One Billion Rising, ending violence against women and girls

Lismore & District Women's Health Centre are organising a dance event -
Lismore Rising - on Thursday February 14th from 4.30-6pm next to the Transit
Centre, cnr Magellan & Molesworth Streets.  It's part of a global
initiative: One Billion Rising, which is holding events across the world on
V Day aimed at ending violence against women and girls.  The event is being
run in partnership with Lismore City Council.  

We encourage you to send the attached poster and the global and national
information on violence against women brochure to friends, family and
networks.  If you would like to assist with banner creation, setting up,
marshalling or packing up please let Lyn know -

Afterwards sashay along to the Star Court Theatre for wine, cheese and a
good laugh with another One Billion Rising event - The Vagina Monologues:
<>  Also running at Ballina and



Explore the many ways in which you can create a beautiful, personal home shrine from a pre cut template which is quick and easy to assemble. We will play with paint, different textures, papers, stencils stamps and embellish it with things that touch your heart. A wonderful opportunity to engage in a beautiful creative process in a supportive environment.


DATES/TIMES 15/06/2013 – 22/06/2013 9: 0 AM to 4: 0 PM


For bookings call Byron Community College at Phone: 02 6684 3374
or Fax: 02 6684 3115 or


Participants will gain a basic understanding of the principles of Arts Therapy and its uses in different contexts. We will engage in some simple examples of experiential, interactive processes to give you a little taste of different approaches in the field of Arts Therapy. Additional materials fee of $5.


DATES/TIMES 23/03/2013 – 23/03/2013 10: 0 AM to 3: 0 PM


For bookings call Byron Community College at Phone: 02 6684 3374
or Fax: 02 6684 3115 or


The compassionate brain a free 7 part video Series

Hello,For Sounds True, I’m hosting a free 7-part video series with extraordinary guests – The Compassionate Brain– that will give you effective ways to change your brain and heart and life. So far over 25,000 people have signed up for this free series, and I hope you will join us – and help spread the word to others.The series began October 8, 2012, and runs on seven consecutive Monday nights, 8-9 pm Eastern time (GMT -4), through November 19. You can go back and watch the archived videos from previous interviews.

Each week, I’m interviewing a world-class scholar/teacher (in order): Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dachar Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, Kristin Neff, and Jean Houston – where they’ll discuss different ways to use the power of neuroplasticity – how the mind can change the brain to transform the mind – to open the heart, build courage, find compassion, forgive oneself and others, speak and act from both kindness and strength, and heal the world.

Here is a brief video in which I explain what this series is about:

Rick Hanson: Compassionate Brain: FREE video series
Rick Hanson: Compassionate Brain: FREE video series

You can watch live each Monday or see the archived videos anytime if you miss a session. These unique conversations with first-rate experts are freely offered – along with their  practical tools for cooperation, empathy, and kindness. (The series is particularly timely in light of a U.S. Presidential election occurring right in the middle of it.)

Our world has needs at different levels (economic, environmental, cultural, etc.) but the common factor in all of these is the human brain, whose ancient fight-or-flight circuits are dragging humanity toward if not over the brink. If more people and more brains – and thus more hearts and hands – turned toward compassion, that could make a real difference.

So I would really appreciate your support for this series. You could sign up for it yourself and – please – forward this email to tell others about it. It’s interesting, solid, practical, convenient, and free. And, one brain at a time, it might help nudge things in a better direction.

Wishing you the best,


A Personal Shrine, a unique Gift for Christmas

Having a personal home shrine is a reminder and focus of what really matters in our life. A daily ritual to burn an insence or put a flower helps you to keep that focus alive and encourages self reflection and moments of just being with yourself. Treat yourself to a personal shrine or give unique gift to a friend.
For more information and orders visit:


Art Therapy Healing Trauma

Art therapy is still in the process of getting more accepted and integrated in the mental health system. This short video is full of testimonies and comments from experts in the mental health field to validate the healing power of Art Therapy.

A Healing Journey exploring Shrine Making

For more information on Shrine Making visit

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Expo

Tickets are now on sale for our mental health and suicide prevention event Funny in the Head – Thursday November 15th, BALLINA RSL 240 River Street, Ballina, NSW.

7.30 am – $35.00

Funny in the Head Breakfast featuring Cynthia Morton: Australian of the Year, Pride of Australia Medal, Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence, author and founder of the Emotional Fitness Program.


10.30am – 4.00pm – FREE

Funny in the Head Expo and Forum, featuring comedian Greg Sullivan and interviews on laughter for mental health, music for mental health, iPad apps for mental health, pathways to manhood and womanhood for mental health and the recipient of funds raised - Lifeline Northern Rivers.


8.00pm – $40

Funny in the Head Comedy GALA featuring the fantastic Wil Anderson, Bev Killick, Sean Choolburra, Greg Sullivan, Fiona McGary, Mark McConville and Vanessa Wagner.


Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing you at the Ballina RSL on Thursday 15th November 2012.


All Tickets or 02 6686 2544


Support groups for women who experienced trauma

Resource-oriented,  Body-centered Art Therapy

These groups focus on connecting participants with their outer and inner resources and strength. We all tend to focus on the problem and often overlook resources already present. The groups are experiential and educational giving women the understanding and tools to establish a sense of control and stability which are fundamental for trauma resolution. The group-processes also assist women to move from isolation to new connections with other women to promote healing.


 “I was afraid and overwhelmed with negative emotions and now I feel positive, empowered and more able to cope”…..

“Claudia uses her gifts and personal experience, understanding to guide you through a very powerful, healing and growing process that was so nurturing and empowering”

“It has changed my life completely”…..

The program consists of:

  1. Learning simple mindfulness practices
  2. Somatic body centered exercises
  3. Education about the biology of trauma
  4. Inner child connection/healing
  5. Boundary explorations
  6. Creative arts process to ground experiences and encourage further insights.

 These processes are supported in a non-judgmental environment respecting each person’s pace and ability.

It is important that participants will have an initial interview session to assess suitability or are referred by a mental health care worker.

 As the program is structured to gradually increase skills and awareness it is important that participants can commit to all sessions.


Claudia M.Gyr

Claudia holds a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy and has been trained in other therapy approaches like NLP, Gestalt, Kinesiology, Relationship Related Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing.

 At present these groups are run and funded through the kind support of the Women’s Resource Service , Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

Mullumbimby Art Therapy is looking for other organisations and sponsors who also like to support these groups. Claudia is happy to travel to your location and tailor the groups to your needs.

Don’t hesitate to contact me for further information. Ph 02 66846543 or email through the contact page

Mental Health and Art

Entries Open for Mental Health Art

People living with mental illness often find solace in expressing themselves through art.

They, their friends and family members are all being encouraged to create artworks to submit for a major mental health art exhibition to be held in Lismore in October.

The exhibition is aimed to raise community awareness, reducing stigma and encourage social inclusion. It will showcase a diverse range of local artwork including ceramics, sculpture, installation work, paintings, photography, drawings, textile, writing and digital displays.

Entry forms can be accessed via email or phone, and will be placed at local neighbourhood centres, art galleries and Mental Health services. Please email Kristine Uebergang on or ring her on 0439 607 697 during office hours.