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Bridget Wood

💡Creator of Film & Conversation events that elevate consciousness 🎬Coming up ‘Living In The Future’s Past’ and ‘Inside Montessori’

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Thanks to everyone who has been part of our film and conversation events in 2018, and together with @suburbansandcastlesgeelong we look forward to bringing you a compelling, interesting and inspiring collection of films in 2019, beginning with ‘Living In The Future’s Past’ on sustainability, in February, followed by education film ‘Inside Montessori’ in March 🌱 (We postponed ‘Living In The Future’s Past’ from December to February so that we can align both Geelong and Melbourne with the National Sustainable Living Festival. Those who pre-purchased tickets were emailed several weeks ago with the update 😊

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Tanya Motiani @mindnesting runs beautiful meditation and musing classes, located in Highton at the @the_healing_web. Tanya has a passion for teaching meditation and mindfulness, realising it can be an essential part of creating inner happiness. In 2016, she took this passion to the next level and studied to become a certified meditation teacher at the Australian Centre of Holistic Studies. She is also a Mindfulness Coach at The Geelong College, having developed a mindfulness program for Early Learning and Junior School, as well as staff. Come and chat with Tanya tonight before the film ‘May I Be Happy’ where she’ll be displaying information about her meditation classes classes. Tanya will also be joining us on the panel following the film where she’s be discussing the importance of incorporating mindfulness education into our already over packed school curriculum and why this centuries old way of living is so important for our inner well-being and ultimately our happiness 🌸.

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Wonder, curiosity, humility, and an open mind 🌱

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🎬Before the screening of ‘May I Be Happy’ this Wednesday night in Geelong, as usual we’ll have nourishing food provided by @feastgeelong, wine at the bar and a range of local conscious living stallholders to explore. Jordan from @balmyorganics will be exhibiting her beautiful natural skin care range for purchase. All products are made from all natural ingredients including lip balms, body butters and herbal oil mixes that support rashes, mosquito bites ect. Erin from @liveeco112 of Pakington Street Geelong West will be displaying for purchase their quality reusable, recyclable, compostable and biodegrade products. Including straws, produce bags, toothbrushes, stainless steel lunchboxes, nappies plus so much more! 🌺Some tickets are still available for this wonderful event in our profile link👌😎

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“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

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We cannot reflect on childhood without reflecting on ourselves. Our Q&A this week after ‘May I Be Happy’ was honest, at times raw, and full of insights and practical, occasionally ‘ground-breaking’ tips (that flips on its head the ‘status quo’ behaviorism model of child-reading). Thoughtful questions from our audience made for a rich, deep conversation on what it means to bring mindfulness into schools, from overcoming inertia among teaching staff, how to empower teachers, how to equip parents to understand behavioural symptoms of a dysregulated nervous system (and thus, a brain that finds it difficult to learn). Thanks again to our panel Jaclyn Guest, Clinical Psychologist working with Synergetic Play Therapy, Deanne Ogden of @trinitykidsaustralia and Anna Glumac, Early Childhood Educator and Well-being facilitator with @smilingmind If you’re in Geelong, Bellarine or the Surf Coast, join @suburbansandcastlesgeelong this Wednesday 21st November for this film and another incredible conversation to follow 🌱

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We were joined last night by a beautiful range of lovely local businesses as we opened the doors and welcomed our community for the Bayside Melbourne film and conversation event ‘May I Be Happy’. Thanks @soundslikethiskids (and well done to the lucky winners of the door prize from Julie and @contagiousenthusiasm !), @glowcrystalmists, @suzanneworldorganics , @ainslee_rawsmith , Fun Flourishing Families, Psychologist Jaclyn Guest and @trinitykidsaustralia 🌸 We have just a couple of spots left for our final event of the year on Wed 5th Dec so get in touch if you’d like to join us!

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The power of letting go and letting in 🌱

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This evening in Parkdale we’ll be joined by @ainslee_rawsmith serving up raw treats like delicious slices, and good-for-you donuts 🍩 😋to complement the dinner options and juices from @redmoose_ Our exhibitors and stall holders include the wonderful @contagiousenthusiasm who also have two vouchers up for grabs in our door prize 🤩 , @soundslikethiskids music making @glowcrystalmists to lift your mood , @suzanneworldorganics with a great range of natural cosmetics and Fun Flourishing Families to foster more connection and joy 🌸 still some tickets left!

