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EVENTS

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Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

RISE Documentary (Geelong)

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Two women and two babies embark on a journey to learn from women who rise up to the challenges of a modern world. On a roadtrip travelling over 2,000kms in five days, from Geelong to the Sunshine Coast, entrepreneurs Jess Jones and Bridget Wood were inspired, challenged and ultimately empowered by their crazy adventure and the women they connected with, and interviewed, on the road - from booming regional country centres, to thriving coastal spots, these are women living lives by design, willing to believe in their dreams, and seeing the challenges as part of the grand plan of life.

Q&A panel

Announced soon!

About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at The Potato Shed, Drysdale, for a nourishing meal, wholefood treats and beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
6pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
7pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

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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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Jul
13
5:45 PM17:45

In Utero

HOW MUCH ARE WE SHAPED BY OUR EXPERIENCES IN THE WOMB? WHAT IF OUR PERCEPTIONS THEN ARE SHAPING HOW WE EXPERIENCE AND REACT TO LIFE NOW? WHAT CAN PREGNANT MOTHERS DO TO OPTIMISE EARLY LIFE EXPERIENCES? JOIN US FOR THIS EYE-OPENING AND COMPELLING FILM AND CONVERSATION 

.IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. IN UTERO brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Fetal origins experts, research scientists, psychologists, doctors and midwives – as well as examples from popular culture and mythology – collectively demonstrate how our experiences in utero shape our future. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race.

Through enlightening and oftentimes poignant interviews with experts and pioneers, IN UTERO paints a complex tapestry of the human experience from conception to birth. Tapping into cultural myths, popular movies, and technological trends, the film demonstrates how our experiences in utero preoccupy us throughout our lives.

Experts in the fast-growing field of epigenetics explain that we are not only our genes but a product of our environment as well, a proven fact that changes our perception of stress and exposures to the environment during pregnancy. The film looks at how these environmental effects are passed down through the generations through our genes, making it scientifically plausible that a traumatic event that affected your grandma could leave a mark on your genes.

As if this weren’t eye-opening enough, the film reveals through extensive interviews with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts that similar theories of prenatal life have been in play as early as the 1900’s, and have gained traction ever since. In that sense, the hard sciences are only just beginning to catch up with what others have been saying for decades.

Now, experts in all fields have begun to see the link between the state of the world and prenatal life. Open up the news any day and you’ll see a new article about the prenatal period. In just the last few years, enormous strides have been made in understanding the biological, psychological and sociological impact of our time in the womb. Scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Research discovered that disorders such as autism and schizophrenia begin before birth. In Michigan, researchers have developed MRI technology that is able to capture incredible images of a developing fetus’s brain, allowing them to study how areas of the brain begin to link up and coordinate activity. Meanwhile, other scientists and psychologists are finding that prolonged stress such as poverty, and traumatic events such as Ferguson and 9/11 impact a developing fetus on a genetic level. Others have found that depressed or stressed mothers have higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which negatively affects the fetus by constricting blood flow to the placenta. The list goes on. All of this research urges us to think about who we are and how the foundations of who we’ve become all began long before we were even born, and ultimately, how we can set our children up for better lives in the generations to come.

It’s clear that IN UTERO is an extremely timely and important film. Through interviews with midwives and prenatal psychologists, IN UTERO brings into focus a new field devoted to prenatal life. Time will tell how those whose lives are “known” from the beginning will lead us into the future.

Q&A Panel
Lael Stone is a proud mother of three children who has worked as a Birth Attendant/Doula, Childbirth Educator and certified Calmbirth Instructor since 2004. From a background in wellbeing and counselling Lael was compelled into the field of childbirth education by her own birth experiences. Lael has interviewed and collected birth experience data from hundreds of Australian women throughout her career. This data provided insight and motivation to develop the About Birth Online Education Program, a pioneering way to learn about birth and early parenting. Lael has spent the last few years working one on one with women around fears in their pregnancy, negative birth experiences as well as working with families to develop more connection with the Aware Parenting model. She is a certified Aware Parenting Instructor and runs regular groups for mothers as well as workshops and private sessions. Her passion is to create wellness in families through connection, communication and education.

