With over 300 courses, there’s something for everybody, from Music or Writing, to learning more about your favourite topic in History, Science or Literature. Whether it’s French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian or Swedish; WEA is the place to start learning a language.

Meet some of WEA’s best tutors at our One Night Only specials, trace political developments with our Politics at Lunchtime program, or learn about some special places at our Travel Tuesday evenings. Our Practical Art program has everything from basic drawing skills to Calligraphy and Oil Painting. Or take up Yoga or Tai Chi and investigate our healthy living courses.

Our range of IT and Gadget courses is terrific if you need to brush up on your skills, and you can improve your management and workplace communication skills, all in our Business programs.

You don’t have to wait until the start of term– we have a terrific range of April Holiday courses, plus special courses to celebrate Reconciliation Week and the Sydney Writers' and Film Festivals.

Bathurst St will also be changing during Autumn, with a large development continuing at 286 Sussex St, next door to WEA Sydney (corner of Bathurst and Sussex Sts). This site is part of the City of Sydney’s planned gateway to the redesigned Darling Harbour. While WEA may suffer some inconvenience during the development process, the end result will be a fresh, modern and revitalised Bathurst St.

Enjoy your Autumn at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • Chocolate and Tea Pairing

        Tea and Chocolate Pairing a match made in heaven. Through this workshop you’ll experience flavour, aromas and textures of teas (Black, Green, Oolongs and herbal) paired with delicious citrusy, fruity, floral nutty and earthy chocolates, a true sensory appreciation.

        This workshop will demonstrate how these two ancient and nutritious products complement, enhance and contrast each other, a delightful experience. The introductory course is ideal for beginners and all those who wish to explore and deepen their knowledge into these ancient natural products. NO REFUND UNLESS WEA CANCELS THE COURSE

        This course consists of the following theoretical and practical components of tea:

        Theoretical component: (power point presentation to supplement theoretical presentation)

        • What is Tea?
        • What is Chocolate?
        • Teas: Flavor profiles (green, black, oolongs and herbal)
        • Chocolate: Flavor profiles (dark, milk and white)
        • Serving temperatures
        • Tasting Steps
        • Approaches to perfect pairings
        • Health benefits of tea and chocolate

        Practical component:

        • A detailed analysis with sight, hearing, smell, touch and flavor for each tea variety to be paired with different Chocolate.
        • Distinguishing and describing the sensory appreciation of teas and chocolate.
        • Using 3 approaches when deciding upon tea and chocolate pairings: Complement / Enhance / Contract or Agitate.
        • A step-by-step chocolate and tea tasting based upon all the above information.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Know the Tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) varieties and flavor profiles (green, black, oolongs, herbal and pu-erh teas).
        2. Know the Chocolate plant (The Cacao Tree) varieties and flavor profiles (dark, white and milk chocolates).
        3. Understand flavor profiles of teas and herbal infusions.
        4. Understand flavor profiles of chocolates.
        5. Understand tea and chocolate pairing steps
        6. Understand tea and chocolate health benefits.
      • Geoff Mosley: Repaying my Debt - A Conservationists' Tale

        Dr Geoff Mosley’s is one of Australia’s most respected conservationists. Learn about his campaigns to world heritage list Antarctica, Blue Mountains, West MacDonnell Ranges and Royal National Park. In his recent memoir he writes about ‘steady state economy’ – as a way to resolve the current environmental crisis. Share his passion for the environment and hear why he has spent a life time fighting for it.


