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Bridget Wood

💡Creator of Film & Conversation events that elevate consciousness 🎬Coming up ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ and ‘I Am A Girl’

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Desserts that are good for you? Yes please 🌱 we have the talented and lovely @cocoandmaple joining us at ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ next Wednesday in Parkdale with delicious vegan treats, a perfect compliment to dinner from @redmoose_ or a wine from the bar! Tickets on sale now - join us when doors open at 5.45pm and connect with our beautiful community, our speakers and sound healers Katie Underwood and Harb Gill together with @vedicvibe 🙌🏻

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I hear the vibes from the @suburbansandcastlesgeelong screening of ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ were profoundly moving & uplifting, and so I’m counting the days until we get to experience the magic! We’re lucky enough to have in-house sound healing experiences to complement the film, with Katie Underwood tuning us into her rhythm with the harmonic drum, and a chant experience following the Q&A panel with @vedicvibe , featuring seven musicians to take us on a profound mantra experience 😍🙏🏻 Tickets selling fast for this one, so don’t miss out! Wednesday 22nd August 🌸

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Today I spent four hours at Super Zu and could barely wipe the smile off my face. I used to avoid play centres like the plague, and so a birthday party provided the perfect excuse to find the joy, and boy I did. One of my favourite ways to challenge myself is to confront what I’ve judged, get curious about it, and let go. Transcend ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and be present to what is. I love watching my daughter make friends wherever she goes, feel all her feelings and endlessly explore. I love to lean into the edges of my capacity as a parent and find more ways to be with the uncomfortable feelings that come up in me, to be the anchor in the sea of emotion that can be motherhood 🌱

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Are you or someone you know in the business of creating products and services to nourish and inspire? We’ve got a couple of openings for exhibitors and stallholders at our upcoming events in Bayside Melbourne and Geelong - get in touch if you’re interesting in finding our more, or applying! #melbourneevents #geelongevents

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Chatting with the Filmmaker and Subject of ‘These Are My Hours’, a mesmerizing observational documentary about Emily Graham’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth at home. Our conversation brought to light how uncomfortable we are as a culture with the power, pain, and fully expressed feminine in birth - as evidenced by the misogyny she has faced in the film world, with so many saying “we don’t know who this is for”... Essentially because it’s a woman as the subject, but not for the male gaze. It’s not objectification. It’s an invitation to witness civilization’s oldest ritual, feel into our own challenges, and be willing to be transformed into greater freedom and presence with one of life’s greatest wonders, at a time when the dominant cultural narrative is that women cannot give birth on their own; that they are not mentally, psychologically or physically strong enough. A message that most women have internalised. I’m thrilled that @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom will join our panel in Melbourne in October to explore birth culture more deeply, with more incredible people coming together in both Melbourne and Geelong on this important conversation that doesn’t take place in the mainstream 🌱

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When a 10 minute walk takes 25 minutes because she’s found a friend, and wants to push the pram, but it’s a-okay with me because what a divine Melbourne Winter’s day 😍 And also, toddlers are magic for teaching us adults about presence and wonder 🌱

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I just watched a video of this powerful and deeply moving chant led by @dipikadel at our ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ event hosted by @suburbansandcastlesgeelong last night and I’ve got tingles all over. By all accounts it was an incredible evening of heart-opening inspiration for those who were there 💜(sometimes I REALLY wish I could be in two places at once!!) thanks to all those who came together to create a magical evening for our Geelong & Surf Coast community 🙌🏻 Melbourne, it’s your turn to explore Mantra and music with us on August 22 🌱

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The morning after every event I find I have renewed vigour for the topic at hand. Who else is the same?! 😀 So here we are, dirt under her fingernails after playing outside, and a smoothie packed with spinach, banana, orange and almonds. Tonight I’m cooking with @thebrothsisters chicken broth which the kids pretty much inhaled earlier in the week 👌🏻 I usually make my own, but clearly they like Linda’s better 😂🤨

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“Team work makes the dream work” is a common phrase in our home. And it’s also true with these guys! What an amazing night we had sharing @kalesbroccoli ‘s film ‘The Gut Movie’ with over 350 people, across three screenings, and three Q&A panels with our four experts including Kale, Naturopath and Chiropractor Dr Damian Kristof, Molecular Geneticist Dr Margie Smith and Author, journalist and mother Nicole Azzopardi @mummacare . So much wisdom in one room, many laughs, and thought-provoking conversation and ideas for us all to ponder. As with all of our events, we illuminate the issues of our time in order to elevate consciousness - and central to that is recognising that we must continually ask questions, challenge the status quo and recognise the power we have in communities to drive change 🌱

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After school baking thanks to inspiration from @wholefoodsimply . They’re four ingredient cookies - peanut butter, honey, almond meal & Lindt dark chocolate 😋 Artfully places on my 3yo Kinder plate that my mum so lovingly kept all these years. Thanks Mum @liza_andco 😘

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Have you heard of redox signalling molecules? In our bodies, they act as cellular message carriers, helping to protect, rejuvenate and keep cells functioning at optimal levels. As we age, toxins and environmental stress can diminish cellular function and with it, the body’s ability to maintain a proper balance of redox signalling molecules. ASEA have developed a compelling technology that replicates redox signalling molecules outside of the human body - if you’re joining us at The Gut Movie tomorrow evening, check out the stand and see what it’s all about!

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This is ‘Carrots’ the bunny, who Sylvie is (of course) completely smitten with. My next-door neighbour Sarah invited us over for a chai and a play and gosh what a great way to spend a morning. When Sarah moved to the neighbourhood and introduced herself, she realised she knew me from our events, so it’s pretty much like a kindred spirit moved right next door 🙏🏻🌟 creating community and friendships is just so nourishing 🌱

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For the tea lovers out there 🙋‍♀️ (I think coffee is an acquired taste...i’m yet to acquire 😂) the clever folks at @goodguts_probiotic_tea have devised a powerful probiotic that survives boiling water and stomach acids to become active in the gut. Available in teabags, loose leaf and certified organic teas, it’s a vegan, dairy free option for boosting gut health and immunity. Visit the stall at ‘The Gut Movie’ in Bayside Melbourne Tuesday evening! 🌱(session 2 is SOLD OUT) but there’s still some tickets available for sessions 1 & 3!

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Another weekend, another beach; this time in Torquay to catch up with @suburbansandcastlesgeelong for a lil’ photo shoot and planning session. I constantly feel immense appreciation that I get to spend so much time with my kids while doing work in the world that I love, and working with other mums who ‘get it’ really helps, especially when there’s a meltdown mid-shoot! Most of the time though, we just played. Pretty great way to do life right there, I reckon! 🙌🏻 #playmore

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We get to choose 🌱

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It’s important to us to align with businesses who recognise their impact on this world and seek to elevate consciousness in their field. @suburbansandcastlesgeelong has brought together some wonderful people from Geelong and the Surf Coast for ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ next week, featuring Kianda from @the_eddc spiritual Centre, providing a beautiful sound healing for guests, Sonam from Taste of Tibet displaying her mesmirising sound bowls, with a high percentage of proceeds being donated back to her homeland, Sarah from @myhomepantry displaying a range of natural personal, home and pantry products, and Melanie from @rohzsoycandles displaying their homemade range of quality earth-friendly candles. With food provided by the amazing @feast_geelong and drinks at the bar, it’s sure to be a beautiful, inspiring evening 🌱

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“What does Suburban Sandcastles mean?” is a question I hear sometimes. Actually it was the name of my blog (now long gone) chronicling intentional, ‘conscious’ living in the suburbs, dreaming big, and planning a family. Now it means evolving through learning, transformation and elevating our collective consciousness, while immersed in community values. One of the places close to my heart when I first begun my healing journey of preparing for a baby seven years ago was @newharvestproduce , then situated in a quiet little side street this was a place that felt like ‘home’ and to feel part of something much bigger than myself. So I’m a bit chuffed to have won this beautiful bag hand-crafted by shop-owner Caitlin. It will be much-cherished because to me it is so much more than a canvas bag - I can feel the love in it 🌱🙌🏻💜

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Wednesday’s are my ‘work day’ (in commas because let’s face it, running your own businesses-as-one (or two, with @nourishingthemother and @suburbansandcastlesgeelong , every day is a work day 😂🤪) so I tend to descend on a cafe and stay an uncomfortably long time. Lucky for me @storefifteen are friendly AND they stock the delicious creations of @kinandcoast ~ who will also be delighting taste buds at ‘The Gut Movie’ next Tuesday evening. Doors open 5pm at Shirley Burke Theatre for our THREE sessions of the film at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. I hope we see you there! 💃

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