Robin Grille, Avalon Beach, Australia

Psychologist and Parenting Educator

Robin's experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 28 years clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin's seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities. Born in Uruguay, South America, into a multicultural family, Robin feels a strong affinity for a broad span of cultures, across the universal human family. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin's books - Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart-to-Heart Parenting (now in German, Cantonese and Korean) - have received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Canada and Indonesia. Robin's work is animated by his belief that humanity's future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.

Keynote Presentation: "Empowering our children in a time of environmental threat"
We cannot shield our children from frightening news about the state of earth's ecology. But fear itself need not be the problem. The way we hold fear, the way we dialogue and the way we role model empowered action (we can all learn how!) can protect and empower our children to be confident agents and leaders in a scary time of transition.
We are living in a deeply unsettling historic moment of transition, in which a foundational paradigm shift is, for the first time, a survival imperative. There are times when news about climate change, plastic pollution and more can seem formidable, insurmountable, terrifying. It is not uncommon to feel helplessness and despair. How do we protect our children from overwhelm, without resorting to denial or sugar-coating? In times of fear, truth is an art. Empowerment and vision both come from connection, not from positivity. We can move from paralysis to exhilaration if we know how to connect; with each other, with our deepest self, with ecology.

Robin Grille