WORKSHOPS

Please read about our classes below.  They are all held at our homestead 'Riverbell Cottage' in Bellbowrie, Brisbane.  Classes are currently being held by private arrangement only unless advertised on this page. 

Candlemaking, Soapmaking and Outdoor Homesteading classes require a minimum of 2 people for a private class and Indoor Homesteading classes require a minimum of 4 people. Please contact me at riverbellcottage@gmail.com to enquire about booking a private class.  They are ideal for hens parties or work get togethers.

Classes are all demonstration only and are not really suitable for children.  Please contact me if you are wanting to book a ticket for your child so that we can discuss suitability before you book.  

INDOOR HOMESTEADING CLASS

If you're keen to slow down the pace of your life and get back to doing things the traditional way then our homesteading class may be just the thing for you! 

This 2 hour class is designed to give you a brief introduction to basic homesteading skills.  It is jam packed with ideas on making and preserving gut-loving food and is held at our homestead in Bellbowrie, Queensland.

Our 'Indoors Homesteading Class' teaches an introduction to:

* Making Sourdough Bread

* Brewing Kombucha

* Fermenting & Pickling Vegetables

* Sprouting

Learn how to get your gut back in balance with foods that are filled with goodness, that are easier to digest and are packed with fibre for prebiotic gut health. This class teaches you how to get the best out of the foods you eat through food preparation techniques such as pickling and fermenting to make digestion easier. Taught by Carrie, an accredited Nutritionist. 

This class comes with morning tea (sweet sourdough) along with plenty of kombucha to try!

I am happy to organise a private group class for a minimum of 4 people. Cost is $75 per person.

Fresh Sourdough
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SOAPMAKING CLASS

Come along to this 2 hour class held in our new purpose made soap studio and learn how to make your own organic soaps from scratch! You will learn the safety measures that are vital to safe soap making and how to add in essential oils, natural colours, herbs and flowers to make stunning soaps.  

I will explain how you can make soap from a wide variety of oils and butters such as olive, coconut, apricot kernel, jojoba, shea butter & cocoa butter and even how to make yourself a dishwashing and stain removing soap bar! Learn how to get the exact measurements right each time for a hard soap that is moisturising, bubbly and cleansing.

Each attendee will take home an organic soap along with a step-by-step guide to making your own soap at home.

To arrange a private class (minimum of 2 people) please send me a message to riverbellcottage@gmail.com. The cost is $65 per person. 

CANDLEMAKING CLASS

Come along to this 2 hour class and learn how to make your own candles at home!  This beginners candlemaking class will teach you everything you need to know to make your own beautiful candles and is held in our purpose built studio.  Candles make great gifts and can be made using upcycled containers and everyday items at home. 

This informative class teaches all the beginner skills and beyond that you need to successfully make candles at home including:

*Understanding wick types and choosing the right type for your candle;

*Learning all about different candle waxes;

*Understanding the safety measures needed when making & burning candles;

*How to add natural flavours, colours, essential oils & botanicals safely.

Each attendee will take home a naturally scented votive candle along with a candlemaking leaflet with instructions to help you remember all the key points.

To arrange a private class (minimum of 2 people) please send me a message to riverbellcottage@gmail.com. The cost is $65 per person. 

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Free Range Chicken Farm

OUTDOOR HOMESTEADING

CLASS

If you are wanting to make steps towards being self-sustained and living off your own homegrown organic produce then this is the perfect class for you. 

Our Outdoor Homesteading class teaches you the basics on how to get started in sprouting seeds, growing them, making your own compost, keeping a worm farm and chicken keeping (including hatching chicks). 

  • Veggie gardening (including how to grow seedlings, traditional raised beds and 'no-dig' methods)

  • Composting

  • Worm Farms

  • Chicken keeping

To arrange a private class (minimum of 2 people) please send me a message to riverbellcottage@gmail.com. The cost is $65 per person. 

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TESTIMONIALS

"I really enjoyed the class, I learnt a lot about soaps. Looking forward to attending another class soon."

K. Duffy (Soapmaking Class)

"Wonderful! So much information to take home and implement. I loved how Carrie made it simple and easy to understand and be able to do for ourselves. Carrie has so much knowledge to share!"

E. Gordon (Outdoor Homesteading Class)

"Great information including a fabulous cheat sheet for when you get home. Easy to follow instructions and a lovely friendly teacher. Plus a bonus yummy taste testing."

M. Newitt (Indoor Homesteading Class)

"Had a lovely time with Carrie doing the outdoor homesteading class.  She's such a lovely lady and I certainly learnt alot from the class.  She's also been happy to help and offer advice eversince.  I definitely recommend Riverbell Cottage for all that they offer."​​

D. Plumpton (Outdoor Homesteading Class)

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