Join us for a special sound light meditation to honour the Supreme Soul, the Supreme Light who is the greatest catalyst of all for change. The arrival of the Light in the night signals the dawning of a new day. A short introductory talk about the original meaning of Shiv Ratri will be followed by a meditation. We invite you to join us to connect with, explore and experience the infinite power supply of God, the nourishing power source.
By being more aware of your habits, both positive and negative, you can better understand how to maintain the ones you love and change the ones you don’t. Stop for a moment and imagine your dream life. Take control of your day-to-day and discover how to change your everyday life for the better.
Fire Rooster Year has a lot of potential to bring positive change and transformation in 2017. But there are a few quirky secrets to understand about the Fire Rooster. Come and discover the five Spiritual Energies associated with the Fire Rooster Year and how you can step into it powerfully and boldly.
Speaker: Gayle Atherton is an internationally recognised Feng Shui Master, who began her study of Feng Shui in Hong Kong 25 years ago. She consults across seven countries and is the author of ‘Feng Shui - the Perfect Arrangement’.
Follow that Dream and make it come true in 2017 - Be in Love with your Life every Minute of it !
Today is a perfect day to start living your dreams. Don’t wait for the perfect moment - take the moment and make it perfect. Why not start living the life you are imaging right now? No dream is too big, small or silly. It’s time to create your list of living - because if you set your mind to do it, you will make it happen! So open your mind, throw off your doubts and sail into a beautiful future - it’s time to decide how you want to spend the new year, it’s time to create YOUR story !
If not now, then when? If not you, then who?
We are living in a ‘post-truth‘ world where emotions and personal beliefs are more influential in shaping public opinion than objective facts. The boat of humanity is passing through unchartered, dangerous waters. Storm clouds are gathering and we are lost in a fog of illusion and confusion. What is ‘really‘ going on? Now is the time to work together and guide the boat into calm waters and a brighter future. Large numbers of young people are waking up saying ‘We are not here to work for multinational corporations and make money for them. We are here to live and find meaning of life’.
On this day we will be remembering and honouring the founder of the Brahma Kumaris organisation and his Initiatives. This initiative is about awakening greater environmental awareness within our own organisation, as well as collaborating and learning from others through dialogue, partnership, UN conferences and local initiatives.
Meditation - Talk and Conversation - A light snack and refreshments will be served
Crystal Singing Bowls - Meditation Light & Sound Bath
You are invited to a real treat. For our Christmas celebration we have a beautiful crystal and Tibetan singing bowls meditation with a special guided commentary of reflecting on the old year and setting a new course of fortune for the new year - awaken your higher heart vibrational frequency by absorbing the sound of the singing bowls . This inter-dimensional healing enables profound transformation and balance on all levels as you energetically resonate with higher healing energies., which create a powerful journey of self discovery, empowerment and sacred healing. Join us on an amazing journey for your body + soul, and ride the wave into your inner and higher self.
Meditation - Light & Sound Bath - Sharing - Meeting - Eating
Taking stock of 2016 - you are invited to join us to celebrate your successes and failures, from which we learn and grow and to reflect on what went well and what didn’t, what were the biggest challenges and how did you grow over the year; what were the most meaningful moments and what insights served you best this year? Find the lessons and use them to move forward into 2017. Nurture your inner light, your spiritual growth, your strength and let go of weaknesses, so we can grow even stronger.
Saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one - you are invited to join us to celebrate your successes and failures, from which we learn and grow, to reflect on your inner light, your spiritual growth, your strength and weaknesses, to grow even stronger. Lets reflect in mediation and let this year pass through our minds, clearing - letting go - creating with love a meaningful new year - creating blessings for ourselves and others so we may remain aware and enjoy the power of the moment.
What do I wish to strengthen in myself, what would I like to let go, what relationships were of special meaning, which ones have faded out. What were the positive developments and episodes that we could observe or experience this year - remembering the most magic and beautiful memories of the year in a creative way. With this clarity in mind, I create the life I want for next year. Reflect - Enjoy - Play - Create
Creating a New World together - This is an international BK initiative to invite everyone to see into being a radically different world - a world of beauty, truth and goodness.
