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The Festive Table workshop at Oak and Monkey Puzzle, Daylesford region

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Spargo Creek

1333 Ballan-Daylesford Rd

Spargo Creek, VIC 3461

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The Festive Table workshop with Natasha Morgan and Sandy McKinley:

The Festive Table workshop is the creation of a friendship borne out of generosity, the gifting of flowers, building community and collaboration. It’s a pretty lovely story…

Join Natasha Morgan (Oak and Monkey Puzzle), and Sandy McKinley (Acre of Roses), for a magical day of celebrating the festive season at Oak and Monkey Puzzle.

Immerse yourself in blooms, botanicals and nature’s most beautiful foraged materials to create an abundant and seasonally inspired Festive Table (with lots of extra special trimmings), including a sensory evoking botanical installation and truly festive giving experience.

Guests will be invited to enjoy a sumptuous 2-course festive lunch within this stunning Festive Table setting.

Natasha will share her love of creating truly mesmerising experiences bringing together her floristry, botanical installation and styling skills. Be welcomed into her magical world and passions for growing and foraging seasonal botanicals for their spectacular visual and sensory qualities. Through the creation of an opulent Dutch master inspired festive table participants will learn techniques in styling, visual composition and experience making. You will be invited to use many seasonal elements that won’t be found in retail stores, florists or nurseries.

Sandy will share her connection with mindful creativity and her skills in colour and fragrance therapy honed through her background in branding and utilised in her floral therapy workshops. Using philosophies that draw on the mindful benefits of forest bathing, Sandy will share her love of the festive season, gift giving and evoking rich memories of Christmas’s childlike wonder. You will be invited to bring a gift to wrap. You will be supplied with a goodie bag of natural materials… and of course there will be some special festive season surprises…

Some of the most special gift giving experiences are borne from an attention to the complete process of selecting a gift and wrapping it as a mindful act. Join us in mindfulness, engaging the senses and the immersive experience of curating and gifting for the festive season.


In this intimate workshop you will:

  • create a seasonally inspired Festive Table set in the Oak and Monkey Puzzle studio space with its inky black interior, specially commissioned ceramics by local and internationally renowned potter Bridget Bodenham, a seasonal floral, foraged and botanical cornucopia that captures the glory of the festive season through a visual and sensory feast.

  • learn how to create a suspended botanical installation inspired by the festive season

  • wrap your own gift using a palette of local season and foraged materials

  • receive all floral, botanical and natural materials including a special goodie bag of festive treats to make your gift wrapping experience something trule memorable

  • enjoy a sumptuous 2-course Festive Table luncheon by renowned chef Joachim Follink of The Heartier, Dutch borne, trained at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in London. He spent a number of years as Head Chef in Floyds of Hackney, London. Now residing in Trentham with his own commercial kitchen, Joachim fuses local organic produce with exquisite seasonal flavours, including produce picked fresh from the Oak and Monkey Puzzle and Acre of Roses estate kitchen gardens and local seasonal produce.

This very special workshop is limited to 12 participants to ensure a truly intimate affair.

About Natasha Morgan:

Natasha is a landscape architect and urban designer by profession, and a multidisciplinary creative collaborator by natural inclination. Natasha founded the Oak and Monkey Puzzle estate in 2014, the physical manifestation of a dream held by a family from the city that made a tree change with a purpose. Here Natasha has created not only a beautiful country life immersed in the seasons, but also a special and evolving hub for creative activities around landscape architecture, wellbeing, experience making and creative cultivation and collaboration.

Natasha, who was lucky enough to spend two years indulging in the magical world of flowers and bespoke events with some of Melbourne's most sought after florists and event designers, can often be found surrounded by branches and blooms either grown in the cut flower garden at Oak and Monkey Puzzle or foraged from the country lanes of the Victorian Central Highlands.

About Sandy McKinley:

Since 2015 Sandy has dedicated herself to Acre of Roses – a luxury wellness retreat situated in Trentham, Victoria which she co-founded and runs with her husband, craftsman/master builder Rob Roy. Here she creates a sensory atmosphere for guests and visitors to slow down and literally smell the roses with the focus on a burgeoning, sustainable, micro rose farm of over 1500 fragrant rose bushes for cut flowers, bee friendly perennials, a kitchen potager and warre beehives, all grown with as little intervention as possible.

Hosting a number of workshops that celebrate the beauty of small things with a mindful focus -all connected with nature, collaboration is her catch cry and she surrounds herself with other creative souls embarking on new ideas and projects. Whilst holding a background in strategic marketing, Kiwi born Sandy’s childhood fascination and passion was always for flowers (with a middle name of “Rose” what else could it be), so inevitably she transitioned into the world of botanics. Mentored by a retired florist she developed into a floral artisan arranging for events and local weddings. Acre of Roses is a further iteration of her quest to be immersed into the wonder of flowers.

Natasha and Sandy are founding members of Consortium Botanicus and the recently launched Daylesford Macedon Slow Flower Farm trail.

The Oak & Monkey Puzzle is located 1hr north of Melbourne near Daylesford. Experience its ever changing beautiful productive gardens, gold rush era namesake trees and the evolving program of bespoke events. Welcome!






FAQs


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We love trees so there's no need to print out your ticket. Please check in at the attendee list upon arrival.


What should I know about the property?

Like most rural properties, Oak and Monkey Puzzle is not without hazards. There are varying surfaces, and uneven ground, including driveways, paths, steps & water features. So it’s essential that you wear appropriate clothing, footwear and maintain a watchful eye. Please always remain within your allocated areas as directed and whilst the dam is fenced children should be made aware of the risks associated and are not to access the dam. There is also a pond in the main garden that is not fenced and children should be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in its immediate vicinity.

Spargo Creek is typically 4 degrees cooler than Melbourne. We find the 'WillyWeather app' to be most accurate weather forecast for our Spargo Creek location. As you will be invited to to walk the gardens and immere yourself in this beautiful place, please dress appropriately to enjoy this all weather event.

We always do our best to see that all reasonable care is taken in the administration of all activities & events which occur at Oak and Monkey Puzzle. However, please understand that all participants visit and attend activities & events at Oak and Monkey Puzzle at their own risk.

And finally... Whilst you are very welcome to wander the gardens we ask that you do not pick from the garden and respect the family’s privacy by remaining within all designated areas.

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1333 Ballan-Daylesford Rd

Spargo Creek, VIC 3461

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