23 February 2024

Countrywomen invited to put the kettle on - and help change their lives

| Sally Hopman
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Tarago naturopath Tania Gazzard will be one of the guest speakers at Crookwell on 8 March for the International Women’s Day Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Photo: Supplied.

Ask a countrywoman what helps when times get rough, chances are, the answer will be a cup of tea.

So how better to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March – and highlight the health issues facing women who live out of town – than a tea party, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?

The brainchild of the Australian Agricultural Centre, the high tea and garden party will be held in Crookwell, near Goulburn in the Southern Tablelands.

Co-organiser, CEO and founder of the Australian Agricultural Centre, Jo Marshall, said the event was about mentoring women, sharing skills to help them live healthier lives – and bringing all issues out into the open.

“Women have biological hormone shifts, we all know this, but it is still very taboo to talk about hormones. There will be nothing off-topic,” Ms Marshall said.

“This event is for women in all stages of their lives, with their periods to peri- and post-menopause, to gain a better understanding of their body, or their daughters, and the best way to support themselves. There is really something for everyone.

“Women will leave this event feeling empowered with the skills to find their hormonal balance,” she said. “We hope local women will put themselves first, let someone care for the kids or the farm, and join us for the day,” she said.

Keynote speaker on the day will be Dr Libby Weaver (PhD), a nutritional biochemist and best-selling author who has shared the stage with Sir Richard Branson and Erin Brokovich.

“For too many women, their hormones drive, at times, immense suffering,” she said.

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“If your hormones are out of sync, or if you are producing too much or too few of a certain hormone, there can be a significant, and serious ripple effect elsewhere in the body, and this can be incredibly confusing or irritating.

“But our frustrating symptoms can be great teachers, and once we learn how to decipher these as messages, the path out of these challenges becomes very clear and I’ll be covering this in my talk on March the 8th.”

Tarago naturopath Tania Gazzard, and bra-fitting specialist Helen Byrne, founder of The Bra Van, will also be guest speakers.

For Ms Gazzard, who runs Shalom Health, the idea of sharing a cuppa with like-minded women, is what it’s all about. Her passion is blending teas, creating specific brews for people after she has discussed what might be ailing them.

After overcoming health issues herself like chronic fatigue, postnatal depression and stress, and supporting her son with type 1 diabetes, she works to help others on their health journeys.

Ms Byrne, who travels around rural and remote Australia to bring bra-fitting services to countrywomen, will bring her Bra Van to the Crookwell event.

The tea party will run from 11 am to 6:30 pm and includes a high tea, charcuterie board and drinks. For more information and to book tickets, go to the website.

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