Last week AUSCCER postgrads and staff left the confines of our offices, took our shoes off and spent two days in the sunshine, wind and waves at North Wollongong beach and Surf life Saving Club. Amongst the joys of sandy feet, whale sightings and delicious cake, the purpose of our outing was a HDR Retreat. The HDR Retreat provides an opportunity for students and staff to reconnect (or get to know each other a bit better), share our research interests, learn some new skills and importantly, take some time to practice some self-care.
We gathered on Tuesday morning and Leah Gibbs kicked us off with an acknowledgement of Country. We meet and regularly work on the lands of the Wodi Wodi people from the Dharawal nation). Ananth Gopal then took the lead instructing us to get into small groups, go for a walk and talk about our present research inspirations and irks. Dedicated time to sit, talk and listen to people other than your supervisor was wonderfully refreshing. What followed were two days full of workshops.
Here are some of the pictorial highlights:
Tuesday 14th November
— Lance Barrie (@lanceb147) November 14, 2017
Wednesday 15th November
Finished two days postgrad retreat with @AUSCCER @UOW feel so empowered by all the talks and shared experiences. This really gives some perspective to my own work as well and motivation to continue writing tmr #inspiration #sharingthephdjourney
— Inka Santala (@InkaSantala) November 15, 2017
3 PhD things: Data is forever: plan to work with your data in 2030. Write with inspiration, not just discipline: surrender & flow with your writing genie. Go hybrid: publish timely ideas while perfecting the narrative arc. Thanks @AUSCCER for an amazing retreat! Here I come, 2018
— Shefali J Lakhina (@ShefJL) November 15, 2017
Big thanks to everyone who organised the retreat and ran workshops.
Look out for future blog posts unpacking some of the workshop discussions.