Please note that the next three practical wisdom workshops will be delivered on line via the Zoom platform. There is a special price of $15 for these offerings in the light of the covid 19 pandemic. 


More discourse than lecture, these presentations offer you the opportunity to engage with the subject matter, question and discuss with like minded people. Join the discovery of practical wisdom and how it could be applied in daily life. (Limited to 20 attendees). 


Sat 13 February
Resilience - Finding your inner strength
Michael Luscombe
Sat 13 March
Learning from traditional Australian cultures
Frank Kennedy and 
Dr. Neil McNab
Sat 10 April
Hymn to the Sun
(Gayatri Mantra)
Robert Udovicic

Mindfulness: science, practice and philosophy

Saturday 14th November 2020 10.00 -11.30am. 

Stress, inattention, multitasking and haste are becoming ubiquitous in the modern world and they come at a significant cost in terms of poor mental and physical health, inefficiency, errors and poor communication. The popularity of mindfulness can be looked upon as an antidote to modern life. Mindfulness can be described as both a form of meditation and a way of living and although it is a generic skill it has an infinite number of applications. This interactive and experiential workshop will explore the science, philosophy and practice of mindfulness across a wide variety of applications including managing stress, coping with workload, enhancing mental and physical health, and fostering quality relationships.

Presented by Dr. Craig Hassed OAM

Dr. Craig Hassed’s teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. He is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published thirteen books including, most recently, The Freedom Trap. 

It is As it is

Saturday 12th December 2020 10.00 - 11.30am.


Inner non-resistance to what is leads to a life of Harmony, Simplicity, Love and Peace. This practical interactive session will allow you to experience inner non-resistance.

Presented by Dr. Neil McNab

Dr Neil McNab has worked as a General Practitioner  in Family Medicine for over 30 years. He is passionate about learning and how to accept  things the way they are. In his role as a GP he has seen the significant benefits  of acceptance by patients of their issues. Acceptance fosters the inner peace and harmony for resolving obstacles and moving forward. He has chaired a GP Lecture Series on various medical topics for 20 years and has presented public lectures  on Acceptance.

Practical Gratitude - a Pathway to Realisation

Saturday 24th October 2020 10.00 - 11.30 am.


Let's face it, we all NEED gratitude, and the world is suffering a critical shortage of this most important ingredient to living a happy life.

What would happen to our society if EVERY grateful action were suddenly to stop???

Why is gratitude so hard to show? What stands in the way? Is it a matter of 'give and take', or is there something deeper to discover here?

This discussion will explore these and other related questions. 

Presented by Tim Rogers.

Tim works as a Technical Sales engineer in the water and power industry. He has been married for 32 years and has 2 sons and 2 teenage grandsons. Tim has been a member of the School of Philosophy for 29 years and during this time has developed an interest in the nature of relationships and what essential ingredients are required to make a satisfying one. Following this interest has lead him to facilitate weekend retreats for young professionals, focusing on this and similar subjects. He has presented at the School of Philosophy Cultural Days for the last 11 years.


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