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.

Autumn 2018 Program & Activity Guide (click here to view)

Learn Local Pre-accredited Classes

iPads/Tablets for Beginners: This is an excellent short course for those who are new to using a digital device.  Learn how to email, save photos, send photos, social media, file saving and much more.   Tuesday | 6 March-24 April | 1pm-3pm

Short Courses & Social Groups

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 April - 26 June | 6:45pm-7:45pm | $110 | BYO matt and towel.  *Spaces are limited so get in early*

Dru Yoga: Dru 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 | 7 May - 28 May | 9:15am-10:30am | $48 | BYO Mat and 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.  23 & 30 April plus 7 & 14 May | $48 for 4 weeks

Mosaic for Beginners: Unleash your creative flair with colour, tiles, glass and clay.  Cutting & placement, grouting and finishing.  Recycling and reusing everyday items for your home or garden.  Wednesday | 2 May - 6 June | 10am-12pm | $100 | All Materials Provided

Crafty Creatures: A new craft group has joined Japara!  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.

Advanced Philosophy: Explore issues such as the causes and nature of things, the principles governing existence, the material universe and human behaviour.  T uesday | 7.00pm - 9.00pm | Gold Coin Donation

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.