8 week mindfulness course (Fully booked)
Mar
25
to May 20

8 week mindfulness course (Fully booked)

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I’m co-facilitating an 8 week mindfulness course at the Victoria University Psychology Clinic.

The course is free and starts next week, Monday 25th of March 5:30-6:30pm.

This course will be co-facilitated by Josh a fellow Provisional psychologist, we will be practicing and exploring different mindfulness techniques and the evidence behind how they work.

If you’re interested in joining or would like more information you can email me at belcherannie@gmail.com

More information on education and therapy groups run through the Victoria University Psychology Clinic can be found here.

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SOLD OUT - Riverdale Retreat
Mar
29
to Mar 31

SOLD OUT - Riverdale Retreat

This retreat will be held on the unceded Country of the Wurundjeri people. The retreat venue - Riverdale - is nestled along the river, amongst the mountains and gums of the Yarra ranges. 

This retreat is intended to provide a relaxing, spacious weekend away - and for those who would like to - a more critical and thorough exploration of your relationship to yoga. The retreat will involve four hatha/vinyasa style yoga classes, a restorative/yin class and guided reflection and meditation. In addition, Lauren Gower and Fi Belcher will facilitate a critical engagement at the intersection of race, colonisation and yoga, through questions, conversation and practice on Wurundjeri Country.

Tickets can be bought here.

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The Art Of Community
Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

The Art Of Community

A conversation about what art can (and can’t) do in a colonised society.

This discussion will explore the role of art in communities and whether it has the capacity to change systems, structures and colonised worldviews.

Todd Fernando is a descendant of the Wiradjuri peoples and a PhD candidate specialising in medical anthropology with the Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne. His academic interest is in Indigenous queer theory, health policy, racial literacy, whiteness studies, and Indigenous global politics. 

Neika Lehman lives in Narrm, working as an artist, writer and educator. She is current co-editor of un Magazine alongside Maddee Clark. Neika grew up on muwinina country and descends from the trawlwoolway peoples of North-East Tasmania. 

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh freelance writer, curator and educator living in Narrm. Maddee’s work has appeared in Overland, Next Wave Festival, NITV, Artlink, and the collection Colouring the Rainbow: Black Queer and Trans Perspectives.

The panellists will discuss these ideas and questions in relation to their own work as artists, curators, educators and writers.

More information can be found on the Community Psychology Facebook page

Tickets can be found here.

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SOLD OUT - Yoga retreat in the Otways
Oct
26
to Oct 28

SOLD OUT - Yoga retreat in the Otways

A yoga retreat at the beautiful King Parrot Event Centre.

The retreat will involve yoga: Hatha/vinyasa, meditation (by Annie) and yin (by Tony O'loughlin), all meals (by Paolo Arlotta) and the main attraction - the Otway National Park. 

As well as about 10 hours of yoga practice*, the retreat will also provide time for walking, reading, swimming (King Parrot has a salt water pool!) or chatting to fellow retreat-goers. 

*All optional/adjustable. If your “yoga” looks different to someone else’s that is fine! 

Bookings can be found here: https://www.trybooking.com/VVKY 

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Communication In Yoga
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Communication In Yoga

Communication in Yoga

The intended and unintended consequences of the words we use.

In this workshop Bill and Annie will look at language and communication in the yoga sphere.

This workshop looks at the nature of pain from a contemporary perspective. From a thorough understanding of the neuroscience of pain it then wanders through the history of posture and looks at research on how words are interpreted and what they can mean to a student and how they influence an individuals beliefs about their body.

Aimed at teachers, the goal of the workshop is to help teachers understand the impact of the words they use and how their communication with students can enhance or detract the students perception of themselves.

*It isn't just theory, the workshop also includes a practical class and an encouragement for discussion, as well as bad jokes being layered throughout.

Bookings can be found here. Spaces are limited to 15 people.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who works with bodies and is interested in the impact their language has on people.

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Communication in Yoga  - The intended and unintended impact of the words we use.
Sep
1
2:00 PM14:00

Communication in Yoga - The intended and unintended impact of the words we use.

In this workshop Bill and Annie will look at language and communication in the yoga sphere.

Bill - Lecturer of Communication to RMIT Osteopathy students & President of Osteopathy Australia -  will provide background on the impact of communication on people's perceptions of how their bodies work, analyse the nature of pain, placebo/nocebo and how language affects them. 

From that platform, with Annie's guidance, attendees will then workshop what this looks like in the yoga industry and explore how we could make yoga more accessible and beneficial through our language choices.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who works with bodies and is interested in the impact their language has on people.

Bookings can be found here.

