About Us

Calm Quiet Focus

MindfulNation is here because we believe there is a simpler way to achieve more in business.

In business you are trained to react, to fight, to attack. But the greatest achievements grow in an environment of calm, quiet and focus. Creating separation from the maelstrom of business life builds a playing field where something more can be achieved. Creativity, growth, and inspiration.

With the space to appreciate the opportunities that surround you, comes the opportunity to live happier and achieve more. Our toolkit for success helps you to achieve it.

Connect with us today and let’s take the next step together.

Tara Connell - MindfulNation

Introducing Tara

“All the skills-training and people development in the world don’t count for much if people feel pressured, stressed or overwhelmed. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Mindfulness is the key to nurturing and nourishing it.”

Every great journey needs a guide.
I’ve been working for over 30 years, across the world, in the areas of leadership, management, team development and frontline service. On my journey to now, I’ve connected with airlines, hotels, banks, credit unions, government departments, statutory bodies, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and automotive industries.

My experience is important because it’s brought me to this point. To an understanding of the pressure and stress that being in business puts upon your life. To a recognition of how hard it is to function when poor relationships get in the way of achieving more.

I am fascinated by the connection between thoughts and behaviours. So often we don’t stop to think about what underpins our reaction to a situation. Why did we behave the way we did? How we could have reacted differently and achieved more?

I have integrated my background and skills in training and facilitation into my experience and knowledge as an accredited and registered Mindfulness Teacher. “My toolkit will give you and your team the ability to take control of your experience, develop resilience and emotional intelligence, be less stressed and become more effective. The end result is the opportunity to enjoy life more.

Ready to take your mindfulness to the next level? I’m also a certified Yin Yoga teacher, registered with the International Yoga Alliance and trained by Yin Therapy in Auckland. Yin Yoga offers the physical tools to aid in the release of tension and allow you to become more mindful of breath and body.

“Tara you are down to earth, real, and approachable. Your style of delivery as you considered responses to questions is fantastic – taking difficult or obscure questions and turning them into something meaningful is a really great skill you have.”

Susan Kitson, Teacher


Graduate Diploma in Education and Training
Victoria University Melbourne, Australia

Master Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainers’ Association (INLPTA)

Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Instructor
Otto Kroeger Associates/Australian Council of Educational Research

Steve Connell - MindfulNation

Introducing Steve

“You can do most things in business, provided you have a big dream, a workable idea, total commitment, a step-by-step plan, good support and input, and most importantly, a willingness to take action and keep moving.”

Let’s build your toolkit for success, together.
My role is to align your skills with your goals and grow your business to the next level. Let’s work together to identify the vision, culture, structure and strategies you need to grow.

I am an experienced business coach with expertise in Leadership development. I’ve delivered business training programs and coaching around Australia and Asia and co-founded an award-winning international business coaching operation.

I also represent the Acuity Group in New Zealand. Acuity Group is a business coaching and professional development firm that helps small to medium sized businesses move beyond the barriers to their success and focus on achieving a better commercial result.

I’m fully equipped to bring your ideas to life and transform the way that you do business. I can work with you to develop all aspects of your leadership so you can access a full toolkit of personal and interpersonal skills and achieve more.

The modern work environment fosters complexity and stress. Fighting through the working day impacts the quality and effectiveness of relationships and leadership at work. It also impacts the quality of life at home.

In my experience, your ability to stop and calmly assess a situation greatly impacts your ability to lead. As a trained and accredited Mindfulness Teacher I can also help you apply calm to stressful situations and use focus to uncover creative and innovative solutions.

“Steve delivers with professionalism and compassion, goes where the group needs to go, and accommodates individuals when required.”

David Warrington, Health Sector Executive


Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and Training
Monash University Melbourne, Australia

Master Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainers’ Association (INLPTA)

“Tara and Steve are a good team, gently guiding and supporting beginners on their journey.”

Francis, Professor, Australia