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.
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.
BUILD AN ELECTRIC BIKE
With the team from Melbourne Powered
DIY e-BIKE Conversion Workshop – $ Price to be confirmed upon application
Learn how to build your own e-Bike alongside the team at Melbourne Powered Electric Bikes.
e-Bikes are transforming the way we move! So don’t miss this opportunity to build your own
e-Bike, gain valuable knowledge from trained specialists and best of all, have fun while saving heaps $$
This Workshop is open to ages 18+.
No prior experience is required.
Spots are limited for this workshop so be sure to get in quick.
See more info here: INFO SHEET
This workshops MUST BE PRE-BOOKED as it involves converting your existing bike. Prices may vary depending on your bike type. So start the booking process by REGISTERING YOUR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST HERE
NATURAL BUILDING SKILLS – Tadelakt Plaster Workshop $35
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 traditional 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.
$35 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!
TRADITIONAL WEAVING WORKSHOPS
With Adrienne Kneebone
BUSH TOYS – $50
SATURDAY – 10.30 – 11.30AM
Enjoy a mindful session learning new contemporary weaving techniques creating toys simple style out of grass and wool. Bush Toys a fun activity for children, adults to accompany children 6 and under.
TWINED CARRY BAG – $65
SATURDAY – 1.00 – 4.00PM
Learn the ancient craft of twined basketry and create your own handwoven beautiful functional basket/work of art to take home. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the ancient craft of twined basketry.
Working with natural fibres hand-collected from the Yarra Valley region make your own unique creation.
At the end of the day you will take home your own handwoven beautiful and functional basket/work of art.
NATIVE GRASS COILING – $50.
SUNDAY – 10:30-12pm
This workshop teaches the technical side of beginning a place matt or small basket. Using a needle and coloured raffia thread anything is possible as Adrienne demonstrates the fun you can have sourcing onsite grasses to use as the body of your basket.
WOVEN BABY RATTLES – $65
SUNDAY – 1pm – 4pm
Spend a few hours with Adrienne Kneebone crafting a gorgeous baby rattle for gifting or for your very own bub! All materials including red hot poker leaves, dianella and raffia will be provided.
SEE ADRIENNE TO BOOK AT THE FESTIVAL
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
ARTIST WEAVING WORKSHOPS
With Zimmi Forest from Weaving Nature
RANDOM WEAVE – $65
Sat or Sun – 12.30 – 4.00pm
Create a gorgeous natural fibre basket using the beautiful Bangalow Palm.
In this class you will be guided through the various stages of the random weave process to complete a uniquely elegant & useful basket.
Zimmi is a wealth of information in natural fibre basketry and will teach more than just techniques.
Ideal for beginners
PREBOOK: BY EMAILING ZIMMI
or BOOK: AT THE WEAVING NATURE STAND DURING THE FESTIVAL.
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.
BOTANICAL PRINTING WORKSHOP
With Sarah Hunnisett of Empress Moth
$45pp – standard take home woolen swatch 40x40cm
$80pp – to print a wooden swatch and a merino shawl
Sunday – 10.00 – 11.30am
This unique form of botanical printing taught by Empress Moth is a rare opportunity to learn her individual approach to this alchemical craft.
Using eucalyptus leaves, you will learn the fundamental processes to achieving crisp clean prints on wool, with the option of also creating your own take home shawl.
Note: The creations made will need 3 hours in the pot, so either attendees can come back to collect their finished work at 2/3pm or they can take it home to cook themselves.
BAMBOO BASICS 3
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.
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.
Or visit the Giant Grass stand to book during the festival (if not SOLD OUT in advance).
Only 15 spaces available.
With Eli Beke from Wedge and Edge Wood Craft
SPATULA CARVING – SAT or SUN: 10.00 – 11.30am – $25
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 – $35
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.
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.