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Meditation Intensive
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Meditation Intensive

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This module is part of Gertrude Street Yoga's 300 hour advanced Teacher training

This 25 Hour Meditation Intensive is an opportunity to explore a diverse range of meditation techniques, further develop your own meditation practice, and investigate the benefits of meditation in a contemporary context. Our approach is to offer simple and practical practices, techniques, and methods in order to make meditation accessible and enjoyable.

Taught by a diverse group of Gertrude Street Yoga teachers (Uma Spender, Annie Belcher, Maud Léger, and Jaspah Marques) this weekend will include:

  • Vedic meditation practices and techniques
  • Mindfulness meditation practices and techniques
  • Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices and techniques
  • Recollective Awareness practices and techniques
  • Exploration of the scientific benefits of a meditation practice
  • Discussion around the intersection of meditation and modern psychology
  • Key principals and practical methods for cultivating your own meditation practice as well as guiding others.


In addition to the hours during the weekend, this training includes 3 hours of pre reading as well as a 1 hour post completion meditation requirement (either leading a meditation or a home practice) with a written reflection to be turned in.

This Intensive is suitable for meditation enthusiasts, yoga teachers, or anyone aspiring to learn more about meditation for the purpose of their own practice or leading others.

*This Intensive is part of our 300 Hour Teacher Training

Investment: $320 | $256 for GSY Members

Further information and bookings here.

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 Exploring Pain - In Theory and Practice
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Exploring Pain - In Theory and Practice

Our society often has an unhelpful relationship with pain - We see it as something to fight and avoid at all costs.

But what if pain is a useful evolutionary tool that has helped humans evolve for millions of years?

From the perspective of osteopathy, yoga and psychology, this workshop will explore the scientific basis of pain. Use yoga to explore the sensation of pain and give attendees some tools to work with pain in the future.


This workshop is suitable for:

People that have pain, people that work with people in pain or people that are nerds that would like to know more. 

Our one request is that if you have been diagnosed with chronic pain or fibromyalgia please let us know before the workshop as we will slightly alter the layout of the workshop, and keep your information confidential


Bill Adamson
Is an Osteopath at Errol St Osteo North Melbourne, a Director of Osteopathy Australia, RMIT lecturer, VU Clinical Educator. He is also a loud laugher that has been described as a baby giraffe learning how to walk on a yoga mat.


Annie Belcher
Is a yoga instructor, also trained in the arts of psychology, social impact and facilitation that has a passion for movement. Annie's ideal asana would include a cryptic crossword, a quiz and cake.

More information and bookings here. 

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Movement. Music. Meditation.
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Movement. Music. Meditation.

Movement,

Music,

Meditation,

Are all vibrations at different wavelengths.

 

Aarti Jadu and Annie Belcher, along with Matthew Hayes.

 

Annie will lead movement (asana) and meditation.

Aarti + Matthew will provide sound and silence.

 

Annie, Aarti + Matt are interested in exploring movement, sound, stillness and silence.

 

They’re intending to create an enjoyable, relaxing, moving, perhaps thought and feel-provoking experience.

 

AKA Studios. East Brunswick.

Bookings and more information can be found here.

Concession $30

Full $35

 

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SOLD OUT - Autumn Yoga Retreat
Apr
13
to Apr 15

SOLD OUT - Autumn Yoga Retreat

A weekend in autumnal Daylesford to relax and have some space to move, to think, to be out of the city.

The retreat includes 4 yoga sessions (vinyasa yoga, meditation and restorative yoga), accommodation and all meals. 

Shoshannah and Annie intend to facilitate a weekend that is relaxing, comforting and nourishing. Whether your yoga practice is just beginning, or you have a lot of experience, we welcome all participants to spend time away to explore, enquire and to practice yoga, whatever form that may take.

Potawatomi ethnobotanist Robin Wall Kimmerer suggests that in Potawatomi culture plants are seen as teachers, the holders of knowledge: there are many lessons in the trees. We will work from this knowledge alongside a range of prompts to consider what it means to practice yoga at this time of seasonal change. There will be space for walking, reading, journalling, being by yourself, chatting, and sitting by the fire place in Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Chef and friend Paolo Arlotta from Chefs Of Yoga will be catering the retreat. 

Bookings can be found here.

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Introduction to Inversions
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Inversions

Many of us enjoy and keep coming back to yoga - feeling strong and being able to move in a wide range of directions with ease feels good and can provide a feeling of control and agency. 

Like any movement discipline it can be enjoyable to learn new poses, techniques and skills - and sometimes playing is just fun!

In this workshop we will explore what movements may be useful to warm up into inversions, how and where to build strength, ways to support the shapes and techniques that may make the poses easier. 

