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Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Meaning, Mysticism and Manifestation

Broadly Speaking

For aeons, humans have sought out systems of meaning to make sense of the patterns of our lives.

Please note this event has been rescheduled from Tuesday 15 June, 6.30pm to Tuesday 6 July, 7pm and will now be a digital-only event. This is in response to current lockdown restrictions and the inability of speakers to travel interstate.

While it is unfortunate that we can’t present this conversation in person, it will be live-streamed at the same time. If you have already purchased a ticket, you will receive a reminder ahead of the event. You can still register for this event and receive the streaming details.

If you would like a refund for the cost of your ticket please contact the Wheeler Centre at by 5pm Monday 5th July. Or, they will convert your ticket price to a tax-deductible donation to the Wheeler Centre.

In recent years, there’s been a resurgence and reclaiming of mysticism and alternative practices such as astrology, tarot and manifestation, particularly among women, non-binary people, queer communities and communities of colour.

These practices can provide spiritual and practical direction and pathways to success, and help us understand our place in the world – but they’re also derided and dismissed by many.

At this Broadly Speaking event, we’ll hear from journalist and ‘sceptical believer’ Amal Awad, creative producer and tarot oracle Erica McCalman, and podcaster, entrepreneur and self-described ‘spooky binch’ Lillian Ahenkan (aka Flex Mami). Together, they’ll unpack the joy and purpose of mystic pursuits, consider the intersections of spirituality and self-awareness, and explore the roots of mainstream disbelief. Hosted by Shantel Wetherall.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and the Wheeler Centre.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.