The launch brochure is now available for direct download. Check out the amazing speaker line up, programme topics and in-depth workshops confirmed so far. Get your copy here!

The full conference programme and brochure will be available in February.

Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday 24 June 2018

Full Day: 09:30 – 16:30

The Power Of Mindful Self-Compassion

with Dr Kristin Neff, 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: 09:00-12:00 ​ & Afternoon: 14:00-17:00

An opportunity to delve more deeply into a topic of your choice with leaders in their fields – enhance your conference experience by choosing one morning and one afternoon workshop.

Three Workshops Confirmed – More To Be Announced

Willpower: Self-Control, Decision Fatigue & Energy Depletion

with Professor Roy Baumeister, 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.​

Learning To Learn

with Dan Haesler, 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. 

Mindfulness & Compassion For Effective Leadership

with Rasmus Hougaard, 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. 

We've released 250 discounted tickets as part of our Super Saver Sale - get in quickly and save $200 off the standard 2 Day Conference ticket price and $340 off the standard 4 Day Gold Pass Package price (includes 2 Day Conference plus Pre- and Post-conference workshops).

Discounted tickets available until 22 December OR until allocation is exhausted.