Up the fun factor and take home a different souvenir from your trip
Dance at Locsin Dance Workshop, Davao
If you have an entire month to spare and are keen to pick up some moves — in ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, hip hop, folk dance, belly dancing, flamenco, and martial arts — enroll in the Philippines’ oldest dance school, which last year celebrated its 70th year. It is no ordinary dance institute – founder Carmen Locsin and daughters Agnes and Bing’s CVs include training under the National Artist for Dance, schooling abroad and exposure to foreign choreographers, stints as Ballet Philippines artistic director, and the distinction of having given rise to the national ballet de corps and various dance troupes. Alumni continue their legacy by teaching classes at the school. +63-82-227 4753; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pottery making at Clay Ave Zambales, San Narciso, Zambales
Mia Casal’s love affair with clay started in 2002 and she developed her craft learning from mentors in the Philippines, Italy and New York. After relocating to San Narciso in 2013, she opened her studio to those wanting to learn how create something out of clay with their hands while de-stressing and going off the grid. Beginners get to learn the basics of hand-made pottery: pinching, coiling, slab making, and glazing, but there are intermediate and advanced programs too. Pick a class ranging from a whole day, overnight, or a three-day/two-night stay at her studio.
San Narciso is two hours away from Clark International Airport and three hours away from Manila
email@example.com, +63999 324 2188
Anything and (nearly) everything at Work-Shop, Melbourne and Sydney
Work-Shop scratches your creative itch with a long list of fun classes. You could learn how to play djembe or ukulele, create a terrarium, braid hair, brew your own beer or gin, or dabble in printmaking or leathercraft.
Flying trapeze and Circus Workshop at High Flyers Bali Trapeze School, Bali
No need to run away to join the circus, just squeeze in these classes during your Bali getaway. At the Circus Workshop, you can learn juggling, spinning plates, diabolo, and devil sticks. Supplement your circus cred by enrolling in flying trapeze lessons. Sign up for just one trapeze class to learn a basic trick, or get a package of classes if you’re bent on learning those catches, flips and somersaults.
Photography tour with EYExplore, Tokyo, Japan
EYExplore’s workshops – a hybrid photography class-slash-walking tour – give you access to locations and subjects you would not have been able to discover on your own. Options include a daytime city photography tour, night photography, street photography or a private class. The tours are open to photographers of varying skill levels. Best of all, you can join even with “just” your trusty phone camera! Pro tip: Book a tour in winter and you might have the guide all to yourself.
Calligraphy and culture at Wakalture Experience, Tokyo, Japan
One of the ways to gain a deeper understanding of another culture is to study its language. Friendly Sensei (Teacher) Wakana provides plenty of fun facts about Japanese script, grammar and culture as she explains the different styles and techniques of writing while helping you choose which word to paint. She speaks excellent English and offers one-on-one or group classes for children and adults. For a deeper immersion in Japanese culture she combines the writing classes with lessons on homemade udon and omelettes, tea ceremony, and origami.
5. South Korea
Kimchi making at Kimchi Academy House, Seoul, South Korea
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make kimchi, make your way to this school dedicated to the art of making the fermented Korean staple. You get to season a batch of washed and pre-salted cabbage with the spices according to your preferred pungency level. Aside from getting to take home the kimchi to be enjoyed later, you can try on hanbok (Korean traditional attire) for free and pose for photos.
Cooking classes at Chef LeeZ, Bangkok
Consistently rated the best Thai cooking class on TripAdvisor since 2011, Chef LeeZ takes your adventure into Thai cuisine further by teaching you to make 12 dishes in a four-hour class. In case the smell of curry distracted you during the lesson where the teacher was talking about the difference between galangal and turmeric, fret not – students get access to an online cookbook when the session is over.
+66 (0) 86 568 1311, chefleez.com
Chinese calligraphy and painting at China Culture Center, Beijing
Learn how to hold an ink brush correctly to produce the smooth strokes that are a trademark of traditional Chinese calligraphy in this workshop that combines calligraphy and painting. The teachers are self-described “cultural enthusiasts” who are keen to bring Chinese culture to a wider audience. Classes are conducted in English or in Chinese with a translator. Check CCC’s website to see the diverse range of classes they have to offer.