to 4pm

In the arts, we’re united by our shared passion for storytelling, performance, and the power of theatre to change lives. Sometimes, though, we can confuse who we are with what we do, and our identity becomes wrapped up with our work, and this has been magnified through COVID-19. This session will provide strategies to help artist cope with this challenging COVID-19 period, and explore ways in which we can reflect on our self, and find meaning, values and identity beyond our role in the arts.

Presented by psychologist, facilitator and lecturer, Chris Cheers.

Chris Cheers

Resilience and mindfulness
Thursday, 1 October 2020
3pm to 4pm

There is extensive evidence supporting the health benefits of mindfulness practice, but – as with many things – mindfulness can often be easier said than done. This welcoming, relaxed session is designed to address some of the common challenges faced when practicing mindfulness, and ways in which you can simply incorporate mindfulness into your life to build your personal resilience.

Presented by Coco Nkrumah, Reality Based Mindfulness.

Coco Nkrumah

Pivots and pirouettes – careers and transitions
Monday, 5 October 2020
3pm to 4pm

COVID-19 has disrupted the industry, organisations and personal careers. You might be using this time to reflect on your career in the arts, and how you might want to reconfigure, diversify or transition into another role. This session is the perfect starting point for exploring new and creative approaches to career options in the arts industry at this unique time.

Presented by Susan Eldridge, Notable Values.

Susan Eldridge

Image by Ingrid Martin

Connect, rest and repair
Monday, 12 October 2020
3pm to 4pm

Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown. This is an opportunity to practice being kind to yourself and connect with a community of wholehearted people like you! Come and explore a surprisingly simple and straightforward way of attending to and comforting yourself when you need it the most.

Facilitated by Jossy Jimenez.

Jossy Jimenez

Navigating through change and uncertainty
Thursday, 22 October 2020
3pm to 4pm

Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks, this session will help you identify elements that might be in your control in such a chaotic world, and what you have agency over changing. Importantly too, you will learn practical techniques to build motivation to change these things! This process is aimed at ‘topping up’ your resilience to help manage change and difficult situations.

Presented by Dr Anastasia Hronis, Australian Institute for Human Wellness.

Anastasia Hronis

Season Two

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.

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.

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.

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.

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®.


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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