The Inaugural Swellness Summit

Ain’t That Swell’s inaugural Swellness Camp will bring together some of the surf community’s biggest names to share their techniques for living, loving, surfing, and surviving.

Using everything at our disposal we aim to provide guests with the ultimate guide to feeling swell and send an army of DIY healers back into their respective communities armed with the latest tools for surviving and thriving in a complicated world. Free tickets will also be given to select financially disadvantaged and/or down on their luck individuals, as per our ‘Golden Ticket’ program, to make sure the right people get the help they need. This is The Swellian’s – Jed and Vaughan - attempt to give back to the community that has supported them thus far and leave a resoundingly positive imprint on the minds and bodies of all those that have been kind enough to come on the journey with them. 

The Golden Age of Biohacking 

Through podcasts, the internet, and the convergence of science with ancient healing techniques, humanity has arrived at a golden age of self-help and biohacking. We will package all of this up neatly and deliver it to our guests. For three days Swellness guests will literally live and breathe good physical and mental health before returning to their respective surf communities and continuing to spread the good word and, more importantly, good action. 

Daily Program and Guests 

Each morning will start with a round of Wim Hoff breathing and Ice Baths followed by a group meditation led by two-time World Champion, Tom Carroll. From there Bra Boy, big wave maniac and former UFC fighter, Richie Vaculik, will put us through a brutal workout, followed by breakfast, and free time for our guests to luxuriate in our film or meditation space, or scour the abundant coastline of Crescent Head for waves. The afternoon will feature seminars, films and bands. 

Swellness Seminars will feature the likes of two-time world champion, Tom Carroll, discussing the science of meditation and the wisdom accrued over the course of his remarkable career. Californian surf icon, Brad Gerlach, will be talking about the ups and downs of his time on and off tour, including a spell of depression, while also taking us through the finer points of his cutting-edge Wave Ki program. 

Australian Surfing Hall of Famer, Jodie Cooper, and skitz slab queen, Laura Enever, will talk us through their brand of stoic resilience and how to survive and thrive in a challenging world. 

Former World Tour icons, Dean Morrison and Nathan Hedge, will join the likes of Tom Carroll for seminars covering everything from Drugs, Depression, Addiction, Meditation, Toxic Masculinity, and the Road to Recovery.

A representative from the Veteran Surfers Association will deliver a seminar on surviving PTSD and how surfing has enriched the lives of ex-servicemen. We will have a plant medicine expert to bring us up to speed with the latest science on the efficacy of mother nature to heal and help us prosper. 

Underground surfing icons, Jarrah Tutton, Asher Pacey, and Josh Ku, will talk us through the art of hunting, gathering and permaculture, while also preparing a fresh kill over the fire (deer and various species of fish, we’ve been told). 

There will be a live Podcast on the Sunday, film screenings, bands, the lighting of the ceremonial Swellness torch, and many more feel good shenanigans. 

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMADDDDDDDDD 

Tickets on-sale now. 

www.swellians.com

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frog Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:32am

Needs a few more sessions to be just perfect:

- The art of dropping in by Occy

- how big wave heroism and believing that “the most qualified person should get the wave” perpetuates stereotypical “devastating” elements of macho surf culture by producing “microaggressions” that proclaim “individualism, the Protestant work ethic, capitalism, monotheism, [the] written tradition,” and is actually an attitude that discourages liberation, transformation, and decolonization whilst fostering gender stereotypes, encouraging marginalisation of kooks thereby inhibiting societal progress.

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many-rivers Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:01am

Ha ha- if the surf turns on that weekend they can all skip the lessons and take lessons in taking their turn or watching the locals take all the set waves.
Adversity builds resilience.

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savanova Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:11am

Followed by an afternoon full of Shaka's, Cheers Bro's & Bum Taps.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 2:25pm

lmao "the written tradition" haha

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tyzee63 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 9:41pm

faark that first bullet point made me laugh!

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Astroboomboy Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:31am

I thought it was a piece of comic writing,maybe it is.

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Sprout Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:32am

*Follows URL*
Wait, is this actually not a piss-take?

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indo-dreaming Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:43am

Exactly what i did, I'm speechless.

