Classes/Support Groups/Activities

 

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Bookings are essential for all courses/workshops (except yoga). Enrolments are confirmed on payment of course fee. Fees are on a sliding scale, with students and beneficiaries paying the lowest amount.

Your place is not guaranteed until payment is received. Payment is due seven days prior to the commencement of the course/workshop. Enrolments accepted only with payment of course fee. If classes are cancelled you will receive a full refund. Withdrawals up to five working days prior to the commencement of a course attract a 75% refund. Withdrawals later than five days prior to the commencement of a course attract no refund at all. We believe this policy to be considerate of tutors contracted to prepare courses and to the administration of the programme. Phone for further information 376- 3227 xtn 0 or email info@womenz.org.nz

FEES

We try to keep our fees reasonable and affordable for those interested in attending our wonderful classes. Some of our course fees are on a sliding scale to take into account different levels of financial well-being, so that women on a low income can still afford to attend. As a gauge of how the sliding scale works, we expect that women in full time employment would pay the full amount of the course fees and women in part-time employment pay somewhere closer to the mid-range if they can’t afford the full fees. It would be appropriate for students and beneficiaries to pay closer to the base end of the scale as we are committed to making these courses affordable. Ideally, we would hope that women pay within the scale appropriate to their income and with respect to our tutors and the Women's Centre.

Cash or cheques are happily accepted at reception however we do not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities here, sorry.

Please make cheques payable to Auckland Women’s Centre and address them to:

PO BOX 78 271
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1245

We accept credit card payments via website enrolments, just click on the enrol button and enter in your details and the amount you wish to pay and you will go through to a payment screen.

Alternatively, you can pay by depositing money into our bank account:

Bank A/c no: 12-3012-0782605-00
A/c Name: The Auckland Women's Centre Incorporated
Please use your name and the name of the course as the reference.

 

Have you attended one of our courses/workshops but didn't get a chance to give us feedback? We'd love to know what you thought...please take a few minutes to fill out our evaluation form.

Classes

Understanding Money

Tutor - Jean Strock

A two-hour workshop for women who want to learn about budgeting, revolving credit, KiwiSaver and any other money-related matters. Jean Strock of Saturn Advice is an Authorised Financial Advisor who is passionate about sharing her knowledge on making the most out of your money. Bring your questions, pen and paper and get ready to be inspired. (2 hours).

Comments from previous participants from the Understanding Money workshops run by Lisa Dudson:

"Thanks for making investments and savings more achievable to understand and attain."

"Fantastic speaker. Love how straightforward she makes the topic."

"Lisa was really upbeat and positive, especially for younger people starting out on their financial awareness."

Date:   Monday, 18 November, 2019
    Please enrol by Monday 11 November, 2019
Time:   6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   2 hours
Cost:    $10 - $30 sliding scale
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 0

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Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Tutor - Jan Eggleton

A relaxed and informal awareness raising session about workplace harassment and bullying. 

Research says 1-4 women have been sexually harassed, and up to 30% of people in the workplace are being bullied. 

Learn the legal definitions, informal and formal options for dealing with it, the intricacies of making a complaint, what the reality of harassment and bullying looks like, practice for when/if it might happen to you or someone you love. 

Jan is the founder of Hardcases, a company designed to facilitate, coach and train leaders, emerging leaders and employees to achieve their best for their organisation.

A bit about Jan in her own words: "I am a grandmother of 2 fabulous mokopuna, Archie and Peggy. I have taught the ukelele at Hospice, in Fiji, Cambodia and South Africa  and I play the guitar in a rock and roll band. My partner and I have lived in the same house for 38 years. I am self employed doing harassment and bullying prevention in organizations. I want a wire haired fox terrier whom I will name Corky."

Date:   Tuesday, 12 November, 2019
    Please enrol by Tuesday 5 November, 2019
Time:   6.00pm - 9.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   3 hours
Cost:    $10 
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 0

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Open and Honest: Talking to Children About Sex

Talking to Children About Sex and Sexuality

Family Planning 

A two and a half hour workshop for parents and caregivers run by Family Planning. Develop the skills and learn information to support you to be the first sexuality educator of your children and teenagers.

