I do a lot of travelling and you never know where you are going to find me, talking about sugar-free jam making, fermenting, cheesemaking, or just living a simpler life. I have had people ask me about my schedule and where I am going to be, so I created this blog post to give you my schedule. I will pin this to the top of the blog and keep it updated for you.

I love to meet the people who read my blog, have my books, and use the Green Living Australia product to improve their health while saving money. Have a look at where I am going to be and drop by and say hello if you get the chance.


Cheese Basics

July 2022

Sugar Free Home Preserving

Based on my book, Sugar Free Home Preserving, this 1.5 hour session covers the art and science of jam making. Then we flip it on its head and learn how to make great jam without adding sugar. Safe preserving methods are also covered, ensuring that everyone walks away with the knowledge of how to make great tasting low or no sugar jams, and the ability to preserve them safely. This is a demonstration based session.

  • Date: Saturday, 2 July 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Bulimba Library, 219 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. Call 07 3407 8223

Pickling and Lacto Fermentation Workshop

Discover pickling basics at this demonstrative pickling class with Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia. During this engaging presentation, you’ll get a detailed overview of traditional pickling aka lacto fermentation!

Lacto fermentation is the process that produces traditional dill pickles, kimchi and real sauerkraut, among other fermented delights. Learn the basics of how to ferment foods and how important they are in achieving a healthy diet and a strong immune system.

Please keep in mind this is a demonstration based session. Students will not be pickling during this session, but you’ll be given all the knowledge, and access to equipment to start pickling and lacto-fermenting at home.


Sourdough Bread Making Workshop for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to make sourdough bread at home? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of sourdough bread making and help your budget in the process!

In this demonstration class, you will learn why we should all be eating sourdough bread; how to make, feed, and maintain your sourdough mother; and then how to take a portion of the mother and turn it into healthy sourdough bread. Baking tips to make the perfect loaf are included in this demonstration-based session.

Save money, eat well and reap the benefits of this new skill, being able to make something that you would normally need to purchase at the supermarkets.

Please keep in mind this is a demonstration based session. Students will not be making a sourdough during this session, but you’ll be given all the knowledge to start making sourdough at home.


Cheesemaking at Home

Learn simple ways to make handmade, great tasting cheese in your own home. Discover the basics of cheesemaking and how to make your own mozzarella cheese using common kitchen equipment. Presented by Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia.

  • Date: Saturday, 23 July 2022
  • Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Location: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings. Bookings are essential. Please call 07 3403 4166

Soap Making Workshop

If you’ve always wanted to make beautiful bespoke bars of soaps, come and learn soap making from an expert in all-natural skincare! You will explore using sustainable, chemical-free ingredients to make your own soap bars that you can enjoy yourself or give as special, unique gifts.

Valerie Pearson, co-founder of Green Living Australia, will teach you all the secrets of how to make your very own melt and pour soap with chemical-free, non-toxic ingredients. Our aim is to empower you to make bath and body care products that are all-natural and sustainable.

Bring an empty one-litre milk carton with you, and you will use it as your mould as you create eight to ten bars of luxurious DIY soap. All of the equipment and ingredients you need to make your soap are supplied.

Want to book a private workshop for your group? Capalaba Creatives can offer a unique range of classes for small or larger groups. Book a workshop and unleash your creativity with friends or co-workers – it’s a great team building activity.

Soap making is a timeless art that you’ll enjoy for many years to come. After this workshop, you will have the option to purchase soap making kits so you can continue to make even more DIY soap at
home.


Sourdough Breadmaking

Sourdough bread tastes great and is better for you. Learn how to make your own sourdough mother, look after her between batches, and then make the most amazing sourdough breads. Presented by Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia.

  • Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Corinda Library, 641 Oxley Road, Corinda
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. Please call 07 3407 7701

August 2022

Natural Soap Making

You’ll learn how to make your very own natural soap using a non toxic melt and pour method of making soap.  Students will take home about 8-10 bars of soap using a 1 litre milk carton as your mould!

