Philippa Street

July 26, 2019

Philippa currently lectures Yoga teacher trainees in Philosophy, Sanskrit and Ayurveda as well as consulting in an Ayurvedic practice. Her interest in practical philosophy began over 40 years ago and this led her to study Sanskrit and later Ayurveda to a professional level. She finds that Patanjali is both highly practical and accessible, that the wisdom found in the Yoga Sutras is most relevant to a cohesive society.

James Webster

June 14, 2019

James Webster has been a member of the School of Philosophy for over twenty years. In the past five years James has enthusiastically studied Justice in Economics including offering presentations, facilitating a study group, joining an Economics NGO and occasionally meeting with Members of Parliament. For the past decade he has worked in the Australian Wine Industry in sales and National Account Management for Grupo Freixenet. Prior to that he spent 15 years in retail working for Coles Liquor Group and Dan Murphy’s in retail management.

Belnida Fyffe

March 08, 2019

Belinda is a small business owner of a Human Resource consultancy in Ballarat. She has not only read widely on minimalism but has put it into practice with her husband, and downsized their house.  By asking the question ‘does this add value to my life?’ rather than ‘do I need to keep this?’ she has been able to reduce not only their physical possessions, but also their schedules and the ‘stuff’ that takes up their most valuable resource – time. She has a keen interest in exploring the ultimate meaning of life and has been a member of the School of Philosophy for 7 years, Belinda tutors new groups as well as relishing the opportunity to explore ideas that add meaning for people from all walks of life.

Catherine Irvine

August 03, 2018

Catherine Irvine is a senior manager at Erasmus Primary School. She started her working life in hospitality and spent 10 years as a co-manager of the Erasmus Primary School kitchen, sharing the responsibility of delivering 150 freshly prepared meals every day of the school year. For more than 20 years, she has catered for meditation and personal development retreats and has hosted conversations about food to youth and young professional audiences. Her passion is to inspire a love of cooking and a careful approach to what and how we eat.

Marita Brewster

July 20, 2018

Marita Brewster is a foundation member of the School of Philosophy in Melbourne, and has studied and tutored philosophical concepts for over 40 years.  She leads the Plato faculty in the school, and facilitates seminars in Platonic philosophy in Australia and abroad. She is the author of the book 'Dialectic - A Practical Guide for Philosophers’. and has been instrumental in helping to instil Platonic principles at Erasmus Primary School. 

Michael Luscombe

June 22, 2018

Michael has a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science and works as Director of a small business in the Technology Industry.  Michael has been a student at the School of Philosophy for over 20 years.  He leads groups, conducts retreats and teaches meditation to people around Australia.  Michael’s interest in resilience has arisen from life experience and in particular by the life of his brother who overcame great adversity to live a courageous and inspiring life.  Michael has been a regular presenter on resilience and loves sharing stories and strategies on how to continually learn about and develop resilience for greater fulfillment and well-being in life.

Dr.John Tippet

Dr. John Tippet holds a PhD in Economics and has taught in the university environment for 35 years. Prior to this he was involved in the agricultural industry and it was this interest in land that lead him to the study of Economics and to gaining experience in business economics within agriculture. John's main interest is in justice in the economic realm, and the opportunity for each individual to pursue life free from the woes of poverty and unemployment. He is the Author of "A Philosophers take on Economics" and has taught Economics for close to 40 years as head of the Economics department of the School of Philosophy.

Warwick Brewster

Warwick Brewster was a leader in the development of an integrated design and construction approach to building, both through his lectures as head of the Building & Construction department at RMIT University and practically through the company he founded and directed, as a consultant to a number of larger construction companies. 
Warwick’s lectures at RMIT embraced a philosophy for the conscious management of a building company and its work sites. 
He has attended the School of Philosophy for forty years in which time he has had many roles culminating in being the founding Chairman of Erasmus Primary School.

Warwick first studied the essence of economics in the School of Philosophy about thirty years ago following his observations particularly of land and property development and his growing concern that year by year, it was becoming more difficult for a young person to purchase a house and the effect that had.

Stephen Abrahams

Stephen is the National Unit Convenor for Business Decision Making and Analysis at AIM Business School and a Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Innovation and Project Management at Swinburne University of Technology. Stephen presents and consults to organisations across most industries and sectors to provide them with the tools necessary to make more effective decisions. At a more personal level, Stephen also presents and coaches youth and young professional audiences in how to discover their gifts. He recently presented a paper on collaborative decision-making at the International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. 

Dr. Craig Hassed

Dr. Craig Hassed’s teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. He is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published thirteen books including, most recently, The Freedom Trap. 

Dr. Stephen McKenzie

Dr Stephen McKenzie is a lecturer in Psychology at Monash University, and is responsible for the development and teaching of the research components of a large new fully online fourth year psychology course. Stephen is also a tutor at the Geelong branch of the School of Practical Philosophy, has given many conference and other presentations, and has written books including Mindfulness for Life, with Associate Professor Craig Hassed, Mindfulness at Work, Vital Statistics,

and ... Heartfulness, beyond mindfulness, finding your real life. 

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