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Excellent course! I learnt a great deal and now feel confident to tackle jobs my...more

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The Goodlife Centre

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 expertise to instill you with the confidence to go it alone.

What do you want to learn?

Different times are available for this course
From£140 Instant book

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...more

Duration: Variable

Beginner

No Qualification

From£140 Instant book
From£175 Instant book

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...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£175 Instant book

Different times are available for this course
From£345 Instant book

A perfect course for a beginner. Jump start your knowledge of traditional upholstery skills and method. Experienced upholsterer Jan Dodd will guide you through the wonderful world of upholstery and...more

Duration: Variable

Multiple levels

No Qualification

From£345 Instant book

Different times are available for this course
From£70 Instant book

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...more

Duration: Variable

Beginner

No Qualification

From£70 Instant book
From£245 Instant book

Welcome to off-kilter quilting – a basic sewing and introduction to quilting weekend. During this two-day weekend workshop you will learn to machine-sew and hand-stitch a small cosy quilt. Quilting has...more

Duration: 2 days

No Qualification

From£245 Instant book
From£115 Instant book

We are thrilled to welcome back Anna Crutchley to teach you how to make Linen Tassels. Anna trained in woven textiles and now makes trimmings to commission for antique dealers, furniture restorers,...more

Duration: 1 day

Multiple levels

No Qualification

From£115 Instant book
From£115 Instant book

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...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£115 Instant book

Different times are available for this course
From£70 Instant book

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. Learn how to detect and avoid faulty wiring...more

Duration: Variable

Beginner

No Qualification

From£70 Instant book
From£115 Instant book

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. Learn the principles of cushion designs...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£115 Instant book
From£115 Instant book

A classic craft with a contemporary flair. [john-page-baskets] Basket making is often overlooked as a pleasurable hobby to develop at home. There is a very satisfying feeling from creating a unique...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£115 Instant book
From£175 Instant book

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...more

Duration: 2 days

Advanced

No Qualification

From£175 Instant book
From£175 Instant book

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone. Join us as we delve into the fabulous world of upholstery. Professional upholsterer, Rachael South will show how to use all the specialist tools to...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£175 Instant book

Weekend
From£115 Instant book

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...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£115 Instant book

Part-time evening
From£645

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 can bring a 60s book-rack, a...more

Duration: 12 weeks

Multiple levels

No Qualification

From£645
From£175

Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. Plumbing = Water in and water out. There will be plenty of time to learn how to isolate water supply,...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£175
From£175

Revamp your tired woodwork. Revamp your tired woodwork. Get the Ra Ra back into your furniture – jazz up those car boot finds and upcycle old junk. Steve English is an experienced teacher who will...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£175

Different times are available for this course
From£295

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...more

Duration: Variable

Beginner

No Qualification

From£295

Full time
From£70 Instant book

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...more

Duration: 2.5 hours

Beginner

No Qualification

From£70 Instant book
From£175

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all. If you aspire to the luxury and elegance of lampshades that ooze class like a dowager, this is the workshop for you. Even if you have never stitched in your...more

Duration: 1 day

Beginner

No Qualification

From£175

Different times are available for this course
From£175

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...more

Duration: Variable

Multiple levels

No Qualification

From£175
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