Rising Minds

A four month journey of mental health support & empowerment for women, commencing October 4th, 2020.

I see you, woman.


I see you on your journey. I see you battling with over thinking, comparison, anxiety or sadness. I see how much you want things to change, and I see you trying to make this happen. I see you for all of the ways you deserve to be seen, to be heard & to be felt. I see you craving connection, comfort, safety & joy. 


Most of all, I see your light shining bright even when you feel at your darkest.


You have nothing to prove here gorgeous one, you are already infinitely perfect as you are.

Rising Minds is a mental health empowerment journey based on the following elements of self:

Self knowing

Self acceptance 

Self empowerment


This is a movement of gently diving deeper. Of raising our self worth and sense of self, and holding the bar up hirer for what we deserve. This is a movement that grounds you with practical mental health support tools that can be used throughout your lifetime.

This is a program that supports you to dive deeper,

and then lifts you up with the power that you already have within you.

This is the uprising.

The change you’ve been craving.

Your chance to take your power back and devote yourself to the life that you deserve.

The program outline


Month one:

Self knowing

1. Knowing yourself through self assessment

2. Knowing your mental health + knowing your triggers / soothers

3. Knowing your emotions

4. Knowing your feminine cycle


Month two:

Self acceptance & self love

5. Inner child work

6. Shadow work

7. Affirming your worth

8. Self love


Month three:

Self empowerment #1

9. Soothing a nervous system using the senses

10. Intentionally using your time

11. Learning meditation for mental health

12. Nourish your mind: Nutrition + sleep for mental health

Month four:

Self empowerment #2

13. Finding your mental health outlet; self expression and self care

14. The "Clean out"; detoxing your life

15. Accessing joy and play

16. Mindful communication with others

How the program works

This program is a self paced online program. Throughout the Rising Minds journey, you will have access to weekly content focused on each mental health area. Each month will include an introduction via video by myself, recorded guest interviews, PDFs of information, journal prompts and various guided practical exercises.  All program members will be able sign into monthly live group video calls, and will have access to 24/7 connection with group members via the Rising Minds Facebook group. This is for you to unpack and put into practice in our safe container now, but the things that you’ll learn, tools you’ll be empowered with and resources that you can access will be for life.


Let's take the journey, together. 

When you sign up now, you'll receive full access to:

  • The Rising Minds online community where you'll find video lessons, interviews with guest speakers, workbooks for downloading and guided practical experiences.

  • A private Facebook group made only for members of the program to interact, share, receive feedback and go through the exercises together for 4 months.

  • Monthly live calls for connecting, sharing, asking questions and learning from one another. Participation within the Facebook group & group calls is optional, not compulsory.

  • A group of women who understand

  • Support and guidance in the private group from Mental Health Occupational Therapist trained in Art Psychotherapy, Tessa Lloyd.


7 recorded interviews with these guest speakers, discussing their expert mental health tools:

This program is for you if:


You feel unseen or unheard for who you truly are 


You crave the freedom and joy that you see others accessing every day


You can feel the need to say “yes” and prove your worth


You experience chronic overthinking and worry about what others think of you


You experience difficulty managing low moods and feelings of anxiety


You tend to repeat the same patterns and make the same mistakes, and wonder why it keeps happening to you


You put pressure on yourself to be perfect 


You find yourself feeling disappointed, rejected or “triggered”


You think too far forward into the future or dwell on the past, and find it hard to remain present


You want to be guided by a mental health professional in getting to know and accept yourself as you are


Your self talk is frequently negative


You want to accept your past and create a bright future 


Your mental health affects your day to day life


You want to manage stress, burnout, conflict 


You feel disconnected from your body 


You feel alone and unsupported in learning tools to manage your mental health


You want to EMPOWER yourself in managing your mental health, because you know that you deserve more.


Kate Daley

"I’ve learnt so much about myself, and the space we had in those calls was really something magical! You lead us like a boss (a kind, empathic boss at that)! I’ll definitely treasure these moments."

Christine Chamoun

"You bring such a beautiful and understanding space for women of all kinds to feel safe. I did and shared things I would have never done but I knew I was in such a safe space that it was possible for me to. You made me feel seen Tessa."

Emma Fitts

"Tessa is such a beautiful soul who allows the things to flow where they need to. With Tessa’s gentle guiding hand, we were able to relax and be open and real with each other, and with the process."

Amanda Hill

"Tessa has a way of making everyone feel at home so even if you're nervous, you can trust that you will be at ease in no time. There is absolutely no pressure on you.. it's all about your unique self expression."

Alex Tuechler

"I felt incredibly safe & held by both Tessa & the beautiful women in the group, it’s truly beautiful to be surrounded by strong & vulnerable women on a similar journey".

