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.


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 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.

Sarita Marwaha

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.