Dr Vicki Anthonisz has a double degree in chiropractic and clinical science and is a certified Neuroemotional Technique practitioner. She has over 20 years experience working with pregnant women and children. She is particularly interested in the role of stress in physical health. Her passion is helping families achieve optimal outcomes through education and understanding how their brains and nervous systems work.

Collette Beck is a freelance writer and editor, and mother to three children (who are nine, seven and three). Her parenting journey has been fraught with miscarriage and loss and she has miscarried six babies in total. All her pregnancies were considered high risk, so were incredibly stressful. The pregnancies that resulted in living children all had an element of 'threatened miscarriage' at different stages of pregnancy. She has been deeply affected by her journey into parenthood and is passionate about talking about the issues of pregnancy loss, healing and the long-term effects of of such losses. 

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, 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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Jun
15
5:45 PM17:45

The True Cost

Do you give much thought to who made your clothes? Do we have a responsibility to consider who pays the price for cheap, fast fashion or is it simply a mechanism of a global economy that 'works'? Join us for this thought-provoking film and conversation with our expert panel.
 


This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Join us for this special event screening, featuring a fair trade and conscious living market before the film and nourishing food available for dinner, a Q&A with our expert panel, and a prize raffle to support Sisterworks

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Q&A panel
Rechelle Coombes, Founder, Socielle Co, is a business marketing expert determined to use her 11 years experience in some of the world’s largest organisations, as a force for ‘good’.  Socielle is an online store, social enterprise and sustainable business incubator where women can shop with a conscience and make an impact.  Established with a mission to create a better world for everyone through educating consumers, raising awareness and helping people find a cause they are passionate about, Socielle wants to put the cool back into caring; in the western world that is obsessed with material possessions, fast fashion and wasteful trends. 

Prior to launching Socielle, social entrepreneurship was a key driver for Rechelle in the Corporate world, whilst working at the Westpac Group she consulted non-for profit start-ups, founded the Westpac Youth Network’s Victorian arm advocating youth rights and partnering with charities to mentor and raise funds. Here she also represented Indigenous Australians as an ambassador for the Brothers and Sisters Network. This stint of philanthropic work lead her to embark on a new journey leveraging her innate passion for human rights and driving conscious capitalism. 

Socielle has now secured funding partnerships with some of Australia’s leading charities including OzHarvest, Wildlife Warriors, Swags for the homeless, Kids under Cover and Sister Works as part of her store’s strong commitment to purpose and people over profit. Rechelle also produces some of her store’s own merchandise leveraging only fair trade suppliers such as Sister Works a local female refugee entrepreneur support group to create beautiful, sustainable and ethical fashion items. 

Leeyong Soo, Fashion Writer
Hailing from a family who never throws anything out that could possibly be used again, Leeyong Soo grew up in Melbourne making furniture and clothes for her toys before moving on to sew clothes for herself. After studying Japanese at university she moved to Tokyo and began working at Japanese Vogue, where she had her own DIY column and initiated a designer collaboration with fair trade company People Tree which continues today. On her return to Melbourne in 2007 Leeyong became involved with local fair trade organisations and started writing for Peppermint Magazine. She established her DIY and sustainable fashion blog Style Wilderness in 2010 and after several trips to Laos, set up her fair trade jewellery label Wilderness Bazaar in 2014

Nick Savaidis, Founder and Director, Etiko Pty Ltd is one of the pioneers of the fairtrade movement in Australia. Etiko Pty Ltd is the company behind two fairtrade focussed brands, Etiko the first fairtrade fashion brand in Australia and Jinta Sport, the first fairtrade sports brand. A former high school teacher and TAFE lecturer Nick first became involved in the social enterprise sector in the early 90’s while working on remote Aboriginal communitiesNick’s business has won numerous awards for business sustainability and social responsibility including the 2008 National Banksia Environmental Award, as well as both the 2013 & 2014 Australian Fairtrade Product of the Year. Since 2013 Etiko has also achieved the highest ranking for ethical production in the Australian Fashion Report every time that report has been released. 