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Sprout Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:38am

I was fully expecting the dulcet tones of Rick Astley.

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wallpaper Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:39am

vomit

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:55am

3 days at an unpowered camping site is $250.

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Baron von Spatula Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 9:43am

surfing’s circle jerk

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jedi old mate Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:08am

I used to be an avid listener but
they really lost me when they shout down capitalism then next minute they cut to a sports bet ad (even more insulting is that the freedom sounds of some dub/reggae music playing behind the ad)
I used to find the podcast at times hilarious but now way too much fapping over the WSL for my liking. The Grit is now my preferred podcast. Solid piss take on all things surfing.

But good on Jed and Vaughn for trying something new and power to them for trying to improve mental health outcomes in young men.

But I won’t be attending for 2 reasons.
1: I find pro surfers are quite boring people outside of the surf realm and don’t exist in the real world. They generally also have the mindset and intellectual ability of 14 year old boys. There is only so much surfer bro talk I can handle and I prefer too seek wisdom and inspiration from non surf industry people that aren’t just paid to surf and travel the world.
2: the event costs $300

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zenagain Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:19am

Good luck to them.

Sounds like my version of Hell.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:49am

This isn’t a takedown but….why get crew who lost themselves to addiction to talk about addiction? Sounds like asking someone who smokes in bed for their advice on home fire safety. . I never understood the concept of listening to the “survivors” when there’s a world of supremely fit and healthy people who spot the obvious pitfalls from a mile away and simply avoid them in the first place. Sally Fitzgibbons is the Pro they should be getting to talk about addiction and health.
No offence and all respect to those who have come back from addiction.

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jedi old mate Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:09am

It’s called lived experience and within the drug and alcohol and sometimes mental health sector lived experience is almost an essential criteria.
The reason being is someone with lived experience can better comprehend that dark place and time that someone with alcohol or other drug problems may be stuck in. Having someone relatable who has come
back from the bottom shows that it is possible for them to break out of the cycle.
A clean cut fit, healthy do gooder just isn’t relatable for someone with AOD issues and often will just make them feel worse about themselves. It’s different for everyone though.

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Island Bay Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 5:03am

That cracked me up, DSDS :-)
And I think you have a very good point, but (with all due respect) anything that smacks of victimhood sells these days.
Maybe they should consider having two persons with different perspectives on it:
- How I avoided addiction and depression through discipline/hard work/etc etc
- How to dig yourself out of the black hole you slid into

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zenagain Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:13am

Maybe It's the concept of those who have lived it are the most qualified to speak about it. Most people know that experience is the best teacher.

I'm not putting them down- if people can find answers to very complex problems they have there and have some fun at the same time, more power to them. Just not my cup of tea is all.

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Finnbob the terror Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:14am

If you are trying to recover from addiction or any type of life problem the last thing you want to listen to is someone who hasn't been through what are going through telling you that you shouldn't have got yourself in that situation in the first place.

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Island Bay Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 5:08am

But if you want to not fall into that dark pit, learning from someone that didn't might be just the thing.
The opposite of an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

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jedi old mate Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:07am

I understand what you are trying to say but unfortunately it’s not really how it works for most people. Often you don’t realise your addicted and the problems it’s causing until your deep in the grips of it. Also add a co-existing mental illness into the equation and it’s a bit more complicated than simply just having a conscious decision that you shouldn’t do drugs coz sally fitz told you not to. Positive role models are a good start nonetheless.

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lost Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:08pm

Very true. My question though, is this really designed for people with serious mental health or addiction issues and is this mis-match of people the right group to deliver a solution ? It all sounds a bit wacky with whoever has a product to sell invited and lack of people actually qualified to help

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batfink Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:47pm

Times 1,000 Finnbob.

People who have never been there know nothing about how to avoid it.

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theblacksheep Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 6:27am

What a dumb fucking question

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skippywolfram Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:49am

What a load of SHITE

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suchas Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:02am

Can someone do a fly-over in a plane (or drone)and drop acid tabs? https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20170112-the-lsd-cult-that-terrified...

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philosurphizing... Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:30am

Good link Suchas.
Timothy Learys biography "Flashbacks'' is well worth a read.

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burleigh Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:30am

not sure if it's a piss take or legit.

