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COVID19 Guarantee

In the event of increased COVID19 restrictions:
Where programs have already commenced, HLLC will schedule make-up sessions.
Where programs are yet to commence, HLLC will provide a class credit to be used within 12 months.

Staying Safe

We are open with COVID safe protocols in place, and we are happy to be welcoming our community back to HLLC. If you are visiting our office we ask that you check in at reception upon arrival, and continue to observe good hand hygiene practices and social distancing guidelines.


The Art Space

Whatever your preferred medium, share your passion and meet like-minded artists in our creative community space. Bring your current project and share ideas and techniques. All welcome.

Dates: July/Aug/Sept from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 10 weekly sessions
Fee: $50

The Craft Space

Enjoy the benefits of our well-equipped craft space. Sewing machines, overlockers and a variety of tools are available for use. Bring along your current project and enjoy a cuppa with this group of like-minded crafters. Beginners welcome.

Starts: Wednesday 21st April from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 10 weekly sessions
Full Fee: $87   |   Concession Fee: $80

Drawing for Beginners

Use a variety of materials and techniques, including drawing from life, to explore your unique style and ability to work creatively.

Starts: Thursday 6th May from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 4 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $150   |   Concession Fees: $134

Painting for Beginners

Discover your inner artist and join us to explore methods and techniques that will build confidence in your pursuit of your unique creativity.

Starts: Thursday 3rd June from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 4 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $150   |   Concession Fees: $134

Soap Making – Earthwise Vegan Soap Making Workshop

Make your own vegan, palm oil free, coconut and olive oil soap. Hands-on, fun and educational workshop using natural herbs and spices, flower petals and food grade item. Everyone takes home 500 ml (equivalent to 5 bars) of handmade soap.

Starts: Saturday 29th May from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Duration – 1 session
Full Course Fees: $83   |   Concession Fees: $82

The Women’s Shed

Work on your own carpentry projects with support from our experienced tutor. Receive expert guidance through the design process, selection of materials and use of machinery and tools, together with general assistance and advice.

Wednesday Morning
Starts: Wednesday 28th April from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday Afternoon
Starts: Wednesday 5th May from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Starts: Saturday 1st May from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Duration – 9 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $100   |   Concession Fees: $90


Bush Tucker Program

Learn about and understand the Australian bush from a functional and cultural perspective. Understand seasonal and other impacts on the ecosystem and begin to see the bush like a supermarket. Participate in field trips, learn how to propagate bush tucker plants and hear stories about the cultural significance of the tucker and country.

Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a creative design process informed by ethics and design principles. Explore bountiful, environmentally-friendly gardening and determine how sustainable your garden is. This introductory course is delivered by trained permaculture experts.

Starts: Monday 26th April from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Duration: 8 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $88   |   Concession Fees: $77

Kitchen Pharmacy

Staying healthy is as close as your kitchen cupboard. Learn how to make simple remedies for common ailments using everyday ingredients.

Starts: Thursday 3rd June from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 4 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $92   |   Concession Fees: $82


Auslan Level 1 – Introduction to Sign Language

Learning Auslan (Australian Sign Language) can help members of the deaf and hard of hearing community to communicate with family, workmates and others. Learn frequently used signs, hand shapes, introductions and greetings, age, time and months, people and relationships, deaf culture and communication, Auslan variations and HOLME.

Starts: Friday 7th May from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Duration: 6 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $67   |   Concession Course Fees: $60

Discover and Write Your Own Story

The central aspect of this writing course will be your memoirs. Coax your story out and give relevance and meaning to the journey you have travelled, and to the journey ahead. Morning and Evening Sessions.

Morning Class
Starts: Thursday 6th May from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Duration: 9 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $73   |   Concession Fees: $62

Evening Class
Starts: Wednesday 5th May from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Duration: 8 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $68   |   Concession Fees: $58

Introduction to Poetry

Do you dabble in poetry writing but would like some guidance? Or have you “always wanted” to write poetry, but didn’t have the confidence or opportunity? This initial course is designed to bring out the poet in you through exercises and an exploration of the poetry of well (and lesser) known poets as models and inspiration.

Starts: Wednesday 9th June from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Duration: 4 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $77   |   Concession Fees: $71

Improve Your Reading and Writing

Feel more confident about your reading and writing skills in everyday situations. Increase your employment prospects. Topics include reading instructions and signs, filling out forms and more. This small group will focus on the individual learning needs of each student.

Starts: Tuesday 4th May from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duration: 8 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $63   |   Concession Fees: $53

Writing for a Purpose

Have you always wanted to write but don’t know how to get started? Explore writing techniques including character and plot development, writing dialogue and how to choose the right core idea. Share your story and your journey with other writers in this small, friendly class.

Starts: Tuesday 4th May from 9:30 am – 12:30 am
Duration: 8 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $73   |   Concession Fees: $62


Arts and Minds – Peer Support Group

A supportive space for people to enjoy art and share peer support in their mental health journey. Includes school holidays.

Free Mental Health First Aid

Are you a Yarra Ranges resident who volunteers in the Yarra Ranges? Would you like to increase your confidence in responding to people experiencing
mental health problems?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) will teach you how to provide initial support to adults aged 18+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Register for this free training

Magickal Belly Dancing

This course will help you to discover your innate poise, balance and creativity. It is based on the belief that anyone can dance. Moving to the ancient shapes of belly dance helps dancers to look and feel more confident from the very first class.

Starts: Thursday 29th April from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Duration: 8 weekly sessions
Full Course Fees: $133   |   Concession Fees: $122

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality and martial arts training. It is gentle, easy to practice and beneficial to mind, body and spirit. Suitable for all ages, body types and fitness levels.

Pathways for Carers

The Pathways for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or mental illness an opportunity to share walks together and learn more about news, services and support available to carers. Looking forward to welcoming our carers back in 2021. Dates and times to be advised. Contact Shona for more information at programs@hllc.org.au or on 5962 5982.

Step Back Outside

A support group for those who feel that they would like to reconnect to the outside world after the COVID19 shutdown. This will be a small group which will include social activities and discussions.

Starts: Wednesday 19th May from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Duration: 6 weekly sessions

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