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Walking the Nakasendo Way - Japan's Ancient Highway

The Nakasendo Way is an ancient Japanese highway, linking the Imperial City of Kyoto with the Shogun’s city of Edo. Its present form dates to the early 17th century however its origins are in the 8th century. Learn about the history of the highway and how to plan and undertake your own walk along well preserved sections of this beautiful old road. We will look at the century old inns which still welcome travellers in the post-towns of the Nakasendo. SUGGESTED READING An excellent... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Walking the Nakasendo Way - Japan's Ancient Highway

<p>The Nakasendo Way is an ancient Japanese highway, linking the Imperial City of Kyoto with the Shogun’s city of Edo. Its present form dates to the early 17th century however its origins are in the

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Fintech: Does Robo-investing work?

Personal investing can be full of pitfalls. There is so much information to sift through and so many options to choose from. Financial Technology, or ‘Fintech’, has sought to disrupt the big financial institutions which have previously had a stronghold on the finance industry. They provide options to make it easier, less complex and cheaper for people to invest smaller amounts of fund. This practical workshop looks into the 8 aspects of Personal Financial Management, the... [More]
$75 Limited GST free / $68
Fintech: Does Robo-investing work?

<p>Personal investing can be full of pitfalls. There is so much information to sift through and so many options to choose from. Financial Technology, or ‘Fintech’, has sought to disrupt the big

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

Sleep To The Rescue® - Drug-free, Refreshing Sleep

If you experience restless sleep, wake in the early hours, can’t switch off the busy mind, resorting to sleep medication, then this workshop could change your life. Learn the SleepEasy® four step approach and begin transforming your sleep now. Also addressed will be sleep physiology, stress and sleep, correct breathing, changing the busy mind in to a ‘sleep-friendly’ mind and the practical tools to bring your sleep recovery alive. There is even a snooze included! PLEASE NOTE: WEA... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
Sleep To The Rescue® - Drug-free, Refreshing Sleep

<p>If you experience restless sleep, wake in the early hours, can’t switch off the busy mind, resorting to sleep medication, then this workshop could change your life. Learn the SleepEasy® four step

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Lost Worlds: Travels, Excavations, and War in Syria

Among the countries of the modern Middle East Syria is especially rich in the remains of the numerous civilizations that have left their mark over the millennia. For some thirty years John Tidmarsh has travelled throughout Syria (both as an individual and as a tour guide) as well as co-directing the Australian excavations at the remarkable Hellenistic city of Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates. Join John on his travels and excavations and also view through his eyes the tragic effects... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Lost Worlds: Travels, Excavations, and War in Syria

Among the countries of the modern Middle East Syria is especially rich in the remains of the numerous civilizations that have left their mark over the millennia. For some thirty years John Tidmarsh

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

How To Retire In Style Successfully

Learn from an experienced financial planner the principles and strategies to accumulate wealth for retirement, and the legislative opportunities available for people prior to transitioning into retirement. Cover strategies on how to build a tax free income stream in retirement, explore your options and, if applicable, improve your eligibility for Age Pension benefits. Please note the tutor cannot offer individual financial advice within the structure of the course. Note: There will... [More]
$110 Limited GST free / $99
How To Retire In Style Successfully

<p>Learn from an experienced financial planner the principles and strategies to accumulate wealth for retirement, and the legislative opportunities available for people prior to transitioning into

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Destination Iran

An illustrated talk by Dr Virginia McGill who has recently returned from Iran. Come and learn about an unusual destination, a country with a turbulent history on the old Silk Road, a country which encompasses archaeological sites, blue tiled mosques, desert and mountain scenery, the famed city of Isfahan and a very welcoming population who cling to their Persian roots. [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Destination Iran

An illustrated talk by Dr Virginia McGill who has recently returned from Iran. Come and learn about an unusual destination, a country with a turbulent history on the old Silk Road, a country which

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

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping

Using Japanese Furoshiki (traditional wrapping cloth) fabric wrapping skills, create a new style of gift wrapping. In 3 hours, learn around 8-10 different ways of fabric wrapping. Material cost $10 per student available from tutor on the day. Please ensure that you bring to class the items in the Materials List. COURSE OUTLINE Explanation of Furoshiki (Japanese traditional wrapping cloth). Practising a correct “reef knot”. Techniques of wrapping DVDs and books. Techniques of... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping

Using Japanese <em>Furoshiki</em> (traditional wrapping cloth) fabric wrapping skills, create a new style of gift wrapping. In 3 hours, learn around 8-10 different ways of fabric wrapping.<br/><p><br/

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The Nine Parts of Speech

Anyone who wants to draft good sentences has to know the building blocks of the English language. We decide on the ‘content’ parts of speech – nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs; link them with conjunctions, connectives and prepositions; and add emphasis by using interjections. Discover easy ways to solve the common problems that professional writers and editors encounter. We systematically study each part of speech and complete three exercises. Please bring a blue, red... [More]
$136 Limited inc GST / $122
The Nine Parts of Speech

<p>Anyone who wants to draft good sentences has to know the building blocks of the English language. We decide on the ‘content’ parts of speech – nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs; link

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The Nile River: Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel

In part 2 of The Nile River we continue from Luxor and sail up the Nile exploring temples dedicated to Horus at Edfu and Sobek, the crocodile god at Kom Ombo before arriving in Aswan. Aswan is a marvellous town on the Nile, and also the site of the First Cataract. He we visit a Nubian village and explore the quarry from which many obelisks were cut during ancient times. We then fly to Abu Simbel to see Ramses II’s great temples, that were moved when the Aswan High Dam was... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Nile River: Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel

<p>In part 2 of The Nile River we continue from Luxor and sail up the Nile exploring temples dedicated to Horus at Edfu and Sobek, the crocodile god at Kom Ombo before arriving in Aswan. Aswan is a

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Malta - The Middle of the World

Malta (and Gozzo) is the middle of the world in the “middle of the world”, the Mediterranean, and so has been seized by every Mediterranean power - Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Knights of St John, French, British - each one adding a layer, so that Malta today is a rich mix of cultures. Join us to travel through time telling the amazing stories of what has happened in Malta, and the natural and built beauty that can be seen throughout the islands. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Malta - The Middle of the World

<p>Malta (and Gozzo) is the middle of the world in the “middle of the world”, the Mediterranean, and so has been seized by every Mediterranean power - Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Knights of St John,

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