Mental health and emotional and spiritual wellness were the focus at the recent THRIVE conference, hosted by The Ark Salisbury Lutheran Church. The day was jam-packed with practical ideas on how to work towards and maintain a healthy heart and mind, with a God-centred focus.
The THRIVE team brought together three presenters who inspired the audience and gave much food for thought, set against a beautiful lush backdrop of greenery that set a tranquil tone for the event.
Psychologist Michelle Bakjac shared useful and practical tips on resilience, stress management and how to ‘bounce forward’, rather than just ‘bouncing back’, when faced with a challenge.
Lutheran Pastor Stephen Abraham’s session gave participants the opportunity to try a guided Christian meditation, with plenty of great resources to take away and use at home.
Pastor Richard Fox spoke about his work with Lutheran Media, a platform that offers hope and comfort to millions of people worldwide through the message of Jesus.
Just some of the special touches on the day included a coffee van for that morning caffeine-hit, a pop-up Koorong bookstore, goodie bags for each participant and a delicious homemade afternoon tea, prepared and served by a team of wonderful volunteers.