Surrounded by the vibrant works of David Larwill, The Larwill Studio recently hosted a wellness-inspired morning and long table breakfast with special guests Sarah Holloway, Emily Toner and Steph Prem.
Emily Toner of Happy Melon kicked off the morning in our Workshop space — dotted with colourful Kip & Co beanbags — with a guided meditation encouraging the group to build self-awareness and focus on a mindful experience.
With a background as a Clinical Psychologist, mindfulness instructor at Vitalise Psychology, and meditation teacher at Happy Melon, Emily’s expertise provided the group with some uplifting insights into the benefits of being mindful.
Once seated in the light and bright space of the large and energetic lobby, former Winter Olympian and founder of Studio PP, Steph Prem discussed her journey of recovery after breaking her back in a horrific snowboarding accident.
Mental health is about your own approach to wellbeing and how it works for you.
Her get-back-on-the-snow-ASAP mentality only created further setbacks and halted her healing. However, it was by hitting rock bottom that she realised that health and fitness is a holistic process that must start from within.
Passionate about helping people feel better about themselves, Steph says Studio PP is a place where people can focus on their own wellbeing, without being pushed or screamed at.
"Mental health is about your own approach to wellbeing and how it works for you," says Steph.
She advises that self awareness, self regard and self care is so much more than just being physically active and encourages others to look at things with a long term perspective and structure, not just a quick fix.
After tucking into smoothies, muesli and smashed avocado on with from Smith + Singleton, Sarah Holloway, one half of Matcha Maiden, shared her experience about transitioning from the corporate world to starting a small health food business with her partner.
Sarah discovered the healing powers of matcha when she was away in Africa and became quite ill. Being told she had to give up coffee, matcha became her substitute, containing almost half the amount of caffeine.
Once returning to Australia, Sarah was unable to find matcha, even though it was everywhere is The States and Asia. Seeing a gap in the Australian market, Sarah started her business as a hobby, but as more and more stockists jumped on board, she slowly began to move away from her corporate job and eventually, signed on Urban Outfitters and her business snowballed from there.
If you’re interested in hiring out The Larwill Studio for an event or conference, our spaces boast high floor-to-ceiling windows, with views towards the Melbourne city skyline and bountiful parklands that surround the hotel. Just a moment’s travel by car or foot from the Melbourne CBD, The Larwill Studio is centrally located in the suburb of Parkville with convenient access by car or tram, and is also just a 20-minute drive from Melbourne Airport, making it a convenient choice for interstate delegates.
The kit is fitted out with state-of-the-art technological solutions, flexible room set-ups and a range of catering options all under one roof. And when the day is done, you can sleep inspired and enjoy all the comforts of the hotel.
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