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Oct
18
5:45 PM17:45

All The Rage (Bayside Melbourne)

One man has an answer to the problem of chronic pain and yet the medical establishment has largely ignored him. For nearly 50 years, Dr. John Sarno has been battling the pain epidemic by focusing on the mind-body connection and the nature of stress and the manifestation of physical ailments.

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Aug
23
5:45 PM17:45

The Magic Pill

What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem? The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating.

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Aug
9
7:30 AM07:30

Rise For Regional Documentary Premiere

In May 2017, Bridget, baby Sylvie, and Jess Jones of Soar Collective, and her baby Mabel, set off on an ambitious road-trip with a film crew, covering over 2,000kms in 5 days, from Geelong to the Sunshine Coast, to tell the stories of regional women in business. 

Combining motherhood and big dreams was a common theme, join us for the much-anticipated film premiere and hear stories to inspire.

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Jul
31
5:45 PM17:45

The Magic Pill

What if most of our modern diseases are really just symptoms of the same problem? The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating.

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Mar
15
5:45 PM17:45

Dream, Girl

Dream, Girl tells the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs, from brand-new startups to multi-million dollar companies. It's time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader. 

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Jan
18
5:45 PM17:45

Embrace

WHY HAS THE CULTURE OF BODY LOATHING AND BODY SHAMING REACHED EPIC PROPORTIONS WORLDWIDE? JOIN US FOR THIS COMPELLING FILM AND A DYNAMIC CONVERSATION WITH OUR EXPERT Q&A PANEL.


Embrace tells the story of Taryn Brumfitt’s journey from body loather to body lover - an Australian wife and mother who embarks on an international crusade to change the way we think and feel about our bodies.

“'You are fat, you are ugly, you are disgusting' – that’s what I used to say to myself when I looked in the mirror. I loathed my body, I hated my body."

Taryn Brumfitt is an internationally recognised body image activist and founder of The Body Image Movement. In just three years, she has reached over 100 million people with her powerful message of body acceptance.

In her search for the perfect body Taryn, a mother of three, was about to go ‘under the knife’ for breast augmentation and a tummy tuck in 2012. But as Taryn was watching her three-year-old daughter playing, without a care in the world, she suddenly thought: “What message am I sending my daughter?” Taryn cancelled her surgery and instead entered herself in a body building competition, determined to attain the elusive “perfect body” that would finally put her self-loathing to rest. But when Taryn reached her goal weight she realised nothing had changed. At this moment she had an epiphany: Self-acceptance has nothing to do with size or shape, it is a state of mind. Taryn shared her revelation via social media, and when her body returned to a more natural state, she posted a ‘before and after’ photo that grabbed attention worldwide: ‘before’ in bikini-clad competition mode, and ‘after’ as the happier, healthier version of herself. Within days of posting the images Taryn had over three million Facebook views and an outpouring of support from people all over the world.

EMBRACE follows Taryn as she tells her own story, and interviews extraordinary people across the globe. Funny, often heart wrenching, and always inspirational, through Taryn’s lens you’ll learn that we all have the power to change our lives by embracing our bodies, just as they are.

At this special event screening, there'll be a 'wall of body love' featuring pledges and reflections from women determined to see the gifts and experiences their bodies give them - add yours here:
http://www.suburbansandcastles.com/body-gratitude-project

Q&A panel
Fiona Sutherland
 is a Melbourne-based Dietitian and Director of Body Positive Australia which offers therapy, retreats, yoga & training for health professionals. Fiona is a specialist in Mindful Eating, Body Image and Eating Disorders, working with individuals, groups, communities and organisations to support people to find a more peaceful and positive relationship with food, eating and their body. She is a passionate advocate for mindfulness, the Non Diet Approach and Body Positive movement, and aims to spread the word about body acceptance, turning away from diets and nourishing ourselves in an authentic way that truly meets the needs of our body and mind.

Jessica Humphreys, Social Media and Digital PR specialist. In 2013, she started her own Communications Agency, Social Concepts. Jessica also teaches PR and Social Media at Federation University. While at Uni, Jessica developed a keen interest in Gender and Sexual Politics while writing her Honours Thesis on the Sexual Politics of Female Burlesque. Jessica combines these two interests by providing regular media commentary on how our digital environment further impacts our perceptions of gender.

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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Dec
7
5:45 PM17:45

Why Not Home?

