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Feel inspired by the various makers at The Mill Castlemaine?
When you meet the makers on site they are always happy to share their knowledge of their craft.
Well now you can take it to the next level, with a number of businesses offering workshops, extending the experience well beyond your visit.

Learn how to make cheese, sausages, terrines, dry cured and smoked smallgoods, mosaics, bird illustrations and a range of other artistic pursuits – direct from the makers.

Here’s what’s on offer (at time of publishing).
A number of these workshops book out quickly, so don’t spend too long thinking about it.

Oakwood Smallgoods Co.

Man in cap and leather apron standing with a leg of ham over one shoulderOakwood is bringing the craft back to smallgoods. Traditional time honoured techniques and carefully sourced ingredients come together to create high quality artisan smallgoods. Learn from Fleischmeister Ralf Fink – proudly only one of six Fleischmeisters in Australia.

Courses currently on offer are:

Sausage Making 9 to 12 noon and Terrine Making 2-5 pm
March-Sat 23, April -Sat 20 & 27, May -Sat 18 & 25

Dry Curing and Smoking 9am to 3pm
March-Sun 24, April-Sun 21 & 28, May – 19 & 26

Bookings and information on 0427 021932 or email

Group bookings are welcome and special days can be organised.

The Cheese School at Long Paddock Cheese

Take a deep dive into the art, science and craft of cheesemaking at The Cheese School, a state-of-the-art cheesemaking and training facility at The Mill Castlemaine.

Offering one and two day Beyond Home Cheesemaking courses for cheese enthusiasts, they also work with future professionals (thinking of a career change?) and current professional cheesemakers.

Beyond Home Cheesemaking is a structured hands-on workshop, focusing on what is required to make great artisan cheese at home and beyond – perfect for those who want to learn the basics of the art of cultured cheesemaking.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and anyone can participate. The course offers a whole-system perspective on artisan cheesemaking. You’ll make 2-3 different cheeses, depending on class duration, to take home with you to show off to your friends (the cheeses will vary from class to class).

View one day workshop details, dates and availability
View two day workshop details, dates and availability

Perhaps artistic pursuits are more your thing?
There’s no shortage of artists in residence at The Mill Castlemaine, and the breadth of offering will leave you spoiled for choice.

Our resident ‘bird-lady’, Linda Newton, is offering Bird Illustration Art Workshops on various weekends in March and May at The Drying Shed Artist Space.

Keen to try your hand at mosaics?

A one day workshop with Kirsten Asche-Woodger of KIKA Design Studio will see you create a beautiful take home memento and is suitable for all skill levels. With all materials included, along with a delicious Devonshire Tea, this one ticks all the boxes.

If you’re quick you can take advantage of the early bird discount offer. Find out more here.


Artpuff Studio, a groovy little showing and making space, specialises in the ways that art can be used to improve everyday life. Here are the current workshop offerings, to suit a range of experience levels.
For all enquiries and bookings email

Handmade Notebook Workshop
Make a hand drawn, printed, stamped and sewn notebook.

Make a personalised notebook with our workshops for small business teams and groups of friends.

Using simple but timeless techniques, this workshop is wonderful for people with little to no experience in artmaking, as well as stimulating for more experienced makers.

Friday evenings 6-9pm – $165 per person

For ages 16+. Maximum 6, minimum 3 participants per workshop.

Complimentary glass of bubbles included! (Non-alcohol options also available).

Portraits in Blue
Combine unsighted portrait drawing, the magic of cyanotype, and a few simple words, to create a series of effortless, unique portraits.

This one-day workshop is deceptively simple, providing a deep dive into artmaking whilst remaining suitable for people of all levels of experience. From absolute beginners to practicing artists, this workshop immerses you quickly in arts experiences that are as relaxing and fun as they are insightful.

Mondays & some public holidays 10am-3pm – $225 per person

For ages 16+. Maximum 6, minimum 3 participants per workshop. Delicious lunch and complimentary glass of bubbles included! (Non-alcohol options also available).

Studio intensives
Individual mentoring sessions to elevate your professional arts practice with artist Melissa Proposch

Take your work to the next level with these intensive one-on-one sessions at Artpuff with artist Melissa Proposch. These gently analytical sessions take a detailed look at key conceptual and practical elements of your work, exploring what moves and drives your artmaking, and how to enhance both your practice and your relationship with it.

Sessions are run at Artpuff gallery and workshop and are suited to emerging and mid-career artists. For ages 16+.

3 x 2-hour sessions, $585

Soul Sessions
Supportive group conversations to explore & develop your professional arts practice with artists Melissa Proposch & Kir Larwill

Conversations exploring and gaining insight into your current arts practice. These provocative and supportive professional development sessions explore your interests and approaches in a group setting, including ways to develop your practice and next steps.

Sessions are run at Artpuff gallery and workshop and are suited to emerging and mid-career artists. For ages 16+. Maximum 3 participants per workshop.

3 x 2-hour sessions, $295
Saturday mornings 9-11am

Enquiries & bookings for all workshops: