Short Courses

Our list of available short courses is currently being developed so please ensure you keep checking back periodically to see as more detail and information is added about each course.

  • 15 November: Say it with pizzazz, the basics of flower arranging (Speaker: Mrs. Elmarie Retief)
  • 22 November: Sports Psychology (Speaker: Mr. Murray Ranger)

Upcoming Short Course

INTRODUCTION TO ‘MENTAL SKILLS’ FOR PERFORMANCE

SPEAKER: GREG WILMOT

‘Mental skills’ include a range of basic actions, thoughts, and techniques used across a range of sport, school, business, and personal development to improve performance under pressure. This short course will introduce some basic skills and techniques that parents, teachers,and learners can apply across the range of daily demands. The skills can be applied in one’s daily life, competition, and especially now during the year-end exams.


Greg Wilmot is a Counselling Psychologist from Makhanda (Grahamstown). He currently runs a Private Practice and works at Rhodes University as a Psychologist, Lecturer, and Supervisor.

Upcoming Short Course

PEAK PERFORMANCE: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL AND THE MENTAL.

SPEAKER: MURRAY RANGER

This talk is aimed at any keen sportsman or sportswoman wanting to take their performance to the next level. The peak performance coaching system is an eclectic one, based on many disciplines and the work of mentors who taught Murray.

This short course will offer a basic introduction to peak performance as well as equip one with some basic tools to help you on your journey to being the best you can be.

“I am not a sports psychologist, however, having played sport at a competitive level and also being a coach for the last 12 years, I understand how crucial the relationship is between the physical and mental aspect in order to achieve peak performance.” – Murray Ranger

Upcoming Short Course

SAY IT WITH PIZZAZZ

SPEAKER: MRS ELMARIE RETIEF

A tailor made workshop for all those who believe that they are non-arty/crafty people. Mrs Elmarie Retief will introduce participants to ways of using flowers and recyclable items for adding that special touch of pizzazz to gifts, flower arrangements and interior décor.

Past Short Courses

Past Short Course

Enneagram

SPEAKER: REV. TIM MARSHALL

The Enneagram is an amazing and ancient tool that joins together psychology and spirituality to help us understand our true self – our essence. This course will offer a brief introduction to The Enneagram by Tim, an internationally certified Enneagram Teacher, and how it can be harnessed to truly understand yourself and other around you.

Past Short Course

Cultivate Your Green Thumb: Gardening 101

SPEAKER: SUE DOWDLE

Develop green fingers whilst learning from the best in this beginner’s short-course. Aimed at keen amateurs, this session will cover practical topics such as responsible pest control, eco-alternatives, taking and propagating a cutting and planting a hanging basket.

“I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else, not a horticulturist, a Gardener” – Sue Dowdle

PAST SHORT COURSE

Peak Performance: Bridging the gap between the physical and the mental

SPEAKER: MR MURRAY RANGER

This talk is aimed at any keen sportsman or sportswoman wanting to take their performance to the next level.

The peak performance coaching system is an eclectic one, based on many disciplines and the work of mentors who taught Murray.

This short course will offer a basic introduction to peak performance as well as equip one with some basic tools to help you on your journey to being the best you can be.

Past Short Course

Basic Greek

SPEAKERS: RAFAELA MOUTZOURES AND CHANELLE DESCROIZILLES

Gain an understanding of the Greek language and be able to start speaking right away through this short course. The course will focus on pronunciation and key areas of the language to help you in everyday conversations. Sound like Greek to you? Then sign up!

Rafaela Moutzoures and Chanelle Descroizilles, both of Greek decent form part of the Rhodes Hellenic Society Committee.

PAST SHORT COURSE

SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT: ANTI-BULLING

SPEAKERS: RICHARD GAYBBA

Bullies, sissies, and cry-babies: Dangerous common sense in educating boys for violence – an introduction of the work by Anthony Collins.

This short course will introduce attendees to new thinking on the subject of bullying and the dangers of common sense reasoning. The course aims to dispell common myths such as “boys will be boys”, the importance of grit, and “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”. It also aims to give practical solutions to educators, parents, scholars and the community on how to address bullying.

“I am not a psychologist however, having experienced, perpetrated and studied bullying I can perhaps provide practical and new ideas on the subject with Grahamstown/Makhanda school context in mind.” – Richard Gaybba

PAST SHORT COURSE

I AM HERE NOW: MINDFULNESS

SPEAKERS: MS MIRJANA TUPANJANIN

In her personal search for trying to find ways to feel good, keep her attention anchored and to deal with pain and stress in life, speaker Ms Mirjana Tupanjanin has studied a mind-body practice with some astounding results.

Participants will explore this technique of ´living in the moment´ as a tool to enhance our wellness.

The following questions will also be asked and discussed during the course of the evening:

  • Could mindfulness become school subject?
  • Importance of developing certain qualities of awareness like openness, curiosity and care.
  • The benefits of incorporating secular mindfulness meditation into our daily life to treat various health conditions.

Past Short Course

COMMUNICATION INTELLIGENCE: THE HIGHLIGHTS PACKAGE

SPEAKERS: MR GRAEME HOLMES

Communication is vital in every aspect of our lives. Join Graeme Holmes for a “One hour highlights package” of the two-day Certificate in Communication Intelligence offered by Rhodes Business School. The aim of the course (and highlights package) is to enable people in all walks of life to be aware of their personal communication preference styles, the styles of others, as well as the communication features of introverts and extroverts. Developing “Communication Intelligence” and becoming a more effective communicator has significant personal-life, work-life and community benefits.
The “Highlights Package” pays special attention to Grahamstown / Makhanda and the need for more effective communication amongst leaders and stakeholders as we strive to improve our city for the benefit of all.
Mr Graeme Holmes, is the founder of The Grahamstown Project and teacher in Communication Intelligence.

Past Short Course

THERE IS A POD!

SPEAKER: MRS JAYNE MORGAN

Whether you’ve never heard the word “podcast”, you’re fed up with people telling you what you’re missing by not listening or you’ve already got your own show up and running, this workshop will give you the inside track on getting the most out of one of the world’s hottest new media.

Jayne Morgan was a producer for BBC Radio 4 in the UK and then SAFM and 702 Talk Radio in SA. In 2007, she spotted the potential of podcasting as a powerful communications tool and founded Podcart to make quality downloadable audio for brands – including the Mail & Guardian, Woolworths, Old Mutual’s World of Endurance, Santam, Sanlam, UCT, Rhodes and The Village Live. In 2016 she conceptualised and developed the First Person podcast with award winning journalist, Marianne Thamm, for Kagiso Media. First Person was listed in January 2019 by WebAfrica as one of SA’s Top Ten Podcasts and in 2018 as one of the five SA podcasts you should be listening to by Memeburn). Her mission in life is to wake up South Africa’s ears to a new way of listening.