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THE GOODLIFE CENTRE

The Goodlife Centre is an independent learning space situated in Waterloo, Central London. We offer practical boutique workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, Decorating, Upholstery, Woodwork & Carpentry, Furniture Upcycling & Restoration and various traditional heritage Crafts.

Our lovely workshop space is situated near Tate Modern in central London and is the ideal environment for our fast paced workshops. We offer classes all year to absolute beginners so no more excuses and no need to wait till ‘term time’.

The Goodlife Centre provides interesting practical ‘hands on’ workshops where everyone can gain new skills and enjoy expanding their confidence and abilities. All classes are open to men and women and are intended to teach skills to beginners and are not intended as trade training courses.We do not test or evaluate – so you can relax while you learn

Our workshop leaders are all experts in their field and enjoy passing on their knowledge in an informal and safe environment. In any course, you will learn by practice and enjoy the support of fellow classmates. The classes are small, which makes plenty of time for one on one learning.

Some of the evening workshops incorporate on going learning.You can return to increase your level of understanding.
If you are frustrated by your own inability to tackle a task, or resentful of having to pay someone to take care of simple home maintenance – welcome. We know how annoying it is to have to wait till some handy side kick can get round to the tasks you wish would just get done.

For many who spend their days typing at a keyboard or in a job with abstract goals, the level of satisfaction from learning a practical skill is a wonderful stress buster after an unfulfilled day.

If you are a DIY phobic, a bit wary or a Gung Ho ‘Let me at it’ type, our small practical classes aim to fast track you through the basics, guided by professionals who will share their

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The Goodlife Centre training courses

45 training courses found

CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD TABLE

Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and modern drills and saws, experienced craftswoman Ruth Thomson will guide and inspire you as she teaches age old techniques in carpentry. As you begin making objects traditionally constructed from seasoned pine, you will learn how to use and care for chisels, saws, planes and spoke-shaves.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend | Part time day
INTRO TO WOODWORK - SHELF AND BRACKETS

Measure, saw, chisel, plane and create a simple half joint. Take a plunge into carpentry by learning how to use the tools that create this rather lovely set of ‘Gallows brackets’ and shelf.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
MAKE A ROMAN BLIND

Drawn to the look of fashionable roman blinds but not sure how to make them yourself? Then this workshop is for you. From measuring the window to fixing it to the wall, experienced tutor, Jan Dodd will guide you through the tools and techniques for making bespoke and accurately fitting blinds for any room in your house.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
MAKE OR UPCYCLE A LAMP

Now that lighting has become an art form, we are offering three weeknight evening workshop to ignite your creative side and help you design and make your own lamp. We will show you how to plan your project, how to select and construct materials that are stable and safe, how to wire up your structure, complete with a switch and although it may not win a place in the design museum, it will bring your enormous satisfaction and delight your friends.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - STEP UP LOW WOOD STOOL

This new woodwork course is another charming project from our a cherished Edwardian instructional woodwork manual, ‘Carpentry for Beginners’. The projects in the book are perfect for learning basic woodwork skills and we have refined the instructions to incorporate a modern craft construction.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend | Full time
PLEATED LAMPSHADE MAKING

Boost the glamour of your boudoir with some fabulous hand pleated lampshades crafted with your own hands. Transform your lights into a stunning show piece of home décor using semi sheer fabrics from simple cottons to chiffon and silk.

  • Study level: Advanced
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
HAND CANING FURNITURE

Ever seen a great chair in a junk shop but noticed that the caning that spans the seat is sadly coming away at the edges? Sometimes a chair that had been caned has had an unsightly slab of plywood tacked onto the broken seat. This is an opportunity to increase your upholstery know how and bring a ‘once pretty’ seat up to scratch.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO MODERN UPHOLSTERY

Spend a weekend making a fabulous footstool to take home and cherish. We have created a wonderful project to learn the classic form of deep buttoned upholstery – but made with a time-saving modern method using sheet foam.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
ADVANCED CURTAIN MAKING

Lots of people have asked us for even more instruction of making fabulous curtains, so here it is. For those of you who have learned how to hand make a basic lined curtain in our ‘Curtain making’ workshop, this is a day to advance your abilities by learning the techniques of different headings, interlining and hand pleating.

  • Study level: Advanced
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Full time
INTRODUCTION TO RAG RUGS AND BEYOND

o you love the thought of a bespoke wool rag rug nestled beneath your feet as you step out of bed? Does the thought of how to go about it leave you feeling daunted? This one day weekend workshop will brush aside any lack of confidence as Mary McGeown is an experienced teacher who loves to share her passion for this traditional home craft. Explore all the different materials and their applications as you practice with them and discover how each one produces a unique texture.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
FURNITURE RESTORATION

A wonderful entry into the enchanting world of restoration. This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
DIY IN A DAY - DRILLS

An enjoyable ‘hands on’ one day workshop that covers many of the common aspects of basic DIY. If you have just brought your home and have realised it didn't include a landlord to fix stuff, this day is for you.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
DIY IN A DAY - PLUMBING

Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. Plumbing = Water in and water out.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO FURNITURE RESTORATION

Revamp your tired woodwork. Revamp your tired woodwork.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
BASIC TILING

Not quite sure where to start with a tiling project? Bit daunted by the thought of tiles falling off the wall if you do get them on? What about those half tiles at the corners… and what about drilling into tile? If the thought of tackling a tiling project yourself is terrifying, yet you yearn for the skills to have a go, then this half-day weekend workshop is just for you. In this hands-on practical workshop, an experienced tiler will guide you through choosing appropriate tiles for the job, sizing up, planning out and preparing the surface.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
BASIC PLUMBING

You will learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. You will learn how to isolate water supply, fix a leaky tap, rescue something from a U bend and unclog a blocked sink.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Full time
TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CURTAIN MAKING

Ever wanted to make your own curtains but not wanted to risk ruining expensive fabric if you tried? Do you have some lovely vintage fabric that you have been saving to 'get made' into curtains but been put off by the expense? In this workshop,experienced curtain maker Grace Pennycooke will teach you how to produce beautiful flowing curtains for any room. Even if you are an absolute beginner and a bit frightened of a sewing machine, Grace will guide you through measuring marking and cutting out fabric to assemble an unlined curtain with a smart pencil pleat header.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO WOODCARVING

Have you ever marveled at the fine detail or flowing lines of a wood carving? Or perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to carve? Choose from our selection of woodcarving workshops and begin to work with wood. Join our Intro to Woodcarving workshop and let expert wood carver Stephen Scott charm and assure you that a carving to be proud of will be in your hands by the end of the course.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend
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