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indo-dreaming Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:42am

I honestly thought this was a piss take/satire type thing, even had a giggle at the location thinking Crescent head kinda clever Byron would be too obvious.

But clicked link and WTF....its real???

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:55am

Just deleted everything I was going to post because it seemed too harsh.
In any case, I think the general concept of this event is laudable but would be better with a bit more thought and nuance.
*delete*
Anyway, has potential but looks weird.
Edit - Actually, after reading that for maybe the fifth time, there's barely anything there that's not a bit freaky.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:58am

Hope the boys pin their deer in the Nambucca valley. Fuckers are going nuts out there.

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frog Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:14am

especially looking forward to the session on preparing a fresh deer kill - looks fun and will lead to some feel good shenanigans I'm sure:

&t=6s

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burleigh Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:09am

A representative from the Veteran Surfers Association will deliver a seminar on surviving PTSD and how surfing has enriched the lives of ex-servicemen. We will have a plant medicine expert to bring us up to speed with the latest science on the efficacy of mother nature to heal and help us prosper.

this is something i admire. but not sure about the hunter/gatherer thing.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:30am

Why?

Humans are hunter gatherers. That’s not an ethical stance it’s anthropological fact.

I hope they get the deer that’s been smashing my passion fruit vines. You’d think the meat would have to be pretty sweet.

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burleigh Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:39am

Sounds like you want payback!

Don't get me wrong, even though i don't eat it. I have more respect for someone who legit hunts their meal and preparing it from beginning to end. This is an extremely minor percentage of people.

Majority of people like to claim being a hunter/gatherer after they visit a butcher.

Finally, we don't need meat to survive. Humans should leave animals the fuck alone. There's a million other things people can bond over rather than watching a few washed up pro surfers kill and eat an innocent animal.

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garyg1412 Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:11am

You can still hunter/gather in Tassie - they have the signs to prove it. Me and the missus headed out early one morning trying to forage for some breakfast truffles and red wine in the local paddock but unfortunately came up short. We ended up at the Pipers River store having dim sums and potato cakes instead!!!
Drive-journey

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:19am

We thought Forage sounded interesting when we were in Tassie but Siri must’ve misheard us over the noise of the car and directed us to Fromage instead. Turned out to be quite a pretty little town , though not as cheesy as we’d hoped. Certainly not as cheesy as the shoulder to shoulder crowded streets of Frottage that’s for sure.

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Roadkill Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:12am

Deer in Australia and NZ are pests and do more damage than good. Hunting is good to control numbers.

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bonza Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:43am

as much as i'm a fan of stalking deer. Hunting does sweet FA for control unfortunately. Numbers are plague and we ain't seen nothing yet. Not good.

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burleigh Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:44am

Another introduced species into Australia by man. just like you toady. lucky we can return you to NZ

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monkeyboy Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:20am

Oh deer.

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Roadkill Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 11:10am

woke wankness.

"We will have a plant medicine expert to bring us up to speed with the latest science on the efficacy of mother nature to heal and help us prosper." = questionable science.

Anyone that thinks pharma companies are bad should look at the unregulated alternative medicine industry....snake oil rip off scammers.

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burleigh Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 12:00pm

anyone want a zoom call training session with Brad Gerlach. Only $275 for 45 minutes

https://www.waveki.com/collections/coaching-services/products/express-si...

Mind blown. What are the finer points? the price?

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radiationrules Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 12:19pm

"Eat Pray Cone" as their marketing strap line?
If I understand the reference to "cone" correctly this would be antithetical to the reasons for their event - or is there a wellness version of "cone" that I'm not up to speed with?

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many-rivers Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:22pm

Legislation is changing , the weed industries of the future need networking events too.
Think of this as an entrepreneur's retreat maybe?

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savanova Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 12:21pm

Didn't Churchill say "we will hunt them on the beaches?"

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goofyfoot Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 12:50pm

Was a big ATS fan but Jed’s constant bringing up on every single podcast of how he’s a battler from a single parent home in a housing commission eventually wore me down. Fuck mate we get it, just no need to weave it into every conversation you have. Plenty of people grew up with fuck all.
And now they are advertising betting on horse racing to keep the dollars coming in?

