Sonic Meditation: A Ritual for Transformation with Mary Hoang
Byron Writers Festival invites you to join author and psychologist Mary Hoang via Zoom for a special sonic meditation ceremony – a transformational experience grounded in psychology and music designed to help you heal and evolve.
Life poses many challenges – emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, interpersonally. To move through life’s ups and down, we must learn to let go to heal and transform.
Mary Hoang, founder of The Indigo Project, will lead a sonic ritual with original music from composer Richard Lucano (Phondupe), to help you process and release something that is no longer in alignment with your path moving forward.
Fusing modern psychology, ambient music and visualisation, you’ll lie down and take an adventure through your mind as you are guided through a soundtracked journey, experienced with your eyes closed.
Exploring your emotions, beliefs and thoughts, this is an opportunity to process your baggage and clear a path for your future, free from the weight of the past.
The evening will include an introduction by Zacharey Jane and a short conversation with Mary about her book Darkness Is Golden: A Guide to Personal Transformation and Dealing with Life’s Messiness.
When: Thursday 4 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: Free for Members, $10 General
Mary Hoang is an entrepreneur, artist and the head psychologist and founder of The Indigo Project, Australia’s largest and most progressive psychology practice. Since 2009, she has been pioneering a creative approach to psychology. Mary has emerged as a leader in the humanisation and transformation of the mental health industry.
After her father’s death in 2017, Mary turned to art and writing to explore the darker aspects of life anxieties, fears, insecurities, loss, emotional pain and ‘baggage’ and how these hold the keys to insight, meaning and purpose. The moving artworks she produced, utilising sound, psychology and installation, informed groundbreaking research by the University of Melbourne.
Darkness is Golden is her first book.
About Darkness is Golden
A Guide to Personal Transformation and Dealing With Life’s Messiness
Disappointment, heartbreak and anxiety are painful. But in this powerful new vision, Mary Hoang reveals the hidden gold that lies in your darkness, showing you how exploring your shadows can give you a new sense of direction for the future.
‘Combining the science of psychology with deep personal insights.’ – Hugh Mackay
‘A brilliant, no-BS manual for facing your fears, breaking bad habits and getting your sh*t together.’ – Gabrielle Tozer
‘A much-needed and unique take on mental health that will bring lightness and relatability to life’s messiness.’ – Jordanna Levin
Who Gets to Be Smart: Bri Lee in conversation with Courtney Miller
A forensic and hard-hitting exploration of knowledge, power and privilege.
Bri Lee’s new book Who Gets To Be Smart is a timely investigation into the current discussions around class and privilege in Australia and around the world.
Interrogating the adage, ‘knowledge is power’, and calling institutional prejudice to account, Bri once again dives into her own privilege and presumptions to bring us the stark and confronting results. Far from offering any ‘equality of opportunity’, Australia’s education system exacerbates social stratification. The questions Bri asks of politics and society have their answers laid bare in the responses to the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
When: Wednesday 9 June, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay
Tickets: $25 Members / $30 General + booking fees
Accessibility This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Health & Safety
This is a Covidsafe event, therefore we will be operating at restricted capacity with social distancing measures in place.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue.
We ask that you adhere to all Covid guidelines while attending the event.
Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer. Her journalism has appeared in publications such as The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia and Crikey. Her first book, Eggshell Skull, won Biography of the Year at the ABIA Awards, the People’s Choice Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. She is also a non-practicing lawyer and continues to engage in legal research and issues-based advocacy.
About Courtney Miller
Byron born with interludes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. Courtney worked in politics, art, fashion and recently finished a Berkeley MPA.
Live & Local: Sarah Krasnostein & Helen Garner live from Sydney Writers’ Festival
Byron Writers Festival is pleased to once again bring Sydney Writers’ Festival’s live-streaming event Live & Local to Byron Theatre in 2021!
One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will be streaming Sarah Krasnostein & Maria Tumarkin live from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Byron Theatre on Saturday 1 May.
In this very special conversation, author of The Trauma Cleaner Sarah Krasnostein discusses her new book, The Believer, a deftly drawn enquiry into the power of belief, with Maria Tumarkin.
Audiences will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session at the event, sending questions direct to the stage.
When: Saturday 1 May Time: 1.45pm for a 2pm start Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Johnson Street Byron Bay Tickets: Members plus one guest FREE; General Admission $10
Sarah Krasnostein & Maria Tumarkin in conversation
After the runaway success of Sarah Krasnostein’s debut The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, Sarah spent time in Australia and the US talking to six extraordinary people who held fast to a belief even though it rubbed against the grain of conventional wisdom. Her research culminated in The Believer: Encounters with Love, Death & Faith, a deeply humane and deftly drawn enquiry into the power of belief. Sarah is joined by fellow observer of human nature, Helen Garner, to explore what we believe in and why – from ghosts and UFOs to God and the devil, to dying with autonomy and beyond.
About Sarah Krasnostein
Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. Sarah is the bestselling author of The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award. It also jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, was nominated for the Walkley Book Award, and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Sarah’s work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK and America. She is currently working on a Quarterly Essay on mental illness in Australia.
About Maria Tumarkin
Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio. She also collaborates with sound and visual artists, and has had her work engraved into the paving at Victoria Harbour as part of the Melbourne Docklands Urban Art Program. Maria is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic was named by TheNew Yorker as one of the best books of 2019. Maria is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the category of non-fiction. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne.