Mental Health Week – 2018


View the Mental Health Week poster here

View the Mental Health Week flyer here

Throughout Mental Health Week

Play Me, I’m Yours!

  • 8-13 October during library opening hours
  • Castlemaine Library – 212 Barker St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

Drawing inspiration from the global Street Piano concept, Castlemaine Library will house a piano in the Library Foyer during Mental Health Week with a simple invitation to “play me, I’m yours!” Come in and make music in the Library!  With thanks to the Maine Movers for getting the piano in and back out again!


Saturday 6 October

Castlemaine Community House Spring Ball

  • Saturday 6 October 8pm-1am
  • Theatre Royal – 30 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
  • Cost: $35-$50
  • Pre-sale tickets at Community House, Green Goes the Grocer and Maine Shoes, or online through the Theatre Royal: limited tickets may be available at the door

Castlemaine Community House presents its legendary annual fundraiser: Spring Ball.  This year’s theme is A Dark Night in Wonderland. Expect all manner of imaginary, dreamlike apparitions and dark, intriguing forms to grace the historic surrounds of Castlemaine’s favourite party palace, the Theatre Royal.  With headliners Sugar Fed Leopards and support from some contrary local oddities, Spring Ball 2018 will not disappoint.  Castlemaine always brings its most outlandish attire to Spring Ball, so come in only your very, very bestest costume. The curiouser and curiouser the better.  For more information follow us on Facebook.


Sunday 7 October

Run the Maine

  • Sunday 7 October 7:00-11:00am
  • Botanical Gardens – Walker St & Downes Rd, Castlemaine
  • Cost: $10-$40
  • Register online before the event: limited registrations may be available on the day

Run the Maine is a fun run in Castlemaine raising funds for Castlemaine Health. This year is the 10th annual Run the Maine and over those years has raised $100,000 in funds. Run the 5.5km, 11km or 14km, or join the Run Bird Run 2km event.  For more info or to register visit the website and follow on Facebook.


Young Makers Market

  • Sunday 7 October 10:00am-2pm
  • Theatre Royal Laneway, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • No bookings required

Makers Market for young stallholders, aged 12-25 years, selling their homemade creations. With live music entertainment in the courtyard.


Monday 8 October

Shared Reading Session

  • Monday 8 October 10:30-11:30am
  • Castlemaine Library – 212 Barker St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

Take some time to listen to a great story.  Facilitator and literacy advocate Lisa D’Onofrio will read aloud a short story and a related poem, with time for discussion and comments.  Sit down, relax, and enjoy listening – with no pressure to talk or read.  Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you‘ve read before!  Light refreshments provided.  For more information ring Castlemaine District Community Health reception on 5479 1000.


Mindfulness Meditation with Eliza Terry

  • Monday 8 October 2:00-3:00pm
  • The Forge – 341 B Barker St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

A gentle introduction to mindfulness meditation where we will explore present moment awareness in a quiet, nurturing space.  This session is suitable for beginners with a lead practice including mindfulness of body, breath and emotions followed by discussion/questions.  Chairs are provided as well as bolsters and meditation stools.


‘Dancpiration’ session

  • Monday 8 October 7:30-9:00pm
  • Movement Zone Dance Studio – 20 Campbell St, Castlemaine
  • Cost: Gold coin donation
  • Bookings through Facebook

Ever wanted to start your own dance troupe but didn’t know where to begin?  Or perhaps you’d like to jump into an existing dance class but don’t know where to start?  Join local legends Lady Fun Times, Sarah Cook from Movement Zone, and Camila Serrano from Salsa Social for an hour of power, laughter, and new dance moves.  Wear comfortable clothes, runners or soft soled shoes, and be ready to move.


Tuesday 9 October

Castlemaine Community Lunch

  • Tuesday 9 October 12:30pm
  • Location TBC
  • Cost: $5 donation
  • Bookings not required

Community Lunch will be in a different location for Term 4, due to refurbishments at the Town Hall.  Community Lunch is a great way to meet community members, catch up with old friends and find out what’s going on. It’s a place to welcome new people so if you are new to town, please drop in and introduce yourself. You will be made welcome!  Lunch manager Madeleine, and a team of volunteers, prepare a delicious two course vegetarian lunch each week during school term.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

The YMHFA course is no longer going ahead in Mental Health Week, but will instead run on four Thursday evenings starting Thursday 18 October.  To book, or for more information, contact Shannon at


Surviving VCE

  • Tuesday 9 October 5:30-7:00pm
  • Healing Well – 147 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings required direct to Emily on

Surviving VCE is a short workshop for year 11 and 12 students. A space to share experiences and learn some practical techniques to manage stress, and support mental and physical wellbeing during study (and life!).


ALIVE INSIDE film screening + supper

  • Tuesday 9 October 6:30pm
  • Newstead Community Centre – 9 Lyons St, Newstead
  • Cost: $5 includes a light supper
  • Bookings recommended online here

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals in the USA who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.


Wednesday 10 October

MAAW Opportunities to Volunteer – Connecting Through a Cause. 

