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'Shaman's Heart' @ Madam Heap


The heart serves as point of integration for all human experience. It supports and guides us toward the full realisation of our true nature. However, where would you point if you were asked to name the place where your consciousness is located and decisions are made? Your head, right? Our primal ancestors would respond by touching their hearts. They understood the heart’s innate wisdom and its ability to perceive and decipher the world around them. 

Now's the time to make that most important of journeys -- from our heads to our hearts.

Bringing together the powerful music of Byron Metcalf, proven HeartMath techniques and much more, we will practice heart-based meditations that entwine the modern science of the heart with ancient Shamanic wisdom to bring forth and nurture the innate virtues of our heart.

The four-week "Shaman's Heart" series has had great feedback from previous students and is suitable for everyone. For more experienced meditators, these techniques will help take your skills to the next level. Spaces are limited.

Join certified HeartMath instructor David Packman at Madam Heap in Middle Park and learn how to create a heart-conscious life. 

Date: Monday, October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Time: 7.30pm–8.30pm
Investment: $150 ($120 early bird)

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'Warrior Within' @ Madam Heap

"Meditation is a practice that is useful for men from all walks of life. Centuries ago, warrior classes across many different cultures used meditation to instil a clear mind and a courageous heart." 

David now hosts weekly "Warrior Within" men's meditation sessions at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park.

The sessions involve an interactive and open discussion around the nature of masculinity along with a guided warrior meditation.

The underlying concepts of "The Warrior Within" have been covered by the Meditation Association of Australia, The Good Men Project and The Mighty.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" - Finding Your Warrior Within

The sessions are suitable for previous warriors as well as newcomers. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. 

Dates: Weekly on Wednesday mornings.
Time: 7am–8am
Investment: $30 (or a 4-pass for $100)

Book here or via the MIND BODY app on your phone.

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'The Big Chill' @ Madam Heap


Due to the overwhelming success of the first workshop, we are once again offering "The Big Chill" - an opportunity to participate in an incredible journey through breath and meditation followed by a life-affirming dip in the ice!

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Certified Wim Hof Method Instructor David Packman will lead us through a technique that is comprised of three primary components: breathing exercises, focused meditation and cold exposure. These elements combine to put you back in touch with your chemistry and your own true nature, alkalising and super-charging your body to bring about tremendous benefits to the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. Additionally, the technique has a significant impact on inflammation which research shows can improve depression and anxiety. 

The day begins with an explanation and open discussion with David, who was trained by Wim Hof himself, before moving into the breathing and meditation practice itself, all followed by a life-affirming experience in the ice.

This workshop is suitable for first-timers as well as those wishing to revisit the experience.

Join David at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park. This event will sell-out fast and spaces are limited, so get in quick!

Date: Sunday 29th October
Time: 9am–11.30am
Investment: $60

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'Turn Inward' @ Madam Heap


“As we travel the road of life, we are often solely focused on the four external directions. In doing so, we forsake a fundamental journey, that of turning inward and exploring our own true nature. This is the fifth direction.” – David Packman

Join us weekly for an hour of meditation with experienced guide David Packman. The sessions provide inner tranquility while offering the opportunity of a deep inward journey of discovery and transformation. They combine contemporary mindfulness and heart-based techniques with a spiritual essence, as David draws inspiration from both the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as well as traditional meditation practices found within Kabbalah.

The sessions are always informative and entertaining, and suitable for beginners through to advanced practitioners. 

Dates: Weekly on Monday evenings.
Time: 7pm–8pm
Investment: $30 (or a 4-pass for $100)

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'The Mo-Moment': A Conscious Movember Workshop


Exploring masculinity and femininity in our culture and in ourselves through yoga and meditation.

Sian Pascale and David Packman have created an intimate workshop specifically for Movember where men and women can come together in “The Mo-Ment” to create a unifying energetic wholeness. It will be a space to connect, share stories and ideas, practise yoga, breath and meditate.

“The Mo-Ment” offers an opportunity to reconnect with our true nature (doesn’t it always!), allowing us to live with unbridled love, passion, purpose and freedom of spirit. We are inviting both men and women to practise together with us, so come alone, or bring friends, lovers and family members with you as we explore the masculine and feminine aspects that reside within all of us. 

This workshop offers a space for men to not only embrace their masculine energy and power, but also to be positively received in this space by the women in the room. Equally, it provides space for women to be fully open in their divine feminine while unconditionally loved by the men. 

The workshop helps us discover and understand these innate qualities in the other, as well as within ourselves. The alignment of these divine energies provides an entry point into our heart-awakened authenticity, enabling us to drop all fear of expressing our deepest self.

After more than 20 years working with the world’s leading brands as a communications senior executive, a series of significant life events led David to shift gears. As a result, he founded The Fifth Direction and is now a qualified mindset coach and meditation guide. He is also a certified HeartMath and Wim Hof Method instructor with further qualifications in geobiology, epigenetics and the social psychology of sport. A regular speaker and facilitator at conferences and retreats, David is an editor at The Good Men Project and contributes to numerous other sports, lifestyle and wellbeing publications.


Sian Pascale is the Founder of The Light Collective. She is an experienced Tantric, Breath, Meditation and Yoga teacher. Her teachings draw from Mother India where she lived and trained for several years, learning through the hatha, ashtanga and tantric lineages. She teaches privately and collectively, locally and Internationally. Her self practise and dedication to the yogic path has allowed her to merge Ancient teachings into a modern language that everyone can access. She creates conscious experiences that reconnect her students with the rhythms and cycles of the natural world, in order to harness subtle vibration for deep shifts and expansive states of being.


The morning will begin with some basic exercises and guided meditations from David on masculinity. We will have a short break with time for sharing and connecting before moving into flow and breath work with Sian, exploring the nature of the feminine. Finally, David and Sian will lead the group through a themed discussion on the balance of these energies before a final meditation concludes the workshop. 

Movember is an annual event during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues. Helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives, through funding game-changing men's health projects.


When: Nov 11th, 11am-1:30pm
Where: Maitri Centre, 111 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
Investment: $65
What to bring: Yoga mats and meditation chairs are supplied - feel free to bring a cushion or blanket. Wear comfortable clothes for sitting and practising yoga.

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Melbourne Meditation Pod

Topic: Meditation for collective wellbeing and cultural change in schools, workplaces and communities.

The Meditation Association of Australia invites meditation teachers, meditation teacher training students and health and wellbeing professionals to attend the second Melbourne Meditation Pod meeting.

The Pod events aim to create a welcoming environment for teachers to meditate together, debrief about their teaching experiences, promote understanding across various different forms of meditation, provide opportunities for linkages and knowledge sharing and most importantly to celebrate the joy of working in this unique industry.

The event will be hosted by experienced meditation teachers and MA members Matthew Young (Melbourne Meditation Centre) and David Packman (The Fifth Direction). Our guest speakers represent a spectrum of successful yet contrasting meditation-based organisations: Murray Paterson (Potential Project) Michael Inglis (The Mind Room) and Janet Etty-Leal (Meditation Capsules).

The dialogue will consider how meditation and mindfulness, when introduced at an organisational level, can positively impact community development and cultural values. Beyond the use of meditation for individual personal development and/or recovery, how can meditation teachers approach and develop programs to enhance collective wellbeing? How can we assist schools, workplaces and communities to recognise that the health of every individual is inextricably related to the health of the whole society? How can we help others to see the collective value of simply slowing down?

With a collaborative approach, borne out of the valuing of each other’s unique perspectives, the Pod meeting will explore important issues raised by these questions.

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Annual General Meeting and Celebration Dinner

This Pod event follows the Annual General Meeting (Prana House, 4.30 - 5.30pm) and Celebration Dinner (Masala Craft, 851 High St, Thornbury, 5.30 - 7pm)

The dinner consists of a three course vegetarian banquet and lassi at a cost of $30 (plus booking fee).

Registration is essential as places are limited.

For further details and to register for the dinner please click here.

This Pod meeting is a free event for Meditation Australia members. A limited number of spaces are available to non-members learning to teach meditation or offering meditation as part of a professional health and wellbeing practice.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member with Meditation Australia.

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'Meditation as Medicine' @ Madam Heap

Ancient wisdom told us of how the mind had influence over the body’s potential to transform and heal, but it is only relatively recently that science has begun to back this up. This session is for people facing health challenges as well as their carers, family and close friends.

The meditation practices undertaken during the session combine mindfulness, heart-based consciousness and focused inner healing, allowing the body to more readily do what it is naturally designed to do. Heal and thrive.

