From innovators and entrepreneurs to humanitarians and changemakers, Tasmania is filled with incredible people. The Mindful Isle is a celebration of slow and considered life on our island home. You'll hear from doers, makers and thinkers from all corners of Tasmania sharing their stories about slow living, sustainability, ethical business and fostering community connection. Hosted by Tasmanian journalist Daisy Baker, the Mindful Isle will provide you with inspiring tips and conversations each week to help you live a more mindful life. Find us on Instagram @themindfulisle
Jane Hilliard champions 'enoughness'
Welcome to season three of the Mindful Isle! Thanks so much for joining me! I’m so excited to be back and I’m really looking forward to introducing you to guests from all different backgrounds over the course of the season, who are all reflecting on conscious living in Tasmania.
How much do we really need? This is something that today’s guest has spent a lot of time reflecting on, particularly in relation to housing and the lifestyles we lead.
Jane Hilliard is a building designer based in Hobart who created her own studio, Designful and from there launched Homeful, providing accessible, pre-designed sustainable small homes to clients around the state.
Jane is a passionate advocate for ‘enoughness’ a concept she shares more about in this episode, along with tips to make your new build or established home more sustainable, and her vision for Tasmania’s future.
There is so much food for thought in this episode in relation to not taking more than your fair share and leaving the planet in good stead for future generations. I’d love to hear your thoughts so let’s keep the conversation going on Instagram @themindfulisle
You can see more of Jane’s work here: www.designful.com.au/ www.homefulbydesignful.com.au/
Season two highlights
Season two may be over but here's a look back at some of the wonderful doers, makers and thinkers we've met over the past 10 episodes.
I'll be back with more conversations about conscious living in Tasmania in 2022. In the meantime, let's continue the conversation on Instagram @themindfulisle
Kim Kerton on navigating a sea change and starting over
Have you ever considered quitting your job and making a sea change? Or, maybe you landed here in Tassie doing just that.
Today's guest Kim Kerton threw in her fast-paced media sales job in Sydney with a vision of relocating to Bruny Island with her partner and opening a yoga studio. Then Covid struck.
In this episode, Kim shares how she wound up on the East Coast of Tassie, what the tipping point was when she knew it was time to leave the job she once adored and how she's finding the happy medium between hustle culture and slow living.
These days among many things, Kim teaches yoga, writes, makes ceramics and creates delicious plant-based meals which she shares on her blog and Instagram @goodsideofthebed_
You'll also hear about her exciting, brand new podcast Unemployed and Afraid in which she chats to people from all walks of life starting over.
You can find Kim on Instagram @goodsideofthebed_ and @unemployedandafraid, or check out her ceramics and delicious recipes at: https://goodsideofthebed.com.au/
Bel Dowde gives pre-loved goods a new lease of life
When was the last time you set foot in an op-shop? Today's guest Bel Dowde has a knack for finding pre-loved goods and transforming them into beautiful and funky upcycled items. She started her sustainable business Ramble Folk last year and now sells a range of reusable eco products.
She was recognised as a finalist in the 2021 Tasmanian Sustainable Business of the Year award.
In this conversation Bel shares how Ramble Folk came to be, we chat about upcycled gifting, imperfect sustainability and so much more.
Check out the Ramble Folk range here: https://www.ramblefolk.com.au/
Grace Williams champions gentle activism
In this episode you'll meet Grace Williams, a Hobart-based gentle activist. She's packed a lot into her life so far...she's currently wrapping up a law degree, she's also a filmmaker, author and director of not for profit arts and human rights organisation Citizen Tasmania, which she established.
Through this organisation she's doing some incredible community-building work and they have developed the None A Week campaign to help educate diverse communities about the impacts of domestic violence.
In this conversation Grace shares her passion for law, how her two documentary films came to be, explains the None A Week campaign and more.
Grace has an ambition vision for the future of Tasmania and I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I did.
A content warning for this episode, it does contain discussions of rape and domestic violence.
If you would like to learn more about Citizen Tasmania or the None A Week campaign, visit @citizentas and @noneaweek on Instagram.
Danny Lee captures underwater glory
Tasmania is well known for its beaches and pristine coastal waters. Beneath the water's surface lies an incredible landscape of reefs, caves and marine life. Danny Lee has been exploring the underwater world for most of his life and for the past 15 years has been capturing some of the glory on camera to share with others.
You may be familiar with some of his work through his business Submerged Images. In this episode Danny shares where his love of the ocean began, how photography came along and some of his most memorable diving moments to date.
Check out more of Danny's work here: https://www.submergedimages.com/ or on Instagram @submerged_images
Danny's currently crowdfunding to publish a book of some of his spectacular Tasmanian underwater photography. You can support him here: https://www.mycause.com.au/p/268282/tasmanian-underwater-photography-book-photos-and-adventures-by-danny-lee-submerged-images-tasmania