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It was mid-2014 and I was sitting there, in awe.  I was amongst many, but felt calmly alone, as if the speaker’s words were meant only for me.  He was challenging the dogma of western medicine, giving voice to an alternative solution.  Something within me stirred.

I’d already started a journey of transformation, so was obviously open to the call to rise. I had been preparing my body and mind for my second pregnancy.  The desire to expand my potential beyond the life I had lead was closely linked to my view that our children are our mirrors, offering us a way to grow and nurture our authentic selves.  And I wanted more of that, because I had never felt more like myself that when I became a mother.

In that moment, in that room, after the speaker’s words had long gone, I felt the lingering sensation of strength in my voice.  I knew then that I needed to do something, create a movement, and transform the conversation.  I felt vital. Invigorated. I wasn’t stuck anymore. It made sense.  I was to use my communications and media skills, combined with my thirst for knowledge around human behavior, to raise our collective consciousness.

The next day I called that speaker and he agreed to present at my first event.  It had begun.

I suddenly saw opportunities everywhere.  Opportunities to educate, to open up the uncomfortable conversations, and to create a safe place to challenge the status quo.   Suburban Sandcastles was established with a view to connecting people with what moves them, in particular raising awareness of both physical and mental health, and our relationships to others and ourselves.

I realise now that the 7 year old me, who drew a picture of a stage with a performer on it, was a visionary.  She had a desire to be seen and heard, to express herself fully.  The 18 year old me took that challenge on literally and became vocal about politics and the environment and any other cause dear to the hardcore lefties’ heart.  Having had the fire lit by my English teachers to ask more questions, to challenge beliefs, and to tell more stories, I then became a less than model employee in my corporate days.  I felt the pressures to conform and considered myself an imposter much of the time, but I knew this was part of the plan.  I am hugely grateful to the bosses who challenged me and helped me realise there were other conversations to be had, other reasons to get up each day. 

And so it is that I am living the life I encourage others to live – the one where you step out and do what you feel you are called to do.  Each event I bring to life asks the audience to challenge their perceptions, to stretch their understanding, to be open to new possibilities… to expand their human potential and become the truest version of themselves. And each event continues to prompt me to do the same.

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Our events seek to explore more deeply the issues of our time through thought-provoking film and conversation, and opinions and expert views that compel you to question your beliefs, values and view of yourself and how you be and act on the world. 

We feature engaging, knowledgable speakers who are experts in their field, and cultivate a community that's inspired by wellness, big ideas, and paving our own way. 

Our film and conversation events offer:

  • Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, education, leadership and conscious living
  • Nourishing whole food meals and drinks, and bar service 
  • Prize raffles featuring fantastic products and services from our exhibitors, partners and local businesses 
  • Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you explore the theme more deeply
  • Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn
— Alvin Toffler, Futurist

Bridget Wood, Founder and Events Manager

Bridget Wood is a writer, speaker, event manager and facilitator with a vision to raise our collective consciousness through her businesses Suburban Sandcastles and Nourishing The Mother. With studies in media, communications and human behaviour, and ten years spent in the Corporate world, Bridget has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a desire to understand the bigger picture of how we, and the world, are the way we are, and to empower people to connect to themselves and realise their potential. A mother of two, Bridget reflects that many women feel they lose themselves in early motherhood, but ultimately it's been where she has found herself. Bridget has a particular interest in 'raising our children to raise ourselves' recognising how our children's behaviour, values and needs can trigger feelings in us - our own 'inner child'. Bridget advocates for children and awakening motherhood to see the gifts of healing our children are offering us, and how our relationships and the world around us offer us a mirror to grow and nurture our authentic selves.

An avid researcher and thought leader, Bridget loves bringing people together and empowering them to create change in order to live more meaningful lives and inspire us all to enrich our connection to our health, the environment, our relationships and ourselves. 

Kirsty Underwood, Events Co-ordinator & Resident Foodie

Kirsty is a health and happiness coach, whole-food recipe creator and self-confessed lover of all things chocolate. She’s passionate about spreading the word on low-tox living, reducing waste and prioritising self-care. 

After over 10 years in the wellness industry, Kirsty has experienced the power of nourishing our bodies with good food, self-love and spiritual practice. Having worked through many of her own health challenges and traumas, she strongly believes that our experiences shape us and allow us to grow into who we’re here to be. 

Kirsty appeared on the Q&A panel for “Just Eat It” and has been a long-time lover of our film and conversation events as both a customer and exhibitor. She values community, collaboration and celebrating local business and is proud to be part of a tribe that brings all those things together.

You’ll find Kirsty coordinating our events, coaching at vitalitykitchen.com.au and sharing her delicious recipes with us fortnightly on the blog.