Hey there, I’m Dr. Jodi Richardson, speaker, educator, writer, wife and mum. I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. As much as I’ve suffered, my anxiety has always driven me to follow my head and my heart to do the things that really matter.
That anxious feeling meant that I could never just settle. Not in work, love or life.
My anxiety has always nudged me to make authentic choices. It’s why I chose to have an intimate wedding to my gorgeous husband Pete in place of the huge one I always imagined; to leave my teaching career to work for beyondblue, and to then fulfill my love of learning by returning to complete my honours degree and my PhD. It’s the reason I have learned so much about the biochemistry, neuroscience, evidence and practice of creating a happier, healthier life.
No one is happy all the time, but there is so much that the sciences of happiness and wellbeing have shown us that we can do reduce our stress and overwhelm and to create a calmer, more peaceful, happier and more fulfilling life. I’m dedicated to sharing all that I’ve learned and discovered both personally and professionally to help you do just that.
My mission is to educate & inspire people to create a calmer, happier, more fulfilling life.
I’m also dedicated to arming teenage girls with strategies to make a positive and genuine difference to their own mental health, wellbeing and sense of meaning and purpose.
I do all this by combining practical findings from the science of wellbeing, positive psychology and exercise science, with over 20 years’ combined experience in education, research, clinical practice, elite sport and communication.
To deliver empowering evidence-based wellbeing education programs which help people take action to create a happier, healthier life.
Integrity · Expertise · Education · Community · Gratitude · Health
What do you want most in life? And if you’re a parent, what do you want most for your children? If your answer is “to be happy”, you’re in great company. But Australian statistics around anxiety and depression paint a very different picture.
That said, findings from wellbeing science show us that there are effective thinking skills, practical tools and strategies that make a genuine difference to our wellbeing, happiness and health.
I’m dedicated to sharing this knowledge.
And whether I’m presenting to small groups or hundreds of conference delegates, my commitment is always to share my knowledge and scientific research findings in parallel with real world examples, and in a way that captures attention and inspires lasting change.
I’ve developed my expertise over many years of education and professional work. In 9 years at university I earned a Bachelor of Education, First Class Honours degree and PhD (Medicine). I have since continued my education through studies in the science of happiness and psychological flexibility (Acceptance and Committment Therapy).
Past professional roles include secondary teacher at The Peninsula School, Mt. Eliza; Communications for the National Schools Based Initiative for the prevention of depression with beyondblue; accredited exercise physiologist; wellbeing and high performance writer for the Australian Institute of Sport and a range of magazine titles; wellbeing speaker for The Peninsula Hot Springs and lululemon.
I am currently the wellbeing retreat facilitator and speaker for Melbourne Girls Grammar and the Mental Health and Wellbeing expert for Parenting Ideas Insights and Parenting Girls course. I also speak regularly at retreats, conferences and schools.
A professional highlight for me was to be an invited panelist at the 2013 Australian Psychological Society breakfast alongside TED speaker and international Meaning and Purpose expert, Professor Michael Steger.
Client Reviews & Testimonials
“The real secret to happiness is understanding that living a happy life does not mean feeling good all the time, and knowing that you don’t have to wait until you feel better to keep moving forward and doing the things that are important to you.”
Client Reviews & Testimonials
As women, we hardly ever sit still. There always seems to be something to do or someone to help. It’s in our nature to be kind, generous and self-sacrificing but we can’t continue to do things for others and meet the needs of our families and workplaces if we don’t take time for ourselves.
Our wellbeing retreats offer a sanctuary amidst all of the busyness. A chance to enjoy a calm and quite atmosphere, rest your mind, relax your body, laugh, connect with other women and enjoy learning practical skills and strategies to create a happier life, to treat yourself as you would a dear friend, and to make time in every week to do the things that light you up.
There’s nothing to do but rest, read, move, learn, laugh and connect. No cooking, no washing up, we’ll even make you your cuppa just the way you like it.
You’ll leave our retreats feeling rested, connected and inspired to continue to invest in your health and happiness. You’ll understand simple but powerful skills for creating a happier and healthier life. Tools that have been shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, techniques to better manage stress, a new perspective on moving your body, and an understanding of what gives you a sense of meaning and purpose.
Peninsula Hot Springs Happiness Retreat
o Exclusive half-day in the Moroccan tent
o Science-backed wellbeing education
o Organic Tulsi tea
o Mindful reflexology walk
o Nourishing morning tea
o Complete summary notes
o Bath robe, towel & locker
o Timeless bathhouse bathing
The Happiness Retreat at The Peninsula Hot Springs combines wellbeing science education with an afternoon of relaxation.
This retreat is designed to give you time to slow down, relax, and to learn:
• simple yet powerful science-backed happiness boosting skills
• what matters to you most, and how to spend more time doing the things you love
• how stress effects your physical health
• what’s stopping you from being happy
• how to make lasting positive behaviour change
Spend a peaceful afternoon soaking in the thermal pools enjoying the warmth of the mineral water and the beautiful natural setting.
Flourish Urban Happiness Retreat
o Nourishing shared morning tea
o Your choice of barista coffee or tea
Join me in an urban haven to uncover your purpose and learn science-backed strategies to create a life you love to live.
This retreat has been crafted to give you time and space to unplug, relax and to learn:
• The most important action we can take to find meaning in our work and family life
• Why we don’t prioritise sleep
• How to spend more time doing the things we love
• Skills for clear and confident decision making
• How to mindfully respond rather than react
Happiness is not ready made; it comes from your own actions.Dalai Lama
Workshops and Seminars
Growing Amazing Women is an educational workshop for teenage girls. Designed to engage teenage girls and inspire them to apply the evidence-based principles of wellbeing science to thrive in school and beyond.
Raising happy little people
Happiness is a skill, and importantly; it’s a skill we can teach our children.
This parenting seminar is designed equip you with science-backed knowledge to help you raise happier, more optimistic, more resilient children with flourishing mental health.
Jodi is in her element when she is speaking. Her natural warmth, openness and honesty, combined with her ability to share happiness and wellbeing science with ease, engages and inspires her audiences to make lasting change to create a happier, healthier life.
Jodi travels nationally throughout Australia for:
· Corporate wellbeing programs
· Retreats + Health Spas
· Parent seminars
jodi [at] drjodirichardson.com.au