wellbeingWelcome to our Wellbeing course schedule

These courses focus on cultivating physical, emotional and mental balance and wellbeing. They include authentic traditional and modern psychological approaches to health and lifestyle. They are suitable for everyone.  For more information about our Wellbeing Centre please click here



Weekly Yoga and Pilates Classes at the Wellbeing Centre

Thursdays 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm yoga with Sarah

Sarah has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching internationally for 8. She teaches Bikram, Vinyasa and most recently Yin yoga giving her a combination of strength, fluidity, flexibility and awareness.   She continues to learn and discover herself through practicing yoga.

What to expect from my Thursday classes: Each week we will explore and open different parts of the body. There will be breath work, deep soothing stretches and slow relaxing cool down. We’ll bring our focus inwards with mindful movement to experience a sense of stillness and deep renewal, tapping into our inspiring surroundings and the rhythm and flow of nature.

$12 per class

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Fridays 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm Pilates with Andreas

Andreas has been teaching pilates since 2004 and has 17 years of yoga experience including teaching internationally. With his passion for enhancing the physical experience and his deep awareness of  human anatomy, including personal experience of invasive surgery, Andreas helps people overcome their physical and mental challenges using a safe and gentle approach.

What to expect from my Friday classes:  Each week we’ll strengthen the bodies powerhouse of core muscles working with a mindful intention to create deeper awareness and balance. Creating long strong muscles we’ll focus on natural movement patterns that allow us to avoid physical stress and strain and feel healthier and happier in our bodies.

$12 per class



Cultivating Collaboration: Relationship Balance with Corey Jackson

“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin
We’re all born with an innate drive to interact and collaborate yet our relationships can be the root of frustration and unhappiness. In this course you’ll learn to cultivate constructive, harmonious relationships that can enhance your quality of life personally and professionally. We will share ancient techniques to enhance mindfulness, empathy and compassion supported by the psychology of what makes relationships rewarding (or not).
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Saturday 4th Nov, 9.00 am – Sunday 5th Nov, 4.30 pm.  Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $ 120.
Corey is passionate about using ancient practice in a thoroughly modern, user friendly context. He has a BA in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University.


How to be Happy: Guidelines Creating Contentment with Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)

The 16 Guidelines are being used by people worldwide to transform problems and create happiness and wellbeing. They are not a set of commandments or quick fixes. Instead, they offer an opportunity to explore your own life experiences. You can use them to experiment with new ways of thinking, acting, relating to others and finding meaning in your life.
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The course is run as two workshops giving students time to reflect and try practical strategies between them. Those who can only attend one workshop will be supported with follow up opportunities to complete the course.  
Workshop One: Saturday 11th Nov , 9.00am – Sunday 12th Nov, 4.30pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108.
Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse) is a counselor with a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is also a Buddhist Nun, and Secular Mindfulness Trainer

Restorative Yoga to relax and re-energise your body and mind with Annie McGhee 

Stay cool and calm as summer approaches, taking time to slow down, nurture yourself and surrender to a deeper sense relaxation for your body and mind. We’ll use props to support the body into safe and comfortable positions to facilitate deep relaxation and ease. Resting in each pose you’ll be able to calmly observe your thoughts arising and fading, meeting them with kindness and acceptance.

Restorative yoga emphasizes relaxation and stillness and is appropriate for everyone. Most poses are done on the floor and held from five to fifteen minutes.

Friday 17th Nov, 6.30 pm – Saturday 18th Nov, 4.30 pm. Held at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.  book now
Facility fee $75

Annie McGhee is a registered yoga teacher who has been practising for more than five decades . She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.

Yantra Yoga with Sean Read

Each yoga sequence performed in Yantra Yoga aims to guide the breath into natural harmony with mind and body. Synchronizing every movement with conscious breathing we find ourselves in a perfectly relaxed state.

Yantra Yoga was first introduced to the West in the 1970s by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the foremost Dzogchen masters of our time who wanted to share its immense benefits.

This course will focus on the eight movements for purifying the prana, or Lungsang. The Lungsang is considered to be a very essential and complete practice in itself and is also a fantastic introduction to Yantra Yoga.

Sean Read received his first level Yantra yoga teacher’s certification in 2014 and has since been teaching regularly in Melbourne.

