We offer workshops and keynote experiences tailored to empower your community!

Workshops - reflect, connect & plan.

Stop the rush. Slow down. Let’s play cards and have some meaningful fun. Mental Spinach workshops are interactive and informal. They create a rare opportunity for reflection, connection and planning – collaboratively and strategically.  

In either our 90-minute Blast or our half-day Feast, we help you put something that’s really important to you under the microscope. To learn more about both of our workshop offerings click on the pictures below.

Mental Spinach Feast

Workshop: half-day or all-day

10-20 people 


Jess and Ian both offer keynote presentations tailored to their specific backgrounds.

Whether it is the recurring power of habits and mindsets, or the challenge of perfectionism and expectations in organisations and schools - Jess and Ian would love to bring Mental Spinach and how it can be applied to your context to your next conference, event or personal development day.

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Ian Pollard

Mental Spinach - Four Lenses to nourish love, work and play

SPEAKING TIME: 20 - 60 minutes

Alternative or specialist themes:

  • The agile exponential mindset

  • Organisational culture and opportunity

  • Building a non-executive or portfolio career.

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Jess Pollard

Mental Spinach for teenagers and young adults

SPEAKING TIME: 20 - 40 minutes

Alternative or specialist themes:

  • Careers and the transition into life after school

  • Habits and identity

  • Relationships and team building

All talks are based around themes relevant to positive education and promoting empowering messages for young people.


Who we work with?

The common thread for us is that we always weave in the Mental Spinach framework as a decision-making and life-enriching tool. We create experiences that are interactive, thought-provoking and focus on supporting meaningful conversations. We work with:



EducationAL PRoviders

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Organisations - teams and professional development

We’ve worked with professional services firms and publicly listed companies with management teams, executive and young professional development groups.

Jess and Ian presented Mental Spinach to KordaMentha Accelerate business development team and a select number of our clients. It was an interactive and personalised seminar, with each attendee encouraged to prepare a personal challenge or question to work through on the night using the techniques and concepts discussed in Mental Spinach.

Jess and Ian present the concepts in a practical way that is open, inviting and encourages significant introspection. Our clients and the KordaMentha team provided great positive feedback on the event and we intend to hold another seminar in the future.”

Andrew Hudson, KordaMentha

Educational providers - High schools, associations & universities

We’ve worked with major universities running workshops and providing keynotes for student associations, alumni and MBA programs.

“MusicNSW was delighted to have Jess present (she) gave excellent advice to emerging artists to help them to identify career pathways.”

Laura Murdoch - MusicNSW Executive Producer

Individuals - open workshops for individuals and families

We have run open workshops where individuals, entrepreneurs and families can come together to explore something they’re trying to grow in their life.

“What I love about the Mental Spinach workshop and framework is that it's clear, holistic and action-based - I left with a strong sense of purpose and a clear idea of what I needed to do next. Thanks Ian and Jess!”

Tom - Company Co-Founder

“Participating in Jess and Ian's workshop was a natural path after reading Mental Spinach! The book was an eye opener to unleash my dream to become an entrepreneur in parallel with my corporate career, putting into perspective my life and my aspiration with smart tips and very well articulated guidance and zests of humour!

They inspired me beyond the book, I loved the fact that they wrote that as nugget father/daughter, mixing their thoughts and generations in a common love and passion for life projects. Then came the workshop. Our start-up was created as a family fun project with my husband, my daughter, 14 years old, my son 7. I wanted them to come onboard this entrepreneurial adventure, building a dream and engaging ourselves in a learning process. We did it (I was surprised and delighted that Jess and Ian were open and curious to welcome us as a family!)

The workshop was fantastic to reflect and more, to take actions, which we did as a "team". It has helped us set up our vision, our roles and responsibilities, and some clear short term steps to move in our project! We now have our weekly family/board members’ catch up, we know what roles we play and our long, middle and short term steps. We already see the outcomes of the workshop but beyond that it has increased our happiness and delight building something together.”

Sophie - workshop participant