What people are saying about MDCo. workplace programs

“Working in a fast paced environment means we don’t often have a lot time to escape the rush, take time out as a team, reflect and re-set. Our half-day workshop with Make Do Co. was the perfect fusion of team building and inner nurturing. Starting the day with a soft yoga class allowed us all to focus the mind and body, while the exploration into Ayurveda and the Doshas offered insights into how we can best work together playing to each other’s inbuilt personality preferences.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was a relatively new term to most of us and proved to be an extremely valuable exercise to delve into, from both an internal and external communications perspective. Jo’s deep seated passion for healthy living and balance shone throughout the day and provided both motivation and comfort for everyone involved. I would highly recommend Make Do Co.’s urban retreat for any company looking to equip its staff with tools for living a balanced, broad and fulfilling life that brings a heightened level of awareness to the work place.”

~ Hayley Cole, General Manager Stellar* Concepts.

“Jo skilfully took me through a series of exercises aimed at getting to my core values. She has a real skill for getting to the heart of what matters, while facilitating the work in a very organic and empathetic way. We had the kind of conversation we so often forget to have, and which is crucial for our future development. What do you care about most? How can you align your work, and life, with these values for a healthier, more productive and fulfilled life? I can easily see how Jo’s work could benefit both organisations and individuals who want to move forward with a team that’s aligned, passionate and connected to their values.”

~ Lotta Holmberg: Startup Marketing Advisor & Storyteller

“As soon as I moved my venture back to Sydney from San Francisco I set about finding the community of people who are all about purpose led businesses. Jo is at the centre of this community and we worked together over a number of months to really help me crystallise that for us here at uno. If you are trying to build a purpose led business, individually or with a team then her insight, guidance and support will give you a massive head start.”

~ Vincent Turner, CEO, uno home loans.

“Jo came to our Wildwon team retreat in the Blue Mountains. As a new team, it was our first ever chance to have some concentrated time together, so it was really important to just spend time together in a social setting, but also get through some of the important work of vision setting and working out our commonalities, differences and how to work best work together.

Jo led a yoga session first thing in the morning, which everyone really enjoyed and got our bodies and heads in the right zone for a productive and creative day. She also facilitated a session on the Wildwon future vision. We were considering running this ourselves as we are only a team of five, but, in the end I was so glad we had an external facilitator so we (the founders) could contribute and be part of the discussion.

Finally, Jo took us through the theory and a set of activities around NVC (non-violent communication). I didn’t know much about this but it provides an extremely valuable set of tools for tackling conflict, emotional situations and for building strong, constructive and positive relationships with people. Our team unanimously loved this session because it was so fascinating and was so easily and practically applicable to work situations as well as personal relationships.

Jo is an extremely skilled facilitator and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to plan and facilitate some or all of a team retreat. She helped us to generate ideas and practical results, build life skills and relationships and also helped us to really enjoy ourselves and feel nourished and relaxed. Jo has a great style that put everyone at ease, yet guided us firmly through each process. She made fantastic contributions to our group discussions and steered them skilfully, whether it was about business development, goals and vision or interpersonal relationships.”

~ Sally Hill: Impact Strategist, Founder , Wildwon Projects.

“I first met Johanna in a dingy pub cellar in East Sydney. She’d been given thirty minutes to run a breakout session at the Purpose 2015 conference on Non Violent Communications (NVC).

Despite the juxtaposition of topic and setting, which looked like a set from a gory slasher flick, Johanna’s warmth and empathy lit the room. Johanna spoke with honesty and clarity and drew heartfelt confessions from a room full of strangers.

Afterwards, I asked Johanna to introduce NVC to our creative company of delicate souls. They embraced the ideas with relish. We all spoke candidly of our fears and motivations, about how our feelings are hurt as much by thoughtless emails as they are by direct shots. It was intimate, and at times raw and personal, but we all felt closer. I’m sure I still trample over people’s feelings despite Johanna’s guidance, but I try to step more lightly. I would recommend Johanna to anyone who wants to communicate with more compassion.”

~ Gethin Fisher: General Manager, BWD Strategic.

“We were so thankful for having Jo from Make Do Co facilitate a workshop for our team that focused on values based and purposeful living. It was the perfect balance of nurturing, reconnecting as a team and reflecting as individuals – without being too new agey or sounding like a jerk! I would truly recommend this to any organisation, team or individual. It was brilliant!”

~ Sarah MacInnes: Director, Seed Therapy Services

“An inspirational facilitator, Johanna provided our team at Stellar* with enlightening insights into workplace relationships and ways to deal with difficult situations.”

~ Marguerite Julian: Founder & Managing Director Stellar* Concepts.


Praise for Yamba Yoga Weekends

“The MDCo/Yamba Yoga retreat is possibly the best kept secret – I’m holding on to it as long as I can, whilst telling everyone about it non-stop! I came away from the three days brimming with energy and ideas. Sarah and Jo are truly professional and authentic in everything they teach. They are generous with their time and knowledge; and it is obvious how much they love what they do. I’ll definitely be returning…”
~ Ali S.

“A mixture of Jo and Sarah make these weekends extra special. They are a wealth of knowledge and offer all levels of yoga. The adjustments/massages just top it off. It is a beautiful weekend to stop and breath and remember what is important in life. I am always humbled by how I feel about life and am left with valuable tools in dealing with life situations. Not to mention the food is absolutely delicious. The variety and food combinations are amazing. Thanks girls can’t wait till the next one.”
~ Ange B.

“Yamba is a beautiful place and doing a yoga retreat at Yamba with Jo and Sarah is an experience not to be missed. They are excellent yoga teachers, and you are nurtured in body, mind and spirit. I have found the other participants to always be friendly, inclusive, interesting and interested.”
~ Belinda B.

“I have attended a number of yoga retreats run by Sarah and Jo and found them fabulous-The yoga classes suit all levels with people able to choose their own level and pace. The prepared meals are delicious and healthy and the shared dinners a great opportunity to mingle and learn more -Great value for 5 classes, some yummy food -all in beautiful relaxing Yamba.”
~ Jan D.

“Make Do Co.’s Yamba Yoga Weekend was a fantastic way to take some much-needed time out and reset. The hands-on, intimate yoga classes were a great way to improve my physical yoga practice, while the girls’ in-depth knowledge and mindfulness techniques gave me some really beneficial tools to take home. This – combined with some amazing essential oils – were a great point of difference from my usual yoga practice. Sarah and Jo create a very personalised experience, welcoming you into their family home for meals (which were all delicious) and keeping the classes small. There was a really great balance between group time and free time, allowing us to enjoy the beachside location and feel like we’d had a short but extremely rejuvenating holiday.”
~ Kye G.

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