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Community invited to free workshop in Grafton

Emma Pritchard


Clarence Valley residents experiencing increased stress and anxiety, both personally and socially, and those whose mental, physical, and emotional health has been impacted by recent climate disasters and the severe implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, are being invited to attend a free community workshop this weekend.

The two-day event will utilise the knowledge and wisdom of western psychology intertwined with mindfulness and compassion skills and tools to reduce stress and help individuals reconnect with a sense of inner peace and calmness, while processing their anxiety in a supportive environment.

Co-facilitator of the workshop Lisa Brown, a registered North Coast psychologist and certified mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher, said the two-day event is a wonderful opportunity for Clarence Valley residents to develop inner resilience, make new connections, and discover a renewed sense of aliveness and ability.  

“In the past, these workshops have been very successful and they have made people laugh, cry, and allowed them to let go of their inner turmoil, and uncover new ways to overcome their individual stresses,” she said.

“Most of us have been impacted in some way by the devastating bush fires, floods, and Covid-19, and these workshops help people to find balance in an ever-changing world.”

Proud Gumbaynggirr man Bernard Kelly-Edwards will be the special guest at the two-day event and will share his insights into establishing deeper conversations and connections with participants.

The Mindfulness and Compassion in Challenging Times two-day workshop will be held on March 25 and 26 at the Gurehlgam Corporation, located at 18-26 Victoria Street, Grafton.

Both days will run from 10am – 4pm.

Booking are essential.

Please visit www.ozgreen.org/events/grafton-mindfulness-compassion-workshop for further information and to register your attendance.

The workshops have been financially supported by OzGreen and Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN Program to assist communities through times of disaster.