Thursday, August 28, 2014

Complimentary Registrations to Attend the Coolamon Rural Women's Gathering

Have you always wanted to go to a NSW Rural Women's Gathering but was just not able to find the extra dollars to cover the registration fee? 

The Rural Women's Network has TWO complimentary registrations to give away this year. 

The weekend event will be held on 12-13-14 September at Coolamon. 

If you would like to be considered for one of the 'FREEBIES' all you have to do is send an email to saying why you would like to attend by 3.00pm Friday 29 August. 

Preference will be given to those who have never been a gathering or have not been to one in the last 3 years. You will need to find your own transport and accommodation but the FULL weekend registration fee (worth $200) will be covered. 

Good luck sounds like a great weekend!

Got a Dream....

Lacking inspiration
Got a dream
This video will give you a boost for today
For me right now its living every day as kindly, lovingly, compassionately and honestly as I can
I don't always succeed but I'm trying

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Australian Running Calendar

Australian Running Calendar

The Australian Running Calendar lists running events throughout Australia including 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon events.
Events are added and updated frequently so be sure to check the homepage regularly and to join their weekly email newsletter or follow on Twitter or Facebook to be notified of updates.

A great resource to show you all the running or walking events across the country.

Partners in Depression


Partners in Depression is an education and support group program for people who love, live with or care for someone experiencing depression. 

It provides people with the information and tools to better support the person in their life with depression, and themselves.

Find out more about the Partners in Depression, program, including the structure and history of the program click here

To find out more about a facilitator in Australia click here

R.M. Williams Longreach Muster 13-14 Sept

Mood Mechanic Course

... The Mood Mechanic Course is designed to aims to teach practical skills for managing symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression.

The Mood Mechanic Course is a free online and internet-delivered treatment program designed for young Australian adults aged 18 to 24. It aims to teach practical skills for managing symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The Mood Mechanic Course was developed because many young adults have difficulties with stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. But, many people never access or seek treatment.
The Mood Mechanic Course is being provided as a part of a large beyondblue funded project. You can read more about this project HERE.
To learn more about symptoms of low mood, please click HERE. To learn more about symptoms of stress and anxiety, please click HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: You can scroll right to the bottom of this page to make an application or register your interest in the Mood Mechanic Course.

What does the Course involve?

  • 4 online lessons that provide information and teach practical skills for managing symptoms.
  • Do It Yourself (DIY) Guides to help you practice those skills.
  • Lots of Additional Resources and Case Stories from others.
  • Brief weekly contact with a clinician via email and telephone (depending on the trial).
The Mood Mechanic Course is provided over 5 weeks and is designed to provide you with practical information and practical, proven, skills for managing symptoms of different types of anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The Course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Clinical Psychologist. It is hoped it will help people to gain better control over their symptoms, improve their confidence and get back to living a full and satisfying life.

Who is the Course Suitable For?

  • Adults aged 18 to 24.
  • With symptoms of stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.
  • With depression, social anxiety, panic attacks and generalised worry.
  • Who want to learn information and skills to improve the quality of their lives and emotional wellbeing.
  • Who have at least 4 hours per week to spend working on the Course and practicing the skills taught during the Course.
Unfortunately, they cannot include people who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the internet or who are not Australian residents.  They also cannot accept applications from anyone who will be accessing regular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment for anxiety or depression at the same time as doing the Mood Mechanic Course.
Not sure if this course is right for you? Please contact them, click HERE.

When is the Next Course Being Offered?

The next Mood Mechanic Course will begin on Monday 8th of September and application are now open. If you are interested in participating in the next Mood Mechanic Course just click on the Apply Now! button below and follow the prompts.
Of course, if you have any questions about the Course please feel free to contact them by clicking HERE.

The Feet Selfie

Head over to The Rural Wife facebook page and contribute your best 'Feet Selfie'

Get sharing your best feet selfies and re-start a new social media craze!
Share on FB, Twitter or Instagram with the hash-tags #feetselfie #theruralwife
Prizes for the most creative and interesting entries!
Get sharing!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What a Pretty Day

What's happening today?

Inspiration: Be your own hero

DIY project!!



Feather clutch #Wedding

Champagne bar... for brides and bridesmaids the morning of the wedding.

