I'm Michelle, owner of Meditation Sunshine Coast, author of Cultivating a Calm Mind and Event Manager (pre covid).
Mindfulness and meditation have had a major impact on my life.
I became curious about meditation during a challenging period of my life. I was feeling completely overwhelmed nearly every day and faced with a path of antidepressants. I knew I had to find something (other than drugs or alcohol) that not only reduced the feelings of overwhelm but stopped me from getting to that stage in the first place.
And so I tried meditation. And full disclosure – I couldn't sit still for more than five minutes or count to ten breaths! I found trying to learn through an app or on my own just wasn't working and so I began looking for teachers and studying and researching meditation and then mindfulness.
As a result, I completed:
- Advanced Certificate in Guiding and Teaching Meditation through the Australian Centre for Mindfulness and Meditation (ACMM)
- Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training (MBSM) at the Gawler Foundation
- Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance (Monash University)
- Corporate Mindfulness (ACMM)
Realising the benefits mindfulness and meditation could have on younger people, I also went on to complete extensive training for teaching kids yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
In my work life, practising mindfulness was essential to my success as an events manager for high profile speakers such as Brene Brown, Malala Yousafzai, Simon Sinek and the Obamas. It enabled me to remain calm, focussed and productive in this demanding role. It also gave me the resilience I needed when that career ended due to COVID.
In my private life, practising meditation has enabled me to be less reactive and more patient, healthier, kinder and compassionate to myself, as well as to those around me. This has become essential with two teens and a grandmother with dementia to care for.
For several years I ran my Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners program for kids, teens and adults, from my studio on the Sunshine Coast. I have now extended my teaching capacity to incorporate community classes, online courses, workplace workshops, programs, coaching and retreats. I also facilitate programs on behalf of Mindfulness Works Australia and am a registered provider for the Healthy Sunshine Coast Program and Career, Money, Life.
I am a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and mindful.org and a Veriditas trained and certified labyrinth facilitator.
I am passionate about educating and demonstrating the benefits of practising mindfulness and meditation to help reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress, and increase feelings of calm, clarity and connection.