IS HOSPITAL REALLY THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BABY? CONVENTIONAL OPINION WOULD SAY YES, BUT THE TRUTH IS - IT DEPENDS. JOIN US FOR THIS COMPELLING FILM AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONVERSATION WITH OUR EXPERTS.

 

Dr. Michelle Minikel thought home birth was crazy-until she got pregnant. Turns out she’s not alone. Why Not Home? exposes a secret from within the medical community.

A small but growing number of doctors, midwives, and nurses who attend birth in the hospital are choosing to have their own children at home.

Through the compelling stories of women who choose to go outside the hospitals where they practice to give birth, viewers experience the beauty and challenges facing families both at home and in the hospital in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

Beyond the personal stories, Why Not Home? is a critical and thoroughly researched look at how maternity care is provided in the US and the choices we are giving women and families about that care. Maternal mortality rates are rising in the US at at time when they are falling in every other industrialized country.

Why Not Home? challenges viewers to move beyond the polarization and judgement that has plagued this issue for decades and instead embrace a more integrated and collaborative model for the future.

Q&A panel

Louise Paterson is Clinical Director of Community Midwifery Services. Louise qualified as a midwife in 1989 and has worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia as both a hospital midwife and a community-based autonomous practitioner. She is also a Registered Nurse since 1986, Qualified Reflexologist since 2007 and Baby Massage instructor since 2000.
After emigrating to Australia in 2007, Louise spent 3 years at the Monash Medical Centre working as a Primary Care Midwife in their Birth Centre, before it was closed in 2010. In September 2010 Louise left the Monash to set up in private practice, completed the postgraduate course in maternity reflexology, and became an eligible midwife and medicare provider in November 2011.  In May 2013 Louise formed “Community Midwifery Services” in honour of her much loved community team in the UK.  
“Throughout most of my career I have been fortunate enough to look after mothers in the continuity of care model, and have again and again seen the benefits of mothers having this one on one model of care to support them through the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. I always feel very privileged that I am able to be a support at one of the most exciting, but sometimes challenging times in a woman’s life."

Emily Jones is a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Birth Essentials Educator, HypnoMothering Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Infant Massage Instructor, Fertility Support Educator, mother to two beautiful souls, wife to another, friend to all & peaceful birth seeker. Emily is passionate about Calm Beginnings from Conception, Birth & Beyond. It was through a beautiful entrance into the world that was so peaceful & empowering that it compelled Emily to share this amazing gift with other families. From this birth her business Acacia Wellness was born & like her family has grown into something special. After speaking to hundreds of women approaching birth filled with fear & anxiety, Emily identified that communication was often at the crux of these feelings. Emily created the My Birth Wishes app which is a trusted birthing companion & the must have app for all pregnant families to help bring the feeling of safety back into the birth room throughout the world.
It is Emily's hope that all mothers experience calm, peace & positivity in their birth, their motherhood journey & through all of life's transitions.

Shalome Stone, Rockstar Birth Mentor, wants to live in a world where women approach their birth with excitement, knowledge and a sense of power.  A highly-medicalised hospital birth and 2 sensational home births taught her the importance of putting the trust back into a woman's innate ability to birth beautifully. Shalome is the Founder and Editor of the Rockstar Birth Magazine  the Rockstar Birth Radio podcast, Rockstar Birth TV webinar series, and the online interactive Rock Your Birth program. You can start your Rockstar Birth journey by connecting with Shalome at shalome@rockstarbirth.com or at www.rockstarbirthmagazine.com
Shalome is the Former Editor of the Homebirth Queensland print publication Down To Birth, and is also the Host of the Positive Birth Movement in Melbourne, meeting monthly at MAMA Caulfield. You can find out details for all our PBM events here: www.facebook.com/PBMMelbourne

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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Nov
9
5:45 PM17:45

Embrace

WHY HAS THE CULTURE OF BODY LOATHING AND BODY SHAMING REACHED EPIC PROPORTIONS WORLDWIDE? JOIN US FOR THIS COMPELLING FILM AND A DYNAMIC CONVERSATION WITH OUR EXPERT Q&A PANEL


Embrace tells the story of Taryn Brumfitt’s journey from body loather to body lover - an Australian wife and mother who embarks on an international crusade to change the way we think and feel about our bodies.

“'You are fat, you are ugly, you are disgusting' – that’s what I used to say to myself when I looked in the mirror. I loathed my body, I hated my body."