Loving the climbing roses

Ana Rosa

My daffodils are out.
I am going to enjoy the day.
Thanks for visiting.

The Rural Women's Guide to Starting Something Big

You have a head and heart full of AMAZING ideas – you can see exciting opportunities for new solutions, community support structures and businesses and products and services ALL around you in your rural community and you are just desperate to enact CHANGE…

So what holds you back?
What keeps you from taking action?
Is it that you just don’t know where to start?

Are you overwhelmed with how big the problem is and how small you are?
Are you wondering…will it work in my town?
Do you doubt yourself?

Free online training with Rebel Black and Phoebe Maroulis

Because they have been there too – and they know HOW to get you from where you are NOW…which is NOT doing what you really want to be doing – to the dizzying heights of turning your BIG Idea into a BIG REALITY!

BUT- they aren’t offering an easy way – they aren’t even going to tell you that if you just do XYZ ta-da, your big idea will magically appear as a reality.


So if you want fairy dust and pixies, please go somewhere else!
If you are serious about taking action and you just want a framework, some inspiration and the steps to get there…

If you want to hear from people who have ACTUALLY done something big – then..

If you want to get a 3 step process that will help you GET STARTED and take action on your something BIG

Thurs, August 28th

Rebel Black
The Hungry Spirit
Empowering Entrepreneurial Rural Women
041 963 9380

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

60th Issue of The Country Web now available

The 60th issue of The Country Web showcases young women of influence who are actively involved in their industry and community and are working towards creating vibrant and sustainable primary industries and rural communities.  Enjoy this issue and be inspired by these amazing rural women who are making a real difference.

Visit the RWN website to download this latest issue.

Country Arts Support Program applications for 2015 now open

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is small grants for small locally initiated arts projects. Apply for up to $3000 for a project in your community. 

Projects funded in the past have included (but are not limited to) workshops, performances, art making events, artist-in-residence programs, exhibitions, community seminars, public art and arts-based additions to festivals. 

Who can apply: incorporated organisations, local government entities, groups/ ensembles auspiced by an incorporated association, school P&Cs. You don't have to be an arts-based organisation to apply.
When is the funding for: projects happening January-December 2015.
What can the funding be spent on: the main focus of CASP is for artists fees and expenses.

Applications close October 1, 2014

Here for more

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Domestic Violence information and resources

 RWN logo: Connecting regional and remote NSW

Rural Women's Network produced this special 8-page booklet - Domestic violence: it can happen to anyone - to raise awareness of domestic violence and provide information on the services and resources currently available in this area. There is some great information for anyone impacted by domestic violence such as what to do if you're a victim or how to help a friend. The idea to produce this resource came from the women involved in RWN’s Rural Women Connect initiative (more details below).
Domestic violence takes many forms and can involve violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear. It doesn't have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of abuse. It can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. 

It is never too late to seek help. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling line on 1800 737 732 or


Rural Women Connect (RWConnect) provides a platform for women across our regions to share ideas, have a voice, and to provide feedback to improve the government's understanding of rural women's needs and how best to work together to address these. The initiative was developed to facilitate communications, needs identification, ideas generation and to help create new linkages to stakeholders and rural women across NSW rural, regional and remote communities.

Using the latest technology members of RWConnect link together via webinars to engage with other rural women, monitor and evaluate activities and keep informed of needs and ways to address these in innovative, effective and efficient ways.

RWConnect facilitates discussion and collect views, information and data on issues that affect the viability of rural and regional communities and farming enterprises. The information collected will be synthesised and shared with key stakeholder groups with the hope that it will enrich government policy making for rural, regional and remote NSW.

The first issue RWConnect focussed on was violence against women. They used a variety of mediums to gather feedback from women living in rural and remote communities in NSW to help us better understand current needs and suitability of services and support currently available. A feedback questionnaire was available online and at the 2013 NSW Rural Women's Gathering for women to provide their feedback.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

O'Captain my Captain

Who Did Not Love Dead Poets Society?

I was at boarding school in Sydney when Dead Poets Society was released.  I remember seeing it with my friends and it meaning so much to us because we were living a life like the boys in the film.  The fun, the comradery , the homesickness, the trouble we used to get into....  Its a life like no other and I am so grateful for the experience.

A favourite movie no doubt.