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 12:57pm

Stop Press

The latest release from the Aint That Swell team has revealed that another special seminar has been added to the inaugural Wellness Camp's already bulging itinerary.

'99 World Champ Mark "Occy" Occhilupo will be joined by none other than the World Surfing League's Head of Competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer to discuss the latest trend taking the wellness industry by storm, intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness fads and people are using it to lose weight, improve their health and simplify their lifestyles.
Many studies show that it can have powerful effects on your body and brain and may even help you live longer.

Occy and Miley-Dyer will discus which body types benefit most from different styles of fasting, and will also share their knowledge on other well know diets such as the Tapeworm Diet, the Air Diet and the Clay Diet, and how these diets can work together to remove toxins and heavy metals from your body, and cleanse the liver.

Gluten free and paleo snacks will be available and are complimentary with every full-price adult ticket.

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Roadkill Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:23pm

Dr Occy and Dr Miley-Dyer.

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Johknee Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:46pm

The two biggest salad dodgers are offering dietary advice?

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:56pm

True story, I swear.

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Roadkill Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:23pm

I'm surprised Pete Evans and Jack Freestone are not holding a seminar also.

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suchas Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:24pm

Did the council tar the backroad so they could facillitate events like this?

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Sprout Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:48pm

Just needs some UFO headcase to create the ultimate Joe Rogan cricle jerk.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:57pm

Yeah there's a fair bit of Joe Rogan in this.

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Island Bay Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:31pm

You're joking, right? From what I've seen of Joe Rogan he would fucken skewer these guys.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:35pm

Ice baths, Wim Hoff, medicinal pot, bow hunting - that's all very Rogan, no?

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Island Bay Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:52pm

True. I was thinking of fluffier stuff on the agenda.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 5:00pm

I dare say Rogan would have zero time for singing Kumbaya if that's what you're getting at.
Judging by his bromance with Jocko Willink he'd be more about "waging war on your weakness" :)

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 5:20pm

On a tangent, this is kinda interesting, a little surprising.
Jocko and Jordan Peterson finding common ground.
Curious.
Mind you, don't be fooled, they're not face to face.

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indo-dreaming Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 6:48pm

I think i listened to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Jocko but otherwise not that familiar with him, but if he is into personal development ect then it wouldn't surprise me, Jordan gets a lot of media attention for political and social aspects, but a lot of his videos and books ect are on self development/improvement side of things.

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mike oxhard Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 1:55pm

hahaha not one to join a pile on but fuck me this is a bit of wank innit

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philosurphizing... Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:03pm

Welcome new member, have you met the other Mike.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 2:07pm

Out of interest, the major sponsor is a medicinal cannabis company.

"Put Your Health in the Hands of Nature"

https://greenlighthealth.com.au

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lost Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:15pm

And on there website they claim there product can help with everything from cancer to depression to bi-polar. You name it and they can treat it. Zero hard core science list naturally.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 2:21pm

Who had a harder post career ?

Guys like XXXX who had to attend their events in perpetual party animal character and, irrespective of mood, were expected to rack up powder, smash endless piss and give the strange punters the “Rock and roll or don’t fucken come vibe”, or these modern post career pros who have to carry themselves like wise monks before the insufferable puritans of the wellness cult?

Who do you reckon would be more likely to snap: XXXX after he’s had a blue with his missus that morning and then had to go and paint on the smile and indulge the 500th middle-aged drunk demanding he do the cream puff tree routine, or Tom Carroll after some over earnest, tie-dye wearing New Ager humbugs him for hours until he takes their wellness confessional and they break down in tears as they describe their weaknesses in eating an evil custard tart from the Creso Bakery that morning…..”I feel so impure Tom! “

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velocityjohnno Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 2:42pm

Crescent got Byron'd. We hardly knew ye...

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 2:45pm

"the insufferable puritans of the wellness cult"

And what a pack of scrotums they are.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 3:02pm

Only $500 bucks for you and your partner to park up in a tent for two nights at Plomer*. Bargain!

*BYO tent / water / power / food.

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Sprout Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:07pm

It's a brave woman that turns up to this sausage fest.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:18pm

On the contrary …..I reckon it’ll be a clam bake.

