Join Smiling Mind for an interactive workshop to explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the education setting. This workshop will provide an overview of mindfulness, what it is, what benefits it provides and why consider bringing mindfulness into your classroom. The workshop will also explore the results of research completed by Smiling Mind that evaluated the impact of an 8-week mindfulness program across 12 schools, 1853 students and 104 teachers. Learn how to use the Smiling Mind program in your school and join us at this workshop. 

About Addie

Dr Addie Wootten brings her extensive background in clinical psychology, research and e-health to her position of CEO of Smiling Mind. Addie is a well-known leader in her field, delivering and researching innovative programs to enhance the wellbeing of people with cancer. She has developed and evaluated a range of online wellbeing tools, and has published widely. Addie has been using mindfulness meditation as a part of her clinical psychology practice for many years, and also has a strong personal mindfulness practice.


IZRA’s ‘Failing Well’ workshop reassesses our culture’s views on failure. The workshop begins with challenging the old saying “What would we do if we knew we couldn’t fail?” and in turn asks, “What would we do, if we were the kind of people that failure couldn’t crush?”

In our imperfect world where everyone fails at multiple points in their life, the second question is far more empowering, but how do we get there? How do we raise up a resilient generation that failure doesn’t crush? This workshop then looks at the work of Professor Carol Dweck around The Psychology of Success. Dweck’s work has found that our culture traditionally approaches failure out of two mindsets, a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset.

After exploring the behaviours and outcomes of each mindset, we start to understand the importance of developing a Growth Mindset within this generation. To succeed and to develop a resilience to failure, we must cultivate the understanding that ‘Failure is only something that happens, never something that you are’.  

About Cassie

Passionate about young Australians being connected with Purpose and equipped with Resilience, Cassie Kirtisingham has developed the lifestyle brand, IZRA. IZRA’s unique programs use Creative, Resilience and Entrepreneurial workshops in schools, to engage students with a plan for healthy progression towards their future.

Winner of the Foundation for Young Australian's Young Social Pioneer's Program, Cassie speaks for iZRA to ages 10+ as well as within the Start Up community around Creativity, Risk and her favourite topic, Failure.

Cassie’s youth, along with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Development, uniquely position her to bring a fresh and creative perspective.