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Do you want to be in control of making your own amazing sausages and know the superior quality ingredients that go on your plate? Create your own blend of flavours and find the best, tried and true recipes. Julie from Oak and Thistle will teach you all you need to know to get started in the art of making homestead sausages. Grain & dairy free with no nasty chemicals. A hands on class where you’ll make delicious Bratwurst Sausage.

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Learn the ancient skill of fermenting your own traditional and Vegan Kimchi. Fermentation is one of the oldest food processing methods still used today. This ancient fermentation process (Zymology) is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. In this workshop we will cover the basic science behind making kimchi, why it’s good for you, and we’ll teach you how to make it yourself. If you are interested in traditional food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you! Each participant will take home their own jar of kimchi so bring a jar with a screw on lid, a chopping board and a knife

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Cheese making is a satisfying kitchen past-time. Join this workshop and let us show you in just 2 hours how making your own cheese can transform how you manage your kitchen, incorporating cheese-making into your life and making an economical fresh product for a healthier diet. It tastes better, you know where all of the ingredients come from and you only need to put aside a small amount of time to make Mascarpone, Feta and Ricotta.

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This is the ultimate class in practical cheese making where you’ll learn to make Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese and Cultured Butter. You’ll go home with the confidence to begin immediately to begin or extend your cheese making empire! This Workshop beautifully compliments our Soft Cheese workshop of Feta, ricotta and Mascarpone.

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Activate your gut to absorb more nutrients with this refreshing and fizzing delight. An informative workshop to improve your health and enrich your life.
In this in-depth class you will learn the process of making kombucha and its secondary Fermentation process. Participants receive their own SCOBY, starter liquid and a handout with brewing instructions to take home. Bring a jar!

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Learn how to prepare, fragrance, pour and look after Soy wax candles, using your own recycled containers, teacups, glasses, jars etc.. Ideal gift idea or something to enjoy for yourself. This is a hands-on, interactive class designed for people wanting to use natural based products, that are environmentally friendly and won’t break the bank. Fee includes all materials to make 2 X 250ml candles. You bring the beautiful vessels you want to fill!

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They look and smell as good as food right? What is soap? How is it made? Let’s get started by using the cold process method. You will learn about different materials and ingredients used in all soap making, colouring and fragrances, troubleshooting and where to get your next supplies from. This workshop is hands-on and each participant will leave with several soaps they have made themselves during the day. All materials included in fee.

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Everyone loves beautifully scented candles right? Make the whole experience better by burning them in your very own handmade vessel or holder. In this workshop you can make candle stick holders, small vessels or tea light holders the scope is unlimited but the time is not! Make and decorate all in a day. They will make fantastic gifts to give or keep. Candle equipment & wax not included.

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Food in a bowl; it’s right on trend and that’s because food just tastes better in a bowl! Come and make six, one of a kind bowls to pop your overnight oats, poached pears or sassy summer salads in. Roll, cut, make, decorate… and they are ready for firing and glazing. Eloise will guide you through the hand-building process, teaching you tips and tricks to help you and your bowls shine!

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A great intro to clay: yes, you CAN make your own set of gorgeous, unique dinner or side plates… in a day! Roll them out, let them sit, form the edges and decorate… and they are ready for firing and glazing. Eloise teaches a variety of hand-building and slab rolling techniques and will inspire heaps of creative ideas!

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Been watching endlessly cool You Tube videos on knife making and wondered if you could do it?
Well, now you can – without the outlay of setting up your own gear. Join Willie van Niekerk of Kiwi Blade Knives for a fun day of knife making and make yourself a knife to be proud of.
Willie will give you the inside tips needed to make your knife unique, functional and stylish. With knowledge accumulated over decades, Willie will help you create a knife that you’ll use everyday and be keen to show your friends and family.

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Pruning is a VITAL part of tree management, whether you have one tree or an orchard. Join our expert – Derek Craig- to learn the essential principles of when and how to prune to improve next years harvest and confidently build your skill set to ensure a healthy and productive property by learning hands-on skills covering fruit tree basics, logic of pruning and how to prune for disease control to maximise fruit production for the coming seasons.

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The softstone method is easy to learn. Work as the block hardens and complete a sculpture in one rewarding day. First timers and experienced artists love it! Create a simple but beautiful garden sculpture to keep or give to that someone special.

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Experience a fun and creative night out at UXBRIDGE with friends and colleagues sipping on your favourite tipple while painting on a canvas without having painted before! Amber will help you step by step, no painting experience required! We promise. We supply all the art materials, glasses and nibbles you BYO drinks!

