Holistic HQ Presents // Yoga + Sound Alchemy

HHQ Presents | Yoga + Sound Alchemy | 28th Oct 2017

HOLISTIC HQ PRESENTS | YOGA + SOUND ALCHEMY
Breathe Wellbeing | 289 Little Collins St, Melbourne
2 – 5pm, Saturday 28th October

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Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having it’s own function and character, contributes to the whole.”
– Pythagoras (569-475 BC)

We are so delighted to host this special gathering, featuring the wonderful Janelle Kingsley Yoga and Nicole Betts of Pursuit of Wellness, who will be leading a transformative afternoon filled with healing sounds, yin yoga and meditation.

Join us on Saturday 28th October from 2-5pm at a gorgeous urban oasis – Breathe Wellbeing, at the heart of Melbourne on Little Collins Street. For three blissful hours, you will be absorbed and enriched in euphoric and energising sounds. Your guides will take you on a journey of relaxation, regeneration and harmonic healing by exploring the interplay of both sound and silence.

Mats, bolsters and blankets will be provided, as well as time to socialise over snacks, tea and fresh juices supplied by our friends at Pressed Juices.

Visit the link below to register now. Tickets are only $39 early bird (until midnight Sunday 14th October), or $45 last minute. (Breathe Wellbeing members receive a $10 discount on all tickets).

We would love to see you there!

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YOUR HOSTS

NICOLE BETTS | SOUND MEDITATION

Nicole Lee is an internationally accredited Qigong Teacher, Mindfulness & Sound Practitioner and Natural Health Consultant. She offers classes, sessions and programs that develop mindfulness through conscious movement and stillness utilising the practice of Integrative Qigong.

Nicole also facilitates Sound Meditation events in collaboration with different musicians and sound practitioners that incorporate mindfulness, rest and meditation, as well as working with people to increase their wellbeing and vitality through natural and traditional medicine.

JANELLE KINGSLEY | YIN YOGA

Janelle Kingsley is a spirited yoga and meditation teacher and writer based in Melbourne. Her exploration of yoga began more than ten years ago whilst studying philosophy at university.

Janelle has taught diverse groups of people, ranging from the Department of Defence, students at La Trobe University, and managers for Lush Cosmetics. Having previously worked at The Yoga Social in Melbourne’s CBD, she can now be found teaching regular classes at White Dog Studio in Footscray. She teaches Hatha and Yin styles of yoga, pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra.

With her bubbling energy and downright infectious laugh, it’s hard not to see the brighter side of life when in Janelle’s company.

VICTORIA BROCKFIELD | MC + MEDITATION

Victoria is a qualified Pilates and Barre instructor, and holds the Breathe Certificate IV in Pilates, as well as a Certificate IV in Fitness. She is also the Co-Director of Holistic HQ, a wellness community running retreats and workshops in Melbourne.

Fifteen years of personal yoga practice has also greatly influenced the atmosphere she creates in classes, emphasising mindfulness, breath patterns and finding the calm amidst the challenge.

There are only a limited amount of tickets available for this intimate event.
Don’t miss out!

Or just drop us a line at hello@holistichq.com.au – we’d so love for you to join us! x

 

REGISTER NOW

Holistic HQ Presents // Yoga + Sound Alchemy

HHQ Presents | Yoga + Sound Alchemy | 10th June 2017-3

HOLISTIC HQ PRESENTS | YOGA + SOUND ALCHEMY
Breathe Wellbeing | 289 Little Collins St, Melbourne
2 – 5pm, Saturday 10th June

Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having it’s own function and character, contributes to the whole.”
– Pythagoras (569-475 BC)

We are so delighted to host this special gathering, featuring the wonderful Janelle Kingsley Yoga and Nicole Betts of Pursuit of Wellness, who will be leading a transformative afternoon filled with healing sounds, yin yoga and meditation.

