The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z DEBUT AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR RELEASES THE INCREDIBLE TRUE WWII STORY OF ‘ANNA UND GUNTHER’. 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z debut-australian-author-releases-the-incredible-true-wwii-story-of-anna-und-gunther FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLICATION DATE FEB 1 2021 Anna und Gunther is the first novel by Australian author Jacob Hendryx to be released globally by Osmond Press on February 1st, 2021. It is a historical fiction based on a true story that follows the separate storylines of two children forced to grow up too young in Germany during World War 2 and the subsequent Cold War. The dual-storylines merge into one in the third and final part of the book where the protagonists fall in love and emigrate across the world to Australia. As described in the Author's Note, the book was written after the author travelled to his German grandmothers hometown in the Sudetes Mountains of today’s Czech Republic. Returning with photos of one of the few buildings that remained, his grand-mother began to recount stories of growing up in the town in vivid detail she had never shared before. These stories formed the first chapter of the story which Jacob gifted to her, and upon her delight at reading her own stories, encouraged her to share the stories from her life following that chapter that she previously had not shared. It was a series of repeating visits like this, writing only a chapter at a time, that today's novel came together. Anna und Gunther appeals to a broad range of readers young and old and will be favourited by those who enjoyed other notable true stories from the era such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Rich historical content also lends itself to inclusion in high school curriculum and university reading lists. Available in all good book stores, online and via Kindle from Feb 1st. Watch the video trailer here: “I have never read a book with quite as much authenticity as well as being thoroughly entertained from beginning to end” – Maegan McFall @turningpagesmm “A uniquely innocent take on unfathomable horror, this book is as relatable as it is shocking” – Dr. Sam Nicholls, Australian Historian “The book is well written, jam packed full of historical accuracies that elevate this tale of humanity” – Julie Oakley @bookish.intoxication PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T22:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website or email Kai Steinbeck direct on For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at Sydney Travel Agency gives the gift of Travel Dreams this holiday season 2020-12-23T07:35:50Z sydney-travel-agency-gives-the-gift-of-travel-dreams-this-christmas ‘Tis the season…..of FREE travel dreams The optimistic and dedicated team at Liberty Tours is busy keeping the travel dreams of thousands of Australians alive over this holiday period by offering free personalised travel vouchers. "As the year comes to a close, the team at Liberty Tours is looking forward to a New Year filled with travel dreams – magical holidays that we can help plan and fulfil.  It’s what we love to do," said Managing Director Steve Cairns in a letter to clients.   "We have been grateful to our many clients who have stuck by us, rebooked for next year, been patient as we organised refunds and joined us for our online travelogues this year," said Steve, noting the diverse range of weekly travelogues he hosted earlier in the year.  "I think one of my favourite travelogues was the Wineries of France by luxury river cruise" said Steve, hoping himself to take a well deserved holiday next year. "Whether you have travelled with us in the past, are rebooking for a future date, or are yet to discover just how great a Liberty Tours managed trip can be – we look forward to sending you on your next adventure soon." Steve commented that many existing Liberty Tours Group clients will be spending the holiday season taking time to recharge and discover new and exciting places, experiences and festivals.   As well as a making great last minute Christmas Gifts, the FREE "Travel Again" vouchers are perfect as New Year gifts, "What better way to indicate better times ahead that a Travel Dream," said Steve. "We have developed a range of free vouchers that you can gift to friends and family – or even just for yourself."   The hard working travel elves at Liberty Tours will even personalise each voucher with the name of the recipient (or recipients!) – and there are even five "styles" to choose from: Ocean, Italy, Garden, Balloon and Gift. "There is no limit on the number of vouchers - but its just one voucher per name. Just tell us who needs the gift of travel this Christmas," said Steve. Each FREE Travel Again vouchers offers $100 redeemable against an upcoming international package holiday (land and or sea components) booked with Liberty Tours for departure dates in 2021 or 2022*.   To see the designs and request your voucher, visit Give the gift of travel this holiday season - and keep Travel Dreams alive! *Not redeemable for cash. Not redeemable against flight only bookings.  