Home to a broad and rapidly growing range of classes and workshops, the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region provides those wanting to explore their creative side with plenty of options to choose from. Whether it’s a cooking class, learning the skills of dry stone walling or making your own chair, there is literally something for everyone! Keep in mind that many of these classes book out quickly, so be sure to book well in advance.

Art in Nature Studio and Workshops - Maldon

Immersion in nature and drawing are both really, really good for your mental health.  Combine the two and you have an extraordinarily fulfilling experience. Get your mental health fix and book a class or workshop at Nature Lab Studio on 240 acres of natural bush, just five minutes from Maldon. 

For further information contact Sally Anderson

Diggers Workshop – Blackwood - April 26th 

Diggers’ Head Gardener, Julian Blackhirst, is conducting guided tours of the beautiful garden at the Garden of St Erth, in Blackwood, at 11am and 1pm as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. These are free with garden entry, and for the month of April, Diggers Club members are also able to bring a guest for free (it’s usually $10 entry for non-members).

diggers.com.au/shop/events/st-erth

Millet Road Maker Hot Cross Bun & Sweet Sourdough Workshop -  Gisborne South – April 5th 

In this special, once-a-year sourdough workshop, you will learn how to create your own sourdough sweet treats!  Just in time for Easter, you’ll make sourdough hot cross buns, scrolls, and more. You’ll get a recipe booklet, your own sourdough starter and head-milled wheat, morning tea, lunch and loads of goodies.  Places are limited to just six people.

millettroadmaker.com.au/workshops

Mountain Gin Foraging Workshop – Mt Macedon 

Join the founders of Mountain Distilling for a foraging walk on Mount Macedon to discover two of the signature native botanicals using in their award-winning ‘Mountain Gin’.  Use code ‘VISITVIC’ upon check out.

mountaindistilling.com

Intuitive Colour Creations Workshop – Kyneton – March 14th

Intuitive art is all about letting go of everyday life; being ‘in the now’. During this one-day session you will receive a Spirale colour reading to help you tune in to who you are, then one-on-one coaching in abstract art techniques, releasing your artistic self-expression. Your artwork will then be interpreted by a psychic medium to reveal its hidden meaning.  All tools and materials are provided, as well as a delicious lunch created from local organic produce. 

theoldauctionhouse.com.au/classes

Petty kitchen knife one day course – Kyneton - Saturdays

A great introduction to knife making, with a maximum of two students. You make - and take home - a stock removal petty knife with a full tang micarta handle. The petty knife is useful in the kitchen when you don’t want to pick up a large chef knife; great for prepping veggies, fruit and cheese.  You finish with a sharpening class, learning how to sharpen your handmade knife using Japanese water stones, and how to maintain the edge at home. 

rowsaan.com/courses

Nature journaling workshop – Forest Glade Gardens, Mount Macedon – April 3rd

Nature journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature. It’s fun and relaxing, calms your mind, increases your attention to detail and appreciation of beauty, and helps you to connect with nature. The result is your own unique nature journal. Worried that you can’t draw or write? No problem! In this workshop you’ll learn simple exercises that will help allay your fears and get those creative juices flowing.

paperbarkwriter.com