The poses we will work with are:
- Head stand (the various variations)
- Shoulder stand
- Viparita Karani
- Wall T stand
- Dolphin

Find bookings and more information here. 

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Introduction to Arm Balances
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Arm Balances

Many of us enjoy and keep coming back to yoga - feeling strong and being able to move in a wide range of directions with ease feels good and can provide a feeling of control and agency. 

Like any movement discipline it can be enjoyable to learn new poses, techniques and skills - and sometimes playing is just fun!

In this workshop we will explore what movements may be useful to warm up into arm balances, how and where to build strength, ways to support the shapes and techniques that may make the poses easier. 

The poses we will work with are:
- Crow, crane (Bakasana)
- Side crow (Parsva Bakasana)
- Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
- 8 Angle pose (Astavakrasana).
 

More information and bookings can be found here.

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SOLD OUT - Coastal Retreat
Feb
16
to Feb 18

SOLD OUT - Coastal Retreat

A weekend down the coast with yoga, walking and swimming. 

Summer in Port Campbell is lovely so I want to squeeze in another retreat while it’s still warm and before uni takes up all of my time.

The retreat includes: 6.5 hours of yoga (vinyasa, restorative, meditation and journalling), 2 brunches, lunch and dinner. There are five spots available with accommodation and five without. 

The weekend is intended to be an opportunity to get out of town and enjoy Port Campbell national park. Between the yoga classes and the meals there is space to do what you would like to do whether that be reading, swimming, walking chatting. 

Tickets can be bought here.

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Yoga Class
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga Class

Last class of the year!

Because our beloved Gertrude Street Yoga Studio is closed for renovations December 16th-31st, I'm running an extra class at The Neighbourhood clinic Wednesday 20th December 6-7:30pm. 

$17 Concession. $20 Full price. 

I’m away for Christmas and New Year, I'll be back teaching Wednesday 24th of January. Enjoy the summer break!

Mats are at the studio.

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Yoga For Community
Nov
26
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga For Community

A monthly not-for-profit yoga class where 50% of the donations go towards different organisations.

Join me for a 75 minute yoga class followed by chai, cake and chats (supplied). 

The class is about inclusivity and acceess therefore it is a pay as you feel class.

All props are provided.

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SOLD OUT - Port Campbell Coastal Yoga Retreat
Nov
17
to Nov 19

SOLD OUT - Port Campbell Coastal Yoga Retreat

It’s starting to warm up in November so I thought it was a good time to get out of the city and hang out in the small coastal town - Port Campbell and do yoga with ocean views. 

The retreat will include meditation, vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, ocean swims, walks, time for reading, writing, hanging out, quizzes etc. 

All meals and classes included. 

Transport not included. 

Prices:

  • Including accommodation (single bed) $360
  • Including accommodation (queen bed shared - good to book with a friend) $300. Or if you would like the queen bed with ensuite to yourself book both tickets. 
  • Not including accommodation $280
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Yoga For Community
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga For Community

A monthly not-for-profit yoga class where 50% of the donations go towards different organisations.

Join me for a 75 minute yoga class followed by chai, cake and chats (supplied). 

The class is about inclusivity and acceess therefore it is a pay as you feel class.

All props are provided.

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Yoga For Community
Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga For Community

A monthly not-for-profit yoga class where 50% of the donations go towards different organisations.

This month donations will go towards the #Letthemstay campaign. That is, for people seeking safety who are affecting by the change in visa laws.

Join me for a 75 minute yoga class followed by chai, cake and chats (supplied). 

The class is about inclusivity and acceess therefore it is a pay as you feel class.

All props are provided.

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Yoga For Community
Aug
27
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga For Community

A monthly not-for-profit yoga class where 50% of the donations go towards different organisations.

Join me for a 75 minute yoga class followed by chai, cake and chats (supplied). 

The class is about inclusivity and acceess therefore it is a pay as you feel class.

All props are provided.

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Progressions
Aug
13
12:00 PM12:00

Progressions

This class will be similar to an advanced asana class. 

Everyone is welcome - Whether you want the time and space to push yourself a bit further, or whether you would like the space to learn how to enter more difficult poses. 

If you are on a membership or introductory offer this class is included! If not, normal class prices apply. 

Bookings can be made here: http://www.gertrudestreetyoga.com.au/timetable/

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Exploring Pain - In Theory and Practice
Jul
9
12:00 PM12:00

Exploring Pain - In Theory and Practice

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Our society often has an unhelpful relationship with pain - We see it as something to fight and avoid at all costs.

But what if pain is an amazing evolutionary tool that has helped humans evolve for millions of years?

From the perspective of osteopathy, yoga and psychology, this workshop will explore the scientific basis of pain, use yoga to explore the sensation of pain and give attendees some tools to work with pain in the future.