To view T&C and the tour packages that can be booked through Liberty Tours please visit Studio Pilates Crows Nest gets off to a record breaking start! 2020-11-25T06:44:59Z studio-pilates-crows-nest-gets-off-to-a-record-breaking-start In only the second week of operation, Studio Pilates Crows Nest is already setting new company records. The studio in Crows Nest, North Sydney, Australia, has achieved the highest attendance figures of any studio globally, and looks likely to easily eclipse 700 visits in only its second week of operation. Studio Owner Lynn Kraus is over the moon with the enthusiastic welcome she has received from the local community. We grabbed five minutes with Lynn to get her reaction to the launch: “It’s just so amazing, far better than I could even have hoped!” she said. “Classes have proved so popular that they’re all fully booked out with 8-9 people on the waitlist. I’m having to squeeze extra class times in wherever I can so that I don’t disappoint anyone!” While she is clearly delighted with the studio’s stellar performance,  Lynn is no stranger to success. As a qualified accountant she has had over 25 years experience in global professional services firm EY, and was previously responsible for leading the firm’s Advisory practice across Oceania.  We asked Lynn what had prompted her to make the big move to business ownership? “Having been an advisor to clients both big and small, I decided it was time to put my hand to the wheel.  It has been such a rewarding experience on a personal level to see the result of your hard work.” The boutique health and fitness sector is a far cry from professional services, so what drew her to a Studio Pilates Franchise?  “One year ago to the date of my opening I entered a Studio Pilates location in Sydney.  I knew instantly I wanted to explore the opportunity.  I was on a three month sabbatical and think I went to the studio almost every day over that period.  I loved the look and the feel of the studio and most importantly the consistency that comes through the use of technology.  Studio Pilates leverages the tried and tested Pilates techniques in a contemporary format that is truly unique.  I just had to be a part of the growth story in New South Wales.” The Studio Pilates at Crows Nest may have just launched, but no doubt Lynn won’t be resting on her laurels. What next steps is she already planning on her transformative journey and what are her hopes for the future?  I am so excited for where we are at two weeks into our opening.  The whole team is focussed on customer care and ensuring we give every client an amazing experience. I have plans for a second studio nearby but also don’t want to get ahead of myself as I am very much focussed on consolidating the learnings from this experience, building an amazing team and most importantly building trust with the local community.  Watch this space in 2021!” The latest openings are part of a continued pattern of growth for Studio Pilates, an Australian success story, which has a strong base in Australia, New Zealand, China and now America. There are more studios in the pipeline for key strategic locations across the globe, with the United States central to the brand’s ambitions.  Studio Pilates International was established in 2002 by Winter and his wife Tanya. The entrepreneurial duo has impressive experience and knowledge behind them - Jade as a former Olympic swimmer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor, and Tanya as a physiotherapist and instructor, turned international Pilates educator. Their credentials place them squarely at the forefront of the Pilates industry.  The Studio Pilates model features intense 40-minute reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, and motivating them to get the most out of every move. “Our unique combination of technology and personalised instruction delivers a truly customised service, and we are thrilled to finally bring this to the US,” says Winter. Studio Pilates International currently has over 80 studios open or at pre opening stages, across Australia, New Zealand, China and now the US. -ends- About Studio Pilates International Studio Pilates International offers unique high intensity, low impact reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, to deliver a truly customised service. The brand attracts a passionate following which can be attributed to its unique  combination of innovative class delivery, luxe studio space and total body changing results. web: Instagram: studio_pilates After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? 2020-11-25T04:24:10Z after-a-unique-and-fabulous-tented-stay-in-tasmania After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? Experience Luxury Glamping at Truffle Lodge ‘We offer a unique experience under a million stars in an exceptionally stunning location,’ Laurelle and John Grimley, owners of Truffle Lodge Truffle Lodge, Tasmania’s luxury bush glamping destination is welcoming guests for a unique stay and a taste of fun outdoor experiences and adventures. Known for its idyllic riverfront location and for being akin to a 5* hotel under canvas, Truffle Lodge’s luxury safari-style en-suite tents cater for every creature comfort and are naturally socially distanced – all eight tents are located right on the Derwent River and are at least 15-20m apart.   