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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

Have you lost someone close to you? Joining this 5 week group will allow you to express and process your experience in a supportive, professionally facilitated group, with others who have also experienced the pain of loss. We believe that grief doesn’t go away, it stays with you and you learn to live around it. Through discussions you will gain skills in identifying emotions, share ideas about how to honour and remember your loved one, and find practical coping tools to help you manage. After the course you’ll be invited to join our ongoing monthly grief support group.

Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge half day seminar will introduce you to a range of available services and support, including:
  • 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

Financial Wellbeing

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.

Karen holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, is currently undertaking a Masters degree and is a member of the Financial Planners Association.

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

Pain over any sustained period of time can be debilitating and decrease your quality of life. Research shows chronic pain has a significant negative impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. These 2 session workshops explore mindful breathing and movement to promote your autonomy in gaining ownership in the way you manage pain.

Carer's Course

Are you providing care for someone with cancer or a serious illness?
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.

Peaceful Embodiment

This five-week course brings together the neuroscience of recovery after trauma, with the latest in mindful movement techniques, and is highly relevant to anyone who feels like their body has changed due to a cancer experience. Using trauma sensitive yoga, and self-compassion practices, your brain can effectively rewire itself to help bring down the stress reactions that big life events such as diagnosis, surgery, chemo or radiotherapy, often create.

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

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others. We are fortunate to have facilitators trained to support you to use drumming to connect. No musical skills or experience required, and the instruments are provided, so come along and make some noise, and see how drumming in a group feels for you.

Chemotherapy and Nutrition

Join our dietician Clemency Nicolson and learn about eating well during chemotherapy. What to eat, how to eat with chemotherapy side effects, nutritional supplements and more.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Come and explore beliefs during this three-week course of the untapped power of the mind in the search for meaning, freedom and personal happiness. Empower yourself with strategies and skills to enhance your life.

Living Life

Living Life is a 3 week course which can be stand alone or follow on from Change Your Mind, Change Your Life.

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.

Nutrition: Cooking & Eating for Well-being

Join a passionate, well informed Accredited Practicing Dietitian to delight in the theory and practice of cooking and 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

Did you know that our level of happiness is largely genetic? However the field of positive psychology has discovered that there are specific techniques proven to increase happiness and sense of wellbeing (Seligman 2005).
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

Join experienced yoga teacher and therapist Dael Hunter on a journey through the layers of the self, using the well-developed and studied technique of iRest meditation.

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

Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword, it’s an incredibly useful skill to develop. This eight week course is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has been studied around the world for thirty years. Delivered in all major cancer centres worldwide, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is a structured program to take you deep into your own meditation experience. It has been proven in numerous studies to help with pain management, fatigue and stress, lowering rates of anxiety and depression. Participants frequently report that they find this program truly life altering. MBSR can help you live well, regardless of your circumstances. The course also includes a one-day silent retreat.

Meditation Matters

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.

The course will combine theory and practice so you can have a short experience of each technique and then share with a supportive group.

Journal Writing

This three-hour workshop on journal writing encourages you to reflect on your personal experiences and on the wider world, and to express your reflections in interesting ways. All you need to bring is pen and paper (or a laptop) to write your responses to short writing prompts, and a willingness to explore the events, people and issues that matter to you.

Managing Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. To a large extent, how change affects us is down to how we react to it; in other words , our attitude. It is said that the only constant in the world is change. Nothing stays the same forever, however for many of us change can be an unsettling time and we may feel scared, anxious or even angry.
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.

This course is hopeful and opens up discussions on a variety of topics relevant to people facing health issues. As per PhD thesis Kelly Turner examined outlivers- people who outlived their prognosis, and analysed the key themes they had in common. While we are careful to avoid false hope, many people diagnosed with cancer find that reading and discussing the stories of these cancer thrivers is very helpful.

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