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.  

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.

ACFE Government Funded Courses at Japara

iPad and Other Digital Devices for Business | Friday 22nd February - 29th March, 2019 | 10am-12pm | $75 | $50 Concession | $25 Materials                          
Learn to use applications to take notes, set reminders, and access the internet, capture images and use social media to its full potential. Information on ensuring devices are updated and the latest applications available will be included.

Building a Future for Women (Foundation) | Wednesday 13th February - 3rd April, 2019 | 9:30am-12:30pm | $120 | $50 Concession | $25 Materials
This course is aimed at women in the the community who are seeking employment, a home-based business, volunteering opportunities or figuring out the next step.  Taking ownership of your life and creating change for a brighter future can be daunting form many of us.  Through "Building a Future for Women" you will discover new skills, talents and pathways to employment.

Health and Well-being Classes at Japara
Japara is committed to offering the community programs to help develop health and well being.  We understand that life can be stressful and making time for yourself isn't always on your list of priorities.  Our classes are suited to people of all abilities and our instructors are qualified, experienced and understand that not everyone is at the same level of fitness.  *Japara asks you to bring your own mat, towel and cushion/blanket to each yoga class.
Yoga for Everyone | Tuesday | 6:45pm-7:45pm | Tuesday 5th February - 2nd April, 2019 | $135 | 9 Weeks                                                                            
This program is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy a gentle form of Yoga. Practicing Yoga has great benefits such as better sleep, weight loss, less body aches and pains plus flexibility. Finish off with a relaxing meditation.
Dru Yoga | Monday | 9:15am-10:30am | Monday 11th February - 25th March, 2019 | $90 | 6 Weeks | No Class 11/3/2019 
This is a graceful form of Yoga based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualization.It can help reduce physical tension in the body, increase positive thinking and transform your life in a way that ripples out to benefit all of those around you.

Zumba | Monday | 9:30am-10:30am | Monday 4th February - 1st April, 2019 | $96 | 8 Weeks | No Class 11/3/2019
Zumba is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness moves. Inspired by Latin dance and music, it’s more like a dance party than a workout. 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.  

Arts and Crafts Classes at Japara 
Japara is offering floral arrangement classes with Marli Bloom to give your creative flair a boost.  Please note that all these classes require you to bring along your own hand towel to work on.

Basic Floristry with Marli Bloom | 7pm-9pm | Thursday 21st February - 14th March, 2019 | $207
Learn the basic art of floristry and take home a new arrangement every week in this 4 week course.  From posies to native bouquets.  Tools and materials are supplied and included in the total cost.
Easter Floral Workshop with Marli Bloom | 7pm-9pm | Wednesday 17th April | $50 all inclusive
Create your own Easter arrangement of a posy wrapped in a jar with sweet treats.  What a great gift idea!
Mother's Day Floral Workshop with Marli Bloom | 7pm-9pm | Thursday 9th May, 2019| $55 all inclusive
Make your mum's day by creating a bouquet of flowers with wrapping and ribbon.  Tools and materials are supplied and included in the total cost.