This is a timeless art that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.  So if you’ve always wanted to make beautiful bespoke bars of soaps, this is the class for you!  Our aim is to empower you to make bath and body care products that are sustainable, using natural ingredients.

All of the equipment and ingredients are supplied, all you need to bring with you is a EMPTY 1 litre milk carton!  Easy!  There will also be soap making kits available for purchase so you can make more at home.


Natural Mineral Makeup Class

Looking for unique things to do in Petrie? Learn how to make your own natural mineral makeup at this hands-on class!

In this hands-on session, you will learn how to make your own all-natural mineral makeup that is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, children and people with allergies, matching your skin tone perfectly.

The base makeup powder can be used directly but is also the starting point to create your own colour-matched foundation, blush, bronzer, and more. Stop putting toxic chemicals on your face and stop paying a small fortune for your makeup. Making your own natural mineral makeup is both fun and easy, with the added benefit of saving money.

Making your own makeup ensures that you can avoid unwanted additives and allergens. You will be surprised how easily you can perfectly match your skin tones just like the experts.

You will take home mineral makeup made by you including, loose powder, bronzer and liquid foundation. You will also have all the know-how to make more with recipes and instruction booklets plus a specific recipe for your skin tone match.


Sourdough Breadmaking

Sourdough bread tastes great and is better for you. Learn how to make your own sourdough mother, look after her between batches, and then make the most amazing sourdough breads. Presented by Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia.

  • Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre, 171 Dandenong Road, Mt Ommaney, QLD
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. Please call 07 3407 7101

Cheesemaking at Home

Learn simple ways to make handmade, great tasting cheese in your own home. Discover the basics of cheesemaking and how to make your own mozzarella cheese using common kitchen equipment. Presented by Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia.

  • Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: Banyo Library, 284 St Vincents Rd, Banyo
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. Please call 07 3403 2200

Budget-Friendly Meal Planning

Learn how to reduce the amount of food your family throws away. Organise healthy meals, shop better, store food and use all that you buy. It is all about the planning and when you get that right you not only reduce waste but also save money.


Pickling and Lacto-Fermentation Basics

In this engaging presentation, through great demonstration you will get a detailed overview of traditional pickling aka lacto fermentation!  Lacto-fermentation is the process that produces traditional dill pickles, kimchi and real sauerkraut, among other fermented delights! Learn the basics of how to ferment foods and how important they are in achieving a healthy diet and a strong immune system!

There will also be Green Living Australia equipment available for sale on the night (preserving kits, pickling supplies and equipment, plus copies of Valerie’s Book ‘Sugar Free Home Preserving’)

Please keep in mind this is a demonstration based session. Students will not be pickling during this session, students will be given all the knowledge, and access to equipment to start pickling and lacto-fermenting at home.


Cheese Basics

In this engaging presentation, through great demonstration you’ll learn simple ways to make handmade, great tasting cheese at home. Find out about the basics of cheese and yoghurt making and how to make your own mozzarella cheese using common kitchen equipment!

Making your own cheese and yoghurt at home is a handy skill to have – to eat well, save money and create something you’d normally need to buy! It’s a superpower!

There will also be Green Living Australia equipment available for sale on the night (cheese making kits, supplies and equipment, plus copies of Valerie’s Book ‘Home Cheese Making in Australia’).

Please keep in mind this is a demonstration based session. Students will not be making cheese during this session, students will be given all the knowledge, and access to equipment to start making cheese at home.


A vegetarian lifestyle: eating for health and the planet

Want to have a lifestyle that is healthier for you and for the planet? A balanced vegetarian lifestyle can provide many health benefits such as a reduced risk of chronic diseases. It can also have a significant positive impact on the environment. Come and meet Valerie Pearson from Green Living Australia, to learn about her simple, vegetarian lifestyle.


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