  • Wednesday 10 September 10:00am-12:00pm
  • MAAW Opportunity Shop – 12 Johnstone Street, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings at the Op Shop or through the MAAW Shelter on 5472 5277

Volunteering plays a huge role in improving people’s mental health and helping them to overcome social issues.   Join us for morning tea/coffee in our Opportunity Shop kitchen run by ladies (volunteers) who have been able to improve their experiences of depression or social phobia through volunteering at MAAW.  It will be an opportunity for people to learn about volunteering in a caring environment and the positive impacts it can have on their life, while supporting a good cause at the same time.


Adult Ballet Class

  • Wednesday 10 October 10:30-11:30am
  • Over the Moon Studio – 9 Templeton St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings required through Trybooking here

Do you love classical music? Have you always dreamt of doing ballet or would like to revisit the joy of moving in a dance class? As part of MHW 2018 we are inviting you to take the plunge and join us OTM Studios for an hour of ballet, fun and movement. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to those who danced a while ago. Come and enjoy a safe and welcoming environment for you to enjoy the feeling of moving.  From beginners to the more experienced, classes are conducted in a very inclusive manner whilst keeping individual needs, goals and desires in mind. All levels and abilities are very welcome. Adult ballet is perfect for maintaining core strength and conditioning the body. OTM’s Adult Ballet class is conducted in a beautiful environment with a welcoming atmosphere.  For more information join the Facebook event.

What to wear: Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes that are easy to move in. If you would like to wear traditional ballet attire you are most welcome. Ballet slippers or bare feet (bring socks for barre)

What to bring: Water bottle and a sense of fun


Maldon Community Lunch

  • Wednesday 10 October 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Maldon Community Centre – 6 Francis St, Maldon
  • $5 donation
  • Bookings not required

All community members from across the district are welcome to join us for a delicious and healthy two course meal.


Newstead Community Lunch

  • Wednesday 10 October 12:30pm
  • Newstead Community Centre – 9 Lyons St, Newstead
  • $5 suggested donation
  • Bookings not required for locals, but for those outside of Newstead please via phone or text to 0490 055 918 for catering purposes

Community Lunch Newstead has been a successful not-for-profit project launched by Anthony Santamaria in September 2012. It is sponsored by Harvest Fruit and Vegetables, whose Proprietor Robert Kirby has also donated excess produce for the both the Castlemaine Community Lunch and more recently, the Maldon Community Lunch, for years. His generosity has help feed around 200 persons a week equating to around 8,000 meals per year.  Sprout Bakery in Castlemaine has also been a valued supporter of Newstead with weekly donations of delicious organic bread. Powlett Hill Grain Mill in Clunes is also a valued sponsor, and at various times Ron Snep of Welshmans Reef Winery has donated his superb wines and verjuice to supplement our recipes when needed. Without these valued sponsors, and also generous donations of excess vegetables from the local community, Newstead Community Lunch could not have been the success that it is. Staffed only by volunteers, our group put all this together to create a welcoming environment for the weekly community banquet.


Creative Arts for Health and Wellbeing

  • Wednesday 10 October 1:00-2:30pm AND 3:00-4:30pm
  • Castlemaine Library – 212 Barker St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings required through Goldfields Libraries here

Join Creative Arts Practitioner, Marcela Olea, for introductory art therapy workshops. Marcela will sit alongside participants guiding a creative arts process as a way to further inform our lived experience. This approach is a gentle and collaborative one that can be spontaneous, playful and full of possibilities. No art making experience necessary.


Thursday 11 October

Parent and (pre-walking) baby’s yoga and dance session

  • Thursday 11 October 11:00-11:45am
  • Over the Moon Studio – 9 Templeton St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings required through Trybooking here

As part of Mental Health Week 2018 OTM is welcoming parents and babies (non-walking) to the beautiful Over the Moon studios for a 45-minute yoga and creative dance session followed by morning tea.  With the expert guidance of Edna Reinhardt and Cate Wotley, the class will focus on the wellbeing of new parents and their child. These classes at Over the Moon focus on bonding between parents and children through playful interaction with music and movement.  A complimentary morning tea will follow (lovingly supplied by Red Beard Bakery), providing a space for parents to socialise and ask Cate any questions you may have after the class.  Edna Reinhardt is the Principal of OTM, who is a specialist in yoga and creative dance education for children.  Cate Wotley is a Midwife, Maternal & Child Health Nurse, Lactation Specialist and Yoga & Dance Instructor.  For more information join the Facebook event.


YACVic Youth Mental Health Forum

  • Thursday 11 October 5:00-7:00pm
  • Castlemaine Town Hall – cnr Lyttleton & Frederick St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • For more information contact Shannon at Youth Services on


Healing Well open studio

  • Thursday 11 October 6:00-7:30pm
  • Healing Well Studio – 147 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

Come along to a drop-in session at Healing Well, where practitioners will be available to show people around the centre and answer questions. There will be some 15 min massage, orthobionomy, craniosacral and Chinese medicine sessions available for people to experience during these times. The open studios will finish with a short mindfulness – relaxation session at 7pm.


