Last night, I spent just over three hours having an amazing time with a group of people as we made kokedamas. Never heard of a kokedama? Me neither, until I saw the workshop details. It basically translates from Japanese as 'moss ball'. The effect is very pretty as you can see from the photo.
Put Your Heart Into It - Kokedama Workshop
However, I think if this workshop could be renamed 'kokedama therapy' it might come closer to the sense of stress-relief I felt on attending.
Earlier that day, I'd been called by my son's high school with the news that he would be in detention for two days after school for some misdemeanour. I was in a rubbish mood. I was asking myself what I'd done wrong as a parent and worrying about picking up my daughter and what the family would have for dinner. And then I got to the workshop and all the worries just melted away for a few hours.
Laura, our instructor, was just fantastic. She'd prepared an amazing feast of locally sourced produce including cheeses from country Victoria, olive bread and a variety of fruit. We were given a choice of organic wines and made to feel at home. Laura is the perfect host.
Next, Laura talked about the plant that was in front of on the table. The lovely woman next to me insisted we all name our plant and since they were Australian plants, she gave hers the apt name of 'Bruce'.
I felt like I was a child again playing in the dirt as we shaped our plant and then covered it in moss and string, creating a ball. Everyone created something slightly different but all of them were stunning. Would I do it again? Absolutely! Everyone should take time out from their busy lives to do something as relaxing and fun as this.
Put Your Heart Into It runs a variety of creative workshops - you can have a look at their website here.
Plus, they're currently having a competition to win a private workshop for yourself and 12 friends - click here for competition details.
Put Your Heart Into It has an beautiful studio situated right beside the Merri Creek in Northcote. It can be a little tricky to find, so make sure you read the instructions in the email - it's on the right side of the building, closest to the creek.