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.  9201009 or

Enrolments are only confirmed on payment.


Anger as a Strength

26th September 2018

7:00 – 9:00pm

Anger as a Strength (Please note this course is now fully booked.  Only take names in case of cancellation.)

Facilitator: Ally Andersun
Course Duration: A six-week course beginning 26th September 2018
Cost: Waged /Unwaged $40/$20
Time: 7-9pm

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.

Through these unhelpful learned methods of handling anger personal and relationship issues have been created. When problems arise around how to deal with conflict, or times when you want to speak up about a problem – people haven’t learned constructive or helpful ways of dealing with these issues .

This course will be an opportunity to explore the use and misuse of anger, and explore ways to express anger in constructive ways.

Assertiveness for Women

18th October 2018


Circle of Security® Parenting™

For Mothers of Pre-School Children

Facilitator: Kay Riddler
Course Duration: 8 weeks beginning Thursday 18th October 2018
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Creche: We provide creche but you will need to register that with us on enrolment

Over the course of eight sessions the focus moves from discussing secure attachment and children’s needs to reflecting on self and developing new skills and resources for relating to your children.

Video clips of parents and children are used to introduce you to attachment theory in an accessible manner – while enhancing observational skills, and engaging in reflective dialogue regarding your strengths and struggles in parenting.

“We spoke about filling her child’s cup, finding multiple times every day to snuggle her, cuddle her, talk with her, hold your arms open, make eye contact, delight in her, hug her, protect her.  To consistently be available to her.  Because in filling your child’s cup, it just may be that her forever empty will also feel a little less lonely.”

At times we all feel lost about what our child might need from us.  Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you.

This course emphasises the importance for parents in maintaining a balance between being “wise and kind”, able to follow the child’s needs whenever possible and being “bigger and stronger” than the child – able to take charge when necessary.

Facilitator Bio: Kay is a certified Circle of Security® Parenting™ program facilitator and is a mellow parenting practitioner with over 15 years social work experience working with parents/families and individuals.  She is a mother, grandmother and registered social worker.  Kay is passionate about minimising the blame and shame game while supporting parents to build strengths without ignoring their struggles. 

Circle of Security PDF


13th September 2018

7:00 – 9:00pm

Meditation for women (Please note.  This course is now fully booked – no more enrolments at this time).

Facilitator: Dido Dunlop
Course Duration: 6 weeks beginning Thursday 13th September 2018
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20

Imagine your life is like a garden. What kind of garden do you want it to be? What flowers, fruit trees or veggies do you want to flourish? Meditation is like gardening our mind and heart, regenerating the soil, helping the flowers to blossom. Meditation brings us into the magic and mystery of the present moment, and uses creative mind to develop our ability to love, and our many strengths and wisdoms. Do you think your garden is full of weeds? Sometimes weeds have special properties too. Your garden can also be a place to simply rest, and enjoy the beauty of nature. 

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.

Dido 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:
Dido has been teaching meditation for forty years. She trained in Tibetan Buddhism, and teaches it in simple secular ways, so its depth and wisdom can be easily accessible for our modern times, and we can apply it to our present circumstances.

She teaches mainly women, and for those interested in nature, environment and building a sustainable world. She’s involved with permaculture, community building and Transition Towns. 

She’s published a book, ‘Storm Weathering: a Workbook for our Inner and Outer Climate.’ More books are on the way.



Self Esteem for Teens

4th September 2018

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
Date: Tuesday 4th September 2018 (Four weeks before holidays and four weeks after holidays)
Time: 4-6pm

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.

Facilitators Bio.
Stephanie Brockman has a Bachelor of Counselling and a Bachelor of Education (Adult). She has facilitated groups for many years.

Amber White has Diploma in Health Psychology, is a third year Psychology student at Victoria University and completed the Introductory and Intermediate courses for Interactive Drawing therapy.

Understanding the Blues

23rd August 2018

12.30pm to 2.30pm

Understanding the Blues

Facilitator: Julie Smart
Course Duration: 6 Sessions Now beginning Thursday 23rd August 2018
Cost: Waged $40/low or unwaged $20
Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm

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.


Resilence Workshop

4th July 2018

 7:00 – 9:00pm

Resilience – The identification and use of resilience in everyday life

Facilitator: Ally Andersun

Course Duration: Six weeks beginning  Wednesday 4th July 2018

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

Assertiveness for Women

15th August 2018

 7:00 – 9:00pm

Assertiveness for Women

Facilitator: Stephanie Brockman
Course Duration: 6 weeks beginning Wednesday 15th August 2018
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.



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186 Knights Road, Waterloo
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Phone: (04) 9201009