My name is Kate Corbett. I am a mother of 3 beautiful young children aged 5, 3 and almost 2. For the past 14 years, I have worked in various healthcare settings supporting families. I began my career as a paediatric nurse, later becoming a midwife then Calmbirth® facilitator. In my work as a Calmbirth® facilitator, teaching techniques such as relaxation, breathing and visualisation tools for pregnant couples, I have witnessed how transformational these techniques can be.
I have become increasingly interested in how these techniques can enhance physical and mental health and continue to follow the emerging research with great interest. I will be completing a Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course in the coming months to further develop my personal meditation and mindfulness practice, something I have been engaging in for the past 8 years.
The impact of mental illness on individuals and families is one that has touched me personally. My father was deeply affected by anxiety and depression through my teenage and early adult years. The experience of supporting him and being witness to his pain has left an ever-lasting impression.
I am passionate about assisting families to develop awareness and practices that lay strong positive foundations for mental health beginning in pregnancy and extending into childhood. This is also something that as a mother I focus on. I have been incorporating the My Peaceful Universe meditations into the bedtime routine with my 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. Initially, they were reluctant participants (somersaults and jumping on the bed are hard to top!) but to my amazement, there has been a dramatic decrease in their stalling strategies and they are getting to sleep so much quicker and calmly.
I am so excited to be bringing My Peaceful Universe mindfulness and meditation classes to the Central Coast. I truly believe these practices are life skills that can support children to more effectively deal with stress, to regulate emotions, develop positive relationships with themselves and those around them and ultimately lead happier joy-filled lives.
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Hi, my name is Veronica. I am married and have a beautiful son aged 16. For me, my greatest gift in life is being a mother and being able to nurture his growth and development. As well as this, I work part-time as a preschool teacher and also tutor children during the week after school. I very much enjoy working with children, I see it as a vocation rather than a job and this for me is highly rewarding and satisfying.
I have also struggled with anxiety myself for some time and understand how debilitating it can be at times to cope with everyday life situations. I wonder sometimes how I have ever made it through and if it wasn’t for the support of my husband, my son and a handful of lovely friends, things may have turned out differently. Anyway, on a brighter note, I am just so happy to be part of Isabelle and Kye Fitzgerald’s, ‘My Peaceful Universe,’ to have the wonderful opportunity to help support children going through their own mental health issues. It truly is an amazing time right now and I am so grateful to be part of such a highly dedicated and passionate team.
Since making the decision to become a Mindfulness and Meditation Facilitator, I am so glad too that I did the Monash University ‘Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance’ course; teaching me not only to become more mindful but learning how to put specific tools in place to help support daily mindfulness and meditation practices. So, I am very excited to share what I have learnt with the children and hope that in some way can assist them to better manage their mental health concerns, build self-confidence and find happiness with themselves and others during their journey through life.
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My name is Indigo Joy Hunt, I am 24 years old and have grown up on the Northern Beaches in the beautiful community of Avalon. My mother is a psychologist in the area and I have an eight-year-old sister Faith, who is in year four at Avalon Public School. These are Faith's thoughts on mindfulness and mediation after taking Isabelle’s classes for over a year. “I think it is purposeful and helpful for everyone. I am very glad I can participate in it when I feel anxious and stressed.”
Anxiety has been present in my life from a young age, I was a sensitive child. I was first exposed to meditation at the end of a children’s yoga classes I attended. In terms of mindfulness, it has become important to me especially in the last 7 years while struggling with the pressure of school and adult life.
I love reading self-development books such as Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer. I am currently reading Wake up to the Joy of Being You (52 meditation and practices for a calmer and happier life.) I am also completing the “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance course” through Monash University. This course is a great mix of mediations and insight into the way mindfulness can evolve your life in every minute of every day.
As I think back to when I was young, or even my early teenage years, mental health wasn’t really discussed. Coming to terms with your own anxiety, negative thoughts and stress could be challenging.
After two young men in my year at school took their own lives within a year of each other one of whom I had known along with his family since preschool. I realized the grief I felt as an individual, I watched how the community and families coped, knowing their lives would never be the same.
As a result, Oneighty is a mental health initiative that is youth-led in Avalon, this was started as there was a lack of mental health support for young adults and teenagers in our community. The wider the conversation has opened up, the younger it seems children are feeling anxious and struggling to enjoy their childhood carefreely.
This is why I am so passionate about teaching Mindfulness and Meditation to Primary School Students as we now know teaching children at a young age, how to manage stress and negative thoughts can be incredibly beneficial.
I love children and the joy they bring to all of our lives, and I hope that my students will become comfortable with mindfulness and meditation enjoying the time in class to have fun, relax and learn more about themselves, and, that it provides them with the vital tools they need as they evolve into amazing teenagers and adults.
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