This workshop is open to all genders, to enrol please contact the Auckland Women’s Centre on the details below.

For more information on talking to your children about sex and sexuality go to the Family Planning website  www.familyplanning.org.nz

Date:   Monday, 11 November, 2019
    Please enrol by Monday 4 November, 2019
Time:   6.00pm - 8.30pm
Duration:   2½ hours
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $5 per person
To Enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 0

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Positive Change: Self Empowerment

Tutor - Anna Keyter

Do you lack self-confidence?  Prefer to keep silent in groups because you may make the 'wrong comment'?  Or are you afraid to accept a new job because you have the experience but not the qualifications?

You are not alone! Join us and learn how to change the self-talk that informs your stories about yourself.

This course will build on your stories that support you and change those that are not useful.  Learn more about your strengths and challenges, and how to turn your weaknesses into opportunities. (2 days)

Anna has a background in trauma counselling, Gestalt Therapy, Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has worked extensively with adults and children recovering from trauma in New Zealand and South Africa and also runs her own online therapy business.

Comments from previous participants:

"Really enjoyed it, loved the emotionally safe environment."

"Have had an interesting time here on course and will keep taking skills further to get on track."

Date:   Saturday 16 November and Sunday 17 November, 2019
    Please enrol by Friday 8 November, 2019
Time:   10.00am - 4.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   2 days
Cost:    $60 - $120 sliding scale. The amount is for both days
    If you would like to enrol but can't manage the full price of the course please contact us.
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 0

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Aroha Healing Bellydance

Instructor - Rosanna Marks

A fusion of 2 ancient spiritual modalities designed to educate, deeply heal & free the feminine form. This practice will empower women in a safe and caring environment.

During this 6 week course you will learn ancient Tantric philosophy; essential knowledge on the 7 chakras, Mudra, breath work, movement, connection, how to view your body as a sacred space, body image, honouring and sisterhood. You will also learn beautiful & simple Bellydance routines & rituals that reflect each chakra, and the elements of earth, water, air and fire.

These classes are for every woman; any age, size or shape who wish to learn the sacred, ancient secrets of feminine vitality, movement & expression.

Rosanna has been Bellydancing for over 11 years, enjoying dance as a form of self-expression & self-love. Bellydancing is her passion - a wonderful way to communicate earthy, feminine sensuality and to teach other women how to enjoy and appreciate this mysterious and alluring dance form for health, happiness & wellbeing. Rosanna focuses on the strong healing aspect of Bellydance & Tantra, and how the powerful combination assists to connect women to their own internal energy centres for vitality, empowerment and strength.

Aroha Dance – Each step we take brings empowerment, self-love & truth. (6 weeks)

Date:   Fridays, 20 September - 25 October, 2019
Time:   6.00pm - 7.00pm
Duration:   6 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $10 per class
    $5 for beneficiaries and low income 
For further info:   Contact Rosanna at info@arohalove.co.nz or 0800mindbody

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Fight Like a Girl

Self Defence Course for Teenage Girls run by Morgan Libeau

This one day workshop for girls 13-16 years is designed to increase confidence and enhance self-image.

Encouraging a heightened sense of themselves and their capabilities enables young women to step out into the world feeling positive and proud.

Aim of workshop:
To foster positive self-image
To encourage safe, sensible decision making
To reduce anxiety, fear and misinformation
To increase feelings of safety

Activities centre on:
Body pride
Verbal assertiveness
Physical techniques
Identifying and acting on feelings
Information on laws and rules
Decision making

Comments from previous participants:

“I enjoyed becoming more confident, strong and brave.”       

Date:   Sunday 1 December, 2019 
Time:   10.00am-4.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre
Cost:   $50
Bookings essential:   Yes
For more details:   Please contact Morgan by text 029 210 5430 or email mlibeau@xtra.co.nz

 

 

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FREE Women's Self Defence workshop

Tutor - Julie Poirier 

A FREE fun supportive workshop for women (16+) to learn and practice mental, verbal and physical techniques. 

