Nourish: The 4th Annual Wellness Conference at YIS

Nourish: The 4th Annual Wellness Conference at YIS
Nourish: The 4th Annual Wellness Conference at YIS

Nourish: The 4th Annual Wellness Conference at YIS

We would like to invite all parents, teachers and staff to attend Nourish: The 4th Annual Wellness Conference at YIS. The theme of this year's conference is Living and Flowing with Emotion: How do we keep in balance?

The conference will take place at YIS on Saturday 20 February, from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., in the Loft and classrooms in the Main Building. This is a very special event with different kinds of talks and activities; we do hope you will join us for ideas for yourself and your children.


9:00 - 9:20 ~ Opening Activity with Adam Clark
9:25 - 10:00 ~ Short Talks with Ingrid Rossing, Destiny Ishihara, Michelle Trefren
10:15 - 11:15 Session 1 ~ Keynote Talk by Sara Hitchens: A Balancing Act: Thinking ourselves into well-being
11:30 - 12:30 Session 2 ~ Workshops with Damien Pitter, Michelle Trefren, Monna McDiarmid and Adam Clark {Please see descriptions below}
12:30 - 1:00 ~ Closing Session: Small Group Discussions regarding learning/take-aways


Our keynote speaker is Sara Hitchens, a UK-trained counsellor and psychotherapist, currently working in Tokyo in private practice and at two international schools. She is an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Board Member of International Mental Health Professionals Japan. Sara has lived and worked internationally, in Spain, France, Pakistan and previously in Tokyo from 1985-89. This has given her personal experience of the nomadic lifestyle, and an interest in cross-cultural issues. Sara says her greatest challenge to date has been mothering her two children, now aged 24 and 22.


Workshop Descriptions:



Monna McDiarmid

The Art of Noticing: A Writing Workshop

It's easy to believe that creative writing is the exclusive realm of professional writers and children. That's just not the case. This workshop will give you an opportunity to nourish yourself by writing creatively, noticing the small, lovely details of your life and by practicing gratitude. You will have an opportunity to share if you'd like. No writing experience is required.

Michelle Trefren

The Voice and Mind Interchange: How vocal/singing techniques can bring out the best in you.

Our voice, an oral medium for expression directly linked to our thoughts, is the most personal instrument we can employ. In this session, you will learn vocal techniques through singing and song that connect the mind and voice. Discover your true voice and how it can help you express your thoughts.

Adam Clark

What are the issues facing adolescents now and what do we do to help?

This workshop is intended for parents and educators who want to discuss and learn more about the current issues facing adolescents. A group of grade 9 student presenters are also planning on attending to share their thoughts on what's happening and what adults could do to help. Topics discussed will include: self-harm/self-injury, coping, stress management, teen depression, suicide, social networking, gaming, and how change occurs. Obviously, because of the time limit, we will barely scratch the surface of these topics but this will serve as a good overview of some of the concerns and strategies for helping.

Damien Pitter

Picture This: A Photography Workshop

We use photographs for many purposes - as historical record, as expression, as a way of noticing. This workshop will introduce a few tips for taking better photographs of the people in your life and of your travels. We will also look at a simple, online image editing tool that can help you be more expressive with your images. Bring a fancy camera or your iPhone. Laptop optional.

To register, please complete the form below or email Ms. Irina Bryan at by Thursday 18 February. We look forward to seeing you at Nourish on Saturday 20th February.

The Nourish Committee
Eliza Kumamoto, Damien Pitter, Irina Bryan, Adam Clark and Monna McDiarmid