Kate James – Mindfulness Speaker

Kate James is a mindfulness speaker and workshop facilitator based in Melbourne. In her engaging and interactive presentations, participants learn about integrating the principles of mindfulness into work and life in practical ways.

During the COVID19 crisis, Kate is facilitating online workshops for corporate groups and not-for-profit organisations.

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Kate James

Kate is described as an authentic, warm and down-to-earth speaker. In her keynotes and workshops, she shares the latest research about mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and she makes the science accessible. Audiences comment that she’s someone who appears to embody her message.

Kate speaks to a range of different audiences and she is informal and engaging in her approach. She shares techniques to open your mind to new ways of thinking. Audiences will learn how to:

  • develop self-awareness
  • identify their personal values and strengths
  • balance the negative bias of the brain
  • manage stress more effectively
  • introduce mindfulness principles into their lives in practical ways
  • navigate change with a positive mindset
  • feel more resilient, positive and motivated.


Live & work mindfully

Become more present and focused, balance negative thinking and identify your personal values. Includes practical tips that will help you build more positive relationships and become mindful of your life choices.

Create better balance

The concept of work-life balance is largely a myth. Learn how to use your time more effectively and cultivate a more mindful approach that will help reduce stress in your busy life.


What people say

“I would urge anyone who wants to create and drive a positive and productive team culture to get you to run some sessions with Kate. Thank you for hosting such a brilliant workshop and creating the perfect space for my team to explore their strengths and talents and to learn about new tools to help them stay focused and grounded in such a busy work environment. The energy, knowledge and experience you bring are truly exceptional!”

Alex McDonald, Head of Social and Content, Bupa

“Kate came into Cotton On Head Office and opened up our global mindfulness program. Her workshop was the perfect introduction to mindfulness. The talk was both informative and engaging with key takeaways and techniques that people used straight away. Since Kate’s workshop, we have had leaders and general managers invite Kate back as a mindfulness speaker to further develop these concepts within their teams.”

Luke McLean – Health +Wellbeing Manager, Cotton On Group

“Kate delivered a fantastic mindfulness session for our executive team, the session was perfectly pitched for the audience and delivered well beyond my expectations. Kate’s engaging style and ability to mesh together research and real-life practical examples really resonated with all who attended. In the weeks that followed many attendees have mentioned how much they learned and are trying to include mindful practice into their daily lives.”

Nicole Tournier, Director Planning & Resources, Strategy & Governance RMIT University

“Kate James brings to her workshops a bucketful of practical advice delivered in a calm and authentic manner whereby you’re left wishing that you could spend more time with her.  She is insightful and inspirational, leaving the audience hanging on her every word.  We were fortunate to have Kate provide a two-hour mindfulness workshop at the AGPAL and QIP 2018 Conference – the feedback from our clients was outstanding with only one common complaint –  two hours was not considered long enough!”

Emily Geering, GM Marketing & Communications, Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited 

“Kate led an interactive workshop with 20 of our nursing customers designed to explore the unique challenges they face managing stress each day.  Through creative exercises and guided meditation, each participant was able to come to a deeper understanding of what it truly means to ‘manage stress’.  The group dynamic became very open and supportive as we progressed.  By the end of the workshop, everyone wanted assurances that this would be an annual event!  We continue to get emails from our nurses describing the positive results they are getting from applying the stress management principles at home and at work.  Well done Kate!”

Larry Fells, CEO, Dansac

“Kate, I really appreciated you delivering such an excellent session, an Introduction to Mindfulness. Your presentation ‘hit the mark’ and I received a lot of positive feedback from the Leadership Team on the quality of the presentation. Your session made it to the top of my list of “three things that went well today”!”

Neil Whiteside, Director Community Wellbeing, Brimbank City Council

“Kate taught us a number of different mindfulness techniques that were surprisingly simple to learn, yet effective. Kate herself is a fantastic advertisement for meditation as her presence was calming yet energising.’”

Michele Leembruggen, Sustainable Building Coordinator, City of Melbourne

“Some of my senior leaders were skeptical about meditation in general and some were feeling quite uncomfortable with the thought, however, we persevered. We then arranged a session at our last leadership offsite. Within minutes of meditating the team realised that they were feeling more relaxed and everyone agreed, that it’s a simple and practical tool for stress management. We now have a number of the team meditating on a more regular basis.”

Franca Alessi, Business Support Manager, Network Operations & Development, National Australia Bank


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We found Kate’s insights and ideas helpful and everyone enjoyed the time to focus on themselves and to consider the priorities they had and if these should change.

Within a few weeks, almost everyone had taken some action to improve their wellbeing, productivity or relationships. This varied from enrolling in further study, starting an exercise program, joining a meditation class or simply reorganising their workspace.”

Tricia Farnes, Associate Director – Human Resources, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE

“Kate has been an integral part of our health and wellness program within Aviva. Sessions including Managing Stress, Meditation and Work-Life Balance have engaged our employees and created an awareness and understanding around the importance of maintaining one’s health, both mentally and physically. Kate’s warm and understanding nature combined with her passion and enthusiasm for these topics has ensured a continued successful program for our employees.”

Cliodhna Coughlan, HR Learning & Development, Aviva Australia

“Kate, just a note to say a big thank you for the talk last night. The feedback was very positive and I think that we all took something away from it. Your style is great, with just the right balance of relaxed delivery without diminishing the importance of the material, and engaged the group throughout. I hope we can work together in the future.”

Brian Peters, Competency Executive, Terra Firma

“Thank you for a very interesting and informative session you conducted at CitiPower/Powercor today. Work-life balance sometimes seems a term that is quite hard to define, but you prompted lots of thought-starters for me. One thing I found vital – recognition that the balance can and does change frequently, depending on issues that are happening in either my work or private life. I hadn’t truly realised that before now. Thank you for putting so much of yourself into the presentation – it makes it so much more interesting.”

Executive Assistant to General Manager Human Resources & Corporate Affairs, Powercor/CitiPower

Image by Fi Mims Photography

Recent clients include

Cotton On Group, Latrobe University, Holmesglen, Monash, Sensis, Grocon, Aviva, Coles Myer, Urbis, NPS Medicinewise, Moores Legal, The Victorian Bar, BHP Billiton, Macquarie Bank, NAB, Bank West, PwC, Powercor, CSR, Clemenger, CHE, George Patts, Department of Transport, Department of Human Services, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Department of Justice, Financial Ombudsman Service, Victorian Electoral Commission, TCA, Yarra Valley Water, Local Government Women’s Professional Development, Australian Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Whitelion and Kids Under Cover.

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