Seniors' Program

Our Seniors’ Program fosters a sense of belonging and community connection for older people, creates a more inclusive community by celebrating the rich and diverse range of older residents, and increases opportunities for older people’s participation in the community. We provide a platform for sharing wisdom, opportunities for intergenerational bridge building, and create a more inclusive and healthy Byron Bay for our older residents.

Regular Seniors’ Activities

  • Chair Yoga will resume on 2nd February 2021.
  • Seniors Drumming will resume on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.
  • Studio 55 will do its last session will start again on Thursday 21st 2021 January.
  • Christina’s Over 55s Yoga will resume on 4th February 2021, 10:30 – 11:45 at the Community Cabin.
  • The Seniors’ Computer Club and Be Connected program will resume 29th January 2021.

Seniors Drumming Circle

Senior Drumming in the park

“The seniors that attend this amazing session are some of the most vibrant energetic characters of their age on the planet.” – Gareth Jones, Sound Synergy.

A group of 20 seniors gather at the Byron Community Centre each Tuesday morning for a drumming circle. The sessions are held at 10:30 – 11:30am led by Gareth Jones from Sound Synergy

The development of drumming circles for the elderly is a new phenomenon that is rapidly spreading worldwide in forward-thinking organisations. The sessions provide some major health benefits as well as an opportunity for fun, social interaction, improving the lives of all who participate.

$15 per person. Drums provided. The session is designed for all levels.

To register your interest please call Gareth on 0449 923 114

Ukulele class

The Ukulele Class is held each Wednesday morning led by Kim Banffy.
$10 per person.

  • Beginners 11:30am – 12:00pm
  • Intermediate 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Want to join in? No appointment necessary – just show up!

Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga

Seniors’ Chair Yoga runs each Tuesday at the Byron Community Centre from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Suggested donation of $10.00.

Want to join in? No appointment necessary – just show up!

Pippy Wardell, Yoga Teacher

Pippy Wardell has been teaching yoga for 40 years in India, Bali, New York, Brazil and Australia. Since returning to Australia in 2006 after being based in India for most of the previous 30 years she has been teaching consistently in the Northern Rivers region.

Pippy studied gerontology and has used her extensive knowledge of the ageing body and mind, combined with her extensive yoga experience, to develop a unique set of exercises and simplified yoga poses for seniors to enjoy. The spiritual side of yoga is infused in every breath and activity throughout the class without any overt displays of religious fervour.

Pippy studied under the Sharmapa 2nd head of the Karjupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, along with various yogis and sadhus in India. During her last seven years in India, she ran a yoga and crystal healing school in Goa. She also teaches a Chair Yoga class for the elderly at Feros Village in Byron Bay.

Byron Community Cabin

The Byron Community Centre supports a range of classes for seniors at the Byron Community Cabin in Carlyle Street. These include:

Byron Seniors Online Computer Club – Be Connected

Byron Seniors’ Online Computer Club for 50+
Fridays 9:00am – 11:00am at the Byron Community Cabin
Digital skills tutors are available to help you become more tech-savvy on your devices and the Internet.
Learn how to use computers, mobile devices, get online and be connected! 
To book please call (02) 66856807
Bring your own thermos and snacks

Funded by the Australian Government

Yoga for Healthy Ageing

Yoga for over 55s with Christina Stoevelaar
Thursdays 10:30am – 11:45pm at the Byron Community Cabin
To book please text or call Christina on 0404 945 027 by Wednesday to reserve your place

This class is suitable for all levels including beginners. A restful, calming class including breathing, gentle flowing movements, passive and supported poses and some breath assisted strengthening poses. This is a perfect beginning yoga class that is also appropriate for those working with past injury, limited mobility, or those who prefer a softer, gentler, ‘hands on’ approach to yoga.

This class is aimed at those wishing to experience yoga in a
non-competitive, non -judgemental atmosphere where everybody and every body is made to feel welcome.

Cost: $12 drop in or 5 class pass $50 (save$10)
BYO yoga mat and bolster (if you have one)
Bookings essential at this time to comply with Covid-19 restrictionse

About Christina Stoevelaar
As a Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist with a diploma in Holistic Counselling, Christina’s intention in my classes and one-on-one sessions is to foster a sense of safety, a deeper connection to self through somatic
movement, gentle stretches and mindful breathwork.