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 4.00pm – 5.00pm in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now
Facility Fee: $12 per class. Join us at 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


The Blissful Abiding of Body and Mind in Meditation a retreat to explore an effortless approach to Meditation with Wai Cheong Kok

Meditative absorption is a deeply peaceful state of body and mind, free of restlessness and dullness, accompanied by a wonderful sense of physical and mental wellbeing.

In this meditation retreat, you will explore an effortless approach to meditation, setting aside the usual struggles to calm your mind as well as any sense of failure or guilt associated with the process. Instead, with a caring and attentive attitude, you will be guided in cultivating the foundational qualities for experiencing such deep absorptions in your daily meditation.

Some of the benefits are to:book now
– Deepen physical relaxation
– Develop a spacious and wakeful mind
– Create the conditions for experiencing pleasure during meditation
– Work creatively with hindrances to meditation.

This retreat consists of several meditation sessions daily, each combining explanation and guided meditations. There will also be time for self-practice, Q&A, and discussion.

Please feel free to bring along a yoga mat and a blanket to experiment with meditating in the supine position.

Thursday 5th July 9:00 am  – Sunday  8th July 12 noon, held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $200. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Wai Cheong graduated with an M.Sc in Chemistry and worked in research before completing the 7-year Master’s program in Advanced Buddhist Studies at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa in 2004. He followed this with a four month solitary retreat. Has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since 1996, with a special interest in making available the benefits of meditation to a wider audience. From 2006-2015, he has served as a senior resident teacher at our Sydney sister centre Vajrayana Institute. He currently resides in Singapore.


Outreach Series with Corey Jackson

Spark Something New: Mindfulness & Creativity

Creativity is at the heart of change and innovation, but it can be hard to break free of old habits. Whether in art, business or our personal lives, repeating the past can lead to fatigue, frustration, and failure.

Mindfulness training can help us be more aware of new ideas and possibilities that might otherwise go unnoticed. In this series, Corey draws on his experience as a professional musician and creativity tutor at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Discover this unique approach to creating change and innovation in our personal and professional lives.

July 4th, 11th, 18th, all Wednesdays from 6:15pm – 7:45pm @ Share Space, 22 Beach Road, Maroochydore. Package Price: $40 (all 3 sessions) book now

Corey Jackson 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 the University of Sunshine Coast and is passionate about bringing the benefits of ancient wisdom to the modern world.

 


Mindfulness in Movement with Katharina Lein

Learn how to listen to your body, enhance your self-knowledge and body awareness. Based on Mary Whitehouse’s “Authentic Movement” approach to dance therapy, participants follow structured and free movement improvisation based on imagery to reveal their body’s inner impulses to move (in silence and with background music). Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary. Please wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in and bring a journal for reflection.

Saturday 14th July 9:00am – 3:00pm. Held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility Fee $65 

 

Katharina Lein graduated from her postgraduate studies in dance/movement therapy in 2012. She is passionate about helping people rediscover ease, freedom, and joy in movement.


Fill Your Own Cup: Emotional Freedom Technique with Lou Coles

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” How’s your cup going? We all know that self-care is important but how can we achieve it? The best kind of self-care comes from learning how to listen to your body and intuition. Being able to act on that without the resistance, self-sabotage or guilt that often plagues people that are natural helpers and passionate crusaders.

In this workshop, we will release and let go of common patterns and beliefs that drive people to ‘care too much’, sometimes to the detriment of their health, finances, and relationships. You will learn how to use these tools in your own life to process difficult emotions and connect with your own intuition.

Sunday 15th July 9:00am to 3:30pm, held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now

Facility fee: $75. Accommodation and meals available separately. 

Lou Coles has a Bachelor of Science (Zoology & Marine Biology) from the University of Queensland, St Lucia with two Dean’s Commendations. This has given her a solid foundation on which to combine scientific research and critical thought with her own life experience and health journey. In addition to running her own business “Evolve With Lou” she is a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and packs organic veggie boxes one day a week.


From Chaos to Calm: A Cultivating Emotional Balance Retreat with Corey Jackson

Do you ever feel off balance, as if your emotions are controlling your life? Replaying conversations and wishing you’d acted differently? Have you ever tried bottling them up only to find they resurface at another time?

Everyone experiences overwhelming emotional reactions from time to time. Mostly we catch ourselves in time, but sometimes not. These reactions can lead to what emotions expert Dr. Paul Ekman calls regrettable emotional episodes.  Even just a few of them can have a long-term and devastating impact on key areas of our mental health if we don’t learn how to overcome them.

With a little effort, we can take control of our own wellbeing.  By cultivating a few simple skills we can improve our relationships and resiliency which are at the core of our mental and emotional health.

Starting with the core mindfulness practices, this five-day retreat will move organically through the insight, empathy and compassion practices that bring about emotional balance and mental health. With a light sprinkling of theory and discussion, participants will return to their lives able to choose which practices are best for their own changing circumstances. This is a powerful opportunity to reboot our emotional lives by stepping outside our normal routine and focusing undistractedly on developing high levels of mental health and wellbeing.

Friday 20th July 6:30 pm to Tuesday 24th July at 4:30 pm, held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. To book meals and accommodation please contact reception on 5453 2108book now

Facility fee $200. Accommodation and meals available separately.

Corey Jackson 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 the University of Sunshine Coast and is passionate about bringing the benefits of ancient wisdom to the modern world.


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 27 July 6:30pm – Saturday 28 July 4:30pm, held at Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now
Facility fee: $75 

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.


Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with NeLi Martin

Yoga has some powerful techniques for affecting the nervous system. You can learn to re-wire your anxiety through activation of the relaxation response and re-framing the stress response. You’ll learn Asana and Pranayama for calming the nervous system and activating the relaxation response deep in the body at a cellular level. Asana and Pranayama for energising the nervous and vital systems of the body. Meditation approaches to set intentions and connect to your purpose whilst cultivating calm, alert states of mind.

Sunday 29th July 9:00am – 4:00pm, held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now
Facility fee: $75

 

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

 


Return to Stillness 1: 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.

These two courses are independent of each other. 
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Friday 10th Aug 6:30pm – Saturday 11th Aug 4:30pm &

Friday 31st Aug 6:30pm – Saturday 1st Sep 4:30pm 
held at Wellbeing Centre. Facility fee $75 (for each weekend)

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.


The Voice of Nature: Environmental Art Workshop 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 Centre, 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.
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Sunday 12th Aug 9:00am – 4:30pm, held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $75

 

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.

 


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 welcome.
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Saturday 25th Aug 9:00am-Sunday 26th Aug 4:00pm, held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 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


Return to Stillness 2: 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 31st Aug 6:30pm – Saturday 1st Sep 4:30pm book now
held at Wellbeing Centre. Facility fee $75 (for each weekend)

 

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.