Bowen Association Australia
Proudly Presents our 5th International Bowen Conference
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane QLD Australia

9 -11 October 2020 plus Workshops from the 12 – 13 October 2020

Vision For The Future: Bowen – The Therapy of Choice

Vision For The future – The Therapy of Choice. Powerful statement which collectively we can make not only a vision but a reality! Worldwide! So in October 2020 we welcome therapists from around the globe to join us in Brisbane QLD Australia for this, the BAA 5th International Bowen Conference.

Why Brisbane?

‘Beautiful one day, perfect the next!’ That’s one way of describing Queensland and as the capital, Brisbane is certainly no exception. It is Australia’s third largest city and is rightly famous for its amazing climate that is near perfect all year round (can’t say that about the humidity in January though!), and its proximity to many of Queensland’s major tourist destinations has helped make it into a Mecca for visitors to Australia.

The Venue

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, nestled in the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank cultural precinct, is without a doubt an amazing place to hold a conference. The BAA committee was blown away by the facilities, operations, support, and professionalism of this venue which is Internationally recognised and current title holder of the world’s best convention centre; BCEC is Australia’s most awarded meetings and events venue. Their mantra – ‘We constantly deliver world class events, our goal is to give clients a seamless experience of the highest standard, taking your event to the next level.’

Attending the Conference

The location and venue are of course incredibly important to the success of a conference, and in the BCEC we have just that, however, the real power, buzz and positive energy experienced from attending an International Bowen Conference is down to the mixing of hundreds of delegates, speakers and volunteers all like minded in sharing a passion for Bowen Therapy (and having a great time! Image from the 4th BAA International Conference, Cairns 2016)

Lock these dates into your diaries – 9 -11 October 2020 plus Post Conference Workshops from the 12 – 13 October 2020 – and follow our updates in the lead up to the Conference.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane QLD 4101

World Class Conference Centre:

Internationally recognised and current title holder of the world’s best convention centre, BCEC is Australia’s most awarded meetings and events venue. The Centre hosts a collection of local and international conventions, working with clients and delegates to present a total event solution. They constantly deliver world class events, and their goal is to give clients a seamless experience of the highest standard, taking the event to the next level. All located in the beautiful and well appointed South Bank area of Brisbane.

The Conference Venues:

The Welcome Reception will be in the beautiful Sky Terrace room; the plenary sessions are to be held in the magnificent Boulevard Auditorium; the Gala Dinner will be dined and danced away in the amazing Plaza Terrace Room and the three workshops which will be held on the Monday and Tuesday post conference are to be held in the well appointed Mezzanine rooms. All in all first class!

It’s Also About The Food!:

We know how the most talked about and no less important part of any conference is the food. BCEC Food Philosophy – Bringing brighter, bolder, healthier food to your event.

The name David Pugh, one of the architects of Brisbane’s fine dining scene, is synonymous with inspirational and innovative cuisine. Recipient of numerous hats and awards with his own Restaurant Two, and former Queensland Ambassador Chef, David is now delighting guests at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in his new role as Executive Chef. With an impeccable culinary pedigree, David has carved out a stellar career working with some of the world’s finest chefs in New Zealand, in the United Kingdom at London’s famous Connaught Hotel and here in Australia, where his unabating passion for local produce has provided his inspiration and remains central to his cooking today.

A champion of Queensland produce, David has traveled extensively throughout the state during his four years as Queensland Ambassador Chef, developing a strong rapport with suppliers, which he continues to maintain today. His style of modern Australian is perfectly complimented by the beautiful fresh seasonal produce available in Queensland – the food bowl of Australia. “I believe in letting the food speak for itself by enhancing the natural flavours, using citrus and salsas instead of the more traditional sauces. I would love to see a more plant based menu, where the vegetable is more the hero food,” He takes the helm of a team of highly experienced and talented chefs who bring their culinary expertise from all corners of the globe, share a love and enjoyment of food, and delight in creating memorable dining experiences.

But it’s not only the Chefs, our entire Food & Beverage Team is passionate about delivering contemporary, cutting edge food, expertly matched with a carefully selected wine. Service excellence is what collectively drives our team in pursuit of delivering the complete dining experience for our guests. Food & Beverage Director, John Gaudin, says his objective is to take dining experiences at the Centre to a new level. “Certainly food is the main component, but the experience is the sum of all parts – it is the high standards of personal service, the ambience, the warmth and friendliness of the hospitality”

Dietary Requirements

With 20% – 30% of all meals today the subject of dietary requests (medical, cultural and lifestyle choice), it is an increasing challenge for catering venues. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is tackling the growing trend head on with the establishment of a dedicated Special Dietary Kitchen in a bid to streamline the process, improve the product offering and enhance the dining experience for clients. The Centre caters for all dietary requirements – allergens, religious and lifestyle choices. Up to 25% of all meals served at an event can be classified as special dietary requirements and can result in individual dietary requests for up to 600 or more for some events. Every individual special dietary request is expertly handled by the kitchen and delivered directly to the person. The Executive Chef and the Centre’s systems and quality assurance specialists have received training in the identification, handling and labelling of allergens.

Their food philosophy certainly impressed us!

