Monthly Archives: February 2013


Maverick US nutrition guru to visit

Jerry Brunetti

Scientist and former cancer patient Jerry Brunetti has turned the US medical establishment on its head.

Following extensive research into the connection between cells, nutrition and biology he developed a diet which successfully treated and detoxified his immune system. Thirteen years after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and being given six months to live, Jerry is still in remission.

His maverick lectures are attended by medical practitioners, farmers and scientists across the globe.

Jerry has produced dozens of CD/DVD recordings including Diet, The Immune System and Cancer and Food As Medicine. His lectures cover topics as diverse as the connection between farming methods and cells of the body, how enzymes affect human, animal and soil fertility, the importance of vitamin D and how it’s not tumours which kill cancer patients.

“Nutrition is at the heart of physical and mental wellness” outlined Michael Goldberg, Founder and Director of The Sanctuary Byron Bay. The Sanctuary treats addiction and its associated conditions including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. “Jerry slices through rhetoric and dogma to deliver the simple facts of how we can farm and feed sustainably and consciously. It’s not spiritual, it’s not alternate, it’s simply simple. I felt it was important to share his knowledge with Australian practitioners”.

From 5pm On March 11th The Sanctuary Byron Bay will host an informal Meet and Greet at Robina on the Gold Coast, sharing a selection of nourishing organic foods. From 7 – 9pm Mr Brunetti will give an insightful and inspiring talk on holistic health.

The evening is for doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Tickets are free. Attendance is by invitation only, however The Sanctuary has some additional places available upon request. Enquiries to

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Jerry Brunetti
Photo 2 – Michael Goldberg with Therapist Tamara Green (photo by Adam Ward)


The pleasure of business

Byron Bay Art Studio’s Irena Kirpichnikova

As Australians enjoy less time out for themselves, the gap between the leisure holiday market and the professional conference or getaway market is closing.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Britt Fletcher understands the pressures of organising conferences and meetings.

“It’s a tough call” outlined Britt. “There are many venues to choose from these days, however if you are after that “wow factor”, that element that ensures management and staff are inspired and return to work rejuvenated, the choices are limited”.

We all know that a holiday improves performance, what we now understand is that shared experiences with colleagues provide a multitude of benefits within the workplace, both individually and collectively.

“We find that venues offering wellness and nature based stays usually deliver a more holistic and therefore beneficial experience” said Britt.

One venue that has been continually striving to meet these expectations is Byron Bay’s multi award winning Byron at Byron Resort. Since opening in 2004 the 92 suite resort has hosted conferences of up to 200 people and special events such as hosting Oprah Winfrey’s guests.

If position counts the resort is well placed, sitting within its very own forty acre rainforest beside Lake Tallow with beach access. With a renowned Spa boasting six treatment rooms and a swathe of celebrity clients, a commitment to serving fresh local produce and a six star conference team, The Byron at Byron can hold its own among the best venues internationally.

But it’s not enough. “Having the perfect setting and service will attract conferences” said Lyn Parché, “but it won’t keep them. What sets us apart is our effort to provide unique experiences, to create a setting that is at the same time conducive to creativity, healing and business”.

Lyn, together with hotelier husband John Parché, have been at the helm of The Byron at Byron since the early design stages of the resort. Their conference team facilitates activities such as surfing, drumming, kayaking, cooking and art classes for meetings and conference groups.

Celebrated artist and motivational speaker Irena Kirpichnikova runs Byron Bay Art Studio and has worked with groups at The Byron at Byron including Caltex, Sanitarium and Mars Australia. “Everyone who participated raved about Irena’s skills in facilitating a group of non-artists and was overwhelmed with their portraits” enthused Simone Gardoni, PA to the General Manager of Sales and Marketing at Sanitarium. “I will be including art in our next conference”.

“Twenty years ago the leisure and conference markets were very different” said Lyn Parché. “Now as people have less time for life outside of work, these markets are merging”.

