MALA is a non-profit, voluntary and independent organisation offering educational and social opportunities for the over-50's in Perth, Mandurah (and the surrounding Peel region) and the Rockingham areas of Western Australia.

MALA provides engaging programs on a wide tapestry of topics including aspects of history, literature, science, art, environmental issues, politics, culture, philosophy, languages, nature studies, religion, music, contemporary issues and more.  Lecturers are experts in their field and are chosen on the basis of their understanding of our learning requirements.  The many members represent a diverse spectrum of our community.

There are no examinations, no educational prerequisites, no set homework and no embarassing questions - just interesting and stimulating lectures.  You may enrol in any course that interests you, and no prior experience is needed nor expected.   Laughter and enjoyment are part and parcel of the deal!  

Occasionally dinners, tours and interesting outings may be organised for those who wish to participate.

Because MALA is a totally non-profit organisation all course fees are kept as low as we possibly can.

Currently, for example, Perth membership is $10 per Semester (10 weeks) and a Perth course comprising 5 lectures held on 5 consecutive weeks costs only $45.  

If you are interested in receiving course outlines, information and enrolment details please complete the 'Expression of Interest Form' which you can download by clicking on the button.

Expression of Interest Form

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In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, there’s an iconic scene where the witches are concocting a special brew and reciting the ingredients.

While the ingredients all sound pretty horrific to us, only one is unusual. Additives like “eye of newt” and “wool of bat” are simply archaic names (in common use at the time) for old herbs and plants like mustard seeds and holly leaves.

The one unfamiliar ingredient is “blind-worm’s sting”. The blindworm, however, is a well-known name (even today) for a legless lizard Anguis Fragilis commonly found in the United Kingdom and across parts of Europe and Asia. It is also known as a slow-worm and is frequently seen in British back yards where it helps to control small pests. This very long-living lizard looks like, and can be mistaken for a snake, but it is not aggressive, and its bite is certainly not venomous.

So, Mr. Shakespeare, your “blind-worm’s sting” is non-existent.

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