Community Wellbeing Activities

Ballina Shire Council is running a series of FREE community-centred wellbeing activities across Ballina in the months of March, April and May to support community social recovery.  A range of community wellbeing activities are open to all local residents to learn and practice skills to manage stress and anxiety and to build individual wellbeing and positive health outcomes.  

All community members welcome to join the community recovery events, not just those directly impacted by the floods. Come along, learn something new and build new connections. 

If you have any questions, please contact Council's Community Recovery Officers by email communityrecovery@ballina.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 864 444.

These events are supported by the Australian Government and NSW Government through the Community Recovery Program. 

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Sound Meditation

Sunday 28 April 2024
10.30am - 12.30pm
Ballina Scouts Hall, Canal Road, Ballina

Sound meditation is greatly beneficial to people who are and have experienced overwhelm, anxiety and stress in general. Mindfulness brings awareness into the body and the unique pleasant tones and frequency of the sound bath instruments creates coherence in the brain and body, encouraging the body to deeply relax. The sessions include a guided body/somatic meditation, breathwork and then a 'sound bath' using a host of instruments including crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, a gong, chimes and a North American Indian flute. 

Register Here

Sound Meditation

Sunday 28 April 2024
2pm - 4pm
Ballina Scouts Hall, Canal Road, Ballina

Sound meditation is greatly beneficial to people who are and have experienced overwhelm, anxiety and stress in general. Mindfulness brings awareness into the body and the unique pleasant tones and frequency of the sound bath instruments creates coherence in the brain and body, encouraging the body to deeply relax. The sessions include a guided body/somatic meditation, breathwork and then a 'sound bath' using a host of instruments including crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, a gong, chimes and a North American Indian flute. 

Register Here

Creative Compassion

Wednesday 1 May 2024
9.30am - 12noon
Northlakes Community Centre, 1 Mulloway Place, Ballina

Women are invited to learn the art of creative self-compassion through mindfulness and art. This program has been designed and facilitated by a qualified Social Worker. There will be an opportunity for women to connect and enjoy lunch and refreshments.  

Bookings essential
Register by 24 April 2024

Call Jess on 0490 427 557 or email worth@norwacs.org.au

Introduction to Meditation

Thursday 2 May 2024
7.30 - 8.30pm ONLINE

Have you ever been curious to try mindfulness and not known where to start? Join this brief introductory session to learn what mindfulness or meditation is, the different styles, the benefits, before trying a short guided meditation.

Register Here

Auslan Choir

8 week program starting 7 May 2024
6 - 7pm ONLINE

Ballina Shire Council is supporting 11 people to join the Sprung Dance Theatre’s Auslan Choir for FREE. Connect with community, and learn and practice Auslan (the Australian Sign Language of the Deaf community) through the expressive art of sign-singing. Led by Deaf creative Tallula Bourne and supported by Auslan performer/interpreter Alison Toft, expect to tap into your inner superstar as you express yourself within the magic of a 3D visual language.  Register by 30 April 2024. 

Register Here

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Burnout: Prevention and Recovery Essentials Workshop

Wednesday 8 May 2024
Details TBA

Register Here

Together Community Arts and Wellbeing Day

Saturday 11 May 2024
10am - 1pm
Northern Rivers Community Gallery and Ignite Studios, 44 Cherry Street, Ballina

A half-day of culture, creativity and connection, with a range of creative workshops and immersive activities on offer.  Accessible and free to attend for kids of all ages, their grownups, and the extended community. More information coming soon.

FREE to attend
No registration required
For enquiries contact: nrcg@ballina.nsw.gov.au
or phone 6681 0530

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Crafting and Caring with Koalas

Sunday 19 May 2024
1pm - 5pm
Richmond Room, 5 Regatta Ave, Ballina
Join in on a day of Koalas, wellbeing, crafting and conversations. Learn about Council's koala initiatives, practice mindfulness strategies. Design your own koala-themed screen printed canvas bag, crochet a koala or build a clay koala. All welcome and kid-friendly!
Afternoon tea provided. 

All welcome

Register Here

Mindful Healing

6 week program starting Tuesday 21 May 2024
9.30am - 11.30am
Jullum Room, Ballina Surf Club, East Ballina

This specialised program has been designed by a Registered Psychologist for women in the Northern Rivers to learn the art of mindfulness during times of trauma. Suitable for all women over 16 years including service providers, volunteers and community members. 

Bookings essential
Contact Sonja on 0491 769 285 or email worth@norwacs.org.au

Empowered Self Defence Workshop for Women

Saturday 25 May 2024
9am - 4pm
Ballina CWA Hall, 236 River Street, Ballina

A trauma-informed workshop created by women for women and girls to develop easy-to-use techniques such as awareness, assertiveness, and verbal confrontation skills in combination with safety strategies and physical techniques to prevent, resist, and escape unsafe situations. This workshop takes a strengths-based approach focusing on empowerment rather than fear.  Morning and afternoon tea breaks plus healthy lunch included.  

Register Here

Sound Meditation

Sunday 26 May 2024
10.30am - 12.30pm
Ballina Scouts Hall, Canal Road, Ballina

Sound meditation is greatly beneficial to people who are or have experienced overwhelm, anxiety and stress in general. Mindfulness brings awareness into the body and the unique pleasant tones and frequency of the sound bath instruments creates coherence in the brain and body, encouraging the body to deeply relax. The sessions include a guided body/somatic meditation, breathwork and then a 'sound bath' using a host of instruments including crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, a gong, chimes and a North American Indian flute. 

Register Here

Creative Compassion

Tuesday 11 June 2024
9.30am - 12noon
St Patrick's Church, 50 Richmond Street, Wardell

Women are invited to learn the art of creative self-compassion through mindfulness and art. This program has been designed and facilitated by a qualified Social Worker. There will be an opportunity for women to connect and enjoy lunch and refreshments.  

Bookings essential
Register by 31 May 2024

Call Jess on 0490 427 557 or email worth@norwacs.org.au


 

 

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