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Event 126 Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Pioneer of healthy home cooking Melissa Hemsley has an all-new guide to quick meals: Eat Happy.

The 130 recipes in Eat Happy use everyday ingredients and can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

Melissa is one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, sisters, co-authors, TV presenters and entrepreneurs with their own café at Selfridges London. Committed to spreading the message of healthy eating, in this session she will discuss some of the ways you can make the meals you deserve.

Melissa will be in conversation with Natalie Long.

Language: English

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Event 155 Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lykke

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Meik Wiking
The Little Book of Hygge was a runaway success and redefined ‘contentment’ for the world. Author Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, has been called ‘the Indiana Jones of smiles’ – and now he’s back on a new quest to unlock the doors to happiness (or Lykke) for us all!

Wiking’s native Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world, but he believes that the secrets of happiness are hidden around the globe. From how we spend our time to how we relate to neighbours and cook dinner, join him to discover how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

Meik will be in conversation with Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lykke

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Event 804 Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Storytelling, creative writing, and reading have long been recognized for their therapeutic potential. The use of literature as a healing method dates back to ancient Greece, when Grecian libraries were seen as important places with curative powers.

In this masterclass Gamze Hakli Geray will lead the group in reading and analyzing different passages of texts and examples of poetry that can help us to support our mental health and wellbeing.

The tutor: Gamze Geray is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor with nearly 23 years of business, management and consultancy experience in different industries, specialising in Talent Management, Learning and Development and Organizational Development. Gamze's debut book Dissonance or Harmony is part self-help, part inspirational memoir that motivates us toward a more positive and optimistic way to view the world around us, to access the inner happiness.

Language: English

Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray

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Event 18 Stephen Ritz: The Power of a Plant

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz’s seeds of motivation have blossomed into an international movement – come and discover The Power of a Plant!

‘America’s favourite teacher’ turned around his struggling New York school by changing its grounds into urban gardens. His students’ health, grades and community spirit, previously some of the worst in the country, completely transformed. He has since pioneered ways for schools around the globe to start farms that require little in the way of space, dirt or water – just enthusiastic children!

Learn more about the man who changed the fates of a generation of New Yorkers, and how green fingers can grow hope.

Stephen will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Stephen Ritz: The Power of a Plant

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Event 21 Mo Gawdat: Solve for Happy

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Mo Gawdat
In 2001, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker and Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], realised he was deeply unhappy. He tackled the problem as an engineer would – and discovered an ‘equation’ for enduring happiness.

Thirteen years later, his theory was put to the ultimate test when his son Ali died during a routine operation. Mo’s equation saved the family from despair, and his experience of dealing with grief prompted his mission: to share his findings with the world and help as many people as possible become happier.

Join Mo for his life-changing take on overcoming life’s trials and engineering our own path to joy.

Mo will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English with Arabic translation

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Event 86 Spiritual Journeys: Eiman Al Zaabi & Karen Henson Jones

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Two remarkable women share the lessons they learned from their investigations into the spiritual side of life in this inspiring and educational panel discussion.

Eiman Al Zaabi is a Muslim spiritual teacher who offers a blueprint for true peace and authentic living in The Art of Surrender.

Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional road to success, when a near death experience re-set her course. Heart of Miracles is her journey around the world (India, the Philippines, Italy and Bhutan) to answer life's biggest questions.

This panel is moderated by Gamze Hakli Geray.

Language: English

Spiritual Journeys: Eiman Al Zaabi & Karen Henson Jones

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Event 152 How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

From low-carb meals to ‘low-carbon’ meals, from paleo to plant-based diets – how can we satisfy our appetites while still helping the planet? Our panel discusses how individuals, businesses and institutions can achieve a healthy relationship with food.

Melissa Hemsley is the author of Eat Happy: 30 Minute Feel Good Food. As one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, she promotes healthy eating using natural ingredients of good provenance.

Mira Manek champions healthy, vegetarian home-cooked food, and her cookbook Saffron Soul collects her fresh and lighter take on Indian food.

Stephen Ritz is the teacher who turned the Bronx green, bringing about a revolution in children’s classrooms and school dinners alike by turning classrooms into gardens. He received the 2017 International Food and Sustainability Award from the G7.

This panel is moderated by Sally Mousa.

