Feature Workshops

This festival is all about interactions, and the various talks tents along with the workshops and demonstrations program make for the most diverse sustainable learning experience in Australia.

FEATURE WORKSHOPS

The featured workshops are hosted by some of Australia’s best and most skilled crafts-people, natural builders and experts. There is a fee attached to these workshops – however they are all at a much reduced rate for festival attendees – some have links to pre-book online and others can be booked direct with the hosts at the festival.

The skills and knowledge that you will learn will be unique, in-depth and valuable as these incredible hosts will pass on to you what they have spent a lifetime learning.


Beginners Tadelakt Plaster (Natural Building Skills) – $50

With Hayden Annable, leading Super Adobe natural builder in Australia –Curvatecture.

DAY / TIME: Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm

WHERE: Curvatecture Stand – see site map

Description: We will be sharing our knowledge on the amazing technique of naturally waterproofing any surface, by using the Moroccan plaster technique of Tadelakt, achieved by burnishing lime plaster with a precious stone, and adding olive oil soap. It is a labor of love, and although it takes time and patience, gives an unmatched finish in both appearance and usability in wet areas of the natural home. Perfect for baths, showers, splash-backs, or any area or object you would like to make impervious to water.

$50 per person for the 4hr session.

The class will run for 4 hours, and all materials and safety gear is provided.

You will leave the class with your own Tadelakt cob ball, and the knowledge of how to apply the technique in any other environment.

Recommend ages 15+, as this technique requires patience and dedication to achieve a great result.

The full 4hrs are needed to properly achieve a high finish quality.

More info, just ask us!

BOOK WITH CURVATECTURE AT THE FESTIVAL AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE

Only 15 Spaces available. Recommended for people with a 2 day workshop pass.


TRADITIONAL WEAVING WORKSHOPS

With Adrienne Kneebone

Wild Grass Basket Making using coil technique – $50

SATURDAY – 1pm – 3pm
Enjoy a mindful and communal session learning the basket weaving technique of coiling, using soft grasses to sculpt a basket shape.

Create your own Grass Basket using colourful thread and coil making technique.

Go home with a beautiful a new skill and a basket to gift or to keep for yourself.

Weaving Prayer Flags – $50.

SUNDAY – 11am – 1pm

This is a new workshop. We will be making a lap loom using a special stick and some raffia then I will teach the art of flat twining. The result will be a stunning wall hanging for an outdoor or indoor setting.

Learn: A twinge weaving technique and a blanket stitch finishing technique.

Go home feeling uplifted from this communal experience, taking with you new friendships and a piece of art you have handmade.

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BOTH WORKSHOPS CAN BE PRE-BOOKED FROM LINKS BELOW, OR BOOK AT FESTIVAL WITH ADRIENNE IF SPACES STILL AVAILABLE.

Adrienne Kneebone has lived, created and taught fibre art for the last 19 years. She has created remote Indigenous community-building fibre initiatives which have travelled to Indonesia, China, and back home to Federation Square. Her passion for making extends to her love of igniting creative fire in her students. She currently teaches and demonstartes Basketry at various venues across Victoria some include Ceres Environment Park, Geelong Art Space, YAVA in Healesville and at her home studio located in the Yarra Valley as well as various school incursions and national festivals.

See more of Adrienne’s work here: www.adriennekneebone.com


WOOD CARVING

With Eli Beke from Facebook: Wedge and Edge Wood Craft

SPATULA CARVING – SAT or SUN: 10.00 – 11.30am – $26

We will be carving a straight spatula in the Swedish green woodworking tradition using wedges to split timber, an axe to bring form and a carving knife to bring about the shape of the spatula.

SPOON CARVING – SAT or SUN: 1.30 – 3.00pm – $36

We will be carving a spoon from a blank in the Swedish green woodworking using knives gouges and hook tools to make an eating size spoon together.

Or book in at the Wedge and Edge Woodcraft stand during the festival (if not sold-out in advance).

See more: www.wedgeandedge.com


SELF-SUFFICIENCY WORKSHOP

With Dr Rachel Goldlust

So You Think You Can Go Self-Sufficient – $50 / $45 Concession

SESSION 1 – Saturday 2.30 – 4.00pm

SESSION 2 – Sunday 9.30 – 11.00am

A Practical Ideas and Creative Visioning Workshop with PhD graduate and Natural Building Practitioner Dr Rachel Goldlust

This workshop provides a practical 1.5hr session that will be informative, interactive and creative for anyone to begin to dream and create their ideal self-sufficient home. Part information session and part creative process, the group will discuss and collaborate on a number of topics including;

  • Natural building and tiny house ideas
  • Permaculture basics
  • Passive solar design considerations
  • Planning, design and logistics for building and establishing a self-sufficient home
  • Alternative technologies and options
  • Understanding basic costing and budgeting
  • Workshop ideas and logistics

The group will discuss questions such as:

  • How to pick a good site and what is our ideal situation?
  • What tools, resources and groups can be accessed to reduce cost?
  • What are fundamental values and what things can be compromised when looking to become more self-sufficient?
  • What am I really looking for when I move towards greater self-sufficiency and off-grid lifestyles?

