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

Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Wellbeing Centre.  Facility Fee $12book now

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.

Friday 8th Feb 6:30pm – Saturday 9th Feb 4:30pm book now
held at Wellbeing Centre.
Facility fee $75
Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

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.

The instructor is an accredited volunteer instructor with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, with over 20 years’ experience.book now

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.

 book nowSaturday 23rd February 9:00am – Sunday 24th February 4:00pm
In the Wellbeing Centre
Facility fee $120
Meals and accommodation available separately.

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.

Friday 8th March 6.30pm to Sunday 10th March 4.30pm, held in the book nowWellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.

Facility Fee: $120 Meals and accommodation available separately. 

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

If we examine ourselves every day with mindfulness … a possibility for change and self-improvement can open within us.” HH Dalai Lama.

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.

Friday 15th March 6.30 pm – Sunday 17th March 3.00 pm, held in the book nowWellbeing Centre at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108 Accommodation and meals available separately.


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

Explore your outer and inner journeys through the power of the pen. Whether you’ve got a lived experience you’ve been wanting to share or a desire to tap into your creativeness through storytelling, this course will get you seeing with fresh eyes and thinking with an open mind . Writing can be a transformative tool for self-discovery, meaningful connection to others and invite an overall sense of wellness. This course will get you thinking and writing mindfully with a focus on personal writing, group discussion and sharing.
Sunday 24th March 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, held in the Library at Chenrezig book nowInstitute.
Facility fee $25 Accommodation and meals available separately.

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).

About Erin:

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.

book nowSaturday 30 March 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
In the Wellbeing Centre.
Facility Fee: $75


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