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

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 is not prescriptive. It comes from learning how to listen to your body and your own intuition. Being able to act on that internal wisdom without the resistance, self-sabotage or guilt that often plagues people that are natural helpers and passionate crusaders. As Jack Kornfield says, “If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”

In this workshop we will release and let go of common patterns and beliefs that drive people to ‘care too much’, sometimes even 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 (and follow) your own intuition.

Saturday 27th May  9 am to 3:30 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now

Facility Fee $75 Accommodation and meals available separately.

Facilitated by experienced Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner, Lou Coles, in a supportive group environment you will release and let-go of thoughts, feelings and patterns that no longer serve you.

Lou Coles is an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner who incorporates practical mindfulness practices into her group workshops and one-on-one sessions. EFT has been described as psychological acupressure and is often referred to as ‘tapping’. In its simple form, EFT can be learned and used as a self-help tool. Lou’s work is influenced by her background in science and nature combined with her life experience of having come through Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with the support of meditation and yoga practice.

Yantra Yoga – Tibetan Yoga of Movement.
Introduction for Beginners – The Eight Movements with Emily Coleing

Synchronizing every movement with conscious breathing we find ourselves in a perfectly relaxed state. Each yoga sequence performed in Yantra Yoga aims to guide the breath into a natural harmony with the mind and body. One of the oldest recorded systems of Yoga that exists in the world, for centuries Yantra was a closely guarded secret reserved for advanced yogic practitioners. Understanding the immense benefit it holds for everyone, Yantra Yoga was first introduced to the West in the 1970s by one of the foremost Dzogchen masters of our time, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be Buddhist to attend this practice.


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The 9 Breathings

The Eight Movements ‘LungSang’ to ‘Purify Prana’

The Vajra Wave (Optional)

Cultivating Emotional Balance 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 3 June 9.00 am – Sunday 4 June 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

The course continues June 24-25 and July 15-16 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.

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.

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Let’s Twist Again! Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee

Yoga twists can help you eliminate tension from deep within your body. The physical tension can show itself as emotional stress. Yoga twists help the muscles of the chest, back and shoulder relax and, when combined with the breath, allow stress to leave the body. Yoga twists are also invigorating and can help elevate your energy levels if you are feeling tired.

Friday 16 June 6:30 pm to Saturday 17 June 4:30 pm, Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
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Annie McGhee is a registered yoga teacher who has been practicing for more than 5 decades. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.

Transformative Mindfulness for Teenagers with Ruth Donnelly

A one day workshop building emotional skills using meditation and expressive methods. Learn how to relax, to build your positive qualities and transform problems using guided movement, meditation, visualization and drawing. As you step out into life you can make a difference by opening to your inner potential to enjoy life and by learning to look clearly at the challenges that arise.

Sunday 11 June 9 am to 4 pm, Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $75

Ruth Donnelly is a Buddhist Psychotherapist and yoga teacher. She runs self-care and training groups using Transformative Mindfulness, Dru Yoga and Somatic Meditation.

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Discovering Clarity Workshop with Rob Foster

Create your bright future. Rob will guide you through a process to clarify and transform areas of your life that are stuck, difficult or no longer serving you. Leaving you free to connect with and explore your own authentic purpose.

Design your bright future focusing on Clarity and Identity, Purpose and Direction. Take home the “Bright Futures Process” which will reset your sails when clarity becomes blurred by the winds of change.

Sunday 18 June 9 am to 3:30 pm, Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $75

Rob Foster specializes in mentoring, consulting and coaching, mediation and conflict resolution working with individuals and organisations to grow and flourish.

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Living Life to the Fullest: Freedom Through Self Acceptance with Renate Ogilvie

How would your life change if you genuinely accepted yourself, just the way you are? Most of us do not really live our lives fully because we are trapped by feelings of shame and unworthiness. Learning to be open to ourselves, with a quality of warmth and self-acceptance offers a way to break out of this emotional prison.

In this weekend workshop Renate, teaches practical ways of freeing ourselves from the grip of our self-aversion. The workshop involves teachings, meditation and discussions that will help us discover the freedom that comes with kindness and true appreciation of ourselves and others. All welcome!

Saturday 15 July 9:00 am to Sunday 16 July 4:30pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $108 Book www.chenrezig.com.au


Renate Ogilvie has taught at Buddhist centers around the world for over 20 years. She combines modern psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy to help individuals deal with depression, fear and anger.

Bringing Your Practice Home: Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee

Establishing an independent yoga practice can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Many of us may attend a yoga class regularly, but feel unsure about what to do when we practice alone at home.

In this weekend workshop you will learn how to create sequences that will keep you engaged and dedicated so that yoga can become part of your daily routine. We will explore a Yang practice in the mornings, which is an active style and a Yin, or more passive practice in the afternoons. This retreat includes a booklet to ensure you really can take the practice and it’s benefits with you.

Saturday 8 July 9 am to Sunday 9 July 4 pm book now
Held , at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $108 

Annie McGhee is a registered yoga teacher who has been practicing for more than 5 decades. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.

