Japara offers a wide range of high quality and affordable educational, vocational and recreational programs and courses. We also proudly partner with many community groups and the Yarra Ranges Council to facilitate workshops and events that meet the interests and needs of our community. You can enrol in any of the courses on offer online, via mail or stop in to Japara and enrol in person. And don’t forget to visit our events calendar to get a listing of upcoming workshops and events in your area.  Our latest Program and Activity Guide can be viewed by clicking the link.


Japara is a member of Learn Local - a network of over 300 not-for-profit organisations across Victoria offering adult community education and training to people from all walks of life.  Every year over 100,000 Victorians choose to learn through government registered Lean Local community education organisations.  New skills can be life changing, offering job choices, further education and the chance to interact with others in your local community.  We focus on individual needs and tailoring programs for both learners and businesses.  The Learn Local sector is particularly suited to learners of all ages who wish to undertake programs that help them gain qualifications and employment and may have previously had limited access to education.

Valuable Volunteering 19VALVOL24  
Deferred | 11am-2pm | $75 | $50 Concession | $25 Materials | Childcare Available 
Your Next Step: Discover volunteering opportunities, the benefits to you and the organisation, as well as your talents and skills being used as a valuable resource.

Building a Brighter Future for Women 19BFFW12 
Deferred | 9:30am-2pm | $120 | $50 Concession | $25 Materials | Childcare Available
Your Next Step: Learn to manage your finances, build confidence, discover untapped skills, small business ideas plus personal and professional development.

iPads and Digital Devices 19DIGIBUS 
Deferred | 9:30am-12pm | $75 | $50 Concession | $25 Materials | Childcare Available
Your Next Step: Learn the latest applications "apps", reach and engage your target audience, further your opportunities in employment


Yoga for Everyone                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day: Tuesday | 16 July - 17 September 2019 | 7pm-8pm | $150 | B.Y.O Matt and Towel 

Our yoga class with Briony is ideal for beginners that choose to ease into yoga and not turn yourself into a pretzel.  Gentle movements, stretches and poses will improve your flexibility, core strength and general well being.  Finished with a relaxing meditation, this class is the perfect way to end your day.

Dru Yoga  
Day: Monday | 15 July - 16 September 2019 | 9:15am-10:30am | $150 | B.Y.O Matt and Towel
Dru Yoga with Angie is a graceful form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation.  This positive, relaxing and
meditative yoga will bring your body into alignment.  What a wonderful way to start the week!

Day: Monday | 15 July - 12 August 2019 | 9:30am-10:30am | $60 | B.Y.O Towel and Drink Bottle                          
Teena wants to share her love of dance with you and if you are part of her class she will not stop until she teaches you how to feel free with the music. Zumba is more like a dance party than a workout and there is absolutely no pressure in Teena's class.  Get fit, have fun and let yourself go!

 Seniors Fitness Class
Day: Tuesday | Time: 10:15am-11am | Cost: $8 per session
In chair exercises to assist with strength, mobility and flexibility.  Improve your posture, coordination and balance with our qualified trainer, Mary, who specialises in seniors fitness, you are in safe hands.


Basic Floral Care and Tips
Day: Thursday | 1 & 8 August 2019 | 7pm-9pm | $75 | Materials included
Week 1: Marli will teach you to arrange cut flowers into a vase and then shorten them into a beautiful posy.  Week 2: You will create a floral arrangement into base, vase or ceramic pot plus discover tips on environmentally friendly floristry.  

Preserved Flower Wreath Workshop
Day: Thursday | 9 September 2019 | 7pm-9pm | $35 | Materials included
Learn how to create gorgeous preserved flower arrangements with trained Florist, Marli, in this two hour workshop.  Perfect for your home or a special gift.  *Enrol and pay for this workshop with a friend and receive 5% off the normal price!

Day: Friday | 30 August 2019 | 10am-1pm | $40 | Materials included
Macrame is back!  Lynn will teach you how to create a stunning plant hanger for home.  It's also a great gift idea.  Easy to follow directions with Lynn will make this workshop fun while you learn this crafty new skill.

Beeswax Wraps and Candle Workshop
Day: Saturday | 31 August 2019 | 2pm-4pm | $50 | Materials included
Beeswax wraps are a versatile food wrap system that keeps food fresh longer without using plastic wrap.  This is a stylish way to carry your food and ensure its freshness without costing the earth...literally.  Make candles for fun, to start a new hobby or take it further to beginning a new business.  Let Holly show you just how easy it is.