Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday 24 June 2018

Full Day: 09:30 – 16:30

The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion

Pioneering researcher into self-compassion, USA

‘With self-compassion, we give ourselves that same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.’

Dr Kristin Neff

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. 

This workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life.

You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers.

This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives 

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Understand the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism

About your workshop leader

Dr Kristin Neff is internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher into self-compassion. Over a decade ago she first identified self-compassion as a measurable trait, and now there are over a thousand published studies on the benefits of self-compassion.

An associate professor in educational psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr Neff’s research interests centre on the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. Dr Neff is the author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

Post-Conference Workshops

Wednesday 27 June 2018 

Morning Workshops

09:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop 1: Willpower: Self-Control, Decision Fatigue & Energy Depletion

One of the world’s most influential psychologists, Australia & USA

A new understanding of how people control themselves has emerged from the past decade of research studies. Self-control depends on a limited energy supply, and each person’s willpower fluctuates during the day as various events deplete and then replenish it. Decision making and creative initiative also deplete the same willpower supply, while eating and sleeping can restore it.

Explore how some circumstances propel people to perform well despite depleted willpower, including power and leadership roles, local incentives, and personal beliefs. People with high self-control specialise less in resisting temptation than avoiding it.​

Workshop 2: Harness The Craziness: How To Face Negativity With a Positive Mind

Inspiring Buddhist nun and founder, Liberation Prison Project, USA

Whether it’s traffic jams, strained relationships at home, highly demanding jobs, or the overall state of global affairs, there are a lot of things ‘out there’ that we allow to affect our personal inner worlds. So how do we shed our habitual anxiety, stress, blame, guilt and depression? How do we instead cultivate bravery in the face of our problems?

In this workshop, through dynamic teachings and Q & A, inimitably fiery Australian Tibetan Buddhist nun, Ven Robina Courtin, will draw on experiences from her own crazy life to explain how we can become wiser, more confident and joyful in the midst of this crazy world we find ourselves in. By becoming deeply familiar with the workings of our own minds and hearts – truly, being our own therapist – we can slowly begin to open up our marvellous potential for clarity, contentment and love that Buddha says is innate within us.

Workshop 3: Learning To Learn

One of Australia’s leading thinkers on educational issues

Too many people believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University contends that this is due to individuals developing a Fixed Mindset with regard to their capabilities. It is argued that learning is stunted and many social issues can arise by having a Fixed Mindset and in order to flourish, we need a Growth Mindset – a disposition that embraces challenge, seeks out feedback and values effort as the pathway to mastery.

This workshop will tackle issues such as:

  1. Could a Growth Mindset be the key to unlocking our potential?
  2. What are some of the self-sabotaging behaviours that come about as a result of a Fixed Mindset?
  3. What are some of the cultural forces within our homes, schools, organisations and communities that can impact mindset?
  4. How can you develop a Growth Mindset and nurture the mindset of others in your life, be they children, partners or colleagues? 

All participants will receive a comprehensive resource with further learning materials and strategies to utilise in their day-to-day life. 

Workshop 4: The Heart of Relationships – How The Science of Happiness Can Make All Your Relationships Thrive

One of Australia’s most respected relationships researchers and authors

Regardless of how much you love your spouse, your child, or the other significant people in your life, sometimes it all falls to pieces as we try to wrestle with life’s challenges. A growing body of literature has examined the association between qualities of character and relationship outcomes. Qualities such as kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and generosity all relate to improved relationships.

In this interactive, dynamic workshop you will have the opportunity to explore new scientific findings on the surprising virtues that can enhance every relationship and improve overall wellbeing.

Afternoon Workshops

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshop 5: Night School: The Life-Changing Science of Sleep

Described by Scientific American as ‘the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’, UK

Richard Wiseman is on a mission to put the world to sleep. For years he has explored the new science of sleep and dreaming, conducting experiments into sleep-learning, and assembled the world’s largest archive of dream reports. Join Wiseman as he uncovers the power of the sleeping mind, revealing how you can get the perfect night’s sleep, decode your dreams, and improve your life without moving a muscle.

Workshop participants will:

  • Explore exciting peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, to uncover the truth about the sleeping brain.
  • Gain powerful tips on how to use those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time to change your waking life.
  • Discover how to learn information while you sleep, the creative potential of a six-minute nap, and what your dreams really mean.

Studies show that even a small lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and happiness. It’s time to banish nightmares, make the most of the missing third of your days, and get the best night’s sleep of your life.

Workshop 6: Mindfulness & Compassion For Effective Leadership

International expert in mindful leadership, Denmark

Through two years of research, Rasmus Hougaard has identified the two traits of some of today’s greatest leaders of, amongst others, McKinsey, Microsoft, Lego and Google: mindfulness and compassion.

In this interactive workshop Rasmus will teach you the science and practices of developing mindfulness and compassion and how to apply these traits in day to day situations at work and at home. 

Workshop 7: The Secrets of Longevity

Former Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, leading exercise physiologist, nutritionist and neuroscientist

The concept of ageing is a hot topic right now, however there is a lot of misleading information in the public domain about how to improve your longevity. In this workshop you will hear how to separate fact from the fiction, and critically evaluate the leading theories of ageing, including telomere length, inflammation, genetics and others.

Explore a systematic approach to reducing chronic disease risk and maximising cellular health through lifestyle choices in the four interactive pillars of nutrition, movement, mindset and sleep. Lastly, be taken through a proven model of behaviour change to help turn your good intentions into great habits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the major theories of ageing
  • Understand the relative contributions of nature and nurture
  • Discover the influence of sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress on biological ageing
  • Critically evaluate more commonly marketed supplements on the ageing process
  • Learn key daily habits that can significantly impact your longevity

Workshop 8: Living With Less

Expert professional organiser and Interior Architect

Explore the relationship you have with your clutter, what impact that has on the life you live versus the life you want and deserve to live. De-mystify the social need for perfection and debunk the all too common notion that being busy and stressed is a good thing.

Participants will learn the basics about how to de-clutter and get organized including:

  • Setting your goals
  • Finding the time
  • Getting and keeping yourself motivated

You will design a plan to conquer the clutter in your life, based on down to earth, practical advice you can take home and start implementing immediately.

We are preparing a new brochure to include some exciting new speakers and workshops. Please check the website in a few weeks for an updated program and brochure.

If you like you can register below and we'll send you a copy of the new brochure as soon as it is available.

Our Early Bird Tickets are now available and are your last chance to save $100 off the standard 2 Day Conference ticket price and $170 off the standard 4 Day Gold Pass Package price (includes 2 Day Conference plus Pre- and Post-conference workshops).