Language: English

How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz

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Event 75 Robert McCrum: Every Third Thought

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Robert McCrum
Is it possible to make peace with death?

Writer and critic Robert McCrum’s first brush with death came with a stroke at the age of 42, which left him unavoidably aware of his own mortality. His book My Year Off, an account of his recovery, has proved invaluable to patients, doctors and nurses in the years since.

In his new book Every Third Thought, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, he takes readers on a journey accompanied by some of his favourite authors who share their own wisdom on death and how to face it.

Robert will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

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Event 79 Mike Lewis: When to Jump

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Mike Lewis
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the wrong life?

Mike Lewis had the ‘perfect’ job, with one small flaw – it wasn’t what he wanted. As he struggled to find his path, he realised that he wasn’t alone in this search, so he founded When to Jump, a thriving community of people sharing stories of their bold ‘jumps’ and supporting each other through the stresses of change. His inspirational new book lays out the ‘jump curve’, a four-step process for pursuing your dream.

Life is short – find out how to live to your true potential from someone who’s found his own.

Mike will be in conversation with Dawn Metcalfe.

Language: English

Mike Lewis: When to Jump

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Event 91 Francis Kong: The #Winning Attitude

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Francis Kong
‘Good people bring out the good in other people’, says leadership expert Francis Kong. But how do you put this to practice in a challenging workplace or when serious problems arise?

An entrepreneur and business consultant with decades of experience, Kong is here to reveal the power of a simple trait: having the right attitude.

This entertaining talk shows how maintaining your own optimism and determined attitude – no matter the challenges – will inspire those around you.

Constantly active, writing dozens of books and delivering hundreds of talks a year, Francis Kong is living proof of his methods –come and learn his secrets!

Francis will be in conversation with David Macadam.

Language: English

Francis Kong: The #Winning Attitude

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Event 84 Tony Hawks: Lessons from the Fridge

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Hawks
He has hitchhiked with a fridge, played Moldovan footballers at tennis and sought a musical hit in Albania.

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Tony Hawks has never run short of hilarious material.

But along the way, he has discovered that the silly can reveal more serious truths – and, in fact, his calamitous decisions have spread joy wherever he goes.

In this talk, he explains his ‘fridge philosophy’, sharing his unique perspective on life, and why he believes happiness comes less from material things and more from helping others.

This time, he’s leaving the fridge at home.

The session will be hosted by Jane Hodges. 

Language: English

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Event 47 Ibrahim Khadim: The Teachings of Love

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

In The Teachings of Love, debut Emirati author Ibrahim Khadim outlines 28 principles for living in love, peace and happiness.

In this session he will explore three ways love can improve the world: as a source of peace and compassion, as a source of health and self-respect, and as a source of meaning and gratitude. He will then discuss with the audience their needs and challenges.

Ibrahim’s sincere message is universal – come and learn from a new author on a mission to inspire.

Ibrahim will be in conversation with Salha Obaid.

Language: Arabic

Ibrahim Khadim: The Teachings of Love

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Event 96 Cheryl Strayed: Wild

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Cheryl Strayed’s life fell apart when she was 22. With nothing to lose, she packed an oversized backpack she called Monster and set off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail – 1000 miles of the American West’s extraordinary wilderness, from deserts to snow-capped mountains.

Her battle with the physical challenges of the trail and the grief that haunted her led her to write the acclaimed memoir Wild, which became the focus of Oprah’s Book Club and was adapted as a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Join Cheryl as she relives that life-changing journey and shares the stories behind her other books, including the inspiring collection of quotes Brave Enough and her novel Torch.

Cheryl will be in conversation with Brandy Scott.

Language: English

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

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Event 119 Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Arun Gandhi
‘Anger is just like electricity…’

70 years on from the death of Mahatma Gandhi, his grandson Arun joins us to share personal stories about his beloved ‘Bapuji’, revealing a rare insight into the man behind the icon. In The Gift of Anger Arun Gandhi shares ten lessons from his grandfather, learned during the two years he lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s Sevagram ashram.

A major advocate of nonviolence, Arun learned from his grandfather to harness his anger to bring about good. In this session he discusses how to find the energy to fight for justice and how to use anger to motivate and organise while staying true to the principle of nonviolence.

Arun will be in conversation with Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

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