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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Activists play their way to wellness

The Activist Wellbeing Retreat invited participating activists to reconnect with themselves through creative exploration of movement and play. The retreat ran from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March and was convened by Plan To Thrive’s Holly Hammond and Rest & Play facilitator Stephanie Gesling, and organised by Jolene Elberth of Plan To Win. The retreat […]

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Blame + Accountability in the Times of Trump

Hating Trump all the time takes up a lot of energy! Kate Werning shows us how we can channel that energy into sustainable resistance. It’s been a tumultuous few months for those of us in the US and internationally who love peace, justice, and care about the future of our planet from a global perspective […]

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Workshop: Avoiding Burnout

  2:30-5:00pm Sunday 2 April Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton Vic A participatory and transformative look at how we can better enjoy ourselves, and avoid burnout whilst changing the world. This workshop is based on the learnings from one long-term activist’s journey with avoiding burnout and finding fulfilment.   We’ll be talking […]

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Tracing a path to spiritual healing

Plan To Thrive’s second Activist Wellbeing Workshop on Sunday 5 March brought activists together in nature for a guided walk along the Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail. Aboriginal elder Uncle Trevor Gallagher guided the group of 11 along the path, which traversed hills and crossed the Darebin creek. At times Uncle Trevor asked the group members […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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