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 the Living & Learning Centre 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.

If you are interested in learning more about the courses, workshops or social groups held at Japara, our course flyers are a great place to start. The links listed below will take you there. Of course, you are welcome to contact us any time with questions, we are always happy to speak with you.

Winter/Spring Program and Activity Guide 2018 (click here to view)

Learn Local Pre accredited Classes 

Building a Future for Women 18BFFWAR34
August 13, 2018 (11 weeks with School Term Break) | 10am-1pm | $50 per person | This course is aimed at women in the community who are seeking employment, a home-based business, volunteering opportunities or figuring out their next step.  Through this course you will discover new skills, talents and pathways to employment and building your confidence.  Topics will include Learning to manage your finances, discovering untapped skills and creation of a professional resume, small business ideas and personal + professional development.  Please see Featured Course page for more information.

Funded Courses Commencing Next Season
Introduction to Business Administration - Understand skills and knowledge of OH&S, office procedures and creating business documents plus so much more. 
Introduction to Digital Photography - Learn the basics of digital photography for personal or professional use.  In today's world of social media, business and personal websites plus networking sites, imagery is part and parcel of promoting yourself or your product.
iPad Refresher Course - Get the latest updates for your digital device.  Stay connected and maintain your skills.

Japara Classes & Programs

Health and Wellbeing

Japara is focused on providing the community with classes and programs that promote good health and wellbeing.  Stress and anxiety is a large cause of ill health both physically and mentally.  Taking an hour out of your week to feed your soul with relaxation techniques, along with like-minded people can be a wonderful way to get you through the daily stresses of life.  

Yoga for Everyone: Under the gentle guidance and instruction of Kym Kitto, this yoga class is ideal for beginners, so you don't have to turn yourself into a pretzel.  The benefits of yoga can be life changing so if you have always wanted to do yoga but have been hesitant this program is ideal for you.  Tuesday | 17 July - 18 September | 6:45pm-7:45pm | $120 | BYO matt and towel.  *Spaces are limited so get in early*

Dru Yoga: Dru Yoga is a graceful form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. Set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit to rejuvenate your whole being. Monday 23 July - 13 August | 9:15am-10:30am | $48 per person | B.Y.O. Matt, blanket and cushion.

Qigong: This practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinate with slow stylised repetitions of fluid movements and a calm mindful state.  Qigong is believed to help develop our potential, allowing access to higher realms of awareness, awakening and one's true nature.  Monday 30 July - 3 September | 6:30pm-7:30pm | $72 per person | B.Y.O towel

Zumba with Teena: "I don't care if your young, old, overweight, underweight, in a wheelchair or need a chair!  I want to share my love of dance with the room and if you are part of my class I won't stop until I teach you how to feel free with the music.   Our first class commences on Monday 16 July to 13 August (5 weeks) | 9:30am-10:30am | Cost: $60 at commencement of first class OR $15 at commencement of first class for casual participants.  Second class commences 20 August - 17 September (5 weeks) | 9:30am-10:30am | Cost as above.  *Occasional Care is available at $5 per child/per hour during the class.  Please note that this discount is only available to Zumba participants .

Arts and Crafts

We have a number of social groups that meet at Japara to work on crafty projects.  The days and times vary providing you with plenty of options to suit.  These craft groups are facilitated by members of the group.

Crochet for Beginners Workshop: Local artist, Beth Turley from Carmah Designs will be teaching beginners crochet workshops at Japara.  Learn to crochet a scarf this winter, you will love it!  Monday 23 July | 10am-12pm 

Crafty Creatures: These crafty creatures of the east meet each fortnight at Japara to work on craft projects and socialise over light refreshments. Wednesday | 7pm-9:30pm | $5 per session | Enrolments Essential 

Sisters in Stitchers: These lovely ladies will be meeting at Japara every 1st Monday of the month with a bit of knitting, embroidery, sewing and all things crafty. Monday | 7:30pm-9:30pm | $5 per session | Enrolments Essential

Japara Stitchers:  Meet every 4th Tuesday of the month enjoying sewing, knitting and crafty projects.  Tea & coffee provided. Tuesday |  12:30-3pm | $5 per session | Enrolments Essential.

Social Groups

Cultural Diversity Group: Join this Italian/English social group for Bingo, light refreshments, monthly lunches/outings and lots of socialising | Fridays | 12.30pm - 4.00pm | $2 per session  

Kilsyth Senior Citizens: Bingo, socialising, card games, day outings and much more. Tuesdays | 11.00am - 2.30pm | $2 per session                                       

Our courses offer an intimate learning space that is open to everyone. We engage with facilitators and trainers who are highly qualified and skilled in their area, and who are great teachers. At Japara, our aim is for you to enjoy your learning experience as much as you enjoy learning.  

Do you have an idea for a course, program or workshop not currently on offer? Please contact us to discuss your ideas – we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to help our community connect and grow.