Winefulness

A mindfulness experience of a different kind

 
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What is winefulness?

Our modern lives and workplaces are busy. We have demanding workloads and numerous responsibilities that fill our calendars and to-do lists to the brink of bursting. There is a constant flow of information, email, and media competing for our attention at all hours of the day. We can become so busy being busy that we lose sight of what is most important to us, or even lose our sense of self and connection with others.

Our brains do their best to cope with our demands by setting habits of thinking, feeling, deciding and behaving that aim to help us handle our workloads and the high expectations we place on ourselves. It’s like having ‘default settings’ in our brains that guide us to navigate our daily experiences as if we are on autopilot mode.

We all benefit from making time to slow down and tune into what’s important. We can reawaken our awareness and focus our attention on what matters - taking action mindfully. What’s more, we need to practise doing this - even train this capability - because ‘busyness’ has become the default setting and our brains are switching into autopilot mode in an attempt to cope with the demand.

This process is mindfulness, and it is something research shows us is incredibly valuable. While the above context is serious stuff, we can have some fun learning ways to practice mindful awareness and building our attention skills. We can enjoy the process of firing, wiring, and rewiring our brains default settings and switching off our autopilot - all while experiencing novel and interesting experiences. This is where ‘Winefulness’ comes in...

Winefulness is an engaging (and educational) event strategically designed to explore the science and skills of mindfulness by focusing on the process and experience of wine tasting. We explore what it’s like to be an attentive and curious thinker, tuned into our senses to heighten our appreciation for our seeing, smelling and tasting wine.


Facilitators

 
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Dr Adrian Medhurst

Benny Button founder and mindfulness expert

Adrian is an organisational psychologist passionate about helping people and organisations be at their best by mastering an all-important balancing act: High performance and wellbeing. He’s a thought leader in high- performance psychology, wellbeing science, mindfulness, stress mastery, and innovation. Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, 10 years spanning corporate consulting and university lecturing, and dedicated ongoing scientific research, study and practise. He has worked across the globe with organisations including BHP, CBA, Nike, KimberlyClark, Australia Post, NAB, AMP, Asahi- Schweppes, Red Cross, Swisse, Fairfax, Coles, Medibank, SBS, Qantas, Novartis, BP, Sugar Australia, Heinz, Fosters, and more.

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STUART DUDINE

Winemaker and founder of Alkimi wines

Stuart has been involved with the wine industry since 2005, where in this time he has completed his Winemaking degree, and also worked extensively across Victoria, South Australia, France, Italy and Austria. He established Alkimi Wines in 2014 where he uses only basic, time-honoured principals to sculpt wines which are unique and intriguing. Stuart believes that the true mastery of his craft, like many others, is the connection to his thoughts, feelings and environment on an enlightened level. While he does understand that immense skill is required to make great wine, he considers that deep insight and vast perspective is required to make truly amazing wine.

Stuart has revelled in working with Benny Button and naturally takes great pride in enlightening others to his perspectives of wine through stories, practical exercises and of course wine tasting.


Experiences

 
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PACKAGE 1 - MINDFUL ACTION & WINE TASTING

90 minutes

Package includes an introduction to the science of Mindfulness and how to practice and apply it with impact in work and life. The experience then explores the art of the vineyard and winemaking. Tasting four different wines presented with a range of fun, engaging and meaningful experiences.

COST

50 people - $3,500

25 people - $3,200

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PACKAGE 2 - LIVE WELL, HAVE IMPACT & WINE TASTING

2.5 hours

In a modern world there are many things that can get in the way of us reaching our true potential. The pace and pressure of modern life, change and complexity, juggling obligations, doing more with less, being overloaded and yet underproductive can all render us stressed, overwhelmed, frazzled and distracted. We can take on this challenge by applying the skills of mindfulness and having a better understanding of the intersections between wellbeing and performance so we can all live well and have impact at work and in life.

The experience then explores the art and science of the vineyard and winemaking. Tasting five different wines presented with a range of fun, engaging and meaningful experiences.

The options above are designed for an audience of up to 50 people. The experience can be brought to your workplace or facilitated in an external venue such as your annual work conference or strategy day.

COST

50 people - $4,000

25 people - $3,700

 
 

The options above are designed for an audience of up to 50 people. The experience can be brought to your workplace or facilitated in an external venue such as your annual work conference or strategy day.

Costs include wine and glassware. Costs exclude venue hire and interstate travel costs.


Looking for a quick takeaway to show your team or manager? Download the printable Winefulness PDF below.