Classes/Support Groups/Activities

 

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HOW DO I ENROL?

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.

 

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Classes

Basic EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques

Tutor - Robyn Shepherd

Do you ever feel scared, anxious, angry, sad …? Do you sometimes express these natural feelings in an unhealthy way? Or keep them to yourself, locked up inside? Maybe you ignore them, hoping they’ll go away? Then you are like most of us …

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a gentle, calming technique that will help you learn to manage your feelings and thoughts as you go about your day.

We also call this technique Tapping, as you will learn to tap on acupuncture points on your face, body and hands. EFT Tapping has been clinically proven to reduce stress and will help you calm yourself amidst everyday challenges.

Robyn Shepherd photo   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 resilience. One of her dreams is to bring EFT Tapping into NZ schools, early childhood centres and family homes to give our children and young people a head start in understanding and managing the natural, and sometimes stressful, feelings and thoughts that we all face every day. She runs training and workshops, and sees individual clients, in person and online. 

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Dates:   Sunday 18 November, 2018
Time:   11.00am - 2.30pm
    Please enrol by Friday 9 November, 2018
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   1/2 day
Cost:   $50 - $100 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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Wriggle and Rhyme

Sessions are run by Grey Lynn and Leys Institute Library staff

A free half hour session of music, movement and fun. Wriggle and Rhyme is designed to promote active movement for babies and toddlers and is recommended for babies 0 to 2 years although all children welcome. (Fortnightly).

Dates:   Fridays, fortnightly starting 19 October - 14 December, 2018
   

19 Oct/ 2 Nov/ 16 Nov/ 30 Nov/14 Dec 

Time:   10.00am - 10.30am 
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:   FREE
For more info:   Call 09 377 0209 or visit aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/

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Aroha Dance

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 3 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. (3 weeks)

Date:   Fridays, 2 Nov - 16 Nov, 2018
Time:   6.00pm - 7.00pm
Duration:   3 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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Lesbian Salsa Dancing

Tutor - Susanna

An introduction to Salsa, Latin American style. Have fun learning in a lesbian environment. Open to all ages, sizes and dance levels, no partner needed, singles welcome.

Susanna has enjoyed teaching Salsa Latin American style for the last ten years. She also teaches Latin American dance at night through Community Education venues and is available for private lessons, especially for wedding choreography.

Date:   Sunday, 7 Oct - 16 Dec, 2018
    No class on 21 Oct due to Labour weekend
Time:   6.30pm - 7.30pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $10 per class
For more details:   Contact Susanna on 021 260 9145

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Self-defence for Teenage Girls

Stepping Out Self Defence Course 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, 2 December, 2018
Time:   10.00am-4.30pm
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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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. (6 weeks)

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.

Dates:   Mondays, 6 May - 17 June, 2019
Time:   7.00pm - 9.00pm
    Please enrol by Monday 29 April, 2019
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   6 weeks
Cost:   $60 - $120 sliding scale
    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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Understanding Money

Tutor - Lisa Dudson

A two-hour workshop for women who want to learn about budgeting, revolving credit, KiwiSaver and any other money-related matters. Lisa Dudson of Acumen Financial Planning 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.

Date:   Tuesday, 26 February, 2019
    Please enrol by Tuesday 19 February, 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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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. (8 weeks)

Dates:   Mondays, 18 February - 8 April, 2019
Time:   7.00pm - 9.00pm
    Please enrol by Monday, 11 February, 2019
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   8 weeks
Cost:   $80 - $160 sliding scale
    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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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:

"Excellent prep and support stuff provided for us to take away. Extremely helpful."

"Motivating!"

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

Date:   Saturday, 21 September, 2019
    Please enrol by Friday 13 September, 2019
Time:   9.30am - 1.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Duration:   ½ day
Cost:    $20 - $60 sliding scale
    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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Regenerative Yoga

Tutor - Simone Bonny

Open to all women, any age, health, size and physical capability.  Small classes taught in a friendly, relaxed environment with careful adaptation of postures to suit individual needs.  Realigning, eliminating stress, strengthening and rejuvenating.

With over 20 years teaching experience,  Simone guides in the correct use of breath, linked to simple postures and gentle flowing sequences.

If you have any serious health issues or injuries, please be sure to discuss these with Simone when booking.

 

Date:   Every Tuesday and Thursday morning
Time:   9.30am - 10.45am
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $150.00 for 10 class concession card 
    or attend on a casual week-by-week basis for $18 per class
For more details:   Contact Simone on: 021 776 119 or sbonnyyoga@gmail.com 

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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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Get Knitting

Tutor - Barbara Woodman

Learn how to knit and have fun while making new friends. This series of five 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! (5 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.

If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time this course is offered (2019), please click the enrol button below.

 

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Ora: Introduction to Māori Approaches to Wellbeing

Tutor - Cathy Livermore

A practical and unique approach to managing wellbeing that is easy to engage with.

Grounded in Te Ao Maori healing traditions and cultural philosophy, Cathy translates our ancient wisdoms into daily practices to manage and care for the wellbeing of our full selves; tinana/body, hinengaro/mind and wairua/spirit. This profound yet simple wellbeing practice is accessible and relatable to any person of any background, while giving participants a refreshing view into the Maori world. (3 hours).

Cathy Livermore is an internationally experienced intercultural facilitator, educator, healer and artist. She has been studying traditional Maori healing practices for the past five years and has worked in the areas of wellbeing and rehabilitation for over 20 years as a body therapist, pilates instructor, performer, choreographer and dance teacher.  

If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time this course is offered (2019), please click the enrol button below.

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Support Groups

Building a New Life After Separation

Tutor - Claire Virtue

Surviving separation after a relationship can bring a range of emotions such as loss, anger, confusion and an invitation towards building a new life. Over the course of 4 weeks the group will be a learning environment where participants can learn from each other and there will be practical skills on ways to rebuild your life. Part of rebuilding your life can include reclaiming your identity and/or exploring a new sense of self. (4 weeks)

Claire Virtue is a psychotherapist who works in private practice, teaches group work and facilitates a weekly psychotherapy group.  She has more than 20 years experience as a therapist and group worker and believes in the power of groups being transformative.

If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time this course is offered (2019), please click the enrol button below.

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Questioning? and more...

Facilitators - Cissy Rock 

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

This group is facilitated by Cissy Rock.  Cissy is a prominent contributor to the Auckland Lesbian scene creating events and  support groups.  She enjoys getting alongside people and sharing her experience as a mother, feminist, lesbian, friend and partner.  

Come along, ask questions, share, this is a safe, non-judgemental environment. (3 sessions)

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! :-)" 

If you would like to be on the contact list for the next time this course is offered, please click the enrol button below.

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Single Mums' on Sunday

For single mums by single mums.  

This is a friendly and relaxed afternoon in a supportive and non-judgemental space for single mums with children under 5 years. Expand your informal support network. Lots of toys for the children to play with and often we have giveaways for families. 

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
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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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