Join us on Saturday 10th June from 2-5pm at a gorgeous urban oasis – Breathe Wellbeing, at the heart of Melbourne on Little Collins Street. For three blissful hours, you will be absorbed and enriched in euphoric and energising sounds. Your guides will take you on a journey of relaxation, regeneration and harmonic healing by exploring the interplay of both sound and silence.

Mats, bolsters and blankets will be provided, as well as time to socialise over snacks, tea and fresh juices supplied by our friends at Pressed Juices.

Visit the link below to register now. Tickets are only $40 early bird (until Sunday 4th June), or $45 last minute. We would love to see you there!

REGISTER NOW


YOUR HOSTS

NICOLE BETTS | SOUND MEDITATION

Nicole Lee is an internationally accredited Qigong Teacher, Mindfulness & Sound Practitioner and Natural Health Consultant. She offers classes, sessions and programs that develop mindfulness through conscious movement and stillness utilising the practice of Integrative Qigong.

Nicole also facilitates Sound Meditation events in collaboration with different musicians and sound practitioners that incorporate mindfulness, rest and meditation, as well as working with people to increase their wellbeing and vitality through natural and traditional medicine.

JANELLE KINGSLEY | YIN YOGA

Janelle Kingsley is a spirited yoga and meditation teacher and writer based in Melbourne. Her exploration of yoga began more than ten years ago whilst studying philosophy at university.

Janelle has taught diverse groups of people, ranging from the Department of Defence, students at La Trobe University, and managers for Lush Cosmetics. Having previously worked at The Yoga Social in Melbourne’s CBD, she can now be found teaching regular classes at White Dog Studio in Footscray. She teaches Hatha and Yin styles of yoga, pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra.

With her bubbling energy and downright infectious laugh, it’s hard not to see the brighter side of life when in Janelle’s company.

VICTORIA BROCKFIELD | MC + MEDITATION

Victoria is a qualified Pilates and Barre instructor, and holds the Breathe Certificate IV in Pilates, as well as a Certificate IV in Fitness. She is also the Co-Director of Holistic HQ, a wellness community running retreats and workshops in Melbourne.

Fifteen years of personal yoga practice has also greatly influenced the atmosphere she creates in classes, emphasising mindfulness, breath patterns and finding the calm amidst the challenge.

There are only a limited amount of tickets available for this intimate event.
Don’t miss out!

Or just drop us a line at hello@holistichq.com.au – we’d so love for you to join us! x

 

REGISTER NOW

FINDING YOUR BLISS IN THE YARRA VALLEY – THE HQ GETAWAY RETREAT DIARIES

HQ Getaway July 2015

Rainforest walks. Beautiful vegetarian meals. Roaring fireplaces. Pilates, yoga, massage + meditation. Life-changing conversations. Seriously – it doesn’t get much better than this.

DAY ONE // An hour’s drive outside of Melbourne can quickly feel like you’ve been whisked a million miles away. After a short pitstop in Healesville, dropping in at the Healesville Organic Farmers Markets and the very lovely Harvest Cafe, we arrived at our home for the weekend – the beautiful Amarant Retreat, set in the lush temperate rainforests of the Yarra Valley.

The three-level building, nestled into the hills amidst dewy ferns, towering gums and mossy rocks, provided the ultimate haven from the chilly Winter mists (it also happened to be the coldest weekend on record this Winter!). Our hearts and bodies were warmed the moment we stepped inside – toasty warm fireplaces, orange and lemongrass essential oils burning, and heated floorboards greeted our frozen feet.

After settling in, we got cozy by the fireplace and set our intentions for the weekend under the guidance of Alice of Intent Mind, and got to know our little company of bliss-seekers. Friends firmed up fast as we completed our first Pilates class and a sunset bushwalk, and were cemented around the beautiful vegetarian dinner provided by our master Chef, Laura.

We completed our first day with a Yin Yoga session in the Celestial Room, and start to wind down peacefully with some guided meditation, before finally curling up in our cozy rooms upstairs and letting the blissful feelings settle in.

