Serotonin Summer Menu Launch + Bushfire Fundraiser Dinner

January 14, 2020

This cause needs no introduction.

Many Australians are holding heavy hearts as we slowly watch our country burn from one of the worst bushfires recorded. The total area burned across ‘NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania has now reached 8.4m hectares – an area larger than Scotland’ [1]. 

Businesses across Australian are doing their best to raise money and donate proceeds to those organisations who are helping fight these bushfires and protect our wild life.

My heart is broken. But instead of wallowing, I’m jumping into action. I’ve been thinking about what I can do? My skills are around;

  1. Being a leader and creating community events.
  2. Raising and donating money.
  3. Spread science about the positive effects of a plant based lifestyle. 

What I’m great at is organising and running bespoke events, so I’m going to do what I do best. 

On Thursday 23rd January from 7pm-9pm, I have organised Serotonin's annual Summer Menu Launch community dinner in conjunction with a silent auction to raise much-needed funds to support; Australians, firefighters and native animals.

Showing the power of connection and community, I have partnered with sustainable and local businesses who have all donated gifts for the auction, with all the proceeds going directly to BushFire Appeals!

Tickets include a 4-course meal, allowing you to taste their latest creations in one sitting. The menu will be 100% plant-based - one of the best ways to look after the environment. Dinner starts at 7pm with the silent auction commencing during the evening.  



  • Serotonin Eatery and Utopia Place - Richmond, Melbourne
  • 7pm-9:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2020
  • Dinner will start at 7:00pm with the action taken place during the evening
  • Please make sure you are ON time!

    These fires are not just burning our land, they are burning our precious wildlife.  In NSW ‘up to 30% of the Koala population’ on the NSW mid-north coast could have been killed in the fires.’ [1] 

    “The biggest fire seasons in the past have burnt about 20% of the forest...but this time it is going to be more than half, which puts animals at a much higher risk’. [1]

    It’s time to call up your friends and family and book a table to support this great cause all whilst tasting Serotonins new summer 2020 menu!

    For more details head over to


    Tickets are limited so make sure you book!

    Please let us know via if you can contribute anything to be auctioned off!

    We can't wait to see you as we unite together to raise money for our country. 
    Smiles, Emily, and the Serotonin Dealers xx


    SEROTONIN EDUCATION DINNER - Hindsight is 20/20

    December 17, 2019

    Do you find it overwhelming to lock in yearly goals?

    Do you find you get two weeks into January and give up on your new year's resolution?

    Have you heard about manifestation before but not sure what it is...or how to do it?

    Serotonin wants to help set you up for a successful 2020 by offering another one of our famous Serotonin Education evening sessions over a Christmas Dinner. Our panel of Industry leaders will be providing you with the tools and insights into setting up a successful 2020 through a manifesting and goal setting workshop whilst we celebrate the coming of Christmas.


    You will leave with:

    • A better understanding of how to set SMART goals
    • The power of manifestation and how to start incorporating it into your daily practice
    • How to ensure you remain on track for 2020
    • How to identify when a goal is not a goal
    • Insights and learnings on what our panel learnt this year
    • A stomach fuelled with goodness and new ideas for Christmas dishes as you taste test our new SUMMER MENU;)

    Give yourself the chance to become the goal setting king or queen, set up a successful 2020 and not needing to look back in hindsight on what you should of done at the start of the year. We can guarantee you will leave this evening session feeling ignited, inspired, motivated, and high on positive vibes with some added wisdom and taste buds that will feel alive! ;) .

    The Important Bits:

    • Serotonin Eatery and Utopia Place - Richmond, Melbourne
    • 6pm-8:30pm Wednesday 18th December 2019
    • Workshop will begin at 6:15pm
    • Bring your keep cup and water bottle to show us how sustainable you are
    • Bring a notebook and pen so you can lock in these golden nuggets


    1. Emma Maidment

    Is an international yoga and meditation teacher, writer and speaker. Emma is committed to sharing ways to live an authentic and connected life. As a passionate community creator, intuitive facilitator and transformative speaker, Emma helps you to connect back to yourself so that you are able to live an empowered, aligned life.

    Emma teaches international retreats, facilitates corporate wellness programmes for some of Australia's biggest companies, provides private and public yoga and meditation sessions, and speaks on health and wellness throughout Australia and the world.

