This unique 4-week journey at the WAYSIDE helps explore the hidden corners of yourself. Unpack what it means to be of service in community. Become clearer on your purpose and motivation for giving your valuable self up in the name of service. What drives you personally? Through conscious examination, make your impulse to serve, result in sustainable positive change.

This series of workshops will have you on the yoga mat, in conversation, and in community. On the final session we end on a high and come together over a sit-down dinner and a special panel discussion themed by Rev. Graham Long.

  • Workshop 1– Leaving your legacy  “Are we being good ancestors?” Jonas Salk

    What do we want to leave behind? Why are we so keen to imprint on the way humanity moves forward? Explore how we can set out to be of service with a strong sense of purpose, intelligence and inquiry into our own process and efficacy It is enough to be of service, but how might we make this service as sustainable and conscious as possible so it will have both longevity and effect? During this workshop we examine our personal motivations using Stephanie Snyder’s simple distinction between ‘Filling in the gaps and Sharing the joy’.

    Facilitator – Cate Peterson – Yoga teacher – Eileen Hall, Yoga Moves Sydney

    We invite you to join us for a light dinner and further chat somewhere local.

    It’s 3:23 in the morning, and I’m awake
    because my great, great, grandchildren won’t -let -me -sleep.
    My great, great, grandchildren ask me in dreams
    what did you do, while the planet was plundered?
    what did you do, when the earth was unravelling?
    surely you did something when the seasons started failing
    as the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying?
    did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
    what did you do

    Drew Dellinger

  • Workshop 2 – One Heart, One People – No us and them

    ‘Today, as the world becomes smaller and smaller, the concept of “us” and “them” is almost outdated. If our interests existed independently of those of others, then it would be possible to have a complete winner and a complete loser, but since in reality we all depend on one another, our interests and those of others are very interconnected.’ Dali Lama

    Interconnectedness is the key to community and the cure to social isolation. Tonight’s exploration of what it is to be ‘other’ will inform the way you approach your life of service.  This weeks popcorn discussion includes us all in an exploration of the exclusion zones beyond community and how best to be of service.

    Brought to us by The Yoga Foundation, who deliver a growing yoga program to Sydney’s homeless. We have invited them to share their vision and stories with us.

    We invite you to join us for a light dinner and further chat somewhere local.

    Facilitator – Cate Peterson – Guest speaker – Jessica Hobbson, The Yoga Foundation, Yoga teacher – Moria Medcals

  • Workshop 3 – Fixing, helping and true service – Delving into self-worth and generous listening

    “Serving is different from helping. Helping is based on inequality; it is not a relationship between equals. When you help, you use your own strength to help those of lesser strength. If I’m attentive to what’s going on inside of me when I’m helping, I find that I am always helping someone who is not as strong as I am, who is needier than I am. People feel this inequality. When we help we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them; we diminish their self esteem, their sense of worth, integrity, and wholeness. Only service heals.” Rachel Naomi Ramen, In Service of life

    Being present and generous. This week’s session invites us to feel into our sense of self-worth, how we move and act in ways that give our lives meaning, purpose and flow. We examine how being of service lands in our body, mind and souls.

    Following the yoga practice, we will break into small group/paired conversations and drill down into hard to answer questions about our own personal motivation for service.

    We invite you to join us for a light dinner and further chat somewhere local.

    Brought to us by Front Line Yoga, who foster community and resilience for those in the front-line occupations. We have invited them to share their learnings.

    Facilitator – Cate Peterson – Guest Speaker and yoga teacher – Kate O’Donoghue, Frontine Yoga Inc.

  • Workshop 4  Thursday 29 Sept – Service – the way to life  (including Dinner and discussion panel hosted by Graham Long)

    ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Winston Churchill

    Workshop summary

    From thoughts to action. From actions back to thought. Ripening the mind of service. Tonight’s deep practice and exposure to the philosophical enquiry of those who have given their lives to be of service helps us pick the fruit and discern the lessons from the investment of our own time in this field of endeavor.

    Tonight we engage in the deep practice of Tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist meditative practice which translates as giving or sending and taking or receiving.  We end on a high and come together over a sit-down dinner and a special panel discussion themed by Rev. Graham Long and allowing us to engage in philosophical enquiry of those who have given their lives to be of service in varying fields of endeavor.

    An integral part of yoga is meditation and tonight we practice Tonglen and explore the mind of service. Tonglen is Tibetan for ‘giving and taking’ (or sending and receiving), and refers to a meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Facilitator – Cate Peterson – Guided Tonglen mediation –  Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari

    Panel hosted by Graham Long – guest panelist to be confirmed.

Venue: The Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St, Potts Point
Time: 4x2 hrs sessions from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Tickets: $180 pp (for 4 weeks including sit-down dinner on the final night)
Individual classes: $55 each pp

Presenters include:

  • Cate Peterson, Off The Mat, Into The World Australia
  • Eileen Hall, Yoga Moves
  • Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari
  • Kate O’Donoghue, Frontline Yoga
  • Jessica Hobson and Moria Medcalf, The Yoga Foundation
  • Rev. Graham Long, CEO & Pastor, The Wayside Chapel