The Myth of Normal, by Gabor Maté | The Vanguard Book Club for Personal Development


Why are Western cultures seeing such a profound increase in chronic illnesses? How can we go about improving our health in these conditions? There are plenty of quacks out there claiming to have easy answers to all of our ills, so let’s cut through all of the noise, get real, and discuss steps we can take to help ourselves and each other thrive in times of crisis.

Join us in October to discuss The Myth of Normal, by world-renowned physician, Dr. Gabor Maté!

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Message me to attend in person, as space is limited! Otherwise, join us on Zoom 🙂 Note: This book is longer than most we’ve discussed, so pace yourself! And remember, you’re still encouraged to attend even if you don’t have time to read the book. #timeisaprivilege

This meeting will be facilitated by a full-time Life Coach (yours truly) and former university educator with over a decade of international experience in facilitating discussions across groups from various cultural backgrounds and beliefs. We value inclusivity 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈🖤💛❤️✊🏽 and insist on respectful discussion. We are not a ‘positive vibes only’ crew. We invite you to bring your WHOLE self to the discussion! Wanna suss me out ahead of time to see if we’ll ‘gel’? Then feel free to have a snoop here ☺:

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From the book jacket:

Mental Illness and chronic disease are on a seemingly unstoppable rise. How did we get here? And what lies ahead for us?

‘It all starts with waking up…to what our bodies are expressing and our minds are suppressing’

In this life-affirming book, Dr Gabor Maté connects the dots between our personal suffering and the relentless pressures of modern life — showing that ill health is a natural reflection of our disconnection from our true selves. Drawing on four decades of clinical experience, and stories of people transforming their bodies and minds, Dr Maté offers a hopeful pathway to healing.

‘And epic journey of discovery about how our emotional wellbeing and social connectivity are intimately intertwined with health, disease and addictions. This riveting and beautifully written tale has profound implications for all our lives, including the practice of medicine and mental health’ – Bessel van der Kolk, author or The Body Keeps the Score

At this meetup, we will discuss Maté’s expert insights on ‘illness, health and healing in a toxic culture’ and how these ideas may relate to our own lives. Love the book? Hate the book? No time to read the book? You’re all welcome!

Looking forward to seeing everyone 😎

Kindest regards,

Leslie Crudup Villagarcia
-Your No-Nonsense Life Coach-

Time/Date: Wednesday, 23 October – 6-8pm (doors open from 5:30)
Location: 91 Commercial Rd. Teneriffe, QLD.
On-street parking*
Close to public transport
(5 min. walk from Teneriffe ferry; Closest buses – 393 & 470)
Tea/coffee facilities
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Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

*On-site parking is reserved for other businesses in the building.

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