Mileta is Span’s creative writing tutor, and continues to develop talent in the Thornbury Writers Workshop as well as in other creative writing courses. Mileta has recently turned to comedy writing. Please enjoy her recent debut video.
Rani Hughes is an occupational therapist and a master trainer in Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs. She has been playing tai chi for twenty years. As a master trainer, Rani has trained hundreds of health professionals to teach safe and modified tai chi to people with chronic conditions in Australia, South Korea and Sri Lanka. Rani has taught tai chi to a variety of people across all ages and all levels of ability. Rani was a founding Board member of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and was involved with a NHMRC funded research with Monash University exploring the benefits of tai chi on older people living independently. As a mind/body exercise Rani has gained much benefit from playing tai chi personally, and loves sharing this ancient art with others.
Paul "Paulie" Daniele
A northside native, Paulie was born and bred in Preston, where he still lives. Coming from a large Italian family of 7 children, Paulie's parents instilled the importance of community and helping others. Facilitating classes at SPAN is Paulie's way of giving back to the local community.
Paulie originally got involved in SPAN by volunteering to teach lunchtime yoga to the staff and volunteers in 2014. Since then, Paulie has continued to facilitate sessions for the wider community.
Paulie is the sole owner and operator of Mindful Body & Spirit, and specialises in delivering wellness programs to workplaces, schools, community groups and events around Melbourne.http://www.bemindfulnow.com.au
Katie is an artist living and working in Melbourne Australia.
I grew up between England and Australia where I knew I was going to be an artist at age four. I have passionately followed this dream ever since.
I majored in Drawing and have a Masters of Fine Art from RMIT, my works are held in collections in Australia and overseas.
I do not limit my practice to one artform, I make everything from large scale drawings and mixed media works, to oil paintings, photography and projection installations.
In 2006 I started making artwork mapping the Yarra River that runs through the heart of this city and the lives of those that live there. I have shown this work in a series of exhibitions over the years and now am releasing these and other works as cards and prints for those of you interested.
I run a personal consulting practice.
I take a strengths-based approach bringing my experience to your experience – helping you find a way forward, a way through and way that inspires you to discover the next steps to create a business, project, life and career you love.
My mission is to contribute to society by collaborating with meaningful ideas, projects and people that make a difference by inspiring, connecting and engaging through life to create a better future.
I have helped people and businesses achieve this over the past 15 years though the delivery of over 2,000 shared-value projects. I now assist others to achieve this success.
Powered by people who dare to think differently. I help world changing people, ideas, project and businesses create their magic!
As a big picture thinker, entrepreneur & social change maker myself – I support you to realise your dreams and make it happen. Let’s get started and let me help you find your magic.
Jim has had over 20 years of experience making music and running wellness workshops, including:
• eight years of experience running music workshops for young people from refugee and asylum backgrounds in inner Melbourne. (2007 – 2015)
• 16 years experience leading community health projects in the inner North and West of Melbourne. (2003 – present)
• is a qualified laughter yoga instructor and has 13 years teaching and running laughter yoga classes for businesses, community groups and aged care settings. (2005 – present)
• practising daily mindful meditation for over 20 years.
• Jim is a singer-songwriter with 20 years of writing and performing experience and will be releasing his third album in 2018. His songs have been featured on Australian radio stations Triple J (Roots ‘n All), Triple R and PBS.
• Dom Alessio at Triple J had this to say about one of Jim’s songs, “Trigger Happy Love”: “What a gorgeous, austere song. Jim Kane sounds like a songwriter from a different era, a man who possesses a great, emotive voice.” https://www.jimkane.com.au/
Tania Chandler is a writer, editor and tutor published in Australia, the UK and Germany. Her debut novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Here, was selected for State Library Victoria’s Summer Read program, and shortlisted for best debut novel for both the Davitt and Ned Kelly awards. Her second novel, Dead in the Water, was also shortlisted for a Davitt award. Tania is currently working on a third novel.
Coco has been involved with mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. He has a background in MICBT (mindfulness integrated cognitive behavioural therapy) and MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction).
He is down to earth and offers practical strategies on mindfulness in workplace and corporate settings; specialising in mindful movement workshops and programs.
His passion for developing cultures of performance and wellbeing is exhibited in his interactive and hands on approach to workplace and corporate training,
Coco is a sports coach and is certified in Chinese Taoist meditation and Shaolin Qi Gong which enables him to get the most out of each person in his workshops and reach desired outcomes for organisations.
Justine Sless. Guest speaker at our March 2018 AGM
Justine is a comedian, MC, writer, broadcaster, community worker and creative director of the Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival. Justine is doing an MA in creative writing by research at La Trobe University on gender and comedy and is writing a collection of short stories.
Sarita completed her teacher training with Knoff Yoga in Cairns, QLD under the guidance of Master Teacher Nicky Knoff.
In addition to general yoga practice, Sarita is also certified to teach chair yoga, pregnancy yoga and holistic healing yoga (yoga therapy).
Sarita believes that yoga provides us with the tools to navigate the challenges of life in a more skillful and gracious manner. Whether teaching a small group class or one-on-one private instruction, Sarita encourages everyone to bring themselves into the present moment, deepen the relationship with their bodies, and bring their yoga practice to life beyond the mat.
Sarita is a full member of the Knoff Yoga Association and is accredited with Yoga Alliance.
Nanni Calandro is an Italian musician and educator from Rome based in Melbourne. Graduated in Jazz Drums at the Conservatory of Frosinone (IT) he studied performance and composition at the SLMC (Rome) and EMTA (Tallinn). He works in Australia as educator, session drummer and percussionist. He is the Education Coordinator of Musa International Foundation Inc, a not for profit organisation committed to promoting contemporary Italian culture in Melbourne, and he creates, develops and performs cross curricular activities, masterclasses and shows in both primary and secondary schools, universities and cultural organisations. He comes from a family with hospitality background and he develops and teach classes combining food, culture and language skills