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Dr. Brené Brown, TED sensation
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Executive Manager CI Learning Campus, Suncorp The Power of Empathy, Kindness and Mindfulness in Companies Callan has over 20 years experience in leadership and organisational capacity development. Within Suncorp, Callan has spearheaded a transformative employee development program focusing on building empathy, mindfulness and resilience. He is Chairman of the Professional and Technical Advisory Council for the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and a Director of the Board of ANZIIF.
Co-founder, Out of Your Mind; Mind Trainer for South Sydney Rabbitohs Mind Training for High Performance Derek is the co-founder of Out of Your Mind that provides training for people to perform at their best in high stakes environments. He and his co-founder Samantha Graham are the mindfulness trainers for the Rabbitohs; an initiative that has been attributed as a critical factor to South’s breaking their 43 year drought. Previously, Derek was the co-founder of The Leading Edge research agency where he led a senior team that delivered 15 years of 20% plus growth.
Co-founder, Out of Your Mind; Mind Trainer for South Sydney Rabbitohs Mind Training for High Performance Samantha has a PhD in executive education and over a decade’s experience in facilitating corporate leadership development programs. She was a facilitator of the ground-breaking ANZ Cultural Transformation program and her work with Out of Your Mind has been featured in the Australian Financial Review and Sydney Morning Herald. She has worked with leading organisations such as Lend Lease, Microsoft, Diageo and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Senior Assurance Manager, Westpac Being an Agent for Change at Work Samantha has 15 years experience in assurance, compliance and risk management. She began her career at PWC and has developed commercial experience in a number of leading blue chip organisations. Samantha has developed a number of unique approaches within Westpac to create a happier and more productive culture. She is passionate about the power of mindfulness and compassion in fostering a more human workplace.
Founder of Intel’s Awake@Intel mindfulness program; Founder of Awake at Work How Can I Realise My Full Potential? Anakha co-created the highly successful corporate mindfulness based program Awake@Intel that is soon to be available to Intel’s 100,000 employees in 63 countries. Anakha has also created Awake at Work™, an online and live training program aimed at increasing employee engagement, corporate intelligence, creativity and wellness. She is a highly sought after consultant with clients including Intel, Nike and the Mindfulness as Medicine Initiative.
Co-Founder, Wisdom Labs The New Science of Purpose-Driven Performance Before launching Wisdom Labs, Rich was the Director of Executive Education at Google and the Head of Learning and Organisational Development at eBay. He has held leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and was an adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City. He now focuses on the science of mindful well being, resilience and purpose-driven performance with companies such as Facebook, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Deloitte and Starbucks.
Former Global Program Manager, BlackRock; Corporate Wellbeing & Performance Consultant Applying Mindfulness in High-Performance Organisations Golbie founded the pioneering mindfulness program within BlackRock - the world’s largest asset manager with $4.7 trillion in assets under management and over 12,000 employees. Golbie’s program now offers valuable resources to over 1,500 BlackRock employees in 17 countries. Her passion is applying self-management skills to high-performance environments and she has led training in numerous multinational firms and in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, Golbie was recognized as a Corporate Culture Champion by Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and graduated with honors from Stanford University.
CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Creating a Workplace Where People Thrive Marc is the CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) that takes Google’s #1 training program to executives around the world. Marc co-founded SIYLI with Google engineer and author of the New York Times bestseller, Chade-Meng Tan. He now sits on the board with the likes of Arianna Huffington and the VP of Google’s People Development, Karen May. Previously, Marc founded a multi-million dollar publishing company, managed a Zen monastery and has written three books.
Campaign Director, Animals Australia A New Era of Compassionate Leadership Lyn White is one of Australia’s most courageous leaders who believes in the power of our every-day choices to create a kinder world. Lyn was a South Australian police investigator for 20 years before becoming the Campaign Director for Animals Australia. Lyn’s work has been profiled in every major Australian media outlet - and has literally raised the conscience of a nation. She is an Australian of the Year finalist and in 2014 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. It is a special treat to hear her vision for becoming compassionate leaders.