The teaching is based on research about what works against a bigger, stronger attacker. Rather than a list of do’s and don’ts, this course will give you more options, skills and confidence to assert your boundaries and stay safe in a range of situations relevant to women and gender minorities' lives, including harassment from strangers in public, people we know and in our relationships.

It will also give you more ideas for where to find support and how to support others. All women and non-binary peoples of all abilities and fitness levels warmly welcome. (1 day).

Julie Poirier, an accredited member of the Women's Self Defence Network –Wāhine Toa.  

Feedback from previous participants:

"Really liked the balance between physical practice & meaningful rich discussions. The legal aspect was helpful & also looking at what is "healthy, unhealthy & abusive" behaviour. The teacher, Julie was fantastic and I feel so empowered. Thank you. :)"

"It was the first self-defence course I have been on. I found it "eye-opening" and so informative. Wish I had done it fourty years ago."

"Excellent instructor, lively, fun, interactive. Helped me feel ok about using my voice assertively & get a few great phrases to recall if needed."

Apologies, the Term 4 workshop is now full. Please click on the enrol button to add your name to the contact list for Term 1, 2020 and we will let you know when the dates have been set.

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Girl's Self-Defence (7-12 years)

Tutor - Morgan Libeau

Give your daughter the opportunity to learn: to identify unsafe/safe people and situations, ways to resist unwanted/uncomfortable touch, how to use verbal and physical ways to deal with assault/abuse, how to say NO! in unsafe situations, remain calm, and tell a trusted adult.

A serious subject dealt with in a fun way for girls aged 7-12. (1½ days)

Comments from previous participants about what they liked:

"I loved the feeling that I used to be someone small and shy, but now I feel clever and strong and brave!  It was fun and I won't forget it! That's a promise".  D aged 12.

"I liked how we learned about a stranger approaches you...you know what to do and I liked how we did the punches and kicks. Self Defence  Rocks". J aged 12.

"The class was great. I learnt to punch and kick properly. I learnt it's my body. I learnt shouts, yells and blocks." H aged 9.

Comments from  parents/caregivers: 

"Boosted self and other awareness. Improved self confidence. Thanks"

"Confidence in her ability to deal with 'difficult situations' and more awareness that these exist! Enjoyed seeing her strong and powerful." 

"(name) has experienced an increase in confidence subsequent to her first self defence course. In addition she takes more pleasure, satisfaction and interest in her own physical strength and prowess.

A bit about Morgan Libeau:

Morgan is a qualified Self Defence Tutor who has been teaching for many years. Initially she taught women and girls Self Defence but for some years has now concentrated only on the children's class.

Morgan has written a number of books for children and young people on issues of sexual abuse, therapy and court preparation for child witness's. She believes that if information is given to children appropriately it will make them feel safe instead of scared, enabling higher self-esteem and confidence.

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Apologies, this class is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list or be contacted for next years dates please click the enrolment button below.

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Holistic Weight Management

Trigger Warning: Workshop and poster content include discussion around weight and weight loss

Tutor - Jane McRae

Are you struggling to keep a healthy weight? Being an unhealthy weight can increase our risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and hormonal imbalance.  It can also make us unhappy as there’s so much societal pressure to eat AND so much societal pressure to be slim. 

So how can we sort this out in a holistic way – addressing the whole person including our physical, mental, emotional and social health and wellbeing?

In this course, we’ll debunk some of the damaging information around weight and weight loss and we'll look at holistic practices for reducing and maintaining a healthy weight. We’ll learn about the part our genetics, sex, hormones, life-stage, macronutrient and micronutrient choices, lifestyle choices and support networks plays and how important our psychological toolbox is. (1/2 day)

Jane is a naturopath, medical herbalist, nutritionist and counsellor. 

Comments from previous participants: 

"Very informative and easy to follow."

