"When one attempts to set down in bald words any answers one has found to life's problems, there is a great risk of appearing to think that one's answer is either the only one or the best one. This, of course, would be nonsense. I have no such all-inclusive wisdom to offer, only a few guideposts that have proved helpful to me in the course of a long life. Perhaps they may steer someone away from the pitfalls into which I stumbled or help them to avoid the mistakes I have made. Or perhaps one can learn only by one's mistakes. The essential thing is to learn. Learning and living. But they are really the same thing, aren't they? There is no experience from which you can't learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

You can do that only if you have curiosity, an unquenchable spirit of adventure. The experience can have meaning only if you understand it. You can understand it only if you have arrived at some knowledge of yourself...which teaches you to cast out fear and frees you for the fullest experience of the adventure of life."

These are the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, and one of many inspirations for this event.

Extraordinary Tales of Strength and Daring is a series of get-togethers with a focus on living and learning, on creativity, inspiration and connection with other like-minded, broad-minded individuals. It’s about strength; about tenacity, grace and resilience. It's about health and well-being too - not diets or fads, nor body shaming or judgement, but rather looking after our good selves - body, mind and soul too. It's about fulfilment, and about that lovely (but sometimes fleeting) realisation of our capabilities, and about being bold and brave enough to be our authentic selves.

I could say it's about empowerment, except I don't like that word so I won't.

It's also about the power of a great story, one that's real and honest and true, and about the extraordinary women who tell them. After all, it's through stories we learn most - about others, and about ourselves.

T'will be an intimate affair, warm and welcoming and filled-to-overflowing with boldness and bravery, courage and creativity, inspiration and personal integrity. T'will be somewhat celebratory too, as befits any occasion that brings together like-minded, good-souled people.

Proceeds from registration fees will go to both Wellington Women's Refuge and Wellington Rape Crisis, to support the vital services they provide to women and children in the Wellington community.

Why not pop along for an emboldening, delighting, exciting, igniting and joyous experience. To have you there would be very nice indeed. Register now!


This event is organised by Natasha Lampard. Huge and heartfelt thanks to Su Yin Khoo of Extra Bold who is responsible for the design of this site and its associated event materials; Sam Bonner for his work in the development of this site and to Ben for the photography.