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After many sell-out Sydney events and launching in Noosa and the Blue Mountains, we're delighted to announce that Bettina Deda, a local resident, is helping us bring 'Stories that Stir' to the Northern Rivers.

You'll hear from the following six inspiring people, who will be sharing their 10-minute raw and personal stories, linked to the theme RESILIENCE.

Joan McEwan 

From a working-class girl in Scotland, leaving home at 16 years, graduating as a Registered Nurse before migrating to Australia as a newlywed with a baby on the way, $200 in her purse and 2 suitcases.

Joan shares her story of resilience, and how she healed from an acute brain injury to becoming the Head of Health for a global Oil and Gas organisation before birthing her thought leadership business as an Intuitive Health and Business Mentor to support entrepreneurs, heal and succeed in life and business.

Luke Canham 

Discover the eye-opening journey of a director facing the unexpected decade-long aftermath of a staff's severe injury as Luke shares his ordeal and what he has learnt from it.

Bettina Deda 

Bettina had no idea that a massage could change her life ... but that is exactly what happened. In these defining moments of change, we have two options: We either use them as springboards for change to become more resilient, or we become a victim of our circumstances. The vision of her memoir Dare to Dance is to inspire women to celebrate midlife.

Kevin Lloyd-Thomas

In childhood, Kevin endured unspeakable violence. He ended up as a teenager soldier in Vietnam and also built a successful business. However, three years of unemployment shattered his spirit, pushing him to the brink of despair. From within a fraction of a second of ending his own life, Kevin found purpose in helping other combat veterans navigate their battles. 

Amy Livingston

Experiencing chronic illness in my childhood and adulthood alongside the passing of close family from cancer have been potent opportunities for building personal resilience. When everything fell apart, Amy leaned into neuroscience tools, holistic therapies, and spiritual growth to heal her severely damaged nervous and immune systems whilst managing chronic pain, inflammation, and mental health.

Keenan Crisp

Keenan's early life was marked by adversity, neglect, an eating disorder, and the untimely loss of his mother. These challenges shaped his resilient spirit and ultimately fuelled a successful army career as an Officer and elite paratrooper. Unaware that his struggles with rage, depression, and anxiety weren't normal, it took hospitalisation that triggered a 5-year sabbatical and a seismic shift of consciousness.

The Stories that Stir event series was designed to break down barriers, stir conversation and inspire positive change.

Audience members rave about how good it feels to spend a lovely evening, listening to other people's funny, moving, and inspiring stories and how connected to humanity the event makes them feel.

Now you have the opportunity to experience the magic for yourself. 

Please join us for a night of extraordinary stories that will make you laugh, cry and view the world in a different light. 

If you'd like to have dinner at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel beforehand, we recommend arriving to do so by 6pm.

If you're not eating at the Hotel beforehand, please arrive by 7pm to enjoy a drink and mingling. Seating at 7.20pm, with the storytelling commencing at 7.30pm sharp.

* Alcohol available to be purchased at the venue

*Event is 18+

*Trigger warning: Story content may include sensitive topics such as trauma, suicide, death etc.

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