Is it possible to stop struggling in your life and find joy and fulfillment in this moment? How well we love and relate, depends on how we emptied our minds of ideas, concepts and expectations and gone beyond our ego - beyond the sense of insufficiency, unhappiness, incompleteness and discontent that inevitably traps us. This is a journey to connect to a deeper place, where ego doesn’t matter anymore. The entire universe exits because of the tension between the opposites. We cannot get rid of polarities on the level of form, but can transcend the polarities through surrender into silence, getting in touch with a deeper place within yourself, where polarities no longer exist. They continue to exist on the outer level. However, even there, something changes in the way in which they manifest in your life when you are in a state of acceptance, in a more benign and gentle way. When we no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear and you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise and they affect the world. That which is beyond form shines through the form, the eternal shines through the form into this world of form. The ‘lack of reaction’ means that the polarities are no longer fueled and they start to collapse. No one is an enemy anymore, the opposite becomes weak and begins to dissolve and that is the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. Ready to create a new world together? Lets do it Now _ Together! How? Lets get creative. Come and join engaging conversations, expressive arts activities and creative meditations.
Gentle Men welcome!
‘Spirited Women - the Power of Healing and Peace ‘Peace is possible regardless of our challenges‘
This is the annual WEGs luncheon to say Thank You for sharing and inspiring all of us at WEGs with the generosity in 2016, for the vast contribution all the speakers made in making the WEGs events an incredible success in the lives of many who attended and who had the pleasure to share in all their incredible journeys of wisdom and inspiration. We invited all our speakers of 2016 to have the opportunity in meeting all the other speakers of 2016 and all our friends at WEGs and join the conversation with this years’ special guest Petrea King, who is one of Australia’s foremost well-being pioneers. Petrea, an angel on earth, was told over thirty years ago that she had three months to live. The former nurse defied the odds and dedicated her life to soothing people’s pain and bringing peace of mind to the dying. Since 1984 Petrea has worked with individuals, women, families, workplaces and communities dealing with some of life’s greatest challenges. Her books and practices have helped thousands of people deal more effectively with grief, loss, depression, trauma and anxiety. Her best-selling books and CDs are valuable resources for people who want to engage with the challenges in their lives in a meaningful manner. Petrea’s work is based on over forty years study of health, the nature of reality, spirituality and consciousness and her own daily practice through the Quest of Life Foundation and Quest for Life Community, of which she is the founder and CEO.
‘Happiness is not derived from our outer circumstances. Indeed happiness is an inside job’. Petrea will talk about what the role of women can be to create this Power of Peace and Healing, as the nurturers of Life.
When Friday 25 November, 12.00pm for 12.30 - 2.30pm
Where BackStage, Crown Lane, Rear off 99 Crown Street, Ground floor, rear of meditation space
RSVP 23 November http://wegsluncheon2016.eventbrite.com.au
Gentle Men welcome!
Feeling into Hurt, Trauma, Grief + Guilt whilst developing Self Love and Self Appreciation to ensure we continue to evolve through ‘this’ Life
Angela will discuss the choices we make in our lives and the repercussions of not following our energetic truth. Pain and trauma will surface at some point, just like an infection under the skin. She will talk about feeling deeply and observing the choices we have made, and the choices we currently make when moving through the healing and evolving process. Angelia will share her experience about developing self love choices and the importance of following the signals of our bodies. We know instinctively when we are making wrong decisions and simply choose not to listen to our feelings and to our body what they are telling us. Knowing that we always will pay a price for this way of living might give us though the power to implement change. A very tragic accident of her plane crashing shortly after take off and all the many traumatic scenes that followed after, put Angela to a breaking point, where she knew; ‘Now Is the Time to Change’.
Guest speaker: Angela Harvey is a Senior Investigator at Airservices Australia and is a proven aviation industry leader with more than 24 years of professional aviation experience in leadership, project management, business development and safety management systems. She is also a commercial pilot with various ratings and endorsements, like CASA ‘Civilian’ RPAS Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems ‘drone’ pilot. Angela has working knowledge of Australian and international aviation regulators, both civilian and military. She has a broader aviation industry understanding that provides unique insight into the working of civilian, commercial, military, general aviation, sport aviation and unmanned aviation systems. She also has experience as a bush pilot and a Parachute Jump Pilot. Angelia is a mother of two adult children.
Afternoon tea and talk with Bubbles Chetty
Diwali is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture - it celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Celebrating Diwali in India, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights, gifts and food are shared. The food most closely associated with Diwali is Indian sweets, which come in a range of colours and flavours. We will share the richness of blessings and how to cultivate good relationships by sharing afternoon tea with each other and hosting a talk and sharing with Bubbles Chetty Thagaran. Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali !
Moving Back to Dignity - Every Women’s Story
Gentle Men welcome!
This talk will be about conquest and victory over a dis-functional and controlling relationship and growing back to dignity.
Guest speaker: Karen Kelly Tarasin who is presently an interior stylist but started her career in her early 20’s in TV productions. She produced TV commercials in the 80’s internationally and lived a few years in Germany until she returned and married and became a full time mother of three for nearly 17 years. Life moved up to the north coast to a farming life as an alternative to city living, running a biodynamic farm, breeding cattle - embracing change in so many ways. Then a marriage breakdown, a savage armed robbery, death to a beloved sister - the lowlights - yet the strengthening and illuminating parts of our characters emerge. My story is not just mine, but belongs to so many women who have come out the other side wiser, stronger, bigger of heart and more generous of spirit - through having it almost all taken away.
Gentle Men welcome!
I am the House and the House is me. I dance the History of the House and she reveals my History
There are multiple ways to tell the story of Hinemihi – it’s a story of origins, a story of traumatic events, and it is a story of colonial violence. It’s also my story. This discussion addresses Indigenous ways of knowing, including Maori cosmology and contemporary Maori feminism. How do I, as a dancer-ancestor, commune with the hidden, and through a performative language based on female authority, traditional wisdom and personal practice, bring these essential narratives into the present?
Guest speaker: Victoria Hunt is an Australian born artist working across spheres of dance, choreography, culture, performance art and education. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu Maori, English and Irish.She has a BA in Visual Arts and is a founding ensemble member of the Body Weather Dance Company, De Quincey Co. Her work spans thirteen years and over 40 productions. She has created short films, photo essays and choreographed works for various theaters. She is a dance educator at EORA Institute of TAFE + provides professional movement classes for youth theatre companies + the independent dance community. www.dequinceyco.net
Gentle Men welcome!
There was a time when Devorah would have described her life as chaotic, making no sense and painful with moments of respite between each tumultuous event. Not so today. With absolute conviction she knows that there was and is Goodness holding her at each turn. She will share how she came to understand the Goodness as her ‘safety-net’. In a candid and open manner Devorah will share personal life-events that could have broken her, but instead they lead to hearing and listening to her voice within. Devorah is presently living her dream.
Guest speaker: Dr Devorah Wainer sees herself as a companion soul-traveller. She is a meditator, studying spiritual knowledge for 40 years, achieved her PhD and career change in her late 50’s and could only have achieved this with the understanding and blessings of her two daughters, Casey and Kim Wainer. She now works at Sydney University in the Human Rights Institute and lectures at universities internationally. For 19 years she has advocated for asylum - seeking refugees and is the author of ‘Beyond the Wire’.
A workshop to express your full self with Casey-Ann Wainer
Freedom of expression is one doorway to self-acceptance. The doorway itself is being present in the moment of creativity. This participatory workshop is an opportunity to get in touch with yourself and others, be fully present and enjoy feeling safe and free through the process of creative expression. This interactive workshop opens the space for personal insight through an interdisciplinary approach, which draws from a range of fields such as performing arts, story telling, Visible Thinking and meditation. No artistic or performance experience is necessary.
Want to Work Smarter and Live Better?
Simplicity is one of the most valuable + yet most underrated qualities you can strive to embrace in your life. Simplicity represents clarity, presence and freedom from effort. When you simplify your life, you effectively clear your mind so you can continue on your journey with confidence and motivation. To achieve this you need to rid the clutter from your daily life and with these simple strategies, you can simplify your routines, free your mind + create clear objectives. From there you can achieve balance and start to build a structure to support your vision for the future.
“That’s been one of my mantras: focus + simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
- Steve Jobs
Gentle Men welcome!
On Stage | Off Stage | Many Stages
Jepke will reflect on her journey as a theatre maker, just after having celebrated her 40th anniversary of the Kinetic Energy Theatre Company (1975-2016), which she has co-directed for the last 32 years together with founder and co-director and life partner Graham Jones. Jepke will explore the inner drive behind some of the choices she has made such as the way we operate, the audiences and communities for whom we write and perform. She hopes to unravel how the personal, the professional and the spiritual relates and interconnects.
Guest speaker: Jepke Goudsmit Theatre maker (actor, writer, director for Kinetic Energy Theatre Company), mother. Jepke is from the Netherlands and came to live and work in Sydney in 1984, where she started a creative partnership with Graham Jones, with whom she has two daughters.
Gentle Men welcome!
You are the most important Person in your Life
Julia thought she was a happy person. She reached a career level in Music Event Management that she felt she was privileged enough to choose the employer or company she wanted to work for. She was in a relationship for nine years, having found her great love. And then everything fell apart. Job, Love, Health....and everything became better. Juli found bliss.
Guest speaker: Julia Doelker is 31 years old and lived in Munich, Germany for 29 years, traveled extensively and wants to make Australia her home. She works in the Music Event Management.
Gentle Men welcome!
