Join Olli Ricken and Gareth Edwards as they lead you through two days of inspiration!
Saturday 12 September: Laughter Wellness and its applications. When people laugh together, a high trust, positive environment is created where anything is possible. When this is done through something as fun and as simple as unconditional laughter, it is incredibly empowering for individuals and gives participants valuable tools for every day life. Hannah has been sharing laughter wellness throughout New Zealand communities since 1997. She will be sharing with you her experiences from a range or organisations including prisons, mental health support groups, corporate businesses, retirement villages, amongst others.
Saturday 12 September: A Toolkit for Wellbeing. Aaron’s goal is simple. It is complete understanding of human wellbeing, why it is as it is and how it can be improved.
Saturday 12 September: Life Enhanced by performing arts. In this workshop “theatrescape” Pat will introduce participants to a selection of the elements of compassionate clowning, street theatre and improv acting. This is an experience designed to discover and awaken the clown within and enable emotional expression.
Saturday 12 September: Have You Got the Guts for Wellbeing? Wellbeing = Health! Inspiration! Joy! Vitality! Sounds amazing. Where can I get some?
Well it takes guts to have all of this – healthy guts and a well functioning digestive system.
In this seminar we will:
– look at just how the state of our gut can determine the state of our overall physical and mental health…. our wellbeing.
– explore the concept of our gut being the second brain – or is it the first?
– discover what in our environment damages our gut
– learn how to restore our digestive system, get our gut in tip top condition and finally achieve that sense of overall wellbeing.
Shalani believes there is no ‘one size fits all’ way to eat, move and live and uses her vast knowledge in her business, Live Alive Health Creation, to help people create and live their best possible life – a life of fabulous health, joy, vitality and inspiration.
Saturday 12 September: The Body/Mind connection. This workshop will discuss, interact, role play body parts, and more, to bring about the realisation of who, what, and why they are, who they are with an ultimate objective of being able to take responsibility for ALL thoughts, feelings and body movements, and that they are not random parts for someone or something else to fix. I am an ‘everyday living coach’ who show people ways to deal with their version of stress. How to experience it more positively, enjoy life more consciously, feel joy more readily, spreading the ‘feel good factor’ from head to toe.
“Live, Laugh and Love your Moments!”
Saturday 12 September: Sing, Laugh, Live, and Lead: Out Loud!What does it mean to you to live your life, sing, laugh, and lead out loud?
What is it you want for to be this best self, out loud?
In Lisa Tui’s active and experiential session you will be offered a significant life giving tool from her Master Practitioner training; and opportunities to sing and laugh out loud and techniques that will enliven your ability to lead with vitality and impact.
As your life unfolds before you what most would you like to share?
With 25 years of experience performing and teaching in the circus and comedy field, Olli knows the power of laughter inside out and upside down.Originally from Germany Olli settled in NZ in 2002 after finishing her studies in Educational science and Psychology in Germany. Her M.A. thesis was on the integrative power of the creative use of circus in education, which she had experienced herself as a teenager and teacher of youth circus groups in Europe.
Gareth is an award-winning entertainer who brings events to life with his musical MC-ing. He has an interactive style that makes people feel glad they came. Blending snippets of his funny and thoughtful songs keeps things grooving along. And the occasional laughter yoga exercise helps stimulate the serotonin.Gareth has a knack of creating a sense of togetherness, helping people to join in with the singing and laughing or simply sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere.“Efficient, effective but most of all, engaging – a nice balance of light heartedness and professionalism.” Judi Clements | CEO, Mental Health Foundation
He returned to Sheffield to do a PhD on how creative people use computer technology. He’d probably be there still had his journey not been derailed. He began to experience extraordinary highs and lows which eventually led to a period of hospitalisation and a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder. Placed on a new path, Gareth started working to help others. He spent several years helping people with alcohol, drug and gambling addictions, mental health diagnoses and experience of homelessness. He spent the next few years trying to ‘change the system’ by working in research centres, national foundations, government departments and universities.
Sunday 13 September: Laughter Yoga Research: Is it really necessary?. Research is done for many reasons. It can be done to prove or disprove what we already know, or to provide evidence of what we think we know. It can be used to get disbelievers and skeptics to think that they may be wrong, or that we may be right. Or it can be used to provide knowledge and information to those who know little or nothing of what we do. So is Laughter Yoga Research really necessary? The answer is simple if we want to grow. Yes!
