Dr Ivan Zwart is the founder and facilitator of Happy Ground Wellbeing. Ivan works across all areas of the business but focuses on curriculum development and delivery.
Prior to creating Happy Ground Wellbeing in 2013, Ivan had gained over twenty years experience as a trainer, facilitator, problem solver and researcher. His professional career began as a social scientist, with his doctorate evaluating the impact of small group processes (and group psychology) on decision making in government. Following this he worked in academia, state and local government, and consulting, where he gained further training and experience in:
- Behaviour change
- Group facilitation
- Community engagement
- Strategic planning
- Social research
While Ivan’s professional career had been very successful, for many years he battled with his mental health due in part to the personal circumstances in his life. In order to improve his wellbeing and make better decisions in life, Ivan visited counsellors and psychologists, read a large number of self-help and psychology books, and learnt to practice mindfulness. All of these interventions helped, along with the love and support of his wife Danielle and friends and family. However, a very significant change occurred in 2010, when he first learnt about heart meditation. Practicing heart meditation on a daily basis changed his life dramatically and made him feel more peaceful, grounded and happy.
Developing Happy Ground
Drawing on the many techniques he learnt from a wide variety of sources, by 2013 Ivan had obtained excellent mental health, and had learnt much from his experiences. It was then he decided to start helping others, using his professional training, research and lived experience to create a group of cutting edge wellbeing programs, and write a book. The wellbeing programs combine well established concepts from psychology and mindfulness designed to improve our minds, with highly innovative and effective exercises to improve the heart. The services include training for businesses and members of the community, including stress management, a meditation program, and the highly successful ‘Happy Heart Peaceful Mind Program’. Ivan is also a speaker and gives presentations about mental health and illness, meditation, and happiness.
Ivan’s dream is to continue to help people to become happier through improving their minds and their hearts. He is passionate about helping people, and has developed programs with his wife Danielle, that are making a real difference in people’s lives.
Want to know more about the team?
In 2014 Ivan and Dani were interviewed on ABC radio, during which they discussed their personal histories, happiness, heart meditation, the Happy Ground Program, and their dog Frank. So, to find out more about the team, take a listen to the interview below.