Truffle Lodge guests can enjoy a range of eco-friendly outdoor activities within moments of stepping outside their tent. Options include exploring the lush surroundings, hiking to local vantage points to take in stunning bush vistas or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the River Derwent.   Guests can also discover one of the first truffieres planted in Australia, which, until a few years ago, was abandoned and covered in wild blackberry bushes. Now Truffle Lodge owners, Laurelle and John Grimley, are bringing it back to life.   Additional bookable experiences include luxury guided fly-fishing (tailored to the participants’ experience level) as well as platypus-spotting kayaking adventures, seaplane flights for vineyard lunches, helicopter drive combo to Maria Island. At the end of a busy – or not so busy – day, guests can enjoy a glass of local wine and count the stars from the privacy of their tent’s riverfront deck. They may even be lucky enough to witness the magical Southern Lights of the Aurora Australis. When it’s time to head indoors, guests can relax and unwind in luxurious safari tents that are as memorable as the bush around them. Each Truffle Lodge tent is double walled and triple roofed for maximum comfort and features a handmade wooden bath, rain shower, extra-large and deep double beds, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, a bar fridge, and many more thoughtful touches.  Laurelle and John say that this season their focus will be on helping guests relax and recharge in the beautiful crowd free natural environment of the Derwent Valley. ‘At Truffle Lodge we offer a quintessentially Australian luxe bush glamping experience where guests can reconnect with nature and each other. Days here are defined by the rhythm of the sun and the moon and guests fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the river outside.’   Breakfasts, drinks and two course evening meals are served in Truffle Lodge’s communal areas, which can include a long table in the orchard or dinner cooked in the fire pit. The set menu dinner each evening features hand-made dishes prepared using seasonal local produce wherever possible, accompanied with local wines, some of which are exclusive to Truffle Lodge. There is a resident echidna under the dining pod who ventures out to supervise regularly.  “While Truffle Lodge is luxurious in its detail, it’s also raw, simple and pared back, reflecting our belief in slow hospitality, where the quality of each experience is more important than the quantity. We encourage our guests to relax, unwind and take pleasure in the moment,” say Laurelle.  Truffle Lodge Rates 2020 From $400 per night for 2 guests, including continental breakfast and 3-course dinner (alcohol and bar services additional) plus daily activities programme.  Images available on request. For further information/images/review stay bookings please contact: Tel: 0415 290023 Stepz Fitness offers free training programs worth $149 to new members 2020-11-25T04:16:23Z stepz-fitness-offers-free-training-programs-worth-149-to-new-members Stepz Fitness is now providing new customers free access to its wide range of QuickStart Gym Programs™, priced at $149 for non-members, offering professionally designed and personalised training regimens to exercisers of all ages and fitness stages – and from all walks of life. New members now have unlimited access to comprehensive video tutorials and training booklets, which provide the perfect platform for educating newcomers about how to kick-start their new fitness routine. According to the new Stepz Fitness Franchisor, Sam Waller: “These programs have been beneficial in educating our customer base about equipment functions, exercises and techniques that might benefit their workout.” “They offer members a DIY gym training guide for working out… and also provide insight for new members into our holistic approach to exercise, which makes Stepz Fitness unique.” Additionally, the Stepz Fitness program has recently gone digital with the launch of its online Virtual Studio, engaging members to stay active and motivated in the comfort of their own homes – whether they’re locked in or out of iso at present. The online fitness studio invites members to attend live workout sessions or jump into pre-recorded workout videos, with the virtual fit challenge motivating participants to stay active and inspired while reinforcing a sense of community engagement – allowing members to ask questions or share ideas on all things fitness and home workouts. Holistic exercise, as practiced by the Stepz Fitness community, is about going beyond the human body and focusing on more than just the physical results of exercise, by addressing overall health, happiness and wellness. Ensuring fitness is an enjoyable activity rather than a doctor-recommended chore, or general maintenance of vanity or sex appeal, is also critical to the Stepz Fitness experience. Mr Waller said: ‘We’ve also got eight gym programs that every Stepz member gets for free when they sign up… so they’re supported and have a training