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Sustaining change - exploring personal sustainability

GreenUps is delighted to hold our November event in conjunction with the inaugural national Change Makers Festival running across the country.

As a social-networking evening that has run for almost 5 years GreenUps has showcased, inspired, facilitated, connected and supported change-makers passionate about making the world around them more sustainable.

Every greenups we pick a theme drawn from the sustainability movement, framed by the context of 'change making', this month we thought it might be interesting to explore the concept of personal sustainability - the set of tools practices and rituals needed in ones life to nurture the personal wellbeing required to sustain a committed and flourishing life able to creating positive change in the world.

To nurture your mind we've invited three leaders in their respective fields to share what the concept of personal sustainability means to them and what they do to nurture their own lives.

To sustain your belly we'll have some wholesome and nutritious food thanks to Iku Wholefoods (MLC Centre) and organic coconut water thanks to Nakula Organics .


• Giselle Cooke - holistic health consultant

Giselle has practised wholistic & integrative medicine since graduating in Medicine from the UNSW in 1979. After training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Nutrition and Ayurveda. Giselle is the author of two books and innumerable health articles, she appeared regularly on national radio, has lectured at universities and naturopathic colleges and international conferences. Giselle is currently doing research in nutrition and gynaecology.  

•  Mike Britton - Evolution to Wellbeing

Mike is the founder of Evolution to Wellbeing a holistic fitness program that promotes community, accountability and commitment as part of a daily group exercise regime.

•  Cecilia Macaulay - Urban Permaculture

Permaculture design is for much more than gardens. "I share design tricks that help us get more out of our ‘inner’ life - inside our homes, our relationships, and our thinking".

•  Daragh Byrne - Guerrilla Mindfulness

Daragh started Guerrilla Mindfulness to raise awareness of the value of putting mindfulness practice into everyday life. "I can see the relationship between mindfulness and personal sustainability - mindfulness is a tool I use to help me direct my attention and energy in a more considered and therefore sustainable manner!"

Daragh will take the group through a mindfulness meditation exercise.

Wholesome and nutritious food thanks to Iku Wholefoods (MLC Centre) and Nakula Organics.




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  • Shar

    Thanks for a great night with passionate speakers demonstrating sustainble action and change starts with us first. I would love to get a copy of the power point presentation that the Evolution speaker presented and explore the concepts a bit more.

    November 6, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Fantastic night everyone. Thank you to the organisers, speakers and everyone involved in making it welcoming, interesting, entertaining, educative and bonding.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Daragh B.

    Thanks for a great event last night. For those who are interested in learning more about mindfulness practices, including some that are not based on formal meditation, I've collected some information at

    November 6, 2013

  • Sue T

    what unexpectedly brilliant and inspiring speakers - and attendees, good to meet everyone. For me the theme of personal organisation and mindfulness stood out, as well as a few other things. Thanks for organising!

    2 · November 5, 2013

  • Nicole T.

    Hi guys, I won't be able to make it due to deadlines at work. Enjoy your night. I'm sad I couldn't make it. Cheers, Nicole

    November 5, 2013

  • Tim L.

    Sorry melb.cup function going to take it's toll....

    November 5, 2013

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