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 and Pilates Classes at the Wellbeing Centre

Thursdays 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm yoga with Sarah

Sarah has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching internationally for 8. She teaches Bikram, Vinyasa and most recently Yin yoga giving her a combination of strength, fluidity, flexibility and awareness.   She continues to learn and discover herself through practicing yoga.

What to expect from my Thursday classes: Each week we will explore and open different parts of the body. There will be breath work, deep soothing stretches and slow relaxing cool down. We’ll bring our focus inwards with mindful movement to experience a sense of stillness and deep renewal, tapping into our inspiring surroundings and the rhythm and flow of nature.

$12 per class

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Book your yoga or pilates class by clicking here and choosing the date of the class you want.

 

Fridays 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm Pilates with Andreas

Andreas has been teaching pilates since 2004 and has 17 years of yoga experience including teaching internationally. With his passion for enhancing the physical experience and his deep awareness of  human anatomy, including personal experience of invasive surgery, Andreas helps people overcome their physical and mental challenges using a safe and gentle approach.

What to expect from my Friday classes:  Each week we’ll strengthen the bodies powerhouse of core muscles working with a mindful intention to create deeper awareness and balance. Creating long strong muscles we’ll focus on natural movement patterns that allow us to avoid physical stress and strain and feel healthier and happier in our bodies.

$12 per class

 

 


 

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 modernbook now 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

Lou is an Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner. Her work is influenced by her career in science and the transformative experience of recovering from Chronic fatigue Syndrome.book now

 

 


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.

Annie McGhee is a registered yoga teacher who has been practicing for more than five decades. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.book now

 

 


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.

Emily Choeling received her first level diploma training from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 2003 and her second level diploma in 2010. book now

 

 


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.

Saturday 23 September 9.00am – 4.00pm at the Wellbeing Centre.
Facility fee $75.
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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.

NeLi Martin is a Buddhist psychologist who integrates her work with mindfulness, yoga and dance practices.book now

 

 


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.

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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

Join our Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer for a an informative and interactive day of hands on practice and conversation about mental health. Learn how a blend of modern psychological understanding and traditional practices can take us beyond managing symptoms to achieve higher levels of mental health and how we can maintain our mental health and fitness as we age.
Sunday 15 October 9.00 am to 3:30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $55.
Corey is passionate about using ancient practice in a thoroughly modern, user-friendly context. He has a BA in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University. Recently, Corey has been working closely to support the team at Hummingbird House Children’s Hospice and training paramedic students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Previously, he was also a tutor in Attention and Creativity at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and offered Attentive Emotional Skills training for Greenpeace Asia Pacific.book now

 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 

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.book now

 

 


Cultivating Collaboration: Relationship Balance with Corey Jackson

“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin
We’re all born with an innate drive to interact and collaborate yet our relationships can be the root of frustration and unhappiness. In this course you’ll learn to cultivate constructive, harmonious relationships that can enhance your quality of life personally and professionally. We will share ancient techniques to enhance mindfulness, empathy and compassion supported by the psychology of what makes relationships rewarding (or not).
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Saturday 4th Nov, 9.00 am – Sunday 5th Nov, 4.30 pm.  Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $ 120.
Corey is passionate about using ancient practice in a thoroughly modern, user friendly context. He has a BA in Psychology and Sanskrit from Sydney University.

 

How to be Happy: Guidelines Creating Contentment with Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse)

The 16 Guidelines are being used by people worldwide to transform problems and create happiness and wellbeing. They are not a set of commandments or quick fixes. Instead, they offer an opportunity to explore your own life experiences. You can use them to experiment with new ways of thinking, acting, relating to others and finding meaning in your life.
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The course is run as two workshops giving students time to reflect and try practical strategies between them. Those who can only attend one workshop will be supported with follow up opportunities to complete the course.  
Workshop One: Saturday 11th Nov , 9.00am – Sunday 12th Nov, 4.30pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee $108.
Ven Tsultrim (Carla Pearse) is a counselor with a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is also a Buddhist Nun, and Secular Mindfulness Trainer


Restorative Yoga to relax and re-energise your body and mind with Annie McGhee 

Stay cool and calm as summer approaches, taking time to slow down, nurture yourself and surrender to 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. Resting in each pose you’ll be able to calmly observe your thoughts arising and fading, meeting them with kindness and acceptance.

Restorative yoga emphasizes relaxation and stillness and is appropriate for everyone. Most poses are done on the floor and held from five to fifteen minutes.

Friday 17th Nov, 6.30 pm – Saturday 18th Nov, 4.30 pm. Held at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.  book now
Facility fee $75

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.


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.

For those that have already done a course, we will repeat The Eight Movements LungSang, to purify prana.

Sunday 19th Nov, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility Fee is $75.

Emily Choeling received her first level diploma training from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 2003 and her second level diploma in 2010. book now

 

 

 


Stop Struggling and Start Flourishing with NeLi Martin

Do you lack confidence? Are you working in a high-stress job? Preparing for a big challenge in your life, or just want to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled?

You can learn scientifically-proven techniques to:
reduce stress and worry
rise above doubt and insecurity, building confidencebook now
handle painful thoughts and feelings far more effectively
break self-defeating habits and develop self-acceptance
improve performance and find fulfilment in your work

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a mindfulness based approach in psychology that enables us to get our lives moving in rich, full and meaningful ways. Don’t miss this opportunity to start flourishing!

Saturday 25th Nov, 9.00am – Sunday 26th Nov, 4.30pm. Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $ 120

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 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.

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CEB Full Course

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CEB Introductory Weekend

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.