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Many of the skills we acquire assist us at work, at home and in the community and enrich our quality of life.

They provide a challenge to our dexterity, our resilience and our mental acuity.

Culinary courses invite us to seek inspiration from the chefs of the world and draw upon the traditions of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and Asia.

Equestrian pursuits are a part of history and a feature of the modern world.

Games, such as bridge and croquet, pose questions that require resolution. We need other life skills for personal care; they are a feature of who we are.

Our lifestyle is an important contributor to where we are going and how we live.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle health improvement exercise suitable for all ages. It improves balance and co-ordination, strengthens the legs and back, increases circulation and energy throughout the body, creates a feeling of well-being and encourages harmony of both mind and body. As a healing art, Tai Chi is beneficial for stress management, prevention of occupational diseases and the promotion of postural awareness. This course features the short “38 form”, as well as Silk Reeling chi... [More]
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Tai Chi: Intermediate

Refine your techniques and gain a better understanding of the traditional Chen style Tai Chi form and its fundamental principles. Polishing and tweaking of the postures and movements will improve and increase the subtle flow of vital energy (chi), strengthening the body and calming the mind. Sifu Damir Tenodi is a teacher of therapeutic and martial art and author of several books. He teaches traditional Chen style Tai Chi, as studied with the “Keeper of the Chen style” Grandmaster... [More]
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Permaculture: An Introduction

Good food (maybe home-grown), energy and water efficient homes, good company and a constructive approach to living... these things are the essence of the permaculture approach to life. At this five-part workshop were we will learn how to permaculture-ise our lives by taking a journey through the permaculture design system. We’ll explore energy and resource efficient building design with architect Terry Bail and water efficiency with water consultant John Caley. We’ll explore food... [More]
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*Please note: there is no class on Sunday 3 September due to the venue being used for the 2017 EcoLiving Fair .

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Growing Big in Small Spaces Using Permaculture

Small places can yield big results when productive gardens are made according to permaculture design principles. Intensive food production in a very small area - and a small area is all that many of us have here in the Eastern suburbs - is the theme of this short course that calls upon our knowledge, imagination and innovation. Led by permaculture landscape architect, we’ll learn about applying permaculture’s principles of design in a small urban garden space, assessing our garden... [More]
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*Please note: there is no class on Monday 4 September due to the venue being used for the 2017 EcoLiving Fair on Sunday 3 September.

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Building Resilience

With increasing pressures around us, it is more important than ever to be equipped with a diverse repertoire of strategies to build and maintain resilience. In this one day course you will be introduced to a range of strategies, put them into practice and share your thoughts, ideas and feedback. Topics include: *Positive Psychology Principles (the importance of flexibility and gratitude) *Anxiety Reduction Strategies *Visualisation and Acceptance Techniques *Reframing tools... [More]
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The Art of Small Talk

There is nothing small about small talk. Discover the skills of great conversationalists as you learn why small talk is so important and practical ways to initiate and maintain engaging conversations. In this practical workshop you will learn: Why the ability to make small talk is so important? How to approach others – Initiating conversation with strangers Make yourself approachable Prepare topics points Make – and keep the person comfortable Observe – Listen – Compliment –... [More]

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Bike Maintenance

Thinking about riding to work, shops or for pleasure? Keep your bike running smooth and learn some handy bike maintenance skills. Bring it along to work on during the workshop. This workshop will help you become familiar with your bike and your tools. Also learn some essential maintenance techniques and minor adjustments to keep your bike in good working order. These include: best way of keeping your bike clean lubricants hecking for bike road worthiness how to put your chain back... [More]
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Composting & Worm Farming

This course shows how easy it is to reduce household waste through the art of composting and worm farming. Learn how to turn organic waste into food for your garden using a compost bin or worm farm. Topics covered include: principles of composting and worm farming, troubleshooting your compost or worm farm, what is better for you, a compost bin or worm farm, how to use compost and worm castings; and the environmental benefits of composting and worm farming. Participants from the... [More]
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Buying Your First Home

Gain the confidence and knowledge to join the property market as you learn everything you should know when buying real estate from a current investor and professional real estate coach. Discover how to buy in a changing market and discuss real life situations that will give you the edge when negotiating with real estate agents. If you are looking to buy and you really want to understand the market and where it is headed, then this is the course for you. Materials Pen and Notepad... [More]

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Latin American Vegetarian Cooking

Take a culinary journey from Spain to the new world as you create delicious, authentic vegetarian meals from Central America, South America and Cuba. Course fee includes all ingredients. Materials sharp knife cutting board tea towel and apron oven mitts Learning Outcomes gained an awareness of OH&S issues in relation to food preparation learned how to read and follow a recipe become familiar with terminology used in food preparation gained an understanding of how to select fresh... [More]
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