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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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Waiheke has a lot of vineyards and what a fantastic place to visit in summer, relaxing and sampling but what do you really know about how special the wines are? Learn to recognise the merits and characteristics in the wines produced from grapes grown on Waiheke. The island is small but it has several different micro climates for the grapes to grow in and react to. You will be amazed at what you learn and taste.

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Yes, we know about the delicious tasting Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Central Otago but there is so much more we don’t know. Where are all the new grape varieties and blends coming from? Are they tasty and superior to the varieties we already know about? Let David uncover a bit of the unknown while you get to taste samples, gain knowledge and form your own opinion.

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Need to plan a conference, wedding, business meeting, party or festival? Perhaps you’re thinking of a career in event management. Events that are big or small events we want them to be successful for you so let Sharmin guide you through the process from concept to implementation. Lot’s to consider and organise from brand, target audience, budget, permits, transport, entertainment, décor, security… the list goes on. Each event differs according to size and type but the same principles are used.

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Wise up and go! No-one wants to ‘waste’ precious time when travelling so join Cristina for your virtual tour and get the best out of your visit to Rome. Learn all the ‘must do’ attractions, best food and gastronomic tours, best buys, where to shop, what to miss and what NOT to miss also which famous and important artworks, artists, buildings and architecture helped build Rome.

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First we’ll get started making the pasta and then while the pasta rests (not you) we’ll work together making the traditional chicken tortellini filling. Andrea will share lots of tips and knowledge passed down through generations while he demonstrates a tasty simple sauce. Then we’ll stuff and cook and eat. There is Tiramisu and then there is TIRAMISU! You know which one you will make to take home, the most traditional and beautiful of all.

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Learn how to make these perfect floating pillows of Italian deliciousness dripping with tasty sauce. You’ll make them from scratch the traditional way and then eat and critique in class. Then Andrea will make the ‘perfect’ egg pasta dough and demonstrate some of the more unusual shapes such as Gemelli, Casarecce, Cavatelli or if you’ve never had the Italian homemade macaroni then you are in for a treat. You ‘ll make and fill your own container of shaped fresh pasta to take home and cook.

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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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If you are booking or just dreaming of an Italian vacation it is so important to speak the language.

This one day course will give you a fantastic introduction into Italian greetings and travelling lingo so that you can enjoy a true taste of local delights – when in Rome!

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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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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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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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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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Delicious, refreshing, fizzing delight. Learning the art of successfully keeping a healthy Kombucha Scoby is the beginning of a life transforming attitude towards a healthy gut. These fermented drinks contain beneficial enzymes and nutrients that improve digestion and boost your beneficial gut flora and immunity. 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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Create your own collection of beautiful printed designs on fabric using simple tools to make your own printing blocks and learn about pattern repeats in the process. A carefully curated colour pallet of textile inks will be provided for you to use during the workshop. You will make and take home a collection of stamps, printed samples on calico squares and a finished textile design on a linen tea towel. Class includes: all materials to make wooden stamps, print onto test fabric then print final tea towel. Skill level: All levels welcome.

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Join the Let’s make it green crew for a fun filled and hands on workshop! Reusable beeswax wraps are a beautiful organic product that are perfect for wrapping cheese, sandwiches, leftovers, snacks for the little ones, and almost anything else you can think of. A great alternative to using plastic wrap. You’ll take one beeswax food wrap with you as well as a small pack of materials and instructions to help you make more at home.

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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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Improving gut health with Sauerkraut & nutrient rich Fermented foods packed with minerals and probiotics is an ancient and essential part of kitchen skills. Feed and repopulate your good bacteria. We will teach you how to navigate the correct skills for a successful ferment.

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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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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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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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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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