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We host many events throughout the year. All proceeds from our events support the work of Solaris Cancer Care.
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While some things are just unlucky, there’s a lot you can do to improve your lifestyle, and decrease risk of cancer or it’s recurrence. This 10 week course covers all aspects of lifestyle medicine and is skilfully 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. Join for 10 weeks, choose 5 weeks or drop in to the following topics:

 

Meditation: Feb 6th

Mind Training 1: Feb 13th

Healing: Feb 27th

Nutrition: March 6th with special guest presenter Chandrika Gibson (Naturopath, Master of Wellness, Yoga Therapist and PhD candidate)

Living and Dying:  March 13th

Mind Training 2: March 27th

Emotional Wellbeing: April 3rd with special guest presenter Julie Verley (Social Worker, Master of Counselling)

The Connection movie screening and Finale: April 10th

 

Day: Wednesdays   

Dates: February 6th – April 10th  

Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm   

Duration: 5 week, 10 weeks or drop in session  

Facilitator: Cathy Brown

Live Well: Create your Cancer Wellness Lifestyle

06 Feb 2019 More Info

 

Time cannot tarnish the magic of ancient Egypt… Join us as we unlock the spells of the pharaohs and spend an evening immersed in lavish beauty and allure.

The 2018 Gala Dinner is truly an event not to be missed. A classic and formal affair where guests will be wined, dined and entertained well into the evening. The evening features pre-dinner drinks followed by a beautiful three-course sit-down dinner with Barossa Valley wines. An extensive range of auction items, as well live entertainment will see guests enjoying themselves well into the night.

Date:              Saturday, 9th February 2019

Time:              Pre Dinner Drinks: 6:00pm, Guest seated: 6:45pm

Venue:           The Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Perth

Dress:             Dress | Evening wear

Tickets:           $150.00 per person
                       $1,500.00 per table of 10

Includes:        Three-course menu, beer, wine, soft drinks, entertainment, live and silent auctions.
 

Bookings are essential. Book here:www.trybooking.com/UYGJ

Bookings close COB Friday, 2 February 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE A TABLE CONTACT: 

T: 9384 3544 

E: [email protected] 


 

 

Gala Dinner

09 Feb 2019 More Info

 

Every second Tuesday of each month we host a introductory seminar about Solaris Cancer Care and our services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting the Challenge 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
  • You will be introduced to meditation and other key concepts we embody
  • A tour of our wonderful venue
  • Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet other people who are new to Solaris Cancer Care

“When everything is under a cloud – jobs, friendships, relationships, lifestyle and indeed life itself – we ask people diagnosed with cancer to negotiate hospital mazes, a whole new language, learn something about biology and then to decide on treatment.”

Dr David Joske

 

 

Meeting the Challenge Seminar

12 Feb 2019 More Info

This will be an event not to be missed!

Be inspired by the venerable Ajahn Brahm, a gifted teacher who has been a practicing Buddhist monk for over 30 years. With his deep wisdom coupled with raucous sense of humour, you’ll be delighted and transported by his story telling, and invited to experience the vast stillness within through direct meditation experiences.

Bring a plate to share for a picnic in the garden afterwards and start the year in peace with Ajahn Brahm’s annual address.

His dharma talk will cover mindfulness, kindfulness and with his usual humour, bring us all together. 

 

Venue: Solaris CancerCare Conference Hall , 80 Railway Street, Cottelsoe

Time: 4pm-6pm followed by a picnic in the garden

FREE TO ALL

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker Event - Ajahn Brahm

19 Feb 2019 More Info

 

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 great 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 an ongoing support group if you want to.

 

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: February 20th – March 20th

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Duration: 5 weeks

Facilitators: Julie Verley & Maureen Tan
 

There is no charge for this course.

Bereavement: Living with Loss

20 Feb 2019 More Info

 

 

Trouble sleeping sometimes? You are not alone! The good news is that there is a growing evidence base for yogic management. Join experienced yoga therapist Charley Hickey C-IAYT for an afternoon of learning and practice. No yoga experienced needed! Charley's workshops are engaging, fun and interactive combining evidence- based practices rooted in traditional yoga philosophy. This workshop outlines some practical tips along with an overview of some of the research in this area. Charley has a keen interest in this topic and has a good understanding through her experiences with insomnia. She successfully used yoga for insomnia treatment in her younger years and loves to spread the word about the benefits. This will not just be a boring theory session so will incorporate gentle movement, breathing and meditation.