"Mind rising has helped me to understand the importance of sitting with my feelings and not suppressing them, the importance of slowing down the pace of life sometimes and how this can be such a nice gift we can give ourselves. Tessa has been the most wonderful guide throughout the course.  The way she listens and creates a safe and supportive environment for women is a beautiful thing. The course has so much valuable content and I’ve learnt many tools to help care for my mental health. It has supported me to instil some new habits into my life that have really helped me with my mental health and overall health in general. The best thing about Mind Rising is you take it all at your own pace, you get to meet some amazing women (virtually) and you feel so empowered by listening and sharing your journeys together! Thank-you again Tessa!."

- testimonial from May 2020 intake

Hey there, here's a little bit about me..

I got here by gently doing the work. I got here by slowly starting my journey, and being in that journey through the light and darkness. I got here by knowing that although this mental health journey can be so tough; so am I. And this toughness, this strength and grit that accompanies me through it all, is derived from the gentle, heart open softness that is self devotion to the journey. 


My experience with mental health isn’t just an experience for me. It’s also for you. So that I can be with you openly. So that I can sit with you, with compassion and empathy. So that I can hold space for you and listen. So that I can empower you with the tools that I have gathered along this long road, so that you can spark a light where it seems like it’s always darkness. So I can be with you and not feel ashamed or fearful. And so that I can remind you that there’s nothing to be ashamed or fearful of.

My name is Tessa, gorgeous one. And I know how it feels to:

  • Try to put on a happy face so that no one knows

  • Feel alone

  • Hide away

  • Repeat the same patterns over and over

  • Feel misunderstood

I know how that feels and I know that without your sunshine and rainbows that you are still worthy of love, connection and acceptance. And I know what it’s like to be surrounded by people who don't understand, no matter how much they try. I know what that feels like and I know the impact that it has. That’s why I’m diving deep and creating a movement that not only holds space for you, but will empower you in self knowing, self acceptance and self empowerment.

I trained to be an Occupational Therapist over a five year year period, which showed me in an intensive way, how to empower people with tools for their well being. I chose to take the mental health Occupational Therapy road because of how often I have observed and how deeply I learnt, that mental health impacts absolutely everything. Five days a week it’s my role to look at all facets of a person’s life to see what brings them joy, meaning and hope. It’s also my role to support them and empower them, with practical tools that will allow them to access that joy, meaning and hope.


I studied art therapy + psychotherapy because I wanted to empower my clients to journey within their mind, to “be with” and learn from their emotions, and to integrate creativity into their life as a wellbeing tool. Psychotherapy training allows me to lay the groundwork for my client’s empowerment journey, by encouraging them to self enquire and to safely sit with what they’re experiencing in their whole being. 


This combination of training and work experience, as well as my ongoing management of my own mental health, has shown me the importance of self enquiry and knowing, as well as having grounded practical tools for managing factors of mental health in every day life.

Enrolments close in



Q: "When does the program start? Will Rising Minds run again next year?"

A: October 4th, 2020.

The next Rising Minds enrolments won't open until 2021.


"I've felt the world shift since starting Mind Rising. I have noticed my ability and felt supported to delve deeper; I’ve found the start of the path. Prior to this I was lost in the woods, with low cloud, walking in circles, with a complete inability to find the path to walk on. I don’t want to get to the end of the path, I know I never will, and I am happy to veer down various branches. But to just be on the path, the relief and joy, to have found the ability to source the answers. The clouds have lifted, the sun is shining, I can see the path a head of me, and I am ready for the adventure."

- testimonial from May 2020 intake

Enrolments close in

Contact wellness@theartofinsightstudio.com by the 6th of October if enrolment time is up, but you would like to secure a place. 


"Since participating in Mind Rising, I have noticed years worth of mental fog (created by being swept up in the healthcare system) finally start to dissipate. Mind Rising provided me with the tools I needed to take a deep dive inward, discovering not only what brings me great joy, but also what triggers the darker days. I now acknowledge important aspects of my personality and I am able to mitigate once confusing or uncontrollable feelings. As a result, I feel as though I have taken back control of both my mental and physical health.

What a wonderful gift this program is. Thank you, Tessa."

- testimonial from May 2020 intake


Q: "What do I get when I sign up? "

A: Shortly after payment you will receive a welcome email confirming your enrolment. This will grant you access to the first month of content within the course, links to our monthly group calls, the Rising Minds Facebook group, and important dates to remember. You will also be sent an enrolment contract for signing, outlining our agreed responsibilities throughout the course.

Rising Minds 2020 commences on the 4th of October at 6pm


Secure your place now


let's start the journey, together.


Enrolments close in

Contact wellness@theartofinsightstudio.com by the 6th of October if enrolment time is up, but you would like to secure a place. 


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We would like to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as the Traditional Owners of the land we work and live upon, and pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and elders past, present & emerging.