About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, 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 at our fair trade and conscious living market from 5.45pm. 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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May
11
5:45 PM17:45

Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices

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Is sustainable, chemical-free farming the future of food? Can it possibly be this way and should we be striving for it? Through film and conversation with our expert panel, we'll explore this topic. 


5.45pm nourishing food and local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences, followed by discussion
 

Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, ‘Polyface Farm’ is led by the “the world’s most innovative farmer” (TIME Magazine) and uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families and many restaurants and food outlets within a 3 hour ‘foodshed’ of their farm.

‘Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices’ is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years by an Australian family, it follows the Salatin’s, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products.

Lisa Heenan and Darren Doherty and their 3 children have spent the last 4 years and all the money they had saved to build a sustainable and regenerative farm (well over $150K) to create this visionary and inspirational film. They show how the Salatins regenerate their landscapes, communities, local economies, customer’s health and most importantly their soils. Lisa and Darren meet various characters and follow their powerful, personal journeys as they benefit physically and emotionally from the Salatin’s way of farming. This model is being replicated throughout communities all over the world, proving that we can provide quality produce without depleting our planet.

Darren Doherty is one of the world’s leading regenerative agriculture specialists and he has consulted in well over 40 countries with thousands of farms and farmers… all with the one purpose…

Hoping to inspire great change in our Global Village.

About the event
Before the film, join us for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase. 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.

Joining us in a special Q&A after the film, is the film's Co-Director, Isaebella Doherty, a favourite Victorian farmer, Farmer Dan, and : 

Dan Drougas, Farmer and owner, The Farmers Market Online has a philosophy as a farmer to produce a real and natural product which is grown in a humane and sustainable manner on his farm. All the beef, lamb and pork products sold on The Farmers Market Online are born, bred and reared on the family farm in Jack River South Gippsland and are all 100% free range and grass fed. Dan and his family consider their breeding stock as business partners and do not cull, slaughter, process or on-sell them. They remain on their Gippsland farm and are fed and looked after until they pass on. 

In Dan's words: "We guarantee NO hormones, NO grains, NO antibiotics and NO genetically modified feeds(GM) are ever used. All our products are completely natural, grass fed and free range, the way they should be. This is REAL food at it's best. "The way in which we produce our food today, will determine the future of our children."

Isaebella Doherty, Filmmaker, has a string of awards for her work at just 23 years of age. She won an award at 16 at the Bendigo RAW Awards for her short documentary – Filthy Youth. At 17, she won the Youth award, for her music video 'Swan', at the Hillside Film Festival in Belgrave. She has also won numerous awards in New Zealand film festivals for her short films and now as Co-Director of Polyfaces has received awards at the Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague and Weyauwega Film Festival in Wisconsin.

Growing up with an immensely arts & agriculture orientated upbringing, Isaebella has always sought integration of her innately engrained passions, predominantly self-educating her film & photographic capabilities.

Marko Petrovic, holistic coach, entrepreneur and international speaker supports high-performing women and men to supercharge their health with a very simple philosophy and approach. A combination of the latest breakthrough research with age-old wisdom from ancient civilisations that challenge mainstream thinking to get fast sustainable momentum.

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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Apr
13
5:45 PM17:45

Future Dreaming

Future Dreaming is a call to return to the essence of what it means to be human. To a version of humanity that cares about its place in the world and the effect it has on the environment. The film explores a new understanding of the human condition, whereby we no longer see ourselves as separate or having dominion over nature, but instead experience a deep sense of connection with it.

The film is the result of a chance meeting between two people, on a boat, in Antarctica. In January 2015, film director Kaya Finlayson recorded a conversation with the renowned thinker Dr David E Martin, to explore the past, present and future of humanity.

Future Dreaming is a conversation between two people deeply interested in the potential of mankind. It’s a conversation about the sleeping nature of humanity and what it would take to Awaken.

Watch the trailer here

About the event
Before the film, join us for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase. 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.

Joining us in a special Q&A after the film, is the film's Director Kaya Finlayson to continue the discussion with our audience on the themes raised in the film and the part we each play in raising consciousness.

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

More about the film
Future Dreaming is a remarkably inspiring and moving film that discusses the narratives that drive our economic, social and political thinking and unpacks the assumptions that underlie those conditions. The industrial age for example, did not simply bring us new technology, it bought a new way of thinking. It was the first time in the human narrative that nature was classified as having zero value and that human beings were defined as a resource.

The film critiques the models that we are working with and then offers a new model, one that has existed for billions of years. David likes to call this model the Genius of the Universe; it is the intelligence that underlies the natural world creating a sustainable and successful eco system. David asks a very simple question – what would humanity look like if we stopped imposing our models upon nature, and instead, chose to follow the same playbook as the ecosystem we find ourselves in?

Who is David Martin?
Dr. David E Martin’s full list of qualifications, accolades and experience is an impressive read. The Founder of M·CAM®, the international leader in innovation finance, trade, and intangible asset finance, he is also actively engaged in global ethical economic development.

From the halls of parliaments to HBO comedy and films such as the Patent Wars, Dr. David Martin takes on some of the world’s most complex economic and social themes using solutions that he’s successfully deployed in his work with over 160 countries. With current work including financial engineering and investment, public speaking and writing, he has also served as an advisor to numerous Central Banks, global economic forums, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation and national governments around the world.

Dr. Martin has publications in law, medicine, engineering, finance, and education. He maintains active research in the fields of linguistic genomics, fractal financial-risk modelling, and cellular membrane ionic signalling. In a televised speech in 2006, David correctly forecast the U.S. housing financial crisis and identified it as a catalyst for the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. His investment funds, banking businesses and global trade network return extraordinary results by measuring all the field effects of every endeavour.

Described as a futurist, fulcrum ninja, economist and global business executive, David disarms the most ardent pessimists, showing that with the right perspective, we can tackle any perceived problem and achieve extraordinary outcomes. He is the father of two adult children and works with his wife, Colleen, in every endeavour of life.

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Mar
16
5:45 PM17:45

The Human Experiment

5.45pm Food, drink, exhibitors
6.45pm Film commences, followed by Q&A and prize raffle

Detailing the alarming use of chemicals in society, in our personal, skin, hair, beauty, food, clothes and general household items, “The Human Experiment” showcases the growth and power of the chemical industry since WWII and asks the provocative question – Have we unwillingly and unknowingly become the Human Experiment?

From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. 

Q&A panel

Alexx Stuart - Low Tox Life
Alexx is an advocate for all things she calls the 'low tox life' - making our best choices and doing so happily when it comes to food, sustainable living, personal care & cleaning products and more. She is of the belief that there should be no guilt or shame in making better choices as and when we're ready to. 
Moving forward with excitement is a much better spent energy. Alexx passionately works to awaken people to all the little things we can do daily to shape our health and the world through her e courses, website www.lowtoxlife.com, active online community, speaking and workshop events and believes strongly that grass roots education and community are what is going to make our world a better place.
 

Crystal Fieldhouse, Ecology Skincare
Crystal is a podcaster, mindfulness leader and real food advocate with sensitive skin and a history of acne and dermatitis. She is the creator of Ecology Skincare and author of the new eBook “Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin" 

Crystal spent 12 months researching and developing Ecology’s first products when she could not find a natural, chemical-free moisturiser that met her personal standards and didn’t irritate her super sensitive skin.

Her Ecology Skincare products have been in the market for 2 years now, are 100% natural and have helped hundreds of people with sensitive skin, dry skin and skin issues like eczema and dermatitis. The simple formulations calm redness and irritation quickly, leaving skin soft and silky smooth.

