Wembley: Mindfulness Conference teaches techniques Nike, Google and Apple use

Ron Cacioppe is part of the Mindfulness Conference Committee that is hosting a mindfulness event, The Next Generation of Mindfulness Practice and Research, at the centre in September. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Ron Cacioppe is part of the Mindfulness Conference Committee that is hosting a mindfulness event, The Next Generation of Mindfulness Practice and Research, at the centre in September. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

WA’S FIRST Mindfulness Conference this year will share techniques used by corporate giants Nike, Apple and Google to help people thrive in a fast-paced lifestyle.

Entitled ‘The Next Generation of Mindfulness Practice and Research’, the conference will bring some of Australia’s most well-known mindfulness authors, researchers, practitioners and trainers to Perth.

Held at the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre in Wembley, the two-day event in September will focus on health and wellbeing, mindfulness in schools and higher education, and mindful leadership and its benefits in the workplace.

Guests will hear from keynote speakers including former Olympic swimmer Lisa Forrest who founded Evermind, a mindfulness-based coaching practice, and Ajahn Brahm, Abbot of the largest monastery in the southern hemisphere.

With a surge in the popularity of mindfulness, Ms Forrest said it was in high demand because the techniques worked.

“In a world where people are feeling stressed, helpless and out of control, mindfulness practice is as important as it gets because it has the capacity to put practitioners back in the driver’s seat of their lives,” she said.

Ms Forrest said she first discovered mindfulness when she fell into a “very dark” place when she wrote one of her books, which made her decide to address a problem she had recognised before competing at her second Commonwealth Games in 1982.

The gold medallist said she had “struggled with motivation” and that it wasn’t until she found a different approach to thinking that was inspired by Rocky III, that she turned her mindset around.

Mindfulness Conference Committee member Professor Ron Cacioppe said the conference would put forward the best current approaches to mindfulness, the research that is behind it and where it is going in the future.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Mindfulness Conference

Where: 36 Dodd Street, Wembley

When: September 28-29

More info: promaco.com.au/events/Mindfulness/