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


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 pushedman-near-lake_18978_00063around 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.

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Bringing Back the Bush with Jono Bateman

Friday 3 March

 Friday 17 March

8.00 am – 12 pm.
FREE EVENTS 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.


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Or Saturdays join in our regular bush regeneration group to enjoy quiet time in the bush rebuilding it’s natural resilience.

Saturday 4 March

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Saturday 4 March

8.00 am – 12 pm   

FREE EVENT Morning tea provided




Threatened Species Walk with Marc Russel

Not just a place for study and reflection, Chenrezig Institute is home to at least eight threatened species of plants. With a wingspan of up to 16cm, the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (pictured) is one of many species of animals dependant on these plants and should benefit from our efforts to ‘Bring Back the Bush.’

Join us on March 18th for a ‘threatened species walk’ with Land For Wildlife officer Marc Russel. Learn about the different plants on our property, the animals that rely on them as well as uses by indigenous people and early settlers. This promises to be a fascinating morning in the outdoors and will give a first-hand look at our bush restoration efforts thus far.

Marc Russel is a Land For Wildlife Officer who oversees the bush restoration efforts on our property. He has been involved in rainforest seed collection and been part of the Conservation Partnership Office for many years.

Saturday March 18  8 am to 11 am Facility Fee  $10 including  Morning Tea. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle and a towel if you’d like a shower before lunch. Meet in the Car park in front of Wellbeing Centre

Please book lunch through reception by 9.30am.

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Cultivating Emotional Balance: Emotions Masterclasses on Anger and Sadness
with Corey Jackson

Anger Masterclass

Potentially one of the most destructive of emotions, anger is always a hot topic. It’s the emotion people most often want to control, but if supressing it, simply accepting it or ‘getting it out’ don’t work then how do we best deal with anger?

In this one day workshop, our Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer Corey Jackson will explain how we can reduce strong anger reactions and even have it work for us over time. Going beyond simple ‘anger management’ courses, this day challenges the notion of ‘negative emotions’ giving the tools and understanding to transform our relationship with anger and improve our quality of life.

Saturday 11 March 9.00 am – 3.30 pm at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.  Facility fee $75*

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Sadness Masterclass

Modern technology has improved our quality of life in ways not thought possible even a generation ago. Nonetheless, issues related to sadness such as depression, loneliness and addiction have significantly increased in that time. The negative influence sadness can have on our lives is something that can be brought under control with a little understanding and practice.

Recognising sadness and stopping the downward spiral it can draw us into are the main themes of this workshop. Our CEB trainer Corey Jackson will present techniques from the training combined with some current theories about sadness. The day will present attitudes to dealing with adversity and having our emotions work for us.

Sunday 12 March 9.00 am – 3.30 pm at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.  Facility fee $75*

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Meditation and the Art of Sitting with Feldenkrais Method
with Jane Shamrock and Venerable Tsondru

Everyone who meditates has to discover how to sit, without the sitting position itself being a source of constant distraction. The Feldenkrais Method is an approach to understanding movement and posture. This knowledge can be applied to all aspects of movement such as improving flexibility, walking and standing as well as providing a way to study the postures that are needed for sitting for long periods, such as in meditation. Jane has a background as an occupational therapist and has been a Buddhist practitioner and Feldenkrais teacher for many years.

Venerable Tsondru is a Buddhist nun and a student of Chenrezig Institute’s Buddhist Study Program. She teaches beginner meditation courses and leads shamatha practice days at Chenrezig Institute.

Meditation and the Art of Sitting day will consist of a range of Feldenkrais lessons involving small, mindful movement sequences, often done lying down. There will also be time for individual problem solving and explorations of the many options for comfortable sitting. The sitting can then be trialled in meditation sessions.

The guided meditation sessions will be in both sitting and supine positions. They are suitable for everyone and you don’t have to be Buddhist to enjoy them. Wear comfortable loose clothing and bring any sitting aids that you might like such as favourite cushion or blanket.