Former British MP; Honorary President of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group Mindfulness in Public Policy & Society Chris is one of the leading voices for bringing the science mindfulness into parliament and public policy. He co-founded the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group that has led to over 100 MPs and Lords having experienced the benefits of mindfulness. Chris has worked closely with Oxford University’s Mindfulness Centre and well-being experts at the University of Cambridge to help introduce mindfulness programs into schools, public policy and within the UK, Dutch and Welsh parliaments.
Chair, Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, World Economic Forum Building Cultures of Innovation Nick is the CEO of nowhere, a consultancy that works with global corporations to build cultures of innovation and develop breakthrough strategies. He is the founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. Nick has a PhD in Consciousness and Creativity and works with clients such as BP, CNN, Dell, Sky, DuPont, Vodafone and Alibaba. Nick’s new book is called “Riding the Creative Rollercoaster: How Leaders Evoke Creativity, Productivity and Innovation”.
For more than 30 years, Marianne Williamson has been a pioneer of a worldwide spiritual movement. She has written four #1 New York Times Best Sellers and her teachings have influenced millions around the world to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. Newsweek magazine named Marianne as one of the “50 most influential baby boomers” and she has been a popular speaker at Google, Wisdom 2.0 and Sister Giant. Marianne has also regularly appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. In 2014, Marianne ran for US Congress in an attempt to start a bold new conversation in politics. She is the founder of Project Angel Food that serves over 1,000 meals per day for people suffering with AIDS in Los Angeles. Marianne co-founded the Peace Alliance and sits on the board of RESULTS that works to end hunger and poverty throughout the world.
Janine was rendered a partial paraplegic when she was hit by a truck during an Olympic training bike ride. Doctors didn't expect her to recover. She not only learned to walk again - she learned to fly. She now has a commercial pilots licence, is a bestselling author and her TED talk has been viewed over 1 million times. She is a member of the Order of Australia and her story was made into a movie featuring Claudia Karvan.
Tara is an novelist, activist, former model and defier of labels. She has written 9 bestselling novels published in 18 countries and 12 languages. Her critically acclaimed book, The Fictional Woman became an Australian #1 bestseller in 2014. Tara is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She is UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, a mother and a PhD Candidate at Sydney University.
Lucy Perry is rule breaker and an ideas maker. She ran a successful creative services firm for 20 years before taking up the role of founding CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Australia. In less than three years she built the team and the communication strategy which raised $7m for the work of legendary Australian obstetrician Dr Catherine Hamlin. Lucy now uses her powers for writing and speaking about leadership, changing the world and creative thinking.
Clare is one of Australia’s most successful songwriters and the ARIA award winner for Best Female Artist. She is the founder of Big Hearted Business that helps people do what they love, make good money and use their good fortune to positively contribute to the world. Clare has raised three rambunctious children, turned out eight albums and toured with performers such as Powderfinger, Gotye and Leonard Cohen.
Tami is founder of Sounds True, the world’s leading wisdom-based publishing house. Sounds True has published over 1500 titles from visionary authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Seth Godin, Brene Brown, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Caroline Myss and Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Tami is also the co-founder of Eckhart Tolle TV and host of the hugely successful podcast Insights at the Edge with 10 million+ downloads.
Seane Corn is world renowned yoga teacher, visionary and humanitarian. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network and received praise from the likes of Sting, Marianne Williamson and Arianna Huffington. Seane has the rare ability to explore difficult topics with tremendous honesty and warmth. She is the co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World that uses the power of yoga to ignite grass roots social change.
Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time. Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet. Eckhart is a sought-after public speaker and teaches and travels extensively throughout the world.
Kim Eng is the author of Qi Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga and Meditations for A New Earth. She specialises in cultivating presence through movement and the integration of mind, body and spirit. Kim works and teaches extensively with her personal life-partner Eckhart Tolle, author of the best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth.
Jo runs Authentic Leadership & Living and is passionate about facilitating leaders to connect more deeply with themselves and to lead with courageous authenticity. She spent 20 years in the financial services sector, holding senior roles at CBA and Challenger. Jo believes it is both a privilege and a great responsibility to be a leader – the responsibility being to lead with mindful wisdom & compassion, for the benefit of all those we lead and all humanity.
