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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Detox Your Divorce Retreat: WIN TICKET

Divorce is messy, it's an incredibly anxious time, and there's a reason it's said that - as far as life events go - it is right up there with death on a scale of deeply unsettling and life altering events.

I don't speak from experience, being year number 17 into my marriage, but I completely feel for and understand the deep grief felt by couples who separate and go on to divorce, witnessing first hand that pain with friends around me who have gone through this tumultuous time.

What I can see is that my buddies need a helping hand in myriad ways - deep conversations that include practical solutions, experts who really know their stuff to help navigate what to do next, and a camaraderie with people who are in your position to help you through the dark times by sharing war stories.

When I came across this story opportunity, to deep dive into how to navigate divorce and come out of the other side (granted, the after effects of the other side can last forever) with sanity, grace, and actual tools, I leapt at the chance to spread the word and help my pals.

Enter a retreat designed by a legal pro, and with a list of speaker who are not there to lecture, instead guide and help guide you for the road ahead.

The Detox Your Divorce Retreat is designed to assist you with navigating your divorce and separation, and help you with the support you need.

Below is more about the event, which is being held at Crowne Plaza Terrigal on Friday 26 February from 9am - 5pm, one night's stay at Crowne Plaza Terrigal (yes!) then wake up fresh and ready to go for day two at the same venue, with the same times, finishing up on Saturday night armed with info and ready to take control of one of life's biggest hurdles.

Read on, and if this retreat is for you, you can go in the running to win the opportunity to experience this event (one solo ticket up for grabs), with thanks to Kalpaxis Legal:

Cassandra Kalpaxis is the Director and CEO of Kalpaxis Legal, a boutique Family Law firm making a difference.

Cassandra believes that separation should be dealt with holistically and her firm is proud to practise law differently.

Cassandra is a Family Lawyer, Separation Strategist, Divorce Coach, Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and an Arbitrator for separating families. The Co-Founder of "Dispute Resolution Centre Australia", she is passionate about providing families with a range of options to settle their dispute.

Cassandra also hosts a Bi-Annual 'Detox your Divorce Retreat' designed to assist you with navigating your Divorce with the support you need from a team of professionals.

If you have found yourself in this space it is not uncommon for your feelings to fluctuate and to be anxious about the future.

Separation is a difficult process. Divorce doesn’t need to be an acrimonious and difficult experience. We believe in creating a tailored pathway to suit each individual family to best meet your needs.

Inclusions :

  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Unlimited Tea and Coffee
  • Night Accommodation (Only for Friday, 26th Feb)
  • Gift bag with over $1000 of gift items

The two day program starts at 9am sharp next week on Friday, and each day is choc full of useful info you'll need, in sessions designed to uplift.

More info on how the days will unfold here...

On day 1, you'll have an introduction by the host, Ms Cassandra Kalpaxis.

Then unwind with a soothing session of Yoga by Yogamigos.

Next, Dr Lurve assist with understanding your self worth during divorce and separation.

Lenore Pearson guides participants with healing through grieving.

Navigating Divorce and your self-worth during Separation.

The intersection between criminal proceedings and Family Law is unravelled, and the next session is about overcoming adversity during your separation.

Then, it's all about stress, anxiety and self-care - an interactive workshop.

And the last session of day one is co-parenting effectively with your ex partner.

Day Two kicks off with a session called 'Collaborate Don't Complicate' - which is a joint session by Cassandra Kalpaxis and Stefano Cammarano.

'Be A Boss - Stepping Into Your Financial Power' is next.

Proving that a sound mind is crucial for a big life change the 'Detox Your Divorce... Not Your Diet - Gut Health & Separation' session is next.

Then: 'Achieving Optimal Wellness As A Professional'.

Cassandra is then back with 'see the light at the end of your tunnel - How to be future focussed', then Stefano is back with 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow (The Evolution of Family).'

A retreat highlight will be Dino Hira (yep, ex 'Married at First Sight') who will be helping participants unwind with a mindfulness yoga session.

More info HERE.

Want to secure your ticket NOW?

Go right HERE and purchase your ticket while those limited spots are still available.

Try your hand at winning a solo pass?

Here's all you need to do:

- Like Josie's Juice on Facebook HERE

- Follow @josiesjuicejournalist on Instagram

- Follow @kalpaxislegal on Instagram

- Follow Kalpaxis Legal on Facebook HERE

- Follow @disputeresolutioncentre on Instagram 

DM me on why you'd like to win this ticket - divorce is a private matter, so we understand if the reasons you'd like to attend stay private too.

Winner will also be announced via my DM.

It's a perfect opportunity to understand one of the biggest stages of your life in an environment that is easy and relaxed.

We spend money on clothes and getaways and drinks with the girls and downtime, so now it's time to really see this as an investment in you, with access to world class experts in a setting which is comfortable and welcoming.

Follow the conversation here:


Saturday, 16 January 2021

'Magic Mike Live': REVIEW

'Magic Mike Live' is the tonic we all need right now.

