• 22 November 2021, 9:00am to 27 November 2021, 5:00pm
Online or on campus, check each activity.

Take a break from your studies to recharge at Stress Less Fest – online and on campus in November 2021.

We have a variety of activities to choose from including:

  • Meet and Draw a Llama session – for the whole family
  • workshops on adapting to a “COVID normal life”
  • free exercise sessions
  • VU Sport Bootcamp
  • receive your very own Stress Less Kit
  • and more.

Check out all our activities and register for the ones you'd like to attend. 

Hosted by: VU Student Life

Like our VU Student Life Facebook page to enter the Stress Less Fest daily prize giveaway draw.

There are over $1,000 in gift cards to be awarded throughout the week!

You must be a current VU student to be eligible for our amazing prizes.

Like VU Student Life

When: Tuesday 23 November, 3pm-4pm AEDT

Hosted by: VU Student Life

Join Noeline on Zoom where you'll get to meet her llama Cadbury and his friends.

During this interactive class, you'll be able to ask questions and learn all about these lovable animals.

You'll then be given step by step instructions to learn how to draw a llama, inspired by the adorable, real-life version you've seen.

Use your imagination to create a cartoon-style llama in any fun pose you can think of!

This session is open to all VU staff, students and alumni as well as any children from the VU community wanting to have fun meeting and drawing a llama. 

Draw a llama 

 Cadbury the llama

When: 10am-4pm, 25 November.

Hosted by: Inclusion and engagement and VUSU

The RESPECT mural: be a part of history at Footscray Park

On Thursday 25 November, you are invited to be part of an exciting art happening – the painting of a large mural on the external wall of Building M, overlooking the courtyard between Buildings M and P, at the Footscray Park campus.

The mural painting will be facilitated by Gisela and Bec from the Permesso Collective – the art team who helped VU students create the ‘I Am Stronger than Fear’ mural at the Ballarat Road entrance to Building C at Footscray Park campus.

Come along between 10am and 4pm to contribute to this huge, long-lasting message of RESPECT at VU.

Register your interest

‘I Am Stronger than Fear” mural located at VU's Ballarat Road entrance to Building C at Footscray Park campus

When: 22-27 November

Hosted by: VU Student Life

Do you need some time out to unwind?

Our Stress Less kits include a variety of relaxing items to celebrate the approach of the end of the semester.

Each box is carefully put together with an assortment of surprises!

Limited number of packs available.

Get a care pack

 Student Life Stress Less care pack

When: Wednesday 24 November,12pm-1pm AEDT 

Hosted by: VU Counselling

Join a VU Counsellor to discuss the challenges to adapting to a “COVID normal” life.

Discuss what will help us to adapt and maintain our wellbeing whilst COVID continues to impact our daily lives when restrictions ease.

Register for the workshop

When: 20 November-11 December

Hosted by: VU Sport

Join VU Sport Bootcamp.

Our highly experienced team has crafted the perfect program to get you active this summer.

VU Sport has designed the Bootcamp to help you better your fitness, no matter if you are just starting your fitness journey or if you are a gym veteran. 

You can sign up for the full 8-week bootcamp, or one of the 2x4-week blocks. 

VU Students can join for Free. (Normally $120 for the 8 weeks)

Register for Bootcamp 


Hosted by: VU Sport

When: 22-27 November

Join VU Sports online membership for a 7-day free trial and get access to our live fully guided home workouts.

Sessions include our award winning Virtual Team Training, Yoga, Zumba and Virtual Master Movers.

Get your 7-day trial

When: 20 November-27 November

Hosted by: VU Sport

VU Sport is offering FREE exercise sessions to help VU students Stress Less through physical activity.

We have fitness programs running at Footscray Park, St Albans and Werribee campus, including small group PT sessions and group exercise classes.

Sign up for a session, there are limited spots available so please select 1 option only.

Get active 

Our  Mindful Journal includes fantastic resources with pages to help you:

  • reflect
  • set goals
  • record your dreams
  • find help services and counselling at VU 
  • Ask R U OK?

Download your very own Mindful Journal to get started.

Hosted by: VU Counselling

Watch a series of workshops facilitated by the VU Counselling team where you will hear from our counsellors about how to understand yourself better, manage thoughts, cope with emotions, and build resilience.


Download the  Self-Care resource

Learn practical strategies on how to look after yourself during stressful times and develop healthy life skills.

Guest speaker Tiff Hall (VU Chaplain) joins the session to discuss Spiritual self-care and resources within your spirituality.

Watch the self-care session

Managing my moods

Download the managing my moods resource

Understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviours - an introduction to understanding why you think, feel, and behave the way you do.

Watch managing my moods

Understanding emotions

Download the understanding emotions resource

Learn skills and strategies to cope with challenging emotions in an effective way.

Watch Understanding Emotions

Sleep well

Download the sleep well resource

Learn about the importance of sleep, how to build a healthy sleep schedule, and tips for improving your sleep patterns.

Watch Sleep Well

Progressive muscular relaxation exercise

Progressive muscle relaxation is a method that helps relieve tension. In progressive muscle relaxation, you tense a group of muscles as you breathe in, and you relax them as you breathe out. You work on your muscle groups in a certain order. When your body is physically relaxed, you may feel less anxious.

Watch Relaxation Exercise

A mindful walk

Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on around you and inside you, moment by moment, without judging what is happening.

By observing the present moment, and not paying much attention to thoughts about the past, mental chatter or future worries, stress can be reduced and wellbeing can be improved.

Join VU Counsellor Julie Burn on this Mindful Walk and experience how nature can help you to notice, without judging.

Watch Mindful Walk

If you’re feeling stressed and need support, please call VU Counselling on +61 3 9919 5400.

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