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Unwindings - a day of mindfulness, meditation and music.


10.30am Arrival / Morning Tea (quality coffee available onsite). 

11am – 12.15pm Keynote Speakers: Paul Sanders & Anja Tanhane

12.30 - 1.00pm Meditation

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 


2.00pm - 2.55pm Art Exploration

2.00pm - 2.55pm Singing

2.00pm - 2.55pm Sensory Awareness

2.00pm - 2.55pm Interplay: Dance, Movement, Story

2.00pm - 2.30pm Prayer

2.00pm - 2.30pm Tai Chi

2.30pm - 3.00pm Prayer

2.30pm - 3.00pm Tai Chi


3.00pm - 3.30pm Musical Finale: Melbourne Threshold Choir 



Paul Sanders

(Uniting Church Minister and associate Zen Teacher-Diamond Sangha)


Paul was appointed as an Associate Zen teacher by Robert Walker Roshi USA in 2010. Paul began contemplative/Zen practice (meditation, along with mindfluness) in the early 90s, and attended his first Zen retreat with Father Pat Hawk Roshi (USA). Paul has maintained a practice/study of Christian Contemplation and Zen leading to leadership/teaching in retreat work and the establishment of Cloud Mountain Retreat in Dunkeld, Victoria with his wife Pauline Yule. Paul Leads contemplative and Zen/mindfulness retreats and other thematic retreats which incorporate meditation as central to the learning experiences. His work is centrally anchored in seated meditation practice. Poetry, community, family and the arts are strong elements in his life.


“Paul has a studied interest in the changing religious/spiritual/secular landscape and the emergence of mindfulness/meditation practices. Older instructive wisdom is being valued and applied in new contexts of living. The absence of assent to a received tradition and authority is giving way to personal interior authority and experiences tested and verified by science. The older practices were forged in contexts of social connectivity and ethics. How do we negotiate what are the promises and perils of transition in meaning and practice? How might a re-discovery of the mystical roots of Christianity and the direct pointing of Zen support a rejuvenation of intimacy and clarity with each other and the earth” (New horizons of connectivity and vitality - Ethics of happiness and compassion.)


Anja Tanhane

(Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, Tai Chi instructor, and registered music therapist.)


Anja has been practising meditation & Tai Chi for thirty years & is a senior Zen student. She has provided workplace training in mindfulness and self care to a wide range of community health and service providers, including the Federal Court of Australia, hospitals, and DHS case managers, both in Melbourne as well as regional centres. She has also offered rejuvenation days, incorporating mindfulness and self care, for community leaders and volunteers in bushfire-affected areas. Anja lectures on mindfulness at the University of Melbourne, and has presented at national and international conferences, professional development seminars, and public forums. She writes regularly on mindfulness for magazines under the name Anja Gardiner and writes a popular mindfulness blog at www.mindfulnessmeditation.net.au



proudly presented by 

East Kew Uniting Church                                            



as part of the 2018 Kew Festival. 


Saturday 3 March 2018
11am - 3.30pm
(10.30am for an 11am start) 
Lunch Included. Catering by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Location

    142 Normanby Road, Kew East , Melbourne , Victoria 3102

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