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Irena Kirpichnikova from the Byron Bay Art Studio
Photo 2 – The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
Photo 3 – Reception at The Byron at Byron
Photo 4 – Lyn and John Parche, General Managers of The Byron at Byron
Photo 5 – Infinity pool, The Byron at Byron


New blood sought for Board

Marilyn Perkins and Tony Gilding

The Ballina Region Community College is calling for Board Members to see their dynamic business through the next phase.

Having recently moved to new larger premises in Alstonville, the College is expanding.

“New blood is what we are after” outlined Director Tony Gilding. The owner of Macadamia Castle, an active conservationist and President of Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia, Tony has been an active Board Member. “And we strongly encourage women to apply.

“There is an underrepresentation of women on our Board which we would like to address. We are committed to a Director composition which reflects the community the College serves. We are losing Marilyn Perkins, an experienced female Director who has been incredibly active in the community for decades”.

A well known community advocate, Marilyn Perkins is the longest serving member of the Board. After joining the College Committee in 2003, she later became Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Board in 2007. She continued in that role until 2011. At the upcoming AGM Marilyn will retire, making way for at least one new Board member and possibly more.

“Making strategic decisions about the future of the College is exciting” outlined Marilyn. “The rewards are always there – it is great to be part of a dynamic and interesting team – I’ll miss that. Our College is proactive in pursuing innovation, including new ways of teaching and learning. So we must have new people with fresh ideas to ensure the continuation of a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation”.

A not for profit education facility, the Ballina Region Community College has campuses in Ballina, Alstonville and Yamba. The College offers courses in three streams – vocational education and training, work skills and general lifestyle. Courses cover diverse areas including business, IT, fitness, health and wellbeing, languages, hospitality, visual arts, cooking and photography. Most subjects are VET accredited.

Board members attend meetings every two months, serve on Board sub-committees and occasionally represent the College at functions. Participation in the Board enables members to gain valuable experience in governance, actively participate in the community, be part of a committed team and undertake College courses free of charge.

Applications close 10th March. Potential applicants may contact Richard Hughes on

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Marilyn Perkins and Tony Gilding (portrait)
Photo 2 – Marilyn Perkins and Tony Gilding (landscape)
Photo 3 – Marilyn Perkins
Photo 4 – Tony Gilding
Photo 5 – Marilyn Perkins and Tony Gilding outside the Ballina Region Community College


Byron Spirit Festival Launch Saturday

Nahko will perform at the Byron Spirit Festival Launch

This Saturday, 16th February, the magic of the Byron Spirit Festival will shine at Tallowood Ridge in Mullumbimby, where they warmly invite the whole community to a Festival Launch and sneak peek.

“Please come and enjoy a taster of our festival on this scenic site,” said the Byron Spirit Festival’s Gil Plesser. “We have prepared a special selection from our program to showcase and share”.

A free yoga class will commence at 8:15am, with the first twenty participants receiving gifts of Divine Goddess yoga mats. Internationally celebrated troubadour Nahko will perform, Grind Coffee will provide fine coffee and teas and Open Table will delight with their nutritious food.

The Launch will culminate in the Golden Pass Prize Giveaway, with two Byron Spirit Festival Double Passes, gifts from Crystal Castle, a festival CD pack and other surprises being given out.

“Tallowood Ridge was thrilled to become a sponsor of the Byron Spirit Festival” said Christopher Dean. “I attended last year and was blown away by the energy of the festival and the high calibre of presenters and performers. This event is an absolute credit to our region”.

8:00 – 11:00am this Saturday 16th February, Tallowood Ridge Mullumbimby.

All ages are welcomed. To get to Tallowood Ridge take Left Bank Road 800 metres out of Mullumbimby. Turn right into Tuckeroo Avenue and follow to the end.

The Byron Spirit Festival will be held 1 – 3 March in Mullumbimby.

Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Nahko will perform at the Byron Spirit Festival Launch
Photo 2 – Byron Spirit Festival’s Gil Plesser meets with Tallowood Ridge’s Christopher Dean in Mullumbimby
Photo 3 – Sarah Freeman and Christopher Dean from Tallowood Ridge plan with the Byron Spirit Festival’s Gil Plesser (centre)