Natalie has been instrumental in delivering a pioneering corporate based mindfulness program for 45 NSW Health Service managers. Natalie will tell us about the impact of the program and the important lessons she has learned. Natalie is passionate about helping people whose lives have been affected by mental illness and adverse life events. She has two Masters degrees in Health and is undertaking a PhD in mental health.
Mark is the Head of Global Brand Development for the Virgin Group. He is also a board member of Virgin Unite that seeks to reinvent how we work to help make people’s lives better. Mark believes that business can and must be a force for good in the world – and that this is also good for business. He has held senior roles at British Airways and helped launch many global brands.
Jacqueline is a Partner with The Potential Project – the leading global provider of corporate based mindfulness programs. She is passionate about designing mindfulness solutions that are customised to fit specific organisational contexts. With over 20 years of experience as an organisational development expert, Jacqueline has helped embed mindfulness into companies such as Sony, American Express, Google and Suncor Energy.
Jack Heath is the CEO of the national mental health charity SANE Australia. Jack established the Inspire Foundation in 1997 to address Australia’s then escalating rates of youth suicide. He later established the Inspire Foundation in the USA and Ireland. Jack has worked as a diplomat and speechwriter for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and as a senior advisor to Prime Minister Keating and Foreign Minister Rudd.
Paul is a legendary AFL coach, captain and player. He transformed the Sydney Swans, led them to a 2005 premiership and was voted the Australian Sports Coach of the Year. The “Roos Factor” is widely acknowledged – with meditation, compassion and teamwork being at the foundation. Paul's availability is subject to the 2014 AFL finals.
Lucy is the General Manager at Smiling Mind; a science-based mindfulness app that has been downloaded over 250,000 times. Smiling Mind has 3,500 education users, and has partnerships with IBM, Cricket Australia, the Red Cross and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Lucy believes mindfulness is the key to greater satisfaction, focus and peace of mind.
Jeremy is regularly voted Professor of the Year at the innovative Drucker School of Management. He is a pioneer in executive education grounded in the science of mindfulness, attention training and emotional management. His core philosophy is that leadership excellence begins with skilfully managing our inner lives.
Janice is the founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. She has previously held the positions of Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at General Mills, where she developed America’s No 1 executive training program. Janice was the first person ever to be invited to speak on mindful leadership at the World Economic Forum and has worked with leading Fortune 500 companies.
Gordon is one of Australia’s most powerful business leaders. He is chairman of David Jones, Origin Energy and World Education Australia. He was previously CEO of Lion Nathan, Chairman of Rebel Group and a director of Westpac Banking Corporation. Gordon views mindfulness and compassion as keys to leadership excellence.
Mark is CEO of the Ninemsn Group across Australia and New Zealand including: Ninemsn, Windows Live, Bing, Cudo and investments in iSelect and RateCity. Mark was previously the General Manager for Consumer and Online at Microsoft. He believes inner-compassion and authenticity are fundamental qualities in bringing out the best in people and organisations.
Anna Phillips is the People & Change Leader for IBM Australia/NZ. She has particular interest in the development of future leaders, especially women, and the application of positive change methodologies to grow capability and drive sustainable change and engagement. Anna is a current member of the IBM Integrated Leadership Team (top 100 leaders).
Matthew Fox is a best-selling author, mystic and earth warrior. He has written 30+ books that have sold 2 million copies in 42 languages. Matthew is passionate about renewing community by reinventing Western ritual and deconstructing traditional forms of workshop. He draws on many traditions including Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Taoist, African, Jewish, Pagan and Goddess traditions. Matthew founded the inter-spiritual “Cosmic Mass” ritual that blends DJs, music, immersive visual art, poetry, dance and the spoken word. Themes for theses masses have included “Gaia Our Mother”, “Kinship with Animals”, “The Sacredness of Our Bodies” and the “Return of the Divine Feminine” where participants danced to 400 images of the goddess from all the worlds traditions. Matthew is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award of which other recipients have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.
