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 at the Wellbeing Centre

Yoga with Baillie from 1st February 2018

Baillie left behind a successful role in the high-stress world of financial planning seven years ago to pursue a career that fulfilled her at a much deeper level. She qualified in India in Ashtanga Vinyasa and has complimented this intensive training with Sivananda Hath yoga while offering service through India and Sri Lanka. She is keen to share the physical and emotional benefits of yoga.

What to expect from Thursday classes:

Baillie bases her classes around participants and will tailor them to individual needs.

She begins with various breathing exercises, to quiet the mind and prepare for practice. Each class will include gentle stretching, balancing poses, and sun salutations. Students will get to know their bodies and themselves more closely through practice. The focus is listening to and working with the body gently, which can only be achieved through a kind approach.

Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now
Facility Fee: $12 per class. Join us in the Wellbeing Centre.

Book your yoga class by clicking here and choosing the date of the class you want or simply join us in the Wellbeing studio for yoga

Anxiety & Depression: An Emotions Masterclass with Corey Jackson

Modern technology has improved our quality of life in ways not thought possible a generation ago. Even so, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety have significantly increased and are still on the rise.
The good news is that we can take back control of our lives with a little practice and understanding. This course will present a modern understanding of mood disorders combined with ancient Buddhist wisdom to overcome their root causes. The weekend will present attitudes for dealing with adversity and making our emotions work for us.

Saturday 24th 9am – Sunday 25th 4.30 pm.
Held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108

book nowCorey has a degree in Sanskrit and Psychology and also works as a Tibetan-English translator. He is currently doing a Research Masters in mindfulness at University of Sunshine Coast and is passionate about bringing the benefits of ancient wisdom to the modern world.


Return to Stillness: A 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.

Please note Annie has requested that students stay onsite and attend all sessions of this retreat.

Friday 2nd March, 6.30pm – Saturday 2nd March, 4.30pm. Held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75book now

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.


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 Wellbeing Center, 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. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the creek walk includes some moderately steep and slippery sections.

Sunday 4th March 10:30 am – 4.30 pm. Held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75book now

Jono Bateman has been exhibiting environmental art for 12 years. His art is an extension of his work as a bush regenerator and land care advocate.


Finding Balance In A Busy World: Maroochydore Outreach Series with Corey Jackson

Stress, anxiety and depression have become a common part of our modern lifestyle, yet mental well-being is reachable. When we understand how our emotions work, we can use simple tools to prevent being hijacked by them. Further fine tuning can see our emotional reactions working for us and leading to better relationships, resilience and overall well-being. It’s a balancing act that is surprisingly simple and delivers ever-increasing positive results.book nowbook now

This series of four Wednesday evening talks throughout March will be held in Maroochydore. Corey explores the unique synthesis of traditional Buddhist and modern psychological approaches. Each class will include both practical techniques and meditation.

Wednesdays in March at Share Space 22 Beach Road, Maroochydore 6pm-8pm. $12 per session or $40 for the four-part series includes tea and coffee.

Flow and Restore a Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee

 In this workshop you’ll be led through a Vinyasa flow practice, including Sun Salutations, twists, backbends, seated and standing poses and inversions in the mornings and a restful restorative practice in the afternoons.

 The smooth flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga synchronizes movement with the breath, which benefits both self-awareness & mindfulness. You’ll develop a stronger body-mind connection and an increased sense of strength and flexibility.

 Restorative yoga allows you to slow down and surrender into 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.

This practice is suitable for everyone. Please wear loose, comfortable, modest clothing and bring a large beach towel. book now

Annie recommends retreat participants stay onsite to get the most benefit from the retreat.

Friday 16 March 6.30pm to Sunday 18 March 4.30pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee: $120 with meals and accommodation available separately.

Annie McGhee is a fully qualified & accredited yoga teacher with over 25 years experience in numerous styles of yoga. Her classes are well known for their warm-hearted teaching style, influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, to help develop an open-hearted approach to life.

Burnout and Fatigue: Prevention and Recovery from a Buddhist Perspective with Venerable Yonten

Mental fatigue and exhaustion are common but most people are unaware of how it occurs or what can be done to prevent it.

Join this workshop to learn how to combat fatigue, encourage physical energy and vitality and change draining mental habits that interrupt our momentum or keep us feeling stagnant, stuck and overwhelmed.