Friday 12 October

Dru Yoga

  • Friday 12 October 3:00pm
  • Castlemaine Community House – 65 Templeton St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • No bookings required

Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit to rejuvenate your whole being.  No yoga experience needed.  The class concludes at 4:00 after a relaxation session.


Mondo Lounge

  • Friday 12 October 3:30-6:00pm
  • Continuing Education Building – 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

Mondo Lounge is a hangout space that offers free activities, workshops and training opportunities for young people aged 12–25 years.


No Lights No Lycra

  • Friday 12 October 8:00pm
  • West End Hall – Woodman St, Castlemaine
  • Cost: $5
  • Bookings not required

No Lights No Lycra is a monthly lights-off chance to dance in the dark for the pure joy of dancing, a place to shake out the week’s stresses, lose your inhibitions and completely be yourself. It’s light enough that you can see the shapes of people around you, but dark enough that you can’t make out their features. We like to play dance floor classics, music from across the decades, and we like new, highly danceable tracks! From pop to indie, rock to hip hop, dance to soul to electro to super cheesy top 40. You might not like every track, but hold on ‘cause something different is just a minute away! There is no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol-free atmosphere. So, come with a mate or solo, wear something comfy and get on the dance floor!


Stick around after for a cuppa and cake in the hall!


Saturday 13 October

Healing Well open studio

  • Saturday 13 October 2:00-3:30pm
  • Healing Well Studio – 147 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings not required

Come along to a drop-in session at Healing Well, where practitioners will be available to show people around the centre and answer questions. There will be some 15 min massage, orthobionomy, craniosacral and Chinese medicine sessions available for people to experience during these times. The open studio will finish with a short mindfulness – relaxation session at 3pm.


The Third Act – Interactive workshop and launch

  • Saturday 13 October 2:00-4:30pm
  • Senior Citizens Hall – Mechanics St, Castlemaine
  • FREE
  • Bookings to Russell at

If you can imagine your life as a 3-Act play with ‘retirement’ heralding the start of the third act, how is the script for your play unfolding?  Everyone experiences ‘retirement’ differently. All our stories have different twists and turns, many being unpredictable, and some particularly challenging.

Having an opportunity to share our stories and to be heard is precious – but such opportunities can be elusive.    The Third Act is a boxed set of 60 engaging, conversation-building cards that invite us to talk about the twists and turns of our lives. The Third Act has been created and published in Castlemaine by two longstanding colleagues, Russell Deal (OAM) and Kevin Vallence (FACE). The Third Act is their fourth collaboration and they see it as being relevant for all of us as we face up to the twists and turns of growing older.

The workshop runs from 2:00-3:00pm and the launch from 3:00-4:30pm.  The launch includes afternoon tea and songs by Something in the Air. All workshop participants are invited to the launch.


Sunday 14 October

Castlemaine Rocky Riders Rolling Ride

  • Sunday 14 October 9:00am-12:00pm
  • depart from Theatre Royal – 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine
  • Cost: An MTBA day licence can be purchased on the day – $10 per adult; $7 per child; or a waiver can be signed
  • Bookings not required

Rolling rides are about having fun on the off-road trails in the bushlands surrounding Castlemaine.  No big hills or rocks.  Bring your own food, water, spare parts, and have a bike in good repair.  Riding will be at a slow pace so everyone can keep together.  We will be back by noon, after a ride of around 20km.  More info:


Archie Roach in concert with the Peace Choir

  • Sunday 14 October 2:00-5:00pm
  • Theatre Royal – 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine
  • Cost: $42
  • Tickets online through Theatre Royal

Ten years ago The Peace Choir grew out of a desire to create opportunities that enabled local people to contribute to their own patterns of mental health, connection, peace and wellbeing – drawn together by the connecting threads of music, food, company and song.  The Peace Choir regularly rehearses and performs, singing life-affirming songs of healing, peace, protest, hope and harmony.  Many of the songs are written by the iconic, First Nations singer, Archie Roach,  who will headline this amazing, vibrant concert to celebrate The Choir’s tenth birthday and to raise funds for The Archie Roach Foundation.  Archie Roach is a truly gifted musician who, supported by The Peace Choir, promises an inspirational and joyful celebration of hope, love and peace.  Join the Facebook event for more information.


Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge

  • Sunday 14 October all day
  • Mostyn St, Castlemaine
  • Cost: $5 to $15 to register as a driver; free to be a spectator
  • Register online here

Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge (CBCC) ~ building carts, building communities ~ reinstates a long loved and much missed activity in our community.  There have been two previous incarnations of this event, and there is great history around billy cart racing in Castlemaine.  CBCC aims to not just put Castlemaine on the map as the billy cart centre of Australia, but to bring together all parts of the community while we’re at it.  The event includes various categories of races, from short and near flat, to long and steep, with music acts and local performances interspersed throughout.


This project was supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Community Grant Program and is supported by: