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
The Art of Sitting using Feldenkrais Method with Jane Shamrock
Saturday 21 January 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
The Feldenkrais Method is an approach to improving movement and posture by exploring the habits which are unique to each one of us. Habits may be helpful or limiting, but for most of us our habits are generally unconscious! The Feldenkrais Method offers a way to observe and understand our habits associated with movement and posture; this knowledge can be applied to all aspects of movement such as improving flexibility, walking and standing. It is especially good at providing a way to study the postures that are needed for sitting for long periods.
The Art of Sitting day is a range of comprehensive Feldenkrais classes involving small, mindful movement sequences, often done lying down. There will also be time for individual problem solving and exploration of the many options for comfortable sitting.
Jane Shamrock has been a Buddhist practitioner and Feldenkrais teacher for many years; she completed her Feldenkrais training in 1993 and has been conducting regular classes ever since. Jane has a background as an occupational therapist and she appreciates the interrelationship between body and mind. She is passionate about sharing the knowledge that all people have the potential for better movement and posture through the deceptively simple tools found in the Feldenkrais Method.
Non-Violent Communication with Cate Crombie
Sunday 22 January 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
‘What others do may be a stimulus of our feelings, but not the cause’ says founder of Non-violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg.
Most of us have been educated from birth to think and communicate in terms of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ with people. We express our feelings in terms of what another person has ‘done to us.’ We struggle to understand what we want or need and how to effectively ask for it without using unhealthy demands, threats or coercion.
At best, thinking and communicating this way can create misunderstanding and frustration, or simply keep us from getting what we want. It can also keep us from the fulfilling relationships we deserve and lead to anger and depression.
Join Non-Violent Communication trainer Cate Crombie for a full-day workshop in this transformative approach to both personal and professional relationships.
Cate Crombie has been a facilitator of communication courses for over 20 years. Since 2001 Cate has been learning and practising Non-violent Communication skills in both her personal and professional life, as she is committed to fully living the process. Being inspired to share this powerful yet natural model with others, Cate is a Centre for Non-violent Communication (CNVC) certified trainer of Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication.
Working in a gentle and empowered experiential style, Cate invites participants to work with examples from their own lives. Her workshops and private work involve a balance of support as well as challenge that people say they find both stimulating and enjoyable!
Healing From Within: Weekend Retreat with Ruth Donnelly
Saturday 28 January 9.00 am – Sunday 29 January 4.00 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $140
Experience the wisdom of your embodied mind with Transformative Mindfulness healing Methods (TMM). During this two-day workshop you will learn and experience simple yet powerful methods to enable healing during the weekend. These invaluable self-healing tools can then be taken home and applied to your daily life.
Guided meditations, visualisation, drawing, and mindful acceptance practices support this wonderful weekend of transformation. 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!
You will need a yoga mat and blanket for relaxation. Beginners are welcome.
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 they live and work with.
Caring for Country with Lyndon Davis and Jono Bateman
Friday Feb 3 & 4, Various locations
As part of Chenrezig Institute’s commitment to care for our common home we have invited two inspirational nature lovers who are passionate to share their understanding of our connection to the earth.
These two days kick off an appeal to our community to become involved in the landcare project in the property. Join us for time in the outdoors to restore the natural resilience of the bush and ourselves.
Bringing Back the Bush with Jono Bateman
Friday 3 Feb 8.00 am – 12 pm AND Saturday 4 Feb 8.00 am – 12 pm.
Morning tea provided
Work with Jono for a hands-on morning in the bush learning about the plants and wildlife that make up Chenrezig Institute’s unique ecosystem. You’ll participate in bush regeneration to increase species diversity and thereby promote a healthy habitat.
This is part of an ongoing programme of bush regeneration across our property, sponsored in part by grants from the Sunshine Coast Council. Everyone is invited to be part of this initiative! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle. Join us for one or two days.
Jono Bateman is a natural area bush regenerator who has already worked extensively across Chenrezig Institute to help restore the natural bush and reconnect vital wildlife corridors.
Connection to Country with Lyndon Davis
Come together with Lyndon Davis to better understand the history and connection to the land of its traditional custodians, the Gubbi Gubbi people.
Stories of The Dreaming
Friday February 3, 6.30 pm-8.00 pm on the Prayer Wheel lawn
Facility Fee of $25.
Join us on the Prayer Wheel lawn for intimate stories of the land and its creatures, epic narratives which are kept alive by the world’s oldest living culture.
“Everywhere, Everywhen” Welcome to the Dreaming
Saturday February 4, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Wellbeing Centre.
Facility fee of $25.
The Dreaming is an all-embracing concept that provides rules for living, a deep ethical code, and innate rules for interacting with the natural environment. The philosophy behind it is holistic – providing a total, integrated way of life. For Aboriginal people The Dreaming isn’t something that has been consigned to the past but is a lived daily reality. Join us for an afternoon to hear Lyndon explain the indigenous perspective of what it means to be well, how health is connected to the land and what we can do to cultivate it in all of us.
… Or book both events with Lyndon for $40
Lyndon Davis is a proud Gubbi Gubbi man committed to sharing his deep understanding of how we are all connected to country. It is recognition of this interdependence that heals and nourishes the land and ourselves.
End of Life Love and Care for your Pet and How to Cope
with Holistic Vet Dr. Catherine Scheutze
Sunday 12 February 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $75
The grief experienced by the loss of a animal companion often goes unrecognised. For many of us, these pets are important and loved family members and losing one is a challenging and emotional experience. There is growing demand for end of life pet care, yet there is still little professional and personal support available for families and pets alike.
This introductory workshop will explore options and approaches to the care of dying pets. We will discuss your pets’ quality of life while dying, options for medication, nursing and for dealing with the grief during this time. We will learn about different belief systems of animal spirituality and consciousness and how to assist your beloved companion in their transition from this life.
Dr Catherine Schuetze has been a holistic veterinarian for the past 20 years with a special interest in palliative care. She founded the charity Vets Beyond Borders to improve animal welfare in Asia and is currently undertaking a PhD on traditional veterinary medicine of Tibet and the Himalayas. She nursed her own beloved dog till she died of natural causes at the healthy age of 18. She has trained in veterinary acupuncture, western and Asian herbs;, nutraceuticals and Tibetan medicine.
The Ayurvedic Approach to Wellbeing
with Eumundi Medicine Man Jay Mulder
Saturday 18 February 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $75
Join Eumundi Medicine Man Jay Mulder for a day of exploring the Ayurvedic approach to health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. India’s government and other institutes throughout the world support clinical and laboratory research on Ayurvedic medicine.
Jay D Mulder hold a Bachelor of Complementary and Herbal Medicine, a Diploma of Herbalism and Nutrition, a Certificate IV of Ayurveda and an Ayurvedic Clinical Certificate from Dr Rajan Coopan. Jay regularly meets professors of Ayurveda and scholars in India to discuss the philosophical concepts of Ayurveda.
Mindfulness for Peace of Mind with Lindel Greggery
Sunday 19 February 9.00 am—3.30 pm at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute
Facility fee $95
How do we get out of the cycle of ruminating on the past, worrying about the future, or feeling pushedaround by difficult thoughts or feelings?
Mindfulness provides us with foundational skills to be more present, at peace and open to the everyday joy of small moments.
In this workshop I will be sharing practical tools and techniques to help you feel calmer and be more resilient.
Just as we can develop a fitter and stronger body, we can train our mind to be more focussed and aware, and gain the valuable insight that we are so much more than the chattering of our busy mind.
During this experiential day we will be practising guided mediations, applied mindfulness techniques that can be used anywhere, anytime, and mental strategies to help you unhook from unhelpful thoughts and feelings and find greater peace of mind, insight and self-compassion.
As we will be trying out a range of mindfulness approaches, this workshop will appeal to new meditators and those with an established practice.
A delicious vegetarian lunch and morning and afternoon teas are available for purchase from the on-site Big Love Café. (Please book for lunch prior to 10am.)
Lindel Greggery is the principal of Noticing the Now and loves teaching mindfulness to individuals, work teams and organisations to help enhance wellbeing, effectiveness and genuine happiness. Lindel is qualified in Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMTä), the mindfulness-based therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has been practising mindfulness daily for more than a decade. She has been blessed to attend retreats with leading teachers including Alan Wallace and Mattieu Ricard, and studied ACT with Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap.
How to be Happy:Sixteen Guidelines for Creating Contentment with Venerable Tsultrim
Weekend 1: Saturday & Sunday April 8 & 9
Weekend 2: Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21
The 16 Guidelines are a set of practical and straightforward tools for developing happiness and meaning in everyday life.
Inspired by a seventh-century Tibetan text, the 16 Guidelines are being used by people worldwide to transform problems and create happiness and wellbeing.
Launched in 2006, they have been adopted and introduced in schools, colleges, hospices, drug rehab centres, prisons and workplaces across five continents. This programme is part of an initiative called Essential Education, which proposes that developing our natural capacity for compassion and wisdom is the key to making our lives happier and more peaceful – and to being able to make a positive contribution in the world.
The 16 Guidelines are not a set of commandments or quick fixes. Instead, they offer an opportunity to explore your own life experiences. Divided into four themes and represented by a role model, you can use them to experiment with new ways of thinking, acting, relating to others and finding meaning in your life.
- How we think – Everything we say and do arises from our thoughts
- How we act – Every skilful action makes a better world
- How we relate to others – Every time we cherish others we are cherishing ourselves
- How we find meaning – If everything is changing, anything is possible
You don’t have to be Buddhist to come along; in fact, this is a course specially designed to convey the essences of Buddhist philosophy in everyday language for people from any or no spiritual tradition. The course is run as two separate workshops giving students time to reflect on their experiences, develop their understanding and try out the practical strategies between the two. Students who can only attend one of the two workshops scheduled will be supported with follow up opportunities to complete the course.
Venerable Tsultrim has been a student of Chenrezig Institute for over 20 years. She is a university-trained counsellor, with a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution and has worked extensively in suicide prevention. She joyfully inspires students with her down to earth approach.