Special Events

Workshop – The Vicious Cycle of Addiction

Monday, 12th November, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Dr Valerie Mason-John (hon. Doc) M.A. – Vimalasara

Led by Vimalasara

In this Workshop we’ll look at the habitual cycle of addiction and how we can step out of the Viscous Cycle of Addiction. Together we will become aware of the stages that can lead us to acting out, picking up, and spiraling back into our compulsive and addictive behaviours.

Watch Vimalasara’s TED talk ‘We are what we Think.

Cost: $30 (waged) / $20 (low income)

Book Here

(note: booking will not be confirmed until payment received)


Public Talk – Mindfulness: an antidote to stinking thinking and addiction

Tuesday, 13th November, 7:00pm

With Vimalasara

At St Andrew’s Centre, 30 The Terrace

Dr Mason-John, inspirational speaker and outspoken advocate for the rights of women, indigenous people and the LGBTQI2S community, speaks candidly about her past. Raised in foster homes, living on the streets by 14 and locked up in a children’s detention centre at 15, she has battled with chronic bulimia nervosa and recreational drug use, what she calls a hell realm of addiction. Discovering mindfulness meditation, she turned her life around.

Vimalasara’s website

Let’s Talk About Anger

Entry by donation / koha

Getting to St Andrew’s Centre

It is a 10-minute walk from Wellington Railway Station or a 2-minute walk from the nearest bus stop on Lambton Quay. There are no car parks available at St Andrew’s. There are several parking buildings along The Terrace, however the closest is in Mowbray St, off Bolton St.


Sangharakshita Pujas

Saturday 10th November and Mondays, 19th November to 17th December, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This puja has been especially written by Maitreyabhandu, one of Triratna’s foremost poets. It gives appreciation and thanks to Sangharakshita for his significance and impact on our lives. It also expresses the aspiration to live up to his teachings and never be parted from him in spirit.

Cost: $10 (waged) / $7 (low income)