Drawing from Buddhist principles and tools like developing inner wisdom, training in mindfulness through various types of meditation we will explore ideas about where mental fatigue comes from and what we can do to prevent it.

We will also explore ways to tap and expand our potential for increased vitality and happiness in whatever inner or outer work we want to engage in.

Everyone is welcome and this course is suitable for those who are new to Buddhism.

Saturday 7th April  9.00 am – Sunday 8th April 4.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.book now

Facility fee $108

 10% discount for members and concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately.

 Ven Yonten is known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style. She regularly teaches at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel. Originally from the United States, Venerable Yönten became a nun when she was 21 (in 2003), and with the permission of her Abbot received gelongma/bhikshuni ordination in 2011.

Introduction to Yoga with Annie Mc Ghee

New to yoga?

Build a basic foundation in yoga with this popular beginners course, designed especially for those who are starting out. We will explore introductory yoga poses, using props (bolsters, blocks, blankets & straps) to help support the body & keep it safe. Basic breathing exercises & meditations will compliment the course.

Suitable for complete beginners. Please bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothes.

Friday 6th April, 6.30pm – Saturday 7th April, 4.30pm. Held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 

Facility fee $75  Please order meals and accommodation separately.book now

 Annie McGhee is a fully qualified & accredited yoga teacher with over 25 years experience in numerous styles of yoga. Her classes are well known for their warm-hearted teaching style, influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, to help develop an open-hearted approach to life.


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.

Sunday 8 April 9.30am – 4.00pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 paid at the time of registration. Arts material fee $5, paid to the facilitator on the day.book now

Juliette Kalifa is a registered creative arts therapist and clinical supervisor with over twenty years experience in creative arts counseling with adults, children, and groups

Tools for Happiness: How We Think and Act with Lozang Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)

How we think determines how we act. The way we act affects how we experience our lives.

Unfortunately, most of us are caught in patterns of negative thoughts – anger, frustration, regret, and self-hatred – that lead us to act in destructive ways. But just as an athlete trains their body, we can train and transform our minds. In doing so, we can free ourselves from our habitual patterns and explore new ways of living – with joy, patience, contentment, and delight.

 This workshop provides straightforward tools for developing happiness and meaning in everyday life by focusing on how we think and how we act. We learn the deeper value of kindness, forgiveness, patience, honesty and generosity. It is suitable for people of all ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds; using everyday language for people from any or no spiritual tradition.

This is a paired workshop with Tools for Happiness: How We Interact and Find Meaning in May. You don’t have to do both workshops – but doing the two will give you all the tools you need to radically change your life!

 Saturday 14th April, 9.00am – Sunday 15th April, 4.30pm, held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 

Facility fee $120 Meals and accommodation available separately.book now

10% discount for concession card holders.

Ven. Tsultrim is a counselor with a Masters of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She works with people at risk of suicide, their family and friends.

She is also a Buddhist nun.


Healing From Within: Transformative Mindfulness Retreat with Ruth Donnelly

Transformative Mindfulness offers easy-to-learn self-healing tools for leading a healthier and happier life. These tools are simple, effective, and suitable for people of all ages, cultures, and traditions. They are designed to enable you to:

· generate awareness and acceptance of your own mental and physical challenges

· directly access the underlying psychological causes that contribute to the mental or physical suffering that you may be experiencing

· compassionately transform these causes, in a way that works best for each individual

Guided meditations, visualisation, drawing, and mindful acceptance practices support this wonderful weekend of transformation. When skilfully combined these techniques bring insight and change, help build strengths, bring perspective to difficult situations and transform inner conflicts.

By breaking open our power of compassion, the underlying causes of our difficulties can be viewed very differently. Profound change can occur! Follow up workshops throughout the year to support and deepen your practice.

Please bring along a yoga mat and blanket for relaxation. Beginners are very welcome.

Saturday 21 April 9.00 am – Sunday 22 April 4.00 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now

Facility fee $150. Meals and accommodation available separately.

10% discount for concession card holders

 Ruth Donnelly is a Buddhist Psychotherapist in Maleny. She runs self-care and training groups using Transformative Mindfulness and Dru Yoga, offering people simple ways to care for and transform their own lives, and the lives of people they live and work with.