You Yangs wellbeing masterclass with MinterEllison

Life in the legal profession can be demanding, pressurised and stressful. It's unfortunate that law rates low overall as an industry for psychological and psychosomatic health with stress, anxiety and depression emerging as issues to be reckoned with inside Australia's top law firms.

MinterEllison is a leading Australian firm based in Melbourne set on boosting employee wellbeing and refocusing on health and wellbeing at a cultural level. In order to kickstart a renewed focus on wellbeing within the company's culture, Amanda Watt, a partner at the firm, engaged Gone Bush Adventures to create a nature-based wellbeing masterclass experience that could have an ongoing positive impact in every day life for her team.

In responding to Amanda's brief and designing the learning journey for this full day Wellbeing In Nature adventure, we enlisted the support of executive wellbeing and life coaching specialists, Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell (The Essentialists). Together, Shannah & Lyndall were tasked with bringing to life their signature wellbeing masterclass workshops in a bush-walking setting while leading facilitation of the wellbeing masterclass and learning journey for the group throughout the day.

Given its proximity to Melbourne CBD, range of walking routes and unique scenery, the You Yangs Regional Park presented a very attractive natural environment to host the single day offsite event. Once we had selected a specific walking route to compliment the delivery of the workshop sessions, the participating team received a briefing and completed online medical checks to ensure the planned adventure was appropriate for the fitness and physical ability levels across the group.

With background checks complete and wellbeing program ready to be delivered, we loaded the buses with our excited guests and left the hustle bustle of Melbourne CBD for the peace and tranquility of the You Yangs. As it turned out, a heat wave struck Melbourne on the day of the event, but with a few extra precautions such as packing water spray bottles, extra cold drinks, hats and sunscreen, we were ready for adventure!

After just 50 minutes on the road, the group arrived to a healthy breakfast at a scenic picnic area within the park. Having breakfast before the session ensured everyone was well-fueled for the walk also provided few moments for the group appreciate the scenery and change of pace before the wellbeing masterclass sessions kicked off.

Soon after, we were in full swing with the wellbeing masterclass sessions, which played out along the walk as a combination of engaging mini presentations, reflection questions, guided meditations and physical exercises led by Shannah & Lyndall. Participants were also guided through an accompanying worksheet throughout the walk that included action items on a wide range of areas to help implement positive wellbeing changes into everyday life.

The walk itself took in a range of scenery and natural environments as we explored the western section of the You Yangs including a side trip to the Bunjil Geoglyph.