 

Day: Thursday

Dates: Feb 21st

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Facilitator: Charley Hickey

Venue: Cottesloe

Yoga for Sleep Workshop

21 Feb 2019 More Info

 

 

Would you like to explore many ways to outsmart stress, be your own best friend and invite more healing laughter into your life? Join Janni Goss for this five week course based on her book "Love, Laughter and Longevity - The Art and Science of Wellbeing". Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Try a weekly dose and find out!

 

Day: Fridays

Date: February 22nd - March 22nd 

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Venue: Cottesloe

Facilitator: Janni Goss

Wellbeing Matters: Laughter as Therapy

22 Feb 2019 More Info

 

Introduction to ACT Workshop
ACT is a form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness strategies together with behavioural change strategies to help you increase your psychological flexibility.

Why get more mentally flexible? It helps us to effectively deal with our negative thoughts and feelings, accept what is out of our control, and focus on committing to action that will improve and enrich our lives. Join experienced facilitator and registered Psychologist Kirsty Wood to learn practical techniques that will assist you to clarify values and take meaningful action in your own life.

 

Date: Wednesday February 27th
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Kirsty Wood 

Venue: Conference Hall

Introduction to ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

27 Feb 2019 More Info

 

 

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 are required, and the instruments are provided, so come along and make some noise, and see how drumming in a group feels for you.

 

 

Day: Thursday

Dates: February 28th

Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julie Sparrow

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Drumming Circle: Building Resilience through Rhythm

28 Feb 2019 More Info

 

 

This course is for those who wish to deepen their understanding of ACT and practice using ACT to lead a more fulfulling life. The course covers the six core principles of ACT and demonstrates how ACT can be used to effectively deal with stress and anxiety, as well as helping us to thrive. Join experienced facilitator and registered psychologist Kirsty Wood to learn practical techniques which will enable you to deal with negative thinking, be more present, clarify core values, overcome fear and take committed action towards a more fulfilling life.

 

Date: Wednesday March 6th - Wednesday April 3rd 2019 (5 weeks)
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Kirsty Wood 

Venue: Conference Hall

ACT for Cancer

06 Mar 2019 More Info

In this 2.5hr workshop, we will discuss some of the common ideas, myths and philosophies of nutrition for wellbeing during and after cancer. Bring your curly questions for our resident naturopath who is also a cancer researcher. 

 

Date: Wednesday March 6th 

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Facilitator: Chandrika Gibson

Nutrition with Chandrika Gibson

06 Mar 2019 More Info

 

 

 

Are you providing care for someone with a serious illness?

Register for this one-day education course providing information and practical skills to help you give the best care possible.

This course is free and open to all carers of seriously ill patients.

The course will cover:
• Effective Communication with family, friends and medical personnel
• Managing Medication
• Managing Pain
• Managing Symptoms
• Practical Aspects
• Good Nutrition
• Exercise
• Self-Care
• Complementary therapies: what are they and how can they help?

All course materials, lunch and refreshments supplied.

Registration is essential as places are limited. Please register via details below


 

Carer's Course: Perth

09 Mar 2019 More Info

iRest has been developed by Richard Miller PhD and trialled widely including large studies with returned service people and those suffering post traumatic stress disorder. iRest is proven to decrease stress, anxiety and improve sleep, pain and quality of life.

Your guide for this 5 week course is Dael Hunter, a yoga therapist, very experienced yoga teacher and trained iRest facilitator.

Day Mondays

Time 12.00pm – 1:30pm

Dates March 11th - April 8th

Duration: 5 weeks

Facilitator: Dael Hunter

Venue: Conference Hall

Deep Rest-the iRest Experience

11 Mar 2019 More Info

Join social worker and counsellor Julie for a facilitated discussion about mindset, emotions and more. You'll be offered techniques to help yourself as well as find out more about how to access professional support when you need it.

 

Date: Wednesday March 13th

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Emotional Wellbeing with Julie Verley

13 Mar 2019 More Info

 

Poetry can use embellished or plain language; it can rhyme, or be unrhymed; and it can use separate stanzas or consist of one stanza. What's a stanza? Come along and find out! All you need to write poetry is an understanding of how to suggest thoughts and feelings in subtle and interesting ways. This course will help you do that using a series of short writing exercises. You can learn to use metaphor, imagery, line breaks and the sounds of words to bring what's in your head tumbling out onto the page.

