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
Longevity Yoga for Seniors with Annie McGhee
You are never too old to commence practicing yoga; often those to start later in life are the ones who benefit the most.
You may have heard the old adage ‘When the body becomes stiff and inflexible, so does the mind’ As we move into our more senior years, we may find ourselves becoming less resilient, more fixed, perhaps resistant to change. The regular practice of yoga helps create a flexible and open body and mind, and assist us in keeping old age at bay, by removing stiffness and inertia in the body and establishing optimum health for ourselves.
Friday 18 August 6.30 pm to Saturday 19 August 4.30 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $75
Bringing Your Practice Home: Yoga with Annie McGhee
Establishing an independent yoga practice can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Many of us may attend a yoga class regularly, but feel unsure about what to do when we practice alone at home.
In this weekend workshop you will learn how to create sequences that will keep you engaged and dedicated, so that yoga can become part of your daily routine. We will explore a Yang practice in the mornings, which is an active style and a Yin, or more passive practice, in the afternoons. This retreat includes a booklet to ensure you can really take the practice and its benefits home with you.
Friday 1 September 6.30pm to Saturday 2 September 4.30pm, at the Wellbeing Centre.
Facility fee $85.
The Voice of Nature: Environmental Art with Jono Bateman
Nature is speaking to us. Are we listening? Walk into the natural landscape and be inspired by the story of hope, growth, transformation and regeneration unfolding. Discover the universal ideas that weave nature and humans together and find expression for what moves you in the natural world. Back in the studio, with Jono’s guidance, you will get to create your own art piece, by reflecting on your discoveries from the morning spent by the rainforest creek. Suitable for everyone who shares our planet. No creative or artistic experience necessary. All materials supplied.
Sunday 3 September 9.00am to 3.30pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
How to Change Habits: Turning Aspiration into Action with Corey Jackson
Habits can be hard to break – unused running shoes, gym memberships, maybe a dusty yoga mat or meditation cushion might be evidence of this. It can equally be as hard to act on bigger issues that are important to us when we feel overwhelmed and incapable of making a difference. Join us for a one-day workshop that presents a modern psychological understanding of habits, combined with some ancient techniques we can use to gain control over them.
Saturday 9th of September 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
Corey Jackson has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University, where he was awarded the prize for excellence in Buddhist Studies. He worked many years as a Tibet – English translator and has a passion for combining ancient wisdom and modern research to take control of our own wellbeing.
Empowered Eating with Lou Coles
What is your ‘go-to’ food for when you are feeling blue or stressed-out? Do you use food to make yourself feel better?
The reason these diets don’t last long-term is because they overlook the missing link in the weight management puzzle – your mental and emotional wellbeing.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to look a little deeper into your relationship with food and learn the tools to release your cravings and let-go of your reliance on food as a temporary fix. This is an opportunity to let go of unhealthy cravings and create healthy habits that will stick.
Sunday 10 September 9.00am – 3.30pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
Return to Stillness: Yin Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee
Yin yoga is a perfect counterbalance to our busy lives. It allows us to drop into ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’ by holding poses longer and passively. Yin practice is deeply nourishing and has myriad benefits for both body and mind.
Yin sequences improve the flow of energy into the internal organs and tissues around the joints where it may have become stagnant. Through the practice of Yin yoga, we can successfully combine both asanas and meditation into a deeply transformative practice.
Friday 15 September 6.30pm – Saturday 16 September 4.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre.
Facility fee $75.
Yantra Yoga with Emily Choeling
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.
In this day-course you will learn:
The Nine Breathings — LungSang, to purify prana
Loosening the Joints — Tsigjong
The Eight Movements
Sunday 17 September 10.00 am – 4.00 pm in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee is $75.
Creativity to Replenish Ourselves with Juliette Kalifa
We live in a busy world where we take little time to pause or reflect. I invite you to spend the day with me using arts as therapy. Art therapy differs from traditional art in that the emphasis is on the process of creating rather than on the end product. No experience with arts is necessary.
Art making can help to stimulate imagination and creativity, to identify and clarify concerns, to express feelings that are difficult to discuss and to increase self awareness. Create the space and take the day to follow your heart spontaneously with colours, shapes and images, you may find another way to express how your life is, and consider other possibilities.
Juliette Kalifa is a registered creative arts therapist and clinical supervisor with over twenty years experience in creative arts counselling with adults, children and groups
Women Awakening with NeLi Martin
Women approach spiritual practice, personal growth and development, relationships, work and business life in a manner different to men. Yet we find ourselves operating in a man’s world. It’s easy to think we should just try harder (and ‘man-up’). This workshop will explore practices that are specific to women.
Come and feel the sisterhood that will support you to:
– get out of your head and into your body
– feel more alive and sensual
– open and active your heart and womb space
– feel into your intuition
– move with confidence in the world.
– connect in beauty
Sunday 24 September 9.00 am – 4.00 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75.
Wisdom for Women – Greeting Menopause with Grace
Join us as we look into the process of menopause from both Chinese & Ayurvedic Medicine approaches*. Our wise women will share the practices of Qi-gong, Yoga, Meditation & Aromatherapy to guide you through this amazing life stage.
Patsy Wilcox – Practitioner and owner of Ashi Acupuncture and Qigong Centre since 1987, Patsy is also a clinical neurophysiology scientist and believes Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine both have a place in maintaining good health. Patsy will speak on Chinese Medicine and Menopause and share techniques for self-massage and Qigong moving meditation.
Jenny Dickens – Started practicing yoga when she was 47 years old and has continued for 15 years, complimenting her practice with the study of healing presented in the yoga sutras and vedic chanting. Now a qualified yoga teacher in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya she believes yoga’s benefits extend far beyond the physical. Jenny will share yoga asanas and focus on acceptance.
Karen Wallwork – Practitioner and owner of Talking Scents Natural Therapies since 1997 provides a common sense approach to using natural therapies as part of an overall treatment regime. Karen is accredited in Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Remedial Massage, Dry Needling and Cranio-Myofascial Release. She has studied & trained in both Australia & overseas and her research has been published in health industry journals. Karen will share the use of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy in Menopause and Breath & Body Scan meditation.
Saturday 14th October 9.00am – 4.00pm The Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $95 per person. Bookings essential.
IMPORTANT NOTE*- this is an information forum only and in no way substitutes for professional consultation with your chosen health professional.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health with Corey Jackson
A Mental Health Week Event
Open, Free and Release your Hips: Yoga with Annie McGhee
Tight hips are a common condition, due to us spending prolonged periods of time sitting in chairs, which tightens our buttocks and hips and can lead to lower back pain. But there are more subtle benefits in practicing hip-opening poses. We can often hold emotions, such as grief, sadness or anxiety, buried deep within our hip areas. By taking time to slowly, safely and sequentially release and open the hips, we can allow and observe these feelings bubble up to the surface and be present with whatever is happening for us in a non-judgmental way.
Friday 20 October 6.30 pm to Saturday 21 October 4.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 ￼
Yantra Yoga with Oni McKinstry
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 practice is suitable for everyone. In this day-course you will learn: Controlling the channels: “Tsandul” and The Eight Movements LungSang, to purify prana.
Sunday 22 October 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility Fee is $75.
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.
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.