Mark is an internationally recognised facilitator who specialises in teaching mindfulness to senior executives within leading companies. He is the founder of The Mindfulness Institute that has worked with companies such as Google, Gucci, Proctor & Gamble, GAP and Dolce & Gabbana. Mark is passionate about using the science of mindfulness to support individuals, teams and organisations to develop clarity, purpose, compassion and deeper engagement. Mark brings a wealth of experience to his work that includes a Masters in Clinical Psychology, training in Integral Coaching, and over 15 years of teaching mindfulness based training courses around the world. Mark also runs nature-based retreats and is the author of Awake in the Wild – Mindfulness in Nature as a path of Self-Discovery.
Linda combines twenty years of corporate experience with a decade of coaching and consulting entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and community leaders. She has held senior positions at U.S. Bancorp and The Harris Bank of Chicago and led an award winning business development team at VISA (now Visa, Inc.). Linda has consulted with hundreds of private and corporate clients for such companies as MasterCard, NASDAQ OMX, Oracle, Walgreens and Yahoo, and introduced mindfulness and emotional intelligence whenever practicable.
Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions (with Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place on line for kick-ass spirituality," and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
Margaret is a senior teacher of Stanford’s Compassion training program. She is pioneer in the area of integrating mindfulness-based programs in business, health care and academic settings. She is a licensed therapist, educator and certified Teacher in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction based out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Margaret was a key collaborator in developing CCARE’s compassion training program. She studied at Harvard University and is the author of innovative articles such as “Opening the Heart at Stanford, Google and Beyond” and “The Science of Goodness”.
Dr. Erika Rosenberg is a senior teacher at Stanford Universities Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also a leader in the areas of human emotion, emotional functioning through meditation and a world-renowned expert in facial expression measurement using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). She collaborates with scientists in the fields of psychology, medicine and computer science and currently conducts research with the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California. She was a scientific consultant on the Fox TV drama Lie To Me and co-author of the book What the Face Reveals.
Dr. Brené Brown is a globally renowned speaker, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, 'Daring Greatly' and research professor who has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Brené’s TEDx talk is one of the top 10 most viewed TED talks with over 10 million viewers. Her work has been featured on CNN, The Huffington Post and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Fast Company magazine named 'Daring Greatly' one of the best business books of the year. She is also the author of 'Gifts of Imperfection' (2010) and 'I thought It Was Just Me' (2007).
Robina is an Australian born Buddhist Nun. Her history has been one of extremes -- from life as a hippie to self-declared communist, then feminist before she was drawn to Buddhism, which she says gave her a world view and liberation. She is the founder of the Liberation Prison Project that serves the spiritual needs of 3000 prisoners in the US and Australia. She was also the former bodyguard to the Dalai Lama and the basis of the documentary, Chasing Buddha.
Antoinette is a highly accomplished actor, theatre director, humorist, realist and mother, with a presence that is infectious and powerful. She is the former Artistic Director of Australian Theatre for Young People, a teacher at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and best-selling author of the book “Peace Angels” that has been sold in 22 countries and translated into 6 languages. She is the founder of the transformational theatre company also known as 'The Peace Angels' who create performances of beauty, grace and reverence.
Samantha is a Sustainability Consultant and meditation teacher. She has an MSc in Human Ecology from Edinburgh University (1993) and a PhD in Corporate Sustainability Leadership from Lancaster University (2003). She believes the greatest difference we can make is by learning to shift our consciousness – the old Einstein quote “no problem can be solved by the same level of consciousness that created it”. Her clients include ANZ & Pacific Magazines.
Rick is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness (coming in October 2013), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 24 languages) and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 12 languages). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Sophie passionately believes that all children should have the right to a safe and supportive environment. She is the CEO of 1$day that collects asks people to donate $1 to help improve children’s health and education. Sophie is also a mother to 3 children and a brand and marketing strategist with a passion for authentic communication.
David is a change agent, leader and trustee at Way of Nature Australia that is a community dedicated to deepening and enriching our relationship with nature, each other and ourselves. He is the Managing Director of Fast Meetings that empowers people and organizations to realize their collective vision.
Khandro is a renowned female meditation teacher from a great family of Tibetan yogis. She is the great granddaughter of a peerless spiritual luminary, the daughter of a renowned meditation master and the widow of a royal Rinpoche. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and provides medical and educational projects to people in the Indian Himalayas.
