Virtual Amusement & Improvement

Are you tired of reaching for the remote? Read every book you’ve wanted to catch up on? Well, now’s the time to start thinking ‘virtually’ – and you’ll be amazed at the myriad of ways you can stay amused – even self-improve – while hibernating at home. 

Get Arty 

De Gillett is a Brisbane-based artist with 20 years’ experience in teaching painting and sculpting. Given social distancing rules, she’s now bringing her decades of expertise and an unquenchable enthusiasm for creativity to online art classes.  

De says staying creative is crucial in a time of crisis. It’s a way of distracting yourself from negative thoughts; nurturing mindfulness; and becoming open to finding a hidden talent. Head to the Arts Tree website to find De’s ever-expanding range of digital workshopsfocusing on a variety of media and styles – including acrylics, inks and still life drawing.  

Learn a New Language  

Let’s Speak French Online offers French lessons without leaving home! Join a fun, enthusiastic, social environment at your level of learning with French-Canadian teacher, Lise Mariano. It’s a great way to keep the brain cells firing and stay connected with friends and fellow students.  One-on-one teaching is available but Lise’s most popular lessons are group sessions.   

Social distancing does not mean social disconnecting,” says Lise. “And we all need social connection and laughter during this trying time.  

Blocks of 5 or 10 lessons are offered – as well as individual lessons for adults and children.  

We have reduced our rates to make lessons more affordable and flexible for everyone.”

A block of 5 lessons is $ 125 and 10 lessons are $245. 

Stretch it Out 

Staying active and agile during these challenging times has never been more important. If the daily stroll around the block isn’t doing it for you – why not take up yoga?  

Shri Yoga – based in Brisbane’s CBD – is bringing the downward dog and salute-to-the-sun right into your lounge room, with on-line classes. Classes are streamed live on Zoom and the website has information on how to book and join a session.  

Dance like No-One is Watching 

Indooroopilly Dance Company, run by Carly Gutowski, has moved its weekly dance classes into the virtual world. 

The school covers contemporary, modern, jazz and lyrical dance – plus additional classes in hip-hop. Both adult and children classes are available – and absolute beginners, even with no dance experience, are welcome.  

All you need is the Zoom app and a space at home to move your body.  

Choose from a 5 pack,10 pack or 20 pack of classes – starting from $120 per person, per pack.