Most people have an interest they've never pursued; put on a 'one-day' list and forgotten about in that desk drawer they never dare to open. If you're one of those people, you're probably looking to add a little random to your routine - enter Laneway Learning and their informal, informative and often wonderfully weird weeknight classes in bars and cafes in and around Melbourne's CBD.
Laneway Learning classes usually cost $14, cater to about 20 people each and run all year round, here are my top picks for this season:
Attention all food lovers/calorie counters/health nuts and...Genetics enthusiasts? Since you're about to Google it anyway; Epigenetics is the study of variations caused by external or environmental factors. These variations have the ability to switch particular genes on and off.
In this class, you'll be presented with scientific evidence of how we can tailor these 'switches' through daily lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. Personally, even though I don't fall into any of the above categories, this class got my brain buzzing.
Epigenetics is taught by Pam Ferrada who with her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering advocates for the promotion of science in schools and for the translation of scientist's work to make it more approachable (and fun) for the lay public.
Karate, Tai Kwando, and Jiu Jitsu - these are probably the most common names that pop into your head when martial arts are mentioned. For this class; think swords, judging by the topics covered you might not ever be able to stop:
- History of sword fighting
- Movie & TV show myth busting
- Learn the difference between Long swords, Arming swords, Rapiers & Greatswords.
Students will also learn the how to's of fighting techniques using foam swords, for obvious reasons. Teacher Gindi Wauchope has been a teacher of medieval and renaissance combat with a variety of weapons since 2010 and currently teaches Rapier, Sword & Buckler and Longsword combat at the school of Historical Fencing.
It couldn't be a list of learning experiences in Melbourne without some refined liquor content, could it?
Since Gin is enjoying a bit of a revival moment right now, this class will take Laneway Learner's through the spirit's chequered history, how it's made and the use of various botanicals the process and of course, a tasting of Australian gins.
Caroline Childerley, founder & editor of The Gin Queen website teaches this class to share her passion and spread the word - even to those who don't like gin, not yet anyway.
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