Saturday 18 March 9.30 am – 5 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.  Facility fee $75

10% discount for concession card holders. Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10am on the day of the event.

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Healing your Demons
with Renate Ogilvie

Are you struggling with patterns of behaviour and negative habits that you’d like to change?

This workshop is based on ancient Buddhist wisdom techniques reinterpreted for modern life, that help us to heal rather than battle those aspects of ourselves that we consider negative, troubling or even toxic. We will learn how to access and understand the creative and liberating messages from our subtle-most consciousness in the shape of personalised demons that need to be understood, cherished and healed.

Her aim is to equip participants to use the method for themselves and become their own healers.

Sunday 19 March  9am to 3:30 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee $75 Accommodation and meals available separately. Meals must be booked before 10 am on the day of the event.

Renate Ogilvie is a psychotherapist in private practice. She worked for the German newsmagazine DER SPIEGEL, and as a literary agent and editor in London, before migrating to Australia. She has been teaching Buddhist philosophy in Australia and abroad since 1990, and has appeared as a regular speaker on the Happiness and Its Causes, and Mind and Its Potential conferences, as well as on TV and national radio.
Renate’s main interest lies in exploring and applying mind transformation techniques for modern life.

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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.book now




Return to Stillness: A Yin Yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee

Stillness of the mind can only come  through stillness of the body’

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 a myriad of benefits, for both the body and the mind.


In these asanas (poses) we move beyond the yang of soft and elastic muscles into the Yin of connective tissues (ligaments and fascia). By keeping the muscles soft, we release deeper layers of connective tissue, increasing mobility in the body, especially in the joints and hips, which can help with our seated meditations.

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.  All equipment is provided, but please bring your own yoga mat.

Friday 21 April 6.30 pm– Saturday 22 April 4.30 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 

Facility fee $75  10% discount for concession card holders

Annie McGhee (RYT500) is a registered yoga teacher 500 hours accreditation, enabling her to conduct yoga teacher training courses. She has been practicing yoga for more than 5 decades and teaching for over 36 years. She is experienced in numerous styles of yoga and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.

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Open Free and Release your Hips: A yoga Retreat with Annie McGhee

Discover why there may or may not be, tightness or limitations in your hips
with Annie McGhee

This workshop will focus on safely exploring different ways to open the hips whilst protecting the knees. Some of the poses will be more dynamic and active; some will be more passive, where we will use props to support and open the body from within.

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.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Friday 19 May 6.30 pm– Saturday 20 May 4.30 pm, at  the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute. 

Facility fee $75 10% discount for concession card holders

Annie McGhee (RYT500) is a registered yoga teacher 500 hours accreditation, enabling her to conduct yoga teacher training courses. She has been practicing yoga for more than 5 decades and teaching for over 36 years. She is experienced in numerous styles of yoga and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years.

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Art Therapy for Wellbeing with Shanna McLeod  

Engage your creative processes by using art making as a tool for understanding yourself more deeply.

Through art rich learning participants will increase their self-awareness, clarify values and reconnect with themselves, others and the environment.We will also be exploring some soul nurturing subjects such as, Attitudes and beliefs around our own creativity, Perspectives, Moon cycles, Art as Intuition and the Somatic Qualities of art mediums.
All art materials are provided. Wear clothes you are happy to create in.
Sunday 21 May 9 am – 4:30 pm, at the Wellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility fee $75.  10% discount for concession card holders.  All bookings can be made on our website  or through reception.

Shanna McLeod the proprietor of Splay art therapy is a qualified Transpersonal Arts Therapist, an associated member of (ACATA) Australian creative arts therapy association and (IEATA) International expressive arts therapy association. Sharna is a peer worker and mental health first aider. Shanna’s passion for Creative Arts Therapy has grown out of her own lived experience of mental health recovery using visual art as a method of inner exploration and self preservation. Her years of deeper learning have assisted her in developing a passion for psychosocial, wellbeing and develops regular programs to support a sense of altruism, interpersonal learning and growth within communities.

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