Welcome to our Wellbeing course schedule
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.
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 to make you smile
with Erin Ashley
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
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.
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.
Introductory 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.
This course is now CLOSED to further registrations.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 10 Feb 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
In the Wellbeing Center at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $75
Life’s Unfinished Business
with Renate Ogilvie
The unfinished business that most of us carry with us is like a constant white noise of stress in our lives. This would be reason enough to address it. But asking for or granting forgiveness, expressing our love properly, our gratitude and appreciation to those who have inspired us, is of utmost importance as we practice the teachings and prepare ourselves for death, when any unfinished business will distract and disturb the mind at a crucial time.
Living in Stillness – Yin Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee
Immerse yourself in this deeply nourishing weekend practice of Yin, and experience a shift as mindfulness-based principles are incorporated to create a sense of calmness and reflection. The longer and passively held poses in the meditative practice of Yin yoga are the perfect counterbalance for you in your busy life.
Using props to fully support the body, you can relax and completely let go and sink deeper and soften into the pose in order to experience stillness of the body and the mind. In these poses we move beyond the muscles, which are Yang, as they’re soft & elastic, into the Yin connective tissues (the ligaments & the fascia), which are stiff & inelastic. By keeping the muscles soft, we release deeper layers of connective tissue, increasing mobility in the body, especially in the joints and hips, which tighten up due to prolonged sitting and standing.
On a subtler level, the Yin sequences improve the flow of prana (chi/life-force) through the energy channels (nadis/meridians) into the internal organs and tissues around the joints, where energy may have become stagnant. Through the practice of Yin yoga, we can successfully combine both asanas and meditation into a deeply transformative practice. Please wear loose, comfortable, modest clothing. If you have your own mat, please bring it. Suitable for all levels.
Annie recommends her students stay on site to gain the most possible benefit from this retreat.
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. She inspires students to develop an open-hearted approach to life.
Annie’s courses usually sell out so please enrol early to avoid disappointment.
Mindfulness: A force for Radical Change with Corey Jackson
Cultivating mindfulness sets the stage for improving our lives. It is the basic ingredient of all other practices and creates the stability needed to make a radical transformation. There are many different techniques suitable for all types of people and this retreat will introduce a wide range of approaches allowing people to choose the ones they find most effective.
Drawing heavily on his connection with Alan Wallace, Corey will combine clear discussion with both silent and guided meditation. Learn to relax in the face of stress, understand its causes and develop habits that lead to happiness. Take a weekend to unplug, unwind and learn powerful tools for transforming our lives.
Corey recommends guests stay on site so they can participate in morning and evening meditation sessions.
Corey Jackson is currently working on a PhD in mindfulness and emotions at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has a degree in Psychology and Sanskrit, works as a Tibetan-English translator. He is passionate about bringing the benefits of ancient wisdom to the modern world.
Mindful Writing with travel writer Sharon Thrupp
Yoga for Personal Empowerment with Erin Ashley
How we think and feel about the world around us, and about ourselves, has a direct correlation to the life experience we end up having.
This day-long yoga workshop comprises of activities both on and off the yoga mat that will support you to become more aware of how you think and feel so that you can:
Respond more skilfully in life when change occurs outside of your control
Improve relationships with family, friends, partners, work colleagues – and the relationship you have with yourself. Be armed with a toolbox of strategies to live a more empowered and peaceful life – no matter what your situation is
Suitable for all fitness levels, abilities and ages (physical modifications will be offered for all levels).
Erin is a qualified Yoga Teacher and our regular weekly yoga teacher here at Chenrezig on Thursdays and Fridays. Erin also delivers empowerment workshops and retreats all over Australia. With more than 20+ years in many styles of yoga and plenty of life practice putting Mindfulness to use, she offers gentle yet powerful teachings that support people to reconnect with their authentic and empowered selves, while discovering how to operate in line with one of life’s most highly desirable states of being – Peace.