Life Learning

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Current classes on offer

Feb 28, Plant Power - Come and hear from Raw, Plant Based Chef, Eileen Sims about the incredible power of plant foods! Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Geelong

Mar 2, Street Orienteering - Bored with walking or running the same old block? Tired of trudging on the treadmill? Looking for a new way to give your brain and body a boost? West Park, Geelong West

Mar 4, Backyard Chooks - If you love the idea of raising chooks or already have your own flock, come along! This is a family friendly event - children 10 years and upwards are welcome. Beav’s Bar, Geelong

Mar 21, Decluttering Mindfully: KonMari Basics Class 1 SOLD OUT!

Mar 21, Decluttering Mindfully: KonMari Basics Class 2 at 8 PM - Do you want to declutter your life, live simply and be organised? Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Geelong

Mar 30, Exploring Greek Music: The Bouzouki and Beyond -  Let "The Greek Connection" introduce you to the history and beauty of Greek music!  Beav's Bar, Geelong

Apr 6, Knots Away: Self Massage - Ease aches and pains, loosen muscles, feel amazing! Learn where to find the good spots and what to do with the knots.  Armageddon Cake Bar, Geelong

May 10, Beat It: African Drumming & Rhythm - Get drumming! With every beat, the enthusiasm and excitement builds as you begin to sense the power of your individual rhythmic contribution. Great fun! Beav's Bar in Geelong

Geelong Sustainability aims to inform, inspire and connect people.

What we do?

Life Learning is affordable, community-driven, fun education in Geelong.

We host informal classes for curious people looking to try something new without a hefty price tag! Our classes are an affordable $12 (+materials if required) with a discount for GS members.

All of our course topics are dreamed up under the One Planet Living Principles of Health & Happiness, Culture & Community and Sustainability.

Topics like life skills, language, craft, sustainability, food, psychology, science, social issues, art, dance, literature, music, DIY, gardening, design, philosophy and relaxation are on our ‘to do’ list.

Most of all we encourage people to learn interesting ‘new stuff’ in a fun, social environment.

We are also open to suggestions for classes.

What are classes like?

Classes will run for 1.25 hrs in cafes, bars, galleries and other vibrant spaces. There will be a maximum of 20-25 people so it creates a fun learning environment and social vibe. Many of the classes will be interactive and there will be an opportunity to meet new people simply by learning a new skill.

Every class is totally different. Some of our teachers are pros at what they do, some are hobbyists or enthusiasts; it’s just about sharing knowledge they are excited about.

No matter what the class or who is teaching, our classes are laid back, fun, and participatory. Your involvement in class - whether through discussion or something hands on - is what makes it all the more enjoyable.

Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

Who can teach?

You just need a passion for the topic and a desire to share it with others.  We assist with the planning, take care of sign ups and marketing so you can focus on the important stuff of just inspiring others.

The idea is to offer informal classes to curious people wanting to learn something new!  It is a place to experiment with topics, hobbies and new ideas.

Find out more about teaching a Life Learning class here.

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Current classes on offer:

  • Life Learning - Plant Power

    What’s it all about?

    Come and hear from Raw, Plant Based Chef, Eileen Sims about the incredible power of plant foods! 

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    What will we cover?

    She will be whipping up some delicious, nutrient packed Smoothies, sharing the secrets of Sauerkraut and perfecting the Protein Ball. A great introduction to increasing your kitchen repertoire and improving your health!

    Who will be teaching?
    Eileen Sims is a USA trained Raw, Plant Based Chef who operates Raw Ambition, a cooking school in East Geelong. She is passionate about getting more plant foods on the plates of Australians and reducing our reliance on meat. Her motivation is to tackle climate change as well as many lifestyle diseases caused by our excessive consumption of animal products.
    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $10.00 AUD · 26 rsvps
    Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Geelong, Australia
    26 RSVPs
    sold out
  • Life Learning - Street Orienteering

    More fun than the same old run!

    Bored with walking or running the same old block or treadmill?

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    This is a fun way to give your body and brain a boost.  Try new places and meet new faces. 

    What’s it all about?

    Park and Street Orienteering provides the perfect combination of mental and physical exercise. You do not need a compass or any special map-reading ability. However, it will test your thinking while giving you a great workout in a friendly, safe, outdoor environment.

    If you can walk to the local shops, you are fit enough to participate. 

    What will we cover?

    Participants each receive a map with 20-25 pre-marked control points, and a card which is used to record the controls that are located. Controls are positioned on features such as light poles, fences, or trees. All participants start together, and must return to the Finish within one hour, or after locating a designated number of controls. It’s up to you to decide which controls to go to.

    Run or walk individually or in a group. 