        • Mosley G, National Parks and Equivalent Reserves in Australia Guide to Legislation, Administration and Areas (1967)
        • Mosley G, National Parks (1968)
        • Mosley G, Wild Life Reserves (1972)
        • Mosley G, Antarctica Our Last Great Wilderness (1986)
        • Mosley G, Australia’s Wilderness Heritage Vol 1 World Heritage Areas with Penny Figgis (1988)
        • Mosley G, Australian Alps World Heritage Nomination Proposal (1988)
        • Mosley G, Blue Mountains for World Heritage (1989)
        • Mosley G, World Heritage Values and Their Protection in Far South East New South Wales with Alec Costin (1992)
        • Mosley G, Why Lake Pedder Should Be Restored (1992)
        • Mosley G, National Self Sufficiency Living Within Our Means A Fundamental Solution to the Environment Crisis (1993, 1994 and 2016)
        • Mosley G, How Lake Pedder Can Be Restored (1994)
        • Mosley G, Lake Pedder A Place to Cherish and Enjoy, Future Management of the Area Proposed for Restoration (1995)
        • Mosley G, Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Conservation Strategy for the Great Ocean Road Region (1997)
        • Mosley G, Battle for the Bush The Blue Mountains, The Australian Alps and the Origins of the Wilderness Movement (1999)
        • Mosley G, Island on the Brink. A Conservation Strategy for Norfolk Island (2001)
        • Mosley G, International and World Heritage Values of Wilsons Promontory National Park (2002)
        • Mosley G, Let the Whales Swim Free: History of the Efforts of the Australian Whale Protection Groups 1973- 2003 (2004)
        • Mosley G, Antarctica Securing Its Heritage For The Whole World (2007)
        • Mosley G, World Heritage Values of the West MacDonnell National Park (2007)
        • Mosley G, Saving the Antarctic Wilderness The Pivotal Role in its Complete Protection (2009)
        • Mosley G, Steady State Alternative to Endless Economic Growth (2010)
        • Mosley G, The First National Park A Natural for World Heritage (2012)
      • Germany and Oz: Friends to Enemies

        “Australia and Germany stand today as two countries with shared values, shared global interests and strong links between our people,” as in 2012 the then Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, put it. We will look at different stages of the special and colourful German-Australian relationship in the 20th Century, from the Australians fighting the Germans in two world wars, German political refugees, to engaging in peaceful international relations as partners and friends today. We will explore and discuss – using multimedia tools – these and other topics of the fascinating German-Australian relationship, providing also a new awareness and appreciation of Australian-German heritage and interaction.


        • Introduction
        • Germany and Australia in the ‘Great War’: Among the topics we will discuss are Australia’s first naval victory against Germany in November 1914, the Sydney – Emden encounter at the Cocos Islands, ‘Aussies’ fighting the ‘Huns’ in the trenches of France, German POWs in Australia, the role of propaganda as well as the signing of Australia’s first international treaty: the Versailles Peace Treaty 1919.
        • Germany and Australia in World War II: The sinking of the Sydney II in 1941 by the German raider Kormoran and Australian troops fighting Rommel’s German army in Africa.
        • German Refugees and Prisoners of War in Australia: The German Jewish refugees escaping to Australia in the 1930s and the German POWs in Australia.
        • Australian-German postwar political and cultural relations
        • From Enemies to Friends: Germany & OZ, 1945 to today

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Develop a better understanding of the Germans in Australia and the relationship between both countries in the 20th century;
        2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past;
        3. Develop skills in interpreting evidence and historical scholarship.
      • The Sale of Alaska

        On 30 March 1867 the Russian Empire sold a seemingly worthless Alaska to the United States of America for the princely sum of two cents per acre. Given the abundance of natural resources prevalent in Alaska it is fair to assume that Russia might regret its 19th century generosity today. So why did they sell it in the first place? Who were the decision makers and what motivated them to pursue the deal?


        • Alaska; its history and resources, gold fields, routes and scenery / Miner Bruce; New York, London, G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1899
        • Alaska, a history of the 49th state / Claus-M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick; Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1987


        • Discovery - A short history of the discovery and early days of Alaska.
        • Negotiations - Who, when, where, why?
        • Deal - Specifics of the trade deal, remuneration and reactions
        • Legacy - Alaska today

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Name some reasons for the sale deal to be agreed to by Russia and the US.
        2. Evaluate the return on investment from the US perspective.
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