Crystal is the co-host of the popular podcast, The Primal Shift and her new podcast Mind Body Beauty. You can find her at www.theprimalshift.com.au and www.ecologyskincare.com


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– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film and walk away with action steps to create change in your life
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services for you to check out (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)

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Mar
10
to Apr 21

Mindfulness Program

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A 6-week 'Mindful Life' program that offers practical tools and techniques to bring more mindfulness into your life to reduce stress and improve connection with others, facilitated by Jeremy Limpens.

Jeremy is a behavioural change and stress management coach, university lecturer, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. He has spent twenty years working in health care as a senior manager, registered nurse and paramedic across fifteen countries, and holds a Master of Health and qualifications in conflict resolution, organisational psychology, counselling and mindfulness training.

Jeremy currently leads effective mindfulness-based programs and conflict for individuals, couples and groups—including corporate organisations, health care professionals, people living with cancer, and those stuck in the cycle of conflict. 

This program will include program workbook, weekly exercises and coaching, links for relevant videos & guided audio meditation, and refreshments. 

Ongoing dates:

7pm-9.30pm on:
Thurs 10 March
Thurs 17 March

*break week for Easter*
Thurs 31 March
Thurs 7 April
Thurs 14 April
Thurs 21 April

*Please note this program is subject to minimum numbers filled. 

What people have said about our previous course:

"Bridget, I just have to say what an absolute legend Jeremy is. I know there is an element of being ready to hear things, but the way he delivered the 6 week program was a massive awakening for me. I was so blown away by the simplicity of it all and how something so apparently easy is the most challenging thing. His wise words were backed up with a booklet which has really had an impact on my life. I hear his words in my head and I keep coming back and connecting with the present time which is the most incredible feeling. I feel calmer and aware of what is going on in the here and now.

He has taught me that there is another way to enjoy being and it's not all tough and hard to achieve, it's free and enlightening and amazing.

I cannot thank you enough for enabling me to connect with such an amazing group and experiencing this fantastic course.

I look forward to the next time.

Many thanks, Candice" 


(Participant in the Mindful Life Program with Jeremy Limpens, November 2015)

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Feb
24
5:45 PM17:45

Most Likely to Succeed

5.45pm Food, drink, exhibitors
6.45pm Film commences, followed by Q&A and prize raffle

Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional educational methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionise teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about "school" will never be the same. Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorisation. Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth - and our nation - as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology and automation. 

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood ReporterFilm Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

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The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating, and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.
— Sal Khan, Khan Academy

Press Articles
'Schools should teach kids how to think, not to memorise' - The Huffington Post

'A venture Capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here's what he found' - The Washington Post

'Innovators' ideas for reform should prod educators' - The Chicago Tribune

Q&A PANEL

Karen Bennetts, Senior Adviser and Publications Coordinator, Montessori Australia Foundation
Karen has been involved in the Montessori community for over 20 years. Karen's own experience of attending a conventional school as a child sent her searching for a different approach to education for her own children. As a mother she came across Montessori when her first child was two, and all three of her children subsequently spent time in a Montessori program. 
Karen was founding principal of a Montessori school for ten years and taught primary age children for eight of those years. She has Montessori training across all years of formal education from Early Childhood to the end of Secondary schoolin. Aside from her role with the Montessori Australia Foundation, Karen is also completing a PhD in Montessori Leadership at Monash University. Karen loves talking about how education systems can be improved. 

Melissa Rowe, mental health social worker, mother, counsellor, lover of nature, maker of things and self nurturer.
Melissa has worked for over 15 years as a social worker in Child Protection, Services for Separated families, private practice and as a school counsellor. Through her work with families in crisis, suffering from the effects of significant trauma, mental health issues, drug addiction, family violence, homelessness, child abuse and generational poverty, Melissa developed a passion for empowering parents to embrace their natural intuitive parenting ability so that they can be the best parents they can be and raise mentally healthy children. Melissa’s mission is to reunite parents with their natural parenting ability so that they can transform their families from frustration to a place of deep connection, trust and love!