"I think this will have a huge positive impact on not only my stress but my understanding of myself."

"Lots of good, helpful info that can be used in our everyday lives."

 

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below. 

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Mindfulness Through Meditation

Tutor - Emma Farry

Mindfulness through Mediation will give you the tools to slow down, breathe deeply, and connect with your true nature in order to become more present in your life. The course will encourage you to increase your compassion for yourself and your world. Learn to befriend yourself through the practice of meditation, mindfulness and breathing. Calm your anxiety and create a space for yourself to be free and at peace. Forgive yourself and give yourself time to deal with difficult emotions. The course is designed to show women that we are enough just the way we are and to provide tools to stop and breathe, to give thanks and to find increased grounding. Learn how to connect with nature and use the healing energies of the natural world to bring balance and comfort to our lives. (6 weeks).

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Emma works to spread love, wellness and appreciation of self and life. Her values acknowledge the Maori wisdom of Tikanga. Her journey of loss and grief and finding ground through all the chaos has helped her understand the importance of acknowledging challenging emotions and finding peace within yourself. She is a published author and comes from a background of teaching meditation, mindfulness and creative writing both in New Zealand and overseas. Click here to learn more about Emma.

 

Comments from previous participants:

"I loved the structure, the content and the community created. Thank you."

"It really has opened up my mind and heart.

"Emma facilitates the group with ease, compassion, love and kindness."

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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CV and Job Interview Skills

Tutor - Wendy Rowe

This workshop is aimed at helping women identify their transferable skills, produce a marketable CV, prepare for job interviews, and build their confidence to achieve their potential.

Whether you are re-entering the job market after years of putting your career on hold while attending to parenting and family needs or creating a CV for the first time , or if you just want to take the next step, this workshop could be very beneficial. (½ day).

Comments from previous participants:

"Concrete techniques to apply and learn about myself and how to approach my job search."

"Motivating!"

"Fantastic tutor who genuinely wants to see women succeed."

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Te Reo and Tikanga Māori

Tutors: Kahurangi Apiata (Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu) and Tutira Williams (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti  Ngarauru, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Nuie, Ngāti Rarawa)

Learn correct pronunciation, karakia (prayer), waiata (song), mihimihi (formal greeting/introduction), various forms of greetings, useful phrases and sentences through participation and conversation. (8 weeks).

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou 

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka, Ko Pouerua te maunga, Ko Waitangi te moana

Ko Ngati Kawa te hapu, Ko Ngapuhi nui tonu te iwi, Ko Kahurangi Apiata toku ingoa

No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, Tena tatou katoa. 

 

A big mihi (greeting) to you all. My name is Kahurangi, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. Haere mai, come and start your journey on learning Te Reo Maori, and have fun at the same time.

 

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E nga mana, e nga waka, e nga reo

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Ko Hikurangi, Tongariro me Taranaki oku Maunga, Ko Waiapu, Patea me Rangitaiki oku Awa

Ko Horouta me Aotea oku Waka, Ko Hinepare, Waioturi me Parewahawaha oku Marae

Ko Ngati Porou, Ngati Ngarauru, Ngati Apa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, me Ngati Nuie oku Iwi

Ko Tutira Williams toku ingoa, No reira, Mauriora tatou katoa.

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Comments from previous participants:

"I learnt a lot more about pronunciation of Maori words than any other Te Reo course I've taken."

"I feel inspired to continue this journey. I feel supported all the way and feel so much more confident to try to speak some Te Reo."

"Kahurangi and Tutira are amazing women. They have tremendous mana and their warmth, empathy, stories and insights were unbelievably special. "

This course will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Menopause Information Evening

Tutor - Robyn Fausett from Nest Consulting

An informative evening for those who are experiencing or anticipating Menopause (known as Peri-menopause), or who wish to support or are just curious about it. All are welcome. An in depth and empowering evening: developing an understanding of Peri/Menopause, why our hormones behave the way they do and the effects this can bring. Looking at self-care, strategies, natural and medical options including the latest research.

