Tony Low Bursary Recipient

How do you feel about your cancer diagnosis/journey before you came to the retreat. E.g. confused, lost, looking for answers etc. I was initially shocked with the lung cancer diagnosis given that I am not a smoker, drinker or have worked in a harmful environment.  The doctor insisted that I had scans and surgery immediately … Continue reading Tony Low Bursary Recipient

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift Winter 2018, Living Well Magazine by Joan O'Shea Recently we caught up with Joan O’Shea, the face of our 2018 Tax Appeal, to learn more about her experience with Breast Cancer, and how receiving a bursary to attend our Cancer Fundamentals Retreat impacted her journey. Joan has lived a full and fascinating life. … Continue reading The Greatest Gift

New Pathways through Mindfulness

New Pathways through Mindfulness by Karen Hansen Every school morning as I entered the Primary School, I would take care to only step on floor tiles that were a slightly different colour to the rest. It wasn’t by choice –  I HAD to do this! even though I was holding up a stream of fellow students in the process. Other … Continue reading New Pathways through Mindfulness

My Answer to Cancer

My Answer to CancerAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Cathy Brown It is hard to imagine that in 1989, a tiny red dot on my arm could have changed my life so dramatically. I had always been very careful with my skin and very aware of melanoma. When a small pimple-like spot appeared on my … Continue reading My Answer to Cancer

Spirit of Place

Spirit of PlaceSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Elizabeth Melican In October this year, I attended my ninth retreat program at the Yarra Valley Living Centre – the new Meditation Teacher Training, Module 3 immersion - and, as always, I felt my heart expand with gratitude as I entered the grounds. There is a special energy, or … Continue reading Spirit of Place

Awakening Around Roses

Awakening Around RosesSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Michelle Endersby My first experience with the Yarra Valley Living Centre was as a support person for my husband, Brian - who has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We attended one of the first Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Retreats, facilitated by Professor George Jelinek and Dr Ian Gawler, … Continue reading Awakening Around Roses

Finding Peace

Finding PeaceSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine Dear Paul and Maia, This week has proved to be the most challenging yet in my cancer journey. However I have been able to be an active participant in some frank discussions with my health team and furthermore make some very tough decisions with respect to my ongoing treatment. … Continue reading Finding Peace

Walking El Camino de Santiago

Walking El Camino de SantiagoWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Madeleine Selian Readers may remember long-time member of the Gawler community, Madeleine Selian, from her inspiring feature story ‘The Gift of Life’ in our Winter 2014 edition of Living Well magazine. Madeleine attended her first cancer program in early 2003, and has continued to attend … Continue reading Walking El Camino de Santiago

The Sea Of Hope

The Sea Of HopeWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Katherine Meritakis It was the last hot day of autumn in Melbourne for 2016, April 18 to be exact, when I decided to take my health “into my own hands”. Driving home from my temp job as a teacher, in an unfamiliar area, I used my … Continue reading The Sea Of Hope