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WEA Sydney offers a relaxed and social environment with a community feel. With a central CBD location, we are easily accessible by public transport. Our diverse and high-quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors and offer you great value for money. Whether you are interested in finding a new hobby, planning your travels or developing new skills in creative writing your journey starts here.

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Persian Language and Culture

An introduction to Persian language and culture for any student wishing to learn the basics of Persian language and to become familiar with Persian culture, traditions and lifestyle with no prior knowledge of Persian required. Persian, one of the great lingua francas of world history, was once spoken from Siberia to Southeast Asia and it has more... [More]
$89 Limited / $80

<p>An introduction to Persian language and culture for any student wishing to learn the basics of Persian language and to become familiar with Persian culture, traditions and lifestyle with no prior

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01 Aug

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Seven Days in Paris

Known as ‘The city of light’, Paris draws visitors from all over the world. Gain an overview of the history of the city and its place within France; as well as accommodation, food and nightlife options. The course will cover all the most famous tourist attractions, but we will also explore off the beaten track options for return visitors. Parks,... [More]
$39 Limited

Known as ‘The city of light’, Paris draws visitors from all over the world. Gain an overview of the history of the city and its place within France; as well as accommodation, food and nightlife

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11 Aug

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation. Others extend the interiors of architecture outside. And yet, one feels one is missing a deeper layer of meaning in just visiting the gardens. Indeed,... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation.

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11 Aug

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Excavations and History of the Vatican Hill Rome

Visit ancient Mons Vaticano, the area now occupied by St Peters and the Vatican City, Rome. The history of this area dates back to the time of the Caesars, a site of ancient gardens, circuses, temples and tombs. We will look at the development of the earliest church dedicated to St Peter on this site and examine some fascinating recent excavations... [More]
$29 Limited

Visit ancient Mons Vaticano, the area now occupied by St Peters and the Vatican City, Rome. The history of this area dates back to the time of the Caesars, a site of ancient gardens, circuses, temples

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12 Aug

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Shugendo: Mountain Asceticism in Japan

Shugendo, is an ancient religion found all over Japan from early historic times. It formed around the seventh century just as Japan began to absorb the newly introduced foreign religions of Buddhism and Daoism. These new religions were imposed on existing folk religions and “mountain worship” practices. Join John McBride as he describes this... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Shugendo, is an ancient religion found all over Japan from early historic times. It formed around the seventh century just as Japan began to absorb the newly introduced foreign religions of

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15 Aug

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In The Steps of Dame Freya Stark: Travels In the Land of Incense

In the late 1930’s Freya Stark made two journeys into the interior of Southern Arabia (modern Yemen) where she worked both for the British government as a diplomat-cum-propagandist—it was just before the outbreak of World War II—and as an archaeologist in the then scarcely known (to Europeans) Wadi Hadramawt. We follow her journeys through Southern... [More]
$39 Limited

In the late 1930’s Freya Stark made two journeys into the interior of Southern Arabia (modern Yemen) where she worked both for the British government as a diplomat-cum-propagandist—it was just before

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18 Aug

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Literary Northerly England: Land and Writers

Wander around nine of the northern counties of England, exploring them through the eyes of fifteen great and popular English writers (and possibly more!). From DH Lawrence and the Brontes, to Herriot and Cookson. In each region we will look at the environment, history and folk traditions that prompted these stories and the writers who lived there,... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Wander around nine of the northern counties of England, exploring them through the eyes of fifteen great and popular English writers (and possibly more!). From DH Lawrence and the Brontes, to

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22 Aug

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Beyond Mountains and Clocks - The Elegance & Luxury of Switzerland in the Arts

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold & silversmiths focus on making watches as reaction to the Calvinists in 1541, from which sprung an amazing watch & clock-making tradition. From rich 18th... [More]
$39 Limited

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold &

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25 Aug

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Two Churches and a Temple in Trastevere Rome

Visit the Transtiberina – the right bank of the Tiber river known today as Trastevere. Discover the churches of St Cecelia and San Crisogono, a Syrian Temple and other excavations which reveal little known facts about this extraordinary part of the ancient city of Rome. Course notes will be provided for students with a bibliography, websites,... [More]
$29 Limited

Visit the Transtiberina – the right bank of the Tiber river known today as Trastevere. Discover the churches of St Cecelia and San Crisogono, a Syrian Temple and other excavations which reveal little

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26 Aug

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Three English Music Cities: London, Liverpool and Manchester

The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. Punk, new wave, ‘Madchester’ and ‘Britpop’ saw all three cities consolidate their reputations as dynamic creative hubs. In this course we will... [More]
$39 Limited

The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s

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08 Sep

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