 

Day: Thursdays

Time: 10am – 12pm

Dates: March 14th to April 11th  

PLUS May 2nd Poerty Slam in the Garden

Duration: 5 weeks course plus 1 day Poetry Readings 

Facilitator: Susan Midalia

Venue: Conference Hall and Garden

 

Poetry Writing: Everyone can write poetry

14 Mar 2019 More Info

 

 

Why do some people seem more prone to cancer than others? Lifestyle factors like smoking, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet,
exposure to toxins and other known causes may increase risk, yet some people seem to get away with it, while others with health
conscious lifestyles still get cancer.

As the understanding of genetics grows, particular genes have been identified that increase risk of certain cancers.

There’s still a lot of unknowns though and having genetic testing won’t be for everyone.

This workshop is facilitated by a skilled genetic counsellor who can explain the science clearly and help
you understand the options for testing.

 

 

Day: Thursday

Dates: March 28th

Time: 1pm - 3.00pm

Facilitator: Amy Pearn

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Genetics

28 Mar 2019 More Info

Solaris Cancer Care Business Breakfast 2019
Resilience

Key Note Speaker: Glen Jakovich


The annual Business Breakfast is designed to inspire attendees through new ideas and fresh thinking. Speakers share their knowledge, insight and approaches to problem-solving and critical thinking. 

In his address, Glen will draw on his diverse career, business and personal experiences to share his observations about resilience and the ability to cope with unexpected changes and challenges and how these challenges can ultimately strengthen both personal and business capacity.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 

Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth, WA 6008
$90.00 per person or $600.00 per table of 8 www.trybooking.com/YWDM

All funds raised proudly benefit Solaris Cancer Care.

For more information please contact
(08) 9384 3544
[email protected]

Solaris Cancer Care Business Breakfast 2019

03 Apr 2019 More Info

 

 

 

Are you providing care for someone with a serious illness?

Register for this one-day education course providing information and practical skills to help you give the best care possible.

This course is free and open to all carers of seriously ill patients.

The course will cover:
• Effective Communication with family, friends and medical personnel
• Managing Medication
• Managing Pain
• Managing Symptoms
• Practical Aspects
• Good Nutrition
• Exercise
• Self-Care
• Complementary therapies: what are they and how can they help?

All course materials, lunch and refreshments supplied.

Registration is essential as places are limited. Please register via details below


 

Carer's Course: Great Southern

06 Apr 2019 More Info

 

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 unique experience making informed choices to support your wellbeing.
This course is hopeful and opens up discussions on a variety of topics relevant to people facing health issues. As her PhD thesis Kelly Turner examined outliers- 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 the stories of these cancer thrivers is very helpful.
The nine areas discussed, with room for debate, sharing and dissension, include:
1. Changing your diet – if so, why, and who to consult
2. Taking control of your health – how to source reliable information and make informed decisions
3. Following your intuition – first de-stress, then tune in
4. Using herbs and supplements – is there any evidence? Can this cause harm?
5. Keeping the lines of communication open
6. Managing emotions; increasing positive experiences
7. Embracing social support
8. Deepening your spiritual connection
9. Checking with values and reasons for living well

 

Benefits & Outcomes

  • An understanding of the nine key principles that people who thrive have in common.

  • Deeper understanding of the choices people make, and what possible life paths have been trod by others.

  • Sharing resources and ideas in a facilitated, inclusive forum.

“Our health—and indeed our entire lives—can be seen as the sum of all our moment-to-moment decisions. This includes how we choose to eat and drink, think and feel, act and react, and move and rest on any given day.”
Dr Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 1pm – 3.30pm

Dates: May 1st to May 29th  

Duration: 5 weeks course

Facilitator: Cathy Brown

Venue: Wanslea House Cottesloe

9 Keys to Empowerment

01 May 2019 More Info

 

 

 

Are you providing care for someone with a serious illness?

Register for this one-day education course providing information and practical skills to help you give the best care possible.

This course is free and open to all carers of seriously ill patients.

The course will cover:
• Effective Communication with family, friends and medical personnel
• Managing Medication
• Managing Pain
• Managing Symptoms
• Practical Aspects
• Good Nutrition
• Exercise
• Self-Care
• Complementary therapies: what are they and how can they help?

All course materials, lunch and refreshments supplied.

Registration is essential as places are limited. Please register via details below


 

Carer's Course: Perth

04 May 2019 More Info

 

The term “mandala” is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning disc or circle.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the mandala is used to assist in meditation. The process of making a mandala is a process of
journeying inward.
Creating mandalas can be an excellent way to focus the mind. By the process of going inward we have an opportunity to get in touch with a
deeper aspect of ourselves.
Creating mandalas can help us to relax, relieve stress and offer insight whilst maintaining a sense of inner order within the safe boundary of
the circle.
During this workshop you will be creating your own unique mandalas that reflect in some way who you are.

