Mindful Self Compassion

Building resilience for artists

with Joanna Giannes, Educator, Psychotherapist and Leadership Development Specialist. 

Life in the arts can be stressful at the best of times – navigating uncertainty, instability, emotional challenge and vulnerability. This has only been amplified due to COVID-19. This is why building mindfulness, compassion and especially self compassion whilst staying connected to community is vital during these ever-changing times.

In response to the current situation, we are pleased to offer eligible emerging creatives an opportunity to participate in a four week online program to assist them as they navigate through this time. Over these sessions Psychotherapist Joanna Giannes will work with a small group of creatives online in a program that will delve into mindfulness, compassion and self compassion. Through guided meditations, self compassion exercises and tips for practice participants will strengthen their practice and build resilience.

Each session will run for 60 minutes and will be limited to 15 participants. Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions in order to get the most out of the program and to connect with the community created. There will be time for questions and participation.

Feedback from participants of our recent Mindfulness for Uncertain Times program with Joanna Giannes:

“The sessions were intimate and created a strong sense of community. This program gave me new insight into mindfulness techniques tailored specifically to the challenges that artists face. I can’t thank Joanna enough for giving her time to us, and facilitating our conversations with such care and professionalism.”

“Experienced at a time of world crisis, these sessions certainly helped understand better what was happening on a personal level to ourselves and enabled us to cope in better ways.”

About Joanna

Joanna is an Educator, Psychotherapist and Leadership Development Specialist with over two decades of industry, government and community leadership experience. She has worked locally, nationally and internationally in leadership development along with managing, designing and facilitating in an award-winning community leadership program. Joanna is a qualified psychotherapist with post graduate qualifications in organisational learning and education (leadership).

Joanna has created many programs that build capacity in individuals and communities drawing from multiple disciplines with a deep emphasis on authenticity, self-realisation, power and meaning, to facilitate transforming oneself and society. Joanna currently serves as Deputy Chair on the board of The Leadership Network.

For more information contact the Helpmann Academy at [email protected]

Presented with support from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation


Helpmann Academy is proud to introduce our Activate Professional Development Seminar Series.

The series aims to empower emerging visual and performing artists with practical knowledge to help build and sustain a successful creative career.

The Activate Seminar Series will present guest artists, specialists and panels covering a range of topics such as contract and intellectual property law, income and funding options, marketing and publicity, and more.


WHEN: Four x 60 minute sessions:
Mondays, 25 May, 1, 8 & 15 June 2020
from 4:00-5:00pm ACST (Adelaide time)

WHERE: Online via Zoom

WHO: Emerging Creatives who are eligible for Helpmann Academy support. Click here to check your eligibility.

COST: Free

Registrations for this program have closed.

Successful registration for these workshops will be confirmed by Helpmann via email and will be determined on a first-come first-served basis for eligible artists. Places are limited and are strictly reserved for emerging creatives who are eligible for Helpmann Academy support.

Please ensure you are available for all 4 sessions. You will be required to upload your academic transcript as proof of eligibility.