'When sleeping women wake, mountains move' - Chinese proverb.
Indeed, the flow from one topic to another appeared seemless from Elise's passion for ocean research in South Africa, through Keitha and Karen's personal journeys to grow organic food and to educate others, to Jenny's insight into the power of the consumer. These four women demonstrated to the audience that you can live by your passion for caring for the planet. Elise also shared, with a sense of refined humility, stories of the relationships she developed with the 'black' women she met in her travels.
As this was the first event of mine as producer for Festival Fleurieu, I was delighted by the fact that the event was sold out and that the audience were fully engaged in what was quite a demanding entertainment for them - in the sense that required focused attention and participation. After the tea break, for instance, yoga teacher Julie Wallace led the audience in guided expressive exercises which relaxed and energised them for the second half of the program.
Sandy Vaile, 'motor-bike riding daredevil' and local author who has just published her second novel Inheriting Fear, reassured aspiring writers in the audience that the journey was worthwhile and would be eased, perhaps by joining a writing group. Her experiences were also shared by audience members during the tea break and one mother, at least, gained wise advice about how best to support her daughter's authorial ambitions.
Tania Ingerson revealed some of the challenges of being a woman in the corporate sector - experiences of subtle and overt discrimination by male CEOs and colleagues seldom articulated in day-to-day conversation or in the media, (certainly never acknowledged as the bullying that it is, by those who are guilty of treating women as inferior beings: men in power). Tania's eloquent style of communication is testament to her experience as a public speaker in business, at Toastmasters and in her own domain - via her Talk Technology business, which donates its proceeds to charity.
Whilst some of the audience members left to go to Festival Fleurieu's cello concert after the second break, nevertheless many stayed on to ask questions in the hearty Q&A. Indeed, afterwards some were slow to leave, lingering on to savour the thoughts of the seven fine speakers of My Passionate Philosophy.
My Passionate Philosophy was my first event as producer for Festival Fleurieu (formerly the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival.) My thanks also go to Festival Chairman Greg Mackie OAM for launching the event, Gary Burrows and Derek Manning for the music, Geoff Bromilow (my husband) for filming the event, Szilvia Cseh for still photos, and Maryanne Crowley Burrows for collecting tickets and greeting visitors to the event. I also wish to thank Rick & his staff at The Links.
See My Passionate Philosophy event pages on Facebook - for further contact with any of the participants.