Having been involved in two University Research Studies in the past, in the middle of another one now, and about to embark on another before the end of the year, Merv will discuss the results of his two completed studies and the importance of them in obtaining commercial opportunities and opening doors into the health industry. He will also provide details of the newly created Laughter Yoga Therapist Training.
Sunday 13 September: Diagnosis. “Being diagnosed with a Motor Neurone Disease was deeply challenging, yet as strange as it may sound, it was also the most empowering time of my life.” Wheelchair bound within six months and dead within three years, David Savage would be leaving behind his two young children and his wife Megan, who was four months pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Yes, ‘deeply challenging’ is understandable, but ‘empowering’?
- Creating a mental environment that thrives in the face of adversity
- Why one person’s challenge is a change opportunity for others
- The joy of having a Neurologist ‘tickle’ your foot
- Where leadership actually comes from
“I think it’s useful to consider in depth our own dying, and by doing so, reframe it from a thing of tragedy, to instead seeing it as defining beautifully what is rich in life, and who we are as human beings.”
“David’s deep understanding and respect for the human spirit creates real and powerful coaching experiences!” Gai Foskett, Business Coach Kapiti, NZ
David Savage is a Leadership Collaboration Specialist operating NZ-wide and who lives in the Wairarapa. His mission is to help good people do great things that make a bigger difference.
Sunday 13 September: Comedy and Story – Funny Story. Caroline will weave three stories for personal inspiration for your amusement and pondering. You will come to examine the smaller events in your life for the bigger meaning and find the funny in the ordinary, as she does, after hearing these tales. Prosaic moments can lead to spiritual development if we take time to notice the meaning. Caroline is a firm believer in finding the funny right there at the end of your nose. She could have the advantage of a big nose . . . Judge for yourself as you listen.
Sunday 13 September: Choose to matter. It’s all about making the right choices that last longer than your lifetime. Every day, the choices you make, have an impact on other people – your family, friends, colleagues and strangers and every day you also make an impact on the environment. What conscious choices are you making, to ensure that those connections actually make a difference. Imagine a world where people consciously made inspired choices that matter. Your inspired footprint will be etched into the planet and into the minds of others.
Sunday 13 September: Opening the Doorways to Harmonious Communities. In this presentation, Bev Edwards demonstrates the importance of sound, ceremony, and ritual and how it enables individuals to unite and harmonise as a community. Bev, who married a Maori man, has been initiated into Aboriginal culture in WA. With these wisdoms she will open the doorways to enable the perspective of others to be observed without judgement. This will create a space of harmony and collaboration, uniting the audience as one spirit.
In her session she will play six different crystal singing bowls, and each one is aligned to the chakras. This opens the way for people to take in new learning, by anchoring it in the cells of the body. It brings harmony and balance to the body. As one is harmonised so are they all.
Aboriginal humour has its own unique style and is very mischievous! Bev’s understanding and appreciation of this is used to full effect at the completion of this session!
Bev is passionate about raising the vibrations of those around her to empowering them to be more authentic and bringing more joy into their lives.
Bev came from a violent marriage and neglected childhood. She has used the power of sacred sound and ceremony to come into a place of acceptance with it all. Having been a victim of circumstances beyond her control, healing the damage within the physical mental and spiritual aspects of herself has helped her to create a unique healing experience for her clients.
Bev will lead you through deep meditative sound healing via voice and the crystal bowls enabling you to experience for yourself what sound can do for you.
Bev Edwards is a 21st Century Shaman who has been leading people on a path of personal and spiritual development for over 25 years. She says “by creating a more Heart Centred Way of living in the world I am able to energize peoples dreams and aspirations. Raising the vibrations of those around us empowers people to be themselves. The more people that can be themselves the more the world can be a place we can all share with no fear of judgement or lack.”Bev will lead you through a deep meditative sound bath that allows for healing on all levels of consciousness. Clearing blockages that stand in the way of living a heart centered and joyful life. This is one of many steps on the path to wholeness and she would love for all those that are called or curious to experience the clarity sound can bring.