Nicola Forrest, Deputy Principal at Cornish College
Nicola's key focus is on creating an innovative curriculum that ensures teachers are educating for a sustainable future. With the motto “Make a Difference”, Cornish College strives to create a curriculum through which students become passionate about making a difference for a sustainable world and are empowered with the skills and knowledge to be the change they want to see in the world. A school-wide pedagogy that empowers students to become creative thinkers and questioners plays a significant role in this change.

With extensive experience in inquiry-based learning and curriculum design in schools, Nicola has presented professional development programs and conference workshops on inquiry learning, concept driven curriculum and curriculum design at statewide and national conferences.


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SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film & Conversation events are an evening at the movies with a difference.
Join us to experience:
– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways with raffle proceeds donated to a cause aligned with the film's message
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)


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Jan
20
5:45 PM17:45

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

5.00pm Yoga class (Premium ticket holders, limited tickets left)
5.45pm Food, drink, exhibitors
6.45pm Film commences, followed by Q&A and prize raffle

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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Yoga class, 5pm

In partnership with Live Life Well Studio , we invite you to begin your evening with a 45-minute yoga class to connect within, stretch and expand yourself. Limited tickets available.

Q&A PANEL

Dr Sean Kirke, Father, Chiropractor, Yoga Teacher and Founder of Yoga Food, has a firm belief in the wisdom of nature, and the body’s innate ability to be healthy. Sean has been a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 10 years both in Australia and abroad, and owned a successful yoga studio with his wife for 5 years on the Mornington Peninsula, which they recently sold to focus on expanding Yoga Food as a product, company and community. His yoga studies include a year spent at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore India in 2008 and multiple trips to Thailand and Lonavala India to visit his main teacher Sri O.P. Tiwari of the Kaivalyadham Institute for intensive yoga philosophy and pranayama studies. Sean is passionate that correct nutrition along with a life of movement are two common sense but often neglected, critical keys to achieving and maintaining peak health and wellbeing.

Cara Gillespie, Founder, Live Life Well Studio, Yoga and Pilates teacher, lives for what she does. After her promising professional dance career was cut short due to a back injury in 2008, Cara looked to Pilates, and then yoga, to help her heal. What it gave her was so much more – inspiration, awakening, and enormous growth as she navigated her mother’s breast cancer journey, and becoming a mother herself. Committed to her own personal and professional development so that she can guide her students, you’ll find Cara on the mat, day after day, doing what she loves.

 

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SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film Nights are an evening at the movies with a difference.
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– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film and walk away with action steps to create change in your life
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services for you to check out (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)

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Nov
10
5:45 PM17:45

Project Wild Thing

David Bond is concerned. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature - literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter's life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits - but is Nature past its sell-by date?

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Q&A Panel

Doug Fargher, Early Childhood Educator and Founder of 'Bush Kinder' has worked in a variety of Early Childhood services for over 20 years. He has a passion for allowing children to learn through play, outdoors in nature. Doug remains a hands-on educator as well as consulting and speaking nationally about the benefits of play based learning in the bush.

Tania Moloney, Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia, and is passionate about helping families connect with nature and with each other. As a dairy farmers daughter, her childhood was filled with opportunities for outdoor adventures and she made (and ate) LOTS of mud pies. She has a head and heart full of cherished childhood memories of family camping trips, building "cubbies", sleeping under the stars and playing with sticks. Now with her own young family, Tania desperately wants those memories and experiences for her children too. As a result she has happily embraced that her kids will have perpetually dirty feet and her pockets/car/washing machine/handbag will be permanently filled with nature’s treasures. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr Kristy Goodwin, Children's technology and brain researcher (and mum!) is on a mission to help parents feel confident raising their kids in this digital age. Rather than fearing or banning technology, Kristy illustrates healthy, safe and even educational ways to leverage it to help little ones learn and develop (involvement via video).

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SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film Nights are an evening at the movies with a difference.
Join us to experience:
– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways to support a cause aligned with the film
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film and walk away with action steps to create change in your life
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services for you to check out (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)

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