// MORNING 9:00-12:00 //
With Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the greatest psychologists of our time, pioneering researcher into optimal experience or ‘flow’ and best-selling author of Flow: The classic work on how to achieve happiness, USA
A unique opportunity to spend in-depth time with one of the world’s greatest psychologists on a rare visit to Australia!
“It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Drawing on decades of extensive research, Professor Csikszentmihalyi will use his famous theory of ‘flow’ to assist workshop participants in examining what makes our lives more satisfying and meaningful. In this experiential workshop, participants will explore how we can all achieve ‘flow’ - a state of joy, creativity and total involvement - at work, play and in our relationships. Through understanding ‘flow’ we can learn to live in harmony with ourselves, our society and ultimately with the greater universe.
With Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most popular mindfulness coaches and cofounder of the Museum of Happiness, London, UK
Do you find it difficult to control your racing mind? Looking for mindful brain exercises to help you step back and have greater clarity in your life? Want to stop taking the stories in your mind so seriously and experience the joy of living in the present? If so, then this workshop is for you. Participants will:
• Discover the benefits of mindful living for body and mind
• Understand why mindfulness is recommended by medical professionals around the world
• Experience some extended core mindfulness practices and some short, portable exercises
• Enjoy a sense of greater focus and relaxation
• Learn how to integrate mindfulness into daily life
With Toni Powell, storyteller, disruptor of content, documentary filmmaker and author of The Yellow Car - How I Stopped Driving Myself Crazy
Toni Powell’s amusing, frank and often surprising workshop is a wonderful mix of cutting edge science, real life stories and simple practices. This is a workshop for couples, singles, grannies, older teens, bosses, and pretty much everyone else.
Learn more about why you do what you do, why you’re often misunderstood, how others see the world and what the everyday trust-destroyers are. You’ll leave equipped with simple ways to create and enjoy happier relationships. Join Toni for a refreshingly honest look at the stuff that really matters.
"Brilliant, funny, wise - the science blew me away."
Siobhan Barter, Editor, Brisbane
// AFTERNOON 14:00-17:00 //
With Professor Richard M. Ryan, one of the leading international experts on motivational research and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory; Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Education, University of Rochester, USA
The quality of our engagement, performance, and well-being in all spheres of life is strongly affected by the extent to which our motivation for acting is either autonomous or controlled. As parents, managers, teachers and practitioners we can foster high quality, autonomous motivation in others, or, unwittingly, undermine motivation and engagement. Learn about Self-determination Theory’s applied research, including interventions in schools, workplaces, health-care clinics and virtual environments
With Dr Christine Carter, sociologist, happiness and productivity expert; bestselling author of The Sweet Spot; Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, USA
The latest research on productivity and elite performance demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more. Using surprising science and lively anecdotal evidence, Dr Carter offers a practical game plan for mitigating stress.
In this illuminating workshop you will learn how to work with your brain’s innate hardwiring to increase happiness, balance, and ultimately, success. Discover:
• What happens to your brain when you tip into overwhelm
• Why some digital habits make you less productive (even as they make you feel harder working)
• Easy-to-implement strategies to harness the power of your unconscious mind
This is a workshop about how to expand the amount of time you have to get things done so you can enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to create.
With Associate Professor Michael F. Steger, psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing, Director, Center for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University, USA
Explore what purpose means for you, and work collaboratively with other workshop participants to bring your personal purpose into focus. In the first part of the workshop, participants will dive deep into their inspirations and fears, obligations and opportunities, to give voice to their yearning.
In the second part of the session, participants will build a structure around their personal purpose, including strategies for checking in with how well aligned their activities are with their purpose and how to revisit and revise purpose over time. Participants will also learn how to reconcile and harmonise those times when two important purposes may pull us in different direction.