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Baron von Spatula Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 11:18am

… and shovel ( or 12 gauge ) for the brown snakes - plenty out n about after the rain!

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suchas Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 3:29pm

Welcome ceremony conducted by Ma Anand Sheela
Refreshments provided by Jim Jones
Closing ceremony delivered by L Ron Hubbard with free access to the volcano for all that managed to climb the 8 levels of Thetan

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velocityjohnno Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:11pm

Travel packages include flight in a DC10 only it's not a DC10 it's really a space ship from millions of years ago but it looks just like a DC10.

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lost Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 4:03pm

Sell sell sell

Every one of those expert presenting will be there to sell their course, training, product, consults. This really looks like Tony Robbins for surfer wannabes.

Cutting edge science - no much me thinks.

….and I have a real issue with promoting gambling and pot use while preaching about addiction and recovery.

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Roker Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:09pm

Dare one dip one’s lid to the Woz here? One assumes it hasn’t been short of offers to take on one of the ubiquitous online sports betting companies as an ‘official partner’. Unlike most of its betters, and just about anyone to do with pro sport really, seems the Woz has resisted making a deal with the devil. The Woz and Kylian Mbappé, leading the resistance?

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lost Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:48pm

Ha you found a post I’ve about the WSL

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lost Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:49pm

….but probably only because up until very recently you couldn’t bet on surfing in the USA

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etarip Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 5:37pm

Didn’t think I’d see something as chunder-inducing as a couple of the yoga ‘industry’ events I’ve been to.

Now I have.

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bonza Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 5:50pm

Shearer has a guernsey right? We will get a review of this event yeah? You kit your crew in kevlar for such instances Ben i assume?

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etarip Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:43pm

I’ll pitch in some shekels

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bbbird Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:33pm

Perspective, inner truth (& comedy) is freely available; as in stories from Dali Lama...

“Western civilization, including America, is very much oriented toward materialistic life,” he says. “But that culture generates too much stress, anxiety and jealousy, all these things. So my No. 1 commitment is to try to promote awareness of our inner values.” From kindergarten onward, he says, children should be taught about “taking care of emotion.”

“Whether religious or not, as a human being we should learn more about our system of emotion so that we can tackle destructive emotion, in order to become more calm, have more inner peace.”

“Sometimes my tutor kept a whip to threaten me,” the Dalai Lama recalls, smiling. “The whip was yellow in color, as it was for a holy person, the Dalai Lama. But I knew that if the whip was used, it made no difference — holy pain!”

Reference
https://time.com/longform/dalai-lama-60-year-exile/

P.S. I think I just showed a robot that Im not am not a robot.

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udo Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:21pm

3 that need to be there - Westerley Windina - Carcass and Tommy Peterson.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:32pm

Haha, we were talking about that this afternoon, Carcass rocking up.

"Right youse cunce, get outta me way. Where's that Cooper sheila, I'm gonna fuckin throw er head first in the ice bath.
Then I'm goin to that fuckin toxic fuckin masculinity seminar thing.
Fuckin bewdy".

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bbbird Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:50pm

Carcass was a fantastic shaper, glasser and sander.....

Locals are territorial where ever you go, no matter their ability ....

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matts Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:25pm

There's varying degrees of territorialism. I once made the mistake of resting my board and wetty on a particular rock next to a certain panganis that he claimed to have planted in the 60's! He flung the board despite me sitting there metre's away. Be careful which rock you sit on when blowing through Lennox :) haha

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AlfredWallace Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:16am

Still a JERK but. Localism anywhere wrecks it for all. How about just respecting everyone who users the coast and drop this crap about “Respect the Locals”. On way too many occasions here and in Indo I’ve witnessed way too many surfers, mostly Australians, not respecting the locals. Blowing up over trivial shit.

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AndyM Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:33am

So you’re saying that we should respect the locals?

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AlfredWallace Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 6:34pm

AndyM. Hope ya well. What I’m saying is don’t disrespect others just so you can get your wave count through the roof, we’ve all been beginners at some stage of our surfing life and at any one time in the surf there’s definitely varying degrees of skill amongst the cohort. You are clever with your question that’s for sure, good one.
Fucking cracked me up with that statement below.
. “If you not spending enough, you are not happy !! The American and Australian way for sure.

