EVENTS AND COMMUNITY
WINTER OPEN STUDIO
Event postponed due to Covid restrictions. Stay tuned for more details.
Would you like to add some light, colour and warmth to your Winter days?
Come along to the studio on Saturday 17 July from 1.30pm – 4.30 pm
and be part of our inaugural community art event.
Liliana Barbieri, Anne Hastie and Kareen Adam are three professional artists who are part of our gifted and talented JBFit family. Each has successfully exhibited in commercial galleries in Melbourne this year and now would like to showcase some of their artwork through an Open Studio event at Just Believe Fit.
You will be able to view and purchase works for yourself or for gifts while you sample wine and cheese from local Thornbury businesses.
This event will be run according to the current covid safe requirements at the time.
Liliana Barbieri is an Italian born Australian artist living and working in Melbourne.
She explores a variety of themes and concepts ranging from figuration to abstraction. Colour and movement and notions of time, space, beauty and longing are central to the work.
She exhibits nationally and internationally and much of her work is held in corporate and private collections. Liliana completed a Master of Arts by Research at RMIT, Melbourne, in 2001 and her art practice is research and project-based. When not making art in her Northcote studio she teaches painting, design theory and visual culture.
Anne Hastie is a local artist based in Thornbury and works in a range of paint-related media. She explores the interplay between layers of ink and paint to create intricate abstract images. With strong references to nature, she offers a re-interpretation of the world through fantasy landscapes, imagined aerial perspectives and microscopic views of the world.
Following her first visit in 1999, she has traveled to China on a regular basis, often spending up to three months each year in Beijing as an artist in residence with Red Gate Gallery. These opportunities allowed her an extended period of reflection and productivity not readily achieved in Australia. Since her first solo show in 1978, she has been exhibiting in both Australia and China, however COVID times have brought her focus and art practice much closer to home.
Kareen Adam is a multidisciplinary artist who loves drawing corals, and making textures with ink, pen, acrylic and pencil. Her alter ego “Kudaingili” makes jewellery and sews purses with designs inspired by a childhood spent near the ocean.
Born in the Maldives, the experience of living between multiple cultures, particularly negotiating between the East and the West informs her practice. Ideas about transitions, cultural identity, and the juncture between ‘local’ and the ‘visitor’ emerge in her work. Her current projects explore representations of island tourist destinations and island diaspora. Kareen explores these ideas using various mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting and digital multi-media. Kareen is the creator and maker “Kudaingili” – a range of hand-made, hand-printed products. Kareen has curated exhibitions, and exhibited her art works in Maldives, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and the Asia Pacific region. She has a Diploma in Visual Arts from the Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from the Queensland University of Technology.
REACTIVATE CHARITY FUNDRAISER 2021 raises over $4000
In the 2021 ReActivate Charity Fundraiser, we raised $4,150 for the charity Big Group Hug, which responds to the immediate material needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in helping us reach this brilliant result for our chosen charity recipient: Big Group Hug.
With complete gratitude to:
– Community Bank Clifton Hill-North Fitzroy for your kick starter financial donation to help us with administration and marketing.
– Thornbury Bowls Club for allowing us to run the event free-of-charge from your venue.
– My Mama Said studio,Hustle & Thrive, 23W Women’s Fitness, F45 Training Broadmeadows, Shining Light Yoga for promoting the event so enthusiastically with your members and for being collection points for us.
– Bespoke Wines and Spirits and the Thornbury local traders for happily displaying our posters and flyers and your support.
– Move Active, Active Truth, Líquido, Team Timbuktu and Joy Curtis for your incredibly generous donations of new clothing and accessories and door prizes.
-the members and staff of Just Believe Fit who donated their time and energy so consistently and without reserve for the entire campaign.
– everyone who came on the day and afterwards and supported us with purchases, financial donations, big smiles and words of encouragement
– and finally Anne Hastie for being alongside me every step of the way and helping me keep all of the balls in the air!
THE JUST BUTTERFLY IT PROJECT 2019
Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. In their simple beauty, they make people feel happy; an idea that is being drawn upon in the street art in the inner north.
As a local business owner, Just Believe Fit’s founder Marisa wanted to bring more butterflies to Thornbury to make people happy and to create a strong community connected by shared values.
This project saw the Thornbury laneway that hosts the Just Believe Fit studio morph from a grey grafitti-prone laneway into a beautiful butterfly artwork in 2019.
People donated $2,500 through GoFundMe to fund the painting of graffiti-protected butterfly murals on both sides of the laneway between Raleigh and Gooch Streets, Thornbury from the Just Believe Fit studio down to the Raleigh Street entrance. Darebin Council partnered with us on the project and subsidised any costs not covered by the fundraising.
Donators could sponsor a butterfly and request their butterfly be dedicated to a person, or people or a pet, and the names were added to the beautiful butterfly mural.
COMMUNITY BOOK NOOK
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS DURING 2020 LOCKDOWN
What goes better together than pizza and fitness? Not much!
