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 hand Crafts.
Our large ground floor studio 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 expertise to instill you with the confidence to go
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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.
Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone.
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.
Want to learn how to create an ‘on trend’ distressed antique look? Or a quirky decorated finish with stencils and prints?Do you have a tired piece of furniture that is beyond French polishing? Would you like to give your Scandinavian flatpacks a touch of Va-Va Voom? A decorator in the nineteenth century was the highest paid of all the trades people. More than the cabinet maker.
All set to decorate one room… or perhaps your entire home? Brush up your decorating techniques by messing up our workshop, instead of your living room! Painting a room is a great way to transform your home interior, without it costing the earth. But it can be a daunting task and everyone wants to have that professional looking finish.
Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. Plumbing = Water in and water out.
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.
For absolute beginners who would love to make their own cushions for seats and sofas. Join us for a one day workshop learning the basics of soft furnishings.
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.
An evening workshop learning first principles of electrics in the home. Stay safe in your home by finding out what you legally can and can’t do yourself.
A perfect course for a beginner. Jump start your knowledge of traditional upholstery skills and method.
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.
Revamp your tired woodwork. Revamp your tired woodwork.
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.
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.
One of the most fascinating woodwork machines to watch in action also one of the most pleasurable to learn and great results in a surprisingly short time. Wood lathes have been used for centuries to make chair legs, candlesticks, rolling pins, plates and bowls in a wide variety of woods.
Learn to sew a beautiful log cabin pieced fabric cushion cover, in one day. During this one-day course you will design, measure, cut and piece a fabulous and unique cushion cover in vibrant colours of your choice.
If the idea of carving a spoon appeals to you, but setting out into a muddy wood and starting your learning by wielding an axe seems somewhat daunting, we have devised a new one day course that will bypass all that and yet give you the immense satisfaction of watching a fully fledged spoon emerge from your handiwork. Each spoon will be carved using seasoned wood and we will have a variety of species for you to choose, including Muranti – a rich, red wood, and Lime – a light, silky smooth and close grained wood.
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.
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.