Changing Behaviours


Three astounding speakers in the 1 day!

Gayla Maxwell


Lillian and Andrew Reekie

presented by

The Art of Healing magazine

as part of the

Wellness Workshop Series

to be held in

the Pandanus Room, Byron Services Club

Jonson Street, Byron Bay, N.S.W. Australia


Saturday, 26 April from 9.30am


Gayla Maxwell


Self love is more than an indulgence. It is a way to take responsibility for yourself so everyone else doesn’t have to. 

Gayla Maxwell is Canada’s export and Australia’s expert in teaching the art of self love and creating the life you deserve – and desire. Gayla is a self-published author and engaging speaker, who uses a magical blend of tools, practices and techniques to ‘shift’ limiting (often subconscious) beliefs to positive supportive self-talk. “The real difference in Gayla’s presentations is that she has you processing on the spot”.  She demonstrates ‘there and then’ how to operate without fear, and challenges you to question the inner voices that keep you living in fear. She will show you how to stop struggling and start honoring yourself exactly as you are – with kindness, appreciation and love. Armed with this information, she will ensure you go away feeling more able – as an individual or parent.

Gayla believes in the power that lies within each of us to create and attract all that we choose in our lives. This power she says: “Is found only in taking responsibility for our moment-to-moment choices, keeping a keen eye on our highest vision of who we really are, and being kind to ourselves – as we sometimes forget just how amazingly powerful and pure we are”. As a qualified master trainer in suicide prevention, Gayla has provided training to psychologists, teachers, youth workers, and various areas of the medical profession since 1998. During this time she has felt a strong pull toward developing ‘preventative programs’ to help people stay connected to life.

Gayla’s mischievous sense of humor accompanied by her indisputable honesty and passion to support greater connection and joy, provide an appealing combination that makes her a truly unique and inspirational speaker. Expect to participate in an interactive, playful and highly informative morning.



Lillian and Andrew Reekie
1.30 – 4.30pm

If it is to be, it is up to me

All young children can be naughty, defiant and impulsive from time to time, which is perfectly normal. However, some children have extremely difficult and challenging behaviours that are outside the norm for their age. The most common disruptive behavioural disorders include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Diagnosis methods currently include:

  • Diagnosis by either a paediatrician, psychologist or child psychiatrist
  • In-depth interviews with the parents, child and teachers
  • Behaviour check lists or standardised questionnaires.

A diagnosis is made if the child’s behaviour meets the criteria for disruptive behaviour disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association.

This system of diagnosis is what has been questioned by concerned parents Lillian and Andrew Reekie. Their interest was first stimulated by their own experience with their second son Caleb who they were told was suffering from ODD when he was just four years old. A trained primary school teacher who had worked in schools for 17 years, Lillian felt something was not quite right with the diagnosis. As a toddler, Lillian was well aware that her child was ‘busier’ than the other children. “He was ALWAYS on the go and especially demanding of me. He threw tantrums and showed signs of anger and aggression towards others” she says. “This was a real concern as it was difficult around other children. It was often easier to just stay at home”. Ultimately, his day-carers sought the help of counsellors and psychologists who initially diagnosed Caleb with childhood depression and suggested medication. Then after consulting with a paediatrician he was referred to the Adolescent Mental Health wing at the local hospital where he was diagnosed with ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder. And so their journey began…


Not content to give her son amphetamines, Lillian took it upon herself to find out what other options and treatments were available. What she found in her research, through trial and error with natural healthcare practitioners, and removing and adding different types of products into their household, and foods and supplements into Caleb’s diet, so astounded her, she persuaded her husband to join her to collect as much information as possible to disseminate to other parents. Lillian and Andrew have been on a mission ever since, writing books including ‘Hidden Dangers’, developing CDs to improve the self esteem of children, and touring cities and towns throughout Australia to spread the word to parents, teachers and carers.


Gayla Maxwell, and Lillian and Andrew Reekie will be speaking at the Changing Behaviours Seminar being held in Byron Bay on Saturday, 26 April in the Pandanus Room at the Byron Services Club. Entry fee for either the morning or the afternoon only is $20, or $35 for both sessions. Contact Catherine on 6685 5723 to secure your booking, or email 

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