How to find your Dharma?
Is a strong sense of vocation a mixed blessing? And what choices do you have to make to follow your true calling? Living in Dharma means living ones' true purpose and personality, and expressing it in the world. Sydney photographer and editor talking about how she left the corporate world and re-created herself as a photographer and publisher, stepping into the fear and her limitations.
Guest speaker: Cynthia Sciberras believes that when you come from an authentic place of love and creativity, all is possible. When not consumed as Editor in Chief for YOKE magazine, she can be found with her camera shooting humans of many different ages and angles, hanging with her two beloved rescue cats and partner, living her yoga in sunny Sydney.
We live in a time when we urgently need to learn new ways to relate to nature to become sustainable. This can be supported through the dynamism of integral learning. Our understanding of spiritual ecology, integral consciousness and evolutionary biology can reawaken our essential connection to the way nature learns. In particular drawing on ‘integral consciousness’ that we need to transition towards from the ‘mental consciousness’ that has dominated our world for the last 500 years. Dr. Ben-Zion Weiss (Arjuna) is a teacher and community educator in drama, ESOL, yoga, cross-cultural conflict, anti-racism, non-violence training, cultural ecology and meditation. He is a lecturer at University of Western Sydney and consulted for Multicultural Programs in Cooling Conflicts. He presents at conferences, facilitates workshops for youth workers, leads Dances for Universal Peace. His current book is ‘The Creativity Revolution, Steps to Ecology of Culture.
Gentle Men welcome!
This talk will explore and look at ‘atmo-spheres’ as the sensorial qualities of space. Atmosphere, according to German philosopher Gernot Boehme, is an emotional quality of space that requires the co-presence of person and object. Atmosphere arises between person and object and must be experienced directly. Thea will explore whether cities have atmospheres and whether there might be such a thing as the atmosphere of Sydney.
Guest speaker: Dr. Thea Brejzek is a professor for Spatial Theory at UTS Sydney. Her research is concerned with constructions of performativity in spaces of social, cultural and political engagements. This includes urban and public space, theatre, exhibition, media space and .... our inner space.
How do we create fulfilling, valuable, and authentic lives without a guru or savior? Defining ourselves and how we wish to live in the 21st century opens exciting vistas that can lead us away from rituals, traditional theologies, ideologies, and ‘grand theories,’ that explain ‘everything’.
Judith Pemell will open a conversation exploring the next wave of spirituality: how to add value to our lives, the importance of questioning everything from firmly held beliefs to doubts, living an ethical and integrated existence as part of a progressive and aware community that seeks to create a global consciousness based on connection, caring and truth, and finally, transcending the fear and mistrust that permeate human existence. A meditator for 33 years, Judith has authored two books, and worked in psychotherapy and mental health for 26 years.
Gentle Men welcome!
A Spiritual Journey: the unexpected joys in facing the Unknown
Kerry has lived a life of constant change, and it always seemed to her that she was in charge of her life. That is until she met her spiritual guide and then realized that there have been indications all along the way that Love was the guiding force.
Guest speaker: Kerry Dwyer was working predominantly in theatre, first as a performer, then as a director and writer. Twenty years ago she left Australia to re-connect with her Irish roots and her intense spiritual roots in India. Since then she has become an interfaith minister and civil celebrant, a permaculture gardener and a grandmother.
THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER
Initiating the Journey that has just One Destination - Self Empowerment
Ken O’Donnel | BOOK LAUNCH
Ken O’Donnel, visiting from Sao Paolo, Brazil, shares profound and practical insights into developing a fulfilling spiritual lifestyle to manage personal, family and workplace issues. Using meditations, Ken re-engineered and transformed the quality of his life. Learn how to transform: confused and angry thinking into calm and clear thinking; emotional reactions into positive responses; personal challenges into peak moments of success and opportunities. Guided meditations will offer a contemplative experience of key concepts.
Guest speaker: Ken O’Donnel is an industrial chemist, international management consultant and meditation teacher for forty years and a best selling author of many books. Ken shares in practical ways from the depths of his personal life experience.
Gentle Men welcome!
Life & Balance Six Steps to Perfect Posture
This talk will be about the spiritual and physical posture to lead a balanced life and find sustainable happiness.
Guest speaker: Peta Read completed her BA in Dance at Nepean University of Western Sydney, Grad Diploma in communications and is a qualified Pilates and Stretch teacher. She was a professional Dancer and Dance Director for her dance schools in Sydney and London for over 10 years. Peta has developed a holistic method for attaining and maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing through her international studies in Dance, Pilates, Alexander technique, Movement and Stretch.