 

Day:  Monday

Date: May 6th
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Facilitator: Julia Singh

Venue: Conference Hall

Mindful Mandala

06 May 2019 More Info

 

This workshop offers you 10 easy steps to solving the problem of a sore mouth.

Learn tips and tricks to keep ulcers and mouth sores at bay during chemotherapy treatment.

Dr Float and Dr Scanlon from Rokeby Dental Surgery and Implant Centre run a cancer support
program and have helped many people manage the health of their mouths and teeth during and after cancer treatment.

They are focused on patient comfort and want to help you make mouth soreness an avoidable symptom of the past.

Great for newly diagnosed people as well as those currently having treatment.

 

Day: Thursday

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Dates: May 9th 

Facilitator: Kate Scanlon

 

 

Sore Mouth Solutions

09 May 2019 More Info

 

Living with a cancer diagnosis impacts on a relationship in ways that are sometimes difficult to manage. This 5 week Communication for Couples course aims to develop your understanding of the concept of 'self'- your communication style and how that impacts on your relationship. It is an exploration into how you create meaning in your relationship and in your life together, that enhances your emotional connection and fulfillment.

 

Day: Mondays

Date: May 13th - June 17th  

Excluding Monday June 3rd (public holiday)

Time: 10 - 12pm

Facilitator: Maureen Tan

Communication for Couples Course

13 May 2019 More Info

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 (see MBSR Day Retreat below for dates).

 

The evidence

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 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.

 

The classes

During the classes you will learn practical ways for enhancing your awareness and managing the pressures of life. You will learn and practice mindfulness meditations including the body scan, mindful eating, mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditation and gentle yoga exercises. There will be some short lectures and exercises to explore and transform patterns of thinking and feeling and time for questions and discussion.

Retreat Day

The final session on July 18th is an excursion to the Buddhist Monastery at Serpentine where you can experience lived mindfulness in the company of the long term meditating Buddhist monks and lay community. Details will be provided by your facilitator and carpooling is suggested.

 

Day: Thursdays

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Dates: May 16th to July 4th  

Duration: 8 weeks course plus 1 day Retreat July 18th

Facilitator: Julie Verley

Venue: Conference Hall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

16 May 2019 More Info

In this workshop we will be exploring different forms of mindful movement - yoga, spinal movements and dance. Through this exploration of movement and the body, we can begin to deepen our understanding of ourselves. We become aware of tensions we hold in the body, linear movement patterns and movements we feel most comfortable and uncomfortable with. When we start to move mindfully and bring our awareness to the present moment, we also begin to become more aware of the patterns in our mind. We can begin to see the mind-body connection.

Day: Thursday

Dates: Thursday 23rd May

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Samantha Briatico

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Dance & Yoga: Movement Medicine

23 May 2019 More Info

In this workshop we will be exploring different forms of mindful movement - yoga, spinal movements and dance. Through this exploration of movement and the body, we can begin to deepen our understanding of ourselves. We become aware of tensions we hold in the body, linear movement patterns and movements we feel most comfortable and uncomfortable with. When we start to move mindfully and bring our awareness to the present moment, we also begin to become more aware of the patterns in our mind. We can begin to see the mind-body connection.

Day: Thursday

Dates: Thursday 6th June

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Samantha Briatico

Venue: Cottesloe Conference Hall

Dance & Yoga: Movement Medicine

06 Jun 2019 More Info

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 nutritionalchanges, practical recipes, and cooking tips

 

 

 

 

Day: Fridays

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dates: June 7th to July 5th

Duration: 5 weeks course includes taster of food prepped 

Facilitator: Clemency Nicolson

Venue: Wanslea Room and Demonstration kitchen

 

 

Nutrition - Cooking and Eating for Well-being

07 Jun 2019 More Info

 

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 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.

Day:  Wednesday 

Date: June 12th
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Facilitator: Kirsty Wood

Venue: Conference Hall

Managing Change

12 Jun 2019 More Info

 

 

Pain over any sustained period of time can be debilitating on the quality of life. Research shows it has a significant negative impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. This one day workshop explores mindful breathing and movement to promote your autonomy in gaining ownership in the way you manage pain.

 

Date: Wednesday June 19th

Time: 1 - 3pm

Facilitator: Maureen Tan

Mindful Movement for Pain Management

19 Jun 2019 More Info