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"If you not spending enough, you are not happy !! "
Yeah I was kidding with this one but also not, obviously this sentiment is pretty much the basis of advertising, and now the wellness industry has taken it a step further and is even more explicit with its commercialisation of happiness, and of course it's all come from the U.S.
No wonder mental illness is through the roof.
So now we're supposedly looking to treat mental illness by means of conspicuous consumption and the following of fashion.
To me, it's quite arse about.

As for localism, when you say " Localism anywhere wrecks it for all", I really have to disagree.
If you'd said thuggery and intimidation wreck it for all, I'd agree.
And when you say don’t disrespect others just so you can get your wave count through the roof, I agree.
But I see bog standard localism as a definite positive.
I think a solid group of residents who keep order and manners in the lineup is a must.
You just have to look at places where order has broken down and it's a horror show.
But yeah I agree that unwarranted disrespect and intimidation is really lame.
Cheers Alfred.

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AndyM Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:33pm

“Western civilization, including America, is very much oriented toward materialistic life,”

Just remember, if you're not spending enough, you're not happy.

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frog Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:36pm

The sad mantra of the MMMOOSS
ex pro flotsam and jetsam on full display.

Must Make Money Out Of Surfing Somehow

I can picture them all around the camp fire each night and to some throat singing background chant
MMMOOSS, MMMOOSS, MMMOOSS

9 to 5 ain't so bad

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dandandan Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:29pm

Huge fan of this acronym.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:32pm

Yep. Pretty awesome

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frog Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 8:44am

As I read the story I could sort of hear the mournful cry of the MMMOOSS crowd:

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tubeshooter Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:39pm

I'll go if they put Occy in an Octagon with Richie.

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bbbird Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 6:53pm

Im hoping everyone has an opportunity to evolve.

I started swimming with googles, then got a blow-up mat, then single fins, then thrusters...

The only crowd underwater are the fish, so its full circle.... soon as summer crowds arrive.

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mattlock Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 8:56pm

I think I just got more "wellness" from a half hour nerf-gun battle with the Misso and kids [boys v. girls for all you gender ambivalent] than I would get out of a weekend of that shite.

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Paul McD Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 9:34pm

Some whimsical comments, but typical pile on of pack mentality, typical with this website, where mob mentality quashes spirtuality and open mindedness daily.
I'd argue it's those that spend most of their waking hours on an online surfing website that probably would benefit the most from 'getting out' and maybe accepting that there are those that are trying to make a difference and help others. Maybe the means to the end leaves a bit to be desired from our own biased perspectives...but still..not a skerrick of open mindedness on here to the fact that there are those that suffer from severe mental anxiety, debilitating mental and social illness (especially post fake flu) and that something like this that at least is trying to incorporate a different perspective is considered 100percent bad and the good in it can't also be observed. . And you lot think you're the deep thinkers of society. Ha!
But yeah... why leave the mens shed when all you need is right here...at your fingertips....right boiiiis?? ;-)

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RustyWalliams Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 4:31am

I think you might need a different perspective on a what a different perspective is. Cause this ain't it. Esoteric thinking might open up some new markets and make a few individuals a buck, but it's not solving any problems.

Although I do feel less anxious and better about things from laughing so hard.

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Sheep go to heaven Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 6:41am

Paul McD , they do talk the talk around mental health, but as others here have said - its really hard to take them seriously when they openly promote gambling for financial gain on their ATS show .

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goofyfoot Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 7:05am

Never thought of myself as a deep thinker, or claimed as much?

You making assumptions without knowing anything again Paul?
Typical?

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 7:14am

If Paul wad an open minded deep thinker , he might come to the realisation that for some people, Swellnet might sometimes serve the same purpose the Creso Circus purports to strive.

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Roadkill Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 11:48am

Paul McDickhead missing the irony…hardly surprising.

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AlfredWallace Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 6:38pm

Roadkill. PaulMcD is a thoughtful and considerate commenter whose intelligence way surpasses your Dickhead comment, only you know who the real DICKHEAD is.

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burleigh Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:19pm

i agree.