Taryn Brumfitt is an internationally recognised body image activist and founder of The Body Image Movement. In just three years, she has reached over 100 million people with her powerful message of body acceptance.

In her search for the perfect body Taryn, a mother of three, was about to go ‘under the knife’ for breast augmentation and a tummy tuck in 2012. But as Taryn was watching her three-year-old daughter playing, without a care in the world, she suddenly thought: “What message am I sending my daughter?” Taryn cancelled her surgery and instead entered herself in a body building competition, determined to attain the elusive “perfect body” that would finally put her self-loathing to rest. But when Taryn reached her goal weight she realised nothing had changed. At this moment she had an epiphany: Self-acceptance has nothing to do with size or shape, it is a state of mind. Taryn shared her revelation via social media, and when her body returned to a more natural state, she posted a ‘before and after’ photo that grabbed attention worldwide: ‘before’ in bikini-clad competition mode, and ‘after’ as the happier, healthier version of herself. Within days of posting the images Taryn had over three million Facebook views and an outpouring of support from people all over the world.

EMBRACE follows Taryn as she tells her own story, and interviews extraordinary people across the globe. Funny, often heart wrenching, and always inspirational, through Taryn’s lens you’ll learn that we all have the power to change our lives by embracing our bodies, just as they are.

Q&A panel
Shelley Lask from Body Positive Health & Fitness is a personal trainer who uses a Health at Every Size® approach to help people enjoy moving their bodies and getting stronger and fitter. She is part of the advisory board for HAES® Australia, a co-founder of The Better Fitness Initiative, a guest lecturer for the Australian Fitness Academy and was involved in the fitness industry focus group for Eating Disorders Victoria. She has qualifications in both fitness and disability studies.

Shelley is passionate about promoting healthy body image and making the fitness industry more inclusive of our diverse community.  

Danni Rowlands, Education Manager for The Butterfly Foundation, supporting Australians experiencing eating disorders. Danni’s role is to manage the services and programs that aim to address the protective and risk factors that under pin body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and eating disorders. As a result of these programs Butterfly has reached over 550,000 young people, 6,000 professionals and parents around the country.
Danni has worked in the not for profit sector for almost 20 years, with specific involvement in the eating disorder sector for over 13. She has worked and volunteered in various capacities during this time following her own lived experience. Danni worked as a fitness professional for many years and through her own business advocated for healthy and balanced behaviours with food and exercise. Danni also played Netball at the highest level in Victoria, retiring in 2008. 
Danni, also a mum of 2 pre-school aged children, is passionate and dedicated about the prevention of eating disorders and also the building of self and body confidence in people of all ages.

Jessica Humphreys, Social Media and Digital PR specialist. In 2013, she started her own Communications Agency, Social Concepts. Jessica also teaches PR and Social Media at Federation University. While at Uni, Jessica developed a keen interest in Gender and Sexual Politics while writing her Honours Thesis on the Sexual Politics of Female Burlesque. Jessica combines these two interests by providing regular media commentary on how our digital environment further impacts our perceptions of gender.

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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Oct
19
5:45 PM17:45

Just Eat It

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Q&A panel
Katy Barfield, CEO at Yume and Founding CEO of Secondbite, has lived and breathed food rescue for over a decade. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, Katy led the organisation through a period of exponential growth over seven years, turning a handful of volunteers into a national not-for-profit organisation, distributing millions of kilos of fresh surplus food to over 1200 community food programs nationwide. Frustrated at the enormous volume of food still going to waste, Katy created Yume in 2014. Yume is an online marketplace that plans to drive revolutionary change in the food system by enabling the sale or donation of surplus food that might otherwise go to waste. 

Kirsty Underwood, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, is a healthy food and lifestyle expert for busy people who struggle to find time or inspiration to eat well. Through her scrumptious wholefood recipes and transformative coaching style she shows you how to make food fun, uncomplicated and super healthy. When she's not sharing her infectious passion for health - you'll find her seeking sunshine, embracing her inner hippy, getting lost in nature or enjoying something chocolatey. 

Jim Mullan, current CEO of Secondbite, is an international leader in social enterprise development as the former CEO of The Big Issue, UK. He has more than three decades of community business experience; working in social enterprises, he has seen the gap between ‘haves’ and people in real need increase.

“I want to find a new solution. The problem of food wastage remains one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Wouldn’t it be great if Australia could lead the way on this? That’s my ambition for SecondBite” says Jim.

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne, for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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