    You will be required to meet at 6.40 pm prior to the start of the event at 7 pm so that you can be briefed and issued with your map.

    Who will be teaching?

    Alan Cooke has many years of experience with Orienteering Melbourne & Geelong. For this Life Learning class we will be joining the regular Orienteering crew to chart our way around the course, meet new people and most of all have some fun!

    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

    Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:40 PM · $5.00 AUD · 6 rsvps
    Meet at West Park in Geelong West, Australia
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  • Life Learning - Backyard Chooks

    What’s it all about?

    If you love the idea of raising chooks or already have your own flock, come along!

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    Learn all about our feathery friends, how to keep them healthy and happy and of course laying you an egg-shaped meal every day. Food doesn’t get much more ‘local’ than that.

    What will we cover?

    We'll be chatting about - what to look for when getting new chooks, chook behaviour, flock management, caring for chooks and ways to improve their health and their pens.  There will be plenty of chances to ask questions.

    Some of the topics we'll cover are:

    • Meet a chicken - hands on
    • Breeds
    • Housing
    • Eggs Galore
    • Day to Day Maintenance
    • Food & Drink
    • Health & Hygiene
    • Care & Handling
    • Practical health checks
    • Predators & Pests

     

    This is a family friendly event - children aged 10 and over are welcome. The first child accompanying an adult is free, subsequent children over 10 are $10 each. 

    Who will be teaching?

    Kerrie with her family, has been living with backyard chooks for nearly 20 years.
    She doesn't profess to know it all, but has learnt heaps about the ins and outs of backyard chook keeping over many years.
    Her practical and hands-on advice will help steer you in the right direction with your own backyard chooks.

    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

     

    Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 04:00 PM · $10.00 AUD · 26 rsvps
    Beav’s Bar in Geelong, Australia
    26 RSVPs
    sold out
  • Life Learning - Decluttering Mindfully: KonMari Basics

    What’s it all about?

    Do you want to declutter your life, live simply and be organised?

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    Can you imagine living a life where you don’t have to spend hours tidying, hours running around searching for stuff that you’ve lost or having to purchase something again because you've 'lost' the original!

    Instead imagine a life where you feel absolutely in control, where you feel free to pursue your goals in life. Yep sounds great doesn’t it?

    This class can help you on the path to this. The KonMari method focuses on what you want to keep in your life without the clutter. Simplifying your life can help you to create space to achieve all of those things that you long for.

    What will we cover?

    This interactive class will introduce you to the basics of KonMari. We will discuss the process and identify some of the personal benefits that can be achieved from working through the KonMari Method. We will even get to practice some of the folding techniques to put you right on track to achieving harmony in your life.

    Learn how to go beyond the notion of tidying and start the process of removing from your life all of the things that no longer bring you joy.

    Who will be teaching?

    Janine Hendry an interior designer has peeked into many homes. Along the way she has concluded that we are deeply impacted upon by the spaces that we inhabit. The state of our homes can hold us back from achieving what we want in life, and the first stage of creating an inspiring home must come with removing from our homes, all that stuff that no longer brings us joy.

    Janine is the founder of A Mindful Home an interior design consultancy that uses the KonMari method to help clients create soulful nurturing homes.

    Any questions?

    This class is proving extremely popular and the class from 6.15-7.30 is SOLD OUT!  

    Click here to attend the second Class @ 8pm

     

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions or want to put your name on a waiting list.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

     

    Acknowledgement: Thank you to Paul Foreman - Mind Map Inspiration for use of this image.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $10.00 AUD · 25 rsvps
    Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Geelong, Australia
    25 RSVPs
    sold out
  • Life Learning - Decluttering Mindfully: KonMari Basics

    What’s it all about?

    Do you want to declutter your life, live simply and be organised?

    Decluttering.jpg

    Can you imagine living a life where you don’t have to spend hours tidying, hours running around searching for stuff that you’ve lost or having to purchase something again because you've 'lost' the original!

    Instead imagine a life where you feel absolutely in control, where you feel free to pursue your goals in life. Yep sounds great doesn’t it?

    This class can help you on the path to this. The KonMari method focuses on what you want to keep in your life without the clutter. Simplifying your life can help you to create space to achieve all of those things that you long for.

    What will we cover?

    This interactive class will introduce you to the basics of KonMari. We will discuss the process and identify some of the personal benefits that can be achieved from working through the KonMari Method. We will even get to practice some of the folding techniques to put you right on track to achieving harmony in your life.

    Learn how to go beyond the notion of tidying and start the process of removing from your life all of the things that no longer bring you joy.

    Who will be teaching?