Sunday 19th Nov, 9:30 am – 4.00 pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility Fee is $75.

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Stop Struggling and Start Flourishing with NeLi Martin

Do you lack confidence? Are you working in a high-stress job? Preparing for a big challenge in your life, or just want to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled?

You can learn scientifically-proven techniques to:
reduce stress and worry
rise above doubt and insecurity, building confidencebook now
handle painful thoughts and feelings far more effectively
break self-defeating habits and develop self-acceptance
improve performance and find fulfilment in your work

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a mindfulness based approach in psychology that enables us to get our lives moving in rich, full and meaningful ways. Don’t miss this opportunity to start flourishing!

Saturday 25th Nov, 9.00am – Sunday 26th Nov, 4.30pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $ 120

NeLi Martin is a Buddhist psychologist who integrates mindfulness, yoga and dance practices into her work with people from all walks of life.

Avoiding Christmas Chaos: A Cultivating Emotional Balance Practice Day with Corey Jackson

The holiday season can be a stressful time.  Family tensions, school holidays, additional  social and financial pressure can easily combine to create some regrettable emotional episodes.

In this course Corey will help you create strategies for the situations that push your buttons and help you press pause on those less skilful interactions. Give yourself and your family the gift of a peaceful and relaxed you.

Saturday 9th Dec 9 am – 4:00 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $75 


From Mundane to Magic! with Jen Compton

Be open to life, be part of its flow. Look, feel and listen. Who knows where you’ll go!

Be inspired by words! Jen Compton, author of Life’s a Mango, invites you for a day of connection through the power of rhyming prose and poetry. Explore how words can evoke memories, emotions and inner stillness.

Join Jen and bring along some prose or poetry that inspires you.  In the afternoon, participate in a writing workshop and see how the experience will take you on a journey of clarity and creativity.  Jen will also be sharing her own methodology of writing rhyming prose.

Sunday 10th Dec 9 am – 4:00 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $75 book now

Jen Compton is an inspirational poet.  She takes everyday situations that people can relate to and, with rhyming verse, turn them from something mundane to something magic.  

Art Therapy for Wellbeing with Shanna McLeod

Join art therapist Shanna McLeod as she creates a warm and welcoming space to address psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Shanna shares art mediums and creative processes to foster self-expression, enhance coping skills, manage stress and strengthen identity.

The Art therapy for wellbeing workshop covers

  • Perspective work and reflective practices
  • Self-expression and Self – resourcingbook now
  • Self-Working with metaphor
  • Exploring art mediums and their qualities

Saturday 16th Dec 9 am – 4:30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 
All art materials are provided. Wear clothes you are happy to create in.

Shanna  received her diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy in 2014.  She works as a mental health recovery support worker sharing her passion for transformation and  healing.


Cultivating Emotional Balance 2018 with Corey Jackson

A happy and rewarding life is within our grasp and achieving it is a skill we can learn. Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an evidence-based training that blends ancient techniques for developing mindfulness, empathy and compassion with ground breaking scientific understanding of emotions. The course has been shown to reduce people’s destructive emotional episodes, improve professional and personal relationships and develop resilience in the face of adversity. Focusing on both theory and practice, CEB aims to give a genuine experience of ancient techniques made relevant to a modern lifestyle and world view.

This unique program is the brainchild of Dr. Paul Ekman, a world renowned psychologist within the field of emotions and Dr Alan Wallace, a highly respected meditation teacher and scholar of contemplative traditions. It was developed in response to the year 2000 Mind and Life conference that became the subject of Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, Destructive Emotions.

Introductory weekend: Saturday 20 January 9.00 am – Sunday 21 January 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

The course continues February 3-4 and February 17-18 for those who have attended the introductory weekend (making a total of six sessions to complete the training).

Facility fee $150 for the introductory weekend, $420 for the whole course.

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CEB Full Course

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CEB Introductory Weekend

Corey Jackson left his career as a jazz pianist in Toronto to study Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language in India. He holds a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit from the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the Khyentse Foundation award for excellence in Buddhist Studies. The Cultivating Emotional Balance project perfectly facilitates his passion for using ancient wisdom in a thoroughly modern context.