program straight off the bat.” He continued: “Across the industry, fitness centres haven’t really been getting people results with obesity levels still rising [in Australia].” “I believe that often comes down to people being intimidated to go to a gym, not having a routine or program they can follow, or just losing interest – and not having access to [the necessary] training.” Stepz Fitness recognises that the biggest challenge to implementing new exercise routines and practices is knowing what to do, how to do it and where to find affordable support or guidance along the way. “Creating a supportive and non-intimidating gym environment with a local community atmosphere is why I got started and found my passion with Stepz,” Mr Waller added. “Being connected to a larger support network is what people end up liking most about Stepz.” Get Started today with a free 3 day gym pass STEPZ FITNESS CURATES HOLISTIC INTERIORS TO ENHANCE PATRONS’ WELLBEING 2020-11-24T03:14:05Z stepz-fitness-curates-holistic-interiors-to-enhance-patrons-wellbeing Acknowledging the impact of physical surroundings on psychological states and wellbeing, Stepz Fitness - an Australian owned gym franchise - has implemented a carefully curated and holistic interior design approach across its fitness and wellness centres to stimulate psychological and physiological responses in their patrons. This fresh approach aims to enhance the ability of Stepz patrons to exercise in a more peaceful, productive and positive state of mind. According to Sydney based clinical psychologist, Georgia MacNevin “the design of our physical surroundings can have a significant impact on our psychological state and wellbeing.” Holistic interior design is concerned with the wellness of the mind, body and spirit of the individuals that inhabit the space. Stepz Fitness has embraced a fresh approach to its interior design and layout, by adding indoor plants, wooden materials and communal tables near the entry that are welcoming to patrons in a non-intimidating and comforting environment. Stepz Fitness Franchisor, Sam Waller notes “that approach to holistic interiors allowed us to create a new design using more natural materials and calming interiors, which is not common in the health and fitness industry. “We have created a new space that allows people to feel better when they’re walking in and focuses their minds on their workout and themselves, as opposed to worrying about what other people are thinking. “The physical and mental health of our patrons is seen as a marriage between two equal and interconnected entities, whose individual conditions determine the balance of wellness experienced by the whole.” Stepz wellness centres have incorporated specific aesthetics, materials and elements derived from nature and psychological research, which MacNevin says can boost the ability of the mind and body to feel calm, collected and happy. Stepz Fitness considers most gyms to be devoid of natural beauty, affording little-to-no room for any of those energising elements to exist in the room and give life to their patrons. According to MacNevin, there have been many studies into the psychological and physiological benefits of natural environments leading to a range of positive outcomes for our wellbeing, including “stress reduction, improved mood, enhanced attention, and cognitive functioning. “Natural materials like those used in the Stepz wellness centres can have a calming effect… [and] are great for increasing positivity and productivity.” Stepz Fitness has invited nature into the gym by adding indoor plants and greenery to each workout space. MacNevin adds “these days, psychologists are prescribing outdoor activities like gardening and hiking to address a range of mental health issues. “Being in open green spaces helps clear the mind and makes people feel happier or less stressed… [and] including that in the Stepz Fitness environment can be beneficial to their moods and general wellbeing.” According to a recent survey by Arboretum, 42% of 2,000 participants said that being around plants improved their mental health. Indoor plants also assist in improving the air quality of interior spaces, which is particularly important in workout environments where physical exertion is key, as patrons need all the oxygen and purified air they can get. Meanwhile, maximising the amount of natural light that filters into each room was an important consideration of the Stepz Fitness interior design team. Experienced naturopath, Layla Metcalfe advises “natural light is one of the most important natural elements to filter into any indoor environment, offering health benefits to Stepz patrons inhabiting that space. “Not only is it your body’s best source of vitamin D, which boosts the immune system, but also a crucial ingredient to increasing mental health and productivity… [while] assisting the body in absorbing melatonin to regulate sleep cycles more efficiently.” Stepz Fitness prides itself on offering the newly curated holistic interior design to enhance their patrons’ wellness of mind, body and spirit. To see more visit WHITEHAVEN - A Cancer Survivor's Passion Project 2020-11-23T00:52:37Z whitehaven ‘Whitehaven’ in Bardon