Solscape Awakened Heart Yoga 2019,Auckland

Solscape Awakened Heart Yoga 2019


Register Now ! This beautiful retreat sold out last year and the numbers are limited.
Another chance to escape to awaken. Join us at the Breathtaking location of Solscape, Over looking Magnificent Wale Bay in Raglan.
Take time out with like minded people, make new connections and friends and experience some truly transformational and authentic Yoga. Dine on the most Delicious Vegan Food ever! Rest and Revitalise and Return to your everyday life lighter, happier and with a deepend sense of calm and wellbeing.
The accommodation runs from quaint carriages to stylish baches, Eco mudbricks and Belle tents.
Embrace Yourself in 2019 and come home to you, Join us for an Awakened Heart Yoga Retreat.

Jump online to pay your $100 deposit and secure your spot.

“Thank you Premaloka yoga for the most amazing journey into the heart, mind and soul of what yoga can do for us. The retreats in Raglan are extremely well organised, intense and meaningful followed by exquisite food. I left wanting more and feeling a profound sense of wellness and grounding.
This then took me to India for 10 days of exquisite yoga practices, mind health and insight into Indian culture. The retreat was well balanced, revitalising and challenging completely recommend!
You have an exceptional gift for what you do and I feel privileged to have been part of the aroha you pass on! ” Kirsten Simmons

The Integration of Pure Essential Oils for Body/Mind Balance,Redfern, Australia

The Integration of Pure Essential Oils for Body/Mind Balance


So let’s get real for a moment…

The world we live in is an amazingly intricate web of balance between the body, mind and spirit in regards to our health and wellbeing. Mindfulness and work/life balance are catch phrases thrown around like confetti. But are we really achieving it successfully? Or are we running around on empty trying to do it all, stressed out of our minds and finding it all too much?

I love finding techniques that help balance and support me in my day to day. I use Yoga, Meditation, Therapy, Essential Oils, Tapping, Massage and other healing modalities to keep me balanced and centered.

However, it is also true that we are exposed to a lot of chemicals, contamination and pollution in our environment, homes and places of work that can affect our sleep patterns, mood and general wellbeing.

It’s time to wake up to the fact that natural medicine is not alternative, hippy or wooo wooo! Plants have been the way of healing our bodies and minds for millennial, way before the invention of modern medicine just over 150 years ago. Ayurveidc medicine (the 5,000 year old Indian Science of Life), only uses plants to restore the body and mind to health when there is imbalance.

We have been told that modern medicine is our saviour and while I agree that it has its place in our system, I do not believe it is the be all and end all. To prevent disease and stay healthy, there are sooooo many things we can do. Firstly, taking responsibility for our wellness is top priority. Stop giving your power away to a medicial professional who just wants to treat your symptoms and not the underlying cause of your ailment.

Take back your power and learn how to integrate nature’s powerful plant medicines into your life through the most pure and pristine essential oils on the planet.

I will show you how to replace most of the medications you have in your cabinet at home, with natural plant alternatives and how powerful they are at helping with headaches, sleep issues, digestive issues, immunity, skin, DIY cleaning, relaxation, energy. You name it, there’s an oil for that!

Intrigued? Come and find out more and bring along your health conscious friends and family!

This 45-minute event will include tea and take home oil samples for you to try.

We will learn so many incredible things about the medicinal grade dōTERRA oils including:

+ what are essential oils+ how do I use them (aromatically, topically, internally)+ what are the top 10 oils I should have in my medicine cabinet at home to help treat everyday ailments+ which are the best oils to use to overhaul your home cleaning regime+ how to use essential oils to help with energy, relaxation, stress, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, washing, DIY cleaning, mood management and so much more!

You’ll also have the chance to set up a wholesale account if you’d like to jump on in straight away with some beautiful oils. However, there is no obligation at all. Just come and experience the power of plant magic!

I can’t wait to share my passion of essential oils with you…



Louise Macartney is a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach – a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In addition, she has 30 years of experience in Nursing; including Midwifery, Child & Family Health and as a Lactation Consultant. She is a highly sought after public speaker and facilitates a variety of wellness seminars throughout Australia and overseas.

