Courses and workshops
Throughout the year we provide a range of courses, workshops and seminars providing information and practical skills for your personal development.
Examples of these courses include:
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Flourish : The Art of Happiness
- Nutrition: Cooking and Eating for Well being
- Drumming Circle
- 9 Keys to Empowerment
- Mindful Movement
- Deep Rest : The iRest Experience
- Carers Course
Courses and workshops offered
Bereavement: Living with Loss
Meeting the Challenge
- Evidence based complementary therapies proven to help you feel as well as possible during and after cancer
- Managing stress through meditation
- How to cope with diagnosis and treatment
- Positive lifestyle changes
- Nutrition, including juicing demonstration
It can be so hard to find unbiased advice and the last thing most people want to do when unwell is worry about their finances. We are fortunate to have Karyn Nimmo of WCN Financial who is passionate about providing advice and assistance to those affected by cancer. Karen has helped many people through the toughest times of their lives, relieving the stress and pressure of financial concerns.
Monthly Mindful Practice Sessions
We now offer an ongoing monthly mindfulness practice session for graduates of the MBSR course. Ideal for anyone wanting to deepen their mindfulness practice.
Mindful Movement for Pain Management
The Solaris Cancer Care Carer's Course is a free one day workshop developed by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.
The course focuses on the challenges and demands of being a carer, and provides participants with a wide range of information and practical strategies to increase their coping skills, with self-care a constant theme throughout the course.
The aim of this course is for the carers to feel empowered and reinforced in their role, to gain new knowledge and to feel less isolated and to improve the quality of life for both individuals in the caring relationship.
Trained facilitators provide information and practical skills in a supportive group environment where the sharing of experiences and strategies is encouraged.
The idea of Peaceful Embodiment goes beyond body acceptance to using your body as a tool to heal your mind and heart as well. Facilitated by social worker and experienced trauma therapist Julie Verley, with experienced yoga teacher and psychotherapist Maureen Tan, this is an experiential journey to a renewed appreciation of your whole self and reacquainting yourself with a feeling of peace within your body.
Live Well: Create Your Wellness Lifestyle
While some things are just unlucky, there's a lot you can do to improve your lifestyle and decrease risk of cancer or its recurrence. This 10 week course covers all aspects of lifestyle medicine and is skillfully facilitated by someone who walks her talk.
Cathy Brown is a long-term survivor and thriver, who will share her personal and professional insights, informed by her training as a Gawler Foundation facilitator, clinical hypnotherapist and group facilitator.
Drumming Circle: Building Resilience Through Rhythm
Chemotherapy and Nutrition
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
Mix of 6: Create an Anti-cancer Lifestyle
Join naturopath, yoga therapist, and cancer researcher Chandrika Gibson for a workshop exploring the ‘Mix of 6’ in your anti-cancer lifestyle. Based on the work by Lorenzo Cohen PhD and Alison Jefferies Med, this workshop will give you practical tips and insight based on the latest evidence about how to integrate the following aspects of wellness to increase your tolerance to treatment, reduce risk of recurrence, and create an optimal environment in your mind, body and home that is inhospitable to cancer.
The 'Mix of 6' includes:
- Love and Support
Nutrition: Cooking & Eating for Well-being
Covering nutrition basics, debunking myths, and opening up to the pros and cons of different eating styles, this 5 week course will provoke and inspire discussion.
Although there's no one diet that is perfect for everyone, this course will provide you with take-home tips for improving the nutritional content of your favourite foods, making sustainable nutritional changes, practical recipes, and cooking tips.
Flourish: The Art of Happiness
Facilitated by Maureen Tan this interactive five week course is designed to bring out the best in life and boost our happiness.
Deep Rest: the iRest Experience
Based on traditional yoga nidra, this form of relaxation practice has been found beneficial for trauma survivors, war veterans and people seeking to find peace, resilience and insight. Practiced lying down, all equipment is provided to help you feel comfortable while you learn and practice iRest.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
There are many paths up the mountain of meditation and different temperaments will find some styles more accessible than others. We invite you to explore the history, philosophy and techniques of different meditation traditions during this 3 week course.
In this workshop we will look at our attitude towards change and learn practical strategies that will enable us to better approach change in a more positive, accepting and empowering way.
9 Keys to Empowerment
Join experienced facilitator Cathy Brown to explore the nine areas of life cancer thrivers may have in common. Built on lived experiences, this interactive program brings to life your wellbeing.
Week 1 - Cutting the Ties that Bind: Exploring the complex beliefs and experiences that are holding people back from being the best they can be.
Week 2 - Finding Purpose and Meaning which is one of the key pillars in rebuilding life after cancer.
Week3 - The Attitude of Gratitude - Gratitude is a thanful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.