10 September

Work-Shop arrives in Melbourne

Work Shop

When Chester Garcia and Matt Branagan set up Sydney’s Work-Shop in June 2013, their mission was simple: to help people unleash their creativity, and to offer short creative courses that didn’t cost a week’s pay.

And that’s what happened. In collaboration with artists and experts, Work-Shop has fostered whole new clans of Sydney unicyclists, Ottoman-makers, street artists, tattoo illustrators, rappers and coffee-shop networkers.

Now, it’s Melbourne’s turn. This week, Chester and Matt opened doors alongside consulting art agency Juddy Roller, and kicked things off with a terrarium-making workshop with Instagram-famous Candy Sparkles. Last night saw a group of budding artists try their hands at abstract painting and drawing (pictured).

“What we’re trying to do is to get people to change their perception of what they’re capable of,” says Garcia. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to learn the harmonica (Thu Sep 11. 8pm. $30), or to master sleight of hand at the How to be a Houdini workshop?… Read more

26 June

Tickets are now on sale for the School of Life’s winter program

School of Life

In life, there are some skills that you’ll never learn from a textbook. The art of sparkling conversation, worrying less about money, happily spending time alone, making love last. People are born with those skills, right? Or at least they’re acquired through years of, well, living? Not if you ask Swiss-British philosopher Alain de Botton. In 2008, he started his School of Life in London, and in 2012, opened his first international campus here in Melbourne.

After a sell-out spring season, tickets have just been released for the School of Life’s winter program, beginning in July. Many of the old favourites are back, including How to Realise Your Potential, How to Make Love Last and How to Relate to Your Family, which draw from pop culture, philosophy and psychology to help you discover the answers for yourself. The classes are taught by artists, writers and people who have lived what they’re talking about.… Read more

13 June

Tomorrow is World Wide Knit In Public Day

World Wide Knit in Public Day

There was a time when knitting was just for Nanna. Then, there was a time when knitting was the penchant of hipsters, yarn-bombing their way through the streets of Fitzroy and Northcote.

Melbourne, we say it’s high time that we take up our sticks and reclaim the time-honoured tradition of the social knitting circle, known as stitch’n’bitch. Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day, which will kick off a week-long celebration of casting and purling our way to woolly scarf success.

So why should you get excited about knitting? Aside from the social and therapeutic benefits, learning to knit is also an opportunity to help keep disadvantaged kids keep warm this winter.  Back for its 16th year, the ‘Guardian Angels’ program is giving away free downloadable pattern books that show you how to knit jumpers, blankets and children’s socks. You can donate your creations to the Save the Children foundation before Sunday, August 31.

If you’re a bit short on craft-buddies, then Melbourne’s yarn emporiums are here for you.… Read more

4 June

Find the best yoga in Melbourne

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The yoga world is terribly complex. Some studios offer more than 300 classes every week, some others 20 different yoga styles. But there’s a new book that sifts through it all for you. The BEST of YOGA team has spent six months researching hundreds of classes in Melbourne, has gathered feedback from countless local yogis and didn’t mind the 5am wake up calls to find out where’s the really great yoga in Melbourne.

Here are Melbourne’s most weird and wonderful yoga experiences

1. Immerse yourself in a“soul massage”- during a singing bowl meditation at Ohana Yoga in Albert Park

2. Float through your practice like you’ve never done it before, following the innovative and unique fusion of Yoga and Tai Chi at SomaChi in South Yarra or at the brand new Collingwood studio

3. Watch the world upside down while suspended in gorgeous silks at the airy and spacious Body Flow Yoga studio in Windsor

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26 March

A tour of the School of Life with Alain de Botton

School of Life Melbourne

There’s something very intimidating about walking into a room and not knowing anyone. But at Alain de Botton’s School of Life, nobody’s a stranger very long.

As the popular Swiss-British philosopher explained at the March 25 launch, he’s always been the sort of person to strike up profound philosophical conversations at parties. “I had to invent an institution to make me seem normal,” he joked, charmingly.

His School of Life, founded in London in 2008, reflects de Botton’s professional persona: diffident, accessibly erudite and achingly earnest. Upon entry, guests at the launch party were handed little square cards bearing conversation-starting questions including: “Can incompatibility ever be a strength in a relationship?” “Does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?” and “For you, what would be a good death?”

Black T-shirted staff members were seemingly instructed to strike up conversations with anyone standing or sitting alone.… Read more