In 2006 Louise experienced a variety of health issues. She set out to explore potential underlying causes of her symptoms and found an overwhelming amount of research on the connection between the gut and … every area of health! In 2010 Louise left her nursing career to work as a Health Coach – specialising in gut health. In 2013 she created a virtual wellness hub Live Clean Collective (now run by over 20 Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches) and has co-created ‘Let’s get Vibrantly Healthy’ – a 30 day Health Coaching Program (to be released Feb 2019).

Not satisfied with simply addressing underlying causes of dis-ease, a self confessed ‘Wellness Junkie,’ in 2015 Louise developed a fascination about ‘Living Longer, Better!’ Her research led her to the Blue Zones – 5 regions of the world where people live measureably longer lives. Since then she has visited ‘The land of Immortals’, Okinawa, Japan where ‘women live longer than any women on the planet,’ Ikaria, Greece – ‘The Island Where People Forget to Die’ and the largest Institute for Training and Research in Ayervedic Medicine in India.

Louise will share her her own personal journey, her longevity insights PLUS an abundance of up to date research linking digestive issues to a multitude of health conditions including allergies, asthma, autism, auto-immune disorders, depression, diabetes, digestive issues. hormonal imbalances, infertility, learning difficulties….and more! These seminars are jam packed full of simple, sustainable and affordable solutions that will leave you inspired to choose a life of wellness and vitality.


The Critical Role of the Microbiome in Health and Longevity

The Gut / Immune / Skin / Brain / Hormone Connection

How your Gut Bacteria May also Influence Sustainable Weight Loss

Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Joining the Dots – exploring  the causes of ill health

21st Century Health Issues

The Politics of your Plate

Fermented Foods – the Dysbiosis Debate

Deprivation V’s Crowding Out

An individualised approach to wellness (Bio-Individuality)

Primary and Secondary Foods

The Power of Purpose, Gratitude and Community in a Disconnected World

The Harmful Effects of EMF’s

Simple Ways to Detox your Body…and Home!

Clean Living on a Budget

Secrets of The Blue Zones

Integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern Medicine

Please note: This seminar is in a private home


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Phone or text: 0405925436

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No – there will be a registration sheet at the event

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Bring a pen and paper to take notes.


I came away feeling empowered to make positive changes to create a much healthierlifestyle for me and my  family. Cherie (May 2010)

I would really like to thank you for arranging to have such a knowledgeable person come and share their wealth of  information with us all. This presentation has truly changed my lifeand for that I will be eternally grateful. Danielle (August 2010)

You presented your talk earlier this year at our kindergarten and it was agreed by all who attended that it was the  best discussion that we have had at the kindergarten. Personally after listening to you, I changed a number of my  purchasing and eating habits and am now much happier, healthier and 15 kilos lighter thanks to those amazing  green smoothies for breakfast instead of my normal cereal! Steve, Kindergarten Director (December 2011)Today my twins turn one, and I just wanted to say a big thank you to you Louise, for all of your support, advice  and wisdom over the last 18 months. You have made such a big difference in our lives and for our whole family’s health. What a blessing to have found you when we did. Amanda (February 2012)I wish to thank you most sincerely for speaking today at the LGMA Women’s Network. You are an inspiration to all. They call footballers legends – I don’t think they know what alegendary person is. You are a legend and you rock! I  have had feedback from some attendees today who have not realised that what they sell in the shops is making the human race sick. Because it is in the shops it must be good they say. Thank you so so much. I will always keep  you  in mind should someone need assistance with their health or to speak inrelation to health. Yvonne Dalwood,  Exec Assistant to the Mayor, City of Charles Sturt (June 2012)

Louise gave a talk for my group ‘The Goddess Within’.’ We had around 40 women there and most of the night all I  could hear was “oh” and “no!” She was incredibly clear, concise, filled with amazing information and facts that  every person on this planet needs to know about. If we are ever going to change what is happening with our  children’s health, and ours we HAVE to start listening and who better to listen to than Louise Macartney.  Diane McCann, Director, Beyond the Ordinary (July 2012)Ms. Louise Macartney was the guest speaker at a General Meeting of the Natural Health Society (S.A) Tuesday 5th  February 2013. Louise spoke to the Society on the topic: 21st Century Health Issues – Addressing the Cause, not  the Symptoms. She gave a well structured, engaging and information packed presentation which brought together  aspects of nutrition and toxicity, a range of interesting and disturbing statistics relating to health, theimportance of  eating seasonal food, and key facts about our Gastro Intestinal Tract. The address concluded with a number of  useful tips for attaining and maintaining good health,  and it provoked a wide range of questions from an  enthusiastic audience. It was a pleasure to have such an interesting and inspiring speaker at the Society’s meeting. Mark Heard, President Natural Health Society, S.A. Inc. (February 2013)

Louise you have done it again. Your A-Z of Child Health Seminar today was amazing. Ihave picked up so many more things from hearing you again today –  and this time a focus on other people’s issues they are having with their children. I hope to pass on what I have  learned from you and for it to also be a constant reminder to me of why I am making these  changes in the lives of my family. Thank you so much I wish every mother and father could hear this presentation. It is truly life altering. Joanne B (March 2013)

I would just like to say thank you for coming over to Kangaroo Island. You were very inspiring and have really motivated me to get healthy.  I actually felt like i have gotten more answers from you then all the specialist i have been to in the past 6 years. I have slowly started cutting out sugar, dairy and gluten and have actually noticed a difference already with my energy levels. Annemarie (August 2014)

I was totally blown away after our “one on one” session and your presentation at the Parndana Hotel. Inspiring to say the least. You touched and elaborated on a few things that I knew a little about, then introduced a whole new world to me. Ness (August 2014)

Louise Macartney was an energetic speaker who conveyed her message well to our Bowen Therapists. We have had some great feedback on her presentation and she gave members  information that they could take straight back  to their clinics and use the next day withclients. Her relaxed nature and delivery of information resulted in an easy    to follow demonstration of some of the pitfalls of a modern lifestyle. I would highly recommend her  presentation to any group interested in health and wellbeing. Deb Hart BTFA CPE  Coordinator (July 2014)

I started my health journey 3 years ago, I had suffered with so many different symptoms over the years. One day a Mum from school gave me a flier to a seminar on the connection between the gut and the brain. WOW WOW WOW! I spoke with Louise after – I think I was pale and shaky lol, because literally all my questions had been answered! To cut a long story short I changed my diet, and slowly created a ‘clean’ home. Over the next 3-6 months ALL my symptoms went away, I lost 20kg, I feel great, my kids feel great, my husband feels great. 3 years later and we haven’t looked back. Kara (May 2015)

I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and there has been talk of Fibromyalgia) for over 20 years and until I heard Louise speak a couple of years ago I believed that until they found a cure I would have it for the rest of my life and all I could do is manage symptoms and be as healthy as I could be. What I didn’t know until 2 years ago was that I had to power to change my own health. It was in my hands, all I had to do was to give it the right conditions. I now consider myself to be almost recovered from CFS and yesterday chose not to declare it as a disability on an employment form (as it is no longer that for me) – and truly believe that I will achieve 100% recovery. Tracy (June 2016)

Louise’s presentation at our February Bowen Therapy CPE Training Day provided a solid evidence base as to why all of us need to take personal responsibility for addressing the underlying causes of our dis-ease. Sharing her personal journey about ‘creating a better way’ to being healthy, Louise’s presentation was based on research and current thinking from contemporary science on causes of disease (including epigenetics and the gut health connection).  More importantly, the presentation offered valuable insights into harm causing agents and ways we can restore or maintain our body’s natural balance when this has been challenged by factors now so common in our modern lives – inflammation, stress, poor diets, toxins, lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies, trauma, lack of exercise.   As a nutrition health coach Louise provides inspiring and motivational background information that is coupled with practical enabling strategies aimed at influencing her audience to both think differently about the causes of disease and then take responsibility for action to ‘get to a place of balance’ with their own health.’ Presentation at Bowen Therapist’s Federation of Australia SA CPE Training Day, Barbara Beacham Bowen Therapist (February 2018)

I thoroughly enjoyed this talk, Louise has such a passion for health & has done so much of her own research so her talk is very evidence-based. I would highly recommend! Kay Davin, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach, Ireland (April 2018)

Louise you are the reason I’m still breast feeding my little man today, your support and encouragement got me through a very stressful time, you then continued to help us on our health journey. You are always such a strong and positive influence. Recommended highly by my Sister in law, I am thankful I made that call that day, my life changed for the better. Anna (September 2018)

Some of the best advice given to me was by Health Coach Louise Macartney – an amazing one at that! I had a health coaching session with her all the way from Australia via Skype. I took her advice and the difference I’ve noticed has been astounding! I now understand that it was the process of eating a high plant based, organic, phytonutrient rich diet that gave my body what it needed to heal itself! Suzanne D’Arcy, Health Coach , Ireland (Jan 2019)

Getting Started with Feng Shui ~ with Richard Bergmann,Adelaide, Australia

Getting Started with Feng Shui ~ with Richard Bergmann


Public Talk ” Getting Started with Feng Shui ” with Richard Bergmann

Most People don’t realise that the external environment around their homes and workplaces has a great impact on their lives.

Attendees will gain valuable insights about the importance of the external environment around their homes and workplaces. These insights will give them practical feng shui knowledge that they can apply immediately to make their homes and workplaces more harmonious and prosperous.

Richard is a passionate Feng Shui consultant with over 15 year experience and is a Southern Hemisphere practitioner. Richard’s interest was sparked by his first certificate course with Hermann von Essen in 2002. After that he began extensive research until 2011 where he studied in Melbourne under an internationally renowned Feng Shui consultant Master Feng. Richard’s continuous professional development led him to numerous private practice consults and culminated in him starting his consultancy business. Ongoing application of learned Feng Shui principles has benefited Richard himself, his family and friends with great positive outcomes. His interest in spiritual matters has also led him to be a member on the Enlighten Adelaide committee which runs a major yearly event at the Adelaide Convention Centre, at which he will be exhibiting in 2019.

For more information or private consultations, please contact Richard directly on 0418 899 715

To help us with logistics, please register your interest on Facebook or via Eventbrite. This is a free public talk. Everyone is welcome.
The talk will be held in the lower hall, there will be a short break around 3.20 pm.



The Theosophical Society in Adelaide is a membership organization, with its National Office in Surry Hills NSW and is a branch of a world fellowship–the International Theosophical Society with headquarters in Adyar, Chennai, India.

The Theosophical Society is composed of students belonging to any religion in the world, or to none, who are united by their approval of the Society’s Three Objects, by their wish to promote the unity of humanity and create a community without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour, by their desire to encourage the study of comparative religions, philosophy and science and by their wish to explore the laws of nature and to further the discovery of the spiritual aspect of life and of human beings.

To achieve its mission in promoting fellowship and spiritual education, the Adelaide Theosophical Society:
• has a venue at 310 South Tce where local community members can meet, study and practice together,
• organises and offers over 100 lectures, classes and workshops annually to its members,
• offers community sessions and public talks to non-members,
• shares online inspirational resources that include articles, lectures, events, videos and more ,
• publishes and distributes a local quarterly newsletter’ Voice’ on Spirituality and Theosophy
• has the largest meta-physical library in SA ‘Radcliffe Theosophical Library’ which offers over 4600 spiritual books and is open to members as well as public
• runs a unique meta-physical bookshop ‘New Dimensions TS Bookshop’ which offers a huge range of books in categories: theosophy, philosophy, psychology, world religions, yoga, meditation, astrology, ancient mysteries and much more.

for more information, please contact our TS Office on (08) 8223 1129 or email:


Membership is open to anyone who would enjoy being a part of a group of like-minded, inquisitive people interested in spirituality, theosophy and personal growth and accept the Theosophical Society’s Objects.

Among many privileges members enjoy: free membership to our library, discount from the bookshop, free quarterly local newsletter and a National Magazine, free access to over 100 lectures annually, free access to variety of resources on our new website, ability to visit lodges, invitations to conventions.

Application forms and information about membership can be obtained from the Secretary. Applications are $75.50 for non-concession card holders and $65.50 for concession card holders.
For more information, please contact our TS Office on (08) 8223 1129 or email:


In 1996 the Society relocated to 310 South Terrace, Adelaide, and Radcliffe Theosophical Library is today the only one of its kind in South Australia. It offers a comprehensive collection of over 4600 books and over 400 DVD’s and CD’s on Theosophy, religions, science, Eastern and Western philosophies and related subjects.

