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Hugh van Cuylenburg
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Hugh van Cuylenburg

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Hugh van Cuylenburg has been working in education for more than 17 years, teaching both primary and secondary in a range of educational settings. He has completed postgraduate studies looking at resilience and wellbeing, and has developed and facilitated programs for more than a thousand schools Australia-wide.

In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a series of comprehensive workshops at every single club in the competition. Since then, he has worked with the Australian cricket team, the Australian netball team, the Australian women’s soccer team, the Australian women's rugby league team, ten AFL teams, the Australian Olympic Committee and every soccer team in the A-League. Beyond the team environment, Hugh has worked one-on-one with individuals such as Steve Smith, Billy Slater and Dustin Martin.

Outside of schools and elite sport, Hugh has presented to hundreds of corporate organisations as a keynote speaker, and for three years running his national speaking tour has sold out. He is also co-host of the popular podcast The Imperfects.

Books by Hugh van Cuylenburg

The Resilience Project


The key steps to leading a happier, more contented and fulfilling life.

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Let Go

From the bestselling author of THE RESILIENCE PROJECT comes this deeply personal book about the importance of letting go.

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Stop the Dad Jokes by Adrian Beck and Simon Greiner | Read aloud by Hugh van Cuylenburg

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/stop-the-dad-jokes-9781761043086 Happy Father's Day! This book is full of DAD JOKES that are embarrassing, goofy and NOT FUNNY! A trip to the zoo with Dad means seeing lots of animals . . . and hearing plenty of dad jokes too! A hilarious story by Adrian Beck (a dad) illustrated by Simon Greiner (another dad). Pre-order Hugh van Cuylenburg's new book, LET GO: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/let-go-9781761043277 #StoptheDadJokes #AdrianBeck #HughVanCuylenburg #SimonGreiner

The six books that changed my life in 2020

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How good is dis?

From The Resilience Project, Hugh van Cuylenburg offers a simple tip to improve every day.

Practising GEM in difficult times (March 2020)

Hear and share Hugh's message for our corporate clients and their families/friends to help stay positive and mentally healthy during these unprecedented times - and it all comes back to GEM (Gratitude, Empathy/Kindness & Mindfulness). Want to practise gratitude with us? Follow this link and show us your #DISMOMENTs: https://youtu.be/cFrhwrWnihY

Don’t look down

From The Resilience Project, four simple strategies to reclaim your attention and look up.