is the epitome of modern family living with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, state-of-the-art kitchen, four separate entertaining areas, magnesium swimming pool and seamless indoor/outdoor flow with a level backyard. As stunning as this property is, the story behind it is what makes this home extra special. This piece of paradise was renovated and rebuild by cancer survivor, Alice Hagen along with her husband, Justin Hagen. It represents every experience that they had being in real estate for the past 14 years. When Alice and Justin, aged 24 and 25 respectively, decided they wanted to purchase their first home, they felt they were priced out of the Sydney market. Justin, originally from Brisbane, thought it would be a good idea to explore the Brisbane market. So in 2006, Alice and Justin moved to Brisbane in a hope to purchase their first home. Within 2 weeks, they had purchased a property sight unseen with a hope to build their forever home one day and a second property as an investment. This sparked a new venture for Alice and Justin. Within 4 years of purchasing their first home, Alice and Justin had accumulated 10 properties and commenced a real estate agency with scope to sell and manage their own properties. However, in 2010, the real estate agency became a boutique agency servicing more than just their own properties. As the company grew, Alice and Justin sold off most of their properties to fund the new vision for the agency. In 2019, 5 months after the birth of their fourth son, Alice found out she had stage 3 cervical cancer and started treatment immediately. This changed their immediate goals for 2019. After finishing her treatment, Alice started to focus on her passion. Funnily enough, it was renovations, but this time she wanted to renovate a Queenslander, one of Alice and Justin’s bucket list goals. They purchased a property in Bardon and Alice enrolled in the Three Birds Renovations “Reno School” and began plan-ning the renovation. One year on and ‘Whitehaven’ in Bardon is now completed. Whitehaven represents everything that Alice and Justin have learnt renovating and being in real estate for the past 14 years. “We designed the home with the help of Simon Hughes, HBE Architects, and Antun and Carmel Cule, Cule Construc-tions, to create a home that we would love to live in, every element has been carefully selected by Al-ice and myself and I believe it represents the ideal modern family layout – all bedrooms upstairs, while downstairs has a seamless flow with indoor/outdoor living.” Justin states. Alice mentions “I am really proud of this project, we have not compromised on anything we wanted to include in this home”. ‘Whitehaven’ at 103 Alexandra St Bardon is going to auction Sunday 29th November at 11am onsite. See more here: The Ultimate Primate Announces The 74 Toughest Ultramarathons Around The World 2020-11-22T22:47:04Z the-ultimate-primate-announces-the-74-toughest-ultramarathons-around-the-world Sydney Australia -- 23rd November 2020 -- The Ultimate Primate, a health & fitness based website has recently updated a list of the most popular ultramarathons around the world. The whopping list includes 74 Ultramarathons that are based on mountains and trails.  If you're wondering what an Ultramarathon is then prepare to sink in your teeth. As The Ultimate Primate quotes: "An ultramarathon is any race that goes longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. It’s a true test of courage, guts, and grit in which only the strongest survive.". Typically, a lot of Ultramarathons go for up to 100-miles but there are some such as the Moab 240 which spans 240 miles. And remember, this is all done on foot.  Marko Rakic, the lead writer from The Ultimate Primate has stated the following: "I've done a marathon once in my life so far and that's 26.2-miles, or just shy of 42.2km if you're reading from Australia. It was very excruciating, and I have nothing but respect for these amazing athletes that are able to take it a step further." In regards to the curated list of 74 Ultramarathons around the world, Marko said: "We wanted to bring more awareness around this amazing sport, and to spread the message that there are amazing athletes around there doing insane races which sometimes don't get as much respect as other athletes." When speaking about how someone can get started on training for an Ultramarathon, Marko stated "It's all about consistency. There are amazing people running out there. Older people, and that's just really inspiring. But at the end of the day, you need to be consistent and constantly increase your mileage as you run weekly. Make sure you rest enough and have a proper diet as well. You don’t need much other than running shoes for a beginner to start." You can find the list of these marathons, along with their ticket websites on The Ultimate Primate by going to their page, the 74 most popular ultramarathons on trails and mountains around the world. NEW WELLNESS HUB TURNING MINDFULNESS ON ITS HEAD 2020-11-17T05:12:45Z new-wellness-hub-turning-mindfulness-on-its-head A new mindfulness and meditation hub in South Melbourne is turning wellness on its head, offering unique classes such as ‘Yin and Tonic’, ‘Sleep Techniques’ and ‘Wine and Wind-Down’.   