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Bringing Presence to Tough Conversations MELBOURNE

  • Balwyn Library 336 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, VIC, 3103 Australia (map)

Hosted by Fiona Sutherland, APD, RYT

AUD $205

SAVE $$ with EARLY BIRD RATES of $175 until June 1st with the code BEPRESENT

A workshop for Dietitians and Therapists to build skills in navigating conversations, interactions and tricky moments - with clients, colleagues, anyone - with greater insight, presence and skillfulness. Focussing primarily on the practitioner experience (with skills you can share with your clients too!), we will be having important conversations about

WHY our presence matters
HOW we can cultivate specific types of awareness which makes a difference and
WHAT are the practical skills we can take into everyday practice and life with us.


What you can expect:

You will leave this workshop feeling refreshed, confident and more capable of bringing your best into each and every contact you have with clients, communities and colleagues.

We’ll be spending the morning exploring what we mean by “presence” both from a neuro-biological point of view (geek alert!) & the mechanisms which can knock us off centre in those vital moments. We’ll also be getting right down into what we mean by “tough conversations” (what it means to YOU) & how you definitely know you’re in one.

We’ll be exploring specifically how we can use our mindfulness skills to notice, get curious and tune in to leave you be better equipped to make decisions & handle any difficult conversations which come your way. We’ll definitely be getting practical, and I'll be sharing with you specific tools, skills and resources you can take with you into practice right away.

Meet lots of people who share the same dilemmas as you, and will have your most burning questions answered. We'll dig into some tricky topics, have lots of discussion and definitely get into some practice! I'll aim to provide an environment where we can nudge your edges & support you to explore ways to elevate, deepen and broaden your skills.

Sounds all too serious? Nah! We'll definitely have fun. Guaranteed.

You can expect this workshop to definitely be steeped in weight and body inclusive Health At Every Size (R) principles, no exceptions. All bodies are welcome (and please reach out to make sure we support you in any body inclusive way eg. seating, accessibility, dietary requirements)



  • Each day will begin at 9am sharp and finish at 4:30pm

  • If you are not a Dietitian, you are MORE than welcome. In previous workshops of this topic, I have hosted therapists from varying backgrounds.

  • 7 x CPD points (assessed) will apply for this workshop

    Please contact me for workplace group discounts



About Your Host

Fiona Sutherland, Director of The Mindful Dietitian is a highly experienced clinician, presenter and facilitator. Bringing a variety of skills and teaching styles, you can expect a dynamic and interactive learning environment where your needs are prioritised.

Fiona brings 20 years of experience and insight into the dilemmas and complexities of working with humans, and has accumulated specialisations in Mindfulness, Body Image, Eating Disorders and eating behaviour. Fiona teaches into the Masters level Dietetic programs in teaching programs in Melbourne, Australia and has a special passion for supporting students and grads explore what it means to approach work life from a place of courage, insight and human-centered care.

More about Fiona here.