In his past, as a graduate of America’s prestigious Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich lived a successful life as a former entertainment attorney. But his true success? That came later, when his health, wellbeing and fitness journey turned into a life of purpose as a full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, best-selling author ("Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself") and sought-after public speaker who is a genuinely transformative example of courageous and healthy living.
Rich’s life as a husband and father to four children is at the heart of his message and his athletic achievements – including astonishing results in the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. Considered by many to be one of the world’s most daunting and grueling endurance races on the planet, Ultraman is a 3-day / 320 mile double-ironman distance triathlon.
What is truly incredible is that, less than two years before running his first Ultraman, he didn’t even own a bike, let alone race one.
Today, his popular Rich Roll Podcast, launched in 2012, regularly earns its place in the iTunes top-10 list for health and wellness. A second best-selling book - "The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes And Guidance For The Whole Family" - was written in conjunction with his wife, Julie Piatt and published in 2015.
Rich’s transformation, from a career cut short by struggles with drugs and alcohol - an addiction that led him astray for the next decade – is proof that change is possible.
Today, as a dedicated leader in plant-based nutrition and a boundary-pushing athlete, he is living a life he once could not even dream of – and he wants you to know that you can do it too.
Julie’s passion is plant-based meal creation and meditation and this creative talent (Julie is an artist, singer and songwriter, too) lives a vibrant, meaningful and healthy life as Rich’s wife, the mother of four children and a sought-after speaker in her own right.
Julie has spent decades dedicated to divine living and she combines the health-giving benefits of a plant-based life with deep meditation practice, to achieve a spiritual harmony that helps balance her in today’s busy world.
Her popular podcast, Divine Throughline, is another platform for sharing her philosophy and inspiration.
It’s all about pure health – from the inside out – with enhanced wellbeing of both body and mind.
In this event, Julie’s unique, guided meditation session provides the ideal focus you need to begin your own personal transformational journey.
Her approach to food is enriched with deep wisdom and her knowledge of what it means to experience deep intimacy in your own relationships is a message that will change you for the better.
Julie will be releasing 2 new cookbooks “This Cheese is Nuts” in June 2017 and “Plantpower Italia” in April 2018.
Melbourne local Andrew Davies graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1989 and began his medical career as an intensive care specialist 20 years ago, with professional interests in end of life care as well as nutrition for those with critical illness.
As an accomplished researcher who has been widely published in leading medical journals, Andrew has presented on international stages and has his own motivational journey of physical and mental wellbeing.
Andrew became plant-based and has subsequently completed 3 marathons and 2 long distance ocean swimming events.
But it wasn’t always like this. Despite being highly accomplished and regarded within his ICU community, an episode of burnout in 2012 saw him leave his coveted position at a leading public hospital and take a break from clinical medicine and research for a year.
What followed was a time of deep reflection – time that enabled him to explore the framework for his current lifestyle as a more engaged father, loving husband and part-time intensive care doctor and medical advisor in the healthcare industry.
Andrew’s framework of mindfulness, exercise, plant-based nutrition, optimal sleep and greater connection with others is the basis of a powerful presentation he is proud to share.
He hopes to expand the audience for this powerful message via the New Normal Project – an initiative recently launched with his wife Claire.
In addition to the New Normal Project, Andrew will be launching his own podcast, Mastering Intensive Care, where the wisdom and experience of leaders in intensive care units around the country will be explored in greater depth and shared throughout this community.
Andrew Taylor’s story went viral when the world caught wind of the 36 year old Aussie dad who had embarked upon a quest to eat only potatoes for the entirety of 2016.
But to assume - as most did, at first - that this was some clown doing something crazy and unhealthy on a whim for 15 minutes of fame, was to miss both the perfect logic of the experiment itself, and the exceedingly powerful and timely message Andrew brings. Hint: it’s not about the potatoes.
In late 2015, the former junior Australian Champion marathon kayaker was in the depths of despair after yet another failed attempt in a lifetime of dieting that had left him even heavier than before - 151.7kg.
From his black hole of clinical anxiety and depression, desperate to be the man he hoped his young son could look up to, he had an epiphany: he was a food addict.
Logically then, to Andrew, who thinks outside the square, he should treat his food addiction the same way you would treat any other addiction: through abstinence - or as close to it as you can get.
Armed with a degree in Applied Science (Human Movement) and a fascination with all things nutrition-related, the former high school physical education/health teacher spent six weeks researching ‘the perfect food’ before he settled on the humble spud - just in time to begin a whole year break from thinking about food on New Year’s Day, 2016.
With the media frenzy that followed his ‘Spud Fit Challenge’ story came the opportunity to help thousands of other food addicts deal with their own food psychology issues while losing weight and getting healthier along the way.
Andrew’s first short book, ‘The D.I.Y. Spud Fit Challenge: a how-to guide to tackling food addiction with the humble spud’ was co-authored by his wife Mandy van Zanen and has helped many people to break the shackles of food addiction.
Andrew now spends his time coaching others through food addiction, speaking, making youtube videos, working on his own podcast and is currently writing his second book.