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Sunday, 20 March 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Mawson Ponds is on the shared path between Southlands and Hindmarsh Drive at the bottom of Du Faur Street. For people taking a car, the closest parking is at the Southlands Park n Ride. 


Woden Valley Community Council, Woden Community Services and Woden Arts invite you to Music by the Pond on Sunday 20 March. Bring the family and enjoy nature walks, planting shrubs, a free BBQ and a variety of art workshops presented by artists in the Woden Arts program.

Bonsai workshop: Daniel Leone

Free Workshop: limited to 12 people per workshop.  

Workshop 1 – Sunday 20 March 2:00- 2:45pm 

Workshop 2 – Sunday 20 March 3:00 – 3:45pm 

Workshop 3 – Sunday 20 March 4:00 – 4:45pm 

Daniel Leone is a local artist and craftsman working in diverse range of materials including timber, ceramics and bonsai. Daniel has a great passion and love for the native environment which he emulates in his work. Come join Daniel on Sunday the 20th March to create your very own bonsai reminiscent of the lovely local native trees that surround the ponds and of the Woden Valley. All Materials including plants supplied.    

What will be taught:  

Daniel will work with participants to turn ordinary native nursery plant stock into a finished bonsai by using wiring and shaping techniques, pruning, and potting. There will be further discussions, talks and critics on horticultural understandings, bonsai maintenance, success with bonsai and design and artistic considerations.  

Skills developed and expected outcomes:  

Participants will learn the fundamentals to bonsai by incorporating basic horticultural principles and design considerations. They will have a confident understanding of the practice and develop an appreciation for the plant species. by learning pruning, repotting, tools and materials, watering and care. Participants will come away with a finished bonsai to call their own. After care and maintenance will also be discussed.  

Nature crown and  portrait workshop: with Louise Cooke

Free Workshop location: limited to 5 people per workshop.

Workshop 1 – Sunday 20 March 2:00- 2:45pm

Workshop 2 – Sunday 20 March 3:00 – 3:45pm

Workshop 3 – Sunday 20 March 4:00 – 4:45pm

Do you have a connection to nature? Do flowers brighten your day? Has it been a while since you had your photo taken? OR Have you wanted to have your portrait taken but think you don’t look good in photos?

If you would like to have a high vibe photo of yourself then this is the workshop for you.

This nature inspired workshop is about tapping into your creative spirit, connecting into your inner voice, having fun and leaving feeling a little lighter.  Through this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the joy of creating a nature crown
  • Tap into your creative self
  • Have fun posing for a nature crown portrait

Wear something neutral and an autumn coloured scarf if you have one. Bring along something which speaks to who you are, whether it be part of your ancestry, something from your garden, kitchen or jewellery box and Louise will work with you to create your own nature crown before having your portrait taken. The photo will be sent to you electronically post event.  

About the artist

Louise Cooke calls herself a nature inspired mixed media artist currently enjoying working with people to let their inner beauty shine through nature crown portraits. My goal is to combine my love for art, wellbeing, healing to empower others. I have qualifications in community and health development, counselling, art and design and reiki amongst other things. My artwork is inspired by the beauty found in nature, spirit and the world around me. My subject choices include botanical themes infused with a spiritual connection and create intuitively. I believe that the act of creating art provides opportunities for transformative healing and personal growth.


What a fantastic experience creating my nature crown was! I had no idea that it would be so much fun to do. Photos of me never look good, but my nature crown ones look amazing. It was so good to connect with the nature in my garden. It was like playing dress ups and my inner child enjoyed every minute of it. I wasn’t sure what to bring so I brought all my costume jewellery and favourite scarves and we ended up putting them all on at the same time and the photos look fantastic. As you can see Lou has a creative flair that exudes into everything that she does. She was inspirational as a photographer and made me feel at ease in front of the camera.

But the most important benefit of this session was the healing that I achieved and the wonderful feeling of doing something for myself. Life is hard sometimes and to invest time connecting with my inner self has had so many rewards which are still ongoing including: a more positive outlook, a sense of spiritual cleansing and feeling of inner peace. There is no price that you can put on an experience like this as the lasting effects continue far beyond the session. Cindy Cummins

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