Spiral Garden

The new year's programme is uploaded here every late January/early February. If you would like to receive a printed programme earlier in the year, please consider becoming a paid member of Sophia.

To help you find your way around our programme:

Calendar of Events outlines the Sophia Programme. For some of these you need to enrol and pay in advance. Some are regular activities which are payable by session.

What's New details events that are offered during the year that may not be in the annual programme and any changes that are made, as well as any important news.


For more information, phone 8373 3781 or email


Sophia's Facilitators:

Here are the profiles of some of the facilitators who offer or have offered activities at Sophia.

Alexsandra White

Alexsandra is a Transpersonal Art Therapist who is passionate in assisting people in their journey of exploration, creativity, healing and growth.

Tina Gibson

Tina Gibson and Barb Hancock are experienced Mindfulness teachers who facilitate Mindfulness groups within the community. They are passionate about bringing the practices of Mindfulness and Compassion into our pressured world.

Maureen O'Connell

Maureen has been a teacher for over 40 years - many of those years working with young people with special rights and needs. She would love these young people to enjoy being part of the Sophia community, together with their family and friends.

Fiona Johnston

Fiona is a poet, writer and editor and enjoys living in the city only a quick walk from the Central Market. She lives with her husband, Peter and has two adult daughters and two grandsons.

Jenny Wightman
Jenny Wightman has been involved in Sophia since it began, and she tries to further its important aims in whatever ways she can. Mainly this has been through women's writing, feminist ecology and spirituality, and the native garden.


Estelle Gobbett
Estelle’s farming ancestry has rubbed off on her, and for most of her adult life she has been passionate about growing food. For over 30 years she has grown vegetables and fruit in the Adelaide Hills as part of ‘Cennednyss’ community. As she has become aware of the carbon pollution involved in much of our food production and distribution she has become determined to share with others her delight in growing our own food. Her experience as a teacher and group worker has equipped her to facilitate learning through sharing experience and practical application of theory.

Annette Jarrett
After a teaching career that spanned 46 years Annette has recently retired and is delighting in new adventures. As a teacher she was inspired by the words of Therese Sweeney OP, “without imagination, the world becomes a desert”, thus she worked to invite students and teachers into worlds of beauty, imagination and justice. For Annette, the art of teaching is the art of rigorous interpretation.
Within the Sophia community her lively interests include facilitating inter-faith dialogue, exploring the writings of the medieval and contemporary mystics; women in scripture and Dominican Spirituality (Annette has an M. Ed. and is currently completing a course in Spiritual Direction and a Masters in Theology).

Dawn Marsh

Dawn Marsh teaches Dru style yoga and relaxation and currently holds a Tuesday evening general and beginner’s class at Sophia from 6.30 – 8.00 pm.
Having practised yoga in various forms for over 20 years, a desire for a deeper awareness of Dru for all its many benefits saw Dawn completing a Dru Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in Adelaide from 2009 - 2012.  Dawn is passionate about supporting individuals to realize their full potential and to add depth, vitality and richness towards achieving their chosen health and life goals.
What is Dru Yoga?
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being. Designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime. Often referred to as ‘yoga of the heart’ Dru comes from the Sanskrit word Dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in both Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation. In the stillness we are able to sit back from everything happening around us, and see and act from a point of clarity and inner calm.

A regular practice of Dru Yoga may assist to:

• Reduce stress and tension
• Ease back pain, headaches and other physical discomfort
• Develop better feelings about yourself and others
• Improve your energy and vitality