When depression can knock out one of the funniest men alive you realise how powerful its grip and how devastating it is.

I never want to hear the words again "Just go away and get fixed".  Those words have been told to a loved one recently suffering severe depression.

Ignorance of the illness causes even more damage.

The people that refuse to confront the illness are usually those that will be eventually hit in the face with it.

Depression is a fact of life.
We all need to be educated and able to help when and where we can.

One thing I know is my children will grow up knowing what it is and how to help deal with it.

In fact if my children see anyone upset or angry now they ask if that person has a mental illness.
So often they have been right.

Carpe Deim

Monday, August 11, 2014

Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering

Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering is Fantastic education and networking opportunity for local women

The 2014 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering is being held on 12th-14th September in Coolamon, offering local Riverina women a unique opportunity to learn, network and be inspired right on their doorstep.

The Rural Women’s Gathering is a well established statewide community event which will bring together close to 400 rural women for an annual weekend of education, skills training, information sharing and fun.

With its theme ‘Heritage with Heart’, the 2014 Gathering promises to be a great one and will focus on issues that are important to the Riverina region such as strengthening community voice, rural health care and drought support.

One keynote speaker for this year’s Gathering is Charles Sturt University Senior Lecturer, Dr Maree Bernoth PhD Med, BH Hh ScRN, whose passion is rural healthcare and ageing. Maree began nursing in 1971 and has enjoyed an extremely diverse career working across regional towns in NSW. 

Another keynote presentation will be delivered by local Coolamon woman Robyn Speerin RN NP MN MN (Hons). Robyn commenced her nursing career in 1969 at Coolamon Hospital and went on to study cardiac nursing at a Masters level, becoming one of the first cardiac rehabilitation nurse practitioners in Australia. She has written NSW Department of Heath policy and guidelines on rehabilitation from chronic disease and is going to speak at the Coolamon Gathering about her life experiences and a new program of healthcare for people with hip and knee arthritis and back pain.

Additional keynote speakers include specialist neonatologist Dr Kathryn Browning Carmo; current President of the Kosciuszko Huts Association and sister of the Coolamon Shire Mayor Barbara Seymour; Coral Druce from the Junee Liquorice Factory; and author, researcher and sex therapist Bettina Arndt. 

As well as hearing from the high profile keynote speakers, local women are invited to participate in a selection the workshops on offer including biodynamic farming, wild and wacky women, painting, local garden viewing, gingerbread house making and a guide to common medications.

The 2014 Gathering in Coolamon is being held from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014 and registration is now possible by contacting the Coolamon Rural Women’s Gathering Committee by or by telephone: 0488 376 514.

For more information about the Gathering please see

Follow their facebook page here 

To register please email or telephone 0488 376 514 to be sent a registration form.

Photo: NEWS FLASH!!!!  Registration forms will be available next week!!

We are just waiting on the final draft to be completed by the staff at the NSW Rural Women's Network/DPI.

Watch this space for the link to download your copy!

Trundle Bushtucker Day 6 Sept 2014

Women's Wellness Weekend 29-31 Aug

Are you stressed, looking to improve your health, or just need some ‘me’ time? 
Why not make the time to go to this wonderful weekend escape and enjoy inspiring Keynote speakers, health & wellness sessions, Meditation lessons, 
Cooking demonstrations, gourmet meals, and more! 

Second Annual Bravehearts Mid North Coast Breakfast 12 Sept 2014

First Ever Lightning Ridge Dinosaur & Fossil Dig

Opalised fossils are among the most precious fossils on the planet,
and searching for opalised fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs is a
privilege usually available only to opal miners and scientists.

Now, the Australian Opal Centre is offering you some of those
incredible moments of discovery on the first ever Lightning Ridge
Dinosaur & Fossil Dig, to be held on 19 - 24 October 2014.

Only 20 places are available for a unique 5-day experience on the
iconic opal fields of Lightning Ridge. The Dig is a scientific and
fundraising venture. You'll be fossicking, digging for, finding and
preparing opalised fossils for the Australian Opal Centre, a
not-for-profit organisation holding the world's premiere public
collection of rare opalised fossils.

Please take action quickly as there are only 20 places in total available and
already 5 are sold!

Please, share this opportunity with everyone you know who might like
to join this historic adventure.