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If our difficult emotions were not purposeful for our growth and evolution as humans, they would have gone extinct. And yet still we try to disown parts of ourselves that we label ‘wrong’. The visceral reactions we have to our children’s behaviour tell us where our work is...but how do we move toward it, not away from it? How do we repattern our own reactionary behaviours to distract, shut down, or avoid? These are some questions we’ll be putting to the psychologists on our Q&A panels at ‘May I Be Happy’ in Parkdale tomorrow night, and Geelong next Wednesday 21st November 🌱

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Meet Julie, @soundslikethiskids founder and early education teacher, and incredible inspiration for bringing all things music into children’s lives. I’ve been taking my kids to her classes since my 5yo was a baby, and watched her vision unfold into what it is today - brain changing, bond building, heart growing music making. As well as parent-child classes, Julie also does Kinder & daycare incursions, children’s classes and private tuition. We’re thrilled that Julie had kindly donated a choice of an incursion or Term One 2019 class pass to one lucky winner of our door prize at ‘May I Be Happy’ tomorrow evening in Parkdale. Visit Julie at her stall before the film and find out all about her inspiring offerings to build connection and a love of music in our children 🌱

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Who we surround ourselves with shapes who we become. So does what we read, listen to, and think about. And so I make it a conscious practice to choose my ‘teachers’ wisely. One of those, who I met through the Demartini Institute, is Lisa Dion, a Therapist who created a powerful modality called ‘Synergetic Play Therapy’, the first research-informed model of play therapy that blends together neuroscience, attachment, nervous system regulation, physics, mindfulness and authenticity. Earlier this year Lisa visited Australia for the conference on childhood trauma and I got to train with her in neurobiology in Parenting (which is essentially, that children set us up to feel what they feel - but I share more on over at @nourishingthemother ). I’m excited that Jaclyn Guest, Clinical Psychologist on our panel this week at ‘May I Be Happy’, is completing intensive training with Lisa in Synergetic Play Therapy and will have lots to share with us all! 🙏🏻

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“We live in a society where we experience instant payment, same day deliveries, and Uber arrivals in the matter of minutes. Our expectation of ‘instant’ has become faster, and as a result, our patience is thinner. This makes mindfulness so extremely important, and, at the same time, something that we need to be aware will take some patience and continuity, to really feel the positive results. For the new generation, mindfulness is imperative in instilling self awareness in recognising the physical symptoms of an overloaded brain. Some level of anxiety is normal, however at many schools, we are seeing it to the point where students are finding it hard to switch off. Children's brains are under more stimulation than ever before, therefore both teachers and students must be practicing awareness and compassion for themselves and others.” Join us at ‘May I Be Happy’ in Bayside Melbourne this Wednesday to hear Anna Glumac on the Q&A panel - one of the hot topics will be ‘how to add mindfulness to an already overloaded curriculum?!’ Which it turns out Anna is quite an expert in! 👌🏻🙏🏻

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I love stepping outside in the garden feeling the fresh dew underfoot each morning, wondering what new harvest I’ll find in the veggie patch. It’s a potent reminder that what we nourish, grows. We can choose to water where we are planted, or plant ourselves somewhere else. There are no rules, only what we choose to live our lives by. The only sure thing is that we can’t avoid challenge, and whatever we run from, we run into again and again. The practice of mindfulness looks different for everyone; but what a promising future if we can give children the tools to stay connected to themselves in any situation, build resilience, and greater empathy for others. These are the themes explored in ‘May I Be Happy’ which kicks off this Wednesday in Bayside Melbourne - tickets via link in profile for this event and our Geelong event on Wednesday 21st November hosted by @suburbansandcastlesgeelong 🌱

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Imagine if we learned this truth as a young child? Mindfulness. Self-awareness. How we project onto the world. ‘May I Be Happy’ explores the richness and reality of introducing mindfulness practice to children in schools, with a continuing conversation with our experts on the Q&A panel, Clinical Psychologist Jaclyn Guest, on child development, neurobiology and understanding and holding space for ‘big feelings’, and owner of @trinitykidsaustralia Deanne Ogden on why she created programs for schools and centres and the powerful change being made. Join us next Wednesday 14th November in Bayside Melbourne for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening for all parents and educators. And Geelong community - it’s your turn on the 21st November with @suburbansandcastlesgeelong and a panel featuring Jessica Cleary, Principal Psychologist and Director at @hopscotchandharmony and Tanya Motiani, Mindfulness Teacher of @mindnesting // all tickets via link in profile

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