How to build a resilient culture of resistance in hard times

US activist and educator Daniel Hunter shares important tips for sustaining ourselves and our movements in the face of challenging times. Many of our responses to Trump have us caught in a whirlwind that goes like this: Trump does awful thing, we spring into defense, emotional turmoil ensues, and repeat. It’s our own rinse-wash-repeat cycle. […]

Read more

Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail

A guided walk to improve wellbeing through connection to the land, to others, and most importantly ourselves.   2:30-5:00pm Sunday 5 March Darebin Parklands Gather from 2:30pm at the corner of Separation Street and Smith Street Alphington. We will then walk down together to start the trail at 3pm.     We invite activists, campaigners […]

Read more

Resolving inner conflict and asking for what we need

When we refuse to accept our emotions things can go a bit haywire! Laura Gilmartin suggests an expanded process of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that can help us tap into our emotions and take the sometimes difficult courses of action needed for our wellbeing. A long time ago I was taught Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to […]

Read more

First Activist Wellbeing Workshop explores feelings in goal-setting

Plan To Thrive’s first Activist Wellbeing Workshop asked participants to set goals based not only things they wish to achieve in 2017, but how they wish to feel. The workshop, which took place on Sunday 5 February, was organised by Plan To Thrive events co-convenor Suse Scholem and facilitated by co-founder and convenor Holly Hammond. […]

Read more

Christy Tending: “Self-care is like a fingerprint”

Christy Tending is an activist, healer and mentor whose primary goal is to help world-changers live free from burnout. Her project Christy Tending Healing Arts offers workshops, coaching and resources for effective self-care. Christy recently shared her experience and insights with Laura Gilmartin. 1. What brought you to launch Christy Tending Healing Arts? I’m not […]

Read more

The Activist Wellbeing Workshops 2017 Calendar has arrived!

Here it is folks, our 2017 calendar of Activist Wellbeing Workshops held in Melbourne! Check out the monthly goodness available and plan to thrive for the year ahead. Sunday 5 February Healthy Goal Setting with Holly Hammond This workshop will kick you off for the year, helping you set intentions for your own wellbeing. Reflect […]

Read more

Workshop: Setting healthy goals for 2017

2:30-5:00pm Sunday 5 February Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton (Victoria, Australia) Gather 2:30pm under the tree opposite in Lincoln Square for pre-session snacks and chats, workshop runs 3-5pm inside. There are probably many things you plan to do in 2017… but how do you plan to be? While it’s great to have […]

Read more

Self-care means making space for suffering

What do we really mean when we talk about ‘self-care’? Liz Scarfe shares her exploration of the topic.  Earlier this year I was facilitating a workshop about inner criticism and a fellow in the workshop asked me “What is self care?” He had recently broken up from a long term relationship and was being told […]

Read more

Activist Wellbeing Workshops

Activists and campaigners do what we do because we want to make the world a better place. But the energy and focus required to make that happen is a constant priority, which means self-care can get lost along the way. We want to help change that by providing monthly wellbeing workshops in Melbourne in 2017. […]

Read more

Good things a happenin’ at Plan To Thrive

Plan To Thrive is gearing up for the New Year with some changes we’re excited to share with you. We welcome Laura Gilmartin, who will come on board as co-convenor of the PTT blog. Laura brings her experience and insight as a trade unionist and development professional to her contributions. We can’t wait to see […]

Read more

Trumped up feelings

The US election result has got some of us experiencing the full gamut of emotions. Here are some resources to help us work through them in ways that pay respect to body and soul. Sketch by Joshua Kahn Russell, US campaigner and activist educator, on the morning after the election. Joshua wrote: ‘One way I […]

Read more

Confronting apathy and finding a way forward

Coming across apathetic people can really push our buttons! Laura Gilmartin explores what’s behind apathy and options for healthy and productive responses. One of the most troubling aspects of being an activist in my experience, is offering information to someone about a pressing issue and an opportunity to act on it, and being met with […]

Read more

Beyond self-care: what we find when we go deeper

Michael Apáthy explores what lies beneath stress – and how it can be addressed without creating yet another self care to-do list. I sat in front of my clinical supervisor for my fortnightly meeting in which I was supposed to talk about how I was coping, and how my work helping others was going. “I’m […]

Read more