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 2:33pm

Funny, burleigh..your comments re violence and punching in the other thread are pretty weak now you agree here after Paul Mcd called for me to be dealt to?

burleigh, Is violence OK when it suits you? pissweak never to call out threats when you could...yet here you are supporting someone who makes threats?

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burleigh Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:34am

What are you on about? What threats?

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Roadkill Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 10:51am

Numerous times by 3 different individuals I was threatened and told I needed to be dealt to and beaten in the COVID thread. Often the posts were about what people would do if they meet me…no one was ever pulled up or told to pull their heads in, you laughed and replied in the positive and encouraged it all…yet now a surfer dies and you post how bad it all is and how unacceptable it is…and never once condemned any spoken threats or posts. What a hypocrite you are. You cry and post for effect and choose to ignore and look the other way often.

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 2:31pm

I must be missing something then..as the last time I talked to him he wanted /threatened to beat the fuck out of me and hoped I got what I was due?

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 2:43pm

no surprise you would support him, AlfredWallace.

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AlfredWallace Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 4:29pm

Roadkill. I’ll support anyone, including you, who offer considerate thoughts on commenting on any topic.
Ive always used this quote my grandmother in Apollo bay used to say.

‘Make sure your brain is engaged before you put your mouth into gear’. Salient advice i reckon. Hope you are well. AW

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dandandan Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:21pm

I get what you're saying, but the thing most likely to improve everyone's mental health is changes to their material reality: stable and secure housing, income security, reliable public services when we need them. Dunking yourself in an iced bath can feel good, but if you're going back to an overpriced share house with no renters rights or a low paying job that doesn't cover the bills anymore while your teeth fall out of your head because dental care is too expensive it doesn't achieve much.

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indo-dreaming Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 6:13pm

"but still..not a skerrick of open mindedness on here to the fact that there are those that suffer from severe mental anxiety, debilitating mental and social illness (especially post fake flu)"

It seems a bit of a contradiction to be preaching about being aware of these things while calling Covid the fake flu and not being aware that no matter your own views the first strain and delta was very serious for some people many people died and many like my wife's mother came very close, just remember there could be someone out there reading that has lost a loved one to Covid.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 6:57pm

Yep it's still very real for the immune suppressed, incorporating that line takes any high ground out of his comment and bins it.

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burleigh Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 6:37am

So is the flu or any other virus.

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Andrew P Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 8:35pm

Seriously Paul if us Swillnutters and our SN Men’s Shed are affecting you this much you are free to disengage. Actually I implore you to for your own mental health. All these comments/commentators are doing is pointing out pro surfing hangers on displaying obvious hypocrisy and cashing in on infamy (how very woke of them!)
P.s I’ve never heard anyone shitcan a Men’s Shed at all given all the great things they do for men battling boredom, loneliness and mental illness, as well as helping out the greater community by making/fixing things. Another example of your misguided missives mate. And yes I’ve got a diagnosed mental illness that me and my family deal with daily and have recently lost a close mate to suicide so please get on your high horse and disappear.

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bonza Friday, 23 Sep 2022 at 10:39pm

Paul. This a safe place. Please lower your tone.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 6:04am

Good call Paul. We should be more open minded about getting spiritual advice from Dingo, the bloke who delights in consistently burning his fellow surfers worse than an eight hour bareback surf session in the Mentawais.

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burleigh Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 8:08am

I ain’t taking spiritual advice from a cunt in the surf. And Dingo I’m sorry to say is a cunt in the surf

It’s like a town bike giving you relationship advise

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Baron von Spatula Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 11:51am

Re: dingo.
Has anyone ever called him out on said behaviour. He sure ain’t the staunchest fella… ?

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AndyM Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 8:31am

The thing is Paul in the past you have proven to be, shall we say, overly credulous in some regards.

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Roadkill Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 11:51am

The wellness industry scam is worth over 4 trillion $. So many stupid and guidable people happy to pass over their money to snake oil sellers of hope.

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burleigh Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 11:54am

lol. this may be true however you're the peanut that defended the big pharma 1.27 TRILLION dollar industry over the last two years.

If you live in a glass house, don't throw rocks toady.

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Roadkill Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:04pm

I’m not defending them…they are regulated though which gives some protection…the wellness industry do as they please.