Let's get some questions out of the way immediately, the ones I have been asked already, and perhaps some you may be wondering yourself...

- is there full frontal nudity?

No. There isn't. One lad comes pretty close... though he leaves his hat on.

- can blokes come along?

Of course! We spotted a few guys in the crowd, and they were having a brilliant time. Plus, there's some eye candy for them too...

- do the performers get you up on stage?

Well, yes and no. A few lucky people are called up... but I will leave the rest for you to find out, as half the fun are the surprises in store for you at this show

- is this a strip show?

While there is plenty of shedding of clothing, it's not a straight up nudie-rudie strip show. There is much more to it than that. Yep, a really fun storyline you'll love to see unfold.

The official Magic Mike Live Australia site says it best:

No. Magic Mike Live is a high-end production show in a state-of-the-art venue with some of the most talented dancers from around the world performing amazing choreography amidst over-the-top production values. It’s a place where women can feel what it’s like to exist in a world where their desires are heard and they are treated like goddesses…a place where they feel comfortable and proud.

- is 'Magic Mike Live' exactly like the storyline of the movie/s?

No, it loosely follows the film's story hook where the protagonist kinda finds his truth and purpose through dancing/getting his kit off, but it's more like a bawdy, fun cabaret where women are left feeling rather empowered...

- does Channing Tatum feature in the show?

No, sadly.

Says the site:

Channing is the director and creator of the show and does not appear in it, but as Channing often says, he “can’t wait until he’s in Magic Mike shape” so he can perform in the show! He also loves to surprise audience members by turning up at shows every now and then, so do keep an eye out!

- Where is Magic Mike Live held?

In Sydney, it is located at The Entertainment Quarter (aka Fox Studios).

Says the site:

Australia will recreate the mythical club in The Arcadia, the world’s largest Spiegeltent, named after the ancient Greek Utopia. The Arcadia is a beautiful two storey, fully-customized venue where every detail has been meticulously curated by Channing and the Magic Mike Live creative team especially for the women of Australia.

How do I get there?

- Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, park in the parking station and walk towards where the markets as usually held, and you can't miss the Spiegeltent just beside it

More info:

Guests are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance to enjoy food and cocktails or just take in the atmosphere and details created for your experience.

Says the site:

The show will start promptly as advertised and we recommend all patrons take their seats upon arrival. Please note that beverage service will also be provided in the venue throughout the performance. 

The seating varies. We were given a front row seat (see @josiesjuicejournalist for pics) on a comfy lounge, where the people next to us where well spaced away.

Yes, you need to wear masks. No, it's not big deal, and in my case, you will be eating and drinking most of the time anyway...

You can buy drinks at the bar before the show, there is no intermission, and the show is 90 minutes long. Or order the drinks and food straight to you while you enjoy the show.

You will want to come early so you can experience the incredible Spiegeltent.

It's designed by Belgium's Rik Klessens, and INSANE! Rik's family has been constructing te travelling 'magic mirror tents' since the 1920s.

Says the site about the bar offerings...

A full bar with specialty cocktails and a selection of wine, prosecco and traditional cocktails will be available in The Arcadia lobby prior to the performance.  Patrons can also enjoy a mini-food hall and pay one low price to sample a variety of curated snacks and mini-meals prior to or following the show. Bottle service, champagne, cocktails and other beverages are also available throughout the show from our waitstaff.  We encourage patrons to come early and stay late to enjoy the unique indoor-outdoor atmosphere and delicious food and drink offerings. 

 A final word about the show.

'Magic Mike Live' is an extravaganza.

The ensemble of dancers are a professional lot.

Blake Varga, who was front and centre on the night we went only (some performers vary from night to night) has performed with Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian.

Another dancer, Charles Bartley, has danced in 'The Great Gatsby', the Baz Luhrmann blockbuster.

Sam Marks has toured globally with 'Tap Dogs', and aerial performer and dancer Ned Zaina has been a principal dancer with Opera Australia, and was dance head at 'Turandot'.

Max Francisco (not a guy, an incredibly talented woman) is INSANE. She was dripping wet by the end of her performance, and you'll have to watch it to know what I mean...

And Amy Ingram, take a bow.

She's the MC for the show, and makes a clever entrance which almost had us. Think next level sass and unicorns and female empowerment.

The male MC who introduces the show is so good, I wish I knew his name. Funny, clever, and has you thinking he'll run the whole show... he commands the stage for a short while, then makes way for the laydeez.

Alison Faulk is the co director and choreographer. She says: "Just watch an incredible show... forget your troubles and just laugh, sweat, dance, have fun."

Vincent Marini is the Executive Producer, and says: "Every fabric that we chose in the theatre, every piece of lighting... the idea was to make it feel it personalised for every person in the audience, and to experience this huge extravaganza on one level, but on another level feel like we are speaking specifically and uniquely to each person."

No matter who you are, what you do for a living, who you in corporate world, I guarantee you will LOVE this show.

Go see it!

On until April 2021.

Tickets and info here:


Some moments here (all photos: Peter Brew Bevan):