    Collaboration over competition is one of Emma’s core values and she has co-founded multiple businesses. The ‘Mindful Morning Collective’ allows people to come together and share a morning of nourishment, rejuvenation and relaxation in the heart of Melbourne. ‘Ritual Retreats’ is a deeply immersive yoga and wellness experience in Bali and India. Flow States Retreats is a yoga, surf and fitness retreat in some of the best surf destinations in Australia.

    Emma is also a lululemon ambassador. Emma has been featured in Australian Natural Health Magazine, body+soul, The Urban List, Broadsheet, and many more.

    Connect with Emma on instagram (@emmamaidment_) or dive deeper on YouTube.


    - Flow State - moving with ease in the direction of your dreams and how to create goals without creating rigid attachment to outcome so that we remain in a state of flow.

    - Manifestation and trusting the timing of your life but how to put things in place to insure you don't become stagnant.

    - Tips on creating an organisational structure


    2. Kate Williams:

    Is the founder of Retreat Yourself, Australia’s seasonal health and wellness subscription box, leading women across the world to healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.

    Kate started Retreat Yourself after having what she refers to as her ‘1/4 life crisis’ and finding herself in the corporate industry after many years of traveling and volunteering around the world. Because of the things she’d seen and experienced, Kate had a different perspective on life that allowed her to see many flaws in the way we’re living our lives and decided she wanted to do something to help women prioritise their own wellbeing and start feeling good about themselves.

    Que, Retreat Yourself being born in late 2015.

    Kate now resides on the beautiful Surf Coast and has built an awesome team within Retreat Yourself. Having found a healthy and happy balance of life, work, and play, Kate is dedicated to changing the lives of women across the world, one box at a time.


    - How you create successful goals

    - Learnings from this year

    - The power of manifestation

    - How Kate maintained her successful business and what organizational methods she has implemented


    3. Alex from Tuesday People

    Our last speakers for the night is Alex who will be taking us through a workshop in regards to goal-setting and how we can remain accountable with our goals and see them pan out for the year instead of giving up after a few weeks!

    Alex owns Tuesday People which is a coaching consultancy company that helps organisations with applied psychological safety in their teams and has seen her help work with massive corporations throughout Melbourne!

    This is an event you will want to attend!


    Secure your spot here. 

    See you Wednesday night!