Elly is a Gamillaroi woman, artist, writer, painter and mother. She holds workshops to help the stolen generations cope with their past. She worked for National Parks and appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s epic movie, Australia. She said she felt "like a mushroom in a secret garden" working with actors such as Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and David Wenham.
Chris is the founder of ClearHeaded – an innovative substance misuse and addiction service for individuals, business and sport. Chris offers coaching and confidential counselling services for hospitality industry professionals who are struggling with substance abuse. Chris was a former restaurant manager and front of house member at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant.
Andrew Harvey is an author of over 30 books, co-writer of The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying, friend of the Dalai Lama, sufi expert and the founder of the School of Sacred Warriorship. Andrew was educated at Oxford university, the recipient of England’s highest academic honor, and spent 30 years immersing himself in the mystical traditions of Buddhism, Sufism and Hinduism. The BBC made a documentary on Andrew and he was recently acknowledged as one of the most “spiritually influential living people of our time”. Liz Courtney
Andrew Wilford (known as 'WIlf') was one of Australia's most committed and knowledgeable environmental and social activists. Wilf was an aviator, an engineer (ex Boeing), a military man (ex Royal Australian Air Force), a professor, and a man of great heart, humility, warmth, generosity and humour. He died on 13 August 2012.
Dr Craig Hassed is an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness who has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a simple and accessible technique for enhancing wellness, preventing and managing illness, and improving performance within health, educational and corporate settings. He is a GP, senior lecturer at Monash University and the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association.
Gemma is a Counsellor, coach and psychotherapist supporting people to uncover new pathways to health and wellbeing. She has practiced counseling and pyschotherapy for over 20 years and authored “How to Get What you Want Without Losing It: A Woman’s Guide to Resolving Conflict.” She was the weekly columnist for The Age newspaper during 2003-4.
Dr. James Doty is a neurosurgeon, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of the Centre for Compassion (CCARE) at Stanford University. The creation of CCARE led the Dalai Lama to make the largest personal contribution he has ever made to scientific research. This was followed by financial support from Google executives.
Dr. Sam Prince works as a doctor, runs a $12 million chain of restaurants, has founded 15 schools in Asia and helps feed 1 million people a year in poor nations. Did I mention he was 27 years of age? He has been awarded the Most Outstanding Young Person in the World, ACT Young Australian of the Year and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
John P. Milton is a professor, Woodrow Wilson scholar, pioneering ecologist, corporate adviser, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman. He was the first ecologist on staff at the White House and has subsequently advised governments and global leaders around the planet. Since the 1940s, this pioneering spiritual teacher has led over 10,000 vision quests into the wilds of Colorado, the Himalayas, Bali, the Arctic, Mexico, and other sacred sites around the world.
Jutka Freiman is a psychotherapist and group facilitator. She has a degree in psychology, graduate membership of the Bereavement Care Centre, is a superviand trainer with the Institute of Group Leaders. Jutka is a trainer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). Jutka is an internationally certified Enneagram therapist, supervisor and trainer. She brings to her work a passion for the creative and the collective believing both to be an expression of the inner being and magnificent tool for healing.
Maggie is a writer, social researcher and publisher of many books including What Men Don’t Talk about and What’s Happening to our Girls? Maggie’s work includes senior roles in book publishing, sitting on the executive committee of the Sydney Peace Foundation and as member of the organising committee for the Federation Australian Women's History Project, the Office for the Status of Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Women's Weekly called Petrea King "an angel on earth". She is the founder of Quest for life and one of Australia's most inspiring women. Petrea has assisted over 80,000 Australians going through the challenges of life. She is an author and leading authority on meditation & wellbeing. A regular guest on ABC radio and recipient of the Advance Australia Award, Centenary Medal and regular nominee for Australian of the Year. A national treasure!
Steve Biddulph is a world-renowned psychologist and has been an activist for families for over thirty years. His book Raising Boys sold over 1 million copies and helped millions of parents around the world raise happy and well-balanced men. Now, he has focused his attention on the challenges inherent in raising girls today.
