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.  2018 Spring/Summer Program and Activity Guide now available for view.

Health and Wellbeing

Yoga for Everyone
Yoga classes are a great place to work on your alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing Yoga while building strength and flexibility. Tuesday 9 Oct-10 Dec 2018 | 6:45pm-7:45pm | $96 | Please bring your own yoga mat and towel 

Dru Yoga
Dru Yoga is a graceful form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. Monday 15 Oct-10 Dec 2018 | 9:15am-10:30am | $120 | Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket and cushion. *No class on Monday 9 November.

Zumba  “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. 
Monday 1 Oct-29 Oct 2018 (5 weeks) | 9:30am-10:30am | $60 paid prior to commencement |  $15 casual as you go.  
Monday 12 Nov-10 Dec 2018 (5 weeks) | 9:30am-10:30am | $60 paid prior to commencement | $15 casual as you go.

Arts and Crafts 

Floral Workshops with MARLI BLOOM

Christmas Wreath Workshop  
Make your own wreath for Christmas.Learn up-to-date techniques that you can use over & over again or make your own Christmas gift. BYO hand towel. Monday 10 December | 7-9pm | $55

Social Groups 

Crafty Chicks: Bring your own materials and create your own projects with this crafty bunch of chicks. Tuesday 16 Oct-18 Dec |7.30-9.30pm

Advanced Philosophy: Get philosophical with this social group of deep thinkers. Tuesday 9 Oct-4 Dec | 7-9pm

Japara Stitchers: Meet every 4th Tuesday of the month from 12:30-3pm.Only $5 per session with tea & coffee provided.*Enrolments Essential

Cultural Diversity Group: Join this social afternoon Italian group for activities. Includes monthly lunches and lots of socialising. Fridays 12.30pm-4.00pm | $2 session

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

Sisters in Stitchers: Meeting at Japara every 1st Monday of the Month from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Knitting, embroidery, sewing and all things crafty.Only $5 per person * Enrolments Essential

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

Expressions of Interest Welcome

Macramé: Do you remember making friendship bracelets out of cotton thread when you were little? Then you were already doing Macramé!  If you are interested in attending a Macrame class at Japara please contact us.

Beeswax Cloth Workshop: The natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage-because good food deserves good care. If you are interested in attending a Beeswax Cloth Workshop class at Japara please contact us.

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.