If you would like to gather together a few friends and have a fun (truly!!) night learning, chatting and laughing about all things Menopause book your place!

This includes a presentation, lots of up to date, accurate information, product examples, a Q&A and fun! There will be a break for refreshments part way through. Humorous, Informative & Current. (2½ hours)


Information includes:

  • M=Menstruation – Menopause stages (Biology 101 with puppets!)
  • E=Emotion (Hormone Rollercoaster?)
  • N=Nighttime (While you were not sleeping)
  • O=Other effects (Why a cardigan is your best friend)
  • P=Pros & Cons of MHT – previously known as HRT (Latest research translated)
  • A=Alternative and Complimentary (We all love a compliment!)
  • U=Upwards & Onwards (Womens health care)
  • S=Sexuality (Libido, what libido?)
  • E=Emergence (It was worth staying to the end: time for you)

Robyn is a qualified women’s health & fertility nurse (RGN) with a current practicing certificate and is also accredited by Natural Fertility NZ (NFNZ). She regularly attends Conferences & Workshops to ensure the latest accurate information is at hand. Click here to find out more about Nest Consulting.

Feedback from previous participants:

What did you most enjoy?

"Relaxed atmosphere & very informative throughout."

"Great timing for me as I’m starting to experience a few symptoms. So very informative, very knowledgeable and great presenting!"

"Loved the variety of information and the comedy."

"Laughed, cried, laughed some more."

"Loved the celebration of women and the Menopause song skit!"

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Basic EFT Tapping for Women

Tutor - Robyn Shepherd

Most of us know what it’s like to feel scared, nervous, anxious, angry, resentful, hurt, sad, low, stuck, overwhelmed ... lacking in energy, confidence, resilience ... doubting ourselves ...and if you’re anything like most people, you might express these feelings in an unhealthy way, for you or for others ... or you might keep all these feelings to yourself, locked up inside. Either way, you’re not processing your feelings as they need to be.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) are gentle, calming techniques that will help you learn to manage your feelings and thoughts amidst everyday challenges. We also call these techniques Tapping, as we tap or massage, acupuncture points on our face, body and hands. (½ day).

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Robyn Shepherd is a certified EFT Practitioner with 40 years primary school teaching experience. She is passionate about helping people of all ages to manage stress and grow self-worth, confidence and resilience. She guides people to the freedom to be themselves, to grow towards their highest potential and to welcome positive change in any area of their lives. She runs coaching and workshops, and sees individual clients, in person and online.  

Comments from previous participants:

"I really enjoyed this course and got a lot from it.  Excellent notes to take home."

"It met my expectations and more."

"Very interesting course and topic. Loved it."

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below. 

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FREE Self Defence for Migrant Women

Tutor - Julie Poirier 

A FREE fun supportive workshop for Migrant and Refugee women (16+) to learn and practice mental, verbal and physical techniques. 

The teaching is based on research about what works against a bigger, stronger attacker. Rather than a list of do’s and don’ts, this course will give you more options, skills and confidence to assert your boundaries and stay safe in a range of situations relevant to women and gender minorities' lives, including harassment from strangers in public, people we know and in our relationships.

It will also give you more ideas for where to find support and how to support others. All women and non-binary peoples of all abilities and fitness levels warmly welcome. (1 day).

Julie Poirier, an accredited member of the Women's Self Defence Network –Wāhine Toa.

Comments from previous participants:

"Julie was fabulous! It was not only informative, but really raised my confidence in handling potential threats."

"Really liked the balance between physical practice & meaningful rich discussions. The legal aspect was helpful & also looking at what is "healthy, unhealthy & abusive" behaviour. The teacher, Julie was fantastic and I feel so empowered. Thank you :)"

"Excellent instructor, lively, fun, interactive. Helped me feel ok about using my voice assertively & got a few great phrases to recall if needed. Liked learning to visualize things before they happen."

If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time we run this workshop, please click enrol below.

