Welcome 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

The world never stops, but we need to.
Allow time in your life to rest and restore your energy. These programs are designed to nourish you in times of stress and care for yourself in a holistic way.  Spend a few days in our lush surroundings, enjoying delicious healthy meals, appreciating the quiet and caring for your body and mind. Combine our weekly yoga programs with meditation and Buddhist teachings and experience true peace of mind.

Yoga with Baillie 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.

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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.
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.

Yoga with Erin Ashley from 2019

As a Yoga Teacher, Erin Ashley is renowned for offering a “mindful movement” experience in her classes, supporting you to move beyond the physical and into a more conscious awakening of energy and wisdom. Feel nurtured and supported as you flow through gentle, well-rounded physical sequences with a focus on real-time experience, as you integrate the awake-mind back into the body and breath.

Erin’s classes are suitable for beginners to advanced students and cater for all fitness levels and abilities with plenty of modifications on offer. Her classes will leave you feeling empowered and uplifted. Find  out more www.erinashley.com.au

Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Wellbeing Centre.  Facility Fee $12book now



NEW Creative Writing Group with Sharon Thrupp

Develop your imagination by writing! Writing is a powerful tool for development and transformation.  In today’s’ ever-changing world, we need to make sense of it all, and what better way to do this, than by writing about it.

In our inaugural writing group, we will set out to explore our outer and inner journeys through the power of the pen.  Whether you’ve got a story in your head that you’ve been dying to tell or simply want the companionship of like-minded people, this group will explore the written word.  All levels of experience (or none) are welcome.

There’ll be time to discuss and share ideas, and complete your work at your own pace for the next meeting. Bring your own pens, paper or laptop.


book nowThursday 6th Dec 9:00am – 12:00pm,
held in the Tara Room.
This course is freely offered by the Chenrezig Institute community when you register.
Meals and accommodation are available separately


Sharon Thrupp has spent many years living in India and writing about her experiences through short stories and blogs. She has organized Pilgrimages for Chenrezig Institute over the past 7 years sharing her journey https://unpluggedinindia.wordpress.com


The Art of Sitting with Jane Shamrock

Many Buddhist practitioners spend significant periods of time sitting, however sitting is sometimes an uncomfortable or painful experience. The Feldenkrais method offers insights into the habits which cause pain and the strategies to change those habits.

The Art of Sitting day is a range of comprehensive Feldenkrais classes involving small, mindful movement sequences designed to explore posture and body awareness and the lessons are mostly done lying down. There will be time for individual problem solving and exploration of the many options for comfortable sitting.

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Saturday 8th December 9:00am – 3:30pm,
held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 

Jane Shamrock has been a Buddhist practitioner and Feldenkrais teacher for many years; she completed her Feldenkrais training in 1993 and has been teaching ever since.

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.



Sunday 9th December 9:00am – 3:00pm,book now
held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 

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.

Nourishing Care Yoga Retreat with Ballie Dick

Phew! You’ve made it through the silly season. As the year heats up, here’s an opportunity to keep your cool by nourishing yourself with these potent self-care practices. Sample from meditation, massage, breath awareness and a slow flowing vinyasa and yin yoga classes aimed at deep relaxation. Enjoy the bliss of yoga as we unwind tension, release blockages and turn inward to work with the body and mind connection. Rest, rejuvenate and kick the year off to a great start with these restorative practices.


book nowFriday 18 January 6:30pm to Saturday 19th January 4:30 pm,
held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $75
Meals and accommodation available separately.


Baillie qualified in India in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Sivananda Hath yoga. She is keen to share the physical and emotional benefits of yoga.  



Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
with Neli Martin

Yoga has some powerful techniques for affecting the nervous system in a direct way. Through Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation, you can learn to re-wire your anxiety through activation of the relaxation response and re-framing of the stress response.

During this workshop you’ll learn and practice 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. Cultivate calm and vitalise the body and nervous system.


book nowSunday 20th January 9.00am – 4.00pm,
held at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $75
Meals and accommodation available separately.

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

Cultivating Emotional Balance with Corey Jackson

Want to feel more confident and in control of your emotions? Exhausted by mood swings and looking for more emotional stability? If you would like to take control of your own wellbeing, build your best relationships or overcome imbalances such as anger, anxiety or depression, then this course is for you.

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) training blends ancient techniques for developing mindfulness, empathy and compassion with ground breaking scientific understanding of emotions. The course has been clinically proven to reduce people’s destructive emotional episodes, improve professional and personal relationships and develop resilience in the face of adversity.

Blending theory and practice, CEB gives 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.

book nowIntroductory weekend: Saturday 2 Feb 9:00am – Sunday 3 Feb 3:30pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

The course continues: 16 – 17 Feb and 2 – 3 March 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.

Meals and Accommodation are available separately.

Corey is completing a research masters on attention and emotion skills at Sunshine Coast University where he is also a sessional staff member. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University and also works as a Tibet-English translator of Buddhist practice and philosophy. As a leading trainer of the peer-reviewed Cultivating Emotional Balance, he regularly runs workshops for organisations and individuals around Australia and is passionate about using ancient understanding in a modern context.

Introduction to Taoist Tai Chi

Using an easy-to-learn teaching approach, this program will introduce participants to the moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Brought to the western world nearly 50 years ago by Chinese Taoist monk Master Moy Lin-shin, Taoist Tai Chi™ arts are designed specifically for holistic health and meditation. The wide-ranging benefits include improvement of balance, circulation, strength, coordination and flexibility. There are benefits for many specific health issues including back pain, postural problems, and stress reduction.

The International Taoist Tai Chi Society has 42,000 members in 26 countries, with all organizations operating on a non-profit, volunteer and charitable basis. The Society has been operating in Australia since 1980 and offers classes in most capital cities and some regional areas.

Participants in this program will be introduced to about the first 25 moves of the tai chi sequence and will learn how Taoist Tai Chi works on health, as well as being introduced to the Taoist tradition of the Society. Following this program, participants may wish to join ongoing weekly classes held at various locations in SE Queensland, which are offered on a membership basis.

The instructor is an accredited volunteer instructor with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, with over 20 years’ experience.book now

Sunday 10 Feb 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
In the Wellbeing Center at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee: $75