Castlemaine Community House has over 25 years of experience in running adult education classes. We have ACFE-subsidised classes to increase your skills, courses to share the knowledge of food growing, cooking and preserving, and a range of courses on a fee-for-service for health, leisure and pleasure. Even if a course has begun, it is sometimes possible to join. Click on the course titles below for details of each course, or check the calendar for what’s on.


Computers and Business Courses

Adult Literacy: Foundation literacy skills for non-English and English speakers. Details


Craft and Art

Watercolour Painting: Hilary Loftus has a popular watercolour classes on Wednesdays from 15 October 2014 at Ray Bradfield Room. Details.

Needle Felting and Doll Making: Camila Serrano, who designs objects inspired by nature and fairy tales, using needle felting will teach two classes beginning in October. More Details.

Theatre Games: Come and have fun and join in a series of Theatre Games with Ramon Angeloni who studied at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute.  Details.



Permaculture Design Course: We regularly run Permaculture Design Courses. With ACFE support we are able to offer this course at a very low cost. It begins with the basic principles of permaculture, starting with how water, soils and climate affect gardens, orchards and animals. Also includes both theoretical sessions and visits to and activities at working permaculture properties. We also have guest speakers.  More Details.

Certificate III in Permaculture 30868QLD: This is the first time we have run this course! The course follows on from the introductory PDC course (see above), and it may be possible to take individual modules. More Details

Natural Beekeeping Course: A fantastic course for small-scale backyard beekeeping. This course will provide the information and skills to get started. More Details.

Cooking for Numbers: A great four-week course which provides all you need to know how to do to cater for community events – with practical experience of events in the final weeks. More details.


Health and Wellbeing

Hatha Yoga: On Tuesdays at 9am in school terms, Wendy Ashton leads a gentle yoga class. The group welcomes newcomers. Each session: $12. Details.

Tai Chi: Ron Moore leads tai chi every Friday at 9.30am, at the Botanic Garden (in or near the Rotunda). Gold coin donation. Details.

Dance and fitness: The Nia Technique: The Nia Technique is a fusion fitness, movement, dance and lifestyle practice, designed for all fitness levels and body types for both men and women. We have a series of weekly group classes on Monday evenings. Details.



Spanish: Susana Fernández and Camila Serrano teach Spanish on Tuesday evenings, beginning 7 October. Details.

La Escuelita: Fun Spanish For kids: There’ll be songs, fairy tales and active games, where children can build basic Spanish vocabulary. More Details.


Adult Education Classes supported by ACFE

A number of our classes are subsidised by ACFE to make them very affordable. They are courses designed to improve your employability and skills.

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Apple Mac Computers

Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Cert III

Cooking for Numbers

Business Success


Please book as soon as possible because places on all our courses are limited!

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