Lifestyle

 Kokedama (W)

Kokedama is a centuries-old garden form, it is a style of Japanese bonsai where a plants root system is wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound beautifully with string, transforming any ordinary plant into a sculptural art form. Let Pilar and Joana get you started making at least two, easy care, free standing Kokedama which will look stunning and help bring the outdoors into your home.

TUTOR: PILAR & JOANA DE LA TORRE

17 MAR SATURDAY

10:00AM – 12:00PM

$98

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11 APR WEDNESDAY

7:30PM – 9:30PM

$98

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Interior Design Essentials

Join Cristina and learn some of the fundamental rules of design. You will be introduced to colour theory, interior styles, open plan design, and house orientation also helping you identify some classic design errors. Each student will create their own sample boards for rooms they want to redesign or improve, all on YOUR small or large budget!

TUTOR: CRISTINA CAPRI

6 MAR – 10 APR TUESDAY

10:00AM – 12:00PM

$149

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29 MAY – 3 APR TUESDAY

10:00AM – 12:00PM

$149

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Picture Book Writing

Always wanted to write a children’s book? Got an idea but not sure how to turn it into a story? In these workshops, you will be guided through the writing process. You will also learn how to work with an illustrator (or plan illustrations yourself) and about pathways to publication, with a focus on self-publishing.

TUTOR: ZEE SOUTHCOMBE

13 FEB – 6 MAR TUESDAY

6:30PM – 8:30PM

$149

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Natural Perfumery: The Florals

Of the five main fragrance families, the floral is perhaps the most beloved. In this workshop we’ll look briefly at the history of the floral family, then concentrate on some of the beautiful natural aromatics that are typically used in creating these fragrances, such as rose, jasmine, mimosa, tuberose, and ylang ylang. We’ll explore blending accords, and you’ll make your own floral perfume to take home.

TUTOR: VANESSA YORK

7 APR SATURDAY

10:00AM – 1:00PM

$105

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Natural Perfumery ‘The Chypre’

Chypre perfumes are generally characterized by a haunting contrast between a fresh, citrus top and a woody mossy base. In this workshop we’ll look briefly at the history of the chypre, then concentrate on the natural aromatics that are typically used in creating these fragrances. They include oakmoss, patchouli, bergamot, and labdanum, as well as rose, jasmine, and neroli. We’ll explore blending accords, and you’ll make your own chypre perfume to take home.

TUTOR: VANESSA YORK

30 JUN SATURDAY

10:00AM – 1:00PM

$105

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Novelty & Cup Cakes

In this course we will cover the lot. You will learn the techniques to create stunning cakes time and time again. Master the art of piped icing, fondant pictures, cake toppers and how to apply butter icing and fondant to cover your novelty cake and cup cakes. The finished results will be outstanding.

TUTOR: CHRISTINE BELL

31 MAY – 5 JUL THURSDAY

9:30AM – 11:30AM

$139

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It’s a Piece of Cake!

Why pay someone else to cover, ice and decorate your child’s birthday cake – learn to do it like a pro! It’s so easy – surprise yourself and delight your children, you won’t believe the finished results. Learn something new each week: Vienna icing, modelling paste, flood icing, and fondant. When you’re done, taking a cake from blah to fabulous will be a breeze!

TUTOR: CHRISTINE BELL

30 MAY – 4 JUL WEDNESDAY

7:00PM – 9:00PM

$139

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Beginner Ballet

Ballet is balance and posture. Alaric will guide you gently through some basic positions; give you demonstrations of good posture and explain why the barre is used. So many dance styles stem from ballet even Hip Hop and Flamenco – surprising isn’t it? Best of all, it’s a wonderful workout so come and have a go, anyone can do it!

TUTOR: ALARIC EATON

3 MAR SATURDAY

12:30PM – 1:30PM

$10

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19 MAY SATURDAY

12:30PM – 1:30PM

$10

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Let’s Make Dumplings

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year!
We’ll have Yeye (grandpa) and Nainai (grandma) there helping you learn the skills handed down from generations of dumpling makers. Nainai will demonstrate how to make the wrappers and give you her secret recipe. You’ll mix your chosen ingredients (yet to be disclosed) and then get ‘stuffing and folding’ the traditional way, making your own batch to enjoy on the day and lots to take home too!

TUTOR: CHANTELL XIE

17 FEB SATURDAY

2:00PM – 5:00PM

$35

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Quick Fire Voice Q & A

Enjoy this fast-paced group session where expert teacher Katharine Watts can answer your burning questions about the voice in double-quick time. Singing and speech voice questions welcome. A rare chance to find out how your voice works. A short introduction from the tutor is followed by question and workshop time. Individual work possible.

TUTOR: KATHARINE WATTS

26 FEB MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:30PM

$25

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28 MAY MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:30PM

$25

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Freeing your Voice

Free and enhance your voice both personally and publicly. Learn how the voice works best. Maximise your breathing. Learn how your voice can be clear and strong, without strain. Sound more attractive, expressive and interesting. Discover your unique voice, which reflects your personality and appeals to your listeners.

TUTOR: KATHARINE WATTS

5 MAR – 26 MAR MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$89

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11 JUN – 2 JUL MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$89

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Belly Dance (Beginners)

Combine exercise with learning a dance art. Whilst stress-relief is one of the biggest benefits, belly dance is also a creative outlet and a wonderfully gentle exercise for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Give it a go: improve your coordination, posture and self-awareness.
Join in anytime, we welcome newcomers. 

TUTOR: LYNN EATON

10 FEB – 7 APR SATURDAY

9:30AM – 10:30AM

$99

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5 MAY – 7 JUL SATURDAY

9:30AM – 10:30AM

$99

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Belly Dance (Intermediate)

Combine exercise with learning a dance art. Whilst stress-relief is one of the biggest benefits, belly dancing is also a creative outlet and a wonderfully gentle exercise for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Give it a go:  improve your coordination, posture and self-awareness. Join in anytime, we welcome newcomers. 

TUTOR: LYNN EATON

10 FEB – 7 APR SATURDAY

10:45AM – 12:00PM

$109

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5 MAY – 7 JUL SATURDAY

10:45AM – 12:00PM

$109

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Ballroom Basics

Enjoy learning a variety of ballroom and Latin dances including Waltz, Cha-cha, Rumba, Foxtrot and more. Learn for the first time or bring back memories of past times. Exercise while learning to dance with style. We make it fun and easy using partner dance sequences in a relaxed and positive setting. Course is tailored to ability and preferences so everyone welcome.

TUTOR: DON COOKE

19 FEB – 26 MAR MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$99

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21 MAY – 2 JUL MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$99

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Beginner Burlesque

Are you keen to shimmy your way to sparkly stardom? Want to unleash your inner goddess? Learn the art of burlesque with Lilly Loca, East Auckland’s own multi award winning burlesque virtuoso! You’ll learn the history of burlesque, as well as classic moves, glove peels, boa wrangling, stage presence, characterisation and so much more.

TUTOR: LILLY LOCA OF BAMBINA BURLESQUE ACADEMY

14 MAR – 21 MAR WEDNESDAY

7:00PM – 9:30PM

$139

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Take the Floor!

Let’s start with Cha cha cha then slow it all down with a Waltz before moving on to the much loved Foxtrot. A great opportunity for beginners to ‘have a go’ before committing to our Ballroom Basics course experienced dancers just come and enjoy the session! No session discount applies.

TUTOR: DON COOKE

12 FEB MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$12

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14 MAY MONDAY

7:30PM – 9:00PM

$12

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