David is well-placed to lead such an important practice, being a registered meditation teacher with further qualifications in epigenetics and geobiology. His journey with a rare form of blood cancer informs his own practice as well as his teaching. As such, he fully understands the broad range of life issues surrounding a chronic health diagnosis.

Proudly supported by The Leukaemia Foundation.


Join David at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park.

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 9am–10am
Investment: $30

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'Meditations' @ Sydney Festival of Death and Dying


David will be facilitating a workshop at the upcoming Sydney Festival of Death and Dying to be held October 8-9 at Critical Path, 1c New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay.

Contemplating death and dying is a core principle in meditative practice. Drawing on his own experiences, as well as lessons from historical influences such as the Stoics, the Samurai and Buddhist traditions of conscious dying, David will guide workshop participants through a powerful death meditation as well as discuss the concepts and underlying philosophy of such a practice. The workshop will also include a series of related exercises which focus on the pivot point where life is given and taken away – the breath.

More info and tickets for the Sydney Festival of Death and Dying can be found here.

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A Morning of 'Heartfulness'


Science has shown us that the heart has the most powerful energy field in our body, but where would you point if you were asked to name the place where your consciousness is located and decisions are made? Your head, right? Our indigenous ancestors would respond by touching their hearts. They understood the heart’s innate wisdom and its ability to perceive and decipher the world around them. They acknowledged the limitations of relying solely on the mind.

In this three-hour workshop, we will practice heart-based meditations that realign our hearts and minds, helping us to rejuvenate and rebalance. This not only provides effective stress management but can also improve mental functions such as perception, intuition and creativity. Research has also shown that regular practice offers significant health benefits by improving immune function and much more.

This workshop is suitable for everyone; no previous experience is necessary. For more experienced meditators, these techniques will help take the benefits of your mindfulness skills to the next level. Spaces are limited.

Join David at Madam Heap School of Mindful Living in Middle Park and learn how to truly live a heart-conscious life. 

Date: Sunday 20th August
Time: 9am–12pm
Investment: $95 ($75 early bird before August 1)

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Why Worry?

"Why Worry?"
Practising meditation to influence our 'stress genes'

If genes load the gun and environment pulls the trigger, how can we transform the internal environment of our body?

David is leading a four-week meditation series at Spiritgrow discussing the concept of worry and the role our mind plays in determining genetic expression. All welcome. No prior experience with meditation necessary.

Book here.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 15.
(Aug 1 led by Roz Ben-Moshe)
Time: 7:00-7:45pm
Venue: Spiritgrow, 226 Balaclava Rd, North Caulfield
Entry: No charge - your wellbeing is cost free

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MPN Meditation Group

David is hosting a free-of-charge weekly meditation for people with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN), a rare blood cancer which often comes with a slew of difficult-to-manage daily symptoms. The group is also open to carers and close friends.

The sessions will be held at The Sauce in Albert Park each Tuesday at 7pm for one hour, as well as live at the ANZ MPN Community Facebook page for those who cannot attend in person or reside outside of Melbourne.

Beginning with a general discussion, the meditation includes a body scan with a deep dive down to the DNA, focusing on mindfulness, heart energy and inner healing.

Research has shown that meditation reduces stress and anxiety by speeding up cortisol recovery as well as lowering inflammation by down-regulating associated genes; thus allowing the body to more readily do what it is naturally designed to do. Heal and thrive. Combined with the many other benefits, regular meditation practice can be very helpful when challenged with a chronic condition such as an MPN.

If you would like to join the group, please email david@t5d.com.au.

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Leukaemia Foundation Wellbeing Forum

David will be discussing 'meditation as medicine' as a keynote speaker at the Leukaemia Foundation's upcoming Wellbeing Forum, an education event aimed at exploring the complexities of wellbeing including the combination of physical, financial and emotional health factors.

See details here.

Date: Wednesday 28th June
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: AAMI Park Olympic Blvd, Melbourne

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HeartMath Intensive

"The wisdom of our hearts is the true connection to our authenticity and power."

David is running an intimate six-week HeartMath course at The Sauce in Albert Park. The sessions run from 7pm-8pm every Tuesday beginning March 14 until April 18, 2017. This course is SOLD OUT.

Building and sustaining personal resilience
Physiology of coherence

Heart intelligence
Heart-focused breathing™

Inner ease™
Quick coherence™

Relational energetics
Energetics of communication

Expanding skills
Additional tools and techniques

Establishing a new baseline

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