Cathy Brown transformed a personal tragedy into something extraordinary. Diagnosed with melanoma in 1989 and secondaries a year later, Cathy was advised “to go home and enjoy her family while she could”, as she only had between 2 months and 2 years to live. Cathy was devastated; her children were 6 and 8 at the time.
However, her prognosis initiated an amazing personal journey, which involved exploration and implementation of self-help techniques including meditation. Once recovered, Cathy trained extensively including as a Clinical Hypnotherapist so she could help others. In 2016, Cathy published her book - My Answer to Cancer. She has worked for many years with Cancer Support WA – now Solaris Cancer Care, as well as presenting corporate wellness programs for Perth businesses and enjoying Public Speaking.
Meditation practitioner with 40 years of practice, and experienced meditation teacher with a professional background in adult education. A senior leader of design and delivery teams, facilitator of leadership and change programs, and executive coach working in professional services, corporate, government and tertiary education settings.
Melissa is dedicated to the practice of meditation and yoga including education and training. For over 20 years she has held regular meditation and yoga classes, courses and residential retreats in her own retreat space. Melissa is highly experienced in working with individual client’s and helping them create a personalised daily practice. Melissa’s husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2005. Having found the work of Ian Gawler extremely beneficial for her husband’s healing journey, Melissa trained with Ian and has been a long-term student of Ian’s ever since. Melissa is accredited as a Senior Yoga Teacher, as a yoga therapist and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher; as well as being an experienced Meditation Teacher registered with Meditation Aust.
Working as a counsellor, psychotherapist and meditation teacher is Sabina's passion and her life's work. She loves teaching a discipline that is so interesting and such a pleasure and privilege to practice. For the past 23 years, Sabina has been a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice. She has run support groups for people with cancer and their carers, taught mindfulness and meditation widely, and worked therapeutically with many people diagnosed with serious illness. Sabina has a Masters Degree in Counselling and is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia and the European Association of Psychotherapists. Sabina speaks English and German fluently.
Siegfried’s life has revolved around his commitment to the quest for truth. Born in Germany and migrating from Germany to Australia in 1981, Siegfried’s early working life was in corporate executive management in IT (mostly with BHP). In his mid 40s Siegfried changed to the NFP sector, working for many years at the Gawler Foundation as Business Director. Siegfried then re-trained as a counsellor, meditation teacher and group facilitator. In the midst of all this, Siegfried spent 5 years volunteering in the humanitarian field in South Africa. He also worked extensively in palliative care, providing emotional and spiritual support for people reaching the end-of-life. Siegfried has facilitated many workshops on the healing qualities of laughter. Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration 1976; Master of Counselling 2003
Michael's meditation practice commenced in 1983 after learning about the benefits and practise of meditation through Ian Gawler when his father had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He found the physical, mental and emotional benefits so great, that he has continued to learn, research and meditate ever since. He worked in a full-time corporate role from 1988 until 2009, when he moved into Business Consulting and Meditation Teaching. The balance has enabled him to provide both businesses and individuals with the support they need to manage through challenging times and to improve across a broad range of areas as needed. He understands the needs of both the organisation and the individual and brings a balanced approach to learning and benefiting the most from your meditation experience.
Sabina has over a decade of experience working with organisations to integrate mindfulness practices to overcome feelings of stress, overwhelm, lack of focus and engagement in the workplace. Sabina’s professional experience in the mental health field informs both her understanding and teaching of mindfulness. She is passionate about supporting busy professionals in learning how to utilise mindfulness alongside their role. She believes that mindfulness is not something that you put on occasionally but rather it is a whole way of life. Sabina is effervescent, open hearted, generous, honest and a powerhouse of knowledge.
Having experienced first-hand the positive impact of mindfulness and meditation in her personal and professional life, her career is now devoted to helping others learn and benefit from meditation. She discovered meditation in 2004 at a lunchtime yoga class at her workplace in Brazil. Initially, she was attracted to the practice as a tool for stress management. She worked in demanding roles globally in the tech arena for over a decade at IBM, Accenture, EY and AGL Energy, and it helped to keep her focussed, healthy and productive. Gradually she deepened her practice. She has had the opportunity to study a range of techniques with renowned teachers in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Sweden and Holland. She has witnessed mindfulness and meditation not only significantly improve wellbeing, resilience and self-awareness, but enhance clarity, improve work performance, and foster strong relationships. Nathalie is a trained executive-level coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL) and actively coaches at a senior level. She also teach mindfulness at Monash Business School to Masters students in the Faculty of Business and Economics and is a senior consultant and facilitator for the Potential Project, which provides corporate mindfulness team-based programs.
Mindful education is Janet's passion. Her work has pioneered programs in creative Mindful Education in Australia. She specializes in bringing Mindfulness to life: with meaningful, engaging programs instilled with holistic, creative pedagogy. Her aim is to make Mindful learning real, relevant and fun!