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Consciousness Raising

  Groups of women coming together face to face to share their experiences, be truly heard and take action together has always been incredibly powerful. We’re in the midst of a moment around sexual harassment and sexual violence more broadly – a time when ‘business as usual’ has cracked open with exposure, awareness and hopes […]

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Ideas for Embodied Activism

Sage Hayes recently presented a workshop on Embodied Activism hosted by Plan to Thrive. It was a powerful session that connected us with our own bodily wisdom and deep resources. Sage provided these notes, a work in progress. Practicing presence is key. Cultivate ability to make contact with your inner experience. Interoception is defined as […]

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Review: Woodcut footprints

Melbourne activists attended the PTT August Wellbeing Workshop on woodcut printmaking last Sunday. The workshop was facilitated by UB and took place at Cromwell Studios in Collingwood. Woodcut printmaking technique allows the maker to carve a relief design into a wood block, roll ink over it and then press it against fabric or paper to […]

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Fighting for my body

Tess Corkish shares her experience living with a chronic health condition. It’s hard enough fighting for a safe climate without having to fight your own body at the same time! I’ve been involved in climate activism since 2009 but I’ve had a longer battle with endometriosis. I wanted to share what that has involved, in […]

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Living as a social change activist

When I stopped eating animals at the start of 1994 I had no idea a simple New Year’s resolution was going to change my life in such a huge way. The act of deciding to stop eating meat made me a social change activist overnight. Decades on I now find myself running one of Australia’s […]

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Review: Holistic Health Session 1 – Shiatsu and the Kidney/Bladder Meridian

On Sunday 9 July Melbourne activists came together for a workshop on how to take care of our health and boost immunity during the winter months. Armelle, Christine and Lucy from Thornbury-based Community Shiatsu Cooperative (Co-Shi-Co) led a session on Shiatsu and the Kidney/Bladder Meridian. Shiatsu massage was described as a preventative model of care […]

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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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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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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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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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