This Precious Life: Suicide Awareness and Prevention with Carla Pearse

Suicide is at record levels in Australia. It’s a statistic that is filled with tragedy. There are few that have not been touched by suicide in some way. And for those of us who are trying to support someone at risk of suicide it can be a heartbreaking challenge. This weekend at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute we will be looking at how to raise our awareness of this issue.

Day One: Suicide Awareness. Some of the topics day one of this weekend will explore include: myths and facts surrounding suicide; risk and protective factors; why values, beliefs and attitudes are so important; as is self reflection. We will also consider the person at risk’s perspective and what to do when we encounter someone thinking or talking about suicide.
Day Two: Suicide Prevention. Today will provide some insight through mindfulness techniques that will help us to support someone at risk of suicide in a better way. By understanding how our own mind works we can ensure that the support we offer is not judgemental, is motivated by kindness and compassion, is practical and can be used easily.

Considering most of us will at some time in our life have a friend, relative or work colleague who is thinking about suicide, this weekend will help to provide confidence, understanding and the courage to offer support in a way that is helpful and of benefit to both the person at risk and the support person.

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 July 9 am to 4 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.book now
Facility Fee $75 for each day or $150 for the weekend. 

Carla Pearse is a Buddhist nun from the Tibetan tradition who has worked with many hundreds of people at risk of suicide over the past 15 years. She has extensive professional experience in suicide intervention and prevention with CAPS and Lifeline.

Rest, Reconnect, Remember: Meditation and Letter Writing with Kate M Foster

See this place where you are standing right now… It is exactly where you are meant to be. You see there is nothing you don’t know if you create time to rest, reconnect and remember. Your whole life has been one stepping stone after another guiding you to this moment.

You will be gently guided to explore your inner landscape through meditation, reflection and letter writing. You will be in awe at the wisdom within your own heart that is forever calling you home.

Saturday 22 July 9 am to 3:30 pmbook now
Held in the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75 including chai and homemade cake.

Kate M Foster is a writer and meditation leader passionate about inspiring women to be kind and gentle with themselves and others.

Green Cathedrals by Jono Bateman

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 studio, 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.

Sunday 23 July 9 am to 3:30 pmbook now
Held in 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 re generator and landcare advocate. See more of Jono’s work here


Meeting Hate with Love: Change your World with Creative Non-Violence with Penny and Neil Barringham and Christel Palmer

When we are faced with violence and injustice, how do we stop ourselves from responding with anger or becoming numb with hopelessness?

Every day, throughout the world people face the daunting challenge and consequences of violence and injustice. Some people confront this violence with violence. Others remain passive in the face of this destructiveness. Neither of these approaches, in our estimation, lead to long-term solutions because they often fail to address the root causes of violence or stop the cycle of destruction, resentment, and retaliation that violence and injustice create. There are a growing number of people around the world, however, who are using the more effective approach of creative nonviolence, the subject of our workshop, to bring about change in their societies.

People are also using nonviolence to challenge personal, interpersonal, and social patterns of violence in their own lives. The more we are equipped with the vision and skills of nonviolence, the greater the chance for the emergence of effective nonviolent solutions in our lives and in the world.

This workshop introduces a vision and tools for nonviolent living and change. It uses stories, reflections and role-plays to explore the dynamics of violence and the possibilities and practices for living nonviolently. In the workshop we will encourage experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence for personal and social transformation. This program was developed by PACE E BENE, an organisation committed to education, resources and action for nonviolent change.

Friday 28 July 7.30 pm to Sunday 30 July 3.30 pm book now
Held , at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 
Facility fee $120 

“To practice nonviolence, first of all we have to practice it within ourselves ” Thich Nhat Hanh

Penny Barringham recognises her need to live nonviolently and the importance of encouraging the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence in every area of life, and is learning and experimenting in as many contexts as possible. Penny loves meeting with women to discuss some of the deep and difficult issues of life and experimenting with ideas that may help us to live well and find joy in the midst of pain, grief and chaos. Penny also enjoys facilitating training, helping to run a youth group, reading, and making faltering attempts to get fit through jogging and cycling.

Neil Barringham is a community worker who enjoys live music, camping at the beach and his rainforest back yard. Neil has worked with others in his home and neighbourhood to facilitate inclusion and community supports particularly for people with disabilities. He also is an inclusion worker with “A Place to Belong” (Anglicare Southern Queensland) in Brisbane assisting people with psychiatric disabilities to live full lives in their community of choice. As part of his local community engagement Neil enjoys supporting community learning in non-violence. Neil has post graduate qualifications in community development and social work .

Christel Palmers search for personal, relational, community and ecological transformation continues to lead her back to experimenting with creative nonviolence in various forms.  Christel works as a community development worker in West End and particularly enjoys facilitating community based training – seeing people empowered to create a better world!  

Cultivating Emotional Balance Masterclass: Fear and Anxiety with Corey Jackson

Fear and Anxiety are on the rise with a growing number of people reporting anxiety is effecting their daily lives. So how can we understand these paralyzing emotions and find a way to move forward?

In this one day workshop, our Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer Corey Jackson will explain how we can work with our fears and anxiety to be able to live the life we want.  This day challenges the notion of ‘negative emotions’ giving the tools and understanding to transform our relationship with fear and anxiety and improve our quality of life.

