Dr Narelle Lemon.

Creative thinker and problem solver. Doer. Collaborator. Green tea addict. Passionate mountain bike rider. Lover of boots. 

I love to inspire everyone to be mindful in order to be innovative, creative, productive and more balanced.


I’m Narelle, the Creative Director of Explore & Create Co. I’m a passionate facilitator of learning, particularly for those developing their skills and confidence in productive ways of being. I’m passionate about creativity and mindfulness practices to support getting things done, on time, and with reduced stress.

I have a diverse background. I have worked across coaching, education, event management, leadership, and project management, as well as a creative as a classically trained musician and visual artist. I’ve worked in and with schools and higher education in arts education, cultural engagement, partnership development, and research.

I founded Explore & Create Co. to help others be innovative and creative in any discipline. I want to help you find your flow, and flourish in a balanced stress-free way. With a passion to see others perform at their best, I believe everyone can benefit from mindfulness and creative thinking strategies to assist them to succeed personally and professionally. My personal practice in creative thinking, innovation and mindfulness are carefully aligned to my productivity and creating a balanced approach to life.

I have degrees in music, education, leadership, and research practices. One of my strengths is the love of thinking outside the box, and my belief inspiring others to continue to learn in order to flourish.

I love working with others and bringing people together to achieve this. I like to highlight voice and stories from others as we all learn from each other. This is evident in the research and writing projects that I have carried out in arts, creativity, and social media for learning. I have published across a variety of formats including the blog interview series about creativity, mindfulness, and finding zen in life Explore and Create Stories the the books Representations of Working in Arts EducationBeing "In and Out": Providing Voice to Early Career Women in Academia, and Revolutionizing Arts Education in K-12 Classrooms through Technological Integration.  You can read more about my research here. I am currently writing a book that focuses on mindful ways to approach performance anxiety, and a co-writing project that looks at mindfulness in higher education.

I have worked in Australia and internationally, with the Creative Women’s Circle, Be Remarkable Wellness, StartUp Creative, The Pink Elephant Project, Art Education Australia, Art Education Victoria, Victorian Racing Club, La Trobe University, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, Victorian Department of Education, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, University of Edinburgh, University of Derby, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Immigration Museum, STEAMpop, and more.


  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Coach
  • Facilitator of workshops
  • Presenter 
  • Social media strategy and management for learning
  • Blog and interview series development
  • Collaborations