    Janine Hendry an interior designer has peeked into many homes. Along the way she has concluded that we are deeply impacted upon by the spaces that we inhabit. The state of our homes can hold us back from achieving what we want in life, and the first stage of creating an inspiring home must come with removing from our homes, all that stuff that no longer brings us joy.

    Janine is the founder of A Mindful Home an interior design consultancy that uses the KonMari method to help clients create soulful nurturing homes.

    Any questions?
    This is class 2 on 21/3 at 8 pm (as our first class has SOLD OUT)!
    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

     

    Acknowledgement: Thank you to Paul Foreman - Mind Map Inspiration for use of this image.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 08:00 PM · $10.00 AUD · 25 rsvps
    Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Geelong, Australia
    25 RSVPs
    sold out
  • Life Learning - Exploring Greek Music: The Bouzouki and Beyond

    What’s it all about?

    Rebetika is the name of a form and style of music which heavily influenced what we now recognise as Greek popular music.

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    It evolved in the early 20thC  in the urban ghettos of Athens as the music of the poor (and the underworld). Sometimes described as the ‘Greek blues’ for its themes of love, despair, poverty, drug use and social comment it was popularised through the film ‘Zorba the Greek’ and the music of Mikis Theodorakis.  It is universally recognised today.

    Image illustrated by Dimitra Tzanos under Creative Commons Licence.

    What will we cover?

    ‘The Greek Connection’ will demonstrate the unique features of this musical style from its characteristic scales to its complex rhythms and instrumentation.

    The influence of the bouzouki as a solo instrument with vocals, over a backing of guitar and piano-accordion will demonstrate the development of the style.

    Who will be teaching?

    ‘The Greek Connection’ is Ilias Maniatakis (bouzouki and vocals), John Hughson (guitar) and Sue Buchan (piano accordion).

    Ilias with his Greek heritage, virtuosic skill on bouzouki and voice leads this group which is well-known at multi-cultural festivals and Greek functions locally.  Sue is a skilled music teacher and pianist and John plays jazz guitar when he is not embracing some family roots through Greek music.

    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $10.00 AUD · 3 rsvps
    Beav's Lounge Bar, Geelong in Geelong, Australia
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  • Life Learning - Knots Away: Self Massage

    What’s it all about?

    Do you find yourself needing to work out the aches and pains after a day in the office or an afternoon on the sports field?

    Why not try a bit of self-massage? Guaranteed to loosen the muscles and make you feel feel amazing!

    What will we cover?

    We will cover the basics of how to self massage forearms, hands, neck and shoulders. Including:

    • Where to find the good spots and what to do with “knots” when you do,
    • Self care tools the experts recommend to help with repetition and fatigue,
    • Stretches for when you’re too tired to stretch,
    • Some theory about how these three areas hang together and affect one another through daily use.

    It’s not a substitute for remedial therapy but it will make you feel pretty great! And you’ll go home with some materials to keep up the good work.

    Please wear a top with short sleeves or ones that can be rolled up past the elbow comfortably.

    Who will be teaching?

    Clare developed a fascination with the human form and function through life drawing, dance and being uncoordinated at sports - this led her to roll up her sleeves and get hands on. She has been a Myotherapist for 7 years since arriving in Melbourne from the UK in 2007. In her spare time she reads books about neuroplasticity and is collaborating to develop a mindfulness based chronic pain management program.

    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $10.00 AUD
    Armageddon Cake Dessert Bar
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  • Life Learning - Beat It: African Drumming & Rhythm

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    What's it all about?

    African Drumming workshops are 'like going to a concert...only you're a part of it!'  These sessions are FUN, engaging, educational, inclusive and entertaining and they allow for all abilities to experience success. In this introduction to African Drumming, AFROBEAT will have everyone drumming to the beat of large African bass drums. With every beat, the enthusiasm and excitement builds as participants begin to sense the power of their individual rhythmic contributions! 
     
    What will we cover?
     
    Within minutes, AFROBEAT will lead a cacophony of noise into an awe-inspiring musical performance guaranteed to wow the first-time drummer. Without knowing it, participants have learnt the art of working together without words, building dynamic sounds and polyrhythmic compositions traditional to West Africa.
     
    Who will be teaching
    Experienced teacher, Neeni Tuti captures the imagination of her participants while inspiriting cultural awareness, diversity, team spirit, connection and self-esteem through African drumming.  You will learn traditional African rhythms and movements in a FUN, inclusive and uplifting atmosphere.
    Any questions?

    Please email lifelearning@geelongsustainability.org.au if you have any questions about the class.

     

    Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 06:15 PM · $18.00 AUD · 1 rsvp
    Beav's Lounge Bar, Geelong
    1 RSVPs
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