The Rolling Stone magazine described listening to Abby as a “luminously beautiful experience”. She is an ARIA award nominated artist and 1998, her song “Even when I’m sleeping” was voted song of the year. Whether singing to 70,000 in The Domain or in an intimate venue, her sublime voice and great presence uplifts and reassures.
Bobby Flynn is an Australian singer-songwriter. His soaring vocals, supported by the strong, ambient soundscapes of the Omega III, introduces listeners to an atmospheric folk experience. He came to prominence on Australian Idol when he received his first "Touchdown" for his off-beat interpretation “Superfreak”. Media coverage dubbed him a unique performer and 'revolution' for the idol competition.
Carla is an award winning film maker, screen composer and flautist, having twice been nominated for awards by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, winning Best Music for a Documentary in 2005. She has a background across a large part of the arts as performer, composer, director and writer. For 10 years she was a principal flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, performing at the Sydney Opera House.
Jane Elworthy is a teacher, presenter, performer and healer who works through the mediums of rhythm, sound and story, offering inspirational talks and presentations to help us remember our true purpose on Earth. After a number of early years in the corporate world, she longed for work and creative expression more aligned to her soul’s true nature. After a profound awakening experience, she was called to the powerful, ancient path of the Frame Drum. Over 25 years she has become Australia’s leading player, maker and researcher of this ancient instrument that has been used as a personal technology for deep transformation for thousands of years.
Katy Tsai is a performer, piano teacher and accompanist. Since her debut performance at age ten, Katy Tsai has been familiar to the stage both nationally and internationally. She regularly performs in concerts, weddings and carious other events. Having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Katy has developed a unique eclectic blend of styles drawn from classical, popular and film music. She is a resident piano teacher at Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College. Her love of music and interest in spiritual wellbeing has inspired her to create music meditation events.
She was nominated for two ARIAs with her band Girl Overboard. She starred in Australian film Hungry Heart, is choreographer and performance coach for male chorus Sydney Harmony and teaches singing at NIDA and Actors Centre Australia. She also worked as the writer for Channel 7's “Who Dares Wins” and "Enough Rope" on the ABC.
For the past 15 years, Elizabeth has worked extensively as a conductor, director, vocal coach, and professional crossover singer in London, Paris and New York. Highlights include singing with English National Opera, Invalides (Paris) and numerous Broadway and classical performances in NYC. She directed Grease, A Chorus Line and Les Miserables in Paris (in French), and successfully launched and directed a Music Theatre school in Paris. She is also the proud conductor of Sydney Sings.
Nila Hagglund is a Tabla specialist who has over a decade ofinternational performance experience. He is an extremely versatileinstrumentalist who has fused traditional tabla techniques withwestern styles including jazz, r&b and electronic music to create newcross-cultural and interdisciplinary works.
Rosie Catalano is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter whose lyrics balance bittersweet nostalgia with playful humour to create vivid, cinematic songs. Her independent self-titled debut EP went on to recieve critical success, making its way on to Triple J’s playlist and selected as ABC Radio National’s ‘Album of the Week’. Tim Ritchie from ABC Radio said “Everyone should hear about this new talent.”
Sacred Earth is the creation of Jethro & Prem Williams. For the last 9 years Jethro and Prem have been traveling the world, performing live the music of Sacred Earth. Prem shares mantra and songs from the heart and is supported by multi instrumentalist and husband Jethro, playing an array of instruments from around the world including Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian Bansuri, Acoustic Guitar and songs from the heart Their live performance is awe inspiring, uplifting and takes you on a deep inner journey. They’ve sold over 60,000 albums.
Chris has been involved with the use of Tibetan Singing Bowls for the last 20 years, incorporating their profoundly beautiful healing tones into his massage therapy treatment. Singing Bowls have been shown to help bring deeper states of relaxation & calm, whilst also helping energise and invigorate well-being. Chris has released 2 CD’s featuring the Tibetan Singing Bowls- ‘Octaves From The Sun’ & ‘Beyond the Moon’.
Ky loves singing, dancing and acting. In 2011, he was a finalist in Australia’s Talent. Always willing to try new things, Ky started with some singing lessons and within just weeks landed his first singing role in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. He has appeared in productions such as Madame Butterfly (Opera Australia) and Underbelly (Channel 9).