In a bid to set herself apart from many meditation and yoga studios that offer generic classes where participants simply move through a series of standard yoga poses, Sally Kellett, founder of Mirosuna, is on a mission to bring the fun, spice and soul into wellness.   “Many mindfulness and yoga studios preach that the only way to practice things like meditation is when sitting on cushions, burning incense, or sitting in a circle chanting ommm.”   “For me, it’s about bringing mindfulness into the everyday, and if that involves a glass of gin, or a fabulous soundtrack in order for people to connect to their practice, then that’s what Mirosuna is all about.”   Some of the more unique classes at Mirosuna include: -  Yin and Tonic - Friday night sessions combining a body movement class to help release built up tension & tight muscles with participants working through a series of stretches and poses, with a glass of Gin (or two) for serious wind-down! -  Sound Meditation – a deep relaxation for those who are stressed and need to recharge. The live tunes of Sally playing Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls will envelop you in a sound bath and provide a deeply restorative state of wellness. -  Mindfulness Tea Journey  - a workshop where participants learn how to use tea as a tool for mindfulness and how to use tea consumption to bring calm into your life. -  Sleep Techniques – tailored to those who have difficulty falling asleep, this class helps to process thoughts and release tension in the body in order to retrain the body to sleep.   Offering a range of sound meditation, movement and mindfulness classes without the ‘woo’ in a stunning architectural-designed space by boutique Melbourne architect Melanie Beynon, Mirosuna has been cleverly designed to ensure every feature supports wellness.  From its sustainable Cork floor to support softness under foot; its soft, flowing curtains to provide privacy; and its custom lights and acoustics, the space is designed to evoke and nurture all of the senses. The space effortlessly blends style and comfort, and is Melbourne’s only non-secular meditation studio.   Mirosuna holds a liquor license, with plans to introduce additional classes in the coming months, as well as further events and workshops designed to help clients develop better practices around self-love, managing negative self-talk, and developing a deeper connections to themselves.   In 2019, Founder Sally Kellett spent time consolidating her mindfulness practice at Truc Lam Monastery in Vietnam, where she spent fourteen-hour days practicing meditation and mindfulness with seventy nuns. Combined with her training in Zen Buddhism and mindfulness, this experience inspired her to fulfill her lifelong dream to open her own holistic business, Mirosuna.   Mirosuna is located at Level 1, 18 Ross Street, South Melbourne.   Willow Willpower meets Amelia Earhart 2020-11-02T13:53:08Z willow-willpower-meets-amelia-earhart-1 GLOBE-TROTTING DOLL, WILLOW WILLPOWER, MEETS HER HEROINE, AMELIA EARHART, ON 7 NOVEMBER 2020 TO KICK-START A WEEK OF CELEBRATING HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF FEMALE AVIATION. CHILDREN AND (FEMALE) PILOTS ARE INVITED TO THE AMELIA EARHART BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM IN ATCHISON/KANSAS. Paris, 2 November 2020 — The children's picture book, Willow Willpower, inspires children to believe in their dreams and feel they can achieve anything they put their mind to. Since Willow Willpower heard Amelia Earhart’s story, she’s had one dream: to become a pilot and travel the world, just like Earhart! In June 2019, this dream was realized thanks to Willow the doll. Willow has flown high in the sky with commercial, military and private female pilots – and many Ninety-Nines members. Ninety-Nines is the international organization for women pilots established in 1929 by 99 female pilots with Amelia Earhart acting as the organization’s first president. To date, Willow has visited four continents and during the COVID-19 quarantine period, stayed with a Ninety-Nine pilot in California. Now, Willow is back in the sky after taking a break in Arizona. Willow will head to Atchison, Kansas to finally meet her idol, Amelia Earhart. What better opportunity to organize an inspiring event that is open to all children, both online and in person!   The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, in cooperation with eco-friendly children’s book publisher, blOOturtle, will open its doors on 7 November 2020. All children are invited to join in learning about Amelia Earhart, aviation, and Atchison, Kansas.  