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Amy Erbacher: The Art of Self-Care

Elizabeth Harris and Beatrice Smith

The Japanese art of kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer.

The philosophy of kintsugi is the acceptance of the beauty of flaws. They are seen as something to be highlighted. Personal healing does not besmirch your being, but rather is part of your personal history.

In light of this, the setting of Amy Erbacher’s wellness retreats is highly appropriate. Hosted in Cowra’s stunning Japanese Gardens, Amy’s retreats seek to empower women and revitalise confidence.

Think of Amy as the Marie Kondo of beauty—emphasising simplicity in skin care and wellness. With a wealth of experience in beauty and wellness, as a Sydneysider, Amy provided beauty services to the likes of Miranda Kerr and Nicole Kidman, Vogue and InStyle Magazine before moving to the more pastoral setting of Cowra.

Amy emphasises the communal nature of her retreats, describing them as opportunities to “connect with other women”, and times to “create change in the old mindset we hang on to.” And indeed, this sense of inclusiveness and sisterhood is central to Amy’s philosophy. She is currently developing an online program to facilitate participation by women who cannot attend retreats, such as those in rural areas.

Amy hosting a workshop in Cowra

Amy hosting a workshop in Cowra

And because we can’t all make the journey to Cowra (although we highly recommend you do—it’s a lovely town), Canberra Centre are bringing Amy’s wellness and beauty expertise to town to host a masterclass in their new beauty precinct.

Amy explains that the masterclass, which will centre around holistic skin health, will be all about organic and natural personal care products.

“I will perform live demonstrations of how to perform simple three-minute skin care and make up rituals incorporated with self-care rituals that women can perform in the comfort of their own home,” says Amy. But it’s of the upmost importance to her that learning about skin health isn’t dull.

“Guests can also expect a fun, informative [masterclass]. I’ll share anti-ageing tips, latest buzz ingredients, the difference between natural and synthetic ingredients and all guests will participate in cleansing, makeup and self-care rituals.”

Through her retreats, Amy holds up a mirror to the reality of self-love and self-care in the modern world and seeks to show how, in a world of 24-hour media and body dysmorphia, women can see the truth of their own beauty.

Some of Amy's favourite ingredients

Some of Amy’s favourite ingredients

“It’s of utmost importance to be at peace with you,” says Amy of her beauty philosophy. “I finally understand the true value of why self-belief is truly the magic beauty ingredient.”

However, Amy herself knows that this isn’t innate knowledge. Working as a model as a young woman, Amy struggled with her self-image.

“On the inside, I was in pain. I lacked any real confidence, and was anxious and insecure,” she says.

Emphasising the importance of a strong emotional foundation, Amy’s philosophy advocates self-acceptance and learning what it really means for you to be well.

So what are some tips Amy gives for completing self-care rituals at home?

“Whilst cleansing your skin, instead of critical thoughts and squeezing pimples, look in the mirror and say to yourself that you love you,” explains Amy. “Positive affirmations are a great way to rid negative self-talk or belief.”

She is also a big advocate of self-reflection.

“Journaling is great,” she says. “Every morning write down what you are grateful for. Focus on the positive and what you love about yourself and your body.”

the essentials 

What: Amy Erbacher’s Skincare Wellness Masterclass
When: Saturday 26 August from 11am-12pm
Where: Canberra Centre’s beauty precinct, Ground Floor, Monaro Mall
Tickets: $24 + booking fee. Book yours now here.

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Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris is currently studying Law and Arts at the ANU. She majors in Art History and has a minor in French. She has a hunger for fashion and food, and is a lover of the fabulous Canberra arts scene and many farmers’ markets. She has a deep interest in the intersection between the arts and law, and hopes to undergo further study in this area. Alternatively, she dreams of writing an art history thesis on the subject of memes. She can commonly be found enjoying a delicious cappuccino at any one of Canberra’s staple cafes, but particularly Tilley’s which she has frequented since she was four years old. When she grows up/old she wants to be just like Iris Apfel. More about the Author

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Editorial Coordinator involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise you’ll find her at the movies, ordering a cheese board or ordering a cheese board at the movies. More about the Author

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