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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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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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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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