I put you in both the stupid and gullible category, burleigh.

You are the one that whinges and hates on them, but would be first in line to take their products when needed. Much like you whinging about getting vaxxed but jabbed your kids to get family tax benefit A.

Lmao..you were stupid enough to admit this you clown.

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burleigh Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:16pm

Roadkill - the bloke who wont take a vitamin because "wellness" but will take 4 jabs of an experimental vaccine because the TV told him too. LMAO

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Gra Murdoch Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:52pm

Cresso's mere hours from Toonalook.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 1:01pm

Perhaps Baz Cornell could drop in at the Wellness retreat?

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Baron von Spatula Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 11:55am

… ‘tis closer than that. ( highway upgrades considered )

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 12:56pm

Lot of expansion in the Wellness Industry at the moment. Bit of a shame to see that some promoters with less integrity have entered the space. We here at Blowin Holistic Self Empowerment (Tm) have another workshop lined up for later this year after experiencing such success with our previous Eco-retreat for the budding Suburban Shamans out there. So many great stories of returning to their home beaches and really being able to reach out to those around them with the gifts they gained from our last group meeting. Details forthcoming of our next event.

Here’s a few snapshots from last year to get you all keen! Stay strong ….the truth of your personal journey lies within!




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burleigh Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 1:05pm

2nd photo is a prime example of a new age hunter/gatherer.

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Island Bay Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 4:37pm

Almost spat out my G and T. Sign me up for next year.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 7:05pm
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mike oxhard Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 12:38pm

is that peter garret gurning out? fuck yeah love the oils

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 12:51pm

Nah. It’s a still from this old vid of some well-hardcore UK face chewing munter. Wonder if he puts this little clip on his CV when he’s going for work? He’s found going FR at 1:40.

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simba Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 1:09pm

Dsd is that a snack in the 2nd shot......good to see you have trimmed down mate i was getting worried about you.

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Roadkill Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 3:48pm

https://www.tga.gov.au/news/media-releases/jshealth-vitamins-pty-ltd-fin...

Vulnerable, scared and people in pain are easy prey.

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burleigh Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 3:52pm

you didnt google very hard. The biggest fine in history ever paid was by pfizer. 2.3 Billion for false claims.

Yet you get the shit jammed deep into your veins. Vulnerable, scared and easy prey.

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Roadkill Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 5:41pm

I think you will find the assholes from Purdue paid 4.5 billion and recently had it increased to 6 billion. They got off easily and should have been locked up with the keys thrown away.

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AndyM Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 5:41pm

You get into the occasional homeopathic lager Burls?

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tubeshooter Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 4:12pm

Inside the Swellness Medical Tent..

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wax-on-danielson Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 4:03pm

Swellnet will be thrilled about all the excitement to attend this event.

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goofyfoot Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 5:27pm

Hahahah

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Moby 67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:13pm

If the swellness summit stop's one person from dying in similar circumstance's to Chris Davidson, John Shimooka i'd deem it a success, Glad to see these guy's stepping up and heading into uncharted water's, although the gambling aspect need's to be completely dropped like a hot potato.

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Crab Nebula Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:22am

Swellness on face-value, I see an absence of evidence-based practice and expert consultants.
Deciding whose better suited to provide wisdom could come down to the function that they serve. I would also offer that those who have never been there may indeed have the right formula for those seeking help. Afterall, those that have been there dont need to be re-told their experience. They do need empathy though. So there is a place for survivors and success stories. The fact they are there seeking help warrants positive models. You dont teach people not what to do.
However, this alone wont do. There still needs to be a conceptually consistent framework and I doubt they'd be connecting their personal experiences to conceptually consistent frameworks nor evidence base. I dare say this cohort at Swellness dont have the quals to be offering such alone. They may inspire people and normalise help-seeking behaviours at best. For that I give them credit. Its better than upholding a piss-head culture. However, the recipe for overcoming mental health issues they provide may infact downplay the severity and complexity of mental health issues. It may even invalidate individual experience.
I see this a lot in society. People flock to celebrity key note speakers with lived experience and minimal education. No ice bath infused with lavender after wasting a morning meditating is going to cure mental health issues. To think that it will negates the many possible contributing factors: neuro-biological, psychological, and social.