Porridge

DAY TWO // The melodic sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl awakens those who haven’t already risen early for morning meditation and yoga downstairs. A truly lush breakfast is served up – Sunday porridge cooked with fresh dates, oats, cinnamon, lemon peel, almond milk and coconut cream. Topped with pecans, local berries, flax oil and vanilla bean honey, we have to just about stop ourselves from licking the bowl.

After a vigorous Pilates session with Victoria, we break off to start our sessions – full body Swedish relaxation massage with Stacey, or one-on-one life coaching with Alice. Those waiting their turn enjoy a leisurely afternoon of creating vision boards, flicking through pages of inspiration to find the images that resonate with their heartfelt dreams.

Dinner in the evening is a hearty winter forest mushroom risotto, served with walnut and green leaf salad and truffle oil. The dessert blows minds – chocolate avocado mousse topped with fresh local berries, cacao nibs and maple syrup.

We roll into the yoga room for a restful and restorative Yin Yoga session, resting our legs against the wall in a supported shoulder stand and feeling the worries of the world float away. In the quiet cocoon of darkness, by the flicker of candlelight, we finish our session with a collective resounding OM, sharing an unspoken connection that will live on well beyond these three days.

DAY THREE // We rise early before the sun and wander down to the Celestial Room, where we gather our bolsters and blankets, and sit peacefully in lotus pose, finding our breath and stillness in the moment. Gently, we are guided through a morning meditation, awakening to the senses of our body and mind before opening our eyes to a brand new day.

Laura has already been busily cooking in the kitchen, and has prepared us yet another delicious breakfast. The recipe cards in our goody bags come in use for the Bliss Ball making demonstration led by Abby, who shows us how to make decadent chocolate orange bliss balls from scratch. As the girls squeeze in their final massage and coaching sessions, we take in the cool mountain air on the verandah and thank our lucky stars for finding this truly special place. It feels like home.

The dates for our next HQ Getaway are already booked in at Amarant Retreat! If you’d like to join us for our next HQ Getaway (Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd January 2017), please drop us an email at hello@holistichq.com.au or visit our HQ GETAWAY info page for all the details xx 

With love,

V & A xx

Love, HQ // top 5 last-minute gift ideas

Hi lovelies!

Are you still umm-ing and ahh-ing over what to give your special ones this festive season? If you want to give them the gift of beautiful memories, a focused mindset, a rested and fit body, or simply peace of mind, we’ve got you covered! Read on below for some awesome ideas, delivered with love from our HQ team.

Wishing you much peace this festive season,

Vic + Abs xx

 

11BRING THE MASSAGE TO THEM

Our wonderful masseuse Stacey provides deeply nourishing relaxation and remedial massages at her home in Brunswick, Melbourne and also offers mobile massage across the inner city suburbs. She’s available for evening and weekend appointments, and can even do pregnancy massage as well as lymphatic drainage.

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Her aim is to provide affordable and accessible massages so that feeling balanced, relaxed, taking care of pesky niggles or managing acute injuries is easy.

Stacey has some totally gorgeous gift e-vouchers available, if you’d like to buy one in the lead up to Christmas for a loved one or maybe as a treat for yourself, vouchers are only $45 for an hour treatment if purchased in December.

For more info, contact Stacey directly at stacey@holistichq.com.au x

 

2LET THEM GET AWAY

Is your beloved dreaming of a little getaway…?

Our next HQ Getaway is coming up in early 2016 (Jan 30-Feb 1), and offers a beautiful way for them to start their new year. Located in the Yarra Valley, surrounded by lush green forest, Amarant Retreat is an eco-friendly sanctuary for reflection and immersion.

We’ll help the gorgeous women in your life to start their 2016 refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated, as they reflect on their goals and get clear on their intentions for the year ahead.

After 3 days and 2 nights of healthy food, smoothies, fresh air, yoga, pilates, meditation, rainforest walks, uplifting and supportive female company, nature, sleep, exploring your dreams and taking time to ‘be’, they’ll feel reconnected with how they truly want to feel, everyday.

