July 13 Christchurch - The Arts Centre - year 9&10 

July 14 Christchurch - The Arts Centre - year 11-13

There is nothing more important than self worth and self respect.  This 4 hour workshop is designed to focus on empowering students to believe in themselves, to have the courage to make choices for their future that they are worthy of and to help them understand the power of vulnerability and authenticity.


As well as the workshop every attendee will receive 5 professionally taken photographs by Watermark Photography.  (The photos in this advertisement are taken by WP)



Conversations with the Mirror – self-talk and self-criticism are crucial elements in our self-esteem; it is important to ensure that we are speaking to ourselves with respect and being deliberate about speaking into our day in a positive and empowering way.


Accomplishments and achievements are a very personal part of the journey, it is very easy to fall into the comparison trap and feel ‘less-than’ another person who you perceive to be ‘more-than’ you are.  In this topic we will talk about celebrating your own journey, feeling fulfilled with what you have and who you are; and making authentic choices about your future that align with your own beliefs and values.


Values and Beliefs that will keep you mentally well and on track.  These two incredible words are the power behind all that we do and all that we are.  They are the compass in our lives but often we have not intentionally defined them nor are we aware of how our daily choices are lining up with our Visions and Beliefs.  In this topic you will identify your values and beliefs and you will see how having them front and centre in your life will help you to line up the decisions you make on a daily basis.


The whole hearted person is an image of an individual shared by Brene Brown in her book “The power of vulnerability”.  In this topic we will find out more about Brene, vulnerability and whole hearted living.


Inverted kindness.  If your friend  was suffering with an obvious situation how would you reach out to them? Inverted kindness is about considering what we would do for others and allowing ourselves the ‘self-care’ required to be kind to us, when we need it and when no-one else is providing it for us.


Mini Mindfulness techniques to help you in moments of self-doubt and over-whelming emotions.  


Fears and Failures – How to speak to ourselves about the inevitable times that will happen when fears and failures will occur.  How to ensure that these do not cripple us but instead allow them to be used them for growth and personal development.


How gratitude will change our lives and help us to notice our world and feel good about all that is in our lives. 


The Emotional Bank Account.  How to care for yourself and fill your tank up so that there is something to draw from and share with others.  This topic area is all about understanding and planning for the energy that will be required from me throughout the day; where will it come from, what will it look like and will there be enough to get me through the day

Watermark Photography


Lucy Hunter Weston will photograph each participant to capture their natural beauty and confidence.  Lucy is a professional photographer with a passion for wellbeing and supporting people in the place where they are at.

Workshop Feedback 

  • It has given me tools to recognise how I'm feeling and how to help myself process things and give me starting points to talk to a trusted person. I really enjoyed the day.

  • Thanks so much, so much food for thought, hugely beneficial day to well-being.

  • Well done, absolutely loved today, thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all

  • ​I really enjoyed it and felt like I was in a safe environment to share

  • Marina was great, good balance of 'in charge' but kept it friendly and intimate. Definitely comfortable with Lucy

  • Will definitely recommend to others

  • Very thought provoking, highlighted areas for me to work on. 

  • Given me new ideas and information to try and look further into. Helped me to learn and grow.

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Coach/Facilitator Marina Shearer

Marina Shearer is a mother of three children and an experienced facilitator of 30 years, she is a qualified professional coach and is passionate about the wellbeing of girls.

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Coach/Facilitator Jo Mathieson

Jo Mathieson is an AGILE Coach and is the People Manager for a NZ organisation.  Jo is also on the board of Big Brother Big Sister