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. This course will begin on Monday 10 February. Details.

How to Use MailChimp: MailChimp allow you to send 12,000 emails to up to 2.000 subscribers for free. Learn how to enhance your business marketing by reaching more people easily and cheaply. Great for community groups and small businesses. One session on the 18th February. Click on the title for more information or contact us on 5472 4942 to book in! Details.


Craft and Art

Watercolour Painting: Hilary Loftus has a popular watercolour classes on Wednesdays from 29 Feb 2014 at Ray Bradfield Room. Details.

Crochet for Beginners: Learn to crochet environmentally friendly washcloths and string bags, toys, blankets and other homewares with Kerrith McGrath. Begins 18 February. 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 this informative course, which will run again in February 2014. Details.

Seasonal Catering: Learn about catering with an emphasis on sourcing food with low carbon footprint. This wonderful course will begin in March. Contact us for more information or to book in! Details.


Health and Wellbeing

Hatha Yoga: On Tuesdays at 9am in school terms, Wendy Ashton leads a gentle yoga class at the The Forge, 341 Barker Street. The group welcomes newcomers. Each session: $12. Details.

Tai Chi: Ron Moore leads tai chi every Friday at 9.30am, at the Botanic Garden (near the Old Tea Room). 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 two classes on Tuesdays in February. Details.

French: Ooh la la! Castlemaine goes French! Beginners French beginning Thursdays in February. 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

Cook Fresh, Cook Local

Business Success


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

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