HQ Getaway July 2015

We still have a limited number of spots available on the retreat for you or a loved one – perfect for spoiling your best friend, your wife or girlfriend with the best possible start to their 2016!

We can provide a beautiful gift pack for you to present to them on Christmas Day or even New Years Eve. You can download our retreat e-brochure with all the details here: HQ Getaway – Summer 2016 Booklet

Want more deets? Visit the website at https://holistichq.com.au/hq-getaway/ or drop us a line at hello@holistichq.com.au with any questions you may have! xx

 

3 SHAKE UP THEIR CAREER

If you’ve got someone you know that is like “DAAY-UMM…. dying right now. This year has felt like water torture and I cannot wait to jailbreak from work already!” — well, this is just the thing they might be looking for.

Give them a 1.5 hour “Career shake up” strategy session with our girl Alice from Intent Mind, tied up in a pretty red bow. They’ll walk away breathing easier, having a rock solid handle on the choices they have early on in 2016 for a fulfilling year of work, and a 90 day plan to take meaningful action on.

If this sounds like a present you want to give to someone (or yourself even), drop her an email at alice@intentmind.com.au.

She’s even got a festive price for people who purchase before 23rd December and will send you a printable gift certificate to skip postage delays.

 

42KICK SOME FITNESS GOALS

Maybe they’re feeling ‘meh’ about their health, have a nuisance injury that’s limiting their exercise routine, or are just ready to get their 2016 started with a new challenge – let’s shake things up for them!

Our fitness guru Victoria can come to the rescue with some private PT sessions at the gym, park, beach or at your home across the inner city suburbs of Melbourne. Consults include a fitness assessment, goal setting and nutrition advice via our resident nutritionist Abby.

Gift e-vouchers are available for one, three or five sessions, and are charged at only $50 per 1-hour session. For more info, contact Victoria at victoria@holistichq.com.au xx

 

5 GIVE THEM TIME

Our last suggestion is a freebie, for both you and them! Life is so precious, and every moment that you spend fully immersed in the company of your loves will form your most treasured memories in years to come.

Why not pledge to give them the gift of your time in 2016? We’ve created this free downloadable voucher for you to print and cheekily include under the tree this year.

The Gift of Time

We think they’ll love this one the most. xx

 

GIVEAWAY // ‘Wanderlust: Discover Your True Self’ by Jeff Krasno

YAY! It’s Friday. There’s no better time for a FREE GIVEAWAY to get you in the mood for the weekend…!

Subscribe to our brand spankin’ new newsletter + you’ll automatically go in the draw to WIN a copy of the very epic “Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self” book by Jeff Krasno.

Like their festivals, the book is a curation of ideas and practices from master yogis, provocative thinkers, mind-body experts, cutting-edge artists and innovative business leaders.

Discover a broader understanding of “yoga”—not just as a physical practice, but as a principle for living. Navigate your personal path and find your true north!

Each chapter includes:

  • Inspiring essays by renowned yoga teachers such as Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and more
  • Tools for self-transformation and achieving your goals from meditation masters such as Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Gabrielle Bernstein and more
  • Fun, unexpected detours including recipes from the likes of Sarah Copeland, breathing techniques from Dharma Mittra, space to make a vision board, perfect playlists to accompany your practice and a exploration at the relationship between yoga and chocolate.

To be in the draw to win, check out our latest newsletter and hit SUBSCRIBE – Issue #1 gives you free massages, an epic pancake recipe, deets on our next HQ Getaway + more…!

The odds are in your favour! Do it now. SUBSCRIBE HERE

Draw is open to Aussie residents until September 10th (closes midnight AEST) — good luck lovelies! Xx

Finding your Bliss in the Yarra Valley – The HQ Getaway Retreat Diaries

HQ Getaway July 2015Rainforest walks. Beautiful vegetarian meals. Roaring fireplaces. Pilates, yoga, massage + meditation. Life-changing conversations. Seriously – it doesn’t get much better than this.

