Activist Stories: Matt

Matt was interviewed by Laura Gilmartin after completing the workshop Avoiding Burnout with Theo Kitchener in April 2017. Matt Wicking is a musician and facilitator who supports groups making positive, progressive change. He is a singer-songwriter with Melbourne band The General Assembly, facilitator of the Future Makers Fellowship, and runs his own freelance facilitation practice […]

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Workshop: Holistic Health x 3

Sunday July 9, 2-5pm Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Sq Sth, Carlton This month we’re delving into a variety of topics to give activists a boost of wellbeing and refresher tips for the winter months. The workshop will be split into three sections to present different approaches of holistic health knowledge and practical skills: “Shiatsu […]

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Review: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

Nonprofit organisations can be prone to encouraging overwork, simply because they know their employees are emotionally invested. Alexandra Lamb analyses Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman’s recent argument that nonprofits should transform their workplace culture to have more productive and happier workers. The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman asks, ‘What if your […]

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Workshop review: Putting Pen to Paper

On Sunday 4 June Plan To Thrive’s Suse Scholem ran a workshop on journaling as a regular self-care practice. The workshop wove together theories from a range of fields including psychology, neuroscience and social change, discussion about the benefits of journaling and other writing, ways that the written word can be used in our activism, […]

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Review: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit first wrote Hope in the Dark in 2004. Here Matt Ross reviews the American author’s arguments for keeping the faith in times of despair. Sitting in a hipster yoga retreat in Bali, sweating and occasionally scratching the red mosquito bites clustering on my ankles, I met Nick Davis. Nick was a shirtless and […]

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Mental health of activists at work: An OH&S matter

Workplaces have a responsibility to ensure the health and welfare of their staff. Amal Cimino shares how she is using Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation to help her workmates advocate for protection of their mental health at work. For far too long workplaces have pretended that psychosocial issues such as burnout, stress, anxiety and […]

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Review: Inclusive Yoga

Anu and Laura Gilmartin On Sunday 7 May Anu led a two-part session of Inclusive Yoga at Dance of Life Centre of Yoga and Healing in Fitzroy. Some of the session’s resources are provided here. Session one: Standing in your Power. Anu asked us to recall an intention we are currently have or to create […]

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Planning for aid workers to thrive

Humanitarian aid workers are at significant risk of burnout and trauma. Martina Nicolls explains the challenges unique to aid workers and the fight for recognition and effective change so far. Humanitarian aid workers worldwide want better work conditions and improved wellbeing in the workplace. Aid workers often work in high-stress situations and environments, including conflict […]

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Workshop: Putting Pen to Paper

Sunday, June 4, 2-5pm Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton Writing and drawing can be powerful ways to process and express what’s happening in our lives, including our activism. It gives us a chance to reflect and respond to the world around us. When was the last time you took time to put […]

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Who Said It Was Simple? Race, sexuality, gender and mental health

Plan to Thrive is excited to feature this article by Karen Larbi, originally a speech presented at GMB London Regional Equality Forum’s Mental Health @ Work Training Day on 19 May and 23 November 2016. “But I who am bound by my mirror as well as my bed see causes in colour as well as […]

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Workshop: Inclusive Yoga

2:00-5:00pm (please arrive 1:30pm) Sunday 7 May Dance of Life Centre of Yoga and Healing, St Marks Church, 250 George St, Fitzroy Join us for some integrated self care for your wellbeing – combining body and mind – with a session of ‘Inclusive Yoga’ with Anu. The guided yoga session will include: – mindfulness – […]

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Workshop review: Recognising burnout and changing course

Melbourne activists took part in a Plan To Thrive workshop on Avoiding Burnout on Sunday 2 April. The workshop was facilitated by community and permaculture activist Theo Kitchener. Theo started the workshop by offering a definition of workaholism and discussing the relationship between workaholism and burnout. The workshop then opened up to the group for […]

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Activist stories: Leanne

Leanne Shingles was interviewed by Laura Gilmartin after completing the Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail February 2017 Activist Wellbeing Workshop. Leanne Shingles has worked as a paid official in the union movement for 20 years, and has worked as a community activist on environmental and health campaigns. Leanne was part of setting up two organisations in […]

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