Rani Hughes

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.

Tania Chandler

Tania Chandler is a writer, editor and tutor published in Australia, the UK and Germany. Her debut novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Herewas 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.

Sheena Mathieson

Sheena facilitates Span’s Art for All Abilities and Carers Get Creative activities.  Sheena is a Melbourne based artist and facilitator of a number of creative programs for people of all abilities. She works with a firm belief that everyone is an individual artist or creative being. Sheena’s sessions are fun facilitated sessions where participants enjoy making and learning about art.

Sheena also co-facilitates a pilot project for people with young onset dementia; runs art making sessions with groups and participants of all abilities; facilitates Level Playing Field where self-expression is celebrated by participants accessing the same materials, techniques and colour to create unique quality art work which is exhibited in a gallery in the city; and Strutt Your Stuff a fun inclusive evening of fashion and creativity and the power of re-using and recycling. Sheena accesses recycled and found materials for her work.


Katie Roberts

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.

Catherine Donnelly

Catherine has been cooking up amazing healthy meals in the community for the best part of 10 years. Each week Catherine will be found in one of 4 kitchens around the North East of Melbourne preparing delicious food for those who are on the lookout for a nutritional and yummy meal.

Catherine brings several disciplines to the meals that she cooks. In addition to the meal itself Catherine draws on her years of experience as a florist to bring colour, proportion and atmosphere to her work which brings community and connection to those who gather to eat.  Well worth a visit!


We would like to welcome & introduce you to Glenn, Span’s new Garden Coordinator.
Glenn comes with vast experience and is enthusiastic to start work in the community garden with the volunteers. We look forward to working together. Welcome aboard

Co-Shi-Co is a Cooperative that offers low cost shiatsu sessions in a communal setting suitable for everyone every week.

Meet Christine, Lucy and Armelle. They are here to support you with your health.
They are qualified Shiatsu practitioners with a Diploma in Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies and members of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia.
They have undergone various post-graduate workshops with international teachers to keep expanding their knowledge:
*Sensei Ohashi
*Cliff Andrews
*Bill Palmerucy

Lucy was first drawn to studying Shiatsu and Eastern Medicine through her own experience of how the physical body can be a powerful tool for healing on various levels. Through her Shiatsu studies, she resonated with the core theory of the modality; the aim of achieving health via balance within the body in a supportive and nurturing way. She embraced the approach of looking at each individual’s unique experience of health at different times, and how each treatment can support a person to move towards this balance of health. Lucy also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and has a background in community health promotion.
Along with offering support for general wellbeing, Lucy's treatments can be part of a complementary support program for areas of health including:
* Musculoskeletal issues
* Pain
* Mental health
* LGBTIQ health
* Health during transition
* Insomnia
* Fatigue and burnout
Having worked in a community health setting, Lucy believes that equal access to quality, affordable healthcare is a right and that it can empower individuals and communities. She is committed to supporting her clients to achieve their desired health outcomes with achievable and holistic steps within an accessible setting.

Originally from Languedoc in France, Christine has lived in Melbourne for 15 years, and she currently works in Community Aged Care.
Christine loves Shiatsu because it is great for treating musculoskeletal pain and is profoundly soothing to the nervous system.
She holds a Bachelor of English Literature, and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, and spent many years teaching French.
She later studied Health Sciences to become a nurse. While Christine decided after much consideration in her final study year that nursing did not fulfill in a wholesome manner her interest in Health and Wellbeing, she credits her Australian nursing experience to have sparkled her interest in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.


Christine strongly believes in the preventative, deeply balancing effect of regular Shiatsu sessions.
Christine combines a variety of Zen, Barefoot, and Classical Shiatsu within a Five Elements framework, with a focus on acupressure points.
Christine provides a treatment that is both restorative and energising. She is happy to share recipes for wholesome foods with a Traditional Chinese Medicine focus.
Her clinical interests include treating:
*digestive health,
*women’s health,
*healthy ageing
*anxiety, stress, and insomnia

Armelle has a scientific background. She has a master’s degree in cosmetic chemistry and knows lots about the ins and outs of what actually goes into our personal care products.
Although she’s enjoyed her job at times for its creative process, she also started to realise that there was more to life than “going with the motion” and got interested in understanding her body and mind better.
Armelle got introduced to the wonders of Shiatsu during an open day at the Australian Shiatsu College after several months of regular massage meet-ups with a group of like-minded people, understanding the healing power of touch.
After suffering from digestive problems caused by a mixture of stress and lack of self care, she discovered acupuncture as a way to promote health and wellbeing through looking at the root cause of the issue instead of covering up the symptoms with drugs and ointments.
Shiatsu then became a natural path to combine touch and traditional chinese medicine and look at the physical manifestations in order to change emotional and mental patterns.
She’s particularly interested in helping her clients with:
* stress management
* digestion issues
* musculo skeletal problems
* self-care and self-love
She loves learning about human behaviour, relationships, spiritual practices and mindset.
She believes fulfillment is a key element to a healthy state of being.
She’s a natural supporter to anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone and explore the myriad of opportunities that life has to offer when one pays attention.
She’s keen to help as many people as possible to discover their potential and the wisdom they hold within, using the body to release unprocessed emotions and feelings.
She wants everyone to enjoy being who they are.

Lucy, Christine and Armelle are really excited to be able to offer a holistic approach to the community and hope it will be well received and helpful.