Saturday 12 August 9.00 am – 3.30 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $75 

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.

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with NeLi Martin

Learn to manage stress and be open to life. Yoga has some powerful techniques for affecting the nervous system. Through Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation, you can learn to re-wire your anxiety through activation of the relaxation response and re-framing the stress response.
During this one day workshop you will 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 whilst cultivating calm, alert states of mind.book now

Sunday 13 August 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.

Longevity Yoga for Seniors with Annie McGhee

You are never too old to commence practicing yoga; often those to start later in life are the ones who benefit the most.

You may have heard the old adage ‘When the body becomes stiff and inflexible, so does the mind’ As we move into our more senior years, we may find ourselves becoming less resilient, more fixed, perhaps resistant to change. The regular practice of yoga helps create a flexible and open body and mind, and assist us in keeping old age at bay, by removing stiffness and inertia in the body and establishing optimum health for ourselves.

Friday 18 August 6.30 pm to Saturday 19 August 4.30 pmbook now
Held , at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $75

Annie McGhee is a registered yoga teacher who has been practicing for more than 5 decades. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.


Discover Dru Dance with Robyn Harper

Take beneficial yoga postures and synchronise them with a dramatic, hauntingly  beautiful song, sequenced in such a way that will give you all the goodness of yoga, but with the fun of dance! It’s flowing, it’s strong, it’s graceful and empowering. It’s DRU DANCE.

In this workshop, you’ll learn basic yoga postures and sequences, then put them together with a stirring musical piece to perform and enjoy Yoga Dance. Improve balance, core strength, posture, breathing, co-ordination and self-esteem whilst having fun!

Sunday 20 August 10.00 am – 4.30 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $75

Registered teacher, Robyn Harper has been teaching Dru Yoga for 7 years after 4 years training and is also trained in Dru Dance.


Peaceful Parenting with Laurinda Harch and Emma Cullum

Would you like to be a more calm and confident parent? These workshops will create a great foundation for you be the parent you want to be. Understand the universal biological patterns of child development and become attuned to what  your child needs from you so you can respond in ways that create connection and calm for both of you!

Saturday 26th August: Peaceful Parenting 0-2 years: Building security and creating cooperation. Appreciate your babies amazing capabilities, understand their unique cues and create connection and cooperation through your everyday care routines.

Are you wondering how can you be a loving and attentive parent without being indulging or intrusive? Building a respectful and responsive relationship with your child begins from birth. The first two years in an infant’s life provides the crucial foundations for their entire development. In this workshop you will discover how to create respectful care moments and a routine that balances the needs of your child and the rest of your family. You will construct an understanding of your child’s development and how you can support them to unfold at their own unique pace.

We will look at why it is important to connect with and talk to your baby and when it is equally important to simply observe and listen to them. We will investigate environments that our children grow up in and discuss key elements of a great environment. There are significant benefits for babies and young children to spend time in nature and we will help you find ways to introduce and share natural environments with your child.

Sunday 27th August: Peaceful parenting 2-5 years: A gentle approach to raising toddlers and pre-schoolers with more joy and less stress. This workshop explores neuroscience and “what’s normal” for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Learn respectful practices to support your child through big emotions, respond to behaviours with empathy and compassion, and work through peaceful conflict resolution together.

Young children are in a state of constantly moving between the need to feel safe in an intimate relationship and seeking the independence and excitement of being an active explorer, carefree, unrestricted and uninhibited. Children that achieve this are secure and confident. In this workshop we will discuss common beliefs about children and break down our expectations testing them to see how they fit in with our children’s stage of development. We will examine times that you, as parents, find difficult and look at some strategies to make these times easier.  Throughout the morning there will be opportunities to reflect on personal experiences of parenting and being parented.

We know that children thrive in environments that are physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. All children need to move, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds, bodies and hearts. We will look at how connecting with nature can provide the optimal environment to support your child’s urges and developmental needs.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August 9 am to 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility Fee: $75 each day or $120 for both days.

Laurinda Harch is an Early Learning Consultant in New South Wales. She consults and mentors with parents, professionals and early childhood services. She holds early childhood education and adult education qualifications and has 17 years’ experience across various early childhood and early intervention programs. Laurinda is inspired by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® approach and completed the RIE® Foundations course in New Zealand. Laurinda is passionate about respectful caregiving and reconnecting children and families with nature.



Emma Cullum is an Early Childhood Educator currently working with families in Early Intervention in New South Wales.  She supports families to connect with their children, build relationships and understand their children’s needs. She holds Early Childhood Education qualifications and has 10 years’ experience working in centres and with families. Emma is inspired by the Pikler® approach and Magda Gerber’s Educaring® approach and has completed the RIE® Foundations course in New Zealand and studied Understanding and deepening your knowledge of the Pikler® approach in Budapest at the Lóczy institute. Emma is a registered Circle of Security® Parentingfacilitator and supports families using this approach.  

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Peaceful Parenting Both Courses

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Peaceful Parenting 2-5 Years Sunday 27 August

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Peaceful Parenting 0-2 years Saturday 26 August