To find out more or register your interest - call Rebel
on 0419 639 380 or email

Western Landcare Forum White Cliffs 15-16 Aug

RAS Foundation Scholarships for 2015 academic year

  Now open calling for Applicants

Since 2011, the RAS Foundation has provided over 180 students with $921,500 worth of financial support to fulfill their educational goals. The helping hand given to these students assists them to achieve their potential, and provide regional and rural NSW with a more vibrant and sustainable future. 

Rural Scholarship are now open for 2015 – we ask that you please pass on this information to suitable students in your networks who require financial support, love to give back to their community and want to make rural and regional NSW more resilient and dynamic! 
Rural Scholarships are targeted at a tertiary level – TAFE, VET courses and University. 
For more information visit: 
Rural Scholarships (NSW only) Up to 45 scholarships - $5000 

JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism (National) 1 only - $10,000 
Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship (National) 1 only –  $5000 
Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship (NSW only) – 1 only -$5000 

Applications close 30 September 2014

The beyondblue National Roadshow Dates

Western NSW - Monday 18 August – Sunday 24 August
 -          Monday 18 August; Bathurst
-          Tuesday 19 August; Orange
-          Wednesday 20 August; Manildra
-          Thursday 21 August; Dubbo
-          Saturday 22 August; Condobolin
-          Sunday 23 August; Warren
Far West NSW - Monday 25 August – Sunday 31 August
-          Tuesday 26 August; Cobar
-          Wednesday 27 August; Bourke
-          Thursday 28 August; Bourke
-          Saturday 30 August; Lightning Ridge
*please note that we will be visiting Broken Hill as part of the Roadshow in 2015 (dates to be advised).
New England
Friday 28 November – Thursday 4 December (please note that these dates may alter slightly)
Wednesday 11 February – Monday 16 February
Southern NSW
Wednesday 18 February – Monday 23 February
 Lower Murray / Loddon-Mallee-Murray - May 2015
Should you have any queries in relation to the above or if you require any further information in regards to the planned activities in Western NSW and Far West NSW then please do not hesitate to contact beyondblue on 0438 502 539.

Suicide Prevention Workshop Dubbo 17 Sept

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Quality Inn Dubbo – 165 Whylandra St, Dubbo NSW 2830 onWednesday  17 September 2014 from 9am – 4pmThere is no charge to attend the workshop. 

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link: 
The training is open to community members aged over 18 years.

We would appreciate it if you could please forward this information on to others who you feel may also be interested in attending the workshop.
Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials.
Morning Tea
 will be provided. 

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program 
| Phone: 1800 100 024 

Suicide Prevention Workshop Gilgandra Wed 10 Sept

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Gilgandra Services Club – 33 Morris St, Gilgandra NSW 2827 on Wednesday 10 September 2014 from 9am – 4pm.
There is no charge to attend the workshop. 

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. 

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link: 

The training is open to community members aged over 18 years. 
We would appreciate it if you could please forward this information on to others who you feel may also be interested in attending the workshop. 
Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials. 
Morning Tea will be provided. 

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Program | Phone: 1800 100 024 |

Poppers in the Pines Sept 20,21

Monday, August 4, 2014

The New Black

Mindfulness is the new black!!


Kicks off Monday 4 August!

Precious moments of clear attention

Everything you think, learn, see and do shapes your brain and changes your life. You’ve been training your brain since the day you were born and you continue to do so in every moment. In fact you do more to train your brain when you leave the meditation class or close your personal development book.
A deeply meditative life is not one where you disconnect yourself from the endless activity unfolding around you. It is one in which you fully connect with life in all its color and vibrancy. Paying attention to those things you care deeply about breathes life into them, but it is easy for your attention to become lost, captured, fragmented and weakened by things that matter very little. Strengthen your attention throughout the day with these simple exercises that will return you to a life of deep connection, meaning and happiness.

Join us as Susan Pearse and Martina Sheehan from Mind Gardener® reveal how to revive the dying art of paying attention
Hear Susan, Martina and 30+ leading speakers at Mind & Its Potential 27 - 28 October 2014, Sydney,
Step 1. Register now. You will receive an email each day of the challenge with the day’s activity.
Step 2. Share with your friends.
Step 3. Enjoy the challenge!