Radcliffe Theosophical Library is a private library open to the public and is run entirely by a group of very dedicated volunteers.
Adelaide Theosophical Society Members automatically receive membership to the library at no charge. Library subscription membership is open to the general public for an annual fee of $30 plus $11 annual concession or $30 plus $22 for non-concession holders with the $30 being a refundable deposit for new Subscribers.

The Radcliffe Theosophical Library is open:
Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

for more information, please contact our Library (08) 8223 1129 or email:


The Adelaide TS Bookshop opened in February, 1968, and was the first meta-physical bookshop in South Australia and still is the only non-profit bookshop of its type.

The bookshop still maintains an extensive range of hand-picked metaphysical titles, with an emphasis on content quality. Members receive a 10% discount on books in store. Some of the book categories are: Theosophy, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Religions, Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Ayurveda, Diet, Natural Health, Personal Growth, Relationships, Children’s Books, Astrology, Sacred Geometry, Reiki and much more. Other products include: CDs, DVDs, inspirational cards, candles, essential oils, incense, statues, crystals, singing bowls, yoga mats, meditation cushions and more.
For more information, please contact our bookshop on (08) 8223 4877 or email:

Nutrition Myth Busting & Socializing,Singapore


In this session, we will discuss fads around nutrition. We will separate the fads from the facts by discussing the where, who and what to believe about nutrition. The session explores how to decode food labels and learn the numbers you need to know.

We will also tackle some of the latest myths and uncover if they are true or not! This includes low carb, high fat, paleo diets, apple cider vinegar, low fat dairy vs full fat dairy and is coconut oil worthy of the hype? We will also briefly explore the concept of Nutrition for Eating Out and Socializing. Learn how to plan to eat well whilst managing a social life. We will also share some eating out options and our top recommendations for your favorite cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Malay and Western.

Indian Head Massage Course 11 March,New Zealand

Indian Head Massage Course 11 March,New Zealand


Indian Head Massage Course Overview

This one day course will provide you with the theoretical and practical experience of how to provide a full 30-60 min Indian Head Massage including back, neck, shoulder, scalp and face.

You will learn and practice over 40 different massage techniques, acupressure points and scalp manipulations.

The structure of the course is such that it has a-lot of practical and you will not be overwhelmed with anatomy & physiology, neither do I use technical terms. This results in a very blissful, enjoyable and relaxing day. I have designed this course so that it attracts professionals as well as couples, families, friends.

This course is ideal for professional beauty therapists, massage therapists, hair dressers and anyone who wishes to refresh or enhance their existing techniques and skills.

We also welcome couples and anyone who would like to like to learn a new skill to provide to their partner, friends and family.

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It provided families with relaxation and healing on a daily basis, as well as playing a part in rituals such as weddings and births, not to mention everyday events like a trip to the barber. It works by releasing the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage

Relieves tension & stress

Clears headaches and migraines

Reduces fine lines and tones facial muscles

Improves circulation and hair condition

Aids hair re-growth

Course Outline

History of and introduction to Indian Head Massage

Introduction to the chakra system

The use of oils for massage

Full Demonstration

Demo & Practical of Back Massage

Demo & Practical of Scalp Massage

Demo & Practical of Face Massage

Student Feedback

We had a great time and for three days after the course, I realized how relaxed it made me feel. Doing the course together, we now both have the knowledge on how to do the head massage correctly and we will be able to use it when we have those “stressful days”. We found Lynda’s instructions and knowledge were fantastic, and we had a good laugh when doing the practical recap at the end of the day” Tonia 2011

“It’s not normally something I would involve myself with but it was a really good experience and something you could use anytime/anywhere. It was definitely a good thing to do with your partner” Following the course he said his hair had never felt so good in years from the oils, and he had really enjoyed the day as it was something really different that they could do together. James 2011

“Highly recommend – I really liked the atmosphere lynda created. The way it flowed and the practical experience. I cameaway with a great sense of recieving and providing Indian Head Massage. Lynda is an excellent teacher. Atmosphere was relaxed. Time goes quickly, never bored. Fantastic” Jo Halkett 6/11/11

