There is a season – turn, turn, learn…

Posted on: April 23, 2009

Under The Tree from flickr

Under The Tree from flickr

The changing of the seasons is well underway in Melbourne. There are blushes of autumnal colour starting to peek through everywhere. I really think it’s my favourite time of year in Melbourne. And it also seems like a good time to start getting that life/ work balance back in check.

I’ve signed up for a term of one yoga and one pilates class a week and I can start spending my weekends sewing and gardening again now that we have our wedding venues booked.

I have also noticed there’s a bunch of classes, workshops and projects coming up that I thought you might be interested in if you are in Melbourne:

PERMABLITZ have a bunch of classes coming up in May:
SGA are running some Yummy Yard Autumn Workshops:
Ever wanted to grow your own edible produce at home, but don’t know where to start? Never fear, the solution is here! Sustainable Gardening Australia is running a series of “Yummy Yards” courses in Victoria throughout May, to help you get going and keep on growing!

The autumn series of SGA’s very popular Yummy Yards course are scheduled to run as follows:
Series 1. West Footscray Neighbourhood House, Footscray on Tuesdays, May 5th and 12th, 2009
Series 2. The Horticultural Centre, Forest Hill on Wednesdays, May 13th and 20th, 2009
Series 3. Sandybeach Centre, Sandringham on Thursdays May 7th and 14th, 2009

Workshops run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm each evening, and the cost for both evening workshops is just $135 (including GST).

BAAG (Bulleen Art & Garden) always have fantastic courses running if you live in the east. Currently they have these coming up for $25 per class:
  • Backyard Chooks
  • Permaculture in the ‘Burbs Pt 2
  • Preserving Olives – the Italian Way
  • Produce In Pots
  • Worm Farms From Scratch
  • The Art Of Bonsai
Neco are running a free half day seminar on Aquaponics on Mon 18th May:
In an Aquaponics system, nutrient rich water is seen as an asset instead of waste and is utilised to grow useful plants. Once the plants have used the nutrients the water is returned to the fish tank clean and ready to be recycled again. The plants help the fish and the fish help the plants.Aquaponics is the most water efficient agriculture known, and there are near zero environmental impacts.
Aquaponics is a high density organic food production system
You do need to book a place though. Details are here.

Thread Den have their new sewing class schedule here.
  • European Cushions $30
  • Choose Your Own Kidswear $150
  • Circular Skirt
  • Winter Pinafore Dress $150
  • Women’s Waistcoat
  • Street Satchel $93
  • Feature Class: Patternmaking for Skirts $105

AND they are also bringing their Social Sewing Night. You’ll be sure to catch me at a couple of these.


Seriously. Their course guide is here. I have my eye on a number of the cooking and dance classes, they are always fun.


Oh man, looking at this course guide almost makes me want to move back to Adelaide. Look at all this stuff! And the classes are SO CHEAP! Must be government subsidised or something, they are about a third of the prices of courses at CAE in some cases.



1 Response to "There is a season – turn, turn, learn…"

We’ve just come from one of the Permablitz courses…Drought proofing your garden. They were great, really relaxed and friendly guys and we learnt a heap of things we haven’t even considered. Highly recommended. I am going to write a bit more about it on my blog but too tired tonight.

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