In October 2015, my husband and I embarked upon a new venture
and purchased a former State School we now call The Old Laravale School.
Laravale is just 10 minutes from the centre of Beaudesert, on the road to Rathdowney in the picturesque Scenic Rim Region of SE Qld.
Fast forward to 2021 and we live in a sweet worker's cottage
that we moved to the property in 2016.
In September 2019, we moved a 113 year old farmhouse
to the former tennis court.
We now offer a self contained retreat venue for
sewing/craft, training retreats.
For more info check out the Retreat Page
Sewing With Wendy Classes & Workshops
The Audrey Room is a spacious dedicated sewing studio
set up in the former school library.
The sewing room is equipped with a large sewing table, irons,
ironing boards & press, overlocker,
emergency sewing supplies for use during class, and
a small range of sewing supplies available for purchase.
Casual classes held regularly, allow students to bring their own projects
and work on them in a friendly learning atmosphere.
I help with the tricky bits and you have access to
classroom supplies and equipment.
All day Sit & Sews are held regularly throughout the year.
These days are the perfect opportunity to sew (or craft)
uninterrupted from 9am till 6pm.
There is no tuition, however I can point you in the
right direction if you get stuck.
Workshops are held periodically.
These may include Learn To Sew course, Overlocking workshops,
Quilts, Bags Wallets & Purses, T-shirts, Knickers, drafting skirts,
techniques such as applique or chenille, zippers, crochet,
soap and candle making, and I am always open to
suggestions for new workshops.
For dates and details go to my facebook page or my blog
Or send me an email to receive my newsletters
Sewing & Craft Retreats at The Old Laravale School
The Old Laravale School is now home to Willmann House,
our relocated farmhouse accommodation for Retreats
- sewing, scrapbooking, photography, training sessions,
or whatever takes your fancy.
Book your own self-catered Retreat for groups of 4 to 9 adults.
Retreat bookings include the use of the Errisvale Rooms
in the former school building.
You can book weekends (2 nights) or mid week (3 nights).
Check out the Retreat page for details.
Contact Wendy any time on 0402 309 047
The Old Laravale School
77 Christmas Creek Rd
via Beaudesert Q 4285
For sewing classes email
For retreats email