30 June 2017

Faces of Canberra: Chelsea Rolfe

| Rachel Moore
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Faces of Canberra - Chelsea Rolfe – Picture by Hayley Smith

Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here.

If she could, Chelsea Rolfe would bottle her love of life and make it rain for the whole world. This ambitious twenty-seven year old is on a mission to help others achieve their goals and find exactly what makes life meaningful.

Through exploration of expanding physical health via exercise, yoga and Ayurveda (alternative Eastern medical practices) Chelsea guides clients in her personal training business to see outside the physical self, supporting people to reach their full potential.

Chelsea believes that being truly connected in this world is a delicate balance between our mind, physical body and that spark inside us all, often called “soul”, “spirit” or “consciousness”. Chelsea’s enthusiasm is impressive and she is always passionately dedicated to any task at hand.

Chelsea wants to take everyone out of the box they have been put into. You know that “box”, we all do it and we all have boxes. Tall, fat, skinny, short, smart, dumb and those woeful self-limiting self-dictated boxes such as can’t, won’t, nope and failure. Chelsea pushes people to dissolve boxes and accept themselves exactly as they are.

Chelsea wants everyone in Canberra to discover their best self and a life worth living.

Faces of Canberra - Chelsea Rolfe – Picture by Hayley Smith

Name – Chelsea Rolfe.

Age – 27.

Occupation – Future Yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner. I’ve been a PT for the last 4 years running my business MindBodySpirit Training. I love helping people to learn how to better understand their mind and emotions, balancing and nourishing the body, and enlivening the spirit to follow what sets their heart on fire. This is how I found yoga and Ayurveda and have finally found my dream job. During the warmer months, I love teaching meditation and yoga outdoors in various spots around the capital.

How long have you lived in Canberra – Born and bred Canberran, lol, 27 years.

North, South or Q-town – Representing inner south, Kingston.

Most memorable event attended in the ACT – Years ago at a Skyfire (I loooove fireworks) my friend threw my Frisbee (light up flashing one so it was a pretty big deal lol) and instead of my hand it landed in the lake, then my friends had to create a chain and hold me so I could fish it out with my toe and then got applause from a crowd that had gathered around us when I retrieved it haha.

Things you love about da berra – All the special spots that only locals know about; camping at the Cotter, matcha lattes at Penny University, looking over Canberra at the Arboretum, strolling through the Botanic Gardens, watching sunsets up at Mt. Ainslie. But, most of all, I love the Griffith shops, Canberra’s best kept secret. They’ve got Mountain Creek Wholefoods, Organic Energy, The Hierophant and my yoga studio Insync. Also the fact you can be in a city area one moment, and 10 mins later surrounded by nature driving down the cotter road.

What you loath about the city – That we don’t have a beach! I’m sorry but Kambah pool just isn’t the same.

Faces of Canberra - Chelsea Rolfe and Elise at Rose gardens – Picture by Elise De Caritat De Peruzzis

Most cherished memory in the capital – There are so many I could choose from but my top two are; the day mum and I took our packed picnic lunch to the National Gallery (our secret spot outside sitting in the dome) and anytime my best friend Elise comes to Canberra (this past week was one of them). We travel around Canberra (this time it was taking silly photos and videos in the rose gardens at Old Parliament House) – memories I cherish.

Which Canberra local do you most admire and why – I have too many people I love and admire from my Mum and Dad, to my teachers at Insync, but my dear friend Dinka Tzafaris ‘Dinky’ stands out. Dinky is a massage therapist at Combined Natural Massage Therapies, a mum, a grandma, a teacher, but most of all a friend. Our friendship began at a course where I just felt drawn to her and wanted to ask her questions. From there, we hung out for coffee and continued to hang out where we have the most awesome sessions talking about life and healing. She is a wise woman with nuggets of gold advice. Initially, we started my healing by doing massage and it kind of turned into life coaching along the way. She’s taught me so much about myself, life, understanding other people, and that we are perfect as we are in this moment. I always look forward to a ‘Dinky session’ and possible future collaboration with her on projects or workshops for the public on self-awareness, self-empowerment and inner healing.

Most precious item you own – I wouldn’t really say I own my cat India, she is her own free spirit. Anyone who knows Kiki knows she is unique and has her own quirky personality. Other than Indie, my larimar ring, because it reminds me of the ocean and is something I feel is like my best friend in a piece of jewellery.

First Canberra kiss and where – haha back in high school, behind the chapel at the Boys Grammar School fete when I was 14! I was trying to make it private but turns out all our friends saw and made fun of me for weeks, mainly because I closed my eyes and missed his lips completely lol

Faces of Canberra - Chelsea Rolfe and Dinka Tzafaris - Picture by Chelsea Rolfe

Most delicious berra place you adore eating atAu lac in Dickson! This is my favvvvvourite place. I know some people cringe at the idea of vegetarian food but seriously, this is some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. My suggestion – yellow noodle soup with tofu duck, trust me! And the beetroot hot chocolate at Penny University speaks for itself… their whole menu is awesome too!

What do you want to be when you grow up – Heh, if I don’t end up running my own healing center, I want to be Ariel from the Little Mermaid or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Your social media handles

@MindBodySpirit Training



Currently creating my new page ‘Circle of Ayur’ – health and healing (keep an eye out!)

What is a question you would like to ask everyone in Canberra? What’s your dream job, or rather, what makes you happy… are you living it? And if you’re not, why? It’s never too late to chase happiness, and create a life worth living!

Caption’s: Image 1 and 2, Chelsea Rolfe – photo’s by Hayley Smith. Image 3, Chelsea Rolfe and Elise at Rose gardens – photo by Elise De Caritat De Peruzzis. Above, Chelsea Rolfe and Dinka Tzafaris – photo by Chelsea Rolfe.

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