In the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre

We run a variety of courses which run 2 hours per week for a 6-8 weeks in duration.  You need to enroll for these groups and enrolment is confirmed on payment of the fee. We welcome all women that want to learn about themselves, process issues, grow and develop to enhance you and your families experience of life.  Women that are new to group work are welcome to attend.

Please phone or email to register your name and we will give you bank details for payment.  5692711 or

Enrolments are only confirmed on payment.


Assertiveness for Women

26 July 2017

 7:00 – 9:00pm

Assertiveness for Women

Facilitator: Stephanie Brockman
Course Duration: 6 weeks beginning Wednesday 26th July 2017
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

 Assertiveness is the ability to express yourself and your rights without violating the rights of others.
It is appropriately direct, open, and honest communication that is self-enhancing and expressive.

Acting assertively will give you the opportunity to feel self-confident and will generally gain you the respect of yourself and your peers and friends.

Assertiveness can increase your chances for honest relationships, and help you to feel better about yourself and yourself in everyday situations.



3 August 2017

7:00 – 9:00pm

Meditation for women

Facilitators: Ruth Pink
Course Duration: 6 weeks beginning Thursday 3rd August 2017 
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

Meditation is a simple technique for relaxing and refreshing the mind and body. It empowers us to establish a sense of groundedness and peace in the midst of change and the difficulties of life. Research has shown that meditation can bring about relief for a number of ailments like stress, pain, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to develop mindfulness which supports us to live fuller, more vibrant lives.

Ruth tailors the course to the needs and aspirations of the women who attend, but a primary focus will be to discovering and strengthening a feeling of home within ourselves.

During the six weeks you will also:

• learn some basic meditation techniques,

• explore ways to manage our thoughts and feelings (instead of letting them manage us!),

• discuss ways of living more easefully and more mindfully,

• explore some basic Buddhist principles that support meditation.

The course will include meditation practice, art work, gentle body movements, discussion and sharing. It is suitable for people who are new to meditation and those who are looking to revitalize their practice.

6 minimum for course to commence.

Facilitator bio: Ruth Pink has worked as a writer, counsellor and a celebrant, and has been meditating and studying meditation for more than 23 years. A stressful job brought her to meditation and a serious illness helped her really practice it. Ruth has completed a number of long silent meditation retreats, and has studied with the Venerable Tarchin Hearn, the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, and many other teachers whose wisdom has enriched her life. Ruth weaves together teachings from the Buddha and other spiritual traditions with art, science, and poetry. While seeking to inspire others to change their lives and change their minds, she is also open-hearted, and down to earth.


Self Esteem for Teens

11th May 2017

4:00 – 6:00pm

Self Esteem for Teens

Facilitators: Stephanie Brockman and Amber White
Course Duration: An eight week self esteem course for girls aged 13 to 17 years.
Cost: $20

Do you want:

  • To learn more about yourself?
  • To have fun?
  • To be more confident?
  • To grow in self respect?
  • To grow in self worth?
  • To grow in self esteem?
  • To accept yourself as you are?
  • To develop an understanding and respect of yourself and others?

We’re all different… Who we are, what we like and don’t like, our cultures and our backgrounds. There is no one else quite like you.

Once you accept yourself there is no reason to hold anything back. This is your world, honour it as your own and enjoy it’s gifts.

Resilence Workshop

6 September 2017

 7:00 – 9:00pm

Resilience – The identification and use of resilience in everyday life

Facilitators: Ally Andersun
Course Duration: Six weeks beginning 6th September 2017
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

Resilience is the ability to have difficult feelings, experiences, mistakes, disappointments or loss and to be able to move through them in constructive ways that allows us to maintain our authenticity and grow from the experience.

Resilience is a crucial ingredient in what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to relationship breakup, to carrying on after a national crisis. Resilience can be defined as the capacity to cope and bounce back, in this course participants will identify strategies and techniques to recognise unhelpful ways of being and replace them with a mindset that enhances resilience.
We are all resilient in many ways, and this course will assist in participants connecting with their capacity for resilience.

A person connected to their capacity for resilient person will return to equilibrium after a disturbance.

It does not matter how strong your gravity is, we were always meant to fly.”
― Sarah Kay

“Through suffering, comes wisdom. Through surrender, comes strength. Through resilience, comes hope. Keep going.”
― Rita Said

Understanding the Blues

5th October 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm

Understanding the Blues

Facilitators: Julie Smart
Course Duration: 6 Sessions beginning 5th October 2017
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

This six week course is about finding new skills to move through Depression and Anxiety. With connection, support and gentle encouragement you can find a way out of Depression and Anxiety. This group is a structured educational group.

Is the group for me?
If you have felt hopeless, panicky, tired, fearful or stuck this group may support you to see new possibilities.
This group may also be for you if you have experienced depression and anxiety in your life and you want to break the cycle.

The topics we may cover are;

  • Positivity
  • sleep
  • respecting your body
  • being friendly with feelings
  • making a plan for healing
  • relaxation
  • assertiveness and relationships.

Please note:  Six minimum for course to commence and 10 maximum.


Anger as a Strength

18 October 2017

7:00 – 9:00pm

Anger as a Strength

Facilitators: Ally Andersun
Course Duration: A six-week course beginning 18th October 2017
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

Anger is a misunderstood emotion and energy. This training is skill based on providing opportunities and techniques to express anger using tools of assertiveness. Anger is necessary for survival, but through the ways many women have learned to express anger or not express anger issues have been created. This course will be an opportunity to explore the use and misuse of anger.

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and be part of our empowering community

Joining the Lower Hutt Women's Centre is easy. Just fill out the Membership Form and send, together with subscription fee, to the Lower Hutt Women's Centre, 186 Knights Road, Lower Hutt. 

You can also make a donation through our Give a Little page, direct donation to our bank or ongoing Automatic Payment. 
Bank account 03 0531 0528525 03 Lower Hutt Women's Centre

Opening Hours

Wed - Thu: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Lower Hutt Women's Centre
186 Knights Road, Waterloo
Lower Hutt 5011


Phone: (04) 569 2711