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“Do all that you can, with all that you have, in the time that you have, in the place where you are”.

Nkosi Johnson

We came across this quote from the inspirational Nkosi Johnson, South Africa’s famous child Aids activist, several years ago and instantly recognised how neatly it encapsulated our approach to living a life of focus, authenticity and intention.
Tara Connell - MindfulNation

About Tara

We came across the quote (above) from the inspirational Nkosi Johnson, South Africa’s famous child Aids activist, several years ago and instantly recognised how neatly it encapsulated our approach to living a life of focus, authenticity and intention.

“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.”

Working in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East in the areas of leadership, management, team development and frontline service for more than 30 years, Tara has had first-hand experience observing how pressure, stress and poor relationship skills can impact people’s lives dramatically.

Developing a personal mindfulness practice was a game changer in Tara’s life and career, and being accredited as a Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation Teacher by the world-renowned Gawler Cancer Foundation in Australia  signposted a shift of direction to focus on her real passion … teaching busy and stressed people how to be personally effective and cope in a pressure-filled, constantly changing world.

“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, Yoga Teacher

Qualifications

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

About Steve

“Mindfulness, self-awareness, and relationship skills are the keys to personal effectiveness.”

Steve’s observation is that the modern business and work environment seems to foster more complexity and more stress, and that impacts the quality and effectiveness of one’s leadership and relationships everywhere in life.

He is passionately committed to guiding business leaders and managers who want to be able to deal effectively with stress and live lives full of well-being, focus, and purpose, and who are ready to make that choice.

Steve has a strong background in corporate and professional accounting, business consulting and crisis management, leadership training, sales and customer service training, and business coaching. He has trained and coached in Australia, Asia and New Zealand.

He is a founding partner of business coaching firm Tandem, working with SMEs in the areas of vision, culture, structure, strategy and leadership.

Steve is accredited as a Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation teacher by the world-renowned Gawler Cancer Foundation in Australia.

“This short time with Steve spent learning a valuable self-administered intervention/skill has made a real difference to how I approach day-to-day life. Steve delivered the course with professionalism and compassion, went where the group needed to go, and accommodated individuals when required.”

David Warrington, Health Sector Executive

Qualifications

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

“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, Yoga Teacher

“This short time with Steve spent learning a valuable self-administered intervention/skill has made a real difference to how I approach day-to-day life. Steve delivered the course with professionalism and compassion, went where the group needed to go, and accommodated individuals when required.”

David Warrington, Health Sector Executive

“I really, really enjoyed the MBSM Course and your delivery of it – so many thanks for such a wonderful, practical and inspirational course – you delivered a real gift in such a beautiful way.”

Cam McLeay, Private Guide and Explorer
Programmes

Tailored training for your needs.

Learn how to apply mindfulness concepts, principles and techniques in day-to-day life, and how to resolve existing situations.
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Why mindfulness?

Live your life fully & wisely.

Learn how to focus your attention in the present moment without being overwhelmed by thoughts, events, and circumstances.
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Discover a new way of being.

If you’re ready to start your mindfulness journey, let us show you the many different ways to cultivate it wisely and effectively to help you on your way.
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