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

Apple Mac Computers Class: An introduction to computer systems, programs and software for Mac users with Tim Ratcliffe. Details.

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 23 July 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 July. 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. Contact us for more information about the 16 week course beginning 24 July.  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) 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.


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 teaches 2 classes on Tuesdays beginning July 22. 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.

French: Ooh la la! Castlemaine goes French! Beginners French beginning Thursdays from July 17. 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

Cook Fresh, Cook Local

Business Success


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

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