The participants will leave with a wealth of new information and a more developed idea to begin their journey towards practical self-sufficiency. Through visual and communication means, they will be guided into putting their ideas into a more workable step-by-step format for action.

  • GOING OFF GRID

This workshop must be pre-booked as Rachel will not have a stand at the festival where you can make bookings.


BAMBOO BASICS 1

With Munir Vahanvati from Giant Grass

Bamboo Crafts: Make you own Sushi Dining Kit – $39

Sat or Sun – 10.30am – 12.30pm

Come and join us in this hands-on workshop and learn about bamboo as a material for a sustainable future. As part of this workshop you will be making your own sushi dining kit to take home for you next sushi meal. It will include a tray, soy sauce dipping cup, sake/tea drinking cup and a pair of chopsticks. While making this kit you will learn about working with bamboo including cutting, splitting and cleaning bamboo.

The workshop is suitable for ages 13+ (children under 18yrs will need to be supervised by a guardian) with no prior experience required.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring a pair of gloves and wear closed shoes.

Or visit the Giant Grass stand to book during the festival (if not SOLD OUT in advance).

Only 15 spaces available.


SURVIVAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS & DMEOS

With Gordon Dedman from Bushcraft Survival Australia

1. Survival Priorities & Essential Equipment

  • the difference between survival and bushcraft
  • how wilderness survival skills are applicable in an urban environment and can help you in any situation
  • knowing what equipment is essential and what to manufacture from nature if you don’t have it

2. Shelter & Clothing

  • the 5 heat loss/gain mechanisms
  • the importance of correct clothing for all environments 
  • improvised emergency shelters  and natural shelters

3. Fire

  • the importance of fire
  • correct fire preparation, management and how to clean up and leave no trace.
  • ignition methods including demonstrations of various friction fire methods

4. Water

  • sourcing water in the landscape
  • the 5 water contaminants
  • how to filter and purify water (demonstration of various methods)

5. Natural Navigation

  • finding direction using the sun and the stars (demonstrations and talks on various methods of finding direction using solar and celestial means)
  • travelling in the bush using natural navigation

OtherDuring the festival Gordon may also cover –

  • Useful and Edible Plants
  • Signalling foot Rescue
  • Safe use of cutting tools and knife safety
  • Various other Bushcraft and survival topics.

NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED: See the Bushcraft Survival Australia stand for times upon arrival.

See more for Gordon or book one of his extensive workshops here – www.bushcraftsurvivalaustralia.com.au


BAMBOO BASICS 2

With Munir Vahanvati from Giant Grass

Bamboo Crafts: Model making with bamboo skewers – $19

Sat or Sun – 2.30 – 3.30pm

Model making is a great way to visualise complex geometries and structures. As part of this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make a hyperbolic paraboloids and hyperbolic cylinders using bamboo skewers.

Hyperbolic paraboloids form the basis for making dynamic forms and structures. This is a great starting point if you want to build larger structures or want to learn and experiment with various geometric forms.

The workshop is suitable for ages 8+ and is a great way for children to learn about complex geometries.

All materials will be provided. At the end of the workshop you can take you creations with you.

Suitable for ages 8+

Or visit the Giant Grass stand to book during the festival (if not SOLD OUT in advance).

Only 15 spaces available.


HOME COMPOSTING

With Ella Boyen from Compost Community & Chooktopia

BREW YOUR OWN SAT: 1pm – FREE

Brew your own organic pest control and fertilisers, at the Compost Community Stand, 1pm Saturday – Free

DIY Bokashi activator SUN: 10.00am – $20

Learn to brew your own Bokashi activator. Includes 1L of Bokashi activation liquid to take home for your compost.

Intro – Bokashi Basics SAT & SUN: 3pm. FREE

A great introduction to effective and easy home composting.

ALL WORKSHOPS HELD AT THE COMPOST COMMUNITY STAND. BOOK WITH ELLA UPON ARRIVAL OR JUST ARRIVE 5-10 MINS BEFORE START TIME.

See more: www.compostcommunity.com.au


WATCH AN ELECTRIC BIKE BUILD

With the team from Melbourne Powered

e-BIKE Conversion Demonstration

See how to build your own e-Bike with the team at Melbourne Powered Electric Bikes.


e-Bikes are transforming the way we move! So don’t miss this opportunity to see how you can build your own e-Bike.

This is changed to a demonstration only this year due to Covid Social Distancing requirements. Workshops coming in 2022. And if you’d like to do a 1-on-1 workshop with them in the future and convert your own bike please register your interest HERE


GET CRAFTY

With Pinky Wittingslow from Crafty Possums

BOTANICAL INKS – free and on all day both days. Do need for signup, just walk up and play.

LEARN TO SPIN – $15

Sat & Sun – 10am, 11am and 2pm. (30min sessions)

Learn how to make your own yarn on a drop spindle. Pinky will also explain how to process different fibres such as Alpaca and Wool.

BAND WEAVING ON AN INKLE LOOM – $30

Sat & Sun – 3pm

Learn how to set up and start weaving beautiful bands on an inkle loom.

HOW TO LUCET – $15

Sat & Sun – 9am & 1pm (30min sessions)

Learn how to make cord like our ancestors using a medieval lucet.

Booking links coming soon.