This workshop is suitable for everyone, whether you are in pain yourself, work with people in pain or are just interested in what pain is and how it works.

Bill Adamson

Is an Osteopath at Errol St Osteo North Melbourne, a Director of Osteopathy Australia, a personal trainer and pilates trained. He is also a loud laugher that has been described as a baby giraffe learning how to walk on a yoga mat.

Annie Belcher

Is a yoga instructor, also trained in the arts of psychology, social impact and facilitation that has a passion for movement. Annie's ideal asana would include a cryptic crossword, a quiz and cake.

Bookings and information here.

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Blindfolded Yoga Workshop
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Blindfolded Yoga Workshop

Pratyahara or 'withdrawal of the senses' is the fifth element among the Eight limbs of yoga described by Patanjali. By removing sight, a blind folded class lets you explore the practice from within. Eliminating external distractions creates a quiet, calm space for reflection. Find space to disentangle yourself from outside input and consider ways of being from a different perspective.
The class will involve 1.5 hours of asana, finishing with meditation and an opportunity to journal. All welcome!

Investment: $30 (20% discount for Members)

Book here: http://www.gertrudestreetyoga.com.au/blindfolded-yoga-workshop/

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Yoga With Purpose - An International Fundraiser
Jun
19
to Jun 25

Yoga With Purpose - An International Fundraiser

This June 19th-25th, in line with International Yoga Day and World Refugee Week we are facilitating an international fundraiser for The Global Women’s Project.

 

We're asking that you support this initiative by running a donation-based class during the week 19th-25th June.

 

To provide you with some context, after the Nepal earthquakes in April and May 2015, a fellow yoga teacher who some of you may know, Katie Amrita, ran a similar fundraiser, "Yoga For Nepal", which raised an impressive $22,000+ for earthquake relief. Throughout Australia and East Timor 62 yoga teachers and 47 studios came together to donate their time and spaces for free and the money raised through these donation-based classes was donated to two organisations, one of which was The Global Women's Project. 

 

The Global Women's Project were in Nepal at the time of the earthquakes, and in the weeks and months following provided direct relief to over 65,000 people. They also set up a shelter providing shelter, support and care for 178 pregnant women and new mothers displaced by the earthquakes, and roughly 400 of their family members, including their newborns over a 12 month period.

 

Over the last two years, they have continued to support women in Nepal, and are currently supporting over 1300 women to access skills, resources and networks through three rural Women's Hubs.

 

Working in partnership with local women-led organisations. The Global Women's Project is currently raising funds to launch a new entrepreneurship, business development and leadership program for women in Nepal, through the Women's Hubs they support. 

 

The funds raised through Yoga With Purpose will go towards this new program, ensuring women in Nepal continue to have access to the tools they need to rebuild their lives, to achieve financial independence and everything that comes with that - greater choice, control and self-determination.

 

The current project "Yoga with Purpose" will use the same model as "Yoga for Nepal" to raise money for the Global Women's Project's new program. Additionally, in line with International Yoga Day and World Refugee Week we are hoping to emphasise the corporate responsibility of the yoga industry and the responsibility and possibilities that come with having a public platform. 

 

If you would like to participate in this initiative visit www.anniebelcher.com.au and register through the online form  Once you are registered I will be in touch with more information, posters and shareable social graphics to help you promote your classes to your students!

 

A list of registered classes can be found here

 

For more information on The Global Women’s Project, visit www.theglobalwomensproject.com.au, and follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/theglobalwomensproject), Instagram (www.instagram.com/globalwomensproject) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/gwomensproject).

 

Thanks in advance for your involvement!

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Yoga for Community
May
28
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga for Community

A monthly not-for-profit yoga class where 50% of the donations go towards different organisations.

Join me for a 75 minute yoga class followed by chai, cake and chats (supplied). 

The class is about inclusivity and acceess therefore it is a pay as you feel class.

All props are provided.

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SOLD OUT - Coastal Yoga Retreat
May
12
to May 14

SOLD OUT - Coastal Yoga Retreat

Port Campbell coastal yoga retreat. 

This retreat will include 7 hours of yoga (asana and meditation) over 2 days, lots of local nourishing food, board games, quizzes, tea, coastal walks and swimming. There is also kyaking, snorkelling and surfing if you so desire. 

The accommodation is opposite the beach, a perfect spot for reading, writing, chatting, sunset/ocean watching.. And the yoga space also overlooks the ocean. 

There are only 8 spots available. To book a spot email me at belcherannie@gmail.com

Cost: $320. Includes all yoga, food and accommodation. Transport not included. 
Booking requires payment in full.

For more information go to my Facebook page.

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