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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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A Visit to Historic Malacca

The many cultural layers of Malacca are reflected in the people and the buildings of this historic town. From the Malay fishermen who first frequented its shores to the Malay Sultans who ruled over an Empire. From the Chinese Treasure Ships who first visited here to the Chinese and Indian traders who first developed the east-west trade. To the Portuguese adventurers and the Dutch and British traders from the East India Companies who captured and occupied this historic city for... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
A Visit to Historic Malacca

<p>The many cultural layers of Malacca are reflected in the people and the buildings of this historic town. From the Malay fishermen who first frequented its shores to the Malay Sultans who ruled over

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Athens - Classical, Diverse, Exhilarating

Athens can sometimes appear hectic and confusing with many visitors using it simply as a gateway to the islands and moving through it much too quickly. There is so much more that Athens has to offer. Steeped in modern history as well as classical reminders of the birthplace of democracy, a visitor to this wonderful city can find peaceful places, authentic and inexpensive food, good shopping and fabulous museums and galleries; a great transport system and places to stay or relax... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Athens - Classical, Diverse, Exhilarating

Athens can sometimes appear hectic and confusing with many visitors using it simply as a gateway to the islands and moving through it much too quickly. There is so much more that Athens has to offer.

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Japanese Paper Gift Wrapping

Using Origami techniques, try several different ways of gift wrapping with paper. Learn how to measure paper size for wrapping objects. Make a gift box from paper and learn several ribbon bow techniques. Material cost $10 per student _available from tutor on the day. Please ensure that you bring to class the items in the Materials List. Note: There will be a short break for afternoon tea. COURSE OUTLINE Basic wrapping skills (How to measure minimum paper size, how to deal with... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Japanese Paper Gift Wrapping

Using Origami techniques, try several different ways of gift wrapping with paper. Learn how to measure paper size for wrapping objects. Make a gift box from paper and learn several ribbon bow

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Garden Design for Large and Small Spaces

Do you have a balcony, courtyard, patio or deck? Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean that it can’t be comfortable and stylish or you have to forego the pleasure of gardening. Find out how to choose and easily maintain the most suitable plants and containers and control any pests and diseases. Comprehensive course notes are provided. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction Function of small garden/balcony/courtyard/patio Analysing conditions – sun/shade, etc. Containers and small garden... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Garden Design for Large and Small Spaces

<p>Do you have a balcony, courtyard, patio or deck? Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean that it can’t be comfortable and stylish or you have to forego the pleasure of gardening. Find out how to

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The Art Islands of the Inland Sea of Japan

Many are aware of the spectacular art museums and installations on three major islands in the Inland Sea of Japan. The three islands are Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima. These art projects are supported by a Triennale, the 4th of which is occurring this year 2019 (inaugural in 2010). This Triennale is across a larger number of islands, 12 islands and 2 ports. In introducing the entire Triennale, John McBride will present a fuller picture of this remarkable event and its impact on... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Art Islands of the Inland Sea of Japan

<p>Many are aware of the spectacular art museums and installations on three major islands in the Inland Sea of Japan. The three islands are Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima. These art projects are

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

How We Think and Use Our Brain: An Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Learn to access a resourceful state of mind just at the very moment you need it most. Learn how to use the structure of time, together with language to maximise your success in all aspects of life. COURSE OUTLINE History of NLP Rapport Anchoring Reframing Filters on the world Internal dialogue Modelling Excellence Dealing with feedback PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to: Describe the historical background of NLP Understand how people are... [More]
$125 Limited inc GST / $113
How We Think and Use Our Brain: An Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

<p>Learn to access a resourceful state of mind just at the very moment you need it most. Learn how to use the structure of time, together with language to maximise your success in all aspects of life.

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Exploring Old Tokyo (Part 2)

We continue with our walking around old Tokyo, comparing an Edo period map of Tokyo from 1800 with today’s city. We will explore the streetscape of Tokyo’s old quarters in Asakusa and Yanaka. We will also visit an Edo Period historical town close to Tokyo and the Edo-Tokyo Architectural Open Air Museum. SUGGESTED READING Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960) John McBride – A History of Edo (course notes provided during class) [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Exploring Old Tokyo (Part 2)

<p>We continue with our walking around old Tokyo, comparing an Edo period map of Tokyo from 1800 with today’s city. We will explore the streetscape of Tokyo’s old quarters in Asakusa and Yanaka. We

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Seven Days in Berlin

A multi-faceted city with an extraordinary history and culture. Examine its place within Germany; explore great sights, from the well-known to the obscure; and discover accommodation, food and nightlife options. Suitable for first time visitors as well as returning travellers. SUGGESTED READING http://www.abandonedberlin.com/p/about.html https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/15/berlin-hufeisensiedlung-horseshoe-estate-history-cities-50-buildings... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Seven Days in Berlin

<p>A multi-faceted city with an extraordinary history and culture. Examine its place within Germany; explore great sights, from the well-known to the obscure; and discover accommodation, food and

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Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400 kilometres. The journey took over five months, and resulted in one of Japan’s greatest pieces of travel literature, the Oku-no-hosomichi (The Narrow Road to Oku), a mixture of travelogue prose and haiku poetry. The course describes Basho’s life, some key passages from the text, and the... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

<p>Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400

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Mindfulness and Mindset: Practicing Self-Care

Drawing together research and practice from the fields of Sports Science, Mindfulness, Attention Restoration Theory and Positive Psychology we help you develop the skills to support wellbeing. SUGGESTED READING Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World Book, Danny Penman and Mark Williams Flourish, Martin Seligman PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to: Understand the inverted U model of performance and the role of... [More]
$125 Limited GST free / $113
Mindfulness and Mindset: Practicing Self-Care

<p>Drawing together research and practice from the fields of Sports Science, Mindfulness, Attention Restoration Theory and Positive Psychology we help you develop the skills to support wellbeing.<br/>

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