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4 June 2020 Dear Students, We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre for face to face classroom delivery. We cannot wait to see you in person again. Our Health Authorities have been guiding us on how we can stay healthy during this time and we have followed this advice as we prepare […]

Links for FREE ZOOM fitness classes at Pines Learning

Join and enjoy our FREE ZOOM classes. If you are new to Pines Learning, stay connected to receive updates of our latest courses, special offers and events please subscribe below. Monday 9.30am – PILATES with Dee 11.00am – TAI CHI with Sara Tuesday 9.30am – GET FIT & TONE with Kate 10.30am – YOGA & […]

The Welcome Silence.

At this time of isolation some people may confuse silence with loneliness. There are those who have the radio or television on all day ‘just for company’ which can be a way of feeling connected. To be constantly bombarded with information, however, asks a great deal of the mind. Knowledge and mental entertainment should wisely […]

Dealing with Change

The reason we sometimes struggle with change is due to the sense of insecurity it brings about. People are often comforted by the familiar. In Yoga we learn to keep the mind in the present and not to dwell in the past. This also means not allowing the mind to jump forward. Of course, sometimes […]

Why we find ourselves resenting lockdown and what to do about it

The word ‘lockdown’ creates imagery of confinement; of being held down or bound. When we have been accustomed to having a certain level of personal space and freedom of movement we can feel resistance and irritation when asked to make adjustments. Our custom has developed into a sense of entitlement. As we understand through the […]

Being together: Supporting one another when in close quarters

Whilst we’re in ‘lockdown’ and sharing close quarters with our children and partners the phrase ‘nearest and dearest’ comes to mind. Being so near can mean we can forget that they are dear. ‘We’re all in this together’ has been used ad infinitum and, as these sayings do, it has lost its impact. Perhaps we […]

The ‘tyranny of language’

Forget the ‘tyranny of distance’, what about the ‘tyranny of language’? We all know that the way we use our language has a great impact on how we feel emotionally. Many of us are currently experiencing ‘remote learning’. What difference would it make if we replaced that term with ‘flexible learning’? The word ‘remote’ makes […]

The Multicultural Kitchen

Students in our Multicultural Kitchen have been busy cooking up a storm. Every Friday morning this group meets and prepares dishes reflecting students’ nationalities as well as some Australian classics like scones or a beautifully succulent stuffed roast chicken. The kitchen smells delicious and photographer Kathy was lucky enough this week to sample some spicy […]

Winners of the Victorian Learn Local Collaboration Award

Manningham Learns – A Strategic Alliance Pines Learning is thrilled to be part of Manningham Learns – a success story about five neighbourhood houses in Manningham; Warrandyte, Park Orchards, Wonga Park, Pines Learning and Living, and Learning @ Ajani. A strategic collaboration to create better outcomes for operations and clients. Via government funding, we employed […]