Earhart’s strong personality and willpower enabled her to achieve her dreams and set the foundation for so many girls and women in a male-dominated era and domain. She helped establish the world’s biggest women’s pilot association, the Ninety Nines, who now welcome Willow Willpower and her global flight challenge. “It’s fantastic to have Willow here visiting Amelia’s birthplace to inspire the next generation of women and female pilots,” says Heather Roesch from the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. Attendees will benefit from learning all about Earhart’s amazing life, how planes fly, and will be able to participate in games based on Earhart’s life and Willow Willpower. A drawing contest will take place with fabulous prizes awarded. Kids will also be able to take a picture with Willow after her arrival. Additionally, Claire Schindler, a corporate pilot who flies internationally, as well as Emmy Dillon, who recently successfully completed her jet training, will talk about their lives as pilots. This event will open a whole week of fun at the museum for kids with online contests and stories from Willow who will visit interesting places around Atchison including the Forest of Friendship; Railroad Museum; Atchison County Museum; Cray and Muchnic Art Museum; the Benedictine College; and the elementary school of Atchison. Each day, a question about Willow’s adventures will be posted live on Facebook (on the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum Facebook page). All participants can enter the Big Bubble Contest at the museum to win the main prize at the end of the week. On 7 November at 11:30am, the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum will raffle off a Garmin Pilots watch. Buy a ticket by calling 913-367-4217 for your chance to win. All funds raised with help to fund a new roof and balcony (total cost: $28,000).On this occasion, publisher blOOturtle will also engage in honoring the heritage of the museum and donate US$1 for every book sold both offline and online during this event week at the museum.   Register online to find out more about this event and to avoid disappointment: Tickets are strictly limited! The first 100 registrants will receive a limited-edition Willow meets Amelia pin. See Willow Willpower’s website for more information: https://www.willow-willpower.comOr follow Willow’s adventures for the week:   About blOO blOOturtle Publishing is a young, eco-friendly children's book company. In line with our slogan – Thinking Kids, Thinking Planet! – we combine fantastic and creative stories for kids with green, eco-friendly and hence, kid-friendly book production. We are involved in finding extraordinary stories that inspire and encourage kids while thinking of a healthy future. Visit our website to learn more about our concept and our planet focused trOOblOO publishing programs:   Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride 2020-11-01T03:08:25Z tasmania-circumnavigation-100-charity-ride With COVID-19 creating boundaries for event holders, the organisers of Australia’s only 100% Charity ride, refused to be halted in their quest to raise much needed funds for two great Australian organisations. In its 3rd edition, the ride is termed as ‘100% Charity’ as 100% the funds raised by participants goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries. In addition, staff and volunteers DONATE 100% of their time over a two-week period and Maglia Nera Tours covers all their costs including transport, accommodation, meals etc. All running fees are absorbed by Maglia Nera Tours with the assistance of DONORS. The event DOES NOT deduct or expense anything from the monies raised. Official Website: ROUTES & DISTANCES The event has three ride distances to choose from:1. Full Map: circumnavigating the entire island in an anti-clockwise direction over 1040km2. West Map: riding the west coast from Launceston to Hobart over 585km3. East Map: ride the east coast from Hobart to Launceston over 455kmNEW EVENTS In 2020 there are three event options on offer for both riders and non-riders (under the age of 18): 1. Lap TAS Live!: for those lucky enough to be in Tasmania & have some time up your sleeve, they can physically cycle one of the ride distances, on their own (self-guided) between the 7-29 November 20202. Lap TAS Virtual!: for those located outside of Tasmania, anywhere in the World , they can virtually cycle one of the ride distances & challenge themselves close to home, between the 7-29 November 20203. Lap TAS Junior!: a non-cycling event for young Under 18 year old’s travelling in Tasmania, more on this program will be released soon,  starting in December 2020. THE BENEFICIARIES StGiles in Tasmania: specialists in early childhood intervention and NDIS disability support services. They can help at every stage of an NDIS support program. StGiles provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities. Their multi-disciplinary therapy and support teams have earned Tasmania’s trust and respect for more than 80 years. Fortem Australia: a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australia's law enforcement, national security, and first-responder communities. Fortem is independent of Government and works directly with current-serving individuals, and their families, to have positive impacts on overall wellbeing. TECHNOLOGY PARTNER: GOCYCLE APP The cycling events will be tracked by the Australian made GoCycle App, who have worked well above their expectations, in assisting cycling charity events. To meet this year’s challenge of creating a virtual event, GoCycle tirelessly developed an add-on, to their already highly functional app, at NO CHARGE. There are no words that can express the enormity of