In the event that you are visiting Melbourne at the beginning of this year, and are looking for learn a new skill or to do something interesting for a change, then here are some of the workshops to consider for any Melbourne bound traveller.
Easy, versatile, practical and fun, there's never a bad time to learn how to knit. Starting with January 31 and throughout the entire month of February, you will be progressing through the ropes of an activity that people have been enjoying for centuries. The classes will be held at The Provincial Hotel by Jess; the duration of a class is around three hours and lessons require bookings.
Organised by ThoughtWorks, a Melbourne-based software company, the Open Office Evening aims to show the public who they are and how they intend to revolutionise the IT industry. Sitting through the 2-hour workshop will help you understand how the professionals address their clients' toughest challenges, create positive social changes, and the job description of each and every department. You'll also get to take a look around the office and get a firsthand account of why ThoughtWorks is a great place to work.
If you have always been fascinated by the Oriental cultures but never had the time to learn more about the subject, then attending the Regular Buddhist Meditation and Talk on Buddhist Topic on January 29 might be just the thing you need. The event will take place at the Diamond Way Buddhist Meditation Centre and welcomes newcomers who want to learn more about Buddhism and obtain a hands-on experience via guided meditation sessions.
On January 31 and February 1, one of the most renowned teachers, Jim Johnson, is coming to Melbourne to teach foodies how to cook the perfect American barbecue. Part of the prestigious Kansas City Barbeque Society, Jim will hold four-hour classes where you will learn all the tips, tricks and skills that could even allow you to participate in food competitions. Regardless of whether you simply want to cook for your friends or are actually interested in competitions, the event at Fancy Hanks promises to be a lot of fun.
Between February 2 and March 23, prospect students and amateur artists have the unique opportunity to see how professionals are improving themselves and fine-tunning their skills with the help of media. Irrespective of whether you're an experienced artist who seeks further development or you are just starting off in the world of art, Farimah Eshraghi, a graduate at the Fine Arts Academy of Bogota and a member of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists, is here to lend you a helping hand in any style and at any level.
In case the levels of stress from work and home are really starting to get to you and you barely have some quiet time to yourself, then perhaps you should learn more about the Lunchtime Guided Meditation Class. Held at the Ross House, the event doesnÃ¢ÂÂt require registration, the entry fees are donation based and address mostly to the busy professional of today. The primary role of the classes is to help you relax and re-balance yourself at a physical, emotional and mental level. All that during your lunch breaks, of course.
If you've always marvelled at people capable of performing those sensual and complicated moves specific to Latin American dancing styles, then you should really consider taking advantage of the free lessons offered by the Salsa Foundation. The lessons will take place at the ZINC @ Federation Square on February 6, February 20 and March 6. During these free courses, you will learn the basic steps of this popular dance; if you don't want to dance, rest assured that you will at least be able to enjoy the entrancing salsa beats.
Even though they use it on a regular basis, many people don't even realize that their smartphones are part of the 21st century. While employed daily, the iPhone is continuously changing at a rapid pace, thus forcing people to constantly adapt and learn how to operate their mobile devices. If you feel that you're a bit behind on this chapter and want to be able to make the most of your device, then consider attending the iPhone Technology Tutorial. The classes will take place on February 21, March 7 and March 21 at the Federation Square, and the only requirement is to bring your iPhone with you.
Held on February 9 at the Ether Conference Centre, the Mental Health First Aid Training Course teaches adults how to provide the initial support to loved ones who are developing a mental illness or how to deal with a mental breakdown until professional treatment is provided. The workshop is aimed at the busy professionals of today and it's based on the principle that possessing some basic training helps you improve your workplace. Upon completion, participants will receive a certification that can be used towards their Continuing Professional Development qualifications.
In the event that you feel like you never have enough money to do the things you really want, then the Introduction to FOREX Trading could be your chance. Held on February 14 at the Ridges Bell City Hotel, the workshop focuses on teaching you basic skills required to earn a second income from the comfort of your own home with the help of professional trading tools. As the name suggests, the courses are organised by the number one FOREX training institute in the world, none other than Knowledge to Action.
Since chances are you're not intending to take these classes alone and you want to bring along a few friends, then you should consider renting a mini bus or coach bus for this purpose. With the transportation to and from the venue ensured, you will have more time to socialise and relax.