Mindfulness, melodies and movement at the National Housing Conference 2017


Staying engaged and inspired during a conference is the best way to get the most out of your learning experience.

We’re thrilled to announce that a range of vibrant and talented performers and practitioners have joined the National Housing Conference.

The Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre was established in Sydney in 1993. Descendance grew out of the original dance troupe, Ngaru Dance Company. Ngaru means ‘shake a leg’, a dance style prevalent in the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland.


In 2000, the group changed their name to Descendance as a way to reflect and honour the many artists from diverse tribes who had joined the company.

Since its inception, Descendance has toured over 40 countries and performed at many international festivals and events. Their distinctively energetic styles will be an exciting addition to #NHCSydney.

For a change of pace, we are pleased to offer NHC delegates a selection of mindfulness meditation sessions. Let’s face it – with so much to learn and discover, conferences can be a bit overwhelming. Mindfulness meditation helps to decrease stress, improve well-being, sharpen mental focus and increase resilience. It’s a great technique to utilise in the workplace.

The mindfulness sessions run by expert practitioner, Rita Young, provide delegates with the opportunity to take time out of their busy conference experience to reflect and return to the afternoon sessions refreshed and ready to engage.

Sessions will run for 15 minutes on both Thursday and Friday during the conference.

Adding a melodic touch to #NHCSydney is the Chinese Tenant Choir, a musical group of elderly residents from the Riverwood housing community.

The group formed from the community of senior living units at Riverwood created by SGCH. With 64% of tenants single, and 67% culturally and linguistically diverse, SGCH worked with the tenants to identify and offer support and services – one of the groups that formed is the Chinese Choir.

The group of 23 members meets twice weekly to practise songs, enjoy the community atmosphere and make friends in a harmonious, welcoming environment.tenant-choir

The Chinese Tenant Choir are in high demand, regularly performing at a wide range of events including Harmony Day, Christmas events, Chinese New Year for SGCH, the Riverwood Community Centre and local developer, Payce.

Entertainment will feature amongst the three days of stimulating keynotes, panel discussions and workshops at #NHCSydney. We will have more performers and activities to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more.