Our program combines the acting craft, principles and techniques that have electrified audiences for three decades in Australia with state-of-the-art mental health and wellbeing tools designed by our world-leading team of neuroscientists and psychologists.
Clinical Researcher, Bessel Van Der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and was a key contributer in developing these programs.
Steve Le Marquand needs no introduction. He has appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Bryan Brown in the classic Two Hands, Richard Roxburgh in Rake, was AFI-nominated in Last Train to Freo and has appeared in Beneath Hill 60, Home & Away, Underbelly, Les Norton and Vertical Limit.
He co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the hugely successful theatre production He Died With A Felafel In His Hand.
Television credits include Les Norton; Blue Murder – Killer Cop, Janet King; Rake, The Moodys, Old School, Wentworth; The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife-Fighting, The Moodys; Small Time Gangster (ASTRA Awards Most Outstanding Actor nomination), Underbelly:Razor, Sea Patrol, Laid, All Saints, Farscape, Young Lions, A Difficult Woman, Backberner, Blue Heelers, Wildside, G.P, Murder Call, Big Sky, Water Rats, Soldier Soldier, Home and Away andPolice Rescue
Pippa Grandison’s stellar 30 year career as a professional actor has seen her playing lead roles in film, television, theatre and musical theatre both nationally and internationally.
Film credits include a lead role in Muriel’s Wedding, Dating the Enemy, Book Week, Broke, Akoni, Mr Accident, A Change of Heart, Hotel de Love and Over the Hill.
TV credits include: Frayed, Here Come the Habibs!, Home & Away, Underbelly: Razor, All Saints, Water Rats, E Street, Brides of Christ, A Country Practice, and Come in Spinner.
Musical theatre credits include productions as diverse as Muriel’s Wedding the musical (nominated for a Helpman for her role as Betty Heslop), Georgy Girl (Judith Durham), Mary Poppins (Mrs Banks), Wicked (Elphaba), Will Rock You (Scaramouche), The Pyjama Game (Babe), The Witches of Eastwick (Suki) and A Little Night Music (Anne), Into The Woods (Cinderella) for the Sydney Theatre Company.
Some of Pippa’s theatre credits include Boys Will Be Boys for The Street Theatre and The Graduate alongside Jerry Hall and Just Macbeth (Belle Shakespeare Company).
Lunch and water
Comfortable clothing you can move in
Pippa and Steve take the group through a creative warm-up for the voice and body. Using a series of exercises, children are encouraged to tap into their immense inner power and become comfortable with their body through movement.
A series of fun and fast-paced games where trust and co-operation with their peers is formed.
Creative games that allow our group to let their hair down, to move their bodies, use their voices and work with a partner or as a member of a group
Time to refuel those bodies and minds!
The group learns to use their breath not only for voice projection, but also to self-regulate under stress and pressure. They will learn the art of concentration and the quality that permits us to direct all our spiritual and intellectual forces towards one definitive object. Through visualisation exercises the children will be encouraged to use their imagination and inner strength to find a happy, calming and safe space to inhabit. The group is then guided through lessons on confident body posture, persuasion, paying attention and exercises to find connection and trust with others through powerful eye contact.
A series of wildly challenging and exercises done at breakneck speed, to build individual confidence through improvised speech and transformative action. The group will then start to craft characters, scenes and scenarios. This will lead to our award-winning How to Deal with Bullies program, where children learn to de-escalate conflicts and/or potentially harmful situations using a combination of body language and communicative skills.
We ask each child to get up in front of the group and tell a story or present a scene we have prepared throughout the day. This can be confronting for some people, so no one is forced to get up, but after a day of fun and confidence-building in our safe, caring environment, we often find it difficult to hold the kids back.
It is here we offer parting wisdom and bid the children farewell. We will return them home with one more assignment that will last the rest of their lives.
Testimonial: This workshop was incredible! We had so much fun and I came away from it feeling like I could really speak up. I am a teen boy who often feels like I can not share my ideas and thoughts with others for fear of being judged. I really felt I overcame this fear at the workshop.” – Ben
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Our award winning programs have been given the tick of approval from the Department of Education. That is why we are the sole, content providers for the My Diary school diary’s that are distributed to just over 1.5 million Aussie school students. We are the pioneers in these courses as we launched Beautiful Minds 16 years ago. There was nothing like this back then and we have continued to grow and expand. Today, Beautiful Minds is Australia’s leading provider of educational workshops for preteens, delivering sessions to thousands of children annually.
All of our content has been created by our experts at Beautiful Minds (please see our educators page) and our team of psychologists. We work with our Board of Advisors, psychologists and parenting experts to regularly update all of our content. We also support headspace as our charity partner and this helps us ensure we are up to date on all relevant facts relating to mental health. Trusted by our International partner brands, you know your child is getting the best when she attends a Beautiful Minds workshop.
You are not able to get a refund for this event however you can sell your ticket or gift it to a friend. If you are living in an area that becomes closed due to COVID and you are unable to cross the border to get to the venue, then we can move you into another date. If you live in any state and the retreat is going ahead but you choose not to attend due to COVID, you will loose your place and we will not be able to move you to another date due to changing your mind.
We see incredible results from our one day workshops but we at Beautiful Minds do not view them as a one day workshop. We encourage students to attend these workshops annually as the content does change each year. Students can sign up to our online program Own It which has informative videos covering a range of topics which keeps your child feeling supported long after the workshop wraps up. Our educational videos act as an incredible support system for both parents and teens. We also offer after care with any of our psychologists if your child needs additional support.
With our preteen workshops, teen girl workshops, retreats, online programs and after care support, we are here to ensure we support your child from the age of 8 right up to when they turn 18 years of age.
We take the work we are doing at Beautiful Minds very seriously, we are dealing with young lives and so we ensure that our workshop plus after care options deliver outstanding results.
Yes they do. This is important to ensure we only hire and work with educators that we can trust. We have a full time Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Manager at Beautiful Minds to ensure your child is in safe hands.
Every course is overseen by a Head facilitator who is on hand throughout every session to address any needs that arise.
This is a personal choice. We have many students that attend our workshops on their own. Yes, they are nervous at first but within the first 30 minutes, they are relaxed and loving it. It is always more fun if they attend with a friend or sibling.
To ensure of an intimate setting we take no more than 24 students per workshop.
Yes! It is not every day that your child can attend a day workshop with two talented and well know Australian Actors. For your child to work with two quality performers and educators like Pippa and Steve, you would be paying $450 for an hour and only getting one educator. We are providing your child with both talents for an entire day.You cannot put a price on having your child walking away from a program feeling happier and more self assured. You are setting your child up for life with some incredibly valuable skills and tips. This will be the best money you ever invest in your child.
If we feel that a young person needs further after care and support after our courses, we will contact the parents and engage with them, discussing steps that need to be taken in order to get maximum results.
Yes. We have Public Liability Insurance coverage with a highly reputable Australian provider.
Comfortable clothing, lunch and a big smile!