Collaborating with Thornbury local business Farro Pizza during the 2020 lockdown was a no brainer. A restaurant focused on helping people make healthy food options to stay well was the perfect partner for Just Believe Fit.
Together we were able to offer our customers discounts and bonuses to inspire them to stay pro-active and take control over the areas of their lives that they could.
Project FarroFit was the result of our collaboration and ran successfully for two months in 2020.
SUPPORTING WOMEN: MINDFUL MENOPAUSE CLASSES 2021
Yoga, meditation and a supportive community are proven to help women navigate menopause and perimenopause, and even lessen the effects.
Just Believe Fit runs this series of warm, gentle and healing sessions filled with compassion support and understanding to support women through perimenopause and menopause.
So far, the series has taken place in 2018 and 2021.
IN JOHNSON PARK 2019 - 2021
Building community and enhancing well being through free stretch classes in Johnson Park
Held a once or twice a month when mutually convenient, these classes are facilitated by Marisa Lawlor, Owner and Director of Just Believe Fit, Thornbury. They are gentle and focused on being achievable and relevant to everyday living. All genders, ages and body types are welcome.
Upcoming classes and other relevant information is posted to the Facebook group.
RECLAIMING YOU COMPETITION
Jeanette Herrington’s book Reclaiming You is a wonderful easy to read guide for health and happiness for the over 45s. Filled with practical advice drawn from personal experience, Jeanette’s voice is comforting and reassuring and rings true with authenticity. We wanted to share this book with Just Believe Fit community and anyone who would benefit from some advice on starting a sustainable wellness journey for life, and also support Jeanette and the book. Jeanette supplied three copies of the book and so we ran an Instagram competition to give away the books.
See the Reclaiming You website for more information about the book.
LOCKDOWN LOVE FOR THE COMMUNITY
REACTIVATE 2019 RAISES MONEY FOR BERRY STREET
In Just Believe Fit’s second Reactivate charity fundraiser in 2019, $1910 was raised for Berry Street, which helped provide vital services to children, young people and families most in need.
The event not only raises money for charity, but aims to bring people together in the spirit of community, encourages people to get moving, provides access to affordable activewear and brand labels for those on tight budgets, and encourages recycling/reduces landfill. Reactivate takes donations of preloved and new activewear for sale to raise money for a charity.
Berry Street, sponsor Bendigo Bank Clifton Hill and Just Believe Fit want to say thank you for looking after those who are less fortunate than us, caring for your environment by reducing landfill and building a strong community of like-minded others.
2018 REACTIVATE SUPPORTS WOMEN'S HEALTH IN THE NORTH
The goals were to empower women to be ready to get active in Winter and strut their stuff in threads that make them feel great, encourage the recycling of activewear no longer worn, and to raise money for WHIN – Women’s Health in the North and support their work to strengthen women’s health, safety and wellbeing in our region. The donations of new and preloved activewear from locals, activewear companies and collected by local businesses were sold at a special Reactivate event to raise money for Women’s Health in the North.
THE LITTLE THORNBURY XMAS MARKET 2018
The market included movement packages from Just Believe Fit, nibbles from sisterfriendcatering, kombucha from Two Boys Brew Kombucha, tastings from Bespoke Wine & Spirits and 3 Ravens Brewery, products from CantataElixir, The Gingerbread Girl, No Grainer, and Thornbury Candle Co, and works from local artist Liliana Barbieri, as well as live music from Rachael Comte.
JUST DREAM BIG URBAN RETREAT 2020
A tantalising selection of classes enticed people to start off 2020 with their New Year’s resolution to “do more exercise” in style!
Running from the 4th to 12th January, the schedule included diverse and interesting workshops including a Madonna-themed Big Barre workout, guided meditation with Thai massage focussing on dreams, a Yin and Tonic Yin yoga workshop accompanied by special gin and tonics from Bespoke Wine and Spirits, and a lights-off 80s dance fest in the studio.
These seminars have disseminated some invaluable wellness information. We were empowered with practical strategies for pelvic floor health from physiotherapist Alison Harding from Clifton Hill Physio / Clifton Hill Pilates & Rehab / Inner North Physio. Professional organiser Joey Camilleri delivered an enlightening session on the wellbeing benefits of decluttering. In our first seminar in the new Just Believe Fit studio, dietitian Simone Austin delivered a jam-packed session which showed us how to reconnect with the joy of eating and not to believe everything you read on the Internet!
FREE COMMUNITY SLOW FLOW YOGA
Yoga instructor, Jennifer Kisbey made her debut at Just Believe Fit with this generous free community offering. Jen loves teaching Slow Flow Yoga and shared her passion with our community during this live-streamed class suitable for all levels. Slow Flow is all about slowing down in order to really savour, enjoy, and discover each pose anew. Both nourishing and strengthening, poses are held for a few breaths, helping to bring balance and peace to both mind and body. The mindful movement with breathing is gently energising, and allows the practitioner to experience the gifts of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-understanding, ultimately opening pathways to feeling empowered and joyful in everyday life. This style is perfect for beginners, as well as advanced yogis who want to deepen their practice and renew.