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Exercise, the Brain and You!

A special experience for Vision Personal Training
staff and members

Exercise is not just essential for the body. Over the last 20 years we’ve discovered the incredible link between exercise, memory, and learning. We’ve found these links via the wonderful technology that lets us look inside the brain and see what is actually happening when we run, lift, swim, or dance.

In this 2.5-hour experience, you’ll get to use this incredible technology to look inside your brain at what actually happens when you exercise, play, work, relax or sleep. The electroencephalograph (EEG) technology you’ll use is 100% safe. You’ll not only see what is happening inside your brain, but play a game using your thoughts to control the gaming characters. You’ll also check your meditation skills! It’s a unique and fun experience that before Covid-19, was one of the top 5 experiences in Sydney rated by AirBnB.

When?: Monday 7th September 7pm – 9.30pm
Where?: The Oxford Hotel, 195 Victoria Road, Drummoyne
Cost: $67.00
Inclusions?: A drink and finger food | All use of technology | Lots of fun
Group size?: A limit of 6 guests. The space is large enough to enable social distancing.
At the end: A Certificate of Completion will be sent via email to each participant.

Covid-19 precautions:

  • Your temperature will be taken prior to the experience
  • You are urged to bring a mask and must provide your mobile phone number
  • Your host (Phil) will wear a mask and use hand sanitizer when fitting a headset to each participant
  • Hand sanitizer will be freely available to everyone


Experiences post-lockdown

Updated June 27, 2020
The following information regards Mindz public, private or corporate Experiences for the remainder of 2020.
This may change according to Government advice.

Public experiences – Sydney and Blue Mountains

  1. Public experiences in either Sydney or the Blue Mountains will re-commence on July 1, 2020.
  2.  To facilitate social distancing,  group size will be limited to 4 people unless in a family group where 6 can attend.
  3. All guests will need to provide a mobile phone number to the facilitator.
  4. Guests over 16 years are expected to have the COVIDSafe App on their phone.
  5. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to guests.  Hand sanitizer will be used before each fitting.
  6. Sydney bookings can be made from July 4 once a sutable venue is established.
  7. Blue Mountains bookings can be made HERE.

Private, Family and Corporate experiences

  1. Family and private groups are limited to 6 people.
  2. Corporate group numbers will depend on location.
  3. The facilitator will wear a face-mask when fitting a headset to any participant.
  4. The facilitator will use hand sanitizer before each fitting.
  5. Guests are expected to have the COVIDSafe App on their phone.
  6. For corporate events, the presentation area must be 3 metres from the front row of the audience.
  7. Bookings or inquiries for private or family experiences can be made HERE.
  8. Bookings or inquiries for corporate experiences can be made HERE.

Mindz Experiences in Sydney Top 10

It took us just over a year but the Sydney ‘Journey inside your Brain’ Experience has been ranked by AirBnb as number 7 in the top 10 Sydney Experiences.

Our experience differs greatly from other experiences in that it doesn’t showcase the beauty of Sydney or give a ‘physical’ experience like bush-walking, snorkeling or kayaking. It does take guests inside a 19th century Aussie pub for the experience and guests do love the irony of exploring their brain while having a beer!

We find 50% of our guests are locals or interstate visitors who want something a bit different or who are just interested in health, mindfulness and what makes them tick.

So far we’ve had 650 guests and over 200 5-star reviews. Special thanks to the AirBnB people for taking the risk on our ‘totally different’ experience and the hundreds of guests who’s stories and sense of humour never cease to amaze me.

Sydney Experience Host

About Phil Dye

Phil Dye has been described as the reluctant king of Australian citizen science.

He began his career as a primary school teacher on the South Coast of NSW. After 20 years of teaching, he retrained in Communication Management specializing in science and medical communication.

Phil worked for the NSW Blood Service and the Australian Bone Marrow Registry before eventually becoming the Communication Manager for the Australian Organ Donation and Transplantation Service (ACCORD). In this role he was the winner of the Golden Target Award for his community communication programs around organ donation.

Yes, body parts!

He went on to lecture in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and in 1998, wrote  ‘The Father Lode’, published by Allen and Unwin. The book looked at the psychological impact on men of becoming a new dad.

Between 2011 and 2013, Phil worked with people with extreme disabilities. These were people who had up to 80 seizures a day or had never experienced a voluntary movement in their life. Music therapy played a dominant part of that work and began his interest in the brain.

In 2014 he became an educator in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. His role was to make complex concepts simple and use plain English to teach everyone from school aged children to visiting overseas medical delegations.

One of the concepts he explained was the use of the Deep Brain Implant to treat conditions like Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. This further seeded his fascination with the brain and led him to create Mindz Brainplay – the first concept to take neuroscience out of the lab and into the schools, pubs, nightclubs and boardrooms. Mindz Brainplay operated through franchisees throughout Australia.

Covid-19 changed Mindz Brainplay from a multi-state entity to a single NSW entity. ‘Phil Dye the Brain Guy’ is the result this devolution yet Phil remains as passionate about brain health and education as he was in 2014.