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Regenerative Yoga

Tutor - Amanda Hookham - Kraft

Weekly classes held for all women, open to any age, health, size and physical capability. Classes taught in a friendly, relaxed environment with careful adaptation of postures to suit individual needs and provide holistic wellness.

This practice provides a gentle yet deep result that is strengthening, eliminating stress, realigning and leaving you feel more energised and rejuvenated. Adaptation of postures to suit individual needs through the guided breath and a heart centred practice.

Amanda is a trained and qualified Svastha yoga practitioner that has been teaching for over a decade.

Date:   Every Tuesday and Thursday morning
Time:   9.30am - 10.45am
Location:    Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $20 per class OR
    $200 for a 10 class concession card includes 1 extra class free (11 classes in total). 
    If you would like to trial the class  but are unable to cover the full price please contact us as options are available.
 For more details:   Contact Amanda Hookham - Kraft on: amanda@regenesisdesign.co.nz or 021 285 4100

 

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Dancing for Fun

Tutor - Susanna

Learn to dance Latin ballroom style. Salsa, tango, samba, women of all ages and dance levels are welcome.

Susanna is an experienced ballroom dance and Spanish language teacher.  She has taught at various adult education programmes through local night schools  and also taught couples privately in preparation for their wedding.

Learn to dance Latin ballroom style. Salsa, tango, samba, women of all ages and dance levels are welcome.  

Dancing for Fun will return in 2020. Stay tuned for more details.

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Get Knitting

Tutor - Barbara Woodman

Learn how to knit and have fun while making new friends. This series of eight 2 hour classes is for absolute beginners. The teaching will start with the basic stitches, understanding how knitting works, differences in yarns, casting on, following patterns and fixing mistakes. The class will a maximum of eight students so that you get the individual hands-on support when you need it. You will be making small knitted squares as you practice the techniques and stitches then sewing them all together to make a patchwork cushion cover or blanket (you choose the size, style and colours). Be inspired and encouraged by the tutor and other learners and go on to become A Knitter! (8 weeks)

Barbara Woodman is a multi-talented tutor who is passionate about waste minimisation and creativity. She runs workshops through her social enterprise Warm Hearts Upcycling, whose purpose is to minimise textile waste. She teaches one to one or groups in traditional skills such as knitting, crochet, sewing, applique, mending, remaking. As part of her community commitment she works with refugee women to develop their income and social connection.

Feedback from previous participants:

"Barbara is a kind and patient teacher."

"It was a great basics intro which I needed, including pattern reading."

"I thoroughly enjoyed it."

This course will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Get Knitting - Intermediate class

Tutor - Barbara Woodman

This series of eight 2 hour classes is for those who have mastered the basics in the beginner course or know how to knit and wish to extend their skills. Students must be able to knit garter and stocking stitch: cast on; bind off; increase and decrease and follow simple knitting pattern instructions.

Learn further techniques such as various texture stitches; cables; knitting in the round; colour work including fair isle and intarsia. Practise in class with the tutor’s support.

You will be required to knit at home between lessons and you will produce a cowl or hat that has been knitted on the round. (8 weeks).

Barbara Woodman is a multi-talented tutor who is passionate about waste minimisation and creativity. She runs workshops through her social enterprise Warm Hearts Upcycling, whose purpose is to minimise textile waste. She teaches one to one or groups in traditional skills such as knitting, crochet, sewing, applique, mending, remaking. As part of her community commitment she works with refugee women to develop their income and social connection.

Feedback from previous participants:

"I love that I can now knit."

"Everything on this course is amazing."

"Barbara is the best!"

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Memoir Writing

Tutor - Maria de Jong

For some adults memoir writing can be a therapeutic experience that helps them to heal themselves psychologically. For some women it can be an empowering experience as it gives them the opportunity to tell their story. For others, it can be an enjoyable and reflective process, and an outlet for creativity. The course will provide intellectual stimulation and an opportunity to improve their writing and literacy skills. The aim is to empower women to find their voice, their own unique writing style and to encourage them to begin writing their memoir. Those writing their family histories will also find this course relevant.