    Dealing with Christmas Stress - Ten Tips

    December 13, 2019

    1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine.
    This is why we have Ginger Bread and Peanut Butter Lattes! Avoid, or at least reduce, your consumption of nicotine and any drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and so will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it.
    Alcohol is a depressant when taken in large quantities, but acts as a stimulant in smaller quantities. Therefore using alcohol as a way to alleviate stress is not ultimately helpful.
    Swap caffeinated and alcoholic drinks for water, herbal teas, or diluted natural fruit juices and aim to keep yourself hydrated as this will enable your body to cope better with stress.
    You should also aim to avoid or reduce your intake of refined sugars - they are contained in many manufactured foods (even in savoury foods such as salad dressings and bread) and can cause energy crashes which may lead you to feel tired and irritable. In general, try to eat a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet.
    2. Indulge in Physical Activity
    Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your body.
    These are the “fight or flight” hormones that evolution has hard-wired into our brains and which are designed to protect us from immediate bodily harm when we are under threat. However, stress in the modern age is rarely remedied by a fight or flight response, and so physical exercise can be used as a surrogate to metabolize the excessive stress hormones and restore your body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state.
    When you feel stressed and tense, go for a brisk walk in fresh air. Try to incorporate some physical activity into your daily routine on a regular basis, either before or after work, or at lunchtime. Regular physical activity will also improve the quality of your sleep. Here at Serotonin we offer FREE Serotonin Exercise for one Saturday each month. Head over to see when the next session is and secure your spot.
    3. Get More Sleep
    A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Unfortunately, though, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
    Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximise your relaxation before going to sleep. Make sure that your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress. Avoid caffeine during the evening, as well as excessive alcohol if you know that this leads to disturbed sleep. Stop doing any mentally demanding work several hours before going to bed so that you give your brain time to calm down. Try taking a warm bath or reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that worry you.
    You should also aim to go to bed at roughly the same time each day so that your mind and body get used to a predictable bedtime routine.
    4. Try Relaxation Techniques
    Each day, try to relax with a stress-reduction technique. There are many tried and tested ways to reduce stress so try a few and see what works best for you.
    For example, try self-hypnosis which is very easy and can be done anywhere, even at your desk or in the car. One very simple technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has a positive meaning to you. Words such as "calm" "love" and "peace" work well, or you could think of a self-affirming mantra such as “I deserve calm in my life” or “Grant me serenity”. Focus on your chosen word or phrase; if you find your mind has wandered or you become aware of intrusive thoughts entering your mind, simply disregard them and return your focus to the chosen word or phrase. If you find yourself becoming tense again later, simply silently repeat your word or phrase.
    Don't worry if you find it difficult to relax at first. Relaxation is a skill that needs to be learned and will improve with practice. Come to our Christmas Picnic on Saturday where we will be bringing in Kathleen from @mahasoma to talk about mediation and relaxation techniques! You can find all the details here
    5. Talk to Someone
    Just talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. Talking can work by either distracting you from your stressful thoughts or releasing some of the built-up tension by discussing it.
    Stress can cloud your judgement and prevent you from seeing things clearly. Talking things through with a friend, work colleague, or even a trained professional, can help you find solutions to your stress and put your problems into perspective. At Serotonin we provide Education sessions where we bring in specialists in health and wellness to ensure your questions can be answered and learn from the best! Our next session is Wednesday 18th December where leaders in their field will be talking about what they have learnt in the past decade, giving you the opportunity to ask AS MANY questions as you need! Secure your spot here. 
    6. Keep a Stress Diary
    Keeping a stress diary for a few weeks is an effective stress management tool as it will help you become more aware of the situations which cause you to become stressed.
    Note down the date, time and place of each stressful episode, and note what you were doing, who you were with, and how you felt both physically and emotionally. Give each stressful episode a stress rating (on, say, a 1-10 scale) and use the diary to understand what triggers your stress and how effective you are in stressful situations. This will enable you to avoid stressful situations and develop better coping mechanisms.
    7. Take Control
    Stress can be triggered by a problem that may on the surface seem impossible to solve. Learning how to find solutions to your problems will help you feel more in control thereby lowering your level of stress.
    One problem-solving technique involves writing down the problem and coming up with as many possible solutions as you can. Decide on the good and bad points of each one and select the best solution. Write down each step that you need to take as part of the solution: what will be done, how will it be done, when will it be done, who is involved and where will it take place.
    8. Manage Your Time
    At times, we all feel overburdened by our 'To Do' list and this is a common cause of stress. Accept that you can not do everything at once and start to prioritise and diarise your tasks.
    Make a list of all the things that you need to do and list them in order of genuine priority. Note what tasks you need to do personally and what can be delegated to others to do. Record which tasks need to be done immediately, in the next week, in the next month, or when time allows.
    By editing what might have started out as an overwhelming and unmanageable task list, you can break it down into a series of smaller, more manageable tasks spread out over a longer time frame, with some tasks removed from the list entirely through delegation.
    Remember as well to create buffer times to deal with unexpected and emergency tasks, and to include time for your own relaxation and well-being. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Scheduled in our next event and remove the stress of Christmas shopping and tick off your list in ONE room. You can find all the details here. 
    9. Learn to Say ‘No’
    A common cause of stress is having too much to do and too little time in which to do it. And yet in this situation, many people will still agree to take on additional responsibility. Learning to say “No” to additional or unimportant requests will help to reduce your level of stress, and may also help you develop more self-confidence.
    To learn to say “No”, you need to understand why you find it difficult. Many people find it hard to say “No” because they want to help and are trying to be nice and to be liked. For others, it is a fear of conflict, rejection or missed opportunities. Remember that these barriers to saying “No” are all self-created.
    You might feel reluctant to respond to a request with a straight “No”, at least at first. Instead, think of some pre-prepared phrases to let other people down more gently.
    Practice saying phrases such as:
    “I am sorry but I can’t commit to this as I have other priorities at the moment.”
“Now is not a good time as I’m in the middle of something. Why don’t you ask me again at….?”
“I’d love to do this, but …”
    10. Rest If You Are ill
    If you are feeling unwell, do not feel that you have to carry on regardless. A short spell of rest will enable the body to recover faster.
    Smiles, Love Emily xx

    About Us

    At Serotonin in Melbourne, we provide a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery, an Exercise Centre and has an Education platform. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.