All held within the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Welcome Reception
Friday 9 October 2020

Location: Sky Room & Terrace, The Sky Level Blue at the top of BCEC
Registration: From 5.00pm. Registration Desk is located in the lobby of the Sky Room
Meet & Greet: 6.00pm to 8.30pm Enjoy canapes, wine and soft drinks whilst mingling with old friends and meeting new. Opening Ceremony.
Dress Code: Smart casual to cocktail

Conference – Day 1
Saturday 10 October 2020

Location: Boulevard Auditorium, Green Level
Late Registration: 8.30am. Foyer entrance to the Boulevard Auditorium
Begins: 9.00am Concludes: 5.30pm
Dress Code: Comfort! Each individual seat in the auditorium has its own adjustable air conditioning vent on the floor, underneath the seat. The auditorium is tiered so no need to crane your head to see over the seat in front

Gala Dinner
Saturday 10 October 2020

Location: Plaza Terrace Room, Red Level
Begins: 7.30pm Concludes around midnight
Dress Code: It’s a Gala Dinner so dress up in your finest and prepare to wine, dine, dance and party the night away!

Conference – Day 2
Sunday 11 October 2020

Location: Boulevard Auditorium, Green Level
Begins: 9.00am Concludes: 5.30pm

Workshops
Monday 12 – Tues 13 October 2020

Location: Mezzanine Level Meeting Rooms, Yellow Level
Signage: For each workshop at the entrance of the rooms – M 5/6, M 7/8 & M9
Further details under the Post Conference Workshops tab

We are very much looking forward to meeting everyone and ensuring this conference will be a resounding success. So enjoy, party, make merry, have fun, rejoice, learn, discuss, renew, grow, exult, delight, commemorate and discover. Above all, celebrate this time as we look with our Vision For The Future : Bowen – The Therapy of Choice!

Booking For The Conference

You can book for the conference online by clicking on the link below

Book Registration Online

For those who would rather fill out a paper form then Registration forms can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or by request from the BAA office. Remember there is an early bird discount!

Registration Form

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration BAA Members (until 31st July 2020) 10 and 11 October 2020 $650.00
Registration BAA Members (from 1st August 2020) 10 and 11 October 2020 $720.00

Early Bird Registration Non Members (until 31st July 2020) 10 and 11 October 2020 $700.00
Registration Non Members (from 1st August 2020) 10 and 11 October 2020 $770.00

Social Functions

Welcome Reception – Sky Terrace Room BCEC 9 October 2020 cost inc (further tickets can be purchased when registering)
Conference Dinner – Plaza Terrace Room BCEC 10 October 2020 cost inc (further tickets can be purchased when registering)

Also Included in the Conference Fee

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the Saturday and Sunday
Plus! Conference attendance eligible for 16 CEUs BAA Category 1

With all this included in the registration fee it is an event which is really too good to miss!!

Post Conference Workshop Fees

Bowenwork for the Vagus Nerve; and Persistent Pain 12 October 2020 $225.00
Bowenwork for People Living with Cancer 13 October 2020 $225.00
Bowen Body Decoding 12 and 13 October 2020 $450.00
Pathways to Mindfulness – Becoming an Aware Health Professional 12 and 13 October 2020 $450.00

Information about the workshops can be viewed by clicking on the Post Conference Workshops tab.

Accommodation

A range of accommodation options has been sourced by Ozaccom+ for BAA conference attendees. To view best deals and room rate options or to make your accommodation booking at a different time to registration click on the link below. Or of course you can arrange your own accommodation.

Please expect a likely 10 – 15 seconds delay until the Accommodation Options website is fully loaded.

View Accommodation Options

All the information on the Conference Presenters will be available here by the end of February 2020!

Everything you need to know about traveling to and around the BCEC

Getting to know South Bank

South Bank precinct is located in the city centre, on the banks of the Brisbane River and home to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. South Bank is the city’s green oasis and the hub for cultural and entertainment activities offering wide appeal for delegates to mix with the locals and enjoy this unique inner-city riverside precinct.

Key features include:

  • 17 hectares of riverfront parkland including various green spaces and rainforest pockets
  • Australia’s only inner-city swimming beach and lagoons – complete with life guards!
  • A range of cultural entertainment venues including the Queensland Museum and Australia’s newest and largest Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
  • More than 70 sidewalk cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Weekend markets and weekly activation programs
  • Riverside walkways and cycle paths
  • Airtrain connection from Brisbane Airport to BCEC in 20 minutes
  • Free CityHopper ferry service running along the Brisbane river every 30 minutes
  • CityCat ferries, train and bus stations all adjacent to BCEC in the Parklands.

BCEC has an excellent webpage with all the information you may require to arrive at the conference. Link below

Getting to and around the BCEC

BCEC Levels

All BCEC floor levels are colour coded for ease of finding your way. The Plaza Level (red) is the link between BCEC on Merivale Street and BCEC Grey Street.

Information Desks & Cloak Rooms

Information desks are located in the Grey Street & Merivale foyers. Here our friendly staff will be able to assist you in your visit to the Centre. Our information desks also offer cloak room facilities for your luggage, bags, prams or coats.

Parent Rooms

Our Parent Rooms feature all you need to feed and change in privacy and comfort. You can find Parent Rooms located on Merivale Street Main Foyer, just behind Merivales Cafe and one located on Grey Street Main Foyer next to the Information Desk. You will also find change tables in all of the uni-sex accessible toilets throughout the Centre.

Accessibility

The link to lots of information on accessibility at the BCEC is below

BCEC Accessibility Information

Go Access Pass

Delegate transport pass is available offering savings on all bus, train and ferry services

Onsite security 24/7

The Centre has around the clock security keeping our visitors safe

Free Wifi

Enjoy complimentary WiFi at BCEC for browsing the internet, checking emails or posting on social media.

Translink Public Travel

Check out public travel options by visiting Translink link below

Public Transport Information