Maria is the author of several biographies and family and business histories. She is passionate about preserving history for future generations, and has a special interest in Māori and Pacific Island History. Bring a notebook and your favourite pen. (6 weeks)

Feedback from previous participants:

"I found it very enjoyable and interesting."

"Really enjoyed being with a group of women wouldn't normally share these stories with."

"Course tutor was great - really knowledgeable but not pushy. Had a really calming influence and style. Gave you confidence to write and read out your material but with honest feedback."

This workshop will be offered again in 2020. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Support Groups

Building a New Life After Separation

Tutor - Danielle Turnbull

Surviving separation after a relationship can bring a range of emotions such as loss, anger, confusion and an invitation to build a new life. Over the course of 1 day, the group will be a learning and interactive environment where participants can learn from each other, and a sharing of practical skills on ways to rebuild your life. Part of rebuilding your life can include reclaiming your identity, setting boundaries, managing conflict, and/or exploring a new sense of self. (1 day)

Following on from the 1-day workshop, there is an opportunity to continue a weekly meet up for 4 weeks, if the will/women of the group choose so. This will run as a meet up group facilitated by Danielle, and there will be a cost associated separate to the
cost of the workshop. If you are interested to attend, please indicate this when you enrol for the 1-day workshop, and details will be provided.

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Danielle Turnbull is an accredited mediator and certified life coach, with a focus on women’s empowerment coaching. Danielle has co-facilitated this workshop, and is a past participant, bringing with her a lens of her own experience and personal empowerment tips. She believes every woman has the inner strength to navigate this new territory to building a new life after separation. Click here to go to Danielle's coaching website DMT Coaching.

Feedback from previous participants:

"Very valuable. It was great to share stories and experiences with other women and learn from each other."

"Felt like a safe space to be vulnerable."

"Very helpful, thank you."

Apologies, this workshop is now full. If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time this runs, please click the enrol button below.

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Questioning? and more...

Facilitators - Carol Davey and Alannah Morris

Would you like a supportive women's space to talk about same sex attraction?

This group is participant directed, a space to explore topics like:

  • What does same sex attraction mean to you?
  • Identity labels...e.g  Bi, Queer, Lesbian, Dyke
  • Stereotypes and gender stereotypes
  • Being in an opposite sex relationship and having same sex attraction
  • Finding community and dating
  • Being out in society
  • If you want to come out, how to tell family, friends, work colleagues
  • Sex with women
  • Relationships with women
  • You, your children and a new relationship

Come along, ask questions, share, this is a safe, non-judgemental environment. (1 day)

Comments from previous participants:

(I enjoyed) "Being able to connect with people and talk to people who were experiencing similar things to me.  Having experienced people to help us and cheer us on."

"Really enjoyed (it) and appreciated the professional delivery. Thanks! :-)" 

This workshop will be offered again when there is sufficient interest. If you wish to be on the contact list, please click on the enrol button below.

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Single Mums' on Sunday

For single mums by single mums.  

For single mums and their children faciliated by a qualified social worker. Get together with other single mums to connect and share stories in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Lots of toys for the children in the fully staffed creche.

Date:   Last Sunday of the month 
Time:   1.00 - 3.30pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    FREE
Bookings essential:    Yes please
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below

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Activities

Rainbow Women's Social Night

All Queer, Lesbian, Bi, Takatāpui and Trans Women Welcome

Come and join Ellie at the Auckland Women’s Centre for an evening of DVDs or games.
 
Relax, chill, unwind and socialise… just rock on up, we’d love to see you. Bring your dinner if you would like to.
 
We alternate the nights, watching DVD's one month and playing Games the next month.

For more info or to be added to our contact list for this group please email us or phone 376 3227 extn 1

Date:   Last Wednesday of every month 
Time:   7.00pm-9.30pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre
Cost:   Gold coin - $5 (sliding scale)
Bookings essential:   No but if you'd like to be on our email reminder list let us know
For more details:   Phone Ellie on 376 3227 xtn 1 or info@womenz.org.nz

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