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All of our workshops are about extending your knowledge, having fun and maybe learning a new skill to take home and enjoy. Small groups mean you get to be hands on and actually ‘do it’. Learn all about patch to plate cooking and develop your passion for food in the relaxed fun atmosphere of Jillie’s kitchen. Choose your creative space and be inspired by the amazingly talented guest artists in the field of watercolor, writing, yoga and many more. Treat yourself to some time out for a creative workshop or a tranquil wellness retreat designed to refresh and rejuvenate your soul.


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ood Memoir Writing Workshop with Barbara Sweeney
Saturday 4th May - Sunday 5th May 
Wellness Retreat with Monica Moore
Sunday 19th May
Watercolour Workshop with Gillian Hook
Friday 31st May - Sunday 1st June
Artist Retreat with Julianne Ross Allcorn
Friday 18th October - Sunday 20th October
Cheese Making Workshop with Blue Sky Cheese's Deb Kiem
Friday 25th October
The Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch with Angela Palermo
Tuesday 5th November

Food Memoir Writing Workshop

Barbara Sweeney
2024 Dates: Saturday, 4th May to Sunday 5th May.
Artist Medium: Writing

This workshop is designed for writers and aspiring writers who want to record their family food story and collect their favourite recipes in one place.

It is also for the dreamers, poets and journal writers who like to play with words and ideas.

Barbara Sweeney is a visually evocative food writer who has written stories about chefs and restaurants, farmers and food producers, and everyday cooks for publications such as Country Style and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food. 
A natural teacher, Barbara’s food writing workshops are both playful and challenging. She believes we all have a story to tell and is adept at guiding students through their hesitations and procrastination to writing freely and joyously.
Find out more about Barbara Sweeny on her website.
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Wellness 1.HEIC


2024 Dates: Sunday 19th May

Having a nourished life is not rocket science, but sometimes in the business of the everyday, it can feel like it. What Mon's Moore Nourished Life workshop offers is an opportunity to reset. Gather with like-minded humans share knowledge, learn and connect - providing a space for solutions based progress. The day (and if you can squeeze in an overnight stay) will feature bush walks, meditation, restorative yoga, breath work sessions, lessons with Mon and nourishing meals.


A note from Mon: My focus is on the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of women in midlife. How do we manage ourselves moving into midlife and beyond? I help you build the scaffolding and find practical tools that are relevant for you. Leave with actionable strategies so you are empowered and confident to look after the whole of you.

Find out more about Monica Moore on her website.
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Gillian hook
2024 Dates: Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June
Artist Medium: Watercolour

Gillian has been a practising artist and teacher for the past forty years, both in the Hunter Valley and since 1993, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.


Gillian is a beautifully talented artist, who has an incredible knack for teaching. If you would like to start or just brush up on your painting skills this is the workshop for you.

This will be the third workshop Gillian has hosted in the Coolah Creek garden and we are excited to welcome both returning students and new faces to the three day experience.  

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Julianne Ross Allcorn
2024 Dates: Friday, 18th October to Sunday, 20th October.
Artist Medium: Watercolour 
Julianne is a phenomenally talented artist and teacher who has earned due recognition throughout her career, including three finalist positions in the Wynne Prize, winner of the 2022 Trustees Watercolour Prize and a finalist position in the Archibald Prize.
The surrounding flora and fauna inspire Julianne's beautiful subject matter. So what better place to be inspired, paint and learn from one of Australia's most talented watercolour artists than in the beautiful Coolah Valley, a stone thrones throw from the ever-flourishing Coolah Tops National Park, while sat in the wild and wonderful Coolah Creek homestead garden. 
Find out more about Julianne Ross Allcorn on her website.
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Cheese making workshop

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2024 Dates: Friday 25th October

Debbie is the dynamo behind Blue Sky Cheese in Mendooran. She will lead us through the making of cheese. We will no doubt laugh and learn, and maybe get some cheese to take home. Mmmmm yummo.

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Melbourne cup charity lunch

angela palermo
2024 Dates: Tuesday 5th November

My beautiful friend Ange is coming to stay and cook. Together we will prepare a delicious Italian inspired lunch for you and your girlfriends. Be ready to go when tickets go on sale for Melbourne Cup lunch and help us raise funds for our chosen charity.

Find out more about the magical Angela on her website,

The Village Cooks. 

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 These retreats focus on our overall health and wellbeing. A weekend 100% focused on you, fully loaded with everything you need to be your absolute best you. Inside and out.

From yoga, to gut health, naturopathy, fermenting, herbalists and more. Watch this space.

A Day at

Coolah Creek

2024 Dates - Flexible

Contact Jillie and we can get it all sorted

These days can be tailored to suit what you would like. A lovely day out with friends or for a special occasion.

For example a ‘Patch to Plate’ day could be for you.  Or, Come and bake your own loaf of sourdough and a few other sourdough goodies with Jillie.

Your day could begin with morning tea of freshly baked treats, move into the garden for a wander finishing in the veggie patch to collect our in season produce to create our lunch. Workshop includes morning tea and lunch.

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