Wellbeing workshops

A range of workshops are available to help you improve your health and wellbeing while studying at university.

Manawa ora—student wellbeing runs a series of group workshops available throughout the year.

Workshops are led by experienced facilitators who understand student life. Wellbeing workshops will help you develop skills and strategies for overall wellbeing that support you to study well.

New wellbeing workshops begin in February 2021. You can also check out our online wellbeing resources for self-help.

Trimester 1 workshops

Weekly workshop

Mindwell meditation

  • Monday–Friday, 9.20 am throughout Trimester 1—beginning Monday 1 March
  • The Bubble, SU 216 (Student Union building)
  • No booking required—just turn up.

Week 5—Monday 22–Friday 26 March

Anxiety breathing for calm and focus

A quick 20-minute session. Learn about anxiety breathing for calm and focus and identify how breathing makes you feel. Practice and experience the box breathing technique. Do box breathing meditation to experience calm.


A 45-minute workshop. Learn about what it means to be assertive. Brainstorm different types of assertive responses to situations and identify one area where you want to be more assertive in your life.


A 45-minute postgraduate workshop. Learn strategies to take the personal sting out of feedback about your study, while gaining clarity about what to improve. Flip the strategies to learn how to give constructive feedback to others. Learn how to use positive reinforcement and assertiveness to create a culture of constructive feedback.


A quick 20-minute session. Learn to recognise when you feel hurt, guilty, or have made a bad choice. Learn skills to treat yourself well through self-talk, increase your motivation, and identify what you are good at and proud of.


A 45-minute workshop. Learn why self-care is important for your academic success and wellbeing. Identify self-care strategies, what already works, and brainstorm your own self-care plan.


A quick 20-minute session. Brainstorm strategies for establishing routines that support your sleep. Identify which ones work and learn new strategies and how to put them in to action.


A 45-minute postgraduate workshop. Understand what burnout is and how it happens. Strategies to clarify your role, understand fixed and flexible boundaries around study expectations, and identify what causes you stress. Develop your own self-care plan to reduce fight/flight/freeze reactions and give yourself time to think and respond.

Week 6—Monday 29 March–Friday 2 April


A quick 20-minute session. Learn to use core listening skills on how to host engaging conversation, ways to be a good friend, and how to keep conversations going in social situations.

Imposter syndrome

A 45-minute postgraduate workshop. Imposter syndrome is feeling like a fraud, experiencing self-doubt, or feeling undeserving of your status. Share your experiences in a supportive, judgement-free space and help separate fact from fiction. Work on creating a brag sheet to manage self-doubt and a personal mantra to increase your self-confidence.


A 45-minute workshop. Learn about the components that make a healthy, balanced meal and how to find cheap sources of food in Wellington. Discover how to use a meal planner to create a shopping list and stick to a budget.


A 45-minute postgraduate workshop. A safe space to talk about large and challenging pieces of work. Learn techniques to chunk work, increase comprehension, and create uninterrupted study time. Tips for dealing with frequent interruptions and keeping track of multiple tasks and activities across work and life.


A 45-minute workshop. Learn about the differences between grief, stress, and depression. Understand the cycle of depression and how behavioural activation techniques can help you with energy and motivation.

Be sure to check back in here for the remaining workshops of the trimester.

Speak to someone

Mauri Ora—Health and Counselling

Monday to Friday, 8.30 am–5.00 pm
Level 1, Student Union Building, Kelburn campus