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A more mindful life - ‘work life balance’


Kate James is the author of best-selling books, Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love, Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life and Change How You Think and Be Happier Now. She has spent the past fifteen years working as a coach, meditation teacher, speaker and retreat facilitator.

Utilising tools from Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Kate works with leaders and business owners to help them clarify their personal strengths, develop confidence, increase self-awareness and gain clarity about their career and life direction.

Her clients range from lawyers to artists, entrepreneurs to corporate leaders. They are creative, insightful people who have an interest in living their own version of a successful and meaningful life.

Kate understands the ‘work life balance’ juggle first-hand having managed a successful career as she raised two (now adult) daughters. She lives in Melbourne with her husband of thirty years

Current work

Having practised meditation for the past 24 years, Kate teaches mindfulness workshops and retreats in Melbourne, Byron Bay, Bali, and the Yarra Valley, where participants are introduced to different to principles of mindfulness and how they can be integrated into everyday life

Previous experience

Media: Kate is a sought after media expert who has spoken on national television and radio and been quoted in The Age, body+soul, BRW, Marie Claire, Mindfood magazine, and Mind Body Green. She speaks to corporate groups on mindfulness, managing stress, finding more balance and living with purpose.

Education: She completed her certification in coaching with International Coach Academy in 2002 and was one of the first coaches in Australia to achieve the PCC accreditation with International Coach Federation in 2005.

Talking Points

The Five Principles of Living & Working Mindfully

Become more present and focused, balance negative thinking and identify your personal values. Includes practical tips that will help you build more positive relationships and become mindful about your life choices.

Building resilience

Build inner strength, get friendly with failure and cultivate a mindset of perseverance. Includes tips on how to quieten your inner critic, overcome comparison and develop a more positive outlook on life.

Creating Better Balance

The concept of work life balance is largely a myth. Learn how to use your time more effectively and cultivate a more mindful approach that will help reduce stress in your busy life.

Discover Your Purpose

Discover your unique strengths and values and choose a life path that is truly right for you. Learn how to live a purposeful life, regardless of your career.


  • Purpose & Vision

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Work-Life Balance
“Kate came in to Cotton On Head Office and opened up our global mindfulness program. Her workshop was the perfect introduction to mindfulness. The talk was both informative and engaging with key takeaways and techniques that people used straight away. Since Kate’s workshop we have had leaders and general managers invite Kate back to further develop mindfulness within their teams." Cotton On Group
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