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Learning and having fun never stops! What better way for adults to role model this thinking than learning a new skill together? Amber is excited about teaching you how to paint, teaching new skills, techniques, colour mixing and composition. Parents, Grandparents and Aunties grab a younger family member and sign up for this fun course. We provide everything to get you on your way to becoming an artist, creating masterpieces you will be proud to hang on any wall. Fee is for both parent and child to attend.

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Julie has developed and researched non toxic products for you to safely use in your home. Take a break, enjoy the coffee and take in all of Julie’s expertise to keep your home chemical free. Julie will walk you through how to produce healthy, safe products that keep your family nurtured and protected.
You will learn how to make so many different products including washing powder, wood polish, general purpose cleaners, toilet cleaner, air fresheners and more!

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In this workshop we will discuss the benefits and properties of different natural additives that can be used in soap making, such as herbs, roots, and spices. Participants must know the basics of cold process soap making or have done the basic soap making course to register for the advanced workshops. Each participant takes home their own handmade natural soaps.

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Learn how to make your own solid shampoo bars and conditioner bars! They’re great for your hair, great for the environment and great for your pocket. Each participant will be able to take 2 shampoo and 1 conditioner homemade to their own specific hair type. If used properly, each bar is equivalent to about 2-3 bottles of shampoo.

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Learn how to make your own natural balms and deodorants. In this workshop with Jackie she will show you how to infuse  oils with herbs and botanicals. You will use essential oils and other natural ingredients to make various types of balms, including a skin healing balm, nappy balm, solid deodorants, insect repellent and more. Everyone gets to make their own balm to take home with lot’s of recipes for making more.

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Lush flower crowns that won’t wilt! Create your own whimsical summer accessory from dried flowers, combining colour, texture and form into a stunning headpiece.

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Build your own desktop garden! We source sustainable materials and teach you the best techniques for putting together a gorgeous terrarium. Stylish and magical, these tiny fairy gardens make incredible gifts. Everything included in the fee but if you have a special vessel you would like to make yours in then, bring it along!

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Make your own natural wreath! Dried flowers provide the best combination of colour and texture – we show you the techniques and tips so you can design and create a piece of art.

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Have you ever wanted to bring that book inside you, to life? Whether the stories you want to tell are fact or fiction-based, every word you write is filled with truths unique to you and your history … and that is your strength! When you harness the forces behind why you are who you are, you will uncover the real messages you’re longing to share with the world. Come and learn how to discover your authentic author voice, map out what it looks like in storytelling, and take leaps forward into getting those stories into a book that others will want (and need) to hear.

A wee snippet of Ellie speaking in Sydney at conference.

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This four hour workshop is perfect for beginners and ages 12 and up. We will go through two simple macrame techniques to wrap your chosen gemstone, and also look at braiding and fastening techniques to complete your very own necklace. The perfect way to display a special stone and keep it close to your heart. Workshop fee includes Macrame cord, gemstones, tape and cups of tea! Suitable for ages 12+ years.

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If there is one New Year’s resolution you need to make and keep: This is the one.

It’s the new year, which means it’s a great opportunity to transform your speaking fears into new confidence and poise.  Whether a business presentation or a social setting, we take a fresh and very practical approach to speaking.  We will blow away last year’s cobwebs and show you how to use your natural personality and voice to engage with your audience and get your point across.

Tuesday 3 March to 7 April 2020 – 6.30 – 8.45 pm

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The process of growing and influencing with intent dwarfed trees is a simple and very rewarding process but be warned it can be addictive and for some, becomes a lifetime passion. Learning from an experienced artist/tutor is imperative for ultimate success. We’ll provide everything you need to complete your very first Bonsai along with lots of knowledge and information sharing to get you inspired with something new.

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During this workshop you will learn about the practices associated with Maori art, creating your own contemporary Toki bone carving, complete with binding and adjustable cord. You will be introduced to a massive new technical skill set through a design process that uses grinders, drills, wet and dry sanding and polishing tools. You will also learn binding and lashing traditions used throughout Polynesia.

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Learn about the practices associated with Māori arts whilst creating a marama (moon) taonga in this one day workshop. Using diamond wheels, drills, wet and dry sanding, and polishing tools, participants will get to create a Marama pendant. Traditional Polynesian braiding and lashing techniques will complete the pendant ready to wear in this contemporary Tikanga based workshop. Suitable for ages 12+

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Come and learn graceful dance moves with confidence using your unique feminine beauty. Belly Dancing improves co-ordination, strength & stability, flexibility and muscle tone. It’s so good for your body, soul & spirit and a fantastic way to de-stress and feel good about yourself.  If this sounds perfect to you then come and join the fun with Lynn, everyone is welcome. Beginner & Intermediate levels available.

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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.

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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.

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