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Living Wisdom Schools


The schools run by Michael, Wisdom Counselling are a slower alternative to the 1 and 2 week block courses. Same material, same price and format as the block schools but run over either 6 weeks or 12 weeks.  This is especially for students who work or are committed and cannot do weekdays in a block. See below for details. To register please send me a message here or call me on one of the numbers above...

The next Living Wisdom School starts 24th February 2018.

Full 50 Hour School over 12 weeks

Feb 24th to 28th Apr 2018

Sat 24th Feb 9am - 3pm

-Wed 28th Feb 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 7th Mar 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 14th Mar 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 21st Mar 6.30 - 9.30pm

Sat 24th March 9am - 3pm

-Wed 28th Mar 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 4th Apr 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 11th Apr 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 18th Apr 6.30 - 9.30pm

-Wed 25th Apr 6.30 - 9.30pm

Sat 28th Apr 9am - 3pm

Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Michael Wise

Venue:Wisdom Counselling Offices


Cost: $920.00.  Call in for

payment options.

The Wisdom Counselling classroom is located between Rangiora and Woodend, just 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD - the perfect distance for carpooling and chatting through the material en route!  Some students have been known to socialise and eat out on the way in Kaiapoi or Woodend.

Anyone is welcome to attend one day or one evening for free. If you would like to attend a class currently being run, please call first to arrange a date.

The course covers:

(See curriculum below)

  • Personal & Professional development.

  • Life-Skills for being empowered in life.

  • Relationship issues, Understanding others

  • Staying safe around difficult people

  • Child rearing Skills

  • Faith issues / Toxic religion

  • Mental Health topics: healthy and unhealthy

  • Addictions

  • Counselling Skills

  • Sexual issues

  • Successful living, money, and business skills.

Cost: $920 for the 50 hour School.
$100 Deposit on registration.
This price includes the Living Wisdom School Manual, Living Wisdom Insights Booklet and Certificate.
(Please call and discuss. Payments by instalments can be negotiated).
Counselling: A one hour session is included in the course fee.
Registration - deposit $100.00 (contact for bank details)
- Click here to send a message to register or call 03 745 9118 / 027 340 8325

Student homework involves reading ahead in the manual each week, and journaling once per week.

Please call Michael or Mariet for enquires and to register. There are limited places. For payment options, please call and discuss. 03 745 9118 or 027 340 8325

Course Curriculum

Personal and Professional Development / Counselling Topics

  • Introduction to Glossary
  • Understanding how memory works
  • Surviving the ‘overloaded phenomena’
  • Fundamentals of Emotional/Mental Health
  • Checking Assumptions – the King Lies that pull the strings.
  • Introduction to Misbelief/Insight Therapy
  • Formative Facts and Life Defining Moments
  • Revisit, revise and relinquish the past.
  • Introduction to Pastoral Therapy
  • Family Motto's (Scripts)
  • Unbearable Feelings
  • Emotional Echoes
  • Welds (Association)
  • Psychological Survival Kits
  • Victim-hood
  • Spot the Rescuer
  • Unipolar Depression
  • Grief – the painful process of letting go.
  • Fear – panic, anxiety, phobias.
  • Escaping Addictions Pit – climbing out of the canyons.
  • Tools for Counsellors – includes understanding empowering questions, truth coaches.
  • Traps for Counsellors
  • Counselling Session Dynamics.
  • Supervision
  • The Counselling Craft
  • The Mental Loop

Life Skills

  • Life Skill - Forgiveness
  • Life Skill - Trusting again sensibly
  • Life Skill - Boundaries
  • Life Skill - Boundary Push-backs
  • Life Skill - Assertiveness
  • Life Skill - Negotiation Skills
  • Life Skill - Maintaining a balance of power
  • Life Skill - Staying Centred - neither being controlled or dominated
  • Life Skill - Challenging Assumptions
  • Life Skill - Change
  • Life Skill - Personal Empowerment
  • Life Skill - Use of Empowering Questions
  • Life Skill - Maintaining Enthusiasm
  • Life Skill - Heal issues quickly
  • Life Skill - Living with difficult people
  • Life Skill - Making your mind your friend
  • Life Skill - Engaging Wisdom
  • Life Skill - Maintaining a great Relationship
  • Life Skill - Self and Other Awareness
  • Life Skill - Self worth and self value
  • Life Skill - Living in the Truth
  • Life Skill - Managing feelings and emotions
  • Life Skill - Living with / managing the Crazy-maker
  • Life Skill - Overcoming Anger
  • Life Skill - Goal-setting – turning dreams into reality


  • Anatomy of a Relationship Breakdown.
  • How to have a great relationship
  • Negotiation Skills, communication, expectations, agreements, roles and boundaries.
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorce
  • Soul Ties, Affairs
  • Sexual issues and Awakenings
  • Training Children


  •   Recognising Toxic Religious practices
  •   Various lectures on ensuring that Wisdom will keep your spirituality safe

(Note: This is a very short list of what is covered in the Living Wisdom Manual. If you would like further details, or come and see the manual and discuss please do call or contact me).


Living Wisdom was developed by David Riddell (Nelson, NZ) as a result of years of study, life experience, searching, teaching, training and counselling.
Out of the heart flow all the issues of life and yet we rarely know what lies in the depths of our heart and subconscious mind. Living Wisdom is a counselling model, a ‘check up from the neck up’ to help you identify any of your stinking thinking, and enable you to teach your mind to be your friend.
The Living Wisdom School teaches basic competency in Pastoral Therapy and is based on an updated form of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy).  It teaches advanced psychological skills to anyone with a desire to improve their own life and help heal the lives of their family and friends.

David Riddell, Nelson NZ Michael Wise, Christchurch, NZ