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Study general courses at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.


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Planning for Financial Success

Even though Google answers a lot of your questions, you still need to master the basics of tax, superannuation, investments, insurance and borrowing arrangements in order to shape your balance sheet and profit and loss account to achieve your personal and business goals. Due to the complex interactions of these topics, you are either too confused to take actions or making unconscious mistakes which you may regret in future. This introductory course provides a comprehensive... [More]
$110 Limited GST free / $99
Planning for Financial Success

<p>Even though Google answers a lot of your questions, you still need to master the basics of tax, superannuation, investments, insurance and borrowing arrangements in order to shape your balance

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Great White Wines of France

Explore the major winemaking regions of France. Enhance your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the range and style of wines through critical tastings guided by an industry expert. Tutored tasting will reinforce the importance of geography and terroir (site) with particular focus on Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to: Learn about each of the major regions and gain an... [More]
$70 Limited inc GST
The Great White Wines of France

<p>Explore the major winemaking regions of France. Enhance your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the range and style of wines through critical tastings guided by an industry expert.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Writing Your Travels

How can you turn memorable travel experiences into the written word? Traveller and author Jan Cornall has been writing memoir, short stories and articles for a number of years based on her travels in SE Asia. Whether you want to write in the short or long form, in this workshop she will show you how to use the literary techniques of creative nonfiction to bring your travel story to life. Voice, setting, character, and the quest of the narrator/traveller, are all important elements... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Writing Your Travels

<p>How can you turn memorable travel experiences into the written word? Traveller and author Jan Cornall has been writing memoir, short stories and articles for a number of years based on her travels

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Australian Native Plants

It’s hardly surprising Australian native plants have become so popular. Learn how to identify them, how they’ve adapted to our environment and why they’re perfect, low maintenance plants for sun or shade, to create privacy, attract birds, provide fragrance, act as fire retardants and even eat! Comprehensive course notes are provided. COURSE OUTLINE Origin Identification Adaptations Sun/Shade Coastal/Frost Tolerant Bird-attracting Screening Fragrant flowers /aromatic foliage Fire... [More]
$125 Limited inc GST / $113
Australian Native Plants

<p>It’s hardly surprising Australian native plants have become so popular. Learn how to identify them, how they’ve adapted to our environment and why they’re perfect, low maintenance plants for sun or

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Emotional Intelligence: Turn Oyster Days into Pearl Days

Our destiny is not as much decided by IQ as we thought. Grab this opportunity to gain access to Emotional Intelligence (motivation, self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, interpersonal skills, and emotional timetables). Learn how to deal with conflicts in an emotional way, how to tame and rewire your crocodile brain, and find out what motivates people. Enjoy creating energy when needed. Acquire the tools to increase your level of emotional intelligence and effectiveness on the... [More]
$125 Limited inc GST / $113
Emotional Intelligence: Turn Oyster Days into Pearl Days

<p>Our destiny is not as much decided by IQ as we thought. Grab this opportunity to gain access to Emotional Intelligence (motivation, self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, interpersonal skills,

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Creative Writing Laboratory

The creative writing laboratory will suit beginners and those who have written before. Using practical exercises to capture the emotional and physical landscape of your writing, you’ll discover or rediscover your own writing voice, whilst learning more about structure and style. If you wish, there will be opportunities to read your work to the group for feedback. COURSE OUTLINE Clarify your idea by drafting tagline, logline and synopsis (and a poem). Strengthen your writing via... [More]
$222 Limited inc GST / $200
The Creative Writing Laboratory

<p>The creative writing laboratory will suit beginners and those who have written before. Using practical exercises to capture the emotional and physical landscape of your writing, you’ll discover or

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Addressing Anxiety

Most of us experience tension and worry but chronic anxiety can interfere with our capacity to function in our everyday life. Although anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders, few people seek help and treatment. Anxiety can begin early in life and if untreated can lead to depression and substance abuse in later life. However the symptoms of anxiety can be effectively treated and self-confidence and assurance restored with non-drug treatments. In this course we... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Addressing Anxiety

<p>Most of us experience tension and worry but chronic anxiety can interfere with our capacity to function in our everyday life. Although anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

<p>Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Winter Crochet for Beginners

Crochet is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is today labeled as the new ‘Mental Yoga’. Research shows there are many health and wellbeing benefits to repetitive crafts like crochet. Experience the joy of crafting yourself something uniquely yours. Challenge yourself to use all 10 fingers at once and relax into a mindful, rhythmic activity at the same time. This course makes learning crochet fun while teaching you everything from how to hold the hook and yarn, starting a... [More]
$181 Limited inc GST / $163
Winter Crochet for Beginners

<p>Crochet is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is today labeled as the new ‘Mental Yoga’. Research shows there are many health and wellbeing benefits to repetitive crafts like crochet.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs

Once we know the nine parts of speech, we can successfully construct phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs. If we can’t identify the subject, verb/s and predicate or distinguish a statement from a question, how can we write eloquently by manipulating the elements of English? Come and discover easy ways to solve the common problems that professional writers and editors encounter, by systematically studying each element of English and completing four exercises. Please bring a... [More]
$136 Limited inc GST / $122
Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs

<p>Once we know the nine parts of speech, we can successfully construct phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs. If we can’t identify the subject, verb/s and predicate or distinguish a statement

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.