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23 of the Best Creative Hens Party Ideas in Sydney

23 of the Best Creative Hens Party Ideas in Sydney



Whether you’re organising the essentials, or you’re just a good friend who wants to steer your group in the right direction (and away from the ...
DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts



Of all Christmas traditions, gifting loved ones may just come first place as the most underrated act. As the end of year nears, as we tie loose ...
Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas Party Ideas



Tinsel, carols and sugar-sifted mince pies. It’s that time of year again. Santa’s red chair is rolled out as the centrepiece ...
Make Your Own T-shirt with Screen Printing

Make Your Own T-shirt with Screen Printing



As a teenager in a primary school art class, I had no idea what screen printing was, but from what I could see of the press in front of me, it was ...
Knife Painting Is Just Like Decorating a Cake

Knife Painting Is Just Like Decorating a Cake



Of the array of materials available to the modern artist, probably the most sophisticated tool is the paintbrush. From thin to thick, fine to fan, ...
Intimate Learning and Teaching - the Power of Privacy

Intimate Learning and Teaching - the Power of Privacy



ClassBento's privacy options allow teachers to use secret venues, and gives students marvellous new ways to experience classes. So what's ...
Re-imagining Learning - Lessons from Sculpture by the Sea

Re-imagining Learning - Lessons from Sculpture by the Sea



What do you think of when you see the word ‘learning’? I think of a classroom. I think of an older person, lecturing. One-way communication. I ...
Are We Losing Our Focus?

Are We Losing Our Focus?



My morning schedule is generally the same every day: wake up, scroll through social media, check my email accounts (one for work, one personal, and ...
How Teachers Earn More and Students Pay Less, Via Tiered Pricing

How Teachers Earn More and Students Pay Less, Via Tiered Pricing



What’s the best way to maximise a teacher’s hourly rates, without imposing minimum class sizes, while at the same time automatically ...
Find Balance with Ikebana Flower Arranging

Find Balance with Ikebana Flower Arranging



To the untrained eye, ikebana may seem like just a few flowers in a bowl. The translation of the name doesn’t shed much light, with ike meaning ...
Cocktail Making in Sydney

Cocktail Making in Sydney



I’ll admit it. When a friend of mine invited me to go to a local bar to try out a popular new mixologist who runs cocktail making classes in ...
Japanese Calligraphy Gets Your Focus Back

Japanese Calligraphy Gets Your Focus Back



Whenever I see the Japanese calligraphy, shodo, I am astounded. I have trouble enough writing legibly with a pencil, let alone create a work of art ...
Save Money and Become Your Own Barista

Save Money and Become Your Own Barista



Maybe it’s irrational, that happiness that we feel at pouring the morning’s first cup after learning how at coffee classes in Sydney. ...
Learn to Make Japanese Sweets in Sydney

Learn to Make Japanese Sweets in Sydney



A typical Japanese bakery will have wagashi. In fact, they won’t just have wagashi. Most likely, they will have many, many types of the bite-sized ...
Re-energise Against Burnout

Re-energise Against Burnout



In today’s fast-paced, business-oriented society, there is a clear hierarchy of work ethic and lack of focus on the employee wellbeing. Those ...
Aged Health Benefits and Recreational Classes

Aged Health Benefits and Recreational Classes



The weekend before my great-grandmother passed away at 98-years-old, she took me outside to plant sunflowers. Her daughter and granddaughter put ...
Floristry Workshops Have Hidden Benefits

Floristry Workshops Have Hidden Benefits



Imagine the lobby of a hospital. White walls, white linoleum flooring, black entrance mat. Bright fluorescent bulbs line the ceilings of long, branching ...
Try Not to Smile in an Ukulele Class

Try Not to Smile in an Ukulele Class



It’s difficult to imagine a happier instrument than the ukulele. Light, twinkling musicality aside, the mere appearance of the small stringed-instrument, ...
Grab a Skateboard and Get Rolling

Grab a Skateboard and Get Rolling



For various reasons, many people overlook skateboarding as a hobby. It is reserved mainly for young, cool kids with trendy fashion sense and a seeming ...
The Colourful History of Jewellery Making

The Colourful History of Jewellery Making



I'd never tried jewellery classes in Sydney before. When I was a kid, my mother took me to meet one of her friends for an afternoon lunch.    We ...
Dragon Boat Racing Origins

Dragon Boat Racing Origins



Imagine the perfect morning on the bank of a tranquil river. The water is slow-moving and glassy. The only sounds are birds chirping and a gentle ...
Why So Serious? Hobbies Vs. Burnout

Why So Serious? Hobbies Vs. Burnout



Think back to your earliest childhood memories of school. Do you remember playing outside? Do you remember finger painting? Do you remember singing ...
Adapting the Workplace for Millennials

Adapting the Workplace for Millennials



After graduating from a university in Sydney in 2013, I felt confident in my ability to get a job. I had good references, a list of diverse work ...
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