DAY ONE // An hour’s drive outside of Melbourne can quickly feel like you’ve been whisked a million miles away. After a short pitstop in Healesville, dropping in at the Healesville Organic Farmers Markets and the very lovely Harvest Cafe, we arrived at our home for the weekend – the beautiful Amarant Retreat, set in the lush temperate rainforests of the Yarra Valley. 

The three-level building, nestled into the hills amidst dewy ferns, towering gums and mossy rocks, provided the ultimate haven from the chilly Winter mists (it also happened to be the coldest weekend on record this Winter!). Our hearts and bodies were warmed the moment we stepped inside – toasty warm fireplaces, orange and lemongrass essential oils burning, and heated floorboards greeted our frozen feet.

After settling in, we got cozy by the fireplace and set our intentions for the weekend under the guidance of Alice of Intent Mind, and got to know our little company of bliss-seekers. Friends firmed up fast as we completed our first Pilates class and a sunset bushwalk, and were cemented around the beautiful vegetarian dinner provided by our master Chef, Laura.

We completed our first day with a Yin Yoga session in the Celestial Room, and start to wind down peacefully with some guided meditation, before finally curling up in our cozy rooms upstairs and letting the blissful feelings settle in.

Porridge

DAY TWO // The melodic sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl awakens those who haven’t already risen early for morning meditation and yoga downstairs. A truly lush breakfast is served up – Sunday porridge cooked with fresh dates, oats, cinnamon, lemon peel, almond milk and coconut cream. Topped with pecans, local berries, flax oil and vanilla bean honey, we have to just about stop ourselves from licking the bowl.

After a vigorous Pilates session with Victoria, we break off to start our sessions – full body Swedish relaxation massage with Stacey, or one-on-one life coaching with Alice. Those waiting their turn enjoy a leisurely afternoon of creating vision boards, flicking through pages of inspiration to find the images that resonate with their heartfelt dreams.

Dinner in the evening is a hearty winter forest mushroom risotto, served with walnut and green leaf salad and truffle oil. The dessert blows minds – chocolate avocado mousse topped with fresh local berries, cacao nibs and maple syrup. We roll into the yoga room for a restful and restorative Yin Yoga session, resting our legs against the wall in a supported shoulder stand and feeling the worries of the world float away. In the quiet cocoon of darkness, by the flicker of candlelight, we finish our session with a collective resounding OM, sharing an unspoken connection that will live on well beyond these three days.

DAY THREE // We rise early before the sun and wander down to the Celestial Room, where we gather our bolsters and blankets, and sit peacefully in lotus pose, finding our breath and stillness in the moment. Gently, we are guided through a morning meditation, awakening to the senses of our body and mind before opening our eyes to a brand new day.

Laura has already been busily cooking in the kitchen, and has prepared us yet another delicious breakfast. The recipe cards in our goody bags come in use for the Bliss Ball making demonstration led by Abby, who shows us how to make decadent chocolate orange bliss balls from scratch. As the girls squeeze in their final massage and coaching sessions, we take in the cool mountain air on the verandah and thank our lucky stars for finding this truly special place. It feels like home.

The dates for our next HQ Getaway are already booked in at Amarant Retreat! If you’d like to join us for our next HQ Getaway (Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd January 2017), please drop us an email at hello@holistichq.com.au and more details will hit your inbox ASAP xx 

With love,

Victoria and Abby signature

NEW GROUP! — Cover Me Pilates

cover me pilates

>> I have to admit, I’ve always felt a little frustrated at the limited number of people on the covers list at the places I’ve worked – hardly ever up to date, with only a few people on call and with timeslots almost always clashing. Something’s gotta give, right?

So, here it is! I’m so happy to announce that we’ve launched a group for Pilates Instructors across Australia, seeking class covers, last-minute stand-ins, and temporary teachers. This Facebook group provides all Pilates folk a free page for advertising opportunities in your networks, including Reformer, Studio, Matwork and Barre (and everything in between – yogis also welcome to share!).

CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/covermepilates/

When posting, please outline dates, times and locations, as well as rates and pre-requisites. Thank you so much for your interest in joining our little network, and please feel free to share the link with other instructors!

CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/covermepilates/

With love,

V xx

WE LOVE // Yogakiss + Paddleboard Yoga on Noosa River

>> INVERTING INTO A BACKBEND on land is tough enough. Wow, I was both enthusiastic and somewhat apprehensive to try out Paddleboard Yoga for the first time. That said, I love the laid-back freedom of stand-up paddleboarding, and relish any opportunity to hit the water when I’m lucky enough. It’s surprisingly simple thanks the wide, buoyant boards that skim easily across the ocean on a still day. It’s also a deeply meditative, core-engaging, bicep-building wonder of a workout, and great for soaking up a bit of vitamin D in the sunshine. For those who are ready for something different, paddleboard yoga is still fresh to Australian shores. Kat Harding (@yogakiss) has been running her classes on the Noosa River for the past two summers, and has also built a loyal following to her outdoor yoga classes at Noosa Woods on Hastings St.

We turned up a little before 8.30am near the iconic big pelican, the sun already heating up the glassy blue waters of the river. Kat was ready and smiling, waiting with the paddleboards, and reassured us that the class would cater for all levels – including those who’ve never paddleboarded or practiced yoga before. Kat keeps the classes intimate, with a maximum of six per session. We waded into the shallows and hopped up onto our boards, taking our paddles and pushing out past the moorings. Once on the river, it was magic – the water was crystal clear blue, and the gentle movement of the paddleboards meant you could meander and enjoy the sights both above and below the surface. A leopard sting ray, the largest I’ve ever seen, skulked along the sandy bottom; a beautiful translucent jellyfish floated past, its pale blue body undulating.

We cut across to the other side of the river, and began in Tadasana. Reaching up to the sky on the inhale, I could feel my feet press into the board to stabilise. Exhaling, I folded in half, forehead brushing against my shins. The board gently wobbled beneath me, my core muscles kicking in. These simple movements were already challenging me. As the boards began to float downstream with the tide, we took our paddles and waded back to start another round of sun salutations. We worked our way through seated twists, arm balances and even inversions. Although it took a few attempts to lift up, my very first backbend on a board was met with happy cheers from the rest of the group – I grinned back at them, albeit upside down!

We found peace resting in Savasana on our boards, eyes closed, hands and toes drifting off the sides in the cool river. Sunlight danced across our eyelids, and the sounds of the lapping water filled and centred our consciousness. Sharing a final Namaste, we took our paddles to the water one last time and arrived back on shore, exhilarated, relaxed and revived. I can’t wait for my next session.

# NB: On the 22-24 March, Kat will be running a special weekend for those based on the Sunshine Coast (or looking for a cheeky getaway) – a three-day retreat built around morning paddleboard yoga sessions, yoga in the park and walks through the spectacular Noosa National Park. If you’re interested, get in touch with Kat: Instagram @yogakiss | Email yo_kat@hotmail.com

Welcome to Holistic H.Q.

Sarah Churcher Photography

>> HOLISTIC HQ IS A LONG-HELD DREAM OF OURS. Our vision has seen countless drafts, but its essence has always remained the same – a grassroots collective built on fresh ideas, a creative lifestyle and spirited, happy vibes. Holistic HQ is a celebration of the beauty to be found in the everyday, and an expression of a life well-lived.

We should disclose – this isn’t just the voice of one person. Holistic HQ is a platform for a whole chorus of interesting, colourful, inspirational people from all over the world-wide community, coming together in a stylish yet laid-back forum that is (we hope!) a pleasure to view let alone read.

We intend to grow organically in response to your needs, and in the coming months we will present to you a delicious smorgasbord of fabulous people, promotions and places. These pages will serve as an online magazine-blog put together by contributors, collaborators and curators; as well as providing a platform for promoting community activities and events here in Australia and around the world.

Welcome to our inaugural post, and the beginning of a beautiful new adventure. The Holistic team can’t wait to meet you!

With love from HQ,

Victoria & Abby xxx