“Lynda is a fantastic instructor. I felt very comfortable and really appreciated her empathetic and positive approach to teaching.” M Simpson 6/11/11

“I feel very confident walking away from the course armed with all the tools and knowledge to perform a relaxing and healing Indian head massage. It was a fun day, great /atmosphere and beautifully delivered by Lynda” Pip , Hairdresser17/04/11

“Absolutely beautiful experience, shared by like minded people” Michelle Ryan 17/04/11

“Lynda is a lovely lady and madeeveryone feel welcome, I really enjoyed all the time to practice to this routine and loved it” Jessie Mansfield, Hairdreser 17/04/11

The course was great! For someone who hasn’t done much massage I found the way it was taught made it easy to learn. I liked the way that it was taught in stages, so that you got to see how it was done, and then tried it ourselves with assistance from Lynda. At first I wasn’t very confident, but by the time I finished I was very confident and really enjoyed the courseThe notes are great and make it easy to remember. I went straight home and tried it on my partner and he loved it” S Thompson, July 2009

A wonderful course, conducted in a friendly and positive atmosphere by a wonderful coach! made learning an absolute pleasure” Donna Malneek 17/04/11

“Lynda showed her in-depth knowledge of the subject. She is passionate about her subject and loves to share her knowledge and skills to her students. The class was interesting and informative with plenty of time allowed to practice our new skill.
The environment was very pleasant and relaxing and I would definitely recommend Lynda’s teaching of Indian Head Massage”B Gallagher, July 2009

Yoga from the heart – Retreat with Mark Whitwell,Auckland, New Zealand

Only a few days after the International Yoga Festival at Kawai Purapura the 150 hour module “Evolve as a Teacher; Therapeutic Elements of Yoga” takes place. Mark Whitwell teaches from 9th – 11th March “Yoga from the heart”:

“Yoga isn’t just something you do, it’s something you feel; a deep connection; a warmth spreading from your heart all the way through your body; the beating of your heart in the silence and stillness of meditation. Yoga should both start and end at the heart.”

Mark Whitwell offers the simple principles from the Great Tradition that can be applied to all styles and kinds of yoga in order to make your Yoga completely your own: efficient, powerful and safe. Throughout these days, Mark will demonstrate how that the heart of Yoga is relationship and show participants how to actually befriend and relate to their students, free of any power structures.

  • Shakti and Shiva energies
  • Meditation techniques
  • Pranayama
  • Yogic physiology
  • Methods for connecting with yourself and your heart
  • Asanas (specifically heart opening postures)

Your retreat starts on 9th March at 10 am and finishes on 11th March at 10:30 am. You get a 2 days immersion with Mark Whitwell, offered as a 3 days retreat.

Your yoga retreat package includes the use of our pool, sauna and spa facilities. We provide you with all necessary yoga equipment such as mats, bolsters, belts, blocks and cushions. Not included in the price is catering. Prema Resident Cafe on site prepares healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of the menu is vegan and gluten-free. Our team at the cafe is passionate about creating nourishing, soulful food that provides you with enough energy to keep up with your yoga retreat. There is a kitchen for retreat guests if you prefer to prepare you own meals

Please check out for details!.

Fit for purpose—food regulation now and in the future,Sydney

Fit for purpose—food regulation now and in the future


We are hosting our first Biennial Stakeholder Forum on 5 March 2019.

Experts representing our key stakeholders will explore topics relating to our food regulation system and will take a look into the future of food regulation, food safety and food science.

The one day event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Not to missed by anyone with an interest in our food regulation system, places are limited.

Speakers include:

Dr Norman Swan FRCP, DCH, MD (Hon Causa)

Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24 (Television). The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He was only the third person to be awarded the prestigious medal of the Australian Academy of Science and was given an honorary MD by the University of Sydney on its 150th anniversary.

Norman trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television.
 He was the medical host on Channel Ten’s Biggest Loser for six seasons and in September 2015 made a Four Corners on waste in the healthcare system. Norman created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four part series on disease and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries.
He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence based policy and priorities in health research. He has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Norman is also co-founder of Tonic Health Media, an integrated health television channel and production company which has over 15 million viewers per month.