such GENEROSITY and the cost savings this produces. The Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride will be the FIRST fully operated charity ride to use GoCycle. This add-on can be used by ANY charity organisation in the WORLD who wish to run a virtual cycling event. GoCycle Website: Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T07:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever. Aussies Dreaming Of New Zealand 2020-10-22T04:08:59Z aussies-dreaming-of-new-zealand Fresh research released by Australian cashback service Kickback shows Aussies are busting for an overseas holiday. The survey of 500 Australians was conducted in October, with 73% of respondents saying they believe there is pent up demand for international travel after COVID restrictions ease. The figures show travellers are conflicted between a beach escape (24%) or reuniting with family and friends (25%), and that most respondents were dreaming of a trip to New Zealand. Significantly, most (74%) travellers believe the cost of flights and hotels will be higher for the next few years, with respondents more likely to use cashback or coupon sites such as Kickback to save money on their travel bookings. Kickback co-founder David Boyd said the findings were important. "These findings confirm that demand is strong and that the travel industry needs to be prepared to meet it. We just need to get through COVID first and see travel restrictions lifted as soon as possible." he said. Most respondents are keeping faith with travel providers, with many confident that airlines and hotels will be clean to a COVID safe level. And if respondents have points with loyalty points programs they are holding onto them until they can be used for travel. However, the uncertainty of Coronavirus means most are more likely to take out travel insurance. Travellers Kickback and Relax Brothers Andrew and David Boyd launched in early 2020. The platform now boasts more than 400 retailers and more than 6500 members. David Boyd said Kickback combines the rewards structure from frequent flyer programs to cashback, which means the more members shop with Kickback, the more cash back they earn. Mr Boyd added Kickback had a tiered system, meaning that the more members use the platform, the further they ‘level up’, unlocking cash bonuses and increased benefits. About the Survey Kickback, (, a website that helps shoppers earn cash back on their shopping, commissioned a survey of 500 adult Australians. The survey was conducted via Pollfish and Google in October, 2020. Click here to see the full results: Post Covid Travel Survey Take To The Skies After Covid Confinement 2020-10-19T06:20:59Z take-to-the-skies-after-covid-confinement A leading WA tourism operator has come up with a novel solution for people to ease their lockdown frustrations by announcing an innovative ‘take back 2020’ skydiving promotion. Skydive Geronimo’s special spring offer of a free Rottnest ferry ticket with a midweek tandem skydive gives adventure-seekers an opportunity to spread their wings after enduring months of pandemic restrictions. As Skydive Geronimo owner Glenn Stutt says, a day trip to Rottnest Island with amazing views of Perth and its stunning coastline during the flight to altitude, followed by an exhilarating skydive over pristine beaches and bays, is the perfect way to shake off the shackles of a challenging year. “We’ve experienced some unbelievable things this year, from toilet paper tantrums and sanitiser shortages to crazy curfews and travel bans, and our ‘take back 2020’ deal with a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving adventure is a chance to create some unforgettable memories of the good kind!,” he said. The special offer includes a free return ferry trip to Rottnest from Fremantle, a tandem skydive experience from either 14 000ft or 15 000ft with a trained instructor plus a free celebratory drink on the beach afterwards.  The offer is valid Mondays to Fridays until 30th November 2020 but in case of inclement weather, the booking can be rescheduled for another suitable date prior to 31st December 2020.  Skydive Geronimo has a number of different packages on offer, all with the same objective - to give guests a unique adrenalin-rush in one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful locations.  The instructors are all fully qualified and highly experienced, each with over 4 000 skydives each, whilst Glenn Stutt has logged almost 19 000 skydives. Bookings for the ‘take back 2020’ experience can be made online at or by calling 1300 449 669 or 08 9417 8158.  Standard times for the free same day return adult ferry with Rottnest Express are 7.30am (from B-Shed Fremantle to Rottnest Island)) and 4.30pm (Rottnest to B-Shed) but customers can design their own itineraries.  Conditions apply.  “After months of Covid confinement, West Australians are being urged to ‘wander out yonder’ and discover the many extraordinary things that our great state has to offer,” continued Stutt.  “I’m willing to bet that a day trip to sensational Rottnest Island with an exhilarating skydive and beach landing will be hard to beat in terms of an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.“