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Life Matters Workshops

Learning life skills and finding your purpose

Life Matters Workshops

Life Matters is an innovative, three-and-a-half-day workshop that gives participants the tools and drive to make positive change in their lives. Whether you want to help your community, or simply further your own personal discovery, this program propels you on that journey. 

People from vastly different backgrounds come together in workshops that examine identity, personal change, responsibility, accountability, trust, reconciliation, relationships, conflict resolution and forgiveness. Our facilitators use their expertise in a range of disciplines to demonstrate the Initiatives of Change philosophy: that great societal shifts begin with personal growth.

Workshop participants usually seek to:
  • develop new skills and character strengths needed to contribute to positive change in today's world;
  • expand their own worldview and ability to respond to people and situations;
  • explore and discover their own distinctive purpose in life; and
  • lInk up with a supportive community that continues to meet after the workshop is over.

The workshop content includes tools and approaches for:

  • discerning the moral values needed in the task of creating ‘a world that works’;
  • learning how an individual can make a difference;
  • making conflict transformation and reconciliation practical;
  • active listening - to other people, and to the inner voice for meaning and direction;
  • community building, teamwork and leadership;
  • understanding the root of particular national and international issues;
  • problem solving through personal change; and
  • spiritual empowerment for transforming people and society.

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A chance encounter through a Google search brought Marlous Teh to her first Life Matters workshop.

Life Matters Phillipines 2015

The Life Matters Course - developed in Australia to help young adults ‘shape a path and purpose for living’ – is now being presented around Asia.


Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald from the Blacktown Police presents certificates to some of the indigenous young people who took part in a Life Matte


A Life Matters Workshop was held in Gerringong, 15-17 August 2014. Appears in the NewsLocal 20 August 2014 digital edition.

Participants and faculty of the Feb 2011 Life Matters course in Melbourne.

For the 21 young adults who participated in the Life Matters course in Melbourne, Australia, it was a life-changing experience.

Some of the participants and faculty

A Life-Matters weekend workshop, based on the full nine-day Life Matters course, took place in Sydney, 17-19 September for a diverse group of young