Mr Alan Kirkland

Alan Kirkland is CEO of Choice. Before joining CHOICE in 2012 Alan was involved in campaigning on issues as diverse as education funding, homelessness and public transport. He has also worked on the other side of the fence, in government. As CEO of Legal Aid NSW during the global financial crisis, Alan saw the human impact of poor lending practices, which sparked his passion for consumer rights.

These days, Alan sees his job as making sure that CHOICE stays relevant to the needs of Australia’s consumers, all while having a little fun along the way.

Dr Peter Abelson

Peter Abelson is a managing director at Applied Economics.

Peter has over 40 years of consulting experience in Australia and overseas, specializing in public economics and cost-benefit analysis. He also runs regular executive training courses for public servants. His recent work in Australia includes government pricing policy, major transport projects, evaluation of public health programs and hospitals, planning for infrastructure, and analyses of housing prices.

He has worked for international agencies in many countries including China, India, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2001 to 2005, Peter held a Personal Chair at Macquarie University. From 2006 to 2012, Peter was a Visiting Scholar and taught public finance at the University of Sydney.

Peter is the author of Public Economics 3E (2012, published by McGraw-Hill), the leading Australian text in public finance and the role of government in the economy. .

From 2006, he has been a part-time economic advisor to the NSW Treasury. From 2012 to 2017, he was the first popularly elected Mayor of Mosman Council (Sydney).

Peter has a B.A. from Oxford University, M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D from London University.

Tanya Barden

Tanya Barden is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which is Australia’s peak industry body representing food, beverage and grocery manufacturers. Tanya brings tremendous experience and proven success at senior executive levels in both the public and private sectors, with a career spanning the public service and business. Previously the AFGC Director of Economics, Trade and Sustainability, Tanya has strong  experience with the $126 billion food and grocery sector, led the secretariat’s work on  international market access and non-tariff barriers to international trade, as well as a range of issues relating to the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the industry.

Tanya comes to the position with a strong background in competition, energy and economics policy and regulation having worked in various roles at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  Subsequent to this she worked for energy retailer ActewAGL and ran her own on-line food retail business. Tanya holds Bachelor of Economics/ Bachelor of Arts degrees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Yoga for Women – 3 Day Retreat With Sw. Karma Karuna,Auckland

Yoga for Women – 3 Day Retreat With Sw. Karma Karuna,Auckland

Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland

Monday 4 March 2019 – Wednesday 6 March 2019

Where:Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop Only: $372.50 ($360.00 + $12.50 fees)
  • Workshop and 2 nights Private Room: $464.75 ($450.00 + $14.75 fees)
  • Workshop and 2 nights Twin Share Room: $439.12 ($425.00 + $14.12 fees)
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Yoga for women with Swami Karma Karuna
Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th March 2019

From fertility to positive body image, yoga and meditation tools can bring so many amazing benefits to a woman’s health and well-being. Males and females are built differently and also carry distinctive emotional and mental imprints, therefore it’s important to be able to tailor yoga to each gender. Delve into the theory and practices designed for women to balance and optimise the physical, mental and emotional aspects of their unique bodies at different stages of life. Learn self-nurturing and energising techniques, explore a women’s natural cycles and gain ability to apply this inspiration to your self as well as share it with others.

Asanas (postures for the female anatomy and emotions)
Bandhas (pelvic floor and core exercises)
Mudras (gestures to conserve and raise energy)
Pranayama (breath techniques to balance and calm the mind)
Meditation (tools for coping during life’s challenges)
Opening your creativity with Yantra and Mantra

Your retreat starts on 4th March at 2 pm and finishes on 6th March at 1 pm. You get a 2 days immersion with Karma Karuna, offered as a 3 days retreat. Choose workshop only if you prefer to travel in and out or book your accommodation at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre.
Your yoga retreat package includes the use of our pool, sauna and spa facilities. We provide you with all necessary yoga equipment such as mats, bolsters, belts, blocks and cushions. Not included in the price is catering. Prema Resident Cafe on site prepares healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of the menu is vegan and gluten-free. Our team at the cafe is passionate about creating nourishing, soulful food that provides you with enough energy to keep up with your yoga retreat. There is a kitchen for retreat guests if you prefer to prepare you own meals.