Asher Packman
After more than 20 years working with the world’s leading brands as a communications senior executive — both in-house and via his own agency, The Sauce — a series of significant life events led Asher to shift gears. Now a qualified mindset and leadership coach (Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring), he is also a certified HeartMath and Wim Hof Method instructor. He has further qualifications in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), geobiology, epigenetics and the social psychology of sport. Employing breathwork, meditation and heart-based techniques, Asher also uses shamanic practices to inform his work. Asher is the current president of Meditation Australia, the national peak body representing meditation and meditation teachers. He also hosts the men’s circle, Warrior Within. In just over two years, this initiative has touched the lives of over 100 men across Melbourne, raising in excess of $8000 for charity. A regular speaker and facilitator at conferences and retreats, Asher contributes to numerous sports/lifestyle/health/wellbeing websites and publications. A hot air balloon pilot in his younger days, Asher still enjoys watching their colourful display over Melbourne, the birthplace he returned to several years ago after stints in Hong Kong, London and Byron Bay. Asher is an ambassador for various charities including Love Me Love You, MPNAA and The Resilient Leaders Foundation.

Duncan McDaide
Duncan and his family emigrated from England to Australia in 2012. He has been involved in fitness and wellbeing all his life, first playing state level football, rugby and basketball before coaching elite juniors. He has a passion for blending movement with lifestyle management and inviting people to experience their bodies fully. Duncan spent two years as the strength and conditioning coach for Melbourne Rebels before opening his own business, The FUNctional Project, which has now morphed into The Fifth Direction. With qualifications from Chek Practitioner to HLC, Animal Flow, Kettlebell, Bulgarian Bag, TRX and Advanced Boxing